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The Pachamama Alliance
They aim to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment by bridging the indigenous and modern worlds.

About:
"Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, our programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

Started 1995 by Bill & Lynne Twist.

Their partner in China who localised presenter's manual and video subtitles to Chinese is Huadao Eco-village / SDC in Chengdu / Sichuan.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  Platform  southamerica  USA  China  community  Social_Networking  Social  Social_Media  Education  Ecology  Ecobalance  environmentalism  Environment  Humanitarian  activism  Volunteer  NGO_NPO 
4 weeks ago by eocas
Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
About:
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
5 weeks ago by eocas
one earth
About:
"One Earth (OE) sees a not-so-distant future when humanity and the natural world coexist in harmony. Instead of pockets of nature in a human-controlled world, we envision a thriving wilderness dotted by green cities of the future. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, creating an unprecedented opportunity to protect our natural resources, while providing access to clean air and water, healthy food, and sustainable livelihoods for all people.
[...]
OE Campaign plan that tackles three of the world’s greatest problems — climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water security. It seeks to ensure the resilience of our biosphere through a three-pillar strategy: 100% clean, renewable energy; conservation of 50% of our lands and oceans; and a shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture globally by 2050.
[...]
The OE Climate Model is the first to show the enormous social, environmental, and economic benefits of a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy combined with a portfolio of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) that achieve an estimated 500 billion tonnes of negative emissions, enough to bring our climate back into balance.
[...]
Geospatial computations conducted in the environmental sector, incorporating a wide range of data sets to create a global map called the OE Safety Net, which shows how we can secure the integrity of our biosphere. The map is organized by 190 bioregions: groupings of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecoregions that allow for an analysis of the interdependencies between energy production, environmental conservation, and food and water access in each region."

Powered by Sustainable Markets Foundation and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  foundation  Environment  environmentalism  climatechange  Green-New-Wave  Air  water  foodsystems  Social  Biodiversity  Food_Security  Renewable_Energy  Organic_Agriculture  bigdata  Energiemix  Energy-saving  Energy_Production  USA  Fundraising 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Joanna Macy
From Wiki:
"Joanna Rogers Macy is an environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology."

She is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects (www.workthatreconnects.org), a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change.

Based in California.

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Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Environment  environmentalism  Expert  interview  Philosophy  Ecology  book  workshop  Framework  Social  changemanagement  Consultancy  USA 
january 2019 by eocas
Solar Impulse Foundation - Bridging the gap between ecology and economy
About:
"One of the first to envision ecology through the lens of profitability, Bertrand Piccard has always advocated that protection of the environment would become a reality only if it was perceived as economically viable and requiring no financial or behavioural sacrifices. He actively speaks out against the absurdity of old and polluting devices and systems, and promotes the benefits of new existing efficient technologies and solutions to motivate governments and industries to take action. A way to prove that solving climate change – rather than an expensive problem – is a fantastic market opportunity."

One of the main programs of the Solar Impulse Foundation is their Label:

"For the first time a label proves the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment
[...]
selecting 1,000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and awarding them the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label.

This label serves as a new and credible symbol that can be applied to products, processes and services and serves as a guarantee of quality to those looking to implement clean solutions, and affords a competitive edge to the innovators behind them.

Assessed by independent experts for their technological feasibility, environmental and socio-economic benefits, and economic profitability, a portfolio of these solutions will be brought to decision-makers to encourage them to adopt much more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies."

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Agrachina  Energy  Energy-saving  Sustainability  Label  award  foundation  Switzerland  Innovation  Environment  environmentalism  Technology  SocialEntrepreneur  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  ecological  Economy  climatechange 
january 2019 by eocas
Earth Rights Institute
About:
"Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

ERI takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world's poorest communities. ERI advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally.

We are affiliated with the IU as a United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) for these UN Departments

- ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)
- UN Habitat
- UNCSD (United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development)
- UN Finance and Development

[...] offer online courses: 'Become a Leader in Sustainable Development' and 'Course on Land Rights, Land Value Taxation and Commons Rent'"

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Agrachina  Africa  USA  NGO_NPO  Platform  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Research  Consultancy  Environment  Social  community  Rural_Development  sustainable  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
The Nature Conservancy - TNC
About:
"Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
[...]
From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives."

Charitable environmental organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Active in 72 countries. Chinese branch 大自然保护协会 (dà zìrán bǎohù xiéhuì), office in Beijing (DNC compound at No. 9 Jianwai Dajie) with local website (http://tnc.org.cn).

Closely affiliated with Alibaba / Jack Ma, they jointly run the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF) which focuses on addressing global environmental challenges beyond China’s borders. Between 2011 - 2018 funded 21 projects, around US$ 17 million. Primarily financed by The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees which are: Karen Lo (HK fashion business), Pony Ma Huateng (Tencent), Niu Gensheng (Mengniu Dairy), Ou Yaping (ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance & Shanghai Rockbund Museum), Wu Ying (China Capital Group), Zeng Fanzhi (artist), Zhu Baoguo (pharmaceutical company Joincare Group), Zhao Zhijun (real estate mogul).

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Africa  China  development  Environment  Fundraising  Investor_Relations  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  Biodiversity  Social  environmentalism  Policy  Beijing  Sustainability 
november 2018 by eocas
INBAR - International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
About:
"Intergovernmental organisation of 44 Member States, which promotes the use of bamboo and rattan for environmentally sustainable development and green growth."

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Agrachina  bamboo  Forestry  Environment  sustainable  development  green_promotion  NGO_NPO 
october 2018 by eocas
European Citizen Science Association - For evidence-based sustainable development
ECSA's mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation.

About:
"The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association set up to encourage the growth of the Citizen Science movement in Europe in order to enhance the participation of the general public in scientific processes, mainly by initiating and supporting citizen science projects as well as performing research on citizen science.
[...]
ECSA draws on +200 individual and organizational members from over 28 countries across the European Union and beyond, having become a European reference network of Citizen Science initiatives. ECSA field of activities:

- H2020 projects (http://www.horizon2020projects.com)
- Contributing to policy briefs
- Open science policy platform
- Development of principles for good practice in citizen science.

Strategic competencies:

- Promoting Sustainability through Citizen Science,
- Building a Think Tank for Citizen Science,
- Developing Participatory Methods for Cooperation, Empowerment and Impact.

Our Mission is to connect citizens and science through fostering active participation."

Registered NPO in Berlin / Germany.

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Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  Innovation  Sustainability  sustainable  development  decentralization  Research  Platform  Germany  NGO_NPO  Biodiversity  climatechange  Environment  environmentalism  Legal  community  democracy 
april 2018 by eocas
World Resources Institute
About:
"WRI is a (Washington / USA-based) global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our more than 700 experts and staff turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.
[...]
We envision an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources. We aspire to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.
[...]
Our "count it - change it - scale it" Approach:

1. Count It
[...] analysis identifies risks, unveils opportunities, and informs smart strategies.

2. Change It
We use our research to influence government policies, business strategies, and civil society action. We test projects with communities, companies, and government agencies to build a strong evidence base. Then, we work with partners to deliver change on the ground that alleviates poverty and strengthens society.

3. Scale It
We work with partners to adopt and expand our efforts regionally and globally."

p.s. Well-balanced article about sustainable fashion:
http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/what-we-know-and-need-know-about-sustainable-fashion

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Research  China  Sustainability  Environment  environmentalism  Analysis  civilsociety  community 
february 2018 by eocas
Auroville
About:
"Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world.

