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  • Diigo | The Rare Group Inspiring Change

    Well-being, Environmental Design

    Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Conservation ultimately comes down to people – their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value, and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. And so, conservationists must become as skilled in social change as in science; as committed to community-based solutions as national and international policymaking. Nowhere are community-based solutions needed more than in the world’s areas of highest biodiversity – from Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa and India to Asia and the Pacific islands. These areas may be rich in natural resources, but poverty is also high, making social and environmental change a challenge for hundreds of thousands of communities. Rare and its partners in 50+ countries throughout these regions are committed to designing conservation programs that benefit both people and nature – ensuring that change is embraced and sustained. Learn more about Rare's mission and brand. The Rare approach includes: 1) Determining human behaviors causing threats to biodiversity, such as overfishing, illegal logging, or unsustainable agriculture 2) Conducting an ongoing search for the most innovative community-based solutions proven to change these behaviors – what Rare calls conservation “bright spots” 3) Launching social marketing campaigns to increase adoption of these alternative behavi...

  • Three dozen Malaysian NGOs on Tuesday denounced the world hydroelectric industry’s decision to hold a conference in a Borneo state where dam projects have uprooted forests and native peoples.

    The groups, including the Malaysian chapters of Amnesty International and Transparency International, said in a statement the choice of Sarawak state “makes a mockery” of the industry’s calls for sustainable development.

    The International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) four-day biennial congress got under way Tuesday in Kuching, capital of Sarawak. The state’s chief minister of 42 years, Taib Mahmud, has faced mounting accusations of enriching himself, family and cronies through a corrupt stranglehold on the state’s economy.

    “We call upon the IHA to stop this green-washing attempt on behalf of Taib Mahmud’s regime,” the statement said.

    Taib, 77, has come under fire over rapid timber harvesting and a campaign of dam-building blamed for destroying huge swathes of rainforest and driving native tribes from their ancestral lands.

    The groups’ statement called these “humanitarian and environmental crimes”.

    Save Sarawak Rivers, a coalition of local NGOs and tribal groups, earlier announced plans for a “parallel congress” in Kuching and other protests this week.

    IHA director Richard Taylor has defended the congress as an opportunity to share sustainable practices. “The IHA is happy to have the opportunity to interact in this way, and we feel that the current w...

  • A growing demand for milk and cheese in China has the potential to bring California's beleaguered dairy industry back to life --- and with it, renewed concern about its damaging effects on the environment.

    As China's middle class grows, so does its penchant for dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. U.S. government data show that Chinese demand for dairy products is growing rapidly. For instance, between 2011 and 2012, imports of skimmed milk powder grew by 49 percent and are expected to increase an additional 18 percent this year.

    And although China is trying to build its nascent dairy industry to meet this demand, it relies heavily on imports of high-protein feed. That includes one of California's most water-intensive crops, alfalfa.

    "Exports (of alfalfa) to China are definitely increasing," said Daniel Putnam, an agronomist at the University of California, Davis. "We've seen a pretty dramatic rise since 2006, and I think all expectations are that it will probably increase again this year."

    But this news, and the already-documented toll California's large dairy farms are having on air and water quality in the Central Valley, is making many environmentalists nervous.

    "Definitely, there's a carrying capacity for dairy, and it's air quality," said Brent Newell, legal director for the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, an environmental justice organization that focuses mostly on the San Joaquin Valley. "You can't keep...

  • Crown Capital Eco Jakarta Management Renewable Energy Investments Shift to Developing Nations on CRAIGLIST

    Renewable energy investments are shifting to developing nations as countries from Morocco to Chile pursue power sources that wean them off fossil fuel imports, two studies promoted by the United Nations said.

    China’s $67 billion of investment in wind, solar and other renewable projects led developing nations to $112 billion of spending in 2012, according to an e-mailed statement today from the UN and other groups involved in the studies. That compares with $132 billion of expenditure in the industrialized world.

    The gap on renewables spending between richer and developing countries shrank to 18 percent last year from 250 percent in 2007, marking a “dramatic change” in investment patterns, the statement said. Two-thirds of the 138 nations that now have clean-energy targets are in the developing world.

    “The uptake of renewable energies continues worldwide as countries, companies and communities seize the linkages between low-carbon green economies and a future of energy access and security,” UN Environment Program Executive Director Achim Steiner said in the statement. “More and more countries are set to take the renewable energy stage,” he said, citing “the logic and the rationale of embracing a green development path.”

    UNEP and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management worked with Bloomberg New Energy Finance to produce one of today’s repo...


    Dynamic Systems (GXG: DSHI), the London GXG-quoted green energy company announced today that it has a global license for all patented technologies in the EnerDynamic suite. In addition, the company has initiated a strategic marketing campaign to introduce alternative energy solutions to urban centers throughout Europe and Asia as well as those remote regions devoid of any conventional electricity grid power. “We have been working on a variety of significant energy projects around the world, and our technical solutions are currently being evaluated by private and public organizations in numerous countries,” commented Al Scott, President of Dynamic Systems.

    Products covered by the agreement include but are not limited to: Ener-Tree, EnerGem Silos roof top generators and Rev Light charging solutions. “We are excited about the imminent roll-out of our flagship Ener-Tree technology, commented Scott. “The company is transitioning from beta testing to full scale commercialization which will see us begin to unlock some share holder value”, Scott added.

