- 19/02/2017World Population Watch human population grow from 1 CE to present and see projected growth in under six minutes. One dot = 1 million people. © Population Connection,...
- 17/02/2017Oxygen Levels in the Ocean Are Droppinggrendz.com The level of oxygen in our oceans has dropped over the past half-century, and human activity such as burning fossil fuels and dumping fertilisers in the sea is to blame, according to a new study. Researchers studied five decades of data in the most...
- Producer15/02/2017Deadly affair when snake meets kiteWhat happens when a raptor and python cross paths – high up in a tree? One Wild Card member was astonished to witness this three-hour, deadly interaction.Late last year Luis Da Cruz and his wife spent a few days at Ngwenya Lodge, situated on the...
- 02/02/2017In case you've missed my FB posts to Tweets, I was fortunate to spend Monday and Tuesday this week interviewing with 23 CBC Radio stations from Gander to Victoria. It was a tremendous experience brought about by my friends and counsellors at Holmes Public Relations.
I'm sharing just one more of the interviews because I am pretty sure you don't want to hear my voice 23 times!
I've chosen the chat I had on Ontario Morning with its remarkable host Wei Chen. She is such a skilled interviewer.
Hear her guide me through 7 minutes of sharing the Riding Shotgun story. The story runs from 6:30 - 13:40.
My repeated thanks to CBC Radio Syndication.
And, if you'd like to share with your friends please do.Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday February 2, 2017tinyurl.com Call for more detailed information on labels for household and personal care products; Cancer caregiver book for men; Academic boycott of travel to the U-S; Liberals drop electoral reform; Canadian hockey player in China; Big fish; The real red...
- Producer31/01/2017Transforming the World’s Energy FutureWritten by Jon Powers and Kevin Johnson,This article is part of special inauguration series by Dūcō experts on major global issues in the Trump Administration.The world is at a transformative moment in terms of how we produce and use electricity....
- 24/01/2017Search for Cruelty-Free Companies, Products, and More | PETAfeatures.peta.org There are thousands of cruelty-free companies in our database, including The Body Shop, Tom's of Maine, wet n wild, and many...
- Producer15/01/2017Canada’s Biggest Nightmare: The Impending Water WarsRising sea levels, the consequence of human-inspired carbon output into the atmosphere, is an extremely urgent problem. However, it’s largely perceived as a global problem of longer-term consequence, and one that society is largely discounting to...
Comments22/01/2017 #2 Todd JonesGreat post Jim. It is estimated that the average person in the US uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water per day. Multiply this times 320 million people, and 32 billion gallons A DAY get flushed, showered and sprayed down the drain. And this does not take into account the strain of industrial processes. Hydrocarbon consumption pales in comparison.
Humans lived for thousands of years without fuel oil. We can only live for about five days without water. Some very astute investors, including those that accurately predicted the collapse of the housing and credit markets back in 2008 are now investing heavily in water rights, water processing equipment manufacturers, and water utilities. In my humble opinion, water shortages are a looming catastrophe that will indeed make the Keystone controversy look silly.
- Producer26/06/2016The yin and yang of water, food, energy, population & climate.The nexus of Water, Food, Energy, Population & Climate relationships and the potential complementary nature of opposites that may just be interconnected. I originally wrote this after reading and endless stream of writings on the topics...
Comments17/01/2017 #16 Joel Anderson#14 @Devesh Bhatt thanks for taking the time to reply and for the very informative perspective. I agree "we have to do better at truly understanding the present set of circumstances associated with this and related issues (Food, Energy, Water, Population) with an eye towards the collective future of mankind and our earth." The sad thing is that in many respects we have been watching the scientific and economic yin and yangism on the subject since 1896 when Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish scientist was the first to claim that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming.
