“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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