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What are those small fliers hanging about the wall or the bank? They are not hoverflies because they seem to have nest holes, yet they dont sting or buzz much either! The solitary bees and the mining bees are just one branch of the great bankers of our fruit tree heritage. They, along with the humble Bumblers, form a major corporation of the pollinators. Heres a (very) brief life of little Andrena, plagued by cuckoos who are fellow bees. This does remind you of the commercial world of
grab and take when you can!
The future is certainly renewable, but are we too late to prevent future centuries problems of global warming- and the rest! Here are some current US solutions to waste and warming for you to enjoy---there are some ads in this piece but weve allowed them for one blog only.
When the likes of Cota Doñana are threatened, then all of these precious sites for conservation, from the Great Barrier Reef to all the rainforests worldwide need to be checked. Who is destroying these last places for endangered wildlife on earth? Tourism and care for our personal environment needs assessment for future sustainability.
How can we stop the powers-that-be jumping in the deep end? Action is already taken to restrict or warn of deep-sea mining of metals. Will this stop governments or corporations rushing in to make a quick profit?
The prevention of poaching and cooperation with local residents is becoming more and more critical to conservation. International politics maybe the most advertised conservation issue, but its the grass roots that can determine survival- or not. The poaching of animals for indescribable uses is repugnant to all of us, when we can be made to think about it. Now is the time to stop destroying the small parts of ecosystems that remain on earth and realise just how greedily international corporations still operate
Tropical forests are declining fast, but how greedy were ancient peoples in their robbing of the wood and resources from other forests. One example only shines of sustainability.
While Knorr soups strive hardest among Unilever companies, the rest of us must become aware of sustainable food production. Strangely, one European nation buys the most sustainable agricultural products, but doesnt seem to realise any taste difference!
Adapt or die. The Economists title for the London Summit summarises the organisms response to its environment. We are an organism, despite beliefs to the contrary. We do adapt, and need to change much more, with the adoption of sustainable industries, better resource management and even life styles.
The lists for leading nations in annual growth dont often include Central Asia. The slow but steady investment in private enterprise and international partnerships with aid have brought some environmental improvements and greater water security in the dry, extreme climates found in the region.
Why do we allow the rainforest to die? How can we possibly encourage the regeneration of large stretches of the habitat needed for organisms large and small?
More important than food, if you are not starving; more important than children, if you are currently without; the sustainability of civilisation from the ancients to the International Space Station, is connected to waste and recycling, whether it is water or solid obstructions. Here is a compendium of current problems caused by yours truly in his or her own home.
There is little we can do to stop large corporations and various forms of government from riding roughshod over our communities' best interests. Or is there?!
We rarely enter the world of music, unless its about whale song, but here is a topical thought on the forthcoming Earth Hour (March 28th.) James King sings a thoroughly sustainable song with a matching video for you. Enjoy the sounds and the sights.
Where in the world can we discover new primates? The answer is only in tropical rainforests, but they will certainly be endangered species, like several of the titis and many, many others. We only have one solution to this tragic loss of life, species, habitat and ecosystems. Stop cutting down the last remnants of these once-great forests. It doesnt even make commercial sense, as this business is never going to be sustainable. Greed is the motive and its result has always been the same.
We have covered the methane from cows and biodegradable materials, but the methane from our past could even have had an effect on the demise of the dinosaurs. Could it finally create an even greater global warming effect?
To be truly green, there has to be a twitch of a wing in your garden, or a familiar long walk in the hills. Your lifestyle may be sustainable, but what is the point without native plants and creatures to lighten your mood?
We are told we need fish, but for most now, there simply wont be any. Nutrition and sustainability hit yet another block, while not even the very rich will dine on sushi.
The future is solar, or are we condemned to this warming world, governed by fossil fuel investors and men who wear nylons --- the so-called deniers ?!
UNEP have come up with the life-saving solution to efficient practice in a sustainable world. Have a good look.
The Antarctic is, or was, the unspoilt continent. To preserve some of its pristine condition, it should be quite easy to keep the oil, the mining the fishing and, most of all, the greed at arms length. For the sake of penguins and healthy, sustainable fish stocks, we have to start this difficult process.
How do you maintain your environmental credentials/ Are you sure that the easiest life style is always the choice or would you rather have a more long-term approach by society? Have a look at the questions we raise here..
When we grow, the incredible result is often poverty and pollution. The corrections needed in our world mean we have to stop behaving as if we have the resources of 5 plants or even just 3. This is only "One Earth" and we must adjust accordingly - and immediately.