The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the concept was developed and put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
[...]
The Aurovilians come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.
[...]
A 109-hectare area to the north of the Peace Area, the Industrial Zone, a zone for "green" industries, is focused on Auroville's efforts towards a self-supporting township. It will contain small and medium-scale industries, training centres, arts and crafts, and the city's administration.
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The city area with a radius of 1.25 km. will be surrounded by a Green Belt of 1.25 km width. As a zone for organic farms, dairies, orchards, forests, and wildlife areas, this belt will act as a barrier against urban encroachment, provide a variety of habitats for wildlife, and serve as a source for food, timber, medicines etc. and as a place for recreation.

Presently an area of 405 hectares, the Green Belt - though incomplete - stands as an example of successful transformation of wasteland into a vibrant eco-system. Its further planned extension with an additional 800 hectares will make it into a remarkable demonstration site for soil and water conservation, ground water recharge, and environmental restoration."

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Agrachina  Permaculture  india  Sustainability  farm  Ecosystem  ecological  Ecology  Rural_Development  Environment  environmentalism  Philosophy  sustainable  sustainablecompany  community  Organic  Organic_Farm  Organic_Education  Craftsmanship  GreenArchitecture 
january 2018 by eocas
Social Innovation Offers Five Golden Opportunities to the Apparel Industry
Intro:
"The global apparel industry has grown significantly in the past decade, but at a heavy environmental and social cost. Social innovation can bring healthier, more holistic future growth."

In collaboration with NPO Ashoka.

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fashionmeetsorganic  agrachina  innovation  textile  sustainability  industry  supplychain  environment  social  ngo_npo  report 
january 2018 by eocas
Blockchain for Social Impact (BSIC)
About:
"BSIC incubates, develops, and implements confederated blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We aim to inspire, federate, and create bridges between NGO’s, and government agencies, foundations, impact investors, philanthropists and technologists by focusing on the following focus sectors:

Financial Inclusion
Supply Chain
Identity & Vulnerable Populations
Energy & Environment

We promote the creation of Ethereum blockchain solutions and applications which address social and environmental issues. By working to shift economic and social paradigms through blockchain technology, we increase the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.

We are currently pursuing opportunities in each of the below areas:

Consulting
Research and publications
Hackathons
Meet-ups
Annual Conference
Speaking Opportunities

The Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition is an initiative of ConsenSys, a venture production studio based in Brooklyn, NY."

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Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  incubator  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Planning  Business  blockchain  Social  Environment  NGO_NPO  foundation  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Finance  SupplyChain  Sustainability  Consultancy  Conference  Research  Tech  Venture_Capital 
january 2018 by eocas
Designing Regenerative Cultures - book by Daniel Christian Wahl
Foreword:
"This is a ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ for the 21st century: an impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s wrong with our societies, organizations, ideologies, worldviews and cultures – and how to put them right. The book covers the finance system, agriculture, design, ecology, economy, sustainability, organizations and society at large.

In this remarkable book, Daniel Wahl explores ways in which we can reframe and understand the crises that we currently face and explores how we can live our way into the future. Moving from patterns of thinking and believing to our practice of education, design and community living, he systematically shows how we can stop chasing the mirage of certainty and control in a complex and unpredictable world.

The book asks how can we collaborate in the creation of diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the unique biocultural conditions of place? How can we create conditions conducive to life?"

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Agrachina  book  Sustainability  design  Culture  Cultivation  Eco  Ecobalance  Ecology  Environment  environmentalism  Research  material  climatechange  Permaculture  Organic_Agriculture  Education  Organic_Education 
december 2017 by eocas
The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid
Excerpts:
"When a company makes a decision that is destructive to the environment, for instance, it is not because there are bad or unintelligent people in charge: Directors typically have a fiduciary responsibility that makes the bottom line their only priority. They serve a function, and if they don’t, others can take their place. If something goes wrong — which is to say, if something endangers profit making — they can serve as convenient scapegoats, but any stupid or dangerous decisions they make result from being personifications of capital.
[...]
The intelligence of the brightest people around is no match for the rampant stupidity of capitalism.
[...]
But the burden of justification should not fall on the shoulders of those putting forward an alternative. For anyone who has really thought about the climate crisis, it is capitalism, and not its transcendence, that is in need of justification. And don’t be surprised, or fooled, when its defenders point to the tireless work of intelligent people."

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Agrachina  Lifesnippets  climatechange  Politics  Economy  Environment  environmentalism  System  Analysis 
december 2017 by eocas
Blockchain Development Company (aka "EcoChain")
Platform for eco-friendly crypto projects. Ethereum-based token to support sustainability (environmental and humanitarian impact) projects via (their) ecosystem. First three dApps projects in renewables, recycling and provenance:

EcoChain
Invest directly in renewable energy projects of your choice around the world.

RecycleToCoin
Earn income by trading in your plastic and cans.

FoodTrax
Guarantee what you buy is what you see on the label.

Established foundation in Scotland / UK.

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Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  blockchain  Eco  ecological  Sustainability  Environment  Humanitarian  Renewable_Energy  Recycling  Transparency  food  foodsystems  Ecosystem  Investor_Relations  Platform  decentralization  UK 
october 2017 by eocas
CASVI - China Alliance of Social Value Investment-Shenzhen (社会价值投资联盟)
About:
"First licensed non-profit-organization specializing in social value (impact) investment promotion in China. Initiated by 50 prominent institutions led by YouChange Social Entrepreneur Foundation, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Investment Association of China, Tsing Capital Investment.
[...]
The pursuit of social value, sustainable returns and measurable evaluation should be attached with the same importance, and the economic incentives and social goals should be combined. Hence, the enterprises, social organization, masses and government can be encouraged to work effectively and jointly push forward the sustainable development of the economy and society.
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social issues like polarization between the rich and the poor, environmental protection, climate change
[...]
effective approach is to unite the government, market and social departments for joint social innovation action, and guide the good capital or patient capital to enterprises or organizations which are adept in identifying social issues and provide sustainable solutions. Only in this way can the antagonism between the society and commerce be broken, and a new social ecological system developed.
[...]
Supply-demand analysis framework report on the diversified subjects and mechanisms that promote social value investment in China."

Key elements:
- Implementation rules for the government to purchase public service from the society
- Infrastructure construction in relation to social value investment market
- Researches on the concept framework and ecology of social value investment
- Responsible consumption and procurement should be advocated
- Social value investment should be introduced to the reform of state-owned enterprises and public institution.
- Laws and policy systems concerned should be improved, market players and service organizations (incl. Advisory Committee) should be developed.

Investment fields:
- Inclusive Financing
- Intelligent Manufacturing
- Green Agriculture
- Health & Pension
- Green Energy
- Education Quality

Three-A Model for social value investment:
1. Aim,
2. Approach,
3. Action.

Policy recommendations in consideration of:
- Definition difficulty,
- Imbalanced participants,
- Incomplete chain development
- Undefined system framework
- Inadequate tools

Based in Shenzhen.

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China  Agrachina  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business_Advisory_relevant  NGO_NPO  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  development  Sustainability  Environment  goodgovernance  Policy  Research  Finance  Manufacturing  Green-New-Wave  Greentech  GreenArchitecture  Energy  Education  Innovation  Ecology 
october 2017 by eocas
Experts: China won't meet 2030 air quality standards by solely enforcing end-of-pipe controls (Original: 专家:仅靠末端控制,2030年空气质量无法达标)
Summary by Lauri Myllyvirta from Greenpeace China:
"Important Qinghua study: 30% of Chinese cities can't meet air quality standards with end-of-pipe controls only - China needs to cut coal to 35% of total energy, end small-scale coal use, cut heavy industry output by 25% and CO2 by 17% to meet even current air quality standards."

