Two Views of Our Future

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“We are facing a situation in economics today similar to that in astronomy when Copernicus arrived on the scene, a time when it was believed that the sun revolved around the earth.” ” A study by a team of scientists led by Mathis Wackernagel aggregates the use of the earth’s natural assets, including carbon dioxide overload in the atmosphere, into a single indicator—the ecological footprint. Earths to sustain our current consumption.

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Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

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Next to Japan, the most dramatic shift in nuclear energy policy following Fukushima occurred in Germany. Energy Earth Policy Institute Fukushima Germany IAEA Japan nuclear industry nuclear powerOn May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity.

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Peerage for former Friends of the Earth campaigner

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on news that former Friends of the Earth campaigner Bryony Worthington has been made a Labour peer, Friends of the Earth's Policy and Campaigns Director, Craig Bennett said on Friday, November 19, 2010: "We're delighted that Bryony has been made a peer. "Bryony was one of the key architects of a Friends of the Earth's campaign that led to the introduction of the Climate Change Act - setting the world's first legally-binding cuts in UK emissions.

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A "Food Bubble" That May Burst

Celsias

Lester Brown, founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) says he is certain that climate change-induced droughts, water shortages and flooding from heavy rains pose urgent danger to global food security. Food prices dropped this month for the first time in 8 months , but the UN warns that this may be a blip. The index of global food prices measures monthly changes for foods including cereals, meat and sugar. In March it averaged 229.8

Stop Being Plastic

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World Earth Day was on 22 April. According to the Earth Policy Institute , nearly one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Greenpeace Philippines made a replica of a dead whale to make people aware of the situation what is going on around the earth. Many countries and scientists are rethinking policies and ways to reduce plastic pollution.

Food is Going to be the Weak Link in Our Civilisation

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The Earth Policy Institute has identified 18 countries that have overpumped their water, so they have artificially inflated The food supply in the average US city is about 3 days. That's how vulnerable we are. Most discussions talk about events that have contributed to food price rises. In this video Lester Brown suggest that it is much more a trend.And its frightening stuff-even though he tells it calmly and coolly.

5 Ideas to Green up Your City

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The reason is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides have a “scorched-earthpolicy when it comes to killing off bugs. Urban sprawl produces some of the greatest local extinction rates, frequently eliminates a significant portion of native species, and causes severe habitat loss. Several studies confirm that population numbers and genetic diversity of native species of plants, animals, and insects drop with greater urbanization [1,2,3].

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Life with rising food prices -one poor harvest away from chaos

Celsias

Lester Brown, founder of both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), warns that the world is in danger of global food insecurity. In his latest book "World on the Edge,"Brown warns of a planet sitting on the brink of "politically destabilizing food price rises.". The new reality is that the world is only one poor harvest away from chaos," Brown told reporters on a conference call to launch his new book. If a heatwave on par with Russia's struck the U.S.

WORLD ON THE EDGE

Green (Living) Review

"If we cannot reverse these trends, economic decline is inevitable," notes Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based As the earth's temperature rises, the likelihood of more numerous, more intense heat waves increases. Source: EARTHSCAN / EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE This press release is presented without editing for your information only. New book and lecture by Lester Brown When Will the Food Bubble Burst?

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Environmental Coalition Calls on Presidents Obama and Hu to Declare Global Climate Emergency

Green (Living) Review

It is with a deepening sense of dread over the fate of future generations that we call on you to acknowledge the severity of the global climate emergency by placing climate stabilization at the top of your policy agendas. Estimates by the World Health Organization are that the Earth's warming climate contributes to more than 150,000 deaths each year. Sincerely, Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute Rev.

Journey to Planet Earth: Plan B - Mobilizing to Save

The Green Changemakers

Earth Policy Institute. [link] For the month of April only, you can watch a streaming edition of the film Plan B on the PBS website. So if you missed the initial release for whatever reason, here is your opportunity to watch it at your leisure.

Slide Show for Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

The Green Changemakers

Publish at Scribd or explore others: Other future sustainability [link] At Earth Policy Institute (EPI) we often receive requests for a visual presentation to accompany Lester Brown’s latest book, Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. The reasons vary widely, from people wanting to spread the word within their communities, to teachers looking to relay the message to their students, to individuals seeking to quickly get the gist of the book.

2 Sides To The Ethanol Food Crisis: Fueling the Food Crisis

Eco Friendly Daily

Experts like, Lester Brown (founder and President of Earth Policy Institute) claim that, “ten to 30 percent of the recent rise in global food prices is due to demand for biofuels.” Now that you have read What is Ethanol: Part One, you know what Ethanol is and how it is made, but did you know there is an ongoing debate about Ethanol’s part in today food crisis and high prices? It seems as if every time we take an eco-step forward we discover an error and end up two-step backs.

Plan B 4.0 – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Brown Published for the Earth Policy Institute by W.W. Norton & Company This book is available free to download from the Earth Policy Institute website or can be bought as a bound paperback from booksellers but both the paperback version, and also a hardback version, can be bought from the Earth Policy Institute website as well. Our generation will make the decision, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come.”

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Permaculture: a new Christmas tradition for my family

Green Living Ideas

According to the Earth Policy Institute, trees planted in the tropics can sequester over 100 pounds of carbon emissions each year in the tropics. Families have all sorts of traditions for the holidays. This year, I’d like to suggest starting a new one that contains the wisdom of the ages, and is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the next generation: planting a tree.

Refill water bottles for free at local businesses

Green (Living) Review

According to data from the Earth Policy Institute, Americans consumed an average of 30.2 DC’s new TapIt network provides free water-bottle-refilling stations throughout the city By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Washington, DC, August 2011: Earlier this month, a company called TapIt launched a water-bottle-refilling network in DC. The idea is simple: Pop in to a TapIt partner location, and you can refill your reusable water bottle for free.