The common substance, titanium oxide, has uses as the invaluable metal but is now rising in price as its new uses in technologies everywhere demand its presence. You can find it in foods (as additive E171), drugs, cosmetics, paint and even your jeans.
Have you ever wondered about modifying your home to make it less energy intensive? Or does the idea of building environmentally-friendly homes appeal to your government? Sustainable construction can be of anything you fancy in your property or possibly a new house on a piece of land you can acquire. You can easily make it more than a pipe-dream.
The tea industry have just had their annual meeting with the emphasis on sustainability and links with the conservation movement. Fair trade has now opened up the window for wage accountability and help with higher yields.
The only way to fight the greed and the land-grabbing of large corporations and governments is to enlist local people to educate, to work and to succeed in encouraging others to conserve and use natural resources is sustainable ways. One ray of light is the annual awards of the Whitley Awards
Luc Gnacadja has presented us with a striking and memorable picture of land as we know it, have known and will know it. Agencies and government can argue, but the future is more important than they are. Heeding good advice is the key to slowing this precipitous collapse of our forest areas, soils and agriculture.
Are you interested in ''how cities can contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?'' Think you could write 500-600 words on the topic?
Masdar is launching its annual global sustainability debate at ADSW again. The blogging contest will appeal to a very wide range of people, focussing on cities and sustainable development.
The examples of how industry can recycle waste stretch back through history, but now its urgent as resources are slim and profits sometimes slimmer. Some recent examples put into focus how waste becomes extra revenue and also how pollution is negated.
The variety of fishing techniques used in the Pacific means that BET (bigeye tuna) biomass is soon going to dip below the maximum sustainable yield levels.
The Crystal is a new eco building in London's dockland area designed by Siemens as a centre for sustainability, to promote energy efficient thinking.
The United Nations World Tourism Day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of international tourism to the world economy. The theme for 2012 is Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development. Not only does the industry provide vital employment, but improvements to local infrastructure can bring important benefits to local populations.
The message for world Peace Day 2012 is 'Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable World'. A sustainable future for the world is dependent on sustainable peace and sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.
Business and sustainability. We need collective action to ensure a sustainable future, a future which recognizes that reducing environmental impacts can improve the economic and living standards of many people and reduce costs.
On the cusp of a mass of discoveries about artificial photosynthesis, Panasonic Corporation has clipped the wings of several American consortia.
With their pedalling behind them and the delights of Bali awaiting, the Green Riders can recall their achievements from a brightly coloured green point of view.
EcoCradle is derived from mushrooms and is an exciting new compostable alternative to styrofoam packaging. Ecovative Design was founded to produce alternative packing material out of sustainable materials such as mushroom roots.
ALEC, a powerful group in which large corporations craft model bills and disperse them to state legislators from around the country, just held its annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recent exposure of ALEC's reach reveals how much control the group wields over environmental legislation and other policies in the United States.
For those who havent read our earlier episodes, this is an update on the GREEN RIDERS: Southeast Asia's ongoing adventure among forest and city, oceans and villages.
I had my first brush with environmental art - or land art, as it is more commonly known, at the tender age of 17 when I was in the midst of an A-level art project.
The latest update on the bamboo bike riding GREEN RIDERS Southeast Asia trip from Thailand to Bali.
Was Rio+20 a success or failure? Following the lack of agreement among world leaders to turn the global economy onto a sustainable track, the only solution seems to lie with the international business community.
Here is the latest on the green machine otherwise known as the GREEN RIDERS Southeast Asia, who are on a bamboo bicycle trip from Thailand to Bali.
With a fog of despair descending for many after the lacklustre Rio+20 summit on sustainable development this week, is there silver lining to be found from a week of all talk and no action?
A new essay published in PLoS ONE looks at macroecology and sustainability. Humans are constrained by the systems that operate within the planet earth's ecological framework. Ecology has always been a minor partner in human endeavours, but seems to be the crucial one for us now.
Obesity, being overweight and general 'fatness' of the world's population threatens environmental sustainability according to a new study. The Earth's adult humans weigh 287 million tonnes, probably more, according to a new report. The heaviest average body mass index is in North America.
On July 1st, the GREEN Riders will be setting off to promote sustainability and social responsibility. Using bamboo bikes the green project starts from Thailand, just two guys with a camera and a passion for spreading the environmental message.
