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Renewable Energy Investments Shift to Developing Nations

Renewable Energy Investments Shift to Developing Nations | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
Renewable energy investments are shifting to developing nations as countries from Morocco to Chile pursue power sources that wean them off fossil fuel imports, two studies promoted by the United Nations said.

 

The gap on renewables spending between richer and developing countries shrank to 18 percent last year from 250 percent in 2007, marking a “dramatic change” in investment patterns, the statement said. Two-thirds of the 138 nations that now have clean-energy targets are in the developing world.


“The uptake of renewable energies continues worldwide as countries, companies and communities seize the linkages between low-carbon green economies and a future of energy access and security,” UN Environment Program Executive Director Achim Steiner said in the statement. “More and more countries are set to take the renewable energy stage,” he said, citing “the logic and the rationale of embracing a green development path.”


Total global investment in renewables fell to $244 billion in 2012 from $279 billion in 2011, due in part to a drop in the cost of solar and wind technologies, according to the reports. Solar photovoltaic installations rose to a record 30.5 gigawatts. Wind also hit a new annual record, with 48.4 gigawatts put in place.


“It is encouraging that renewable energy investment has exceeded $200 billion for the third successive year, that emerging economies are playing a larger and larger part, and that the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind power is improving all the time,” said New Energy Finance Chief Executive Officer Michael Liebreich. “What remains daunting is that the world has hardly scratched the surface. CO2 emissions are still on a firm upward  trend and there was still nearly $150 billion of net investment in new fossil-fuel generating assets in 2012.”


(More complete quotes at http://treealerts.org/home-global/2013/06/report-renewables-keep-growing-but-are-held-back-by-uncertain-policies/ ;)

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It is very important that developing countries NOT follow in our footsteps that led to the dominance of fossil fuels.  And the numbers we should really focus on are not the amount of money invested but the total use of fossil fuels which lead directly to CO2 emissions.

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Cool Planet Nears Commercial Production of Carbon Negative Biofuel

Cool Planet Nears Commercial Production of Carbon Negative Biofuel | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
California based Cool Planet Energy has just announced almost $30 million in funding toward a goal of $100 million to build its first commercial facility for producing low cost biofuel that is not just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative.

 

Yes, that’s what Cool Planet has promised: it will produce bio-gasoline at a cost of under $1.50 per gallon without government subsidy, along with a biochar coproduct that will increase crop yields while capturing carbon from the atmosphere.

 

One interesting aspect of Cool Planet’s strategy is its focus on commercializing modular, transportable micro-biorefineries which can be located at or near biofuel croplands, which should help reduce carbon emissions related to feedstock transportation. 

 

Cool Planet has its sights set higher, into carbon-negative territory.  The key to that goal is the production of biochar during Cool Planet’s refining process. Biochar refers to black carbon produced from biomass (or fossil fuels, too). When burned as fuel it adds carbon back to the atmosphere, but when used as a soil enhancer it captures carbon. As an extra bonus it renders marginal soil more fertile and improves its ability to absorb water, which could mean that biochar would enable more previously non-arable land to be put into production for biofuel crops.

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

This is a win-win for consumers and nature, everyone wins except for the oil industry, unless they jump in to operate it and stop pumping oil wells.

 

The addition of biochar to improve soil should allow us to reclaim desertifying lands as well, getting more land back in active production of CO2 capturing plants.  It should NOT be used to compete with food production.

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The Carbon Negative Revolution: Jason Aramburu at TEDxMission

As the world's population skyrockets, reduction of CO2 emissions becomes vital for human survival. However, inconvenient lifestyle changes (conservation, energy efficiency etc) have proven difficult or impossible to implement. How can we leverage technologies, both ancient and new, to make our lives better and fight climate change? Jason Aramburu is a cleantech entrepreneur and researcher currently working with Biochar as a means of developing innovative and low-cost solutions to these challenges.

 

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

Wish he hadn't started the description with "As the world's population skyrockets" because population growth is actually declining, and is projected to reach 0 in a few decades.  Moreover, it is the poorest half of the population that is still growing even while they are having fewer children, but they are only responsible for 7% of the carbon footprint. We do need to help them develop while avoiding adding to the mess we have created.

 

One more important thing about population: Once we reach the goal of a per capita carbon footprint that is negative, and we will get there, the sooner the better, then it won't matter how many people we have, and in fact, more people would make the total footprint all the more negative, and we will be able to clean up the mess that much faster.

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Cradle2Cradle | Reggs

From: http://www.c2ccertified.org/about/what_is_cradle_to_cradle


Co-founder Dr. Michael Braungart points out that mankind strives to make a positive impact both economically and socially, but when it comes to the environment, we strive for “zero.” Zero is not a terribly inspiring goal, which may explain why collectively we don’t seem to be in a hurry to get there.

 

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

Good intro to the concept.  But I think it is misleading to suggest that population growth is the problem, even though it also points out that the real problem is non-sustainable industrial practices that are competing to satisfy the demands for products by the population.  Blaming the population for what is done on our behalf is the wrong way of looking at it.

 

I also agree that "zero" is not enough, but not as a marketing spin on the same solution.  Zero Footprint is the goal professed here, but we need to go further, to achieve a negative footprint and a positive impact, to repair the centuries of environmental damage that has accumlated.

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Mind Your Metaphors: Words Have Power

Mind Your Metaphors: Words Have Power | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
The problem is, if we conceive of our challenge as squeezing within the limits of a finite planet, our imaginations stay locked inside an unecological worldview of separateness and lack -- precisely the thinking that got us into this mess.