To me it is not an East thing. It is not a West thing, It is not a young thing. It is not an old thing. What it is, is a ONE EARTH thing. It is a journey to enlightenment and understanding before it is too late. Thank you again and all the best to you. Keep making a difference; one person, one step, one generation, one tree, and one river at a time.17/01/2017 #15 Joel Anderson#11 @Todd Jones Thank your for the comment and thoughts. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could just think differently about our ONE little EARTH? Awhile back I was in a discussion on a different social media blog site. The discussion was on population and I had made a comment about the fact that ours was increasing and would hit the 9+Billion mark on or before 2050. I received a scathing rebuke by this individual that statistically speaking the world population was actually decreasing. After wading through semantics and other nuances, a couple well intended arguments I merely responded with the following: "OK, so help me with the math here. If the world population is currently at 7+Billion and will be at 9+Billion in about 30 years, I will give it to you, statistically that may reflect a potential decline in the rate of increase? In the end though, doesn't that decline still show and increase albeit at a decreasing rate? Never got a response back To me, in the end I just want to get past the yin and yang of it all and do things differently. Keep making and difference; one person, one step, one dare at a time. I Dare You to embrace a different mentality about ONE EARTH as it is the only one we have.15/01/2017 #14 Devesh Bhatten we show corporate backed experiments of greening wastelands.
It all boils down to proper land use, which is 0 here, I still think that residents and people born at a place have affinity with local ecology, mass migration to cities leaves the rest of the country at the mercy of rampant exploitation and one city near a river bank can be more harmful than a 1000 villages just consuming and dirtying everything around...But that is the definition of progress.
Ancient cities survived at river banks and were surrounded by forests, in their new form they are not fit to be at the riverside, rather use that land for forests and agriculture, and build a conservation model centred on trees, they clean air water soil and sustain wildlife.
Environment + economics + local sustenance, it is possible but the way you are considerate for the coming generations, that is no priority of the young here, not the farmers son, not the local village chap, nature seems like old world to them and they would sell it any chance they get.
If only we secured critical ecosystems while we Heal the cities.15/01/2017 #13 Devesh BhattI am from a populated country , India. I was born in the Himalayas, people here want mother nature to survive and thrive as it is.
While the world is being told about air pollution and receding glaciers etc , what I feel is this. The per capita consumption of this area is very low, our population pressure is also very low and the people have more or less taken care of their energy needs from.renewable sources.
Still the problem persists ...Why? People from the city are grabbing land, encroaching on forest land and cutting trees, making summer homes and resorts that have less than 50 days of occupancy... What they actually hurt is the underground springs, the strength of the hillside which earlier came down as soil but now comes down as rock.
Population control, reduction etc are a huge loop, despite all the planning, it's results would be evident after a few decades, what is a must right now is that populous nations do not ape the West blindly cause we suck at waste management and we have outright ditched traditional practices rather than filtering out local conservation practices which are community driven, cheap and sustainable.
Now if I talk about Delhi region, same problem, 60 million flats under construction next to the Yamuna river bank with less than 10℅ occupancy, rampant deforestation and agri land misuse. Contd14/01/2017 #11 Todd JonesGreat post Joel.
On the issues of water, food, energy, and population, it is population that drives scarcity of the other three resources and hence the most important element of this discussion. Research suggests that the planet broke the billion person mark sometime around 1800. It took 125 years to add another billion people. Then 33 years to add a third billion. We now stand at over seven billion, and are adding an additional billion people to the planet every 15 years or so. It is simply not sustainable.15/11/2016 #9 Joel Anderson#5 @Gerald Hecht As I scrolled through the link I found a twitter comment that called 400ppm a left wing conspiracy. Now I get it, I am a red neck from Kansas but holy cow (that is a gentle Kansas Euphemism for huh?)--somehow we need to get past the yin and yang of it all. Thanks again....02/09/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThanks for re-upping this with a link on the other site, @Joel Anderson. I have to simply make one tiny change..."complementary nature of opposites that may just be interconnected"
It is all interconnected. Every single bee - each literal and metaphorical bee - has a part to play in each of these global environmental topics because we are all contextualized within the planet Earth's ecosphere.
But here is the rub, as you rightly mention we are dependent on corporations to a tremendous extent to wake up and smell the humanity not the profits, but we've let them be exempt from concerns apart from increasing shareholder value EVERY 90 DAYS. Until we begin to challenge this concentration of financial and human capital within organizations more powerful than most governments, we are not going to stand a chance towards collaborating towards a sustainable future for the entire planet.
Capitalism is swell to a certain extent, but when it creates entities that can decide to take over the world's seeds, or introduce endocrine disrupting plastics into baby bottles to increase profits, or bottle up the liquid elixir of life and in the process generate waste that will last for decades we have to ask when will we wise up and ask for these organizations to have oversight ensuring that they don't jeopardize the planets future? That has to be the definition of 'good' business.
