The Finland Phenomenon

The Green Changemakers

I remember being struck by how many vocational or hands-on classes (home economics, art, technology, and so forth) were available to students at every Finnish school I visited. Is this attitude true of all schools in Finland? Finland has no private schools.

Daycares in Finland are going vegan


Deputy Mayor Laura Räty of the conservative National Coalition Party estimates the move could cost taxpayers up to 123,000 euros more annually, which she argues is “not possible…in the current economic situation and budget framework.”

Finnair to make longest commercial biofuel flight

Green Traveler Guides

Finnair says it will accept for regular use only a biofuel that is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. Airlines Amsterdam Europe Finland Helsinki Netherlands News aviation biofuel Finnair| Green Travel News |.

Why Finnish Tap Water Is Shipped to Saudi Arabia

Green Prophet

In 2004, for example, Nord Water of Finland bottled and shipped 1.4 But compared to the economic and environmental cost spent each year on buying, transporting and disposing of bottled water, it would be a sound long-term investment for governments across the region.

Air pollution in Europe has high economic and human cost

Green Blog

The combined cost for air pollution in Europe is equal to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Finland or half the GDP of Poland – a country which has opposed tougher EU and IPCC climate targets.

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A critical analysis of future nuclear reactors designs

Green Blog

Notably the fact that most of the economic figures in support of nuclear power (a couple of typical delusions you’ll find here and here ) come straight out of Hogwarts school of magic, wizardry….and and economics (more realistic appraisals of nuclear economics can be found here and here ). Getting a decent thermal efficiency out of the plant might be problematic, which worsens the economic case for them. Once upon a time I used to be a fan of nuclear energy.

Credit rating agency downgrades nine Euro-zone countries

Green (Living) Review

The credit rating agency has put 14 Euro-zone states on negative outlook for a possible further downgrade, including France, Austria, and still triple-A-rated Finland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Euro Euro-zone economic downturn European Union EU economic down turn economy

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Is the special issue a joke too?

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Dear Dr. Whitehead, The journal Laws (ISSN 2075-471X) is currently running a special issue entitled "Environmental Law and Sustainability" Dr. Kamrul Hossain , of the University of Lapland (Finland), is serving as Guest Editor for this issue. "Dubious and Dubiouser" was published in the miscellany section of Economic Inquiry.

2015 144

Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas in Nordic Countries

Green (Living) Review

Fossil power plants in Finland and Denmark act as swing-producers, helping to meet demand when hydropower production in Norway and Sweden falls due to dry weather. "Demand for coal condensing power in the Nordic power market has decreased as a result of the economic recession and the drop in the wholesale price for electricity," state-controlled Finnish utility Fortum said, booking an impairment loss of about 25 million euros($31.67

I'm just humbled to be nominated (and arrogant enough to believe I contribute)

Environmental Economics

The seven finalists -- Columbus, Ohio; Oulu, Finland; Stratford, Canada; Taichung City, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Taoyuan County, Taiwan; and. Toronto, Canada -- "provide a model of 21st Century economic and social. On Wednesday, Louis Zacharilla, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum. ICF), announced the organization's seven finalists for the 2013. Intelligent Community of the Year. The announcement was made during the.

Russian Karelia aims to shift to alternative energy

Green (Living) Review

In general, neighboring Finland is a key to the modernization of Karelia. Dr. Nelidov, who was appointed regional leader in July 2010, has a background in engineering-economics.

Could co-operatives replace private business to create a stronger economy?

Green (Living) Review

Following a research project into the potential of the co-operative model, Rob Harrison proposes why it could offer an alternative to capitalism It’s one thing to point out the flaws in our current economic system, but another entirely to propose a practical working alternative.

2014 161

The future of the EU

Green (Living) Review

The original idea of a free trade area, called the Common Market, or the European Economic Community, was probably not a bad idea. Finland is, according to rumors circulating in the middle of March 2016, considering leaving the Euro.

2016 130

International Support For Obama’s Climate Promises

Sierra Club Compass

Partially located within in the North Arctic Circle and including the Danish territory of Greenland, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate and communities in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden will need to adapt and fight back.