 

It's true, of course, that for all practical purposes our planet and atmosphere are made up of a limited number of atoms. But their configurations are essentially infinite. By conjuring up a fixed and static reality, the "finite-limits frame" draws us away from the deeper reality of our world -- that of interconnection and dynamism offering stunning possibility, if we learn to align with nature's rules.

 

Think of music.  Yes, there are just eighty-eight keys on the piano. But if we instruct ourselves to focus primarily on this limit, we won't get very far in creating beautiful sound. It is the possible variations we play on these eighty-eight keys that are important. And they are virtually endless.

 

A further drawback of the "hitting the limits" frame is that for the most part finitude does not explain much of today's suffering. True, there is a finite amount of forests we can destroy or water we can pollute without killing ourselves and other species, along with finite land area, finite rare minerals, and on and on.

 

But let's not be confused. Even as 868 million people suffer long-term, extreme undernourishment -- and many more experience food insecurity -- the supply of food is not only sufficient for all but continues to increase: now at about 2,800 calories for each of us each day. Plus, ecological farming could increase production, and it stores more carbon than chemical farming. And energy? We've barely begun to tap renewable sources.

 

So, today's deprivation in food and energy is not the result of the earth's "limits." The root lies in rules concentrating wealth and power: Income of less than two percent of the world's people is as great as that of the bottom 77 percent.

 

From "Limits" to Alignment with Nature

Through an ecological lens, however, we can move toward defining the problem as mal-alignment with nature. So we stop calling ours a "growth economy" and start naming it the "waste and destruction" economy. From there, we can get focused on remaking the ground rules of our economies to align with nature's generative power.

 

We can tap the commonly understood truth that it's a whole lot easier to swim (or float!) with the current than fight against it. This is alignment. Moving with nature's flow of energy is suggested in metaphors like "cradle to cradle" and "zero-waste" and "biomimicry" in design, for example. Nature is no longer a threat, nor a too-skimpy source of stuff. Nature is a wondrous teacher.

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

'So we stop calling ours a "growth economy" and start naming it the "waste and destruction" economy.' Very well said.

 

I have been arguing a similar point, that "growth" doesn't just mean increased consumption of non-renewable resources. It also can mean growing smarter and wiser; it means growing more efficient by using fewer resources more effectively. We do value these things, but just not enough to factor them into our measure of economic activity. We actually have infinite growth potential in these directions, because there is no end of how much we can learn about the world, how much we can creatively innovate better ways of aligning and integrating our civilization with nature.

 

And meanwhile, finite non-renewable resources need to be valued much more for NOT using them, or at least not wasting them.

 

Zero Footprint doesn't mean no growth.  It means truly sustainable growth. 

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Toward a generative economy

Toward a generative economy | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

What kind of economy is consistent with living inside a living being? This question is being answered in experiments across the globe, from community forests in Mexico to "industrial symbiosis" in Denmark.


You don’t start with the corporation and ask how to redesign it. You start with life, with human life and the life of the planet, and ask, how do we generate the conditions for life’s flourishing?


“A thing is right when it enhances the stability and beauty of the total ecosystem. It is wrong when it damages it.”[i] The sustainability of the larger system comes first. Everything else must fit itself within that frame.


In the short run, profit-maximizing companies can help in a rapid transition to a greener economy. But that transition might represent a brief moment in time. If civilization and planetary ecosystems are still functioning well 50 years from now (not a small if), what about the next 50 years? And the next 100 or 1,000 years beyond that? What kind of economy will be suited for ongoing life inside the living earth? Will it be an economy dominated by massive corporations intent on earnings growth? That doesn’t seem likely. In the long view, the question turns itself about: Can we sustain a low-growth or no-growth economy indefinitely without changing dominant ownership designs? 

 

That seems unlikely. Probably impossible. How do we make the turn? What are the alternatives to extractive design, that seeking of endless extraction of financial wealth? Can we design economic architectures that are self-organized around serving the needs of life?

 


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It is possible to have a sustainable growing economy without being exploitive and without extracting more and more non-renewable resources.  Competition and profits and large corporations are not incompatible with sustainability, but we have to impose rules such that ALL costs are paid with zero externalities.  It is an illusion to think that economic growth requires exploitation of resources and people. The economy could still grow as we increase the efficiency of everything we do, and increase our knowledge about the world and learn how to more effectively integrate our maturing society with the life of the world.  As we shift our values to what is truly of long-term value, monetary profits may not matter as much, and mutual benefits matter more.

 

And we do have thousands of times more renewable energy available to us than all the energy we currently use, enough to clean up our huge mess and keep on cleaning up everything else we do.  

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Daniel LaLiberte's comment, June 4, 2013 1:37 PM
Related comment posted elsewhere: Economic growth that doesn't depend on increasing consumption of resources is possible. Instead of using more resources, it would use the same resources more efficiently, with 100% recycling of all resources powered by 100% renewable energy. Absolutely possible and necessary.
Daniel LaLiberte's comment, June 4, 2013 1:40 PM
And a response to someone who didn't understand:

Yes, the economy is integral to our relationship with nature. I never said we would use no energy; rather I said we should use 100% renewable energy, and there is thousands of times more renewable energy available to us than all the energy we currently use. That will fuel the extra effort to recycle 100% of our material resources. We can create structures above and below ground level that increase the effective arable land for growing our food, etc. A relatively stable population would make sense, but once we figure out how to *eliminate* our negative effects on nature, we could probably grow the population, if we want.

