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Water as Corporate Sustainability Driver

I recently heard Bruce Karas, Coca Cola’s VP of Environment and Sustainability, speak about that corporation’s continuing efforts to embed sustainability in their culture. And, while he was referring specifically to the beverage maker’s activities and increasing awareness, I kept seeing how what Coke was doing was based on larger truths to which more corporations […]

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Synthetic-free Green Gardening

There are two main reasons why using synthetic chemicals on your garden should be a no-no. Firstly, unless you get the balance absolutely perfect, the reality is that a large portion of the synthetic fertilisers you add to your garden will not be absorbed by the plants, but rather washed from the soil into the […]

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Nanotechnology and Environmental Sustainability

Some of the most significant challenges facing global society in the 21st century involve the sustainability of the environment (water, soil and air quality), energy, health and food.  Existing technologies have had a profound effect on the environment, releasing formidable pollutants into the environment and depleting natural resources. Nanotechnology, the science of the extremely small, […]

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SAY NO! To Global Shale Gas Fracking’s Final Human Descent into Ecocidal Barbarity

It is simply wrong to blow up the Earth destroying scarce water for limited energy with no climate benefits as purported. New science shows shale gas fracking is equally damaging to climate as other fossil fuels including coal, and last week there was a major toxic fracking water release into Pennsylvania’s waterways; yet fracking remains […]

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Alien Giant Tortoise Helps Restore Ecosystem

Rather than wreaking havoc on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean — as alien species can sometimes do — a giant tortoise appears to be helping to restore the native ecosystem. Wildlife scientists introduced Aldabra giant tortoises — which can reach up to 661 pounds (300 kilograms) — to an island, called Ile aux […]

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Why We Must Learn From The Biosphere To Build Green Economies

Interested in ecological economics? (And if you call yourself an environmentalist or are even minimally concerned about green issues, you should be.) Then here are two important pieces you should be paying attention to from the past couple of days: Some good news from the National Wildlife Federation on abandoning GDP as the most important […]

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10 Eco-Friendly Winter Warmers

South Africa: In the thick of winter we’re going to want to keep warm and cosy! We’re not going to want to give up any of those winter comforts, and being conservative about using energy won’t necessarily be at the top of our list of priorities. While the temperature is still pleasant, what you may […]

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Organic and Conventional Farming Methods Compete to Eliminate Weed Seeds in Soil

Weeds are hard to kill; they seem to come back no matter what steps people take to eradicate them. One reason is because of the persistence of weed seeds in the soil. Organic farming and conventional farming systems both have their methods of taking on weed seeds, but does one show better results than the […]

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Bamboo Flooring: Affordable and Environmentally Friendly

Bamboo floor covering has long been considered a luxury item, reserved only for wealthy floor design aficionados. Used for thousands of years as decor, until recently, few people considered covering their floors with the attractively slick, almost see-through look.  As a result, real bamboo covered floor coverings–fashioned after the delicate bamboo stalk–were a rarity. But […]

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