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Suburbs, school districts face new delays in recovery of investment losses 28.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
Efforts to recoup public funds on behalf of suburban governments and agencies who were victims of alleged fraud involving government-backed loans are facing new ...
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Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels? 28.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist . His advocacy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secret 12-nation trade deal for which he's attempting to secure fast-track approval from the United States Congress, has prompted progressives to claim he has sold out to the corporate establishment. To be sure, on TPP, Obama has found support from a new constituency for him -- Republicans. "The president has done an excellent job on this," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said -- a rare endorsement offered by the Republican powerbroker. Meanwhile, Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking on behalf of progressives and workers unions, launched an attack on TPP so stinging Obama felt the need to lash back. Calling Warren " wrong ," he claimed TPP is the " most progressiv e trade bill in history." Ironically, ...
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Increasing stream shading good for trout 27.5.2015 Environmental News Network
As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals.A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird – the kingfisher. The findings, based on a study at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center in the Alsea River basin, are being published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish.
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Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part III) 27.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As we have seen in Part I and Part II , sustainability lies in the core of our economy, something that becomes evident by taking into account the realistic parameters of economic growth (environmental consequences and raw materials limitations) and not an ideal scenario, which has been the business as usual growth model. Tangible Examples of Sustainable Development But what a sustainable development model involves? There was an attempt to evaluate and measure sustainability based on Global 100 index from Corporate Knights ten years ago, and based on Dow Jones sustainability indices from 2002. Both indices consider three main categories, the economic, the environmental and the social; however, with different approaches (this subject will be further analyzed in a future post). Sustainable Development Model Risk Mitigation Approach Dow Jones indices correlate sustainable development performance with investments by allowing investors to observe sustainability-driven funds and derivatives over the long term. ...
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How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented 27.5.2015 THE CITY FIX
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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G7 Finance Ministers Focus on Growth in Face of High Debt 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Anthropology Apology 27.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
"The Green Ninja," a character created by a climate scientist and his team, provides an entertaining and educational way to help children – and everyone else - grasp the intricacies of climate change and learn what they can personally do to become involved in fighting it. See additional details about the series or head straight to this week's episode, "Anthropology Apology: Not Your Average Fossil." In this episode, two Earthlings from the future are doing some fossil research when they start finding some oddly familiar objects. They aren't really fossils, just things that did not decompose because they needed to be recycled. Since they were left in a landfill, they just sat there for centuries until one day, these two inquisitive characters found them. The first "fossil" discovered is a cottage cheese container. Like many other refrigerated food-cups, these are usually made of a couple different types of plastic, many of which can be recycled. Since plastic is a heavily-processed, petroleum-based ...
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This Is The Healthy Ranch Dressing You've Been Searching For 27.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Avocados and ranch dressing are two foods that inspire cult-like devotion; together, they are pretty much perfection. Try this delicious and nutritious homage to this cool fan favorite -- it's great over a salad or grilled chicken, or as a dip for fresh veggies. Avocado Ranch Dressing Recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz Makes 1 1/2 cups 1 avocado, pitted and peeled 2 garlic cloves 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp. olive ...
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Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability 27.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I've been working at the intersection of health and the environment for over 25 years. While my research in this space has evolved over time, I inevitably keep coming back to the same insight: human health and the environment are undeniably and wholly dependent on each other. One cannot and does not thrive without the other. The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as "all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors." Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors -- whether at home or at work -- our indoor environments and the workplace cultures we are exposed to either improve our health or have a negative effect on it. This is why health is both a risk and an opportunity for organizations. Do nothing, and the prevalence of chronic diseases and obesity keep rising; create a healthy workplace ...
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How shade can help trout populations 27.5.2015 Environmental News Network
As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals. A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird – the kingfisher. 
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Drought-hit Californians paint their lawns green 27.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
The heat is stifling, the soil dry as a bone, and a new law in drought-stricken California restricts the use of sprinklers. It is a kind of make-over which is becoming increasingly common in California, which is now in the fourth year of a historic drought. Paula Pearson, who lives in Escondido, just north of San Diego, is one of those who has turned off her sprinkler ...
