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Going Green with Gravitas
July 29, 2008 10:51 AM -

The story of Interface is well known because it has been a success. The company decreased its use of fossil fuels by 45 percent and its net greenhouse gas production by 60 percent. It uses one-third the water it used to, and cut its contribution to landfills by 80 percent. By many important measures, Interface is an environmental success. But because its sales are up 49 percent, Interface is also a business success. In light of global climate change, what must businesses do to maintain sustainable business practices? What are businesses' environmental responsibilities? Is redesigning business a moral responsibility?

Co-production: A Manifesto for Growing the Core Economy
July 28, 2008 10:20 AM - Policy Innovations

This paper from the New Economics Foundation offers an explanation of co-production, or a means of building community based on a sense of shared responsibility and mutual support. The point of co-production, according to the paper, is to encourage the use of human skills and experience to help deliver public or voluntary service. Rather than defining community members by their needs, co-production defines individuals based on the skills they possess and ways in which they can contribute to public service.

Co-production: A Manifesto for Growing the Core Economy
July 28, 2008 10:20 AM - Policy Innovations

This paper from the New Economics Foundation offers an explanation of co-production, or a means of building community based on a sense of shared responsibility and mutual support. The point of co-production, according to the paper, is to encourage the use of human skills and experience to help deliver public or voluntary service. Rather than defining community members by their needs, co-production defines individuals based on the skills they possess and ways in which they can contribute to public service.

De Rigeur Reusable Water Bottles
July 25, 2008 11:07 AM -

Honestly, the concept of disposable plastic items has got to be one of the most stupid ideas in human history. On par with nuclear energy, disposable plastics are made for a one-time use, then end up as toxic waste that lasts almost forever. It’s “convenient” and cheap in the short term, and polluting and cancer-causing in the not-so-short term. A shocking factoid: Americans use 2.5 million bottles every hour. Oh my.

China's emission possible
July 24, 2008 08:54 AM - geelongadvertiser.com.au

Australia seems set to push ahead with a controversial emissions trading scheme aimed at reducing greenhouse gases which, if not actually effectual, will at least signal to the world the way it might be going to avert catastrophic anthropomorphic climate change. With DownUnder producing just 1.3 per cent of the globe's greenhouse gases, though, and the proposed ETS aimed at halving this but over many, many years, it is no great surprise to find even ETS architect Ross Garnaut arguing the need for China to curb its emissions. Big time.

Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars
July 23, 2008 11:05 AM -

Faced with the prospect TXU Energy seeking approval for 18 new coal-fired power plants on the fast track, the farmers and ranchers of small rural communities across Texas stood up to the Goliath of a Texas-sized energy developer and an acquiescing state government. And win. Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars tells the story. The film was produced by the Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media, and directed by Mat Hames and George Sledge.

Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars
July 23, 2008 11:05 AM -

Faced with the prospect TXU Energy seeking approval for 18 new coal-fired power plants on the fast track, the farmers and ranchers of small rural communities across Texas stood up to the Goliath of a Texas-sized energy developer and an acquiescing state government. And win. Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars tells the story. The film was produced by the Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media, and directed by Mat Hames and George Sledge.

Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars
July 23, 2008 11:05 AM -

Faced with the prospect TXU Energy seeking approval for 18 new coal-fired power plants on the fast track, the farmers and ranchers of small rural communities across Texas stood up to the Goliath of a Texas-sized energy developer and an acquiescing state government. And win. Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars tells the story. The film was produced by the Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media, and directed by Mat Hames and George Sledge.

Glacial Climate Negotiations
July 22, 2008 02:21 PM -

Listening to the earth scientists at the Tällberg Forum speaking about the likely calamities caused by global warming, I had the sensation of entering a parallel universe. It is a universe where an adaptive and inventive human race has grown to over six billion people, created bountiful and rich civilizations built on fossil fuels, and has emerged as the most important species to geologically alter the planet. Man-made greenhouse gas has placed the earth in a slow cooker.

The Ying and Yang of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Position on Climate Change
July 21, 2008 11:55 AM -

Less than a week after releasing its response to the April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that the EPA should take action to assess the risk of greenhouse gas emissions and regulate those emissions unless there is a good scientific reason for not doing so, the EPA issued a report entitled Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems.

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