Europe Maintains Commitment to Ambition and Action at Recent Marrakesh Climate Talks

Conservancy Talk

8] Ambitious action on climate change is therefore no longer just the “green” thing to do; it is economically rational. 2016 is now set to be the warmest year on record [1].

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Powerful Middle Eastern Graphics from Kuwait’s Mohammad Sharif

Green Prophet

They used very limited number of colors and cheap materials because of their poor economic status. I was contacted by a German bicycle museum to have it showcased there and also an NGO from Finland to have the illustration on a book they will be publishing soon.

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The Top 7 Environmentally Friendly Countries

Eco Friendly Daily

The ESI came about when the Yale University Centre for Environmental Law and Policy collaborated with Columbia University’s Centre for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and the World Economic Forum. Finland. Economic Competitiveness.

Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

Green Prophet

She calculates that this technology “can provide an economically efficient method for production of hydrocarbon fuel namely: cracked naphtha of about 40,000 tons per year and hydrocarbon gases of about 138,000 tons per year equivalent to $78 million.”

Norwegian coast guard board Greenpeace ship in the Arctic following 90 hour long protest

Green Blog

Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, foreign vessels enjoy freedom of navigation through the Exclusive Economic Zone. Earlier this week, a group of Greenpeace activists climbed onto an oil rig belonging to Statoil, a Norwegian state-owned oil and gas company.

Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning

The Green Changemakers

He wrote an ebook named Beyond the Hole in the Wall offering an ideal for education based on a very real premise that students learn no matter what social status or economic background.

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Sierra Club India: Off-Grid Solar Wi-Fi

Sierra Club Compass

The move to solar also allowed them to focus on their core operations which are relatively simple - they buy wholesale bandwidth which is distributed through economic Wi-Fi relays that optimize traffic without degrading the users'' experience.

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Europe bans bee-harming pesticides

Green Blog

There are several alternatives to using neonicotinoids and farmers will benefit from healthy pollinator populations as they provide substantial economic benefits to crop pollination.”. Ireland, Lithuania, Finland and Greece abstained from the vote.

UK lead in offshore wind confirmed

Green (Living) Review

Germany, Ireland, Finland and Norway have a further 145MW between them. Commenting on the results, RenewableUK, the country's leading renewable energy trade association, has hailed today’s results as more evidence that the offshore wind sector is on track to deliver significant economic benefits, as well as renewable electricity to consumers. · European Wind Energy Association 2010 stats just released, confirm UK position · Total EU offshore now close to 3 gigawatts, powering 2.9

Tourists Not Terrorists: The Middle East Can Capitalize on World Eco-Travel Trends

Green Prophet

Within Europe, not surprisingly, Greece and Portugal are the biggest losers, reflecting to a large extent the impact of the economic and debt crisis, which hit both destinations particularly hard.

Putting the Science of Happiness Into Practice

The Green Changemakers

Studies of life satisfaction can now compare regular polling data from many countries, making it easier to understand how economic and policy decisions impact national happiness. Countries around the world are beginning to apply the science of well-being to the decisions they make.

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Significant results from the Baltic Ecovillage Project

The Green Changemakers

Aimed at fostering the development of ecovillages as a more sustainable way of living in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region, the project has been implemented by project partners from Lithuania (the lead partner), Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden.

Europe's 'Coal Renaissance' Masks Industry Downfall - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

But this is due to short term economic factors, not a long term revival of coal's economics ( which are terrible ). When the ETS is adjusted, the economics for lignite coal will collapse. Compass. « Secretary Kerrys Solar Surge | Main.

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: Replacing Growth Imperative and Hierarchies with Sustainable Ways

The Green Changemakers

The aim of the project is to find ways of preserving the ways of sustainable societies and transforming unsustainable ones by engaging in dialogue with concerned people in Finland, India, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania. Sustainable economics is proposed as a replacement.