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Seoul elevates gardening to high art 27.5.2015 World
From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital Seoul -- bringing dashes of spontaneity and colour to the skyline of one of the world's most densely populated cities. With help from the municipal government, otherwise largely drab buildings are being crowned with flower beds, allotments and trees, where the scent of fresh blossoms in the springtime can briefly mask the fumes from the traffic below. The project has produced one of the largest rooftop gardens in Asia, Garden 5, which is spread across the top of four 10-storey buildings and linked by skywalks, with a total surface area equal to three football ...
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'Degrees of Freedom:' The MN African American experience post-Civil War 27.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota often receives credit for being a more progressive state after the Civil War. But there's important nuance that shapes our state today.
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This Self-Powered, Eco-Friendly Tiny House Lets You Dwell Anywhere On Earth 27.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you've ever wished you could post up on a mountaintop forever, then meet your new home. Ecocapsule is a tiny, 86 square-foot living capsule that, as soon as next year, will enable owners to live virtually anywhere. Each mobile pod comes with sleeping space for two, a mini kitchen, a fully functional toilet and shower, storage space, a desk and two windows. The pods, which are currently in pre-production, harvest rainwater and remove bacteria all on their own , while powering themselves with sun and wind. The capsule's battery can also charge electric cars , Gizmodo reports, making the location possibilities breathtakingly endless -- from beaches to jungles to wide-open prairies. Pricing for the Ecocapsules is not yet available, but Slovakia-based Nice Architects do know that shipping the pods to the U.S. will not be cheap -- it's estimated to cost about $2,400 to have a pod shipped to New York City. Or you could just skip all the kerfuffle and build your own wooden cabin . Ahh, the great outdoors. H/T ...
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Live the City 2015 Shows How 5 Cities Are Prioritizing People Over Cars 27.5.2015 THE CITY FIX
In cities around the world, urban residents want to live well, with access to jobs, education, healthcare and public space. However, because many of our current practices are inflicting burdensome social and economic costs on our cities, we need to increase ...
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Could wind farm installation deafen marine life? 26.5.2015 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Wind farms may be a vital source of green energy, but new research shows that the construction of off-shore wind farms could potentially be damaging the hearing of harbour seals and other marine life. Researchers at St. Andrews University in Scotland believe that there is cause for concern that human building operations in our coastal waters, for example the pile driving process that hammers the foundation posts for wind turbines into the sea bed, could be damaging the hearing of marine mammals to an extent we hadn’t previously guessed at.
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Prehistoric climate changes still detectable deep underground 26.5.2015 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the turbulent atmosphere above. As water seeps down through the ground it picks up minerals, most commonly calcium carbonate. When this mineral-rich water drips into caves, it leaves mineral deposits behind that form layers which grow during wet periods and form dusty skins when the water dries up. Today, scientists can date these layers with extreme precision based on the radioactive decay of uranium into its daughter product thorium. Variations in the thickness of the layers is determined by a combination of the amount of water seeping into the cave and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the cave’s atmosphere so, when conditions are right, they can provide a measure of how the amount of precipitation above the cave varies over time. By analyzing the ratios of heavy to light isotopes of oxygen present in the ...
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Living Life LuxEcoLiving Style 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Giving Birth to LuxEco Living LuxEcoLiving incorporates three basic principles; food, shelter, and love. Each attribute defines and identifies a new cultural paradigm shift. Human consumption of goods and products will be defined based on a selective need that underscores planetary goals for sustainability. Why Now--The Guiding Principle Our earth has become engulfed in a mire of habitual patterns, which threatens the infrastructure, and ecosystems of all living things. Many of these patterns are man-made due to the consumption of products linked to petrochemicals. Now, we are shifting from a culture driven by expedient means, oil, to becoming self-sufficient through the development of green technologies that provide not only solutions to vast energy demands--but to lifestyle changes that hopefully will nurture nature back to achieving an equilibrium--a finer balance between man and his habitat. We ...
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Faceted Dune House is a gem for eco-friendly loft living among the sands (Video) 26.5.2015 TreeHugger
Built with ecologically responsible materials and energy efficiency in mind, this distinctive house is designed as an inhabitable dune of sorts.
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Well-schooled in the ways of Phila., SRC chair is still learning 26.5.2015 Philly.com News
What Marjorie Neff envisioned for her life after retiring in June was travel and undivided time with family, sprinkled with regular stints volunteering at her neighborhood school.
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