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UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific,...
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Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 7:51 AM
After reading this article, I see that the people are not able to pay for electricity. The government is helping them by building solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This will benefit many people, for example the children can study even after the sunset and the adults can use electrical appliances to cook food instead of using fire. Now the people can use the computer and connect to the outside world and let people know about what is poverty.
Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:08 AM

This method is viable, it will help many obtain cooked food, but. is this method viable in a way in cost effectiveness if we wanted to do this in a world wide scale to help everyone? I do not think so, but, it is still good as this project had helped many, thousands, or maybe millions. lives are saved, but maybe we could look for a new method to help them which is cost effective and needed by people affected by poverty.

Praveent Thamil Mani's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:21 AM

Support offered by government and non-government agencies to people to come out of the poverty line.

 

I see that a report by the UN Development Programme confirms that there can be no development without energy, and that poverty cannot be addressed sustainably without paying due attention to energy services.  The poor need energy to get out of poverty, but energy alone is not enough. The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which in turn will improve household living standards. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services. I hope that this process speeds up and the poverty in the world is decreased.

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The Cleantech ‘Arms’ Race that Could Save the World

The Cleantech ‘Arms’ Race that Could Save the World | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Currently China is outpacing the U.S. in clean energy investment, but it should be a race that everyone tries to win.
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Calculating the Carbon Value of a Swamp

A group is selling carbon credits to finance wetlands restoration along the Gulf Coast.
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With New Law, Profits Take a Back Seat

With New Law, Profits  Take a Back Seat | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A slew of companies plan to take advantage of a new and untested benefit corporation charter, available in only a half dozen states, allowing a company's governing board to consider social or environment objectives ahead of profits.
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Forget That Thermostat: A New Wristband Controls Your Surroundings

Forget That Thermostat: A New Wristband Controls Your Surroundings | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Wear the WristQue to work and stop bringing a sweater to take on and off. Instead, your office will automatically adjust to make you happy--and save energy, too.
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Need a better thermostat? Look to your smartphone

Need a better thermostat? Look to your smartphone | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Internet-connected dishwashers and TVs get lots of attention, but thermostats that can be remotely controlled bring new conveniences and help people actually use the scheduling features of programmable thermostats.
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The Rise Of The Charitable For-Profit Entity - Forbes

Various states, whose laws regulate corporate governance, have begun to catch up with the reality that not every investor or shareholder subscribes to the view that "greed is good."  Far from being a nation of Gordon Gekkos, many Americans, and millions...
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Fish diversity in freshwater systems - Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Fish diversity in freshwater systems - Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Although freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, lakes and wetlands occupy less than 2% of the Earth's total land surface, they provide a wide range of habitats for a significant proportion of the world's plant and animal species.
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The shared patterns of indigenous culture, permaculture and digital commons

The shared patterns of indigenous culture, permaculture and digital commons | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Jolinr Blais is Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Maine at Orono, and and Cofounder of LongGreenHouse, a project described as a “cross-cultural partnership” that “weaves together indigenous culture, permaculture, and digital culture.” LongGreenHouse is “developing a Living/Learning model for thriving cultures in this bioregion based on the intersection of evolutionary wisdom, natural patterns, and social networking.” (A grateful salute to Michel Bauwens for bringing Blais' essay to my attention!)

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China Report Spells Out 'Grim' Climate Change Risks: Scientific American

China Report Spells Out 'Grim' Climate Change Risks: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Global warming threatens China's march to prosperity by cutting crops, shrinking rivers and unleashing more droughts and floods, says the government's latest assessment of climate change, projecting big shifts in how the nation feeds itself.
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Re-Cultivating the Forest City

Re-Cultivating the Forest City | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This project from Port Architecture + Urbanism provides another example of the Cuyahoga Valley as inspiration. It won first prize in the FORMCities Symposium and Design Competition.
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Biofuels Rulings Shift Geopolitical Landscape | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Biofuels Rulings Shift Geopolitical Landscape | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A series of recent policy-related developments within the biofuels industry may have set the stage for what could prove to be a significant shift in biofuel...
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Green Car Congress: President’s Jobs Council recommends an “All-in” energy strategy; from fossil fuels and pipelines, to efficiency, renewables and vehicle electrification

In its 2011 year-end report, Road Map to Renewal, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) made a number of recommendations to create jobs in the short run and improve US competitiveness over the long term. Very broadly, the report lays out an agenda to “Invest in Our Future” through education and innovation, “Build on Our Strengths” in the critical sectors of energy and manufacturing, and “Play to Win” by making overdue tax and regulatory reforms to stay competitive.

