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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy 23.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to ...
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Climate Summit: Creating Better and More Sustainable Cities 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored by Stephen M. Ross , Chairman and Founder, Related Companies; and Dr. Andrew Steer , President and CEO, World Resources Institute. The world's cities are growing by 1.4 million people every week . This remarkable demographic shift is creating densely populated communities that can be centers of innovation and economic opportunity. These cities can also be healthier for people, with cleaner air, and more resilient to climate change, but only if urban leaders with real influence have the vision to meet the challenges of the 21st century. New York, which will host the UN Climate Summit on September 23, has been a leading example of a city with a sustainable development strategy, PlaNYC -- initiated by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- and a dedicated office to make the city more resilient to extreme weather and other climate impacts. Over the past decade, New York's economy has surged, while its CO2 emissions have dropped 19 percent below 2005 levels, putting it ahead of schedule ...
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Another Step Toward Ecological Seafood Menus 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Another step towards sustainable seafood menus: My prior HuffPost blog noted a simple restaurant chef's recipe for more sustainable menus. I stated that the "magic formula" was: • Source Well • Price Well • Tell people the story of the fish Some responded with skepticism, some wanted a deeper breakdown. Fair enough. Let's break down what this "formula" takes, with a hope to encourage more chefs to make changes for good. Let me say that I came to this perspective through careful observation, and a range of interviews with CleanFish customer-chefs over the past decade of our work. Step One: Source Well This first step is more challenging than it might seem. In the past, the seafood industry has too often failed the test on accurate labeling. It is not easy to know what your buying, or eating. Truth is many in the trade mainstream feel it is in their interest to keep the consumer fairly ignorant. If there is a fillet of white fish on ice sitting on that counter, how many customers will know what it is - ...
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Solar Seoul Shows How Eco-Friendly Cities Can Work 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SEOUL -- It is a welcome development that the U.N. Climate Summit has created a forum for major cities of the world to share their best practices and discuss better ways to respond to climate change. Through this forum of exchange and cooperation, world cities can get closer to achieving the goal dear to all of us by setting realistic carbon emissions reduction targets and adopting diverse yet realistic policies. It, therefore, is a special pleasure for the city of Seoul to take part in this global networking opportunity and share our own experience in carrying out eco-friendly energy policies and efforts to build a better and healthier world. The city of Seoul has recently won the 2014 C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Award in the Green Energy category for its "Make Seoul a City of Sunlight" project. This prestigious global recognition of our solar energy project is all the more meaningful in light of growing global concerns over the use of nuclear energy and the increase of greenhouse gas ...
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Climate Marchers to Global Leaders: No Dirty Energy in the Green Climate Fund 22.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Boeing exec says will only hike jet output if sustainable 22.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Boeing sees strong demand for its 737-family jets over and above its existing plans to increase production by 12 percent by 2017 but would only revise up its goals if they can be sustained, a senior executive said on Monday. "Today we are building 42 airplanes a month and plan to go to 47 in 2017. We see very strong demand after that; in fact we see upward pressure in rates," said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ...
Celebrate Banned Books Week with the 10 most-challenged books 22.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Every year kids go to school or the library and bring back books that make some parents raise their eyebrows. Such language! Boy wizards! Sexual situations! Underpants!
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Sustainable Communities in the Age of the Sound Bite 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
   For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences.  It’s all about hyper-short attention spans, the 140-character Tweet, and the “elevator speech” that you can present as you and your audience descend three or four floors on your way to exit the building for lunch.  Which prompts the question posed last week by my friend Hazel Borys on her planning firm’s excellent blog, PlaceShakers:  Why should city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types?  How can you make the case as briefly and simply as possible? Hazel’s answer to her own question is that sprawling development simply costs too much to maintain; we need better planning because compact communities and neighborhoods save precious fiscal dollars – a conclusion that she then proceeded to elaborate in a 55-point, well-annotated treatise.  That requires a heck of a long elevator ride, no? ...
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Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting set to start, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided the time is right to renew the city's sustainability effort. The mayor and his team have announced the goal of reducing New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The mayor deserves high praise for articulating these new goals. The major focus of the program is increasing the energy efficiency of our built environment. According to New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer : New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city's leaders. Though the proposal is likely to rankle some residential and commercial building owners, who will bear a portion of its cost, officials have framed the issue in part as an extension of the citywide focus on income inequality since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January. High energy costs, the de Blasio ...
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Joey Logano wins NASCAR race in New Hampshire 22.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The People’s Climate March Says No More Dirty Energy 22.9.2014 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
The People's Climate March ushers thousands of people through New York City. Photo: M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO It’s not often we get to use the phrase “thousands upon thousands” in the environmental movement, except for, perhaps, a few situations. There are the bad ones, such as when thousands upon thousands of people are displaced by a destructive dam. And then there are the good examples, such as today, when thousands upon thousands – and still thousands upon thousands upon thousands more – made history by marching in the largest-ever mobilization to call for a solution to climate change. The People’s Climate March drew an estimated 310,000 people from across the country and world in New York City, sending a loud signal to national leaders who will convene this week at the United Nations to discuss climate change. A multitude of voices from frontline affected communities, indigenous people, labor unions, scientists, environmentalists, teachers, and others descended en masse throughout midtown; and so ...
Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles 22.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles.
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Minnesota's global outlook helps land sustainability conference 22.9.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
Former heads of state will meet here on democracy, sustainability.
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Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law 22.9.2014 AP Top News
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren't even under review because of a quirk in the law....
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Healthy Eating: Green Tomato Salsa 22.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot

4 cups chopped green tomatoes

3 to 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped red onions

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and lime juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in cilantro, cumin, oregano, salt and black pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Makes about 3 cups.

Recipe by Karen Massey

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Lions stuff Packers 19-7 22.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
DETROIT (AP) — Don Carey returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, and Detroit's defensive front smothered Green Bay on Sunday, leading the Lions to a 19-7 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the ...
Study looks at adapting to climate change 21.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Rapid climate change and an increasing range of climate impacts are already being felt along the U.S. coast, and new research suggests that Northeast coastal waters may be more vulnerable to climate change and ocean acidification than previously thought. A team of scientists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently received a $1 million grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop science-based climate-change adaptation solutions for coastal communities and to partner with organizations to help these communities anticipate change and prepare to adapt.
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Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law 21.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren't even under review because of a quirk in the ...
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Why Fashion Should Be on the Climate Change Agenda 21.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Fashion matters. As we approach a series of crunch talks for the planet on environmental issues pertaining to climate change, beginning with UN talks in New York, I want to say this loud and proud. Could I even go as far as saying that we could solve climate change if we all dressed in a sustainable manner? Well, let's take a closer look... The path to a more just and ecologically sound existence for us all is notoriously rocky, but each industry must play its part in cleaning up and bringing substantive change. For some reason the fashion industry is often ignored, or cast aside as if it was an irrelevance. Whatever the reason, I never bought it. A few years ago we set up environmental brand consultancy, Eco-Age and worked to take the environmental and ethical sting out of life in a logical and innovative way. The key to mainstreaming green thinking and behaviours is to make them realistic opportunities. As we approach a series of crunch talks on environmental issues pertaining to climate change, ...
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Australians rally for climate, including at G20 talks 21.9.2014 World

Protesters listen to a speech by an environmental activist (R) outside the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Cairns, on September 21, 2014Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - Australians rallied for climate action on Sunday, from protesters chanting "Green energy" outside G20 talks to forming a human chain message in Sydney as part of an international day of action.


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