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What India Taught Burger King About Vegetarian Fast Food 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
India is a puzzle for America's fast food chains. Nearly 1.3 billion people live in the country, almost as many as live in China. Yet the market for U.S. chain restaurants in India, though growing rapidly , is still dwarfed by the market in China. Part of that disparity stems from the vast gap between the two Asian giants' wealth. The World Bank estimates India's per capita GDP at about $1,500 -- less than a quarter that of China. But fast food spending in China isn't four times as high as in India -- it's an entire order of magnitude higher. Just a few billion dollars' worth of fast food is sold in India every year, while annual sales reach nearly $100 billion in China. Experts could probably cite dozens of factors as partial explanations for India's lack of enthusiasm about fast food, but one key part of the picture is Indian dietary customs. Nearly a quarter of all Indians -- 300 million people , about the population of the U.S. -- are vegetarian. And many others eat no beef, because of the reverence ...
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'Green News Report' - June 30, 2015 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down first-ever mercury pollution rules; NJ Gov. Chris Christie jumps into the 2016 GOP race - we'll tell you his position on climate change; Coal plant forced to clean up toxic air pollution in the Navajo Nation; PLUS: Solar-powered plane finally takes off on dangerous Pacific Ocean crossing... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China works for 'Win-Win' climate plan, Poised for U.N. Pledge; BP, Anadarko Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Gulf Spill fines; Lung-damaging silica a slow-motion tragedy for American workers; Dark region of ocean may shed light on climate change and other issues; 16 states file ...
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Frame your face with wooden eyewear made with pedal power and salvaged wood 30.6.2015 TreeHugger
Looking for a unique and sustainable eyewear option? Featherwood Frames makes one-of-a-kind glasses with pedal power.
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House by house, Bill McKibben finds cause for optimism in U.S. energy future 30.6.2015 MinnPost
When Bill McKibben reports a sensation of hope in regard to climate change, take notice. This “fairly rare emotion” arose, he reports in the New Yorker for June 29,  as he stood in the kitchen of a small house in Vermont – home to a special-ed teacher, a school-bus driver, their two children – and perused their shrunken utility bills. Thanks to insulation upgrades, LED lighting, a small solar panel on the garage roof, and replacement of a water heater and an oil-burning furnace with heat pumps, the Borkowskis of Rutland had seen their energy consumption plummet. No more oil deliveries, of course, and a 16 percent drop in electric usage, even with the new load of the heat pumps. Better yet, from the planetary point of view: an 88 percent reduction in household carbon footprint. And even though they were now making monthly payments for these clean-and-green upgrades to their electric utility, which had organized and financed the project, their monthly bills were smaller, too. By how much, I guess, is ...
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Report: U.S. Pro Sports Shifting to More Sustainable Game Day Food 30.6.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – Leading professional sports venues that serve all major leagues are now promoting more sustainable food options to fans, according to a new report by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Champions of Game Day Food” features 20 venues spanning North America that are serving healthier food choices and adopting more sustainable food practices behind the scenes to help advance smarter environmental practices throughout our food ...
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Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities 30.6.2015 THE CITY FIX
Last Thursday could be a turning point in the history of India’s urbanization: the Modi government has unveiled its ambitious Smart City project, which aims to build 100 smart cities across the country. Additionally, the AMRUT program will aim to ...
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Truth or Deception: New Report Exposes How Industry Front Groups are Spending Millions to Shape the Story of Food 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Ku Klux Klan gets green light for pro-Confederate flag rally in South Carolina: newspaper 30.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
The suspect in the church shooting, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has confessed to the killing. The shootings on June 17, in which all nine victims were black, unleashed shockwaves across the United States and triggered calls for South Carolina to stop displaying the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the flag's removal, and told the Post and Courier that she did not endorse the Klan's planned rally.
Are the Greens a progressive party? 30.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
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Sustainable forestry is about more than just trees: it's also about culture, history and politics 30.6.2015 TreeHugger
On Haida Gwaii, trees are living spirits. That complicates things when you want to chop them down.
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Bill Gates To Help Fight Climate Change By Investing Up To $2 Billion In Green Technology 30.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court may have dealt a crushing blow this week to President Barack Obama's efforts to curb climate change, but all is not lost. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates announced plans to spend up to $2 billion on innovative renewable technologies over the next five years. In an interview with the Financial Times ( paywall ), Gates said he hopes to "bend the curve" through the cultivation of "breakthrough" technologies, doubling an already impressive billion-dollar investment. He has so far written checks to 15 green companies, he said, and has contributed venture capital funds to another 30. In the interview, Gates calls for far greater funding for renewable research, saying investment "should be like the Manhattan Project and the Apollo Project in the sense that the government should put in a serious amount of R&D." He pointed to the drawbacks of now-commonplace technologies like solar, which can only provide power during the day. "There’s no battery technology that’s ...
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How Rainwater Could Save Rupees 29.6.2015 Environmental News Network
Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking at NASA satellite data. The study, partially funded by NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Missions, found that collecting rainwater for vegetable irrigation could reduce water bills, increase caloric intake and even provide a second source of income for people in India.
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What California can learn for Israel on solving serious water shortages 29.6.2015 Environmental News Network
California is still counting up the damage from the 2014 drought, which resulted in more than $200 million in losses in the dairy and livestock industry and a staggering $810 million in crop production. And analysts are predicting this year to be even worse.But many will admit that if there is any country on earth that knows how to trump a three-year (and counting) drought cycle and convert a wasteland to oasis, it’s Israel. For thousands of years, populations have been wresting a livelihood from the desert of what is now Israel, refining the techniques that would one day result in an agricultural paradise.
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A Dangerous Game: Documentary examines environmental impact of luxury golf resorts 29.6.2015 TreeHugger
From the filmmaker who brought us the expose You've Been Trumped comes a closer look at the eco-impact of golf courses that only serve a tiny fraction of wealthy players.
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Some like it hut: Eco-shed of the the year is cute and accessible 29.6.2015 TreeHugger
It's the annual Shed of the Year competition and the first winners are announced.
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To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question 29.6.2015 THE CITY FIX
Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to ...
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Latin America Green News: Climate change pushes migration in Nicaragua , deforestation rises in Bolivia, renewables grow in Honduras and Uruguay 29.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Maria Martinez, Program Assistant, Director of Programs & Latin America Project, Washington, D.C.: Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. June 20th - June 26th, 2015 Climate Change Five percent of the Nicaraguan population that migrates every year does so...
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Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits 29.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.
How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable 29.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While on my way to a dental appointment last week -- not my favorite activity, truth be told -- I had the distinct pleasure of walking through Georgetown, Washington's oldest neighborhood and one of its most lovely. As I ambled through the historic, tree-lined streets, I was reminded of how our older neighborhoods so often embody the characteristics that we now ascribe to "smart growth." In particular, Georgetown has a walkable urban density; well-connected streets and sidewalks that make it notably pedestrian-friendly; a central, convenient location just a mile or so from the heart of downtown; good transit service; many shops, restaurants and civic amenities mixed in with, or a ridiculously easy walk from, the neighborhood's homes. These attributes are the essence of what those of us who advocate smart growth advocate for. And, while Georgetown's historic district is the one closest to my home, DC certainly has other lovely old neighborhoods with similar features, and so, actually, do most cities in ...
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Hyundai sees green future in hydrogen-powered cars 29.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.
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