Chocolate giant Mars says it will beat its 20% year-two target of sourcing sustainable cocoa and is on its way to source all chocolate from certified sustainable sources by 2020.
Solar company Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has won two prestigious industry awards and has just produced its five millionth solar panel.
Marine scientists have delved back 700 years to find out how fishermen achieved high yields and sustainable management - and says they provide lessons for us today.
Environmental positives can help your business even in hard times. Dozens of progressive businesses from all over South London gathered last Friday at the Green Business Expo.
Leading ethical lender Triodos Bank has seen a 36% increase in loans in 2011 that support a range of green businesses. The independent ethical bank provided £113 million in loans last year.
The Prince of Wales has warned that fisheries must adopt more sustainable management practices or the alarming decline in global fish stocks will worsen and could become irreversible.
Seaweed could replace oil and coal as a sustainable biofuel of the future, after scientists engineered a microbe that extracts sugars from seaweed (brown macroalgae) and converts it into alternative green energy.
American green technology company, Eton Corporation, has unveiled three new self-powered radios, FRX1, FRX2 and FRX3 and the Rukus Solar, a portable solar-powered Bluetooth speaker system.
Making sustainable products is important, but it's becoming clear that sustainable packaging can be just as important. Instead of using an excessive amount of material that is difficult to recycle and produce, companies are turning their attention to smaller packages and reused materials.
The Chinese government is implementing regulations to improve the country's environmental policies. Working with other countries, China and companies based out of the country are building large-scale eco-friendly projects that adhere to sustainable initiatives.
The Sustainable Shipping Iniative (SSI) will today, on the 31st October, present their goals and visions for 2040 regarding the sustainable future of international shipping.
Findings show a mixed set of results for sustainable business in the UK. With the British economy on shaky ground, many might assume that the concept of sustainable business practices might be put on the back burner. A report from Environmental Data Services would suggest that this is not the case.
A strange explanation is given for a puzzling arrangement of Triassic era fossils. It could seem strange to apply the word 'artistic' to a Triassic creature but an in-depth examination of Ichthyosaur fossils has renewed the general confusion about what happened to the animals on display at Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
Green energy pioneer, Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, of Purdue University, will receive a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama later this year, in recognition of Agrawal's contributions to sustainable energy technologies.
The University of Michigan announced new financial commitments to its ongoing mission of achieving significant sustainability goals and enlisting the aid of students and staff to make the campus greener.
Though unlikely to pass in the Senate, the TRAIN Act serves as a wake-up call to the American public that representatives would sacrifice lives for industry dollars. Proponents of the bill claim it will help to create much needed jobs. However, environmental advocates believe clean energy represents a more promising and sustainable source of jobs.
Digital power controllers have contributed a lot to Green Plug's most prominent praise yet from 'AlwaysOn'. The top 200 private businesses that produce high growth using environmentally friendly practices are rewarded by this magazine.
With the announcement from Caudrilla Resources of headline-grabbing numbers for the shale gas reserves under Lancashire's fields, the rush to kick-off a fracking boom in the UK has started. But its not a choice between jobs and the environment - but between a short-sighted boom and a sustainable switch to a clean green economy.
A proposed ethanol-production facility in Mozambique will reduce deforestation, improve local farmer's sustainability, and help reduce air pollution. The plan calls for construction of an integrated food-energy business that will replace charcoal-burning fireplaces with ethanol-burning stoves.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has announced its 11th solar power project at a Californian store while its American president says sustainability is at the core of its successful business model.
If you love your chocolate but don't like the sustainability practices that come with it, then try Theo's for a taste of delicious chocolate that also sustains the natural environment.
A coalition of conservationists and scientists are at the UN this week to argue that the organisations own rules on sustainable fishing in our deep oceans are being routinely flouted by member states.
The Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers a unique boutique accommodation which incorporates ecotourism principles in the whole experience. Promoting the Responsible Tourism Code for the Pacific means that the Pacific Resort Aitutaki is part of a growing number of organisations in the Pacific Islands who incorporate social and environmental sustainability principles into their activities.
Stunning sustainable building is intended to keep UK films safe for more than half a century. The Master Film Store is expected to set a benchmark for the preservation of film and also receive a BREEAM Excellent Rating, which is the world-class code for sustainability awarded by the UK's Building Research Establishment.
At three years in to our five year 'greening' plan, Battlesteads pub, hotel and restaurant is already leading the way for many eco-friendly hotels and hospitality establishments as an ecotourism destination. Even now this comes as a bit of shock to us. It's been quite a journey so far but every step has been somewhat of a logical progression.