World Happiness Report 2013

The Green Changemakers

The UN-sponsored World Happiness Report 2013 has just been released — a project that determined a country''s level of happiness by using a number of social and economic indicators taken from 2010 to 2012. Finland, Austria, Iceland, and Australia rounded out the top 10.

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As US Nuclear Reactors decay…

Green Blog

Sooner or later it becomes no longer economic to operate it. Consider that the world’s most modern in Olkiluoto in Finland has been under construction for 8 years and counting. I came across an article in the NY times a few days ago that makes for an interesting read.

Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations Announced in Davos

Green (Living) Review

Rounding out the top ten scoring countries with the most constituents were Australia (six), Switzerland (six), France (five), Denmark (four), Finland (four), while Brazil, Germany, Norway and Spain each registered three Global 100 constituents. This year’s Global 100 were recognized at the Davos World Economic Forum at a private dinner hosted by Corporate Knights and Inflection Point Capital Management.

2011 109

Nuclear power threat to the UK

Green (Living) Review

Experience with constructing two EPRs in Finland and France has been woeful – both are already four years late and costs are running twice as high as originally projected. The letter and accompanying note set out a range of political and economic risks that the four former directors of Friends of the Earth believe have not yet featured in advice to the Prime Minister [4]. This is austerity economics gone mad. Wider economic issues 5.

Corruption on the increase in Britain?

Green (Living) Review

The index is compiled by aggregating thirteen sources together, ranging from the Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Risk Service through to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report. Over the same period as Britain's dramatic fall, four of the top five have remained the same: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore all scoring over 9.0, We seem to be learning from the Afghans for sure and not just in the field of corruption and the taking of bribes.

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Basel Burgan: A Force Behind Jordan’s Anti-Nuke Movement

Green Prophet

They can strangle us anti-nuclear activists in different economic ways that are very much known in the developing countries. Similar versions of this ATMEA 1 are being built in Olkiluoto, Finland and in Normandy, France and both were found to have major design defects. Our interview with activist Basel Burgan, a leading figure against nuclear proliferation for energy, in Jordan. .

Can Qatar Balance its Oil Interests and Host a Successful Climate Summit?

Green Prophet

Wandering through the forests and lakes of Finland when young, she explains that she learnt very quickly that human societies formed a part of the Earth’s ecosystems- and not vice versa. Ironically, while most countries are currently struggling with economic crises, Qatar is one of the few countries where the economy and natural resource consumption have kept growing, largely thanks to natural gas.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) has projected that Australia’s black coal exports will increase at an average rate of 2.6% years ), Singapore (5.1), Czech Republic (5.2), Liberia (5.2), Netherlands (5.3), Russia (5.3), Nicaragua (5.4), Finland (5.5), Oman (5.6), Palau (5.6), Brazil (5.6), Uruguay (5.7), Denmark (5.8).

Series on transformative Placemaking

The Green Changemakers

It wasn’t even necessarily for peoples’ personal economic circumstances.” Studies like Soul of the Community are helping to give us all permission to spend some time working on this stuff—and not in a kumbaya way, but an economic way.” By Project for Public Spaces 1.

2013 71

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

The Green Changemakers

In another study , researchers in Finland found that urban dwellers who strolled for as little as 20 minutes through an urban park or woodland reported significantly more stress relief than those who strolled in a city center. By Jill Suttie We are spending more time indoors and online.

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Washington I-522: News from Organic Consumers Association

Green Living Ideas

Truth: I-522 offers no economic incentives for lawyers to sue. Contact the Organic Consumers Association · 6771 South Silver Hill Drive, Finland MN 55603 · Contact Us. Today’s Green News come from the Organic Consumers Association: Read on about 13 Lies about GMO labeling!

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

However it is possible to quantitate the Climate Debt incurred by profligate high polluters such as the US Alliance countries and the Climate Credit allowing low polluters to advance economically on a path to eventual zero emissions in circa 2050. At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

However these same countries have no problem with continuing to run up huge national debts, with demanding debt repayment by vulnerable countries (as in the current Eurozone crisis) or with crippling Third World countries with massive debt (for a damning account read John Perkins’ “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”). Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming.