resources management

A Simple Life or Green Living Are Not the Solutions. They Distract Us from the Real Number One Problem

I was hearing a group of designers here in Boston saying that the only way to solve our sustainability problems is to simplify our life and go back to creating less garbage. They went on to suggest that if the government decides to stop collecting garbage, and they end up piling up in our backyard or frontyard, we would then feel the problem and start living a simple life - a radical idea but a silly one that doesn’t work. Why don’t we go back to riding horses and we do that, we will have some serious horseshit problem to deal with.

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Environmentalism and Software

by: Sigurd Rinde

Drive a hybrid. Buy carbon-dioxide offset points when flying. Use the bike. Things you and I can do.

Renewable energy. R&D funding. Taxes on fuel. Tax rebates. Stuff our governments can do.

All good, all important.

Then I read Robert's post about the trend of VCs leaving the computer world and embracing environmentalism - investing in energy saving technologies and the like.

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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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“Syriana” and the BP Pipeline Controversy

by: Michael Hoexter

This week I finally got around to renting “Syriana” on DVD. “Syriana”, multiply nominated for the Oscars last year, is the latest movie by Stephen Gaghan, the writer/director of “Traffic” which was also recognized with numerous awards.

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Is Climate Change the Next Big Investment Opportunity?

by: Joel Makower

Here's an inconvenient truth: For all the handwringing over the negative bottom-line impacts of climate change for most companies, a handful of large corporate interests may come out winners, creating potentially profitable opportunities for forward-thinking investors.

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The Green Chemistry Mandate

by: Joel Makower

The search for greener chemicals has, in just a few short years, moved from a mission to a mandate.

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Quick Takes: Green Plastic, Cleaner Trash Trucks, Showerless Thursdays, and More

by: Joel Makower

News, new resources, and other noteworthy items on sustainable business, clean technology, and related topics seem to be crossing my desk -- and my desktop -- at an accelerating pace. Herewith is the first in an irregular series of quick takes on items worth passing on:

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Europe's Ecological Footprint

by: Joel Makower

How many Earths does it take to feed a continent?

A new report shows that Europe uses 20% of the biosphere's services to serve 7% of the world's population -- a resource demand that has risen nearly 70% since 1961.

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