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The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realizable Future?

The Alien Next Door

The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Thursday, March 19, 2009 The Venus Project: Bombastic Dream or Realizable Future? science-fiction posted by SF Girl @ 9:32 AM 158 Comments 158 Comments: At March 19, 2009 12:04 PM , Catana said.

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Government Watchdog Says Climate Change and Weird Weather.

Mother Jones

Government Watchdog Says Climate Change and Weird Weather Will Cost Big Bucks. The federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure presented by climate change, and needs a government wide strategic approach with strong leadership to manage related risks.

Mountains of Toxic E-Waste in Pakistan are a Goldmine

Green Prophet

Thousands of tons of electronic waste are dumped in Pakistan each year, creating a hazard, and a mountain of opportunities for recyclers. Nobody knows for sure how much electronic waste is dumped in Pakistan, but it’s easily in the thousands of tons every year.

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The Middle East Nuclear Power Boom Without Toxic Waste Strategy

Green Prophet

Last week, the government of Saudi Arabia announced that it would go ahead with its nuclear energy ambitions and invest more than $100bn in building 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades. A typical reactor is estimated to generate 20 to 30 tons of high-level nuclear waste annually.

Europe heading for dismal fail on its zero waste policy on plastics

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The plastics industry is not going to achieve zero waste to landfill until 2037, which is a full 17 years later than its stated 2020 target. This is the the damning conclusion of new research from European trade association PlasticsEurope which has examined current progress to date on recycling and recovery of waste plastics across the EU. zero to landfill Plastic Waste recycling

Illegal EU waste shipments on the rise

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith Illegal shipments of hazardous waste from European countries are increasing and are putting the environment and human health in developing countries at risk, so a new report warns. European Environment Agency report “Waste Without Borders in the EU”, published in March 2009, says statistical data from member states "show a growing number of illegal shipments". The report also examines legal waste shipments from EU states to other EU and non-EU countries.

Industry responds to Government Strategic Defense Review

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) gave a cautious welcome to the Government’s announcement of the intended Strategic Defense Review (SDR) for the next parliament, and encourages the review to seek input from industry. meaning that a notional Government investment of GBP100 million would create GBP227 million of value elsewhere in the economy.

Turning waste into a resource

Green (Living) Review

Meet the EcoComplex Project by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Why not have businesses and other groups make use of the garbage and sewage that was piling up every day in Catawba County’s landfills instead of letting it go to waste, was the seemingly simple idea of Barry Edwards.

British government set out new Climate Change policy

Green (Living) Review

by Micheal Smith (Veshengro) The British government on July 15, 2009 announced its Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) and the Low Carbon Transition Policy. This policy includes carbon budgets for all government departments in the same way as those departments are given financial budgets. Both of those mentioned are not renewables, and still it seems to be included into this measure, and nuclear, especially, while being a low carbon form of energy has a problem with the waste.

Government sets out plans to cut carbon emissions in farming

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The government has unveiled plans to cut carbon emissions in a bid to tackle climate change and farming is also targeted there. The NFU is delighted that the government has listened to and worked with us and the joint industry Climate Change Task Force over the past 18 months and has incorporated some of our ambitions into its own goals.

Wave & tidal industry backs Government search for new underwater sites

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Leaders of the UK wave & tidal power sector meeting in Bath recently at the world’s largest ever marine energy conference have backed Government plans to scope English & Welsh waters for new sites. We must get a lot more inventive to secure our energy needs and, above all, we must stop being as wasteful as we are and conserve and reduce consumption.

Country can't afford much of defense equipment government wants to buy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A think tank has stated that Britain does not need and cannot afford much of the defense equipment that the government wants to buy. What we are seeing here is, yet again, the power of the Military Industrial Complex and the way the government has its fingers in it. But all the government seems concerned about is to be able to wave the nuclear club which is too heavy and too dangerous to use.

TO MARK EARTH DAY, GREEN PLUG ENDORSES E-STEWARD PROGRAM AS EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO E-WASTE CRISIS

Green (Living) Review

Manufacturing separate interfaces is both costly and inconvenient to the consumer, and is a significant source of solid waste. The current program respects international definitions and laws pertaining to hazardous waste, among other things, and tracks them to final disposition. Meanwhile, other types of electronic waste should be sent to e-Stewards to make sure we’re not exporting harm to others in poor communities.”