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Intermission: The Guerrilla Gardener - Cities - GOOD

Intermission: The Guerrilla Gardener - Cities - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
See a "guerilla gardener" attack some potholes and make the world a little more beautiful.
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Poverty News Blog: Free Trade Agreement in Africa to Promote intra-African Trade

This month, many African Heads of State will come together in an effort to launch a "continent-wide free trade agreement (CFTA)." This is in an effort to promote intra-African trade and hopefully provide an avenue for the poor to free themselves from economic oppression.

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Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited

Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Chagrined by the failure of delegates to embrace agriculture as a formal priority in climate change talks in Durban, a group of experts calls for more research and advocacy on the world's food system.
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B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

B Corps ask the question: “How do we use business as a tool for social change?”

The answer is straightforward: Business can promote social change by harnessing the growing market demand for a “new” or “creative” capitalism, using an approach that’s backed by solid certification and standards. These rigorous metrics then underpin each business’s unique story of becoming greener or more sustainable.

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Tradeoff Between Environment and Economy is "Nonsense" Says GE Executive

Tradeoff Between Environment and Economy is "Nonsense" Says GE Executive | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The political rhetoric bashing sustainability is not relevant to business interests, says GE Exec. Sustainability is a driver for innovation.
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Genetically Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed into Ethanol: Scientific American

Genetically Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed into Ethanol: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A genetically modified strain of common gut bacteria may lead to a new technology for making biofuels that does not compete with food crops for arable acreage...
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Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN

Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Fiona Harvey: Access to energy alone is not enough to combat poverty, says UN report, it needs to be allied with microfinance and education programmes (Women should be focus of energy expansion plans, says UN
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Khanh Fleshman's curator insight, December 6, 2013 8:14 AM

This appears on my page because it shows how women are now becoming a priority on a global scale. It shows how people are recognizing the important of women in these societies, and how they are a gateway to improving the overall health of a society. People that could benefit from reading this are people who do not recognize the importance of women in society. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also has a section on UN foreign aid and the effect of increasing the status of women worldwide.

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For farmers everywhere, small is (still) beautiful

For farmers everywhere, small is (still) beautiful | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It was small-scale organic farmers growing rice for themselves and local markets in the Philippines who first convinced us that they could feed both their communities and their country. Part of what convinced us was simple economics: These farmers demonstrated substantial immediate savings from eliminating chemical inputs while, within a few harvests—if not immediately—their yields were close to or above their previous harvests. From these farmers, we also learned of the health and environmental benefits from this shift.

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IUCN - More recognition needed for Blue Carbon’s role in curbing climate change

IUCN - More recognition needed for Blue Carbon’s role in curbing climate change | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The critical role of coastal ecosystem management in curbing climate change and the need to fully integrate it in climate change and biodiversity policies were the focus of the “Blue Carbon – Managing coastal ecosystems for climate change...
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8 Mighty Rivers Run Dry From Overuse -- National Geographic

8 Mighty Rivers Run Dry From Overuse -- National Geographic | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
From the American West to China, Australia to India, some of the world's most important rivers have been drained dry for agriculture, industry, and drinking water.
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Decentralized, Distributed and Disruptive: The New Diseconomies of Scale | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise

Decentralized, Distributed and Disruptive: The New Diseconomies of Scale | Blog | NextBillion.net | Development through Enterprise | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, economies of scale have ruled the day, with massive investments in power plants, pipelines, factories, transmission lines, dams, and highways to more efficiently serve the burgeoning consumption needs of the rising consumer classes. Industrial-era technologies (such as electricity, petrochemicals, and automobiles) were also closely associated with mass production, the assembly line, and centralized, bureaucratic organization, resulting in the rise of organized labor, worker alienation, and growing social stratification.

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ISO 14000: Framework for Common Environmental Goals | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

ISO 14000: Framework for Common Environmental Goals | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It is hard to believe there was a time when we, as a united people on Planet Earth, didn’t really focus on the environment.
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