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Don't Buy – Share: How Collaborative Consumption Opens the Door to New Business Models and a Sustainable Lifestyle – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Don't Buy – Share: How Collaborative Consumption Opens the Door to New Business Models and a Sustainable Lifestyle – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.

Purchasing was yesterday. A sustainable consumer society must concentrate on the use of products rather than their ownership. In concrete terms this means swapping, sharing, lending rather than acquiring, wearing out and discarding. The ecological added value is obvious: “The sharing of a washing machine or a lawn mower among many people makes fewer of these everyday objects necessary, which in turn conserves resources. In addition, those who facilitate business models based on lending or sharing products have an incentive – the ability to supply particularly long-lasting products.” says Michael Kuhndt, Director of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).

The “Sharing model” also offers consumers the advantage that they don’t have to concern themselves with the maintenance and reparation of equipment. They sidestep initial investment costs and have flexibility to try out different products. A good example is car-sharing.


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Rolling solar trucks save the day in Sandy affected areas..

Rolling solar trucks save the day in Sandy affected areas.. | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Greenpeace’s solar-array truck gets called into action for Hurricane Sandy relief.


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UnderwaterTimes.com | Researchers: Corals Attacked By Toxic Seaweed Use Chemical 911 Signals To Summon Help

UnderwaterTimes.com | Researchers: Corals Attacked By Toxic Seaweed Use Chemical 911 Signals To Summon Help | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Corals under attack by toxic seaweed do what anyone might do when threatened – they call for help...

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What Obama’s Reelection Could Mean for Combating Climate Change in the US

What Obama’s Reelection Could Mean for Combating Climate Change in the US | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
After what some considered an underwhelming first term for President Obama when it came to renewable energy integration, organizations in that sector are...

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After Sandy: Solar More Than Ever

After Sandy: Solar More Than Ever | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Solar energy has to be part of the plan when we talk about rebuilding in the wake of Sandy. We can make our neighborhoods more livable, no matter what the weather.

The electricity is coming back on in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the people of New York and New Jersey are talking about how to rebuild, and how to make energy infrastructure changes to address a new stormy reality. The Dot Earth Blog, for example, is discussing small natural gas cogeneration plants that kept NYU powered up when lower Manhattan went dark. Others are talking about microgrids, smart planning and flood control systems.

Solar power must be in the mix. The region affected by Sandy has vast untapped potential to produce clean power and cut the carbon emissions that might be exacerbating these storms in the first place.


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The Most Successful Electric Car Cities (+ Infographic)

The Most Successful Electric Car Cities (+ Infographic) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, as people and cities all over the world have started recognizing their advantages and introducing initiatives to promote the use of the plug-in transport option.


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Columbian.com - Forage fish vital for sea food web

Columbian.com - Forage fish vital for sea food web | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the environmental challenges facing our oceans seem so large that it's hard to know where to start solving them.

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3 ways for companies to protect water resources and save money - GreenBiz.com

3 ways for companies to protect water resources and save money - GreenBiz.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The Carbon Disclosure Project and General Electric both released reports on water this week. While the focus of the reports varied—CDP looked at how many companies are tracking, reporting and doing something about their impact on water while GE surveyed the general public to gauge consumer attitudes about water usage—the conclusions were roughly the same: Everyone knows we need to do something about water consumption, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so profitably. Those opportunities break down generally into three categories: reducing usage, reusing water and improving infrastructure.


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David Attenborough: US Politicans Duck Climate Change Because of Cost

David Attenborough: US Politicans Duck Climate Change Because of Cost | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The naturalist warns that it will take a terrible example of extreme weather to wake people up to global warming.

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Where the Jobs Are (what's the real score for clean energy?)

Where the Jobs Are (what's the real score for clean energy?) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
For years, the dirty energy industry has warned of massive job losses if the nation switches to clean energy. It's dead wrong.

For years, the dirty energy industry has warned of massive job losses if the nation switches to clean energy. It's dead wrong. Max Wei, Shana Patadia, and Daniel Kammen of the University of California at Berkeley reviewed 15 recent studies on the job-creation potential of various energy sources and found that renewables generate more jobs per unit of energy delivered than do fossil fuels. For a calculator showing how many jobs could be created under various assumptions, see rael.berkeley.edu/greenjobs. Figures shown here represent jobs per megawatt and include jobs in construction, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. —Paul Rauber


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EDA announces Minnesota renewable energy business cluster planning grant - Brainerd Daily Dispatch

EDA announces Minnesota renewable energy business cluster planning grantBrainerd Daily DispatchThe emerging renewable energy business sector in Minnesota will explore the potential for a comprehensive research to commercialization effort over the...
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Why Arusha meeting on agriculture was important to Africa’s food security | IPP Media

Why Arusha meeting on agriculture was important to Africa’s food security | IPP Media | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The East African scenarios building process, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), seeks to capture key uncertainties and challenges for regional food security, environment and livelihoods under conditions of global environmental and socio-economic change from various perspectives and to develop regional capacity for governance and decision-making in the face of uncertainty.