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China  Agrachina  Energy  Energiemix  Standardization  Environment  Policy  Research  NGO_NPO  coal  Renewable_Energy  Industry  Air  Pollution 
september 2017 by eocas
The Global Land Outlook (GLO)
About:
"The loss in both the quality and quantity of healthy and productive land resources is an immediate global concern, especially in developing countries and those with a high proportion of fragile and vulnerable drylands. As a symbol and global champion of such concerns, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recognizes that halting and reversing land degradation is one of the key sustainable development priorities for most countries.

In response to this global challenge, the UNCCD secretariat and its partners identified the need to create a strategic communications publication and platform, entitled the Global Land Outlook (GLO), in order to facilitate insightful debate and discourse on a new and transformative vision for land management policies, planning and practices at global, regional and national scales.

The first edition of the GLO, published in September 2017 in both print and digital formats, was made possible with supporting partners such as the European Commission, the Governments of Korea, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and the United Nations Development Program. A GLO Steering Committee, composed primarily of representatives from the partner organizations listed below, was instrumental in guiding its development."

Condensed overview:
www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/third-of-earths-soil-acutely-degraded-due-to-agriculture-study

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Africa  Agrachina  Biodiversity  Land_Rejuvenation  NGO_NPO  Report  European_Union  Switzerland  Korea  Netherlands  Sustainability  Environment  erosion  Study 
september 2017 by eocas
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
About:
"Established in 1994, the United Nations to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. In the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) that was adopted in 2007, Parties to the Convention further specified their goals:

'to forge a global partnership to reverse and prevent desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected areas in order to support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability'

The UNCCD secretariat facilitates cooperation between developed and developing countries, particularly around knowledge and technology transfer for sustainable land management.

As the dynamics of land, climate and biodiversity are intimately connected, the UNCCD collaborates closely with the other two Rio Conventions; the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to meet these complex challenges with an integrated approach and the best possible use of natural resources."

One of their strategic communication platforms is the Global Land Outlook (GLO) which in 201709 published an extensive report:
http://knowledge.unccd.int/knowledge-products-and-pillars/access-capacity-policy-support-technology-tools/global-land-outlook

UNCCD's 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification (COP13) also took place in 201709 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

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Agrachina  Desertification  Land_Rejuvenation  erosion  Policy  China  innermongolia  Environment  Sustainability  development  Rural_Development  environmentalism  Biodiversity  climatechange  Research  Research_Papers  Research_Report_Database 
september 2017 by eocas
Capturing the Rains: A Comparative Study of Chinese Involvement in Cameroon’s Hydropower Sector
Working paper by Yunnan Chen and David Landry from the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative.

Abstract:
"[...] could contribute to energy infrastructure and security. However, many of China’s hydropower projects remain controversial both domestically and overseas due to their social and environmental impacts, and perceived lack of transparency. This paper compares two partially-complete hydropower projects in Cameroon financed and constructed in the last five years: one financed by China Eximbank, the other financed by a multilateral consortium led by the World Bank. The single country case study offers an opportunity to evaluate the projects’ tendering, approval, and implementation processes by the Cameroonian government, and to examine how the different financing arrangements have influenced implementation and approaches to environmental and social impacts and mitigation. Although both projects show similarities in their adherence to domestic laws and organizational regulations, the degree and rigor of implementation and the involvement of financiers in the process differs considerably."

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import_simplenote  Agrachina  Research  China  Africa  Energy  Energy_Production  cameroon  Social  Environment  Finance 
november 2016 by eocas
Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula
Intro:
"Stylish, affordable clothing has been a hit with shoppers. Now companies are trying to reduce its social and environmental costs."

Excerpt:
"As consumer spending increases, especially in emerging economies, the clothing industry's environmental impact could expand greatly; the World Bank estimates between 2015 and 2015 a rise of CO2 emissions by 77%, water use by 20% and land use by 7%."

Conclusion:
"Production methods that are more sustainable may cost slightly more, but they can also spur innovation and protect businesses from supply-chain shocks and reputation risks, resulting in greater resilience and profitability."

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sustainability  sustainable  fashion  textile  environment  Ethical_fashion  Statistics  Politics  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Consumerism  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
The Natural Step - Accelerate the transition to a sustainable society
NPO founded in founded in Sweden in 1989 by Karl-Henrik Robèrt.

They attempt to draft the following definition of sustainability:

"The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society - A Science-Based Definition of Sustainability:

-> Framework For Strategic Sustainable Development revolves around a robust, science-based definition of sustainability. “Robust” means that the principles contained in this definition are both necessary and enough to achieve sustainability. They are also applicable to any activity at any scale and they don’t overlap (each principle covers its own domain).
[...]
Scientifically ... four system conditions ... basic sustainability principles:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing …

1. … concentrations of substances from the earth’s crust (such as fossil CO2 and heavy metals),

2. … concentrations of substances produces by society (such as antibiotics and endocrine disruptors),
3. … degradation by physical means (such as deforestation and draining of groundwater tables),

4. ... in that society … there are no structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning."

They developed the ABCD PROCESS to help interested companies to apply the rules for sustainability to their core business model, to improve long-term value creation. Steps:

A. Awareness: ‘whole-systems’ definition to build a vision

B. Baseline assessment: Conduct a sustainability ‘gap analysis’ of the major flows and impacts of the organisation. Assist organisations to identify critical sustainability issues, their business implications, and strategic opportunities for change.

C. Creative solutions: Innovative ways to realize vision by re-shaping mission, strategy and organization.

D. Devise a plan: Milestone plan with first steps, “low hanging fruits” and longer term planning."

Have branch offices and partners in Sweden, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, China, Israel, Germany.

In Switzerland their org
Sustainability  Ecobalance  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Switzerland  Sweden  Consultancy  research  Report  Netherlands  Germany  China  Israel  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
september 2016 by eocas
Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion
Abstract:
"The clothing industry employs 25 million people globally contributing to many livelihoods and the prosperity of communities, to women’s independence, and the establishment of significant infrastructures in poorer countries. Yet the fashion industry is also a significant contributor to the degradation of natural systems, with the associated environmental footprint of clothing high in comparison with other products.

Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion recognizes the complexity of aligning fashion with sustainability. It explores fashion and sustainability at the levels of products, processes, and paradigms and takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to critically question and suggest creative responses to issues of:

• Fashion in a post-growth society

• Fashion, diversity and equity

• Fashion, fluidity and balance across natural, social and economic systems"

Written by Kate Fletcher (also wrote 'Craft of Use - Post-Growth Fashion' and 'Sustainable Fashion and Textiles') and Mathilda Tham (Lecturer in Design, Co-Programme Leader Design Futures and Metadesign at Goldsmiths, University of London)

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sustainability  sustainable  fashion  sourcing  Eco  apparel  dying  environment  Tutorial  Education  research  clothing  Pollution  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Manufacturing  Fashionmeetsorganic 
september 2016 by eocas
MADE-BY / MODE Tracker
About:
"MADE-BY launched in 2004 in direct response to growing consumer concern in Europe over social and environmental issues in the fashion industry. Multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation with offices in Amsterdam, London and Dusseldorf.

Its mission is to make sustainable fashion common practice. To achieve this, it works with fashion brands to develop and implement sustainable strategies that improve the environmental and social conditions across their operations and entire supply chains in a commercially sensitive way.

MADE-BY has developed a range of tools and processes that enable brands to measure and monitor their sustainability progress. They include the Textile Wet Processing Benchmark, the Environmental Benchmark of Fibres, Benchmark for Social Standards. In addition, the company has re-developed its transparency solutions supporting brands with supply chain mapping, risk assessment and traceability."

