“Wild landscapes remind us . . .

Jul 15, 2013 by steve

of the unsearched territories of our mind.”

- John O’Donohue

 

Our embrace of and by wild landscapes frees us to ponder possibility and our own potential for creativity.

 

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Revised Brazilian Forest Code Puts Amazon Forests at Risk, Critics Warn

Jul 19, 2012 by steve

Although Brazilian President Delma Rousseff vetoed several controversial changes to the nation’s Forest Code last week, environmental advocates say the final legislation unveiled Monday remains heavily influenced by the powerful agribusiness lobby and will result in widespread deforestation in the Amazon. If ratified by Congress, revisions to Brazil’s land-use laws approved by Rousseff would reduce the amount of forest that property owners must preserve and cut future penalties for those who violate environmental laws. The revised legislation preserves the requirement that landowners protect 80 percent of forest in rural regions of the Amazon, but eases restrictions and sanctions on landowners who break the law. Forest loss in Brazil has declined in the last decade because of stricter government laws, but those policies have met with increased resistance as the country has enjoyed growing wealth from some if its key commodities, including soybeans and beef. And while Rousseff enjoys popularity with the Brazilian public, analysts say, her ability to challenge the powerful agricultural interests were limited since her party holds just 15 percent of the seats in a divided Congress.

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Although Brazilian President Delma Rousseff vetoed several controversial changes to the nation’s Forest Code last week, environmental advocates say the final legislation unveiled Monday remains heavily influenced by the powerful agribusiness lobby and will result in widespread deforestation in the Amazon. If ratified by Congress, revisions to Brazil’s land-use laws approved by Rousseff would reduce the amount of forest that property owners must preserve and cut future penalties for those who violate environmental laws. The revised legislation preserves the requirement that landowners protect 80 percent of forest in rural regions of the Amazon, but eases restrictions and sanctions on landowners who break the law. Forest loss in Brazil has declined in the last decade because of stricter government laws, but those policies have met with increased resistance as the country has enjoyed growing wealth from some if its key commodities, including soybeans and beef. And while Rousseff enjoys popularity with the Brazilian public, analysts say, her ability to challenge the powerful agricultural interests were limited since her party holds just 15 percent of the seats in a divided Congress.

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Lessons From The Past: How Living Like Great Grandma Is Green

Jul 18, 2012 by steve


Matt Grocoff describes how his ancestors lived ” in an elegant cradle-to-cradle, closed loop pattern.”

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Matt Grocoff describes how his ancestors lived ” in an elegant cradle-to-cradle, closed loop pattern.”

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Global Smart Grid Data Management Solutions Market 2011-2015 – Latest Report – SBWire (press release)

Jul 18, 2012 by steve

Global Smart Grid Data Management Solutions Market 2011-2015 – Latest Report
SBWire (press release)
Naperville, IL — (SBWIRE) — 05/29/2012 — The Global Smart Grid Data Management Solutions market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.1 percent over the period 2011–2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the need for

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Global Smart Grid Data Management Solutions Market 2011-2015 – Latest Report
SBWire (press release)
Naperville, IL — (SBWIRE) — 05/29/2012 — The Global Smart Grid Data Management Solutions market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.1 percent over the period 2011–2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the need for

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African-Inspired Fashions: Empowering or Imperialistic?

Jul 18, 2012 by steve


African-inspired fashions have dominated the runway this spring. Many are celebrating the trend, but others have been quick to dismiss it as yet another form of cultural appropriation.

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African-inspired fashions have dominated the runway this spring. Many are celebrating the trend, but others have been quick to dismiss it as yet another form of cultural appropriation.

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Kelly Rigg: It’s time to cut through the Gordian knot of international climate negotiations

Jul 17, 2012 by steve

Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of TckTckTck.org

Watching the climate negotiations in Bonn last week, I had an unsettling sense of déjà vu. Large conference room, familiar faces, and the same basic conundrums that derailed Copenhagen, complicated Cancun, and got papered over in Durban. Let’s face it, the climate negotiations have become a Gordian knot awaiting the reincarnation of Alexander the Great to cut them free.

The post-Bonn news roundup couldn’t have been more depressing: “Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment”concluded the Guardian. “Climate talks stall with nations ‘wasting time’” reported the BBC. And headline writers had a field day with disaster metaphors: “Climate talks risk sinking ‘like Titanic’” (Reuters) and “Governments fiddle while planet heats up” (WWF).

Michael Liebreich, founder & CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, summed it up with a single tweet: “The fight for an unambitious #climate deal by 2015, effective 2020, which won’t be ratified or implemented.”

It’s hard to argue with these gloomy assessments, but they should not be used as an excuse for giving up the fight. At the end of the day, we still need a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement for the seven reasons I outlined here.

Read More: The Huffington Post >>

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Kelly Rigg, Executive Director of TckTckTck.org

Watching the climate negotiations in Bonn last week, I had an unsettling sense of déjà vu. Large conference room, familiar faces, and the same basic conundrums that derailed Copenhagen, complicated Cancun, and got papered over in Durban. Let’s face it, the climate negotiations have become a Gordian knot awaiting the reincarnation of Alexander the Great to cut them free.

The post-Bonn news roundup couldn’t have been more depressing: “Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment”concluded the Guardian. “Climate talks stall with nations ‘wasting time’” reported the BBC. And headline writers had a field day with disaster metaphors: “Climate talks risk sinking ‘like Titanic’” (Reuters) and “Governments fiddle while planet heats up” (WWF).

Michael Liebreich, founder & CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, summed it up with a single tweet: “The fight for an unambitious #climate deal by 2015, effective 2020, which won’t be ratified or implemented.”

It’s hard to argue with these gloomy assessments, but they should not be used as an excuse for giving up the fight. At the end of the day, we still need a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement for the seven reasons I outlined here.

Read More: The Huffington Post >>

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Partners to Host Public … – MarketWatch (press release)

Jul 17, 2012 by steve

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Partners to Host Public
MarketWatch (press release)
The meeting will include a discussion of land conservation and public access. Individuals interested in the long-term viability of Brandywine Battlefield Park and other public historic sites, as well as the protection of the surrounding cultural

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Partners to Host Public
MarketWatch (press release)
The meeting will include a discussion of land conservation and public access. Individuals interested in the long-term viability of Brandywine Battlefield Park and other public historic sites, as well as the protection of the surrounding cultural

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Loyal Dog Runs 1,100 Miles On Bike Tour (Video)

Jul 17, 2012 by steve


From Oddity Central is the strange tale of the stray dog that developed such loyalty to a band of cyclists it ran along for 1,100 miles.

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From Oddity Central is the strange tale of the stray dog that developed such loyalty to a band of cyclists it ran along for 1,100 miles.

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