natural resources

Learning to Love (and Value) Ecosystem Services

by: Joel Makower

treehugger2 Ecosystems must be viewed as huge capital assets, affected by nearly all development and investment decisions, according to a report released this week.

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Thinking in terms of business ecosystems

by: Dominic Basulto

This thought-provoking cartoon, distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate, is called Unclestiltskin. What happens to America when we deplete all of our natural resources and realize that we've squandered away our long-term future in favor of short-term profits?

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The Concept of Sustainability: Internal Diversity and Points of Conflict

by: Michael Hoexter

Sustainability has become one of the virtues with which almost every intelligent person and organization wants to associate themselves.

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Biofuels: A Long Detour on the Road to Sustainability?

by: Michael Hoexter

I have watched the development of the biofuels debate from something of a remove but also with a generally positive, well-wishing attitude towards the use of renewable biofuels to substitute for the use of fossil fuel energy. What is not to like about a solution to our energy woes that involves helping farmers and growing green plants?

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Greendimes: A Forest of Profit from the Trees

by: Joel Makower

As the world of sustainability broadens, the distinction among for-profits and nonprofits has tended to blur somewhat.

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A Tale of Two Chinas

by: Joel Makower

Viewing China through an environmental lens these days is like trying to solve a bogus Sudoku puzzle: It just doesn't add up.

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Aspen Ideas Fest: Life, the Universe, and (Almost) Everything

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Eco-Destination Brands

by: David Wigder

"Your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from that of your competitors.” — from Small Business Encyclopedia, Entrepreneur.com

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Environmentalism as the Pathway from Poverty

by: Joel Makower

A report released today by World Resources Institute challenges conventional approaches by environmentalists and economists in the battle against poverty.

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