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Environment

Devaluing a controversial currency

December 16th, 2011  |  Source: Al Jazeera

Fourteen African countries use a currency that hurts their economies and benefits their former colonial master, France.

Three weeks ago, a rumour emerged that the CFA franc - two closely-related currencies used by 14 countries in western and central Africa - would be devalued by 35 per cent on January 1, 2012.


The World's Best Sustainability Idea: The Gold In Human Waste

December 13th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes

Katerva, a new nonprofit set up to recognize and support stand-out sustainability efforts around the world, has just announced the winner of an award competition it hopes will be like a Nobel prize in the broad and somewhat amorphous field of sustainability: Sanergy, a company that builds low-cost toilets in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and converts the waste into fuel and fertilizer.

For the full story in Forbes go to: 


Campaign and Lobbying Expenditures Promote Fracking Big Time

November 15th, 2011  |  Source: NPQ

Source: Common Cause | The venerable clean government organization, Common Cause, has an excellent, digestible report available on the politics—or the money in politics—concerning the “fracking” controversy. The report describes the problems with fracking:


Where's the Money, Jon Corzine?

November 14th, 2011  |  Source: The Motley Fool

 

This should be a really easy question for former MF Global (OTC: MFGLQ) CEO Jon Corzine. We should be able to ask, "So, Corzine, where is the money?" and he'd point us in the right direction.

But in the wake of MF Global's whirlwind bankruptcy, that question has been anything but easy.


Trouble in Richistan

November 11th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The dream – or myth – of mobility was the glue that helped keep America together


What does it take to get a new lobbyist around here?

November 10th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

In “The Broken Contract“, his essay in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, New Yorker staff writer George Packer argues that the source of widening US inequality is to be found when…

Organized money and the conservative movement seized the moment back in 1978 to begin a massive, generation-long transfer of wealth to the richest Americans.


A Preoccupying Book About The Future

November 6th, 2011  |  Source: MarketForum.com/Amazon.com

 

By guest reviewer Alex McCallum, Moderator of www.MarketForum.com

Changing Our World: Solutions for a Future

http://www.amazon.com/Changing-Our-World-Solutions-Future/dp/0983100608/...


Facebook Building Massive 120 MW Server Farm Near Arctic Circle

November 2nd, 2011  |  Source: SustainableBusiness.com News

 

Facebook is building Europe's largest server farm near the Arctic Circle in Sweden, because the severe cold will keep the servers cool naturally - lowering the energy required to crunch data from its 800 million users. 


The Lulea Data Center, in Lulea Sweden, will be just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Power for the mammoth 120 megawatt server farm will be supplied by nearby hydropower plants that produce twice the electricity as the Hoover Dam!


Zipcar's Impact On How People Use Cars Is Enormous

October 29th, 2011  |  Source: Fast Company

After a year of Zipcar availability in Baltimore, a survey finds that Zipcar membership means less driving, more public transportation, more exercise, and better quality of life for everyone.

Zipcar debuted in Baltimore a year ago. The company has since gathered feedback from the new Zipcar drivers there to determine exactly what happens once car sharing is introduced in a city.




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