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Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health

Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Experts in public health have struggled with behaviour change for years. The sustainability sector should learn what it can from their experiences, says Steven Johnson
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Sustainability professionals need to look at the immediate and urgent health case for better communication of long term complex ideas.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:17 AM

Getting the message across and changing behaviours are mighty barriers to sustainable development.  The language in that sentence shows the scale of the challenge.  If the words aren't simple to understand and the messge is not inspiring then no progress.  The health sector is making changes, otheres need to pay attention.

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172 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

172 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it

Just how dry is California? Here is every map of the state released by the U.S. Drought Monitor since 2011.

The majority of California is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state's condition isn't expected to improve in the near future.

The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear.


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Activists shut down Nestlé plant In drought-stricken California

Activists shut down Nestlé plant In drought-stricken California | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
As California suffers a record drought, local residents and activists took a stand to Nestlé to stop its guzzling of California's water for profit

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How businesses can engage consumers in their sustainability stories

How businesses can engage consumers in their sustainability stories | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Consumers are facing information overload. Tapping into people’s values and sharing positive messages will help connect over sustainability
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The marketing industry is well behind the sustainability curve.  It's not about greenwash it's about immersing consumers in honest open dialogue; moving to sustainability will be tough and difficult.  Getting consumers to believe in corporate progress is one of the keys to making sustainability pay.  

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Sustainability studies - Recommended Resources

Sustainability studies - Recommended Resources | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
the eauc is the sustainability champion for universities and colleges in the uk.
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This is a very useful compendium of Sustainability sources and resources.

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Greenpeace appeals to Information Commissioner over redacted fracking report

Greenpeace appeals to Information Commissioner over redacted fracking report | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: NGO argues government is misleading public by refusing to publish findings of report on how shale gas could impact house prices
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Is the truth about fracking too dirty to reveal?  If Redacting is the best defence it suggests that Fracking really is the worst choice for securing strategic and environmentally sound energy Supplies for the UK.

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The Cost of Sprawl: A Visual Comparison

The Cost of Sprawl: A Visual Comparison | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it

The cost of sprawl is 2.5 times more expensive than the compact city.

Sidewalks, water and wastewater pipes, schools and libraries, police and fire protection, and of course, roads. And whether the costs are paid by the homeowner, the local government, or businesses, the lower density in the suburbs leads to higher costs to operate, maintain and replace all these services...


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Perversely compact well designed green cities and towns offer a better sustainability prospect than sprawling suburbs or car-commuting rural 'idylls'.

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Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, March 10, 10:12 AM

     Sprawl is the spread of development over the landscape. For suburban areas it's going to be more expensive than urban areas. Sprawl in suburban areas would overall take more time in making it more as an urban area. Making urban areas more industrial is going to be a lot easier especially since the area has already been industrialized. 

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Pile 'em high

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The cost of sprawl is 2.5 times more expensive than the compact city.

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Climate Denier James Inhofe Is a Godsend to Democrats in 2016

Climate Denier James Inhofe Is a Godsend to Democrats in 2016 | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
His snowball antics can only help Democrats retain the White House.
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The politics of the environment are not funny.  The need for sound science based policies and action has never been greater.

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China vows 'harsh punishment' for toxic smog culprits

China vows 'harsh punishment' for toxic smog culprits | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it

BEIJING, Feb 26 (Reuters) - China's environment ministry has vowed to 'harshly punish' factories and power plants that contributed to a hazardous smog which enveloped much of Northern China, official state media reported on Wednesday.

 

Investigations had found that some thermal power plants, cement and steel makers in the northern province of Hebei had failed to halt or curtail production during severely smoggy days despite government orders, state news agency Xinhua quoted the Ministry of Environmental Protection as saying.


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Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment

Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
A clean and healthy environment is not a luxury but a right and our moral obligation to fulfill for our children. Children of all colors need a safe and healthy world in which to "live, work and play."...
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The environment isn't green - it is all the colours of the rainbow.

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Sustainability

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We believe that advanced engineering has a critical role to play in meeting the environmental and societal challenges the world faces. With our customer at its heart, our strategy will
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Sustainability is creeping into corporate literature.  How much is pious compliance and how much ambitious paradigm change?  Profit  remains the driver.  Until nature is a fully valued asset I see little real change ahead.

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Climate change hampering world food production: scientists - The Times of India

Climate change hampering world food production: scientists - The Times of India | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
The acceleration climate change and its impact on agricultural production means that profound societal changes will be needed in coming decades to feed the world's growing population, researchers at an annual science conference said.

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Educating Sustainability Professionals: Learning By Doing

Educating Sustainability Professionals: Learning By Doing | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
As always, I derive great hope and optimism from the dedication and brainpower of our students and from the willingness of our clients and faculty to invest time and effort in developing this first generation of sustainability professionals....
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Sustainability is such a complex and challenging aspiration that organisations, whether commercial or not-for-profit, will have to learn that Environmental Management and CSR initiatives alone will not be enough to anticipate, mitigate or adapt to emerging challenges at every level and in every part of their operations.

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Push for QLD Government to make GABSI a priority

Push for QLD Government to make GABSI a priority | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
The founder of GABSI is urging Queensland's new government to get the water saving scheme back up and running quickly.
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What's the carbon footprint of the Internet? [Infographic]

What's the carbon footprint of the Internet? [Infographic] | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it

What is the carbon footprint of one single Google search? How about a single email? These and many other questions are presented in the following infographic...