Yes, I am talking about economic growth that can grow infinitely by growing the stuff of real value, our knowledge of the world, the things we create, improving the quality of life for everyone. Why is that not economically valued? It is a lot of work. It has a relatively small value now, but we have been valuing the wrong stuff.
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Restoring the Earth: The Bonn Challenge

The future of our land, water and climate is under threat but large-scale ecosystem restoration can help reverse this. In 2011, the Bonn Challenge set a ten year target to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land. This short film describes the many benefits of taking up this vital challenge..WATCH: STORIES OF HOPE ON THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET.  JOIN THE INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY... https://www.youtube.com/user/whatifwechange?utm_content=buffer15c37&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

 

VISIT THE "WHAT IF WE CHANGE" MAGAZINE http://www.whatifwechange.org/magazine/

 

May 29, 2013 Seed Daily
EVEN FARM ANIMAL DIVERSITY IS DECLINING AS ACCELERATING SPECIES LOSS THREATENS HUMANITY http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Even_farm_animal_diversity_is_declining_as_accelerating_species_loss_threatens_humanity_999.html

 

 

WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE HUMAN SOCIETIES http://sco.lt/8BIJP7

 

LOVELY VIDEO -

AWHAR: RESTORING THE MESOPOTAMIAN MARSHES IN IRAQ - Full Episode http://sco.lt/5T7sNV

 

PHOTOS:  STUNNING IMAGES OF BREATHTAKING BIODIVERSITY IN REMAINING INDONESIAN FORESTS AND MARINE LIFE http://sco.lt/8zbjbl

 

DECLINE IN BIODIVERSITY OF FARMED PLANTS AND ANIMALS GATHERING PACE http://sco.lt/7o99MH

 

FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF 'FEAST OR FAMINE' http://sco.lt/8q2M41

 

HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE http://sco.lt/90Sr2n

 

VIDEO:

Yale Environment 360

INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR'S YASUNI http://sco.lt/7HwxkH

 

May 24, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: THE ROLE OF ART AND IMAGINATION TO CREATE CHANGE - A GREAT IDEA

Largely absent from the business world, animal portraits without words or explicit messages around sustainability, were found to effectively change perceptions and communicate the need for change.

Without words or explicit messages about sustainability or conservation, around 90% of viewers changed their cultural perceptions of animals and made statements about the need for more sustainable lifestyles to help protect the animals.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/gallery/sustainable-future-arts-imagination-gallery#/?picture=409437897&index=1

 

May 25, 2013 Mother Jones
FAREWELL, FROGGY: THE AGE OF RIBBIT IS NEARING AN END  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/05/amphibian-populations-declining-precipitous-rates-us-even-species-thought-stable


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"Everyone has a role to play in building a sustainable future."

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The Future Could Not Be Clearer for Renewable Energy

The Future Could Not Be Clearer for Renewable Energy | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
Okay, the title is a bit of an overstatement. But when it comes to the economy, we don’t need a crystal ball to understand what is coming next. Rarely in history has there been a time when the greatest opportunity available has also been so obvious.

 

People, groups and societies all wish to maintain and improve their standards of living. Yet the ecological underpinnings of the economy that would allow that to happen are at risk from legacy economic activities that we no longer need in order to maintain that standard of living. Seems like a paradox, but it's true.

 

Our practice of burning fossil fuels, which has turned out to be shockingly destructive, can now, reasonably, be replaced by other technologies in many areas, primarily led by renewables-to-electric ways of powering nearly everything we need. Similarly, our reckless and destructive depletion and methods of depletion of many natural resources can now be slowed dramatically, while not threatening our standard of living, primarily due to use of waste-to-value economics and methods.

 

Renewable energies and sustainable practices can now credibly be said to have the power to increase our standards of living since they provide far greater benefits for far less cost than their economic predecessors. Moreover, since fossil fuels are demonstrably destructive - to the point that their use threatens our society and its ecological underpinnings - arguments that continuing to expand their use somehow minimizes economic risks are nonsense on their face. On the contrary, it’s now clear that failing to reduce use of fossil fuels is among the riskiest things we can do.

 

Ideas that lighten our footprint on global ecologies while simultaneously accelerating the world’s economy are emerging, they’re working, and they have every chance of radically altering our up-till-now recklessly destructive path.

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

We are finally moving in the right direction.  The question is will the transltion to 100% renewable energy be fast enough and soon enough to avoid the worst of the coming catastrophies?

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Energy Revolution

Energy Revolution | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
The Energy [R]evolution offers a sustainable path to quit dirty, dangerous fuels by transitioning to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 

"The Energy [R]evolution 2012 provides a consistent fundamental pathway for protecting our climate through investment in renewable energy. It's about getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security."

 

"The expert consensus is that this fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy must begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy, while maintaining economic growth."

 

Policy change demands:Phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.Internalise the external (social and environmental) costs of energy production through ‘cap and trade’ emissions trading.Mandate strict efficiency standards for all energy consuming appliances, buildings and vehicles.Establish legally binding targets for renewable energy and combined heat and power generation.Reform the electricity markets by guaranteeing priority access to the grid for renewable power generators.Provide defined and stable returns for investors, for example by feed-in tariff programmes.Implement better labelling and disclosure mechanisms to provide more environmental product information.Increase research and development budgets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 

“will we look into the eyes

of our children and confess
that we had the opportunity,
but lacked the courage?
that we had the technology,
but lacked the vision?”

 

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The World Is Sitting On A Consumption Time Bomb

The World Is Sitting On A Consumption Time Bomb | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

May 23, 2013 Conservation International Blog - Human Nature

China and the United States must undertake joint initiatives as populations grow and increase their demands on nature.

 

The world is sitting on a consumption time bomb. More consumers, higher consumption and more material intensity, coupled with diminishing supplies of natural capital, add up to a planet that is dangerously overspent and veering towards ecological bankruptcy in the not-too-distant future.

