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Pragmatic approaches and implementation of corporate, organizational and personal sustainabilty
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Grid-Scale Metal Liquid Batteries Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Use

Grid-Scale Metal Liquid Batteries Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Use | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"Almost every week, I see some R&D project or lab prototype that makes me go "ooh, that's interesting!". But it's rather rare that I encounter something that makes me rethink my whole vision of the future!"

 

AN : scalable , grid level batteries. Transformation technology in development . Watch the TED talk video ....

http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/grid-scale-metal-liquid-batteries-could-revolutionize-renewable-energy-use.html

 

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Sustainable Development - Getting to Inclusive Green Growth

Sustainable Development - Getting to Inclusive Green Growth | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"Inclusive green growth is the pathway to sustainable development. It is the only way to reconcile the rapid growth required to bring developing countries to the level of prosperity to which they aspire, meet the needs of the more than 1 billion people still living in poverty, and fulfill the global imperative of a better environment."

 

AN : World Bank comments and connections with the current IUCN conference in Juju , South Korea re sustainability and green growth.

http://goo.gl/rT33t

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SHFT | Da Vinci Work Recreated on Melting Arctic Ice

SHFT | Da Vinci Work Recreated on Melting Arctic Ice | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

Art meets environment.... to make a poignant point !

 

http://www.shft.com/reading/da-vinci-work-recreated-on-melting-arctic-ice

http://goo.gl/AlSGY

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Five Holistic Alternative Farming Methods: Agroecology at its Best

Five Holistic Alternative Farming Methods: Agroecology at its Best | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"In March 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, presented a report highlighting how agroecology holds promise for alleviating hunger, reducing poverty, preserving the environment, and fighting climate change.

“The core principles of agroecology include recycling nutrients and energy on the farm, rather than introducing external inputs; integrating crops and livestock; diversifying species and genetic resources in agroecosystems over time and space; and focusing on interactions and productivity across the agricultural system, rather than focusing on individual species,” says the report."

 

AN : agricultural sustainability

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/five-holistic-alternative-farming-methods-agroecology-at-its-best/

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The International Rice Genebank

The International Rice Genebank | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"The International Rice Genebank, maintained by IRRI, holds more than 113,000 types of  rice, including modern and traditional varieties, and wild relatives of rice. It is the biggest collection of rice genetic diversity in the world. Countries from all over the world sent their rice to IRRI for safe keeping,  and for sharing for the common public good."

 

AN : part of the sustainability process is genetic diversity. The article examines the preservation of the biodiversity of one of the world's most important crops : rice.

http://goo.gl/Ahlvi

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How Germany became Europe’s green leader: A look at four decades of sustainable policymaking

How Germany became Europe’s green leader: A look at four decades of sustainable policymaking | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"Fortunately, the green transformation of economies is no longer a theoretical concept. Several nations have put the green economy to the test. While far from being the only country to venture down this path, Germany has earned wide recognition for its successful alignment of prosperous and sustainable growth. Unlike many of its European neighbors, Germany has emerged from the recent recession with a robust economy, thanks in large part to flourishing exports. Germany has a dominant market share in various green technologies as well as a substantial part of its workforce employed in the environmental sector.2 Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in absolute terms, effectively decoupling economic growth from Germany’s environmental footprint."

 

AN : article explores how Germany's green success can be rplicated...

http://goo.gl/5cU6G

 

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Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise | This Big City

Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise | This Big City | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
There are plenty of ways to promote sustainable living in your home and community. Here's a trip around the globe, looking at three sustainable cities on the rise and what they're doing to be friendly to the earth.

AN : realistic and practical approaches in three great urban settings....setting an environmental example to others . Many small steps make a mile ....

http://goo.gl/byza3

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The Secret to Solar Power

The Secret to Solar Power | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
The future of solar belongs to whoever can convince consumers that it’s not just for tree-huggers and rich people.

 

"Silicon Valley has done a great job of talking about its disruptive potential, but there is something truly disruptive about solar: a fully distributed model of energy generation. We currently rely on the centralized hub-and-spoke delivery systems of the utilities, many of which are outdated and suffer tremendous losses as electricity travels from power plants, along transmission and delivery lines and into our businesses and homes. There is a massive infrastructure of regulation and enforcement in the energy market to underwrite the utilities; it’s one of the most highly regulated and noncompetitive markets in the country. Imagine a world in which homeowners and business owners are miniature power plants, with the full ability to sell power back to the grid at retail prices — power, literal and figurative, would be wrested from the hands of monopolistic, polluting utilities and their ancillary industries: mining, fracking and the like."

 

AN : The article is USA centric but the concpet of solar power to the grid is universal. First that...then the smart grid...

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/the-secret-to-solar-power.html?pagewanted=6&src=recg

 

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Asian Economic Integration Monitor - July 2012

Asian Economic Integration Monitor - July 2012 - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), text file (.txt) or read online for free. The Asian Economic Integration Monitor is a semiannual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration.