Since 2016 MODE Tracker:
"Sustainability scores for fashion brands and retailers which are truly transparent and independently verified. There are eight areas that are assessed: people, product, manufacturing, packaging and transport, own operations, use and durability, product waste and transparency. Companies must choose product and people plus one other. Each cube is broken down into three ascending levels:

1) build foundation and set ambition;
2) make steady progress and
3) adopt best industry practice.

MODE Tracker is complementary to other sustainability indices like Global Reporting Initiative and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index. What differentiates it is the use of third-party evidence based verification, its breadth and depth, its simple visuals and short summaries, its inclusion of consumers among its target audiences and its holistic approach.

HAG
sustainability  Netherlands  Germany  UK  transparency  retail  Supply  Chain  Business_Planning  ecological  environment  label  Standardization  Fashion  Politics  agency  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2016 by eocas
MTP (Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project)
About:
"Since 2007 aims to raise community awareness [...] By planting trees in Inner Mongolia, the Million Tree Project is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions there [...] fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees.
[...]
Land exploitation such as overgrazing and over-farming have degraded the land of Tongliao Municipality, and the now desertified area is expanding at an astonishing rate.
[...]
This project will reforest the area in order to revitalize the land and block the sandstorms.
[...]
Planted the first million trees in 2012.
[...}
Besides planting, community and education programs are implemented through our program to raise awareness and assist local living standards, ensuring positive impacts and project sustainability."

HAG
environment  environmentalism  activism  Sustainability  urban  gardening  Green-New-Wave  GreenArchitecture  Ecobalance  China  Shanghai  NGO_NPO  Ecology  rural_development  climatechange  erosion  community  education  innermongolia  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
Today's Fight for the Future of Fashion - Is there room for fast fashion in a Beautiful China?
Report summary:
"Water risks faced by the global fashion industry against a backdrop of a Beautiful China “where the sky is blue, the land is green and the water runs clear”. Also explored are opportunities and the “future of fashion”.

Key risks and opportunities covered in the brief are:

Dirty thirsty fashion: a clear target in ‘Beautiful China’;
Short-term risks: Water Ten Plan;
Stricter enforcement: new environmental law & policies;
Long-term risks: high raw material exposure, soil clean-up & ‘Made In China 2025’;
High reputational risk: continued NGO pressure & the new Chinese consumer;
Brand rankings on sustainability: leaders & laggards; and
The future of fashion: closing the loop & who can help.
There are clear short and long term business & financial impacts for the global fashion industry in a Beautiful China, but opportunities are also abound. Get updated and on top of these and find out what this means for OEMS and brands now!"

HAG
fashion  textile  China  sustainability  research  environment  Pollution  Legal  cotton  India  leather  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Manufacturing  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2016 by eocas
What does organic wool mean?
Excerpts:
"[grazing sheep] help to improve the soil’s ability to absorb water, maintain its original nutrient balance and therefore increase the organic matter in the soil, making the soil an effective carbon bank.
[...]
Standards for organic livestock production:
- Feed and forage used for the sheep from the last third of gestation must be certified organic
- Synthetic hormones and genetic engineering are prohibited
- Use of synthetic pesticides on pastureland is prohibited
- Sheep cannot be treated with parasiticides
- Good cultural and management practices of livestock
- No mulesing (folds of skin around the sheep’s anus are cut off. Common in Australia)
[...]
Important: USDA and OTA organic wool designations: the organic certification extends only to livestock – it doesn’t cover the further processing of the raw wool.
[...]
Scouring, the process of washing the wool uses lots of water, energy and causes contaminated waste water.
[...]
(No) conventional detergents used in wool scouring include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) or fatty alcohol ethoxylates (more benign); sodium carbonate (soda ash), sodium chloride and sodium sulphate. APEOs are known to be toxic for aquatic life – e.g. causing feminization of male fish.
[...]
Wool in conventional weaving, dying and finishing often treated for moth and beetle protection, which can cause neutrotoxic effects in humans.
[...]
International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) has adopted a new organic wool standard (closely aligned with GOTS).
[...]
“Eco wool” must meet the standards set by the EU Eco-label."

HAG
Animal_Welfare  Organic  Australia  textile  Ecology  Water_Pollution  water  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Livestock  certification  Certified_Emission_Reductions  Carbon_Trade  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Organic_Fertilizer  Organic_Products  Organic_Textile  organic_education  organic_info  Sustainability  Standardization  Label  European_Food_and_Safety_Authority  environment  import_agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  climatechange  usa 
august 2016 by eocas
What does organic wool mean?
Excerpts:
"[grazing sheep] help to improve the soil’s ability to absorb water, maintain its original nutrient balance and therefore increase the organic matter in the soil, making the soil an effective carbon bank.
[...]
Standards for organic livestock production:
- Feed and forage used for the sheep from the last third of gestation must be certified organic
- Synthetic hormones and genetic engineering are prohibited
- Use of synthetic pesticides on pastureland is prohibited
- Sheep cannot be treated with parasiticides
- Good cultural and management practices of livestock
- No mulesing (folds of skin around the sheep’s anus are cut off. Common in Australia)
[...]
Important: USDA and OTA organic wool designations: the organic certification extends only to livestock – it doesn’t cover the further processing of the raw wool.
[...]
Scouring, the process of washing the wool uses lots of water, energy and causes contaminated waste water.
[...]
(No) conventional detergents used in wool scouring include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) or fatty alcohol ethoxylates (more benign); sodium carbonate (soda ash), sodium chloride and sodium sulphate. APEOs are known to be toxic for aquatic life – e.g. causing feminization of male fish.
[...]
Wool in conventional weaving, dying and finishing often treated for moth and beetle protection, which can cause neutrotoxic effects in humans.
[...]
International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) has adopted a new organic wool standard (closely aligned with GOTS).
[...]
“Eco wool” must meet the standards set by the EU Eco-label."

HAG
Organic_Certification  organic  Organic_Textile  wool  organic_fabric  Animal_Welfare  sustainability  label  Standardization  environment  Ethical_fashion  ethics  Eco  dying  eco_fabric  ecological  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2016 by eocas
The Legacy of the Obama Administration: An Interview With Noam Chomsky
Excerpt of Noam Chomsky's conclusion of his assessment of Obama's (administration) two terms:

"In General: Much smooth rhetoric, some positive steps, some regression, overall not a very impressive record. That seems to me a fair assessment, even putting aside the quite extraordinary stance of the Republican party, which made it clear right after Obama's election that they were, substantially, a one-issue party: prevent the president from doing anything, no matter what happens to the country and the world."

HAG
Politics  Philosophy  Energy  Environment  USA  Media  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
august 2016 by eocas
Odoo PyCharm Templates
Odoo supposedly is lacking support from most IDEs like PyCharm and Eclipse. Odoo partner SerpentCS has developed these templates so it provides auto-complete functionality for increased productivity and to radically reduce typing errors.

Supports adding new models, building of basic views, adding fields to existing models (Model Inheritance), add fields to existing views (View Inheritance), add new security groups and add basic reports structure and some more.

Video Tutorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vytzDo33qdM

HAG
Odoo  Python  Software_Engineering  Web_Development  Application  Development  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Productivity  Template  tutorial  utility  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
august 2016 by eocas
Setup Odoo development on OS X with PyCharm
Intro:
"Do you want to start with developing on your Mac or you already used tools like vagrant or docker and this is too slow for you? I show you how to run odoo locally without using virtualisation and how you configure PyCharm to be able to start the integrated debugger.

In this blogpost we use the Python and PostgreSQL packages from Homebrew. We create a virtual environment for Python and install the necessary packages with pip. At the end we configure PyCharm to use the created virtual environment ('virtualenv')."