The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

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The Earth’s renewable energy resources are vast and available to be tapped through visionary initiatives. A revamped clean energy economy will harness more energy from the wind and sun, and from within the Earth itself. The heat that comes from within the Earth—geothermal energy—can be used for heating or converted into steam to generate electricity. Brown, in the October/November 2012 issue of Mother Earth News.

The Great Transition, Part II: Building a Wind-Centered Economy

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Over the past decade, world wind electric generating capacity grew at nearly 30 percent per year, its increase driven by its many attractive features and by public policies supporting its expansion. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution began, we have an opportunity to invest in alternative sources of energy that can last as long as the Earth itself. The choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on Earth for all generations to come.

Overfishing Threatens Critical Link in the Food Chain

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Matthew Roney from the Earth Policy Institute. The fish near the bottom of the aquatic food chain are often overlooked, but they are vital to healthy oceans and estuaries. Collectively known as forage fish, these species—including sardines, anchovies, herrings, and shrimp-like crustaceans called krill—feed on plankton and become food themselves for larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Historically, people have eaten many of these fish, too, of course.

Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011

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The Global Footprint Network (GFN) calculates humanity’s Ecological Footprint, comparing the consumption of resources to the earth’s ability to replenish them. If the earth’s natural systems are like an endowment, then its annual regenerative capacity is like interest earned — the amount that can be spent each year without depleting the principal. GFN found that by 2007, humanity’s ecological footprint exceeded the earth’s yearly “interest” by 50 percent.

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Dust Bowl Revisited

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Stripped of its living carpet, freed from the intricate matrix of perennial prairie grass roots, the earth took flight. With government subsidies and direction from the newly created Soil Conservation Service, practices were introduced to help hold down the earth. By Janet Larsen, director of Research for the Earth Policy Institute.

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

The Green Changemakers

Full Planet, Empty Plates Slideshow Presentation from Earth Policy Institute With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. “In It may now depend more on policies in the ministry of health and family planning or of energy than in the ministry of agriculture itself.

Plan B 3.0 (2008) Mobilizing to Save Civilization

The Green Changemakers

Restoring the Earth (pdf) Introduction Protecting and Restoring Forests Conserving and Rebuilding Soils Regenerating Fisheries Protecting Plant and Animal Diversity Planting Trees to Sequester Carbon The Earth Restoration Budget Chapter 8 Data (xls) 9. Data Earth Policy Institute Email: epi@earth-policy.org. Entire book (pdf) Data sets Time for Plan B: Cutting Carbon Emissions 80% by 2020 (pdf) Preface (pdf) 1.

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The Flawed Economics of Nuclear Power

The Green Changemakers

Brown is president of Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 3.0: Data and additional resources are at www.earthpolicy.org For information contact: Media Contact: Reah Janise Kauffman Tel: (202) 496-9290 x 12 E-mail: rjk (at) earthpolicy.org Research Contact: Janet Larsen Tel: (202) 496-9290 x 14 E-mail: jlarsen (at) earthpolicy.org Earth Policy Institute 1350 Connecticut Ave. [link] Lester R.

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Green Your Resolutions

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A few simple steps will allow you to respect the earth while living a comfortable, happy life. The Earth Policy Institute found that the manufacturing of plastic bottles uses over 17 million barrels of crude oil annually and the transportation of bottled water requires massive amounts of fossil fuel. The choice will be better for your body and better for the earth (all chemicals used in farming eventually end up in our water system).

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Cities for People - towards sustainable cities

The Green Changemakers

Here are some suggestions to make your city for people: More parks Lester R Brown from the Earth Policy Institute believes that the ratio of parks to parking lots may be the best single indicator of liveability of a city. [link] What to build? What would you build, if you could build whatever you wanted in the city? What would you build today to make your city better for people? Complexity in the city On one hand the problem is complex.

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Reclaiming the Streets: Urban Transportation Innovations

The Green Changemakers

Brown Earth Policy Institute Cars promise mobility, and in a largely rural setting they provide it. The National Complete Streets Coalition reports that as of April 2010, complete streets policies are in place in 20 states, including California and Illinois, and in 71 cities. By Lester R. But in an urbanizing world, where more than half of us live in cities, there is an inherent conflict between the automobile and the city.

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13 Best Energy Ideas (And 3 Really Bad Ones) :: by Sarah van Gelder

The Green Changemakers

Energy policies and technologies that can get us on the path toward a sustainable future (plus a few that won’t). Click on each Policy or Technology to learn more about our energy options. For starters, it will have to be both highly efficient and powered by renewable energy—the sun, wind, earth, or ocean. A combination of the right policies and the right technologies can get us there.

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Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

The Green Changemakers

Sustainable energy future My presentation for the ERM Alumni Conference on Energy and Natural Resources Policy, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany, 6-10.10.2008 Abstract: The world of fossil fuel – based economy is eventually coming into crisis as these fuels go exhausted. Introduction Every living-thing needs energy to maintain their lives on Earth. In addition, a thoughtful vision is needed for energy policy. Earth Policy Institute.

Links Between a Poverty Fighting Present & a Sustainable Future

The Green Changemakers

Ultimately, the vision is so big and involves so many mindset, policy and philosophical changes in the way we think about sustainable development, that a fair assessment can only be made in 50 years - the horizon that its architects and owners have set. The Ecocity Concept Drive into Ivory Park on the outskirts of Johannesburg and you are in a sub-Saharan African everyplace. Poverty extends its claws everywhere.

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