Up To The Last Drop ~ The Secret Water War In Europe:

Al Jazeera | By: Yorgos Avgeropoulos | April 16, 2018: Is water a commodity or a human right? Cities across Europe are fighting water privatisation. In 2010, water was officially recognised as a universal human right by the United Nations. However, the European Union has yet to do the same. The management of water has long been in the hands…

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Kongjian Yu ~ Big Feet Revolution:

UrbanNext | GPE – March 22, 2018: In this short film, which is an excerpt of an interview produced during the symposium “Decoding Asian Urbanism” held at the South Asian Institute at Harvard University, landscape architect Kongjian Yu talks about how ecological lifestyles demand for a new set of aesthetic values. For more videos from urbanNext on Vimeo – please…

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Fourth Wave Environmentalism Fully Embraces Business:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Fred Krupp | March 20, 2018: Multilateral corporate partnerships and market-based approaches have become standard practice. American corporations began joining with environmental groups to increase sustainability nearly 30 years ago. This trend was still on the horizon in 1986 when I wrote an op-ed for this page describing an emerging style of environmentalism dedicated…

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A Skyscraper Made Of Wood? Newark Developers Give It A Try:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Keiko Morris | February 04, 2018: Wood’s ability to create a warm environment appeals to tech companies, a plus for a city on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist. In the contest to attract office tenants, many developers stick with the tried-and-true combination of concrete, steel and gleaming glass. Lotus Equity Group is embracing a more natural…

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The No-Till Gardening Revolution ~ Why Farmers Are Putting Down Their Plows:

Return To Now | By: Sara Burrows | GPE – February 04, 2018: After thousands of years of turning the soil upside-down, farmers are finally realizing they’re killing the microorganisms that keep soil alive… Faced with losing the farm, more and more are converting to the ancient “no-till” methods of permaculture. Originally published January 27, 2018: In the no-till gardening…

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Swiss Regulator Censures Gazprombank After Panama Papers:

The Financial Times | February 01, 2018: Bank banned from taking new private clients over failings on money laundering checks. Swiss authorities have reprimanded Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank, over “serious shortcomings in anti-money laundering processes” related to the Panama Papers. Finma, Switzerland’s financial regulator, said Gazprombank’s Swiss branch “failed to carry out adequate economic background clarifications into business relationships and…

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America’s Clean Power Plan Is Good For Our Health, Our Economy & Our Planet:

Clean Technica | By: Guest Contributor | February 02, 2018: Here’s the deal: The Trump Administration is working to repeal (and possibly replace) America’s Clean Power Plan. Backed by powerful oil, coal, and gas companies, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt claims the original Clean Power Plan design overstepped EPA authority. But the move to repeal and replace the…

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The Community Microgrid As A Virtual Power Plant:

Clean Technica | By: George Harvey | January 24, 2018: The design for a community microgrid project that is forming in Warner, New Hampshire, seems rather prosaic at first glance. It is simple, with a few buildings, some solar panels, batteries, inverters, and all the regular gear. It seems an appropriately small start for a town with only 444 people…

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From Tree-Planting Drones To Shade-Grown Tea ~ Businesses Are Making Money By Reforesting The Planet:

World Resources Institute | By: Andrew Wu, Sofia Faruqi, Andrés Anchondo Ortega and Eriks Brolis | GPE – January 23, 2018: An estimated 15 billion trees are cut down each year—more than 41 million per day. Given this pace of land degradation, it’s hard to imagine how traditional reforestation methods, which rely on the hand-planting of live seedlings, could ever…

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This Is What Microgrids For Resilience In Emergencies Look Like:

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – January 09, 2018: A new group of microgrids has been proposed to help support Connecticut’s critical facilities in the event of an emergency. The proposals are part of the latest round of applications that were due Jan. 1 for funding under the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)…

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Huge China Reforestation Campaign Kicks Into High Gear:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 06, 2018: If you want a feel-good story about a country that takes climate change seriously and is willing to take significant steps to protect the environment, China is a good place to start. Long the poster child for poisonous air, foul waterways, and coal-fired power plants, the country declared a war…

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Habitat On The Edges ~ Making Room For Wildlife In An Urbanized World:

Yale Environment 360 | By: Richard Conniff | January 03, 2018: Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive. One morning not long ago, in the southern…

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China’s Solar Expressway Meets Light Of Day:

Xinhua | Editor: Liu | December 31, 2017: China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing. Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province in east China. The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate. The panels, covering 5,875 square meters,…

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Across China ~ Pastures New Battleground For Chinese Real Estate Billionaire:

Xinhua| Editor: Mengjie | December 30, 2017: When Xu Xiaobo decided to spend all his savings raising cows five years ago, his EMBA classmates thought the real estate tycoon had gone crazy. Xu, 47, meant what he said. He spent 460 million yuan (70 million U.S. dollars) in Gucheng County, northern China’s Hebei Province, creating a massive pasture for more…

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Across China ~ China-US Partnership Improves Medical Treatment In Tibetan Areas:

Xinhua | Editor: Yamei | December 31, 2017: Lurong Dregar, 19, had been suffering from severe headaches and seizures for years. The mystery illness even left the young Tibetan woman blind in her left eye. It was not until earlier this year when she underwent an MRI scan at a hospital in Xichang, some 500 km away from her home,…

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Sustainable Neighborhoods + Electric Transport = Winning The Future:

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | December 30, 2017: We write a lot about electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica, because we’re a tech site. But some of the best ways to cut emissions involve no tech at all. One of the best things you can do to cut your carbon footprint and pollution output is live in a walkable,…

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Fossil Fuel Companies Will Invest $180 Billion In New Plastics Feedstock Facilities:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 27, 2017: The shale gas fracking revolution that began in the United States a decade ago has been one of the worst disasters for the environment since our Canadian friends figured out how to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands. The gas obtained has some benefits. When burned, it emits fewer…

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What Gallup Learned About Higher Education in 2017:

Gallup News | By: Zac Auter | December 27, 2017: Throughout 2017, Gallup investigated the current state of higher education in the U.S. We listened to the perspectives of critical audiences ranging from chief business and academic officers at colleges and universities to education consumers themselves to Americans in general. As 2017 comes to a close, we can address two…

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FinCEN Notice 2017-1 ~ FBAR Filing Requirement For Certain Financial Professionals:

FinCEN | GPE – December 23, 2017: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is announcing a further extension of time for certain Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) filings in light of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) FinCEN issued on March 10, 2016, which proposes to revise the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regarding FBARs.…

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Off Grid Energy Storage:

Shell Foundation & Grantham Institute | By: Various Authors | GPE – December 23, 2017: Executive Summary: Over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the deployment of solar home systems, and rural utilities coupled with electrical energy storage devices, enabling off grid access to energy and power stability. Developments in the electric vehicle industry have led…

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