Posts on virtualenv best-practice use-cases:
www.theodo.fr/blog/2015/04/docker-and-virtualenv-a-clean-way-to-locally-install-python-dependencies-with-pip-in-docker

https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2015/03/docker-deploy-double-dutch.html

Post which prefers (see writers latest conclusion in the comments on Dec 2015) for Docker over virtualenv:
www.markbetz.net/2014/01/17/python-if-you-have-docker-do-you-need-virtualenv

HAG
Application  Development  Web_Development  Odoo  utility  IDE  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Python  Virtualization  PostgreSQL  Use_Cases  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
august 2016 by eocas
EWG's 2016 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ * Summary *
Yearly report which wants to illustrate the differences between organic and conventional Farming.

Excerpts:
" Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues - a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without synthetic chemicals.
[...]
USDA tests found a total 146 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetable samples examined in 2014. The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA - even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
[...]
The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the "Dirty Dozen") are:
Apples
Peaches
Nectarines
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)
Potatoes "
[...]
And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the "Clean Fifteen") are:
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Cabbage
Sweet peas (frozen)
Onions
Asparagus
Mangos
Papayas
Kiwi
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Sweet potatoes
[...]
Introduction / overview:
www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17624/12-fruits-veggies-with-the-most-pesticides-2015-dirty-dozen.html

Graphical version to cut out:
https://donate.ewg.org/images/EWG_2016PesticidesInProduceGuide.pdf

HAG
Pesticide  Health  environment  consumer  Consumer_Behavior  Consumer_Rights  consumption  Report  Vegetables  fruits  Fruit_and_Vegetable_Production  import_agrachina  Orcharding  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
The Organic Farmer (TOF) - Magazine / Information service / News for sustainable agriculture in Kenya
About:
"The Organic Farmer (TOF) is an information service for farmers in Kenya and the wider East African region, with a focus on providing practical advice through print (a monthly farmers’ magazine) and broadcast (radio programs). These channels of communication provide farmers with information on environmentally friendly farming methods and advice on how to increase yields using simple, sustainable methods.
[...]
Feedback loops from farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
[...]
Through this platform, TOF aims to facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and experiences from farmer-to-farmer, experts/scientists/researchers to farmers and vice versa."

Started 2005 by Swiss journalist Peter Baumgartner in Nairobi.

HAG
Africa  farming  Farmer_Community  Kenya  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  education  Sustainability  Agricultural_Publication  agriculture  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  Agricultural_Development  environment  environmentalism  Best_practice  platform  Switzerland  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
About:
"Online US grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

HAG
community  NGO_NPO  Consumer_Rights  consumer  consumption  Health  Legal  Sustainability  food  Food_Trade  Food_Trade_Association  food_safety  food_standards  Declaration  Transparency  GMO  agriculture  Corporate_Farming  environment  environmentalism  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Consumer_Behavior  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Market  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_food  organic_education  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  usa 
july 2016 by eocas
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming
Excerpts:
“ Rodale Institute announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil's ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign will call for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology.
[…]
The white paper states that "We could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term "regenerative organic agriculture.""
[…]
cover crops, residue mulching, composting and crop rotation. Conservation tillage, while not yet widely used in organic systems, is a regenerative organic practice integral to soil-carbon sequestration. Other biological farming systems that use some of these techniques include ecological, progressive, natural, pro-soil, and carbon farming.
[…]
encourage new research, new policy and the rapid expansion of regenerative agricultural methods “

HAG
Research_Institutes  Report  research  environment  climatechange  farming  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Sustainability  Soil  agriculture  Carbon_Trade  Ecology  Ecobalance  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
june 2016 by eocas
Report on Opportunities for the City of Seattle for food waste prevention and recovery
Excerpts of media release:
“40% of food in the … ends up in landfills and produces methane emissions that are 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, more than 48 million Americans aren’t getting the food they need and food banks are struggling to meet demand.
[…]
Analyze current food waste prevention and recovery efforts and help develop local strategies.
[…]
Public agencies are in a unique position to foster an integrated local and regional approach that provides support for grocery stores and restaurants wanting to reduce their food waste as well as for organizations striving to make healthier food available to people who need it most.
[…]
Understand the challenges and opportunities of food-generating businesses and anti-hunger agencies in creating a more effective food waste prevention and recovery system
[…]
triple bottom line of improving environmental health, food security and public health.
[…]
11 key recommendations to increase food waste prevention and recovery:

- Develop a food waste and recovery roundtable to foster a comprehensive approach across all sectors
- Develop and implement standard food waste metrics
- Make the case for reducing food waste from the consumer level to the food service industry
- Increase infrastructure and capacity of the emergency food system

The report also identified the challenges faced by anti-hunger agencies, public agencies and food-generating businesses."

HAG
Report  Food_Processing  food  waste  food_security  research  environment  environmentalism  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
june 2016 by eocas
Menus of Change: The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices initiative
About:
"Initiative developed by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
[...]
Working to create a long-term, practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility concerns within the foodservice sector and beyond.
[...]
Our Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus provide chefs and foodservice leaders with menu and recipe guidance related to health and sustainability, along with business strategies that integrate both environmental and nutrition science imperatives.
[...]

Host a leadership summit each June.
[...]
Each year, the Menus of Change Annual Report is developed in collaboration with leading scientists and business experts, who sit on the initiative's Scientific and Technical Advisory Council and Sustainable Business Leadership Council, to ensure the report reflects the most current and accurate evidence available."

HAG
education  food  food_safety  waste  foodsystems  food_standards  Health  environment  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  foundation  community  Report  Best_practice  Tutorial  Sustainability  Business_Model  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
WATER-NOMICS OF THE YANGTZE RIVER ECONOMIC BELT
Abstract:
"This policy brief explores the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB). It is jointly published by China Water Risk and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP-FECO). The brief sets out strategies and recommendations for green development along the river, which is of strategic importance to China. This collaboration expands on China Water Risk’s earlier work on trade- offs within the water-food-energy-climate nexus."

HAG
Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  water  pollution  environment  policy  China  Ecology  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
China’s Soil Ten
Abstract:
"New Soil Ten Plan completes China's pollution plan trifecta. See which industries are hit & how tight deadlines are.
[...]
-Next 2-3 years to focus on large-scale monitoring and finalising plans & laws; reining in chems & heavy metals key
-8 polluting industries targeted but agri, extractives & plastic to be impacted too; provincial location changes impact
-Little mention of financing in Plan, may cost RMB5 trn; Soil Ten is an “extension” of Water Ten; there's no quick fix
[...]
State Council released the ‘Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan’ or “Soil Ten Plan” on 31 May 2016. With all the three pollution “Ten Plans” now issued (Air Ten: Dec 2013; Water Ten: April 2015 and Soil Ten: May 2016), China’s triage of plans to tackle air, water & soil pollution as part of the official war on pollution declared in 2014 is now complete."

HAG
Soil  Soil_Pollution  Soil_Conditions  water  Water_Pollution  air  Pollution  environment  NGO_NPO  policy  China  Sustainability  Report  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
WAFA - The Humanitarian Water and Food Awards
About:
"Their mission is to acknowledge and promote individuals and organisations all over the world that implement sustainable projects to secure water, clean air and food, and empower local communities.
[...]
Holds annually the humanitarian WAF awards to seek and promote sustainable projects."

HAG
water  Water_Resources  Water_Pollution  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Sustainability  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  environment  award  community  NGO_NPO  Air  Pollution  LocaVore  rural_development  Project_Information_Platform  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Carbon Fields
About:
"Developer-oriented library for WordPress custom fields for all types of WordPress content.

It can be used as a library for easy creation of custom fields in the WordPress administration panel.

Custom fields can be created for post types, taxonomy terms, users, comments, options, navigation menus and even widgets."