    Notes to Editors

    Dynamic Systems Holdings Inc. (GXG: DSHI):

    Dynamic Systems is a clean technology company focused on alternative energy products for the global market. DSHI develops, commercialized, and licenses a range of viable and innovative solutions for the global energy, transportation, telecommunications and water purification industries. For more information...


    Being surrounded by ginseng--a low-growing green-leafed herb of North American forests--may have been common in 1751, but today? Ginseng is under siege.

    Biologist James McGraw of West Virginia University should know. Today on World Environment Day, and indeed every day, McGraw says that we can learn much about the environment around us from one small plant.

    Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) grant, McGraw and colleagues peer into the lives of more than 4,000 individual ginseng plants each year to see how they're faring.

    "These understory plants are subject to all manner of [environmental] stresses," says McGraw. "After a while, you begin to wonder why there are any left."

    Facing a panoply of threats

    First, he says, there's harvesting for medicinal uses, "which is widespread and often illegally or at least unethically done. Then we have our four-footed friends--white-tailed deer--which eat a significant number of plants every year."

    The plants' next challenge is the growth of invasive species such as multiflora rose and garlic mustard, which compete with ginseng.

    The effects of global warming, including summers with heat waves and droughts, add to the burden for these plants of cooler climes. "Ginseng is also affected by ice storms, late frosts...

  • Dynamic_logo_177_

    DSHI is pleased to announce the opening of a dedicated R&D facility in Brantford ON to advance the commercialization of EnerDynamic technologies for DSHI’s global license.

    EnerDynamic Systems Inc. was formed to provide solutions to meet the world’s energy demands. The firm is focused on developing solar, wind and a range of alternate energy technologies for use in industries such as transportation, telecommunications, remote power, and water purification. EnerDynamic is focused on innovative products that combine the capture of both wind and solar energy in one of the most advanced systems on the market today. This new technology known as Ener-Tree is the first true wind and solar hybrid generator available in a single, portable device.

    “The world is moving toward a ‘carbon neutral’ goal and there is a huge emphasis on the development of ground breaking technology. The world is looking for new sources of clean energy. However, these efforts are hindered by the need to develop, build and service alternative energy solutions on a global scale. This is an area where Brantford is strategically positioned to play an integral part in this movement,” CEO Tom Bryson said. “We have a labour force with readily transferrable manufacturing skills. The types of jobs required in the green technology manufacturing sector are ideally suited to workers who have been impacted by the economic downturn,” he added. Any manufacturer...


    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued long-delayed new air pollution standards for industrial boilers, incinerators and cement kilns. The rules provide significant concessions to industry and allow several additional years for full compliance in an effort to minimize job and economic impacts, officials said.

    The new standards for the first time set numerical limits on emissions of mercury, acid gas and small-particle pollution for a small subset of the nation’s 1.5 million industrial boilers. The agency, which has come under withering criticism from Congressional Republicans for what they contend is regulatory overreach, emphasized that the standards were drafted after extensive consultation with industry groups and local officials.

    The agency said that the rules would affect fewer than 1 percent of industrial boilers, and that the others either would not be covered by the regulations or can meet the standards by performing routine maintenance.

    The agency said that the rules would prevent as many as 8,100 premature deaths and 52,000 asthma attacks a year by limiting emissions of lung-scarring particles and toxic pollutants. The agency is giving boiler operators at least three years to meet the standards.

    The boilers are generally small-scale power and heat plants found at refineries, chemical plants, manufacturing ...

  • Standing in Recent Environmental Cases

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Standing in Recent Environmental Cases | CafeMom

    On Wednesday (May 15), the Environmental Law Institute is hosting a lunchtime seminar on The Future of Standing in Environmental Cases, with a great panel:

    • F. William Brownell, Partner, Hunton & Williams (moderator) • Amanda Leiter, Associate Professor, American University, Washington College of Law • Thomas Lorenzen, Assistant Section Chief, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice • Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP • Allison Zieve, Director, Litigation Group, Public Citizen I hope that the panel addresses what I regard as one of the most interesting recent developments in standing cases: the number of significant environmental cases in which the D.C. Circuit is finding that industry plaintiffs lack standing. Environmentalists and environmental law scholars have often regarded rigorous standing requirements as biased against citizen environmentalist plaintiffs. See, e.g., Shi-Ling Hsu, The Identifiability Bias in Environmental Law, 35 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 433, 465-73 (2008). Indeed, the Supreme Court has essentially admitted as much, noting that plaintiffs who are the target of government regulation generally satisfy standing requirements, whereas establishing standing for other plaintiffs is "substantially more difficult.” Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 561-62 (1992). But many of the recent significant environmental cases in which plaintiffs have l...


    Process Barron and Jansen will co-host the first Jansen boiler workshop of the year at the in Boston, Mass., May 9–10, 2013. An annual event for representatives from the pulp and paper, independent power, utility, and energy-from-waste industries, the Jansen seminar seeks to educate attendees about new technologies capable of improving biomass boiler burning capacity, efficiency, emissions, and overall performance. These working sessions are free for all participants.

    Representatives from Process Barron will conduct three technical sessions at the event. One will give an overview of material handling and fuel feed equipment, another will talk about design and performance considerations for multiclone dust collectors. In addition, President Ken Nolen will discuss fan design, efficiency, and horsepower requirements.

    Process Barron’s biomass division specializes in retrofitting draft systems and general techniques for reducing emissions and optimizing performance, working in ways that minimize downtime and loss of productivity.

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