- Producer14/01/2017I am a Beekeeper (Apiarist)I was fascinated by honeybees since I spent a summer, at the Ravanica monastery; the mother superior, was my father's friend and she and the orthodox sisters took me in when my mom was hospitalized with an illness. The Serbian Orthodox monastery...
Comments14/01/2017 #9 Pamela 🐝 Williams#7 David, I'm now following quite a few Bee organizations on Twitter and will try to get some followers from those groups through Paul's Growth Hacker portion of his App. Though I'm not sure I want to use the term "leverage" :-) I saw it the other way around: How can we use our 'bee' identity to help the pollinator crisis occurring around the globe.14/01/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergWow, Milic, you're like an bee encyclopedia. This is likely the most comprehensive buzz about real bees ever on this platform. Here's my question to all: how can bebee leverage the unfortunate fact -- now being broadly reported in mainstream media worldwide -- that bumble bees have placed on the USA's Endangered Species List for the first time??? http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/bumble-bee-species-declared-endangered-u-s-first-time-n706321
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- Producer15/06/2016Funnel vision. Travelling Up River In Kalimantan, Borneo.In July, the rivers are low in Borneo, as we discovered having arrived at the banks of the mighty Rungan, an impressive tributary off the even mightier Kahayan River. Standing on the dock, one actually has to 'look down' at the ‘Rhui Rahayu’, an...
Comments15/06/2016 #7 Paul Walters#4 Thanks Oliver, Fire up there gets worse every year. In September 2015 Singapore, Jakarta and KL airports were forced to close due to the haze! Palangkaraya residents had to endure weeks of visibility of just 10 ft!!! Maybe, just maybe someone will see sense someday. In just one generation over 75% of the forest on that huge island has gone forever!! Sumatra is not far behind !15/06/2016 #5 James Smith#3 I could definitely stop consuming any of these products if that means preserving what is left of the wildlife and forest. This is a great post, it almost took me in a trip with the Orangutans and I could see Kasey splashing water all around her. I really hope that raising awareness doesn't take too long, this world needs less consumerism and more taking care of other species.15/06/2016 #4 Oliver MoloneyA really wonderful post @Paul Walters, you describe everything with such clarity and it always makes your buzzes an immersive and refreshing read. I tend to try and reflect on our understanding of technology on par with how it was when we first encountered fire - We have this incredible asset at our disposal but really don;t have a clue how to use it in a balanced and beneficial way however I have hope for the future that the wiser our species become that they'll develop greener technologies and the metaphorical fingers will snap along with a 'ahaaaa' . But who knows how many generations it will be before we get there, one hopes though.15/06/2016 #2 Paul Walters#1 Thanks Phillppe, much appreciated . Your sentiments are in a way mine even though as a travel writer I travel far and wide to try and find relatively out of the way places. Indonesia can provide numerous destinations where no tourists have ever been. Hopefully in my lifetime they will remain slightly untouched! Bali is indeed a good compromise but even this paradise is choking on its own success with more and more hotels being built each year,15/06/2016 #1 Philippe ChanietBut sanity will not prevail of course. Every year you have to travel further afield to find the wilderness you describe in your article. Given a chance, the people you saw on the banks of the river want to live in your world, not theirs. In between comes the plantations which destroy the old world without ushering a viable new one. I am not sure there is a solution to that question. Bali looks like a good compromise but there is only one Bali!
- 11/01/2017I just did a post ad (not sure how that works) so basically please check the job ad I posted. It is for an online survey , the client's requirement is for an European who knows English and Sustainability / Eco, your job will be to read the client's sustainability report and answer some questions and give your opinion. So the client can improve its next year's corporate sustainability report. The clients pays via PayPal 10,000 JPY (about 81 Euros) if you are interested to know more and fit the bill (European + Sustainability background) let me know. Thanks
- 31/12/2016THE WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BOTTLE VILLAGE ► Canadian Robert Bezeau developed the project called the Plastic Bottle Village, located in Panama, where the houses are constructed, or as he like to say “re-constructed” out of recycled plastic bottles. Bottles work surprisingly well as insulators. The buildings are also incredibly durable and safe during floods and earthquakes.
- Producer29/11/2016Global Sustainability Every day each one of us make decisions that have an impact on the environment, from our shopping choices and how we dispose of our household waste to our use of water, gas and electricity in our homes. With 7 billion people on the planet, we...
