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9 Ways To Make Your Music Collection More Eco Friendly | Eco Living Advice

9 Ways To Make Your Music Collection More Eco Friendly | Eco Living Advice | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
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It’s About More Than Jobs - A Sustainable Economy Requires Changes on Many Fronts

It’s About More Than Jobs - A Sustainable Economy Requires Changes on Many Fronts | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

February 11, 2013 - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE - JEFFREY HOLLENDER

The best case for greater environmental protection and green investments isn’t just about jobs, but rather about equity and broader economic growth.The ‘dirty economy’ model relies on allowing businesses to push a portion of their costs of production onto third parties without their consent, simultaneously causing harm to people who are disproportionately impoverished and lack political power, and distorting the market by causing overproduction of pollution-intensive goods at the expense of cleaner goods....  http://www.emagazine.com/blog/its-about-more-than-jobs/

 


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Please also read article above this - sorts if out beautifully -- in a commidfication society, we all need to think about the full circle!
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Green Business: Technology Takes on Food Waste | Sustainable Business Forum

Green Business: Technology Takes on Food Waste | Sustainable Business Forum | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
California entrepreneurs have come up with plan to reduce waste at a key juncture on the road from farm to table.
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News From the Renewable Energy Policy Forum

News From the Renewable Energy Policy Forum | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
As I was leaving the Renewable Energy Policy Forum on Capitol Hill yesterday, ready for a brisk walk a few blocks north to Union Station, I ran into a fellow who caught my eye, and said, “Not a lot...

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Actually a good, in depth summary for your Sunday catch-up;  shifts in realities and policy predispositions.

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CristinaSkyBox: Celebrating While Learning in Spring

CristinaSkyBox: Celebrating While Learning in Spring | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

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Online ecosystem resources for snowy days...

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Life is a journey of learning.

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You may also be interested in -> In Honour of World Ocean Day - Infographics

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You may also be interested in In Honour of World Oceans Day - Infographics

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The Science of Sustainability - Ütne Reader

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Raj Patel's reaction to Mark Lynas' claim that science and sustainability cannot mix. (The Science of Sustainability http://t.co/KRjHiEjY)
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a great weekend read

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Human Health Impacts of Climate Change Demand Attention: Scientific American

Human Health Impacts of Climate Change Demand Attention: Scientific American | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

When they picture the adverse effects of climate change, public health scientists hope the American public won't think of them as something that happens to glaciers or polar bears, but turn the focus more on themselves.

"The face of climate change ought to be people," epidemiologist George Luber, associate director for global climate change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview last week. "We ought to kind of internalize it.


Luber and Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Kim Knowlton took the lead in writing the human health chapter for the draft 2013 National Climate Assessment, which was released last month and is now open for public comment (Greenwire, Jan. 11). The report, which is the third of its kind, lays out the impacts climate change will have on the United States, including on its citizens' health.


Human health challenges as a result of global warming range from injuries after more intense storms to toxic algal blooms (more)


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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced – or up to two billion tons – is thrown away each year. The UK-based group claims that over-cautious sell by dates, buy one get one free deals and the western obsession with fruit and vegetables that look perfect are among the culprits of this colossal waste of not only food, but also the water, energy and land required to produce it, The Guardian reports. At the same time, the IME points out that by 2075, there will be nine and a half billion people on the planet – or 2.5 billion more people to feed.

Read more: Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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Article: Precycling premiums and the possibility of continuing growth

Article: Precycling premiums and the possibility of continuing growth | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Economic growth is taking us to the cliff edge. Opposing economic growth isn't turning us around. There's another way...
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A critical piece of the sustainablity circle. Tag this article if you can't go over it now - it's a deep read!

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Beijing is not the only Asian city with lethal air pollution

Beijing is not the only Asian city with lethal air pollution | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Air pollution in Beijing has been described as "apocalyptic" this week with people choking their way through murky streets, short of breath and their eyes stinging from toxic air. But Beijing is just one of hundreds of cities, largely in Asia, where poisonous air is now the fastest growing cause of death in urban populations.


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Obama Throws Down on Climate

Obama Throws Down on Climate | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
This is the headline. This is the only news that counts. The challenge has been stated in such a way there is no going back. Get popcorn. UPDATE: Joe Romm responds at ClimateProgress: We will soon ...

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Let Them Recycle!

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Hollywood Costume Designer Kresta Lins, has taken the discussion a little farther, and started a public campaign.


Her mission:  To Green Hollywood One Costume At a Time.


Kresta’s green crusade started when she was writing green articles for the Costume Designers Guild newsletter. Her research for an article about recyclable materials in the costume department made her realize how much waste was never recycled due to the lack of information and proper systems for disposal.   But she didn’t stop there, Kresta took her mission to the next level, and created a dress “The Costume Department” dress, that would start a campaign that aims to educate and inspire the members of the entertainment industry to use less, recycle more and make Hollywood a greener industry.

Meet Kresta Lins, a costume designer with a mission to help Hollywood become greener by telling a story of recycling and sustainability through the art of costume design. (More)

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A 21st Century Factory of Life - Synthetic Biotech is re-engineering, programming and patenting life itself -- IS SCIENCE OUT OF CONTROL?

