Archive | 2010

50-50-50 Starts in Cancun

By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the globe, by 50% more than today. To that date, the UN is also aiming at reducing carbon-equivalent emissions by 50%. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, named this morally binding target the 50-50-50. This is going to start in Cancun as one of the […]

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Jeffrey Sachs: Global Reality in Climate Action

“There are clearly three dominant players right now and then the rest of the world that cares a lot about this. There’s the U.S., there’s the European Union and there’s China. Copenhagen was essentially the U.S. and China saying ‘ we’re not going to do very much’. Europe was left on the sidelines.” ( Jeffrey […]

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Eating Animals

Eating Animals by one of my favorite fellow Jews, Jonathan Safran Foer. He is the author of such works as Everything is Illuminated which was ultimately turned into a type of dark comedy starring Elijah Wood. His works have always been unique, and from a distinct perspective. He rights as who he is, even in […]

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The Green Collar Bicycle

The bicycle manufacturing market may have had a scarce outlook. But recent ecological concerns suggest otherwise. Overlooking the fact that the bicycle is the most sustainable vehicle, meaning “perfect carbon 0”; successful projects developed by NGOs, local authorities, and companies bring forward the idea of “green collar jobs”, of domestic green production. For an ecologist, […]

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Predatory Capitalism Causes Climate Change

All crises, climate crisis included, have been created by ‘predatory capitalism’, stated John Perkins at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. when he launched his latest book. The root of all this, said the controversial author of ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’, lies in the adolescent stance on competition that Americans find deeply embedded […]

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An Anti-Car Manifesto. Robert Hurst

Following science, the human machine is not more efficient than  typical gasoline engine. Each one of them converts less than a quarter of its intake of fuel energy into work while the rest is wasted. However, the bicycle-and-rider is the unsurpassed star among transport modes, says Robert Hurst in his “Cyclist’s Manifesto”. The cyclists need […]

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Pandora 810

American farmers are experiencing the benefits of scientific progress first hand. In the agriculture of the most developed country on the planet transgenics have created a semi-feudal system where the governing rule is held by the Company, which in turn is valiantly protected by its army of lawyers. “Monsanto” style businesses prove to be far […]

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Third Industrial Revolution Kicks In

Three years ago I was obsessed with cutting carbon and carbon markets. The smartest and most inspirational people I was meeting at the time were blowing whistles at “pressure on ecosystems”. If in those times companies were getting shallowly into green business and coming forth with loads of disgusting greenwash, I was there wishing to […]

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Eastern European allowances reveal weakness of the EU carbon market

Only in Poland and Estonia there will be extra 80 – 90 tons of CO2 emitted in the atmosphere in one year. The two countries won court challenges against the European Commission limits on carbon-dioxide emissions by energy and manufacturing companies. This decision of the European Court of First Instance took the market by surprise, […]

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A recent history of biomass. Poland and Romania

In the name of EU climate policies, deforestation is sold as a green solution. This is not happening in far […]

A Recent History of Biomass in Poland and Romania (multimedia and glossary)

In the name of EU climate policies, deforestation is sold as a green solution. This is not happening in far […]

Over 200 Indonesian community leaders speak out against palm oil for biofuels

Hundreds of Indonesian leaders of indigenous communities, farmers’ unions, smallholder organizations, human rights groups and environmental NGOs have signed an […]

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE CASE: EU taken to Court for failing to impose a robust emission reduction plan

A Carpathian shepherd together with other families from Europe and outside are taking the European Parliament and the Council of […]

A Forest Is A Levee

River Dora Riparia in Susa Valley is alpine however with particularities of plain running waters. “We are basically on a […]

Merano, A History Carved with Water

  In an unusual rain pouring cold morning Mayor Paul Rüsch, a rather non-political bonhomme, guided us through the history […]