The scenarios have also been developed to in order to identify adaptation and mitigation technology, policy options and opportunities towards improved food security, governance, environmental management and livelihoods, particularly in areas of regional collaboration.

 

During the workshop, the participants, who represented various regional needs, agendas and aspirations, worked together to create a shared vision for the region’s future. They then mapped the actions needed to realize the visions starting from the time the vision is to be realized going backwards.

 

learn more: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/scenarios


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Tokyo – Rooftop and underground urban farming lures young Japanese office workers

Tokyo – Rooftop and underground urban farming lures young Japanese office workers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

"Crops planted on rooftops, underground create new jobs, lower temperatures"


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Surprising News About Bicycle-Powered Electricity Generators

Surprising News About Bicycle-Powered Electricity Generators | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

That hourglass-shaped device is the PowerPac, an energy storage device meant to be powered by a human on a stationary bicycle. Conceived of by South African design firm Ideso, the PowerPac won a Red Dot Design Award in the "Best of the Best" category.


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Scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell

Scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today.

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Pushing the Green Button

Pushing the Green Button | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
A year ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the Green Button initiative. The premise was to make it easy and fun for consumers to learn how much electricity their home was using.

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Trading Recyclables for Rosemary - a barter market system to promote recycling (a practical idea)

Trading Recyclables for Rosemary - a barter market system to promote recycling (a practical idea) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Part bottle depot, part farmers' market, a program in Mexico City promotes recycling in a region with serious waste management and littering issues.

Part bottle depot, part farmers’ market, part family outing, the Mercado de Trueque, or barter market, promotes recycling in a region with serious waste management and water issues. Problems range from a lack of landfill space to litter that plugs storm sewers and results in flooding.

The barter market’s coordinator, Paola de María y Campos, describes it as an educational project. “We’re trying to show people that trash is worth something,” he said. ...

Based on a similar project in Brazil, the market exchanges cardboard, Tetra Pakcontainers, glass, aluminum and PET bottlesfor tickets that can then be turned in for food offered in a farmers’ market setting.


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Urban wildlife 'invaders' - in pictures

Urban wildlife 'invaders' - in pictures | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
It won't be long before you see wild boar in suburban areas, say experts, who claim unusual spiders, fish, birds of prey and insects are now boldly colonising the urban environment.

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Agriculture urbaine

Agriculture urbaine | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
L'agriculture urbaine offre-t-elle une solution d'avenir aux problèmes d'alimentation dans un monde en forte croissance démographique ?

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World’s First “Living Building” Uses Algae to Provide Energy and Shade

World’s First “Living Building” Uses Algae to Provide Energy and Shade | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The world’s first ever “living building” has started construction in Germany. Known as the BIQ building, it uses moveable panels of micro-algae to generate heat, shade, and energy.

 


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Rising Ocean Temps Threaten The Ocean Food Chain

Rising Ocean Temps Threaten The Ocean Food Chain | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: Of all the plants and animals facing a potentially dire future because of climate change, a study released Thursday in Science paints a potentially grim picture for one of the most important and...

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In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines...

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.


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Is This The World's First 100% Organic, Chemically Free Nation?

Is This The World's First 100% Organic, Chemically Free Nation? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

October 24, 2012 | Wake Up World

The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan serves as home to just 738,000 people—about the population of Alaska. But this tiny landlocked nation is on track to make one of the biggest pro-organic moves in the world.... http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/24/is-this-the-worlds-first-100-organic-nation/

 

-October 3, 2012 - Common Dreams

Bhutan Pledges to be First 100% Organic, Chemically-Free Nation

The small nation of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, is committed to becoming the first "hundred percent organic" "chemical-free" nation within decade.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/03-4


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10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water

10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Meet some of the coolest ideas to save water.

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Nanoflowers Promise Energy Storage, Solar Cells | News | Laboratory Equipment

Nanoflowers Promise Energy Storage, Solar Cells | News | Laboratory Equipment | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Flower-like structures made from a semiconductor material have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The “flowers” hold promise for next-generation energy storage devices and solar cells.

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