A 21st Century Factory of Life - Synthetic Biotech is re-engineering, programming and patenting life itself -- IS SCIENCE OUT OF CONTROL? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

“WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF BEING ABLE TO DESIGN LIFE IN THE WAY THAT WE WANT”

January 12, 2013 - Science News

Quietly, on the top floor of a nondescript commercial building overlooking Boston Harbor, the future is being born...

Ginkgo is, in essence, a 21st century factory of life. The researchers working there specialize in synthetic biology, a field that seeks to build living things from the ground up. After envisioning what they want new organisms to do, Ginkgo biologists actually grow vials full of redesigned cells. “We’re going from the place we used to be, in doing science and studying the natural world, to a place where we’re now going to be able to engineer and manipulate it,”

“This is not just — oh, we’re going to go build something that’s able to make pieces of DNA better

“We’re at the beginning of being able to design life in the way that we want,” says Pamela Silver, a biologist at Harvard Medical School and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering"

 Synthetic biology was born a little more than a decade ago, an offshoot of traditional genetic engineering but distinct in its ambitions, precision and mind-set. Instead of randomly tweaking the genetic blueprints of living organisms... http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/347263/description/Factory_of_Life

 

THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY URGES PRECAUTION IN EMERGING FIELD OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY, CLIMATE GEOENGINEERING http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3064836843/increased-precaution-is-needed-in-emerging-fields-such-as-synthetic-biology-climate-geoengineering

 

OBAMA TO DE-REGULATE GMO / GENETIC BIOTECH INDUSTRY  : Fast-tracking approvals, waiving regulations and liability http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3834276755/obama-to-de-regulate-gmo-genetic-biotech-industry-fast-tracking-approvals-waiving-regulations-and-liability

 

UNDER SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY, LIFE WILL NOT BE A PRODUCT OF NATURE BUT OF A LAB AND IT WILL BE PATENTED AND PRIVATIZED http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2995205047/under-synthetic-biology-life-will-not-be-a-product-of-nature-but-of-a-lab-and-it-will-be-patented-and-privatized

 

THE GLOBAL CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER WORLD GOOD SUPPLY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1716244040/the-global-chemical-biotech-cartel-an-unprecedented-power-over-world-agriculture-and-human-health

 

HOW BIOTECH CORPORATIONS AND GMO CROPS ARE THREATENING THE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMANKIND ALIKE http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3583767396/how-biotech-corporations-and-gmo-crops-are-threatening-the-environment-and-humankind-alike

 

THE ANTHROPOCENE - ATMOSPHERIC GOVERNANCE: WEIGHING THE RISKS OF GEOENGINEERING SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE  via The Economist http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2012/12/anthropocene ALSO SEE: CLIMATE & GEOENGINEERING http://www.etcgroup.org/issues/climate-geoengineering ETC Group http://ow.ly/gqC7V RAINING CHEMICALS FROM THE SKY https://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2636&action=edit

 

BIOMASSTERS BATTLE TO CONTROL THE "GREEN" ECONOMY  - In this joint report, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the ETC Group reveal the new "Biomassters" and argue that in the absence of effective and socially responsive governance, the green economy will perpetuate the greed economy http://www.etcgroup.org/content/biomassters-battle-control-green-economy

 

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY - EXTREME GENETIC ENGINEERING:  ETC Group http://www.etcgroup.org/issues/synthetic-biology

 

THE NEW BIOMASSTERS - SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND THE NEXT ASSAULT ON BIODIVERSITY AND LIVELIHOODS: ETC Group www.etcgroup.org/content/new-biomassters

 

WHO OWNS NATURE? Corporate Power and the Final Frontier in the Commodification of Life - http://www.etcgroup.org/content/who-owns-nature


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A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured

A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
A 'Circular Economy': Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, Not Manufactured
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Downcycling: May be yet another term, but it's important to the full sustainability circle. Nice, quick read on the what and why of it from GOOD

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The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around ...

The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around ... | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around Needham, Massachusetts. Linked by Michael Levenston. barrow. Painting by Abbi Canney. Kate Canney wasn't going to let living in a suburban ...

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Urban Farming for Sustainability: It's workiing in more cities. 

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Darin Hoagland's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:47 PM

Nice article if you need some inspiration.  Countering productive farmland loss from sprawl while boosting productive use of empty urban land and community health. 

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How do we redesign a new economic theory framed by ecological systems? The Guardian

How do we redesign a new economic theory framed by ecological systems? The Guardian | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Economics as we know it today is broken. Unable to explain, to predict or to protect, it is need of root-and-branch replacement. Or, to borrow from Alan Greenspan, it is fundamentally "flawed".

 

But where do we look for inspiration in facilitating what is the mother of all paradigm shifts? Interestingly, the most insightful and strikingly innovative ideas are coming from all directions other than the economics profession.

 

Ecology offers the insight that the economy is best understood as a complex adaptive system, more a garden to be lovingly observed and tended than a machine to be regulated by mathematically calculable formulae.


