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October 17, 2015

The Green Market Makes Evan Carmichael’s List of Top 50 Social …

Category: Uncategorized – 8:48 am

by: Richard Matthews

Since its inception in 2008, The Green Market has received many accolades in the areas of sustainability and green investing. This year, EvanCarmichael named The Green Market one of the Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs To Watch in 2010. is the Internet’s number one resource for small business motivation and strategies. With over 450,000 monthly visitors, 4,750 contributing authors, and 83,000 pages of content, no website shares more profiles of famous entrepreneurs and inspires more small business owners than

In recognizing social entrepreneurship indicated that these individuals and organizations, “seem to have found the best of both worlds: they are making a profit in their business while also giving back to their communities….They’re the social entrepreneurs who are carving out unique niches in the business world by responding to the social, economic, and environmental problems that affect us all.”

The Green Market is part of a growing movement that puts digital technologies to work for social change. Here are EvanCarmichael’s top environmentally themed social entrpreneurship blogs to watch for 2010.

1. Inhabitat : This site is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

2. Green Inc.: The ways in which society is being reshaped by the pressures of climate change, limited fossil fuel resources and the mainstreaming of “green” consciousness. This site covers topics like renewable energy policy, carbon markets and dubious eco-advertising.

3. Environmental Leader: The leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.

4. Greenbang: This site tracks the explosion of developments affecting global business leaders working toward a low-carbon future. They report on winning sustainability strategies, technological breakthroughs, leading-edge thinkers and cutting-edge discoveries.

5. EcoGeek: Devoted to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

6. Cleantech Blog: The premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment.

7. Ecopreneurist: News and advice on sustainable and social entrepreneurship. Learn about new green products and services, and get marketing and branding assistance for your green start-up business.

8. EcoStreet: This site focuses on going green. A less complicated and more accessible approach to going green.

9. Green VC: Dedicated to supporting green and social entrepreneurs as well as those working in established organizations who are interested in environmental and social responsibility.

10. Sustainable Business Design: N. E. Landrum teaches, researches, publishes, and consults on topics related to strategic management, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business.

11. World is Green: This site concentrates on business strategy and sustainability as well as the harmonious functioning of the three components of the triple bottom line.

12. Echoing Green: Documents news, trends, and the true life of social entrepreneurs. The sites goal is to seed social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas for positive change.

13. The Green Market: Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, environmental politics and eco-economics. This blog covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.

14. Green Marketing 2.0: This