How it compares to the famous / dominant ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) and CMB2:
"ACF plugin author tends to change the codebase and business model without too much care about backward compatibility which makes maintenance painful for the developers. Not a good idea to build your custom fields through the admin UI — that way you disconnect the field definition from version control, i.e. from the changes in templates that actually render the custom field values. [...] CMB2 limitations: Not all fields can be repeated, no support for nested groups, no flexible content alternative."

Workaround fix for combination with Roots Starter Theme (Bedrock Trellis):
https://github.com/htmlburger/carbon-fields/issues/5

HAG
WordPress  WordPress_Plugins  WordPress_Themes  Web_Design  Web_Development  Web_Form  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
june 2016 by eocas
Preferred Fiber and Materials (PFM) Benchmark Survey - TextileExchange
About:
"Companies who complete the Preferred Fiber and Materials (PFM) Benchmark Survey are rewarded with the opportunity to confidentially benchmark their performance, both internally and against industry peers. You can complete the survey between April 7th – June 3rd 2016 and receive your results in September.

The PFM (Preferred Fiber and Materials) Benchmark provides a robust structure to help companies systematically measure, manage and integrate a preferred fiber and materials strategy into mainstream business operations, to compare progress with the sector, and to transparently communicate performance and progress to stakeholders.

Companies follow a self-assessment process intended to help identify the strengths and the gaps where future progress can be made. By comparing section scores with those achieved by the whole sector, companies can plan improvement efforts and prioritize action areas."

HAG
sourcing  sustainability  Certification  fabric  fabrics  eco  environment  Ethical_fashion  Production  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Manufacturing  Quality_Control  Fashionmeetsorganic  usa 
may 2016 by eocas
Developing a Sustainability Roadmap
Intro:
"In this article, we help you look at your sustainability goals strategically and how you can prioritise you sustainability efforts over both the short and long-term."

Key questions:
- sustainability vision?
- positive impact areas?
- key stakeholders?
- sustainability strategy > activities?
- How measure efforts and understand impacts?

HAG
sustainability  Business_Planning  eco_fashion  Supply  Chain  environment  Ethical_fashion  ethics  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fair_Trade  Fashionmeetsorganic 
may 2016 by eocas
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
About:
"ICRAF is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre (CIGAR = Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, founded 1971 by Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara). ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru.

The Centre’s vision is a rural transformation throughout the tropics as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition security, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF's mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits - both direct and indirect - of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and landscapes, and to disseminate this knowledge to develop policy options and promote policies and practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.

The World Agroforestry Centre is guided by the broad development challenges pursued by the CGIAR. These include poverty alleviation that entails enhanced food security and health, improved productivity with lower environmental and social costs, and resilience in the face of climate change and other external shocks.

ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land and combat climate change.

We receive our funding from many different investors; including governments, private foundations, international organizations and regional development banks. Our work is conducted with partners from a range of scientific and development institutions."

HAG
ICT  IT  Technology  Kenya  Africa  rural_development  Forestry  Smallholder  Agricultural_Development  food  security  Health  environment  sustainability  Research  policy  Agroecology  farming  Fertilizer  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Scaling Sustainable Plastics: Solutions to Drive Plastics towards a Circular Economy
Comment by Plasticity's founder Doug Woodring: "Net Benefit Analysis of scaling up sustainable plastic solutions. This looked at Dell and Algix (plastic from algae). If the industry scaled up their work (replicated it), the advantage to the environment and our communities would be a net gain of US$3.5bn per year!! These are metrics of positive externalities which most managers do not have, or think about, and therefore are making decisions usually based on short term cost factors only. This type of analysis can be used across any sector for any sustainability related decisions."

HAG
Bio-based_Chemicals  sustainability  pollution  environment  material  Research  Recycling  circulareconomy  import_agrachina  Manufacturing  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
VIM
About:
"Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems.

Vim is often called a "programmer's editor," and so useful for programming that many consider it an entire IDE. It's not just for programmers, though. Vim is perfect for all kinds of text editing, from composing email to editing configuration files.

Despite what the above comic suggests, Vim can be configured to work in a very simple (Notepad-like) way, called evim or Easy Vim."

HAG
Editor  Python  IDE  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Web_Development  Application  Development  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  Linux 
april 2016 by eocas
Reusethisbag.com - RTB
About:
"ReuseThisBag.com is the premier supplier of custom non-woven polypropylene Eco-friendly grocery bags. All bags are made from 100% Recyclable Materials. Our stylish grocery bags can be custom imprinted with a company logo."

Awesome infographics: www.reusethisbag.com/reusable-bag-infographics

HAG
pollution  material  environment  education  Research  Recycling  Consumer_Behavior  consumer  Fundraising  Sales_&_Distribution  Logistics  import_agrachina  Manufacturing  Agrachina  usa 
april 2016 by eocas
Conservation International
Wiki: "CI is an American nonprofit environmental organization [...] goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate. Focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities. The organization employs more than 1,000 people and works with 2,000+ partners in more than 30 countries. CI has helped establish 1,200 protected areas across 78 countries and protected more than 730 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas." Example: "In CI's first year, the organization purchased a portion of Bolivia's foreign debt. The money was then redirected to support conservation in the Beni Biosphere Reserve. Since this first-ever debt-for-nature swap, more than $1 billion of similar deals have been made around the world." Main contributor to the environmental short films www.natureisspeaking.org (e.g. with Robert Redford). HAG
NGO_NPO  environment  environmentalism  Research  policy  advocacy  food_safety  Water_Pollution  farmers_livelihod  Investor_relations  Finance  Micro-Financing  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange  usa 
march 2016 by eocas
NetSpring
About: "Through green IT classrooms building and e-waste pollution reduction, NETSPRING is a pioneering social enterprise in China which strives to achieve a sustainable business model in order to help more poverty-stricken children and protect the environment in the long run." Founded by French expats Soline Bich and Chia-Lin Coisepau. Their B2B service is called 'shared value creation’, providing a solution for obsolete computers and help develop an eco-friendly image and when you do something good with your company it increases employee loyalty. HAG
waste  Decontamination  technology  education  Greentech  SocialEntrepreneur  Recycling  rural_development  Rural_Economy  Stakeholder_Management  China  NGO_NPO  volunteer  France  HR  environment  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
EyeSteelFilm
Wiki:
"Montreal-based Canadian cinema production company, dedicated to socially engaged cinema, bringing social and political change through cinematic expression."

China-Canadian director Yung CHANG 张侨勇, maker of the documentary films 'Up the Yangtze' or 'China Heavyweight' are also part of it.