Comments14/01/2017 #6 Harvey Lloyd@rob allott i enjoyed reading. Our world, in its current state of evolution, is unsustainable for many reasons, environment being one of them. The environment may heal itself as we need not worry about future generations if other evolutionary practices are not made more sustainable.
The current issues of environment are brought on by growth. Growth allows room for our off-spring to be successful. So we hand down this growth mantra to our young that must work within our footprint. I don't disagree we can be better stewards. In order for us to tackle this issue we need to change our approach to sustainability. We are pitting our way of life with the regulations of a green planet. I mean this as an individual not as a species. Many agree that we need to change, but continue habits.
We evolved here, we need to evolve there. Many of the regulations we sought and imposed in the green earth movement has squeezed the middle class way of life. I don't have answers, i can mostly say though that current regulations and issues are not working at a level that will return us to sustainability. Population growth and needs of that new growth will always drive the sustainability question.
My sense is that we have to many competing paradigms. Environment, social status, profits and political power. The environment has become a club for some of the other paradigms. We cant go back to the stone age and we cant continue to evolve in the current direction. But the stone age is coming if we don't change in many areas of the evolutionary process.
- Producer28/11/2016What you need to know before installing a rainwater harvest systemWater is vital to life and is such a precious natural resource that it makes sense to collect every drop of rain and re-cycle grey water and back-washed pool water. In fact you can reduce your water bill by as much as 90% by harvesting rain...
Comments01/12/2016 #13 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#11 Unfortunately the water infrastructure has not been maintained or planned very well here either @Kirsten Horner - as the city gets more and more overpopulated and dense we are about to see some major problems with water supply, this has of course been exacerbated by the drought....29/11/2016 #11 Kirsten HornerThanks Claire. We live with water saving and water restrictions here in Queensland, Australia - in between the floods! The larger water management infrastructure is under pressure and hasn't been planned or managed well for future supply, so everyone has to do their part on their own property.29/11/2016 #4 Rod LoaderA good post Clair. Here is Australia, virtually all rural homes have rain water tanks. I have four 20,000 litre tanks, which supplies all my household water (drinking, showers, etc) and water for my gardens, pool etc. I also have a bore, which is not as nice, but still drinkable, as a backup. When you rely on stored water, you are a lot more aware of water usage.28/11/2016 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic"Water conservation needs to be a way of life.“ I second that Claire. Your article is a very good reminder of the importance of water. My homeland, Croatia, is water-rich country and also one of the countries where you can safely drink tap water. But despite this, many people in rural and suburban areas, and especially people who live on islands are collecting rainwater to reduce their bills when using water for agriculture.
In addition, several scientific studies propose to refurbish numerous abandoned traditional rain collectors (impluviums) in the Dalmatian area of Croatia to collect rain and dew water, which could provide a significant amount of water, especially during the dry season.
- Producer19/11/2016Gut Feeling Heralds New Generation Lithium BatteriesCambridge Uni and Beijing Institute of Technology researchers have reportedly collaborated to develop a denser and potentially much longer lasting lithium battery. The concept is seemingly intestine-inspired. More details, for the bioengineering...
Comments24/11/2016 #8 Kevin PashukBack in 2001 NYT Journalist Tom Friedman (author of The World is Flat and no relation to @Phil Friedman) stated that the first one to come up with a cheap, reliable, renewable power source will be the one to rule the world, regardless of politics. (My paraphrase).
Looks like we are still working to rule the world. Interesting concept, and better than putting a mini nuclear reactor in your pocket.24/11/2016 #4 Ken Boddie#1 You can take a technocrat to water but you can't make him drink. He's too busy trying to redesign the tap to enjoy the magnificent fluid coming out of it, Lada. There's a world of readers out there, Lada, queuing up to read our buzzes. Sometimes engagement comes from the least expected direction.24/11/2016 #2 Dean OwenThis is very interesting. Back in 2008 i concluded that there was no doubt in my mind China would have car companies to rival Toyota and Ford. Chinese cars back then were shoddy rip offs. They have improved tremendously. There are a few contenders like Great Wall, but I saw promise with BYD who were producing electric cars. Legend has it the Chairman of BYD bought a Mercedes S Class then told his workers to disassemble it to see how it was built. They refused to take apart such a beautiful new car, so he got out his key and scraped all along the side of the car and said, "now do it!". BYD has since been at the forefront of lithium battery, and electric car production. Their cars are still pretty bad, but getting better. Warren Buffet has had a stake in them for a while now. I believe he bought at around RMB 20, it went up to 90, and is now around 46. With the development you mention above, I would suggest BYD is a good buy right now. Seeing how Japanese, and now Korean cars have improved, I have no doubt Chinese car makers will produce high quality cars within the next decade.