 

"The vision o an integrated, poverty-ree, prosperous, and peaceul Asia and the Pacic motivates Asian DevelopmentBank (ADB) support or regional cooperation and integration (RCI) initiatives. In the wake o the 2008/09 globalnancial crisis, a “new normal” has emerged, with both the US and eurozone acing a prolonged period o structuralreorm due to poor economic undamentals. The new normal stresses the need or Asia to rebalance its sources o growth toward domestic and regional demand. Asia’s robust growth—despite the recession in the eurozone andanemic recovery in the US—is in part due to increased RCI. Asia’s increasing importance in the global economy and itsneed to respond to crises without disrupting its economic transormation underscores the importance o RCI or theregion’s sustained economic prosperity."

 

AN : we cannot forget that economics is also part of the troika of sustainability.

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/101805746/Asian-Economic-Integration-Monitor-July-2012

 

 

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How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

Cities and regions in the UK face ever-increasing economic, social and environmental challenges. They compete for investment in what is now a single global economy....

Investments in Smarter systems often cut across organisations and budgets and many have objectives that are macro-economic, social and environmental, as well as financial.....

Already many forward-looking cities in the UK such as Sunderland and Birmingham are joining others around the world by investing in Smarter systems. If we can meet the technical, organisational and investment challenges, we will not only provide citizens, businesses and agencies with new choices and exciting opportunities; we’ll also position the UK economy to succeed as the Information Revolution gathers pace."

 

AN : We are going to have to "get smart" in order to mine and merge in real and analytical time information to make our Cities function to their best capabilities....

 

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rickrobinson/42593/how-cities-can-exploit-information-revolution

 

 

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The Rise and Decline of Oil : Greentech Media

The Rise and Decline of Oil : Greentech Media | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
“When the impacts of electric and natural gas vehicles are combined with the rise of biofuels, in an environment of high prices, all against a backdrop of rising efficiency standards, it beco...

 

AN : great read from Greetech Media about the trending of global oil consumption, and what  is taking its place . Oil will always have a base level demand as there are thousands of value added process products it is used for.

 

http://arnoneumann.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/the-rise-and-decline-of-oil-greentech-media/

 

 

 

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/guest-post-the-rise-and-decline-of-oil/

 

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More Fish Means More Money: Rebuilding The Global Fish Supply

More Fish Means More Money: Rebuilding The Global Fish Supply | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
Worldwide, fisheries are currently worth $13 billion a year, the amount of money generated from the fish pulled out of the ocean. But there is potential there for them to be worth a lot more: $54 billion a year.

 

AN: Discussed are a report from UBC's Rashid Sumaila and another ... commissioned by the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit, has more ideas. Author Charlotte Tindall, who interviewed people involved with 50 different fisheries to identify innovative practices (PDF), runs us through a few approaches....

 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680206/more-fish-means-more-money-rebuilding-the-global-fish-supply

 

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Bill Clinton: cutting use of natural resources would help US economy

Bill Clinton: cutting use of natural resources would help US economy | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
Former president says US would recover faster from financial crises if more effort was made to use resources sustainably...

 

AN : CLinton was speaking, amongst other world leaders, at a 2 day conference in Oxford....

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/13/bill-clinton-natural-resources-us?newsfeed=true

 

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WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD - World Business Council for Sustainable Development | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

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Eating Insects: Arnold van Huis at TEDxEde

"Biography

Prof.Dr.Ir. Arnold van Huis worked from 1974 to 1979 in Nicaragua for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on integrated pest management (IPM) in foodgrains. From 1982 to 1985 he coordinated from Niger a regional crop protection training project for eight Sahelian countries. From 1985 onwards he works as tropical entomologist at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and has been responsible for a number of IPM and biological control projects in the tropics. He currently coordinates an interdisciplinary project in Benin, Ghana and Mali entitled "Convergence of Sciences". He also coordinates a project in the Netherlands called "Sustainable Production of Insect Proteins". This project explores the potential of the sustainable production of high quality edible insects and insect-derived products, in particular proteins, from side streams (organic waste). He also serves as a consultant to FAO on insects as food and feed."

 

AN : Watch the TED Talk on the video in the link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXs6yQMsQfY&feature=relmfu

 

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IUCN World Conservation Congress - Sept 6-15, 2012

IUCN World Conservation Congress - Sept 6-15, 2012 | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

The 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held from 6 to 15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.

Theme : Nature+

The Congress will explore many of our most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues.

Nature+ climate: Nature-based solutions to climate change

Nature+ food: Nature-based solutions to food security

Nature+ development: Nature-based solutions to social and economic development 

Nature+ people & governance: Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use

Nature+ life: Valuing and conserving nature"

http://goo.gl/saHXD

 

AN : look forward to seeing reports coming out of this IUCN Congress via their various social & traditional media 

http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/news___press/social_media/

 

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Trees breathing new life into French agriculture

Trees breathing new life into French agriculture | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
Agroforestry, the traditional practice of growing crops around trees, is regaining popularity in parts of France...

 

AN : intercropping has advantages. In this case, trees together with  annual / periannual plants is a great  model going a  ways in the direction of sustainability.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/aug/21/agroforestry-france-farming-revival

 

 

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Global Green Carbon: Insetting C emissions in the cacao supply chain – an opportunity?