Farming and protecting ecosystems go hand-in-hand, say researchers. Agroecosystems combine the two goals for a sustainable future. Can farmers double their production while protecting ecosystems? Absolutely, say researchers from the International Water Management Institute and the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Historic Florida community shows beauty and sustainability can be combined. Anna Maria Island in Florida is becoming a zero-carbon community. It's not got there yet, but the drive and vision of its co-owners, energetic husband-and-wife team Lizzie Vann Thrasher and Mike Thrasher, is powering it onwards, or rather downwards - in terms of energy use and carbon emissions.
Situated in a green, hilly region of the White Villages, close to the lakes, volcanoes, the Pacific coast and colonial cities of Nicaragua, the Mariposa (butterfly) Spanish School and Eco-Hotel is a unique place and superb ecotourism destination.
There are many ways to travel the world and have a great vacation. More and more people opt for a sustainable vacation that benefits the planet as well as their well-being. Ecotourism can be 'passive'- buying your holiday package from companies that donate part of their proceedings to local charities, booking environmentally friendly-accommodation and searching for ethical guarantees on the holiday-provider's brochure or website.
After a judge ruled that US Government Columbia-Snake River salmon conservation plans weren't legal, businesses affected by the loss of salmon in West Coast rivers have called for action to save the species and thousands of jobs which depend on it.
On Monday Deloitte, the consulting firm, announced a new partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project to support the development of CDP's second edition of the Water Disclosure Report. The purpose of the report, which is backed by institutional investors overseeing $43t in assets, is to assess water risk for companies on the Global 500 List and drive investment in sustainable water practices. The growing demand for this report indicates companies need to get their water matters in order.
World travelers with a conscience will thrill to the scenic beauty and fine amenities at this environmentally-friendly estate and ecotourism destination. Levendi's Estate on the enchanting island of Ithaca in Greece is a perfect vacation destination for eco-conscious travelers who expect high standards for comfort in a world-class facility.
A place to escape to, a place to see the beauty of the natural world; Kangaroo Island is a very special ecotourism destination. Words really do fail to describe the beauty of this island. Kangaroo Island, fondly known by many as the Galapagos of Australia, is a pristine wilderness that is home to a vast amount of animals that are native to Australia.
A year before the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics how green are the Games shaping up to be? Six venues are already completed, well on schedule. But how green are the venues that have been built across the capital and will the games contribute to the environment?
Ecotourism and sustainable travel: Located in Ontario, Canada, on the border of the Algonquin Provincial Park, the Eco-Lodge provides the comfort of home combined with access to the great outdoors.
The driving force at annie O. is to create beautiful accessories that have both a conscience and a story. The annie O. boutique has become a positive medium, whereby the old and tested consciousness of hand crafted quality is constructively married with a modern market, thus supporting conscious consumerism as well as sustainable business practices.
Wear Chemistry fashions are an artful merging of bold designs and high-quality, sustainable fabrics. They are dedicated to manufacturing clothing that looks good, feels good, and well, just is good. Wear Chemistry clothing makes bold statements and encourages things that expand upon traditional thinking.
Aircraft engine manufacturer CFM International has announced the 1,001th innovation in its new LEAP engine, which is being hailed as a major breakthrough in environmental benefits. Also unveiling new innovations in aero engine design are Airbus and Rolls-Royce, who announced development of the A350-1000 aircraft with more powerful Trent XWB engines, the engine should reduce fuel use by 25 per cent and cuts in CO2 emissions.
Biofuels, once thought of as the great hope of the post-oil economy, have had a mixed press. While they're not oil, their production is often, itself, environmentally and socially damaging. A new tool from Swiss energy experts allows anyone to rate the sustainability of their fuels.
Aldersgate Group holds summit to disseminate information about bank designed to help the UK's transition to a low carbon economy. The UK government is backing a Green Investment Bank, which will have £3 billion ($4.86 billion) to invest in green technology.
New survey data suggests UK consumers are ahead of businesses when it comes to the low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust's research found that consumers are getting greener, with 47% of those surveyed saying that - when goods were of identical quality - they would buy low carbon labelled goods over non-labelled goods.
The Ford Motor Company claims it is making its vehicles greener and the way it makes its vehicles greener too, with a new focus on water use. The report says that the company has improved the fuel economy of the vehicles it makes, reducing their impact on the environment and also improving the sustainability of the manufacturing process.
