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The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

January 19, 2015 by JL Morin
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Is Sustainable Economic Growth Possible?

We do a lot without thinking, like using GDP growth as a standard of excellence. Most 21st century activity is based on a ‘given’ that underpins the soft science of economics: 'Growth is good' -- not just a big assumption, a wrong assumption. Is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron?[read more]

5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

January 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The Tradition of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture techniques were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of ancestral knowledge are common in many tribal communities. Sustainable farming helps tribes to get back to their roots while addressing these problems.[read more]

Food Sovereignty: Politics and Veggies in Cape Town

January 18, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Politics in Cape Town

The open farmlands and wetlands in the Philippi area of the Cape Flats have become contested territory. This is the last remaining piece of an area that has been regarded as Cape Town’s vegetable patch all the way since the late 1800s time period.[read more]

Women in Food: Maria Topitzer Follows Grandmother's Path to Farming in Western Massachusetts

January 17, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Growing Food in Western Massachusetts

Maria Topitzer, the owner and proprietor of Lyonsville Farm in Colrain, Massachusetts, comes from a family of farmers. Her grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and Topitzer has idyllic childhood memories of visiting her great grandmother there.[read more]

Santa Cruz Modular Hydroponics Entrepreneur Moves From Bathtub to Business

January 16, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Hydroponics Business

For Nick Halmos, CEO of Santa Cruz-based Cityblooms, urban agriculture has meant a passionate pursuit of innovation. Halmos can thank climate change for spurring his interest in urban agriculture well over a decade ago, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on global climate.[read more]

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High Alert for Environmental Threats in World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 Report

January 15, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Today marks the release of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2015 report. While international conflict tops the list of concerns, the experts whose opinions were solicited rated environmental risks more prominently than economic ones, including water shortages, climate change and fast urbanization.[read more]

Transport and Health: Walking is Going Places

January 15, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Walking and Urban Transit

Walking is going places. What was once humans’ most common pastime, which had been forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort, is now being recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and possibly even a route to happiness.[read more]

OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

January 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Waste and Clean Water Access

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean.[read more]

Chronicling the Rise of a Food Hub Network: Michigan State University Releases Case Study

January 14, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Network Development

A recently-released case study titled 'A Case Study in Building Effective Networks for Food System Change' from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, chronicles the creation, growth, and lessons learned of the two-and-a-half year old Michigan Food Hub Network.[read more]

Cities Fighting Black Carbon to Achieve Public Health and Climate Benefits

January 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Decarbonization

Black carbon, a short-lived climate pollutant emitted into the air by incomplete combustion of fuels, is a both major contributor to climate change and a concern for public health in cities. At the global scale, black carbon has been identified as the second most important human emission contributing to climate change.[read more]

'We Have to Get Urbanization Right': A Q&A with Felipe Calderón on Cities in the New Climate Economy

January 12, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urbanization and Climate Economics

We sat down with Felipe Calderón is the Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and keynote speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, to learn more about how cities can drive forward sustainable, low-carbon economic growth.[read more]

Safe Drinking Water Act: A Journey From Disco To Desalinization

January 11, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Safe Drinking Water History

I was honored to be asked to speak during the solutions panel at the Safe Drinking Water Act Experts Forum in Washington, D.C., last month. This was a milestone event, as it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.[read more]