HAG
Movie  Culture  China  Canada  Documentary  Environment  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
march 2016 by eocas
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
About: "United Nations-supported initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices." Founded in 2006 by Kofi Annan and James Gifford and others. The ESG-centric (environmental, social, governance) six principles are: 1. incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes 2. active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices 3. seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest 4. promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry 5. work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles 6. report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles HAG
sustainability  policy  Investor_relations  politics  Trade_Policy  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  environment  Stakeholder_Management  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Cool cotton – how to reduce the climate change impact of the world’s dirtiest crop
Excerpts: "switching to organic cotton could reduce the global warming impact of cotton production by 46% compared to non-organic cotton. Organic cotton would also reduce consumption of scarce fresh water by over 90% and energy use by over 60%. [...] cotton is responsible for 16% of global insecticide use [...] one tonne of non-organic cotton produces 1.8 tonnes of CO2e [...] the organic cotton produced in 2013/14 saved the equivalent of nearly 95,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of freshwater compared to non-organic. The energy saved could have kept a 60-watt lightbulb going for over 57,000 years, and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was the equivalent of driving a car around the world over 14,000 times. [...] In 2014, the global market for organic cotton grew by 67% and is now worth an estimated $15.7 billion. [...] Global production of organic cotton is estimated to increase by 15-20% in 2014/15. [...] yields were just 14% lower but costs were 38% lower." HAG
organic  cotton  Market_Report  environment  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic 
january 2016 by eocas
The True Cost
A documentary film about the exploitation and waste that the fashion industry carries with it. HAG
Education  environment  Fair_Trade  Pollution  Fashion  Politics  eco_fashion  sustainability  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
january 2016 by eocas
Dyeing machines, dosing systems, hydro-extractors and laboratory equipment out of one hand
Introduction from Ecotextile.com: "MILAN – A Swiss-based dyeing machine builder has launched brand new technology that it claims can dye 100 per cent cotton and blended fabrics using as little as 17.5 litres of water per kilogram of fabric. This is a massive improvement on conventional cotton dyeing – where typically it can take between 50 – 100 litres of water to dye just one kilogram of fabric. The new machine is being used to jet dye open-width fabric wrapped around a rotating beam, which runs at speeds of between 100 – 200 rpm. The centrifugal force generated by the spinning beam extracts contaminated water from the fabric roll during the dyeing process and claims to give significant water, energy and chemical savings." HAG
Eco  dying  environment  cotton  Chemicals  Switzerland  Italy  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
december 2015 by eocas
Elon Musk calls for carbon price to halve the transition time to clean energy
Excerpts: "The obvious solution to runaway global warming was to remove the effective subsidy of not pricing the damage done by carbon pollution [...] To make it neither a left nor right issue we should make it a revenue-neutral carbon tax – increasing carbon tax and reducing tax in other areas like consumption taxes or VAT and in order to give companies time to react it should be a phased-in approach [...] For developing economies they could leapfrog the fossil fuel situation with power lines, you could have remote villages with solar panels and a battery pack, just like mobile phones, a lot of countries just didn’t do the landlines, they skipped right over landlines. [...] hidden carbon subsidy … of enormous size, $5.3tn a year according to the IMF". HAG HAG
Carbon_Trade  tax  sustainability  environment  Clean-Tech  Clean_Development_Mechanism  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2015 by eocas
The discovery of infinity
Intro: "The end of linear thinking and the concept of a circular economy. The textile industry is about to experience a profound revolution. Pioneers, start-ups and big players are all working equally on new concepts which will make it possible to manufacture yarns, textiles and other products in an eternal cycle. Renewable raw materials and waste products will gain a completely new importance as secure sources of raw materials. A large section of the industry has long seen itself as part of this new conception of an economy." HAG
sustainability  Recycling  up-cycling  Supply  Chain  environment  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
december 2015 by eocas
Shop Ethical!
Australian-based ethical consumer guide. About: "The Ethical Consumer Group is a community based, not-for-profit organisation and network, set up to help facilitate more sustainable purchasing practices for the everyday consumer. Our goal is to educate and empower people to make shopping choices that better reflect their values and to use their consumer power to create a better world. We produce the popular Shop Ethical! pocket guide and app which focuses on the environmental and social record of companies behind common brands, and draw from our extensive database of products, companies and issues." Unline EcoScan is their information is community-sourced/curated and epitomizes into the pocket guide which is online accessible for free. HAG
environment  Transparency  Declaration  Quality_Control  Consumer_Behavior  ecoScan  Green-New-Wave  Australia  NGO_NPO  Social_Networking  Networking  consumer  sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2015 by eocas
Can Fairtrade milk help British dairy farmers?
Abstract by organic-market.info: "... campaign for fairer prices by UK dairy farmers has brought the attention to producers, who are struggling in a deteriorating market. The Fairtrade Foundation (FT) responded to calls to put the fair trade mark on milk – saying it supports the general concept. Nevertheless FT claims that they are not necessarily the right organisation for this job, since the work would also need to take in account sustainable agricultural practices and high animal welfare standards. British farmers face similar challenges to farmers from developing countries but UK’s agronomist have more options to act, according to the director of policy and public affairs for FT. FT added that UK dairy farmers were able to take their protests into supermarkets, lobby their MP’s directly or have their voice heard through farmers’ unions. Without more transparency in supply chains, it is difficult to say where the real problems in delivering fair prices to farmers really lie." HAG
Animal_Welfare  environment  organic_agriculture  Agricultural_Development  Dairy_Farming  farmers_livelihod  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  UK 
september 2015 by eocas
Environmental P&L ( Environmental Profit & Loss )
Developed in 2010 by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Trucost PLC on behalf of Puma, has Kering (formerly PPR - Pinault-Printemps-Redoute) in 2011 with their environmental profit and loss accounting (E P&L) and open-sourced it in 2015. It is based on input-output models and developed new valuation methodologies, building on works in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics. Full report: www.kering.com/sites/default/files/document/kering_epl_methodology_and_2013_group_results_0.pdf HAG
Business_Planning  Market_Report  sourcing  environment  sustainability  textile  news  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
june 2015 by eocas
Laudato si' (Praise Be to You) - On the care for our common home
Wiki: "Second encyclical of Pope Francis. In it, the pope lays forth a "biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action" to combat environmental degradation and climate change. [..] Francis "describe[s] a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness". It states that "Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day" and warns of "unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequence for all of us" if prompt climate change mitigation efforts are not undertaken." [...] Press interpretation: http://theconversation.com/popes-climate-letter-is-a-radical-attack-on-the-logic-of-the-market-43437 HAG
environment  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  politics  education  Fossil_Fuels  rural_development  Urbanization  Rural_Economy  Biodiversity  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
june 2015 by eocas
Humans’ staggering effect on Earth
Breathtaking photos how landscapes / animal's natural habitat have been changed on human impact. HAG
pollution  Air  Water_Pollution  Soil_Pollution  environment  Ecology  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
Society Entrepreneur Ecology 阿拉善SEE生态协会网
From Guardian article "China tackles pollution, but has long way to go on labor" of May 4, 2015: "The Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) is a Business-led environmental group, which has become the most prominent funder of environmental groups and projects in the country. SEE was founded in 2004 by some of China’s notable entrepreneurs, including Liu Xiaoguang, the head of the state-owned financial services and real estate firm Beijing Capital Group, and Wang Shi, founder and CEO of Vanke, the world’s largest real estate developer, in response to the rapid desertification of the Tengger Desert in northern China. Financed in part by contributions from each of the 87 founding members, many of them influential Chinese entrepreneurs, SEE has helped to fund a number of autonomous groups across China, including Ma Jun’s IPEA." HAG
NGO_NPO  rural_development  erosion  sustainability  environmentalism  Investor_relations  China  Environment  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
Green Earth Volunteers (GEV)
About: "Founded in 1996, Green Earth Volunteers (GEV) is one of China's oldest local environmental NGOs. Our mission is to serve as a vehicle for grassroots public participation through encouraging volunteerism. We also support environmental journalism in China, with the goals of improving awareness of environmental issues and improving information disclosure. Many of our current projects focus on water issues, including encouraging national cooperation on river protection, and we are part of the global Waterkeepers Alliance. In 2007 GEV formally registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs as the "Green Earth Environmental Scientific Research Centre." Friends are now working with GEV to create a stable and professional management staff as a foundation on which to consolidate and expand our activities." HAG