If you are looking for an ecotourism destination with something just a little different then check out Australia's Green Cauldron.
Forestry ministers from across Europe are gathered in Oslo, Norway, today, at the start of a 3-day event - Forest Europe 2011 - to hammer out new continent-wide policy on managing forests. That could include the kicking off of negotiations on new laws to protect Europe's forests, and so enshrine sustainability as the key foundation for looking after its growing forests.
Concordia Eco-Tents provide the perfect island getaway for nature lovers. Located only 25 minutes from Maho Bay on the island of St. John, USVI, the Eco-Tents and Estate Concordia Studios are easily accessed by rental car and provide stunning vistas.
There has been a 50% increase in the area of tropical forests under sustainable management since 2005. ITTO, a Japan-based intergovernmental body, promotes the sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources.
How Costa Rica, a small developing country is leading the way in green and sustainable practices, while still growing its economy.
Social factors influence local farmers' willingness to accept sustainable technologies, a Stanford study shows. Local farmers may only accept sustainable and more cost-efficient methods if trusted resources promote the new methods.
New Delhi host World Environment Day on the 5th June 2011. It's an event that has taken place every year since 1973 and just one way in which the UN promotes awareness of environmental issues in the global community. More significantly, it's a day when the people of the world are encouraged to come together and work towards a more environmentally sustainable future.
The Finca Rosa Blanca Plantation and Inn is a sustainable vacation destination located in Costa Rica.
The benefits could be huge says a new study into producing aviation biofuels in America's Pacific North West, but to get things going the government must step in to give support. SAFN is the first group in America to look at such a regional strategy for an area that is home to Boeing.
Help safeguard the future of fish and other marine wildlife by using the Marine Conservation Society's Good Fish Guide. It can be overwhelming keeping up with all the changes needed to support a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, but the Marine Conservation Society has made it a little bit easier.
A new deal aims to involve the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in efforts to protect this vital environment which is one of the front lines in the battle against climate change. The partnership between the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), aims to put the people who actually live in this priceless environment at the heart of protecting it.
When planning a new construction or a remodeling project, organic building materials can be a sustainable alternative to conventional resources.
Coca-Cola's new fully recyclable merchandise display program ramps up the company's commitment to sustainability.
A bill, The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act, has been introduced in Congress that would remove bond caps from water and wastewater infrastructure projects, stimulating much needed investment. Given current spending levels, the EPA and ASCE estimate annual spending shortfalls in the billions.
Boeing has finalised a deal with Lufthansa Cargo for five Boeing 777 Freighters valued at $1.35 billion. Lufthansa has cited environmental concerns as a key reason for the decision.
Using rubiish to produce works of art, an American artist is challenging the art world, creating what she calls 'Fine Art with a Green Heart'.
According to a report, reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and shifting to bioplastics could generate thousands of jobs in the U.S. The report encourages the United States to reform chemical industry regulations in the country to make the industry more environment friendly and to create more jobs.
A paper published in Science tomorrow outlines how the less-than-perfect natural process of photosynthesis could be boosted, by tackling areas of known deficiency. That could give plants being used for biofuels a leap forward - putting sustainable plant-based energy into the realms of reality.
A new website focused of sourcing sustainable fabrics and materials is helping to make being green and hip become a reality. It was not so long ago that the very stylish world of fashion and textiles did not sit particularly comfortably with the world of sustainability and caring for the planet.
Surevolution fashion and home accessories provide sophisticated luxury artisanal products with a focus on true craftsmanship, using renewable natural resources. The next time you are in the market for a unique accent piece to decorate your home or the perfect accessory to complement a new outfit, consider checking out Surevolution.
One of the oldest textiles in the world is making its comeback as one of the most sustainable. Wool used to be something your grandma would use to knit your Christmas jumper with but now it is becoming one of the trendiest eco-friendly textiles on the market. Wool is at the height of luxury with merino, the supermodel of wool, in demand by high-end consumers around the world.
One man's journey from oil industry insider to environmental campaigner. Songs of Petroleum is the autobiography of Jan Lundberg, ecology activist, musician, and the driving force behind the Culture Change website. He has had a fascinating life, being the son of Dan Lundberg, an oil analyst and pioneering TV talk show host, and having been both an oil industry insider and ecology activist fighting against oil corporations
Wildlife pressure group WWF has warned that more than 230 million hectares of forest could disappear by 2050. The Living Forests Report argues that policymakers and businesses should unite around a goal of zero net deforestation and forest degradation by 2020.
