A 20-year study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that the consumption of any kind of red meat significantly increases the likelihood of premature death. The study, which tracked 110,000 people over two decades found that the consumption of a little as 3 oz. of unprocessed red meat per day, increased the death rate by 13%. An equal size portion of processed red meat, such as bacon or hot dogs added to the diet will increase the chance of premature death by 20%. That’s just about as high as the risk due to smoking cigarettes which is rated between 20-30%.
Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Company has issued a challenge to SXSW attendees, speakers, fans and even those who were not able to attend, but wish they were there – spread the word and offset the conference’s carbon footprint.
Perhaps the first step in the morphing of our electric delivery system into a more democratic enterprise is the adaption by a number of leading utilities, of internet-based social media, to engage more actively with their customer base.
The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC hosted two powerful women on February 29, 2012 – Xerox Chairman and CEO, Ursula Burns, and MIT President, Dr. Susan Hockfield, – who delivered keynote speeches and sat down for a fireside chat touching upon the necessary social changes that must accompany the clean technology revolution.
By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We continue to lose forests in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. There are so few wild tigers and apes that they will be lost forever if current trends continue. Simply put, we are … Continued
Submitted for the TckTckTck Rio +20 Blogging competition, this article by Leon Kaye explores how Dubai and the United Arab Emirates can confront climate change from a public health perspective.
I’m not loaded, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have enough savings to do something useful with, so I’ve decided that 2012 is going to be THE year I finally get hip to investing my hard-earned cash. And I am particularly motivated this year because impact investing—which focuses not only on financial returns but on social and environmental ones as well—has seriously piqued my interest and provided the inspiration to invest that I’ve been missing. Follow me on my journey through my blog series: My Two Cents on Impact Investing.
Back in 2010, in the months preceding the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day an ambitious campaign, called A Billion Acts of Green was launched to inspire individuals all around the world, to make a commitment to reduce their impact on the planet. Today, The Earthday Network, announced that they have reached the halfway … Continued
Solar energy is one of the most widely available forms of renewable energy, especially in the developing world where plenty of sunshine is available. Around the world, 1.5 billion people still live without access to power. This is where the Washington based, non-profit organization Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) comes in. SELF believes that energy … Continued
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, interest rates are high, stifling investment in new businesses.
What are the alternatives to our dysfunctional economic system?
One year after the February 14 uprising, Bahrain’s government is still harassing its citizens and denying them basic human rights. Can businesses operating here do anything to exert pressure on the Al Khalifa family, who rules Bahrain with an iron fist?
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Unilever announced the launch of the Unilever Foundation, a global charity that will be key to helping the company reach its goal of improving the health and quality of life of more than one billion people around the world. This is an ambitions goal, but it’s one that fits very well with Unilever’s brand and strengths.
This story, our story, is like a dream where we dream we are falling– falling into a climate that is spinning out of control, falling into an economic crisis that has left millions impoverished, falling into dependence on a dwindling energy supply that is largely in the hands of those we don’t trust. The only thing that can save us from this “bad dream,” is for us to awaken in time. But we must all awaken together for it to work. And the thing that we must do when we all awaken together, to save ourselves, is to embrace the Green Economy.
What does it take to achieve a sustainable future? The UN’s Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability’s final report, released on January 30, thinks that transparency is needed. Yes, you read that correctly. The Panel’s report thinks that by making both the cost of action and inaction transparent “political processes can summon both the arguments and the political will necessary to act for a sustainable future.”