China and the United States — the two largest consuming nations with combined GDPs comprising one-third of global Gross Domestic Product — find themselves at the center of a potential catastrophe, in which human demand outspends Earth’s supplies.... http://blog.conservation.org/2013/05/a-sustainable-future-relies-on-us-china-collaboration/

 

May 28, 2013 Scientific America
THE EMERGING FIELD OF HUMAN MACROECOLOGY : Macroecology considers the human species as functioning within the constraints of the natural world, rather than being uniquely divorced from natural resource limitations. This conceptual approach cuts across disciplines ranging from physics and ecology to anthropology and economics (Burnside et al. 2012), creating the opportunity for unprecedented synergy between fields... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/05/28/the-emerging-field-of-human-macroecology/

 

May 27, 2013 Truthout
CONSUMERISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/16582-consumerism-and-its-discontents

 

May 28, 2013 Common Dreams - Robert Reich
BEWARE CAPITALIST TOOLS http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/28-3

 

 

 

 

 


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The increase in population is small relative to the necessary decrease in unsustainable consumption based on non-renewable resources.  We waste enough now to provide for the 30% increase in population, but we must reduce pollution all the way down to 0 and replace it with 100% recycling, and we must reduce fossil fuel consumption all the way down to 0 and replace it with 100% renewable energy.

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We as humans keep taking giving so very little back to the earth that gives us life...
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Thanks Daniel for your insights
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VIDEO: Climate Geoengineering: Can We Save the Planet by Messing with Nature?

VIDEO: Climate Geoengineering: Can We Save the Planet by Messing with Nature? | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

EXCELLENT VIDEO;

As the carbon dioxide in the air hits 400 parts per million for the first time in human history, some are arguing that the best way address climate change is to use the controversial practice of geoengineering — the deliberate altering of the Earth’s ecological and climate systems to counter the effects of global warming. ...

 

The arguments for and against climate engineering revealing the extent of vested interests linking researchers, venture capitalists and corporations with Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia, He’s the author of Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Ag, e of Climate Engineering.

 

There’s virtually no regulation of geoengineering. And when it comes to sulfate aerosol spraying, there’s nothing to prevent a government, any government, or even a corporation or a billionaire with a messiah complex, from launching a program of taking control of the Earth’s weather by installing this kind of solar shield. So the absence of governance, the absence of regulation and the exclusion, particularly of people from poor and vulnerable countries, is a very serious concern….

 

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/raining-chemicals-from-the-skies-geoengineering/

 

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TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION - THE DIRTIEST OIL ON EARTH

WATCH: "THE DIRTY TRUTH"  http://sco.lt/6OpdeT

 

US CLIMATE BOMB IS TICKING: WHAT THE GAS INDUSTRY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW http://sco.lt/5BIftR

 

FRACKING OURSELVES INTO OBLIVION http://sco.lt/8mKlIP

 

May 20, 2013 Guardian Environment
MULTINATIONAL OIL CORPORATIONS BUYING OFF GOVERNMENTS: TAR SANDS EXPLOITATION WOULD MEAN GAME OVER FOR CLIMATE, WARNS LEADING SCIENTIST:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/19/tar-sands-exploitation-climate-scientist

 

May 20, 2013 Guardian Environment
HEARTLAND INSTITUTE WASTES REAL SCIENTIST' TIME = YET AGAIN WITH ANTI CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOGANDA http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/may/20/heartland-institute-scientists


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We are ALREADY messing with nature, absolutely and catastrophically.  We must stop that, no question, as soon as possible, as fast as feasible.   Whatever we do should NOT be used as a substitute for eliminating all fossil fuel burning.  Full stop!

 

But it simply won't be enough to merely stop burning fossil fuels, because it is too late to stop the reinforcing feedbacks that will make things much much worse.  If we don't do anything more, then we are giving up, we are admitting defeat and accepting all the worsening destruction that follows.

 

To restore nature, we have NO choice but to mess with nature some more in order to actively counter the effects and the causes of global warming and all the rest of our destructive practices.  We must do it right, of course, and not make things worse.  It is not enough to deal with just the symptoms of the problems, but we must get at the underlying causes.  We must do it on a global scale, because the problems are global.   It won't be a short term solution because these are necessarily long term problems that require long term solutions.

 

We MUST save the planet by messing with nature.  But we also must solve a large number of other problems that allowed us to get into this mess.  Unrestrained irresponsible exploitation of nature for the benefit of a few is at the root of all those problems.

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pdjmoo's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:15 PM

Climate change is the result, not the cause, of many factors involving human-caused destruction of the balance of environment within our planetary biosphere. We all need to simply stop our destructive ways and put our brilliant minds to finding a new way of living on this planet in harmony with our natural world. We  have to cease raping and pillaging the planet for profit as if it is our private piggy bank.  By collective focus on restoring the planet a new economy and criteria for "jobs" would automatically evolve.  The old military minded capitalism mindset has lead us to this mess - and we must move past it if we are to survive.   If we keep pushing we will not only destroy humanity but all life on Planet Earth. Why is it we can't envision something entirely different than the way we have been operating?  Profiting from the destruction of our planet is insane.


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Sweden's Quest to be the First Oil-free Nation By 2020

Sweden's Quest to be the First Oil-free Nation By 2020 | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Famous for Volvo, Ikea and Absolut Vodka, Sweden is now on a new pursuit to become the first completely oil-free economy in the world by 2020.

 

The oil crisis in the early 1970s forced Sweden to embark on a quest for alternative energy sources. Its phasing out of oil has proceeded smoothly; in 1970, oil accounted for 77% of Sweden’s energy, but by 2003 that figure fell to 32%.