- Producer13/11/2016Living on the Edge of ChallengeIt amazes me, and may be you too the reader of this buzz, that we tend to go the extremes and swing from one extreme to the other. Is this the call of nature? We find many trees living in arid zones, or water logging areas, but very few trees...
Comments19/11/2016 #42 Ali Anani#41 You never make useless comments and even if we differ sometimes you always prove you have a solid point. Thank you @David Navarro López for the comment and the link to your buzz. I repeat the link here as this buzz is so rewarding to read:
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/businesses-living-in-the-edge-of-challenge19/11/2016 #40 Ali Anani#39 Dear @David Navarro López- I will do now
I wish also your time would allow you to read my last buzz as it is inviting for many great discussions. I need your view on there.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/the-positive-side-of-negative-emotions19/11/2016 #39 AnonymousDear Ali, your provoking posts always awaken my will on commenting.
Please have a look here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/businesses-living-in-the-edge-of-challenge View moreDear Ali, your provoking posts always awaken my will on commenting.
Please have a look here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/businesses-living-in-the-edge-of-challenge
as comment space was too small to answer to your post. Close18/11/2016 #37 mohammed khalafok Dr Ali People who believe in the power of dialogue usually abhor either/or distinctions. Few things in life are same of the trees if cut the water from it will died , cut and then dry, and when it comes to mitigating differences between people we need watering these distinctions .18/11/2016 #31 Joris Plaatstaal#26 "Conformity is not learning @Joris Plaatstaal" So now I know why you are here @Ali Anani, thank you.
It proves that if one needs an answer to a question one just have to ask.
To go on-topic about trees and roots and us... Well, I am sure you know this, but nevertheless I link it.
I like this, though it can be misunderstood.18/11/2016 #27 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanTrees have roots to assist them in grasping the ground and holding on to life. Humans have roots to assist them in connecting with others and holding on to life. Unfortunately, humans don't always appreciate their roots and lose touch with life and all it has to offer. Humans can benefit from learning about trees and the challenges they face. Learning to adapt to uncontrollable or controllable circumstances is a major advantage in how humans can cope with challenges.16/11/2016 #25 Joris Plaatstaal#13 @ Ali Anani. "yes, we humans have choices, but do we select carefully?" .... I think not. They majority of people I know, just go with the flow. They need to conform to the public mind. They need to be part of, some, society.... I give you that, trees just live or die. Can humans live without conformation? I doubt it, I think we need it. I think we are so desperate in need of just that, conformation. Are we willing to ignore the entity we are in order to receive conformation?
Loose yourself in order to fit in the virtual hive? To be accepted? To be what some idea wants you to be?
I entered beBee to question us and myself. Why are you and me here, in this domain? Why do we even spent time here? Is being on social media a conformation to the rest?
I need to learn. I will learn.14/11/2016 #24 Ali Anani#23 No question I am going to spend this evening pondering on this idea "Our barter system of time/intelligence for money should act like the grove of trees. Learn, stabilize and grow.......But for some reason the need for volatility is strong in the human psyche". This is sheer brilliance @Harvey Lloyd. I shall be back with more elaboration of my understanding of this great and provoking idea.14/11/2016 #23 Harvey Lloyd#20 The hurricane within the metaphor is our current political climate to humans or the opportunity for the sapling to grow is when the grove becomes damaged and the canopy opens.
Our economic system benifits from volatility, it shakes the leaves of money lose from one group and allows another to flourish. The system can be played, but to what end? Our barter system of time/intelligence for money should act like the grove of trees. Learn, stabilize and grow.......But for some reason the need for volatility is strong in the human psyche. We have to shake things up.
We call this our best system to satisfy the masses the best way possible. Trees show us a different path. But the path is not special, exciting or glorifying. Humans have to make that part work.
- 08/11/2016Why bees are the most invaluable specieswww.theguardian.com A public debate this week saw five scientists putting their case for saving one endangered species. Alison Benjamin on why the audience were right to save the...
- Producer08/11/2016How to change the image of Energy's Black Sheep? Investments in R of green technologies by the oil and gas industry is a good start to change the negative perception compared to other industries.While Renewables will continue to grow rapidly, fossil fuels is expected to remain the dominant form of...
- Producer07/11/2016Monkey Business; The Disappearing Habitat Of Boneo’s Orangutans. The title for this piece is perhaps a little ambiguous as it will revolve around the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, rather than the Gibbons or the Proboscis monkeys of that region. The monkey business reference in the title refers to many of...
Comments08/11/2016 #25 Aurorasa Sima#23 It´s possible but it´s a chore at first. I used to stay so long in supermarkets when I first tried to change that they often asked me if they could help. The link I posted has a barcode scanner app.
That´s one of the reasons I hate shopping. With the exceptions of a few sins (PIZZZZZZA), I also avoid GMO and MSG´s and sugar.
Shopping for cigarettes is so much easier (:08/11/2016 #22 Aurorasa Sima#19 I´d use the up. The damage for those is done anyway. Making your own is not an easy job. Two things I use:
A messy alternative are Indian shampoos that just consist of one ingredient or a few herbs/plants. It takes time and is a real mess. http://amzn.to/2eHnubX
And http://media.mercola.com/assets/pdf/product-labels/shampoo.pdf and the conditioner. It takes about 2 weeks for your hair to get used to it. Your hair might look greasy for the first short time. After that, whatever problems you might have will get better. Conditioner and shampoo last very long, so that it´s even super cheap.
Might not be perfect but as close as it gets while still offering the same features as the bad stuff.08/11/2016 #18 Aurorasa Sima#17 I only knew it because I already tried to remove every single product containing palm oil. Even many organic brands are trying to cheat on you and use only some organic ingredients.
Marketing departments go through great lengths to make up so many words for sugar, palm oil and and and that it´s hard to keep up. "Sustainable shopping" is a time-consuming nightmare in the beginning. You´re not at fault when you did not know.08/11/2016 #17 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#16 @Aurorasa Sima - just lost the bet! V. pissed off, I deliberately chose SA products that were not tested on animals and stupidly assumed that they would not be killing animals and destroying forests in the production phase. Will have to do a search to find products that are ethical and organic.08/11/2016 #12 Aurorasa Sima#11 You might want to sit down before investigating this list: http://www.deforestationeducation.com/products-that-contain-palm-oil.php
Cell phone is yet another topic. I stopped using Iphone for a few years after learning about the horrific conditions for the workers.
Then I learned the others are not better.
I´m planning on this as my next phone: https://www.fairphone.com/en/08/11/2016 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#9 I need to pay more attention, just when I think I'm paying attention to all icky ingredients, something new comes my way. I'm not sure what has palm oil in it that I may be purchasing?
Great idea for an app- App with ingredients on labels to stay away from. It would be beneficial to carry that around on one's smartphone.07/11/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe simply have to start cherishing our whole planet and every single lifeform right now. There will always be some level of give and take and predators and prey; but no natural lifeform stands a chance - us included - if we don't severely curtail the industrialization of the world immediately. Our machines are more advanced than our understanding of the havoc they ensure.
A nice cuddly reason, @Paul Walters, to really start speaking up about non-sustainable industrial practices.07/11/2016 #9 Claire 🐝 Cardwell@Paul Walters thanks for the reminder about how terrible palm oil is and the devastating effect the producers are having on the environment. I have cut out creamers that contain Palm Oil - but from now on will check the labeling on packaging a lot more carefully.07/11/2016 #7 Dean OwenThe recurring haze, almost an annual event since the late 90's, is a travesty. I remember moving to Singapore in 98 when the haze was the worst it had ever been. All passengers on that flight from Japan disembarked with facemasks. Back then we only thought about our own health risks and not about the loss of habitat for numerous endangered species. If anyone has a few spare weeks and are looking for an adventure, you can volunteer for 2 to 12 week stints at an Orangutan sanctuary here:
http://www.globalteer.org/volunteering-with-orangutans.aspx07/11/2016 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAs much as I enjoy being able to see a variety of animals in zoo's, I also get very sad knowing they were taken from their natural habitats. I didn't know about human diseases and they can contract them. Wow, the fires... insane and to have to wear a mask for that long, actually scary. Orangutangs are really cute. They can play video games? I'd say, they are highly intelligent! Thanks for tagging me Paul!! Always enjoy your pieces.07/11/2016 #4 Don 🐝 KerrMy eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters View moreMy eldest son Gabriel, who is nine, inspired his school to ban serving Oreos because they contain palm oil and so Oreos were destroying the habitat of orangutans. Very proud of him and must share your story @Paul Walters with him. Close
- 29/10/2016TESLA IS A DISRUPTOR. I LOVE THIS !!Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's New ‘Solar Roof’ Filmed on Oct 28,...
- 27/10/2016Today's post on Inc:Here Are the Sustainability Marketing Tactics Your Startup Should Be Using Nowwww.inc.com Sustainable business practices are generating profits in many companies. Is your company...
Comments28/10/2016 #1 Keith Bare@John White, MBA I'm amazed at what some monster companies are spending and their plans on #Sustainability, #HomeDepot, #Walmart, and #Fedex amaze me with their plans......Fedex plans on eliminating 50% of their diesel and gasoline by 2030 and of course #Hydrogen will be a main cog in the wheels
- Producer27/10/2016Energy From Household Waste ! Environmental NGOs preach Recycling, Recycling, Recycling, yet it would appear that the business plan of most of the companies trading in ( particularly the Plastics sector ) involves filling their warehousing to capacity then paying a third party...
Comments08/12/2016 #4 Gordon Pyehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-38251812
A renewable energy firm has submitted planning applications to generate gas from grass on proposed fracking sites.
Ecotricity has put in applications for green gas mills at the Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood sites in Lancashire.
The government has approved Cuadrilla's plans for shale gas fracking at Preston New Road, while Roseacre Wood looks likely to be given the go-ahead.
The firm's founder, Dale Vince, said he wants to show "there's an alternative".
Ecotricity plans to grow and harvest species-rich grass on farmland.
It would then be put through a process known as anaerobic digestion to produce renewable gas for heating homes and buildings.
Ecotricity has been granted planning permission for its first green gas mill in Hampshire - one of six in development.27/10/2016 #2 Gordon PyeI couldn't resist including http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/transport/shopkeepers-unease-about-major-road-works-1-8199905 View moreI couldn't resist including http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/transport/shopkeepers-unease-about-major-road-works-1-8199905
Chatburn is also being attacked by the Corporate equivalent of the WW2 Luftwaffe but I have no sympathy for Clitheroe traders who voted the incumbent town council in, you made your bed and must lie in it. If you had listened to me back in the late 1990s we could have had plenty of sustainable well paid full time jobs at Barrow, not insecure minimum wage seasonal often part time jobs in a tourist industry on the point of implosion ! Close
- 21/10/2016Here goes... my first general Buzz, @Andrew Porter...
There are some amazing things happening in industry and business right now, that go way beyond greenwashy, sustainability policies. Whether we are business owners and influencers, or 'consumers' and users, we all have a role to play in bringing about the shift Ellen MacArthur talks about here.
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Comments21/10/2016 #2 Claire Bridges#1 Oh, it's way more than a concept. It's happening (supported at global governmental levels) and it's extraordinarily exciting. As a horticulturist, it probably seems blindingly obvious that this is how things need to go, but the fascinating thing is that the drivers behind a lot of the progress being made has very little to do with protecting the environment, and far more to do with financial opportunity.
- Producer17/10/2016Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!Whilst browsing beBee last week I came across a picture of a plant that had been shared by Kevin Pashuk, and I commented that it was a wonderful picture with some great detail...anyway Franci Hoffman also commented, and it was mentioned if I may be...
Comments18/10/2016 #10 Andrew PorterThank you @Alexa Steele, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @debasish majumder for all your appreciative comments I am pleased you all enjoyed this post about teasel.
Nearly caught you out with this Donna!
Pamela I'm not sure about that title, although it does come across quite well!17/10/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is very interesting @Andrew Porter, and thank you for writing a post on Teasels. The flowering Teasel is quite pretty and looks more delicate than those without the dainty little blooms. And how fun you can make things with them.
Measles and weasels give me the queasles
but, they don't dare come my way
when I'm armed with my Teasels
It's going to be a good day!