Recycling was given a head start at Epsom Derby

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Racegoers at 2009’s Derby at Epsom Downs in June recycled thousands of plastic bottles and cans under a new initiative for big events.

Marína of the Zabbaleen - DVD movie review

Green (Living) Review

In addition to the film’s engaging story and Marína's big dreams (she aspires to be a doctor), the film portrays the resourceful Zabbaleen, a Coptic Christian community of recyclers whose entrepreneurial waste management system produces the highest rate of recycling in the world. C) 2009.

Gasification plant to join planned sustainable business park on the Estuary

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith A high-tech energy-from-waste plant is the latest facility to join the line up of business planned for an “eco-business park” designed to showcase sustainable industries on the Thames Estuary. Waste management firm Cyclamax will build a gasification plant on the London Sustainable Industries Park, part of the ongoing Thames Gateway developed on the eastern outskirts of the city. M Smith (Veshengro), 2009. Tags: gas from waste

THE SELF-SUFFICIENTISH BIBLE – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

More plastics could be recycled at home

Green (Living) Review

However, trials run by the Government-funded Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) suggest that this could soon change.

Sustainable Food – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sustainable Food How to Buy Right and Spend Less by Elise McDonough Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, August 2009 Paperback, 4 3/4 x 6 1/2, 96 pages, with Color photos ISBN: 9781603581417 Wondering whether it’s worth it to splurge on the locally raised beef?

OneClick IntelliPanel Desktop from Lakeland - Product Review

Green (Living) Review

We’re told that leaving something on standby wastes a staggering £740 million a year, well waste no more! This one will be available until end of 2009. Too many government offices leave computers and what not all all day and all night all the time. Standby To Save Money!

World Environment Day 2009 - What Is It and What You Can Do

The Green Changemakers

The theme for WED 2009 is “ Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change.” Ban the Bag The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation and its many friends and allies all around the world on Saturday September 26 2009 will call for the world to BAN THE BAG. The STOPlasticBags campaign will demand government action, Company and business commitment and consumer support to eradicate what has become a profligate plague of our current times. What is World Environment Day?

What Does the University of Victoria and the Mandala have in Common?

The Alien Next Door

The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Friday, March 13, 2009 What Does the University of Victoria and the Mandala have in Common? After graduating from UVic her first employment opportunity was a government job with the environment.

Environmental Showdown on the Irish Coast

Green Earth Journey

Since 2000, local residents have been fighting a pitched and sometimes bloody battle against Big Oil and the Irish government. I cam across this article and I wanted to share it. It is quite a long article so I will post snippets. If you would like to read the article as a whole CLICK HERE.

Copenhagen Climate Summit Emissions

Green (Living) Review

Ordinary households get penalized now for creating too much waste while Whitehall and other such locations just carry on regardless; or at least so it would seem. When the government complained – and a disgrace it is – that we waste about half of the food that gets produced and bought no mention was made of the kitchens and restaurants at the Houses of Parliament, for instance, where food waste is gigantic.

Guerilla Gardening

Green Earth Journey

This beautifies these used spots without going through government procedures. By going through all the needed procedures of getting permission, lots of paper and time is wasted and they will probably just say no in the end.

Urban Research Symposium 2009

The Green Changemakers

Mr José Lopez, International Conseil Energie Monday, June 29, 2009 Cities and Climate Change in Public Policy Moderator: Daniel Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank The French Case. Head of International Public Relations, DEXIA Adaptation and mitigation: What financing is available for local government investment in developing countries?

Britain recycles two-thirds of all packaging

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to report released recently by the British government the United Kingdom exceeded E.U. Businesses which handle packaging have a vital role to play in reducing the amount of waste we're sending to landfill and I'm pleased to see they're doing their bit." The government's recycling targets were handed down by E.U. per cent of the waste collected. But it is being tried again and again by our government(s) and also industry.

Peru makes a big statement about reusing rather than recycling of electronics

Green (Living) Review

A study called "Product or Waste? Importation and End-of-Life Processing of Computers in Peru," and reported at Greener Computing, found that that in Peru imported electronics do not go straight to e-waste dumps to be broken up for recycling but rather 85% of discarded computers sent to the country are reused instead of recycled. But very few companies and agencies seem to be prepared to go and use Open Source and hence we end up with all those waste PCs and such.

