Israel, a country perhaps best known for its religious heritage and rich history, has quietly been taking steps toward a sustainable future. The country is not large, with an expected population of just 11 million residents by 2030 (from 8 million nowadays), but it faces some extreme challenges in terms of sustainability.
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“People are realizing that we can’t rely on the industrial food system much longer. The awakening that’s happening is our greatest opportunity,” says New Mexican farmer and activist Miguel Santistevan. This awakening has sparked the revival of local, sustainable food systems.
[social_buttons] The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has developed a career-long role that entails finding issues to worry about and writing about them. That can be a good thing because science is definitely about asking the hard questions. Sometimes however, these well-intentioned folks can let their biases and presuppositions get in the way. UCS has […]
www.earthpolicy.org/index.php?/press_room/C68/pb4_ch7_datarelease In Chapter 7 of the recently released Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown lays out the Plan B goals for eradicating poverty and stabilizing population. Behind the scenes are a number of datasets and graphs that delve deeper into the trends discussed in the chapter. Here are some highlights from the […]
Does focusing too hard on the number 350 as the safe level of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere help or hurt the climate action cause?
http://www.earthpolicy.org/index.php?/plan_b_updates/2009/update83 By Lester R. Brown Emissions Drop 9 Percent in Last Two Years For years now, many members of Congress have insisted that cutting carbon emissions was difficult, if not impossible. It is not. During the two years since 2007, carbon emissions have dropped 9 percent. While part of this drop is from the recession, […]
What were you thinking about on September 16, 2008? Green business ideas probably weren’t at the top of the list… September 15 was the day that Lehman Brothers went belly up, and you were probably more focused on your portfolio and savings. As such, Tim Sanders’ book Saving the World at Work (released on – […]
Do you remember RecycleBank, the Philadelphia-based company that rewarded customers for recycling? I thought that was a great idea, and I’ve got a similar response to Earth Aid‘s new rewards program for energy savings. Rolled out earlier this month in Washington, DC, Earth Aid offers a program to track your energy use and savings, and […]
Millions of Americans are declaring financial sustainability, even if they don’t exactly call it that. After all, we can’t borrow our way out of debt. We’re paying down or paying off credit cards. We’re getting rid of our mortgage or putting an extra payment toward the principal balance (which has huge cost savings advantages). Or […]
I’m coming to the conclusion pretty fast that just about every hotel will eventually be walking the talk when it comes to going green – though some are walking slowly while others are galloping as if there isn’t a minute to waste. While ecotourism continues to grow internationally, more American companies are grasping that going […]
XGames 3D: The Movie is ESPN’s first action-sports 3D movie. Soundtrack is by The Crystal Method. ESPN went carbon neutral this year at their summer ESPYs and XGames held at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Get the full story from Greening Hollywood.
According to Richard Florida in his latest book, Who’s Your City?, the average American moves every seven years. “More than 40 million people relocate each year; 15 million make significant moves of more than 50 or 100 miles,” writes Florida. That’s a lot of carboard boxes, time and energy. The implications for such a footloose […]
[social_buttons] Editor’s Note: This guest post is originally published at Green For All. People often ask me what the environment has to do with poverty, and why communities of color are getting so active in the fight against climate change. Today, we released a new video that says it all.