Global Green Carbon: Insetting C emissions in the cacao supply chain – an opportunity? | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"Traditionally, sustainability efforts have focused on improving farming practices, increasing cacao volumes and helping farmers to improve their livelihoods – focusing on the production side of the supply chain in isolation. A new approach, being adopted by innovative companies looking to integrate production sustainability within a wider climate change strategy, is the reduction of whole supply chain environmental impacts. "

 

http://blog.globalgreencarbon.com/2012/07/insetting-c-emissions-in-cacao-supply.html

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The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"ABSTRACT

Two decades have passed since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 launched a grand experiment in market-based environmental policy: the SO2 cap-and-trade system. That system performed well but created four striking ironies. First, by creating this system to reduce SO2 emissions to curb acid rain, the government did the right thing for the wrong reason. Second, a substantial source of this system's cost-effectiveness was an unanticipated consequence of earlier railroad deregulation. Third, it is ironic that cap-and-trade has come to be demonized by conservative politicians in recent years, since this market-based, cost-effective policy innovation was initially championed and implemented by Republican administrations. Fourth, court decisions and subsequent regulatory responses have led to the collapse of the SO2 market, demonstrating that what the government gives, the government can take away."

 

AN: this discussion paper highlights implications on other climate change and CO2 cap-and-trade matters. Political pressures in USA and Canada can detract and deflect from good steps and public policies.

http://goo.gl/aLxzX ;

& to downloaded the pdf :

http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/schmalensee-stavins2_dp53.pdf

 

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Mobilizing for a resource revolution - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Strategy & Analysis

Mobilizing for a resource revolution - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Strategy & Analysis | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
Over the next quarter century, the rise of three billion more middle-class consumers will strain natural resources. The race is on to boost resource supplies, overhaul their management, and change the game with new technologies.

Progressively cheaper natural resources underpinned 20th-century global economic growth. But the 21st century could be different. Indeed, over the past ten years, rapid economic development in emerging markets has wiped out all of the previous century’s declines in real commodity prices. And in the next two decades, up to three billion people (and their spending power) will be added to the global middle class. Is the world entering an era of sustained high resource prices, leading to increased economic, social, and geopolitical risk?"

 

AN : there is going to have to be a comparable revolution in all resources in the upcoming decade(s) as that witnessed in the agricultural sector : "Green Revolution " with Norman Borlaug 

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution) in order to have sustainable population growth and balanced uses and availability of resources to all.

 

https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Mobilizing_for_a_resource_revolution_2908

 

 

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Food Security - the new catchphrase | Climate | The Earth Times

Food Security - the new catchphrase | Climate | The Earth Times | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"The impact of climate change on food security. Too much CO2 and the need for more food due to an increasing population. Plants are the obvious answer.

A world-wide team, led by Lewis H. Ziska, they can be praised for their enthusiasm to come together from many different disciplines in order to "propagate" this new growth in the industry of agricultural adaptation. They publish their paper, Food Security and Climate Change: On the potential to adapt global crop production by active selection to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences."

 

AN : climate change, excessive CO2 and food porduction / security are intergrated problems and solutions. A small begiinning in the approach to solving this big problem.

 

http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/food-security-climate-change/2118/

 

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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

" "The 19th Century was a Century of Empires , 20th Century was a Century of Nation States and the 21st Century will be a Century of Cities ." -former Denver Mayor W. Webb "

 

AN : a wonderful infographic on Cities , urbanization and features of sustainability.

 

http://goo.gl/WWt6j

 

 

 

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Going for the Gold in Sustainability at the London Olympic Games

Going for the Gold in Sustainability at the London Olympic Games | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it

"The Olympic games are known for fierce competition, great spectacle, tremendous celebration, and complete transformation for the host city. However, the London 2012 Olympic Games are trying to leave a greener legacy for future Olympic games. According to the official site of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the 2012 Olympics will be the world’s first truly sustainable Games. Towards a One Planet 2012 was created through a partnership between the London 2012 Olympic Committee, BioRegional, and the World Wildlife Foundation. The document sets the stage for an Olympic games “guided by the principle that the world should live within its means.” "

 

http://goo.gl/Z0WXm

 

 

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How Much Money Is Canada's Nature Worth?

How Much Money Is Canada's Nature Worth? | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
Most people understand the concept of financial capital. We pay for things we find valuable. But how much is our natural capital worth?

 

"Encouragingly, a growing chorus of economists and policy-makers has begun advocating for a smarter way of accounting for the true value of nature - something called natural capital economics."

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-suzuki/natural-capital_b_1699796.html?utm_hp_ref=canada

 

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Cost of saving world’s fisheries? $292 billion

Cost of saving world’s fisheries? $292 billion | Sustainability Pragmatika | Scoop.it
It could cost up to $292 billion and take almost three decades, but University of B.C. experts have a proposal to save the world’s fisheries.

 

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Cost+saving+world+fisheries+billion/6938267/story.html

 

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