The IOC president pledges to make sporting venues more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment. 2012 will not only mark the year of the next Olympics, hosted by London, it is also the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, better known as Earth Summit, which set the benchmark for expectations and goals for organisations and governments for climate change and the responsibility for impact on the environment.
Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered only by solar power, prepares for its inaugural international flight. Previously, the single seated prototype, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 777, made history when it became the first solar powered plane of its type to fly 24 hours on solar power alone. Some 11,600 solar cells, situated on the wings, charge lithium batteries, which, in turn, power the engines.
An Interview with Dr Robert Biel about sustainable agriculture. Dr Robert Biel is an author and academic, who works for University College London and has written about sustainable agriculture. More than that, he practices what he calls ''experimental agriculture'' in his own allotment and with his students.
Since 2008 UK-based fashion designer Ada Zanditon has offered discerning women a chance to experience high style with a conscience. The line, which takes her name, is made with sustainable materials and uses ethical manufacturing practices.
Tropical forests need our help - can the summit in Congo halt deforestation? The objective of the summit is to ensure sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation. To achieve this, the summit aims to establish a formal agreement between the three tropical forest basins, which will encourage them to share conservation strategies.
Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming near both Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks, Hotel Terra offers a sustainable yet luxurious getaway experience in the heart of the American west. With a wide variety of activities available in both the winter and the summer months, this eco-conscious hotel and spa is truly one of a kind.
Fuel Cell vehicles will be on London streets for Olympic Games and carrying passengers afterwards. A consortium of innovative companies have created a pair of prototype zero emission fuel cell London taxis - the famous ''Black Cabs'' that carry passengers around London. Though looking exactly like the familiar taxis - they are conversions, underneath the hood they have an electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and batteries
This April, Swedish retail store H&M releases their environmental-friendly Conscious Collection, which will feature garments made from sustainable and organic materials. H&M is making strides on adding clothing to people's list of sustainable products. This month the chain is introducing their Conscious Collection; which will feature clothing made from environmental friendly materials.
April's Smart Grid Week World Leadership Forum aims to develop new solutions to the world's renewable and sustainable energy needs by addressing the challenges associated with creating a smart grid system.
Despite containing half the world's population, and being particularly vulnerable to climate change, most cities are failing to prepare themselves for the anticipated risks. That's the conclusion of a report in this month's Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. The author concludes that a short-term pressures are swamping the long-term planning needed to safeguard cities from events such as tidal-flood surges or heat-waves.
A hard-hitting report has revealed the threat to businesses from damage done to the world's freshwater supplies by problems including climate change. Produced by pressure group WWF and German bank DEG, the report argues that the shortage of freshwater not only hits people but is also posing an increasing threat to businesses who rely on its ready availability.
WWF forms new partnership with handline fishers in the Coral Triangle in an effort to lead them into the sustainable fishing market. Our oceans have long been regarded as limitless suppliers of food, but the technological advances in our fishing techniques allow us to harvest fish at an unnatural and devastating rate.
The Earth Times sees small-scale sustainable living in action on a tour of the Earthship in Brighton. To look at, blended into the surrounding nature through exposed timbers and dried-mud walls, the Earthship looks like it would be more at home in Middle Earth than where it actually is, just a stone's throw from one of Britain's hippest coastal cities.
High end designer brands Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and others embrace sustainability in PPR Group's new PPR Home initiative. In partnership with Cradle to Cradle, which is a pivotal green design organization created by William McDonough, PPR Group has created a ''Creative Sustainability Lab.'' Its ambitious goals include offsetting the entire organization's 2010 carbon footprint
A consortium including Airbus and Tarom Romanian Air Transport has established a project aimed at developing a jet fuel made from a plant. The Romanian-based project aims to develop biofuel from the camelina plant, which would be a sustainable substitute to fossil-based jet fuel.
'Songs for Japan' featuring U2, Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles and Justin Timberlake has been released through online music store iTunes. The compilation album sees 38 artists donate tracks and waive royalties to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society's relief efforts in the country, which was devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.
Earth Hour annual event to raise the profile of climate change faces criticism. Started in 2007, Earth Hour might be facing a ticking clock. Criticism is growing. There are allegations of ''tokenism'' and that it is an ineffectual response. A darling of large corporations who want to align themselves with a brand to increase their green credibility might be, in themselves damaging what began as an underground zeitgeist.