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For This Financial Group, Sustainability Is a Must-Have Strategy

For This Financial Group, Sustainability Is a Must-Have Strategy | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Equilibrium Capital invests in green businesses to bring in greenbacks.
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Sustainability, in its deeper sense, not environmental management will be the core consideration for successful future corporate growth.  It will require tough discipline that must address the more difficult natural capital and social justice challenges.

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Climate change to drastically alter face of Bengal Bay

Climate change to drastically alter face of Bengal Bay | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
The Bay of Bengal region will undergo a dire and drastic transformation unless urgent action is taken to deal with the disastrous effects of global warming, climate change experts have warned.
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Just how many warnings about the impending global disasters that will be the consequence of global climate change do politicians need before they will act?


"The objective of the workshop is to create awareness and shape public opinion regarding the calamitous impact of global warming and climate change, and to enhance community resilience for sustainable development. Apart from Parasuraman, the event was attended by Ambika Prasad Nanda (United Nations Development Programme), Aniruddha Dey (executive director, PRISM), Ardhendu Chatterjee (DRCSC, Kolkata), Sanjay Vasisht (director, CANSA) and Kunal Shah from World Vision India. "

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Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions | Sustainable Brands

Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions | Sustainable Brands | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
This month, shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow released its 10th annual Proxy Preview report, detailing the record-breaking 433 social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed so far this proxy season, with political spending and climate change driving most of the activity.
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It may be a new record but the number of shareholder resolutions on sustainability related issues is remakbly low.  Shareholders with a vested interest in business is usual moving to better business as usual are clearly not the key group in a paradigm shift.  Corporate mind sets need a hard reality check; current consumption patterns guarantee. Global impoverishment.  Shareholders are not the group that is seeking to achieve a system shift.

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The problem with sustainability marketing? Not enough me, me, me

The problem with sustainability marketing? Not enough me, me, me | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Campaigns often appeal to our better intentions and higher purpose but perhaps they need to focus on answering the question ‘what’s in it for me?’
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Consumer driven sustainability is critical to future progress in reducing planetary impacts. Regulation and commodity resource constraints can only drive manufacturers and suppliers part way to leaner more efficient processes Until consumers spend more selectively on the Planetary Credit Card it will continue to plunge into irretrievable debt.  Paradigm Shift is clearly not yet a catchy brand name for a sustainable society.

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Why This Palm Oil Sustainability Group Ditched Its Own Members

Why This Palm Oil Sustainability Group Ditched Its Own Members | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
A coalition focused on encouraging palm oil sustainability has decided to use a bold strategy to draw attention to its members' lack of compliance.
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The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil gets tougher with non-compliance and boots out the worste offenders.  Three cheers for Orangutans and forest biodiversity.  

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Google Earth: how much has global warming raised temperatures near you?

Google Earth: how much has global warming raised temperatures near you? | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it

If you've ever wondered how much global warming has raised local temperatures in your area or elsewhere on the globe, the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (UEA CRU) has just released a newinteractive Google Earth layer that will let you answer this question with ease. UEA CRU is one of the scientific organizations that compile temperature data from around the world. Their temperature dataset over land is called CRUTEM4, and is one of the most widely used records of the climate system.

 

The new Google Earth format allows users to scroll around the world, zoom in on 6,000 weather stations, and view monthly, seasonal and annual temperature data more easily than ever before. Users can drill down to see some 20,000 graphs – some of which show temperature records dating back to 1850.


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Is Severn barrage dream now dead in the water? | Blog

Is Severn barrage dream now dead in the water? | Blog | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Is Severn barrage dream now dead in the water?
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Tidal lagoons will have a negative impact on biodiversity.  Migratory fish species will be particularly badly affected.  But compared to the concrete megalith of a Severn Barrage lagoons will have a less serious impact overall.  The devilas always lives in the detail.

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Rogerson probed over Green Economy Council inaction

Rogerson probed over Green Economy Council inaction | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
Forum for business leaders not met for two years
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The necessary global scale and extreme urgency of initiatives for human future sustainability has yet to penetrate the thick craniums of too many plodding 'business as usual' corporate Neanderthals.  

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Fracking: Too risky by far | Oxford Today

Fracking: Too risky by far | Oxford Today | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
In the second of a two-part debate, Dr Jeremy Leggett, author of The Energy of Nations and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, makes the case against a technology that’s been presented as a rich new source for fossil fuel.
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Not so much scraping the oil barrel rather a case of trying to wring it dry.

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Scientists reveal revolutionary palm oil alternative: yeast

Scientists reveal revolutionary palm oil alternative: yeast | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
A little-known yeast historically used in South Africa’s wine industry could revolutionise the food and cosmetics industries, and help halt deforestation
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Orangutans everywhere will be chortling over their copy of Guardian Sustainable Business.  A viable and economic Palm Oil substitute is the philosophers stone for this endangered hominid which is genetically so close to us yet so far away through our low valuation of natural capital compared to high revenue profits.

Biscuit lovers may once again be able to dunk happily in the knowledge that no Orangutans were made homeless in pursuit of their cheap crunch.

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Water independence should be a basic right - Desolenator Blog

Water independence should be a basic right - Desolenator Blog | Sustaining Values | Scoop.it
By William Janssen, January 2015 Water: recently a lot of discussion has focused on the subject of water independence for all people, especially those deprived rural dwellers at the bottom of the pyramid. The basic question that arises is,‘What does water independence mean and how can it to be achieved?’ In recent times we have seen ... [Read more...]
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Thinking more deeply about desalination of water supplies - Desolenator says reverse osmosis is more,cost effective and can tackle more marginal supplies.

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