 

International oil dependency is one of the world’s biggest problems and as Sahlin notes, a Sweden free of fossil fuels would give the country enormous advantages, “not least by reducing the impact from fluctuations in oil prices. The price of oil has tripled since 1996.” Sweden’s investments, actions and laws are no accident, and although Sweden’s goal of eliminating oil consumption is seen as ambitious by the rest of the world, their attention to the detrimental effects of this dependence is worth noting. As Nelson Mandela reminds us “it seems impossible until it is done.”


http://theenergycollective.com/znesheiwat/208421/swedens-quest-be-first-oil-free-nation

 

 


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Eliminating the burning of all fossil fuels for economic reasons is perfectly reasonable, especially if the full and true costs of the fossil fuel industry are factored in.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:28 PM

“Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020,” said Mona Sahlin, minister of Sustainable Development, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. “There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn solely to gasoline.”

rajendrashende's curator insight, April 21, 2013 4:52 AM

Whether Sweeden will achive their objective can be debated , but their resolve is backed by robust strategy and plan. And they are on path, even for the transport sector . FFV (Flexi-Fuel-Vehicle) is somethig that can inspire Public Private Partnerships even in the developinf countries  

CineversityTV's curator insight, April 21, 2013 1:34 PM

who's next, surely not my country, the Netherlands with its rightwing government Rutte II

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Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

http://www.ted.com Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.

 

"How would you run a whole country without oil?"

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Great presentation. Great concept. Too bad BetterPlace didn't work out as hoped, but hopefully the idea will be reinvented.
Daniel LaLiberte's comment, May 26, 2013 10:52 PM
"Better Place offered an elegant solution. The vast majority of travelers who commute short distances could plug in their cars at home or work each day to keep their batteries recharged. For longer distances, customers could stop at the swapping stations, remove their used battery and replace it with a fully charged one in a matter of minutes."

"For the most part, electric cars have not enjoyed their expected success anywhere. The battery alone in an electric car costs as much as a new gasoline-powered car, and electric vehicles are not selling nearly as fast as once projected."

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"Better Place offered an elegant solution. The vast majority of travelers who commute short distances could plug in their cars at home or work each day to keep their batteries recharged. For longer distances, customers could stop at the swapping stations, remove their used battery and replace it with a fully charged one in a matter of minutes."

"For the most part, electric cars have not enjoyed their expected success anywhere. The battery alone in an electric car costs as much as a new gasoline-powered car, and electric vehicles are not selling nearly as fast as once projected."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-trailblazing-israeli-electric-car-company.html#jCp
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Going Carbon Neutral: What It Means and How To Do It | PlanetSave

Going Carbon Neutral: What It Means and How To Do It | PlanetSave | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Most people do not realize it, but they can do something right now to improve the environment by going “Carbon Neutral.” Going carbon neutral means that you produce almost no carbon emissions through your day-to-day activities. You then completely clear your carbon debt by purchasing carbon offsets. This means you have no carbon footprint and you are not contributing to the problems of carbon pollution in our atmosphere.

 

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

Individual actions are great, but collective actions are much more important.  By purchasing carbon offsets you are effectively funding other people to contribute even more to solving the problem, so your positive footprint is balanced by other people's negative footprint.  

 

Producing more renewable energy than you need, more than 100%, means other people can use the extra.  It is much easier to do that sort of thing collectively.  Recycling 100% of our waste requires the whole production industry to be oriented around making that easier to do.

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The Vertical Farm

http://www.verticalfarm.com By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid waste by poor management practices. What can be done to avoid this impending disaster?

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The additional 2-3 billion people (leveling off at about 9-10 billion) will mostly be in Africa, and they won't necessarily need vertical farms.  But the rest of us will because we need to return most of our farm land to the wild, and as he says, most of us will be living in cities much more effiently than in rural areas.

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The World We Want for Our Children

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Program guides designers and manufacturers in the making of safe and healthy things for our world, with the aim of transforming product manufacturing into a positive force for society, economies, and the planet.



"Reuse everything, and throw away nothing."


"...products that aren't just less bad, but are actually more good."

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Cradle To Cradle Co-founder Launches Design Collaborative | EarthTechling

Cradle To Cradle Co-founder Launches Design Collaborative | EarthTechling | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
Teaching companies to view waste as a resource rather than a cost of doing business will be no easy task, but William McDonough is up to the task.

 

The closed loop of recycling can only exist if things are designed to be recycled. The new initiative, to be called “the Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaborative” will assist industries in thinking about recyclability before the product or packaging is created, instead of after.


Among the initiative’s chief goals will be to design product and packaging for recyclability as well as reduced impact on ecological and human health.


"Every single company and community has some interaction with or contribution to the waste stream that we generate, and therefore they all have a stake in seeking to transform that system and optimize resource use."

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Is a High Renewables Future Really Possible? (Part 1)

Is a High Renewables Future Really Possible? (Part 1) | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

In recent weeks and months, there’s been much to celebrate about renewable energy and the electricity system—wind and solar in particular are continually breaking records for installed capacity and actual generation. But amidst the celebratory fanfare there’s also been an undercurrent of skepticism—skepticism that a high renewables future could be here soon, or is even possible at all.


Renewables’ track record shows that they continue to outpace skeptics’ expectations. “People thought that maybe renewables would get to two percent. When they did that, people said maybe five percent. Then 10 percent,” says Hutch Hutchinson, managing director at RMI. “Renewables have been fighting and scratching the entire way. Now, there’s good analytical evidence that with some creativity and customary levels of reinvestment in our energy system, we can get to a high renewables future.”


Rocky Mountain Institute’s own 2011 analysis, Reinventing Fire, similarly highlighted how the U.S. could be powered by 80 percent renewables in the future, largely through wind and solar with smaller contributions from energy storage, hydro, biomass, and geothermal.


