Category Archives: Business

Paradox of green.

Article: New York Times Rare earth elements such as dysprosium are increasingly relied upon in the production of so-called ‘green’ components and products.  Much of the supply of these rare earth elements comes from China. The image above of dysprosium … Continue reading

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Guyana’s plan to preserve its rain forest.

From the New York Times ; In Guyana, where pristine rain forest still covers 75 percent of the land, and barely 750,000 people live in a country roughly the size of Britain, a young economist-turned-president is pushing a development model based … Continue reading

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100 Days to Copenhagen … counting down to the climate summit in December 2009.

  The official launch of the TckTckTck campaign and global partner campaigns was launched 28th August. With 100 days until the most important meeting of our times, TckTckTck is here to show that the world is ready for bold climate … Continue reading

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This week’s environment news.

News for this week from Low CarbonEconomy.com Scottish Power turns on largest onshore wind farm in Europe Europe’s largest onshore wind power project has commenced operation in Scotland.     Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels US research suggests … Continue reading

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Rooftop beehives at Fortnum, central London.

The Carniolan bees – noted for their sweet nature – were first housed in Shropshire, where they produced the first batch of Fortnum’s Bees’ Honey in 2006.   Now installed in their new residences on the roof of 181 Piccadilly, they … Continue reading

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Regrowing the Rainforests?

Willie Smits has found a way of regrowing rainforests that have been cleared. He tells us about it in the excellent, informative and inspiring video above.  The audience begins to applaud when he announces that he has over 1000 rescued … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity, Brazil, Business, Community Initiatives, Community Projects, Development, Education, Food & Agriculture, Forests, General, Nature & Conservation, People, Sustainablity, Thinking outside the box, Wildlife | 8 Comments

Corporates hug around the camp fire as party budgets implode.

IHT Article Last week, the Treasury Department announced new regulations for financial services companies receiving U.S. government bailout money, barring “excessive or luxury items” at corporate conferences and events. And members of Congress are proposing legislation along the same lines. Even … Continue reading

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‘Velib extreme’ – the Paris cycle scheme update.

BBC Article JCDecaux, the company that runs the cycle hire scheme, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network. Over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen. They have been used … Continue reading

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Govts invest in environment as way out of economic crisis

Article “The high emissions, debt-driven, resource intensive (economic) model is dying,” says Mr de Boer, who heads negotiations within the UN climate convention. “Unlimited growth on a planet with finite resources cannot go on forever,” said Eberhard von Koerber, co-president … Continue reading

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Update: Design for Manufacture – the £60,000 home.

In 2006 the UK government launched a competition for developers to come forward with a realistic plan to built cheap eco-homes. A percentage would have to be affordable to first time buyers and some would be available for social housing. … Continue reading

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