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An international animal welfare organisation has launched a competition to reduce the amount of sea creatures accidentally caught in fishermen's nets, known as by bycatch. The competition is offering a first prize of $30,000 and two $10,000 runner-up prizes. Additionally, working with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the competition offers a $7,500 prize for the idea that will reduce the amount of bycatch found in tuna fisheries.
A report on the healing potential of Natural Sequence Farming, in repairing wounded carbon and water cycles, has been published in the latest International Journal of Water. Not only can NSF help restore fertility in a sustainable way for the Australian landscape studied - by building up carbon stores in the soil, CO2 is drawn from the atmosphere, so blunting emissions-driven climate change.
Earth Hour was first launched back in 2007 in Sydney, Australia in the fight against climate change and saw more than 2.2 million people and over 2,000 organisations switch off their lights for the hour. Now Earth Hour has become a global movement in sustainability and the 2010 Earth Hour saw over 50 million people in 128 countries being involved in many different ways.
The ICT sector is set to be latest among those who monitor their carbon footprints. The Information Communication Technology companies (ICT) are among the latest to develop a green conscience under the guidance of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSB), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Carbon Trust.
Mel Gibson has travelled to Guatemala in a bid to help protect a tropical rainforest. The 55-year-old actor - who is well-known for his environmental advocacy - joined forces with Prince Albert of Monaco to take part in a private fund-raising trip to the Central American nation in the hope of guaranteeing the future sustainability of the remote rainforest of the El Mirador Basin. Filed in environmental issues: celebrity/rainforests/conservation.
US company Pratt & Whitney has announced that its engines will be used for up to 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft as part of an international deal. The engine, which is designed to improve a plane's environmental performance, has been ordered by International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) in a deal which include 120 PurePower PW1100G engines for 60 aircraft and options for up to 80 engines for an additional 40 aircraft. Filed under environment: Business.
The lessons of a failed dam project in Thailand are not being heeded, in plans for a dam on the Mekong River in Laos. The WWF is asking for a 10-year halt to dam projects on the lower Mekong, in order to allow a fuller understanding of what sustainable hydropower projects are feasible. Going ahead now is likely to repeat a ''bitter lose-lose situation.''
Fairtrade certification is an important step in creating a better, more sustainable world for everyone. The Fairtrade mark is a highly recognized label seen on many products found on the shelves of today's markets and retail stores. Many people already realize that the Fairtrade mark is a good indication that the product is sold by a company that pays a good wage to the workers who helped produce it.
American company GE Aviation is to provide technologies for mission control systems used in the Boeing KC-46A aircraft, which was selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) for its tanker replacement programme.
American company Pratt & Whitney says that it is pleased with initial ground testing on its new engine, which is designed to be more environmentally-friendly because it uses less fuel. Experts subjected the PurePower PW1524G engine, which will power the Bombardier CSeries aircraft, to almost 200 hours of tests at the companys West Palm Beach facility.
Copenhagen incinerator doubles as ski-park. A waste management plant planned for Copenhagen in 2016 will generate enough heat and electricity for 140,000 homes and will have an added bonus - it'll be covered by an urban ski park. The new plant will replace the existing 40 year old incinerator, taking waste from five municipalities in its area.
Asking consumers to pay the 'true climate cost' of meat and other dairy products could lead to a severe reduction in carbon emissions, Swedish scientists have argued. While, for the most part, these 'carbon taxes' are levied on businesses operating in the manufacturing and transportation sectors, new research suggests that they could be equally effective, if not more so, if targeted towards the agriculture and food industries.
A new study predicts the demand for bioplastic packaging material around the world is likely to grow by 25% in the next 10 years. The more traditional technologies used for creating bioplastic packaging, which are based on polyester, cellulose and starch, are forecast to decline over the period to year 2020. One of the big changes is expected to be with the introduction non-biodegradable, bio-derived polyethylene.
American company GE Aviation has announced that it has struck a deal with Southwest Airlines for use of a flight management system which reduces the environmental impact of aircraft. GE Aviation's system TrueCourse, which provides technology for Southwest Airlines' pilots at 11 airports, is standard on Boeing 737 aircraft and allows planes to meet Required Navigation Performance (RNP).
By scrapping the centralised policy of quotas, Europe's lawmakers can to boost the sustainability of the fishing industry, it is being argued. Since the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) came into effect to regulate the fishing industry across European Union states back in 1970, it has been widely criticised for failing to keep stocks healthy and to protect livelihoods.