Renewable energy now enjoys the majority of power generation investment globally, and such investment is only expected to grow. Through 2020 to 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates renewable energy investment will reach $400–$460 billion. Many others predict $500 billion by 2020, and some estimates suggest as high as $1 trillion annually.


“Renewable energy futures are no longer a matter of technology—we have all the technologies we need—and are no longer a matter of economics either,” says REN21’s Martinot. “We’re just not making the cost comparisons in the right way. It’s our way of thinking and our power industry structure that makes renewable energy seem more expensive, not the technology itself.” That power industry structure includes hefty and durable fossil fuel subsidies, which amount to $1.9 trillion per year or more, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund earlier this year. Those fossil fuel subsidies far outweighed the smaller and more transient subsidies offered to renewables, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2012.

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

If we get to 80% renewable energy, why not push on to 100%?  What would slow us down?  We would need to store energy to use it when and where renewable sources are not available, but better storage is coming as well.  

 

Compare the current public *subsidies* of fossil fuels of almost $2 trillion per year with the much smaller investment in renewable energy, estimated to maybe grow to $1 trillion per year by 2020.  Clearly we should, at the very least, shift those subsidies to renewables, thus tripling the rate of investment.  

 

100% renewable energy is absolutely possible, and absolutely necessary.  We must shut down the entire fossil fuel industry as soon as possible, as fast as feasible.  

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World's Leading Scientists Issue Unprecedented Plan For Protecting Ocean and Marine Life

World's Leading Scientists Issue Unprecedented Plan For Protecting Ocean and Marine Life | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, the world’s largest environmental organizations, working with scientists, the business community and international governments, met specifically to develop a comprehensive and achievable agenda to reverse the decline in health of the world’s oceans.


"The health of humankind is directly related to the health of the ocean – and the ocean and the marine life that calls it home is in real trouble," said Sylvia Earle, Executive Director of Conservation International’s Global Marine Program and DOE co-convener. "We couldn’t afford yet another meeting where we just sat around and created a wish list, so we formed Defying Ocean’s End to take unprecedented and bold steps forward."


"It’s stunning to consider that in the past few decades, we have done away with the vast majority of large fish in the ocean and significantly altered the way marine systems operate," said Intel founder Gordon Moore, co-convener of the DOE conference. "By using sound science and implementing an achievable action plan, we still have a small window of opportunity to reverse these trends."



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Inevitable Shifts and Indispensable Technologies | Alternative Energy Stocks

"... finally, the world is waking up to the real need to get our economies on a footing that can allow it to persist indefinitely."

 

Bloomberg last week reported about Goldman-Sachs that, “[t]he investment bank is backing renewable energy that it expects will gain favor in a global shift it says is inevitable. That’s why short-term volatility will be trumped by long-term gains as emerging technologies first become commonplace and then become indispensable, according to Stuart Bernstein, the Goldman partner overseeing its renewables unit.” (Italics again mine.) ‘Inevitable shifts and indispensable technologies’ might as well have been Green Alpha’s motto these past five years, and it’s great to see the world’s leading bank, which for better and worse also influences the highest monetary and fiscal policymakers worldwide, thus publicly recognize reality.

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I look forward to the day when we have too much renewable energy, which is probably also inevitable given the financial industry's propensity to inflate bubbles until they pop.  We have to figure out how to institute long-term investment in preference to short-term profits, beyond the bubbles.

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Rare Species Perform Unique Functions In Ecosystems, Research Finds -- Upending Old Misconceptions | PlanetSave

Rare Species Perform Unique Functions In Ecosystems, Research Finds -- Upending Old Misconceptions | PlanetSave | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Rare species play a much more important, and even unique, role in ecosystems than was previously thought, according to new research from the University of Montpellier 2. The research has found that many of the rarest species in the world, most of which are rapidly going extinct, play very important roles in many ecosystems and support unique ecological functions that aren’t provided by other species.

 

What the research has demonstrated, and what is so important, is that it’s “primarily the rare species, rather than the more common ones, that have distinct traits involved in unique ecological functions.” With the disappearance of these species, and the overall decline in biodiversity, these unique ecological features are themselves likely to disappear.

 

“These unique features are irreplaceable, as they could be important for the functioning of ecosystems if there is major environmental change,” explained Dr Mouillot.

 

“Rare species are not just an ecological insurance,” he said. “They perform additional ecological functions that could be important during rapid transitions experienced by ecosystems. The vulnerability of these functions, in particular biodiversity loss caused by climate change, highlights the underestimated role of rare species in the functioning and resilience of ecosystems.

 

[From the journal article itself at http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.1001573 ]

 

"Humans appear to be the cause of the impending sixth mass extinction of life on Earth (the fifth was most likely at the hands of an asteroid crashing to Earth 65 million years ago, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs and around 75% of other plant and animal species). As awareness of this impending biodiversity crisis has grown, a burgeoning literature examining the relationship between biodiversity and the functions of ecosystems (e.g., biomass production, nutrient cycling) has emerged, typically showing a positive relationship. The value of biodiversity, it is surmised, is that the functioning of entire ecosystems would collapse if the impending biodiversity crisis is not curtailed."

 

 

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Where greenhouse gases come from, in one graph

Where greenhouse gases come from, in one graph | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
Check out this cool graphic that shows where climate pollution comes from, by source and sector.

 

"No grand conclusions to draw, just something to think on. Every one of these sources can be dialed down, through conservation and efficiency if nothing else, but off the top of my head I’d say the easiest targets for rapid emission reductions, in no particular order, are: 1) stop chopping forests down, 2) zero out emissions from residential and commercial buildings, 3) capture methane everywhere, from agriculture to energy to solid waste, 4) reduce vehicle-miles-traveled with densification and transit, then electrify the hell out of everything else in transportation."

