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Study Finds that Obesity Leads to Resource Constraints

Obesity already is a public health concern and the recent study published in BMC Public Health, concludes that “Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.” The research team of the study used body mass indexes and overall population to calculate the … Continued

Bay2Rio+20 Delegation and Fellow Attendees of Rio+20

Bay2Rio+20 Connects Bay Area (and the World) with Rio+20 Attendees

By Gregory Delaune This post is part of the on-going events news, related to the Bay2Rio+20 delegation team’s on-the-ground coverage from Rio+20. It addresses the on-line international charrette/workshop, which will take place at the San Francisco Bay Area Hub and at Hub Culture in Rio de Janeiro on June 23rd.  To follow along, click here. … Continued

Green Jobs and Rio+20: The Dirty Work of Transitioning to a Green Economy

We came into the negotiations thinking that countries might agree to implement national strategies for green job creation, especially for young people. But all we have is ‘encouragement’ of the private sector to contribute to job creation, and ‘Encouraging’ is not, well, that encouraging.

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The Case for Investing in Women

Women invest in their communities, which leads to increased financial growth and social opportunities for members of those communities.

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Study: Coal Plants Do More Harm Than Good

Turning the world we have today into a truly sustainable one could be as simple as making things cost what they truly cost. Unfortunately, that appears to be much easier said than done. A report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) evaluated the health impacts of the 18 dirtiest coal plants, from the standpoint of sulfur dioxide emissions, and found that the cost of health care required as the result of the pollution, exceeded the cost of electricity produced by the plants.

Appropriate Engagement: A Strategy for Personal Sustainability

To become appropriately engaged, Allen suggests, “If you do not pay attention to what has your attention you will give it more attention than it deserves.” A key lesson is to have the ability to shift in and out of the tasks we are doing. In other words, we need to be able to change and refocus where we place our attention and engagement.

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The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering

When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of: employee passion. The power of this force cannot be overestimated.

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How a Cookstove Becomes a Carbon Credit

How do you make a cookstove into a carbon credit? Take a region where charcoal is the cooking fuel of choice, switch it out for a cleaner burning fuel that doesn’t contribute to global warming quite so dramatically, then, somehow, track the whole thing accurately enough that it’s possible to measure the tons of emissions the switch represents.