China  environment  environmentalism  platform  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
IPE (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs) 公众与环境研究中心 - 中国水污染地图
Beijing-based NPO, founded in 2006 by Ma Jun 马军. About: "Developed a pollution database to monitor corporate environmental performance. IPE's aim is to expand environmental information disclosure to allow communities to fully understand the hazards and risks in the surrounding environment, thus promoting widespread public participation in environmental governance. The IPE is a member of a coalition of NGOs throughout China, promoting a global green supply chain by pushing large corporations to concentrate on procurement and the environmental performance of their suppliers. This ‘Green Choice Alliance’ consumer initiative looks at the environmental performance of manufacturing enterprises and calls on consumers and large scale brands to use their purchasing power to make green choices." They are launching this new "Sky Blue Map" () app: http://www.ecotextile.com/2015050521457/materials-production-news/pollution-app-empowers-chinese-consumers.html HAG
environment  China  pollution  Water_Pollution  Air  NGO_NPO  sustainability  Consumer_Behavior  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
Worldwatch Institute
Washington DC /USA based NPO since 1974. About: "Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing." HAG
sustainability  renewable_energy  environment  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Research_Institutes  Research  rural_development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
Global Soil Week
Founded in 2012 by German government and environmental NPO's, the Global Soil Week is a collective process and a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide. In 2013 they published the educational animation video "Let's Talk About Soil": http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/NIWoDqdv31s Download Soil Atlas: http://globalsoilweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/soilatlas2015_web_141221.pdf HAG
education  Soil  Soil_Pollution  erosion  sustainability  environment  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2015 by eocas
Climate-KIC
This knowledge and innovation platform is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative. It's facilitating projects by linking up and supporting students, entrepreneurs, businesses and public bodies. The main themes are: 1. Greenhouse gas monitoring, 2. Adaptation services, 3. Making transitions happen, 4. Sustainable city systems, 5. The built environment, 6. Land and water, 7. Industrial symbiosis, 8. Developing a bio-economy. They have locations in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Nordic. HAG
environment  entrepreneurship  Innovation  European_Union  platform  Research_Institutes  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
april 2015 by eocas
Big Retailer Bans PFC Chemicals in Clothing
By January 2013 has H&M banned perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) off their products. PFCs are used to provide water, oil, grease, heat and stain repellency to a range of textile and other products. They have been found to be persistent in the environment and are associated with adverse affects on humans and wildlife. H&M will replace PFCs in its products with BIONIC-FINISH®ECO, a fluorocarbon-free water-repellent finish produced by Rudolf GmbH, Germany, using a blend of branched comb polymers and dendrimers. HAG
Production  Pollution  environment  Chemicals  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
february 2015 by eocas
GreenFacts
About: "GreenFact's Mission is to bring the factual content of complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists. To this end, The GreenFacts Initiative publishes clear, faithful summaries of existing scientific reports on environmental and health topics: the GreenFacts Digests and the GreenFacts Co-Publications. These are peer reviewed under the control of an independent Scientific Committee. The Greenfacts Initiative publishes also “news” that briefly and factually highlight the content of some recent reports in these matters. These news are not peer reviewed. The GreenFacts Initiative is a non-profit project founded in 2001 Initially “GreenFacts Foundation” and then changed to "GreenFacts" in 2004, it is now "its is managed by Cogeneris sprl." HAG
environment  Health  Research  Ecology  sustainability  Statistics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Intro: "The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably." HAG
NGO_NPO  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  Report  Statistics  sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Eco Fashion World
Eco Fashion World is a GUIDE to browse sustainable designer brands and online eco fashion stores. The categories are: - Brand - Store - Eco Criteria - Country - Other criteria It's curated by a collective of writers/journalists, environmentalists/scientists and green entrepreneurs. HAG
green  fashion  environment  sustainability  Eco  apparel  magazine  platform  import_fashionmeetsorganic  eco_brand  Fashionmeetsorganic 
november 2014 by eocas
Sass > libSass
Sass was originally written for Ruby, but now they've created libSass which is a C/C++ port of the Sass engine, which makes it easier to integrate the engine into an IDE or another language. Also, your IDE might have a plugin which would support Sass, without the need of ruby by using the libSass. WRAPPERS LibSass is just a library. To run the code locally (i.e. to compile your stylesheets), you need an implementer, or "wrapper". There are a number of other wrappers for LibSass. We encourage you to write your own wrapper - the whole point of Libsass is that we want to bring Sass to many other languages, not just Ruby! At this point, the Sass engine can be used in C, Go, Java, Javascript, Lua, .NET, Node.js, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Scala. HAG
IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Framework  Web_Development  CSS  Syntactic  Sugar  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
november 2014 by eocas
'Green' awareness levels drop in Beijing
Excerpt: "Only 24.2 percent of those interviewed said they had heard of the term PM2.5, and half of those who had heard of it did not know the term is related to air pollution, according to the survey results. Zhou Rong, director of the Greenpeace climate and energy project in Beijing, echoed the center's conclusion. "Despite the intense promotion of the content and hazards of the fine particulate through the media in recent years, many of the public only have a general or even vague recognition of it without comprehensive understanding," she said. Zhou said even when the PM2.5 index was "extremely hazardous" to people's health, most people outdoors were not wearing any mask or other protection measures." HAG
environment  environmentalism  Publicity  Air  Pollution  Water_Pollution  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2014 by eocas
Zope.org
Wiki: "Zope is a community project concerned with a free and open-source, object-oriented web application server written in the Python programming language. Zope stands for "Z Object Publishing Environment", and was the first system using the now common object publishing methodology for the Web.[1][2] Zope has been recognized as a Python killer app, an application that helped put Python in the spotlight.[3][4] Over the last few years, the Zope community has spawned several additional web frameworks with disparate aims and principles, but sharing philosophy, people, and source code. Zope 2 is still the most widespread of these frameworks, largely thanks to the Plone content management system, which runs on Zope 2." HAG
Web_Development  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Framework  CMS  Phyton  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
november 2014 by eocas
Why do large corporations use Java or C# over Python, Ruby, and PHP?
The highest upvoted answer by Jaap Weel summarised: 1. something standardized that is popular for this general type of system. So it's a self-fulfulling prophecy. 2. something stable. Example: With Java you can still run a 10-year old program without modification. 3. backed by a big corporation. 4. Big business automation projects require different libraries and frameworks than typical dynamic web sites do. 5. Sometimes, Java or C# may actually be a technically better alternative. The second most upvoted answer: 1. Mainstream-ness to mitigate risk. 2. Programmer productivity; trend from hardware-closer (e.g. C++) to web (e.g. Ruby on Rails) 3. Certifiability; Microsoft or Oracle(Sun) certifications easier to assess programmer. The third most upvoted answer underlines advantages of Microsoft .NET like for example good support for database drivers (JDBC). HAG
Application  Development  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  Compiled-vs-Scripted-Programming-Language  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
november 2014 by eocas
PHP IDE :: JetBrains PhpStorm
Also useful for Wordpress development because it has built-in support for WP-CLI, action and filter references, and automated support for WordPress coding standards. HAG
PHP  Web_Development  IDE  IDE_Integrated  Development  Environment  import_startupinthecloud  Startupinthecloud 
november 2014 by eocas
Cleaning up the clothing supply chain
Chapters: -Challenges of a fragmented supply chain - Sustainable fashion and consumerism - Is transparency the answer? HAG
environment  sustainability  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
july 2014 by eocas
城市中国计划发布2013城市可持续发展指数报告 | UCI – The Urban China Initiative
Excerpt: "Although China is improving in its sustainability, most Chinese cities still have a long way to go in narrowing their gaps with global benchmark cities. Major gaps between Chinese cities and their international benchmarks exist in the social, economic, and environmental aspects, such as urban employment, per capita number of doctors, industrial air pollution, sewage treatment, etc. It should be noted that unlike the Chinese cities sampled, the international benchmark cities are nevertheless able to improve their levels of sustainability, even after they reach the turning points of development. That is to say, leading international cities do not have to sacrifice social security, stability and high-efficiency resource utilization while enjoying the economic advantages brought by high population density" HAG
Statistics  environment  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2014 by eocas
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