Don’t Waste Your Waste; Compost and Let Your Garden Grow

Green Life Smart Life

Rather than scold the young whipper-snapper for sullying our tablecloth-sized, weed-laden attempt at sustainable living, I used the opportunity to teach a lesson about giving our “waste” a second life. that digest the yard and kitchen wastes (food) you provide for them. All of these will slowly make compost out of your yard and kitchen wastes under any conditions. KITCHEN WASTES. WEEDS AND OTHER GARDEN WASTES.

Green Program Launched to Keep City Parks Poo Free

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) DENVER, Colorado, USA, June 2009 – Poo Free Parks, a privately-held company that installs and maintains eco-friendly pet waste bags and dispensers, announces an environmentally responsible, community-based program addressing the issue of dog waste in city parks and along waterways. Pet waste can ruin an otherwise beautiful park, creating health hazards, an unsightly mess, not to mention the large amounts of plastic waste that accumulate.”

Impulse buying reduction tips

Green Living Tips

The economy's in a mess and our governments are encouraging us to spend. Spending is fine, but so much of what we buy these days on a whim is rubbish, and all the additional waste is bad for the environment. Pick up some tips to reduce impulse buying

The Recycling System of the Zabbaleen

Green (Living) Review

Some, at least years ago, for so it was reported in National Geographic Magazine, not only collected and sorted the waste for resale as recyclables but, for instance, reworked and upcycled – much like the Romani-Gypsy have done (and some are still doing) – waste, such as tin cans, into new resalable goods. The difference between Gypsy recycling operations and that of the Zabbaleen is that the Zabbaleen take all the garbage feed the non-recyclable organic waste to their pigs.

Former landfill site has been designated contaminated land

Green (Living) Review

Gas is produced from the natural breakdown of the dumped rubbish in this case wood, paper and other wastes, which are creating methane and carbon dioxide. After that time if an agreement cannot be reached the council would serve a remediation notice and seek funds from government to carry out the necessary work.

FUTURE FOOD SECURITY

Green (Living) Review

The suggestion of improving efficiency and reducing waste at a household level, combined with ensuring a diverse supply chain, does not go far enough to ensure UK food security. This is, yet again, the problem that we have seen before in other statements by this government where, for instance, they came up with the notion that the country should not even attempt to be self-sufficient in food.

London to get 'flagship' low carbon zones

Green (Living) Review

Speaking at Prince Charles' May Day Summit on Climate Change in May 2009 London's mayor formally invited applications for the LCZ by committing at least £200,000 funding for each one. What must and should be considered is to make the homes and business in the entire Greater London Region, for which Mayor Johnson is responsible, “green”, something that was being called for by the “Grand Designs Live” Show in April 2009.

Britain deeper in recession than admitted

Green (Living) Review

Is it not our government that keeps telling us that by early Fall in the current year or thereabouts it is all going too get better again? Gordon and friends indeed tell us that again and again but that does not make it thus, especially considering that no one in government seems to be anywhere on this planet but, as would appear, a parallel universe or such. Instead, however, the government wants to sink money into a replacement for the Trident nuclear “deterrent”.

Forests and not biomass needed in fight against Climate Change

Green (Living) Review

In the CIWEM’s recently published Manifesto, Fitting the Bill, the Institution called for the Government to ensure that its own policies do not accelerate deforestation. The CIWEM supports the Wood Panel Industry Federation in its lobbying for the biomass industry to be given extra incentives to use waste wood instead of virgin timber for fuel.

Farming faces climate change risk

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London, June 2009: Agricultural pests and diseases are set to increase over the next 40 years due to climate change, so says a major report launched on June 18, 2009. Yields, however, could increase with higher temperatures and the opportunity to grow new crops, reckons the UK Climate Projections 2009 report, including grapes and citrus fruits. Mr Benn said the government was already tackling climate change through a series of measures.

GENUINELY CLEAN ENERGY MIX NEEDED

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Whilst the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) applauds the Government’s commitment to combat climate change and to ensure energy security, the Institution believes that Britain can meet its targets without building new nuclear power stations. Renewable energy derived from the nation’s waste and using advanced technologies must also be promoted.

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Irish communities have been urged to live more sustainably

Green (Living) Review

The conference, jointly hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government and An Taisce, was funded under the National Waste Prevention Programme. I firmly believe that the result of these activities will include real and measurable reductions in environmental impact such as reduced waste production, reduced energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint for Ireland.”