 

"The tough nut to crack, it seems to me, is industrial uses of coal. Industry uses coal for high-heat operations like coking for steel production and it’s difficult to replace that kind of thing with electricity. Maybe renewables will eventually crowd natural gas out of electricity and into industry, where it can displace coal? I’d like to hear more about how to squeeze coal out of industry, if anyone knows of good studies."

Daniel LaLiberte's insight:

Make fossil fuel users pay for the cost of removing the CO2 generated.  Make all pollutors pay for the cost of cleaning up said pollution, and then use the revenues to actually clean up the pollution.  If it costs enough, pollutors may find it cheaper to avoid polluting in the first place.  Doing anything less than this is essentially making someone else pay for the cleanup, either now or in the future, so it should be viewed as theft.

 

Charge a bit more than the base costs to subsidize renewable energy and recycling efforts.  We need to accelerate the transition to Zero Footprint.

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Biodiversity loss 'a threat to the survival of humanity'

Biodiversity loss 'a threat to the survival of humanity' | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it
The accelerating disappearance of wild plants and animals is a fundamental threat to the survival of humankind, warns the chair of a new global organisation.

 

"we are hurtling towards irreversible environmental tipping points that, once passed, would reduce the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services to humankind."


The incremental loss of Amazon rainforest, for example, "may seem small with shortsighted perspective" but will eventually "accumulate to cause a larger, more important change," he said. Experts warn that ongoing climate change, combined with land use change and fires, "could cause much of the Amazon forest to transform abruptly to more open, dry-adapted ecosystems, threatening the region's enormous biodiversity and priceless services," he added.


Some scientists have termed this the "sixth great extinction episode" in Earth's history, according to Dr. Zakri, noting that the loss of biodiversity is happening faster and everywhere, even among farm animals.


Causes of genetic erosion in domestic animals are the lack of appreciation of the value of indigenous breeds and their importance in niche adaptation, incentives to introduce exotic and more uniform breeds from industrialised countries, and product-focused selection.

Among crops, meanwhile, about 75 per cent of genetic diversity was lost in the last century as farmers worldwide switched to genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties and abandoned multiple local varieties.
There are 30,000 edible plant species but only 30 crops account for 95% of human food energy, the bulk of which (60%) comes down to rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum.


"I would argue, though, that advancing towards equity and sustainable development requires us to go beyond. We need to meet the fundamental challenge of decoupling economic growth from natural resource consumption, which is forecast to triple by 2050 unless humanity can find effective ways to 'do more and better with less.' There are no simple blueprints for addressing a challenge as vast and complex as this but it's imperative we commit to that idea.

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Real economic growth must be measured not by how fast we convert resources into products but by how much we have increased the quality of life, all life.

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TERRACIDE: The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

TERRACIDE: The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

May 23, 2013 Tom Engelhardt - Common Dreams

Terracide and the Terrarists ...

 

Call it irony, if you will, or call it a nightmare, but Big Oil evidently has no qualms about making its next set of profits directly off melting the planet.  Its top executives continue to plan their futures (and so ours), knowing that their extremely profitable acts are destroying the very habitat, the very temperature range that for so long made life comfortable for humanity.

Their prior knowledge of the damage they are doing is what should make this a criminal activity.  And there are corporate precedents for this, even if on a smaller scale.  The lead industry, the asbestos industry, and the tobacco companies all knew the dangers of their products, made efforts to suppress the information or instill doubt about it even as they promoted the glories of what they made, and went right on producing and selling while others suffered and died.... http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/23-4

 

OBAMA'S ARCTIC STRATEGY SETS OFF A CLIMATE TIME BOMB - THE SUICIDAL RACE FOR ARCTIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES http://sco.lt/9MK5eT

 

ARCTIC OCEAN 'ACIDIFYING RAPIDLY' - HIGHEST LEVELS IN 55 MILLION YEARS - ARCTIC COULD BE ICE-FREE IN TWO YEARS http://sco.lt/6qm61h

 

May 23, 3013 Smart Planet
OBAMA'S COAL COMEBACK http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/coals-us-comeback/20453?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660

 

May 23, 2013 Fuel Fix
HIGHER EMISSIONS LINKED TO COAL-FIRED PLANTS IN TEXAS AND OTHER STATES http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/05/23/higher-emissions-linked-to-coal-fired-power-plants-in-texas-and-other-states/

 

March 7, 2013 - Smart Planet
MEET THE COMPANIES LOOKING TO PROFIT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/meet-the-companies-looking-to-profit-from-climate-change/14398

 

THIS IS OUR ENERGY REALITY http://sco.lt/7LUrHV

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

THE UPRISING:  GLOBAL BIOTECH/ GMO ECOCIDE  http://sco.lt/7wlInJ

 

 

 

March 7, 2013 CBC -The Nature of Things with David Suzuki - -
TIPPING POINT: AGE OF THE OIL SANDS http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/tipping-point.html

 

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VIDEO: TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION - "THE DIRTY TRUTH" VIDEO http://sco.lt/6OpdeT

 

March 6, 2013 - Inside Climate News

CRITICAL PART OF US STATE DEPT KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE REPORT DONE BY FIRMS WITH DEEP OIL INDUSTRY TIES http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130306/keystone-xl-eis-state-department-transcanada-oil-tar-sands-industry-ensys-energy-koch-brothers-exxonmobil-bp-obama

 

30 March 2013 The Tyee –
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE COMPANY BULLIES http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/03/30/Pipeline-Company-Bullies/

 

 

April 1, 2013 Huffington Post
NASA's DR. JAMES HANSEN: DOUBLING DOWN ON OUR FAUSTIAN BARGAINhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-hansen/doubling-down-on-our-faustian-bargain_b_2989535.html?

