Governor Blagojevich (IL) and th Illinois Commerce Commission have outlined a plan requiring 8% of electricity to come from renewables by 2012. The side benefits: Jobs, Investment, Price Stability.
There is a fantastic article in today’s New York Times (reprinted here) about growing environmentalism in the christian religous community.
These church leaders, scientists, writers and heads of international aid agencies argue that global warming is an urgent threat, a cause of poverty and a Christian issue because the Bible mandates stewardship of God’s creation.
It’s a great example of communicating an important issue in another language to a community that has been long ignored by the traditional “left”. It should also be of great interest to business as more and more of the world’s consumer base grows concerned about the health of the planet.
Nike’s new “considered” line of shoes is a major step toward a more sustainable image for a major company that has had a hard time maintaining its name in recent years. The new shoes are part of a larger project to eliminate waste and toxicity altogether. Joel Makower has more to say.
Brazil is scrambling to appear in control of the eco-conflict raging in the Amazon rainforest. After the assassination of 73-year-old environmentalist Dorothy Stang (an American and a nun), Brazil’s president has sought to make up, in weeks, for years of inertia on the Amazon issue.
But an overview of some of the leading newspaper commentators and environmental reporters in Brazil and Latin America reveals that green activists have little confidence that President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva will be able to save even patches of rainforest without renewed dedication and serious reform. Most worrisome to environmentalists is the fact that the interests of agribusiness seem to be trumping any hope of a sustainable future in the Amazon.
A four-year study in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada released on Tuesday identifies several so-called mercury “hot spots” and suggests contamination by the toxic metal is more pervasive than originally believed. Read the Associated Press story here
A group called Climate Justice (www.climatelaw.org) is coordinating legal action in seven countries to hold governments and corporations responsible for climate change impacts. Climate Justice believes that since people are already suffering from the impacts of climate change and will suffer much more in the future, they should be compensated. Click here to read more
The Top 25 Groups That Are Changing the World by finding a better way to do good. Look here for the to find the 25 best social entrepreneurs from Fast Company Magazine’s Monitor Group
How much taxpayer money could be saved if your garbage was somehow used to power your city’s fleet of busses? Plenty, if you could figure out a way to do it. Susbus is a UK based project to do just that.
As with all energy sources, hidden negatives lurk. Something I never considered: Could a rise in bio-diesel production result in a food shortages?
Leading hotel chain Starwood is planning to fire up two 250kw fuel cell systems at hotels in New Jersey. The company expects payback within two years, and a pollution reduction exquivalent to removing 118 cars from the road. The only caveat – no mention of where the hydrogen for the cells will come from or how it will be generated.
International Women’s Day started today with a march for equal rights. 30,000 people were expected in Sao Palo, Brazil to begin the world march in search of an international charter for women’s equal rights. The sexual revolution may have changed the lives of millions, but it has not yet reached much of the world’s female population living in exploitation, oppression and violence.
According to a report published Tuesday by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 70 percent of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty are women. And although women hold 39 percent of the world’s 2.8 billion jobs, a higher proportion than ever before, “the best paid jobs are overwhelmingly reserved for men,” the confederation said.