A recent scientific expedition looking at plastic levels in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed the severity of the micro-plastic pollution problem. The research work has been completed by Mediterranean EnDangered (MED), an international programme bringing together scientists, teachers, sailors, artists and associations for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea.
Australian Government begins review of sustainable forestry. The Australian Government has stepped up its efforts to ensure the sustainability of the country's forest plantations. Officials at The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) have commissioned a review of the codes governing plantation farming across the country.
Massachusetts joins California, New Mexico and other states that have taken strong action to address global warming. In an announcement made yesterday, officials announced a plan to curb heat-trapping gases emitted by homes, cars and businesses in the state by 25 percent below 1990 levels over the next decade.
For the first time in over a generation, the city of New York has finalised a solid waste management plan. The plan, entitled 'Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York', sets a 20 year goal of reducing waste from 4.1 to 0.6 pounds of waste per person per day.
Over the past few years, the polar bear has become something of a 'poster animal' for the environmental movement. Rightly or wrongly, campaigners have used the iconic mammal's plight as a wake-up call, warning government, businesses and individual consumers that, if they don't clean up their act, these bears, and many more species besides, will be lost forever.
Airline Deutsche Lufthansa has placed a $300 million order with a US-European manufacturer for an aero engine that reduces carbon emissions. The German airline has chosen the CFM56-5B to power 21 Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321 aircraft, attracted by improvements in the engine's operating performances.
Conservationists from England's National Trust are warning that future Christmases in Britain could have to go ahead without the traditional mistletoe kisses. The National Trust is urging consumers to buy their mistletoe from British orchards with a sustainable supply of mistletoe.
Rolls-Royce has won a $420 million contract to provide aero engines that will help Hawaiian Airlines improve its fleet's environmental performance. The company will provide Trent 700 engines for six Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft.
Experts from the North East of England are helping to develop a Green Code to ensure the sustainability of buildings in Egypt. Northumbria University's Sustainable Cities Research Institute is working with the Housing and Building National Research Centre in Cairo to develop the ratings system...
New partnership tackles bioplastic issues. Using bioplastics for the manufacture of microwaveable trays will be of particular benefit as the traditional black trays are difficult to recycle and often end up in landfill.
Will the UK government set up the green investment bank, or is it just an idea.. But as it was a Labour idea originally, will it ever happen? The UK government has promised to set up a green investment bank. But as it was a Labour idea originally, will it ever happen? The government recently backtracked on a firm promise to set up the Post Office Bank, another Labour idea.
Scientists have discovered a more environmentally friendly alternative to Styrofoam. As bioplastics revolutionise the packaging industry, scientists have now discovered a greener alternative to traditional Styrofoam packaging blocks.
Bioplastics are not as 'green' as originally thought. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that bioplastics are not the packaging problem solver they were originally considered to be.
The UK's Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted illegal exporters of electrical waste. A two-year investigation found 'a network of individuals, waste companies and export businesses' involved in sending waste overseas, and committing offences under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and the European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006.
Greener, lighter packaging will help reduce carbon emissions. If the packaging was made lighter, some of the most climate-damaging effects would be reduced.
A New Zealand wine company is leading the world; proudly displaying the carbon footprint of each glass of wine on their bottles. Consumers are increasingly demanding information on the carbon emissions of their food and drink. The New Zealand Wine Company has launched their new brand Mobius; each bottle has a label declaring the actual carbon emissions for each glass produced.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meets this week in Jakarta. But, despite the Netherlands having now become the first nation to pledge itself to using only sustainably-sourced palm oil, many other members of the global organisation are still lagging behind, environmentalists say.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is pressing ahead with construction of a new wing which promises to make flight more environmentally-friendly. The company has also been experimenting with fuel from an oilseed crop. The project involves a Bombardier Q400 aircraft and a six-partner consortium based in Canada.
New planning guidelines for wind turbines that are located on biodiversity sites published by the European Commission. In the context of sustainable development, what is more important: renewable energy or biodiversity loss? At first glance the two don't seem mutually exclusive, but they can be in the case of wind turbines. That's why over the years legislation has been put into place to make sure that things like 'bird collision' are avoided.
New report suggests 2012 Games will fail to achieve environmental aims. A report issued by the London Assembly's Environment Committee warns that there is still significant work to be done if the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to achieve their environmental aims.