 

 

FRACKING OURSELVES INTO OBLIVION http://sco.lt/8mKlIP

 

HOW A NEW STUDY SERIOUSLY CHALLENGES NATURAL GAS AS A CLEAN FOSSIL FUEL - METHANE GREENHOUSE GAS RISES http://sco.lt/7Ftflp

 

USA NATURAL GAS (FRACKING) IS FOR EXPORT, LEAVING A POLLUTION CESSPOOL FOR TAXPAYER CLEANUP - METHANE GLOBAL WARMING http://sco.lt/6f9msr

 

FOOD OR FUEL:  BIG OIL AND BIG AG FIGHT IT OUT OVER ETHANOL BIOFUEL http://sco.lt/4rDj1t

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining Companies Devastate Pristine Wisconsin for Frac-Sand - Leaving a Mining, Chemical Wasteland http://sco.lt/66Gc7N

 

TIME TO END PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT AND SUBSIDIES FOR FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCERS http://sco.lt/5iNZyL

 

New Scientist

MAJOR METHANE RELEASE IS ALMOST INEVITABLE   http://sco.lt/8pss0v

 

MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEMS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

 

 

VIDEO Encore:

*** ENDING THE SILENCE - POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Moyers and Company http://sco.lt/5St5Cj

 

VIDEO REPORT Democracy Now May 13, 2013
"The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars", Prof. Michael Mann

*** CLIMATE TIPPING POINT? CONCENTRATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TOPS 400 PPM FOR FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/13/climate_tipping_point_concentration_of_carbon

 

 

 

 


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We will have enough trouble repairing the centuries of accumulated damage to the environment (to the extent we can) without simultaneously creating more.  No matter what, we need to shut down the entire fossil fuel industry as soon as possible, as fast as feasible.

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CineversityTV's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:34 AM

Its called the Forbes 500.

Homage to the Seed's curator insight, May 26, 2013 7:42 PM

TERRACIDE: the stuff you dont want to read on a monday morning, or any other day of the week. Ever!

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Water in the Anthropocene

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.... http://vimeo.com/66087863

Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.

Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.

The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013). conference2013.gwsp.org

 

Convention on Biological Diversity
UNITED NATIONS - INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - 22 May 2013 - WATER AND BIODIVERSITY 2013  http://www.cbd.int/idb/2013/

 

May 23, 2013 Guardian Environment
WORLD ON COURSE TO RUN OUT OF WATER, WARNS UN SEC. BAN KI-MOON http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/22/world-run-out-water-ban-ki-moon1

 

May 23, 2013 - Mens News Daily
THE COLORADO RIVER, THE HIGH PLAINS AQUIFER AND THE ENTIRE WESTERN HALF OF THE U.S. ARE RAPIDLY DRYING UP    http://michaelsnyder.mensnewsdaily.com/2013/05/the-colorado-river-the-high-plains-aquifer-and-the-entire-western-half-of-the-u-s-are-rapidly-drying-up/

 

May 23, 2013 Environment News Service
U.S. GROUND WATER CONSUMPTION ACCELERATING http://ens-newswire.com/2013/05/23/u-s-groundwater-consumption-accelerating/

 

 

May 24, 2013 Yale Environment 360

MAJORITY OF EARTHS POPULATION FACE WATER SHORTAGES BY MID CENTURY http://e360.yale.edu/digest/majority_of_earths_population__faces_water_shortages_by_mid-century/3854/

 

May 22, 2013 Terra Daily
SOURCE OF LIFE RUNNING OUT: WATER SCIENTISTS http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Source_of_life_running_out_water_scientists_999.html

 

January 30, 2013 World Resources Institute
5 SOBERING REALITIES ABOUT GLOBAL WATER SECURITY http://insights.wri.org/aqueduct/2013/01/5-sobering-realities-about-global-water-security-0

 

WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: BONN WATER DECLARATION

The water community assembled in Bonn for the Global Water System Project Conference Water in the Anthropocene to make a set of core recommendations to institutions and individuals focused on science, governance, management and decision-making relevant to water resources on Earth.

The declaration was issued by the Lord Mayor of Bonn during the closing ceremony of the conference and was signed by the participants.

http://www.gwsp.org/fileadmin/documents_news/Bonn_Water_Declaration_final.pdf

 

WATER SECURITY THREATS: GLOBAL WATER SYSTEM PROJECT - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE May 21-24 2013, Bonn, Germany http://www.gwsp.org/

 

May 22, 2013 Business Insider:
AMERICA'S WATER PROBLEM IS WAY WORSE THAN EVERYBODY THINKS  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drought-water-scarcity-2013-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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UNBELIEVABLE, UNACCEPTABLE, OUTRAGEOUS:  OIL, COAL CHEMICAL & ASH SPILLS WRECKING OUR ENVIRONMENT & WATER http://sco.lt/81P9DF



 - ▶ MASSIVE DESERTIFICATION, EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES COMING WITH GLOBAL WARMING, THREATENING CIVILIZATION http://sco.lt/7nU397


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Tracking geopolitical water issues before they boil over into political unrest or interstate competition http://www.waterpolitics.com/blog/

 

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                                               VIDEO 55 Seconds
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                                Every Drop Saved - Is A Life Saved
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August 28, 2013 Sourceable, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

- ▶  10,000 RAIN GARDENS Melbourne’s local government, schools and homeowners have successfully implemented over 10,000 rain gardens across the region in an attempt to protect its waterways. - See more at: http://sourceable.net/over-10000-rain-gardens-benefit-melbournes-waterways/#sthash.Y14exc2g.dpuf