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For some reason Jonathan Dawson and the Guardian articulate the economic ecosystem conundrum in a way that ia always very readable. Mark this for Sunday reading, too. :)

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‘No Take’ Rules having positive effect on Florida Keys fish populations

‘No Take’ Rules having positive effect on Florida Keys fish populations | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

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Sharing all of the good news with my pals as it comes by.....

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Lessons from the women who are leading the sustainable cities movement

Lessons from the women who are leading the sustainable cities movement | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Grist’s assistant editor, Darby Minow Smith, looks back at more than a dozen interviews with urban sustainability directors and reflects on what they -- and all of you -- taught her.
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Hot in the City: Reducing Heat from Urban Waste | Sustainable Cities Collective

Hot in the City: Reducing Heat from Urban Waste | Sustainable Cities Collective | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

A new study in Nature Climate Change argues that cities generate a lot of waste heat, contributing to the weird weather patterns seen lately.


So, does this mean that city living really isn’t so sustainable after all? I don’t think so; rather, I think it shows that we’re taking full advantage of the opportunities for resource sharing offered in urban settings. And while more of us following Susie Cagle’s suggestion to “…put on a sweater and take the bus,” guilt-tripping probably won’t get us to where we want to be. It’s time to think really creatively about resource efficiency… and sharing is good place to start.

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About time something should be done on exhausts coming from cities. 

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Sustainability that sustains the bottom line | SmartPlanet

Sustainability that sustains the bottom line | SmartPlanet | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

One word might leap to mind when you take in Susan McPherson, director of global marketing atFenton, the large public interest communications firm: “Pollyannaish.”

Consider the evidence: McPherson directs corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs for Fenton’s clientele, helping organizations launch projects such as providing relief to flood victims or promoting recycling. Cheerfully bright clothing drapes her petite frame, and she speaks in a youthful voice, with a charming habit of regularly referring to people by first name. On her office whiteboard, she has saved a large drawing of a flower in red and purple markers, a playful memento from her partner Fabien Cousteau, grandson of iconic oceanographer and explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.


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Don't just see the need, corporations. Believe it from te bottom of your mission. This is not a game.

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Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Jan 29, 2013 SCIENCE DAILY

Two new research articles demonstrate how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean.

Sea life studies aid researchers in several ways, including the development of new medications and biofuels. Because many of these ocean animal species have existed in harmony with their bacteria for millions of years, these benign bacteria have devised molecules that can affect body function without side effects and therefore better fight disease.... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129130949.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Earth+%26+Climate+News%29

 

VIDEO:  SEAFLOOR CARNAGE - THE TRUTH ABOUT BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/946040909/seafloor-carnage-the-truth-about-bottom-trawling

 

CHILE BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO PROTECT ALL VULNERABLE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS FROM BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/3995055732/chile-becomes-first-country-to-protect-all-all-vulnerable-marine-ecosystems-from-bottom-trawling

 

KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN:

 

DUMPING PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE IN THE DEEP SEA Deep Sea News http://deepseanews.com/2008/04/dumping-pharmaceutical-waste-in-the-deep-sea/

 

HOW DOES LARGE AMOUNTS OF SEWAGE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN KILL FISH http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_large_amounts_of_sewage_dumped_into_the_ocean_kill_fish

 

MARINE POLLUTION - CENTURIES OF ABUSE HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL - National Geographic http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

 

WATER POLLUTION - CANADA TAKES CRAP FOR FLUSHING RAW SEWAGE INTO THE OCEAN -  According to Macleans, Canada’s leading news magazine, the sewage is a mixture of water, human waste, microorganisms, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, EXCRETED PHARMACEUTICALS and, potentially, pathogens such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis B.  http://environment.about.com/od/waterpollution/a/canadasewage.htm

 

HOW MUCH GARBAGE IS PUT INTO THE OCEAN EACH YEAR - APPROXIMATELY 14 BILLION POUNDS  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_garbage_is_put_into_the_ocean_each_year

 

OCEAN AWASH IN PLASTIC

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us?q=plastic

 

 

 


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New Garbage Patch Discovered in the South Pacific Gyre

New Garbage Patch Discovered in the South Pacific Gyre | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
5 GYRES INSTITUTE — Scientists from The 5 Gyres Institute have discovered the first evidence of a “garbage patch,” an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating in the South Pacific subtropical gyre.
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Introducing the Observer Ethical Awards 2013 - Looking For Agents of Change

Introducing the Observer Ethical Awards 2013 - Looking For Agents of Change | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

If you are a campaigner for social justice, an entrepreneur building sustainability into your business or a young person with a great green idea, we want to hear from you.... www.guardian.co.uk/observer-ethical-awards/introducing-observer-ethical-awards-2013?intcmp=122


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Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Joanna Blythman: Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices
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Later in this article: "From tofu and tamari to carob and chickpeas, the axis of the vegetarian shopping list is heavily skewed to global"

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Does Our Planet Need A Stroke of Insight?

Does Our Planet Need A Stroke of Insight? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The issues of mental health and global health are closely linked -- if not one and the same.
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Brilliant. If you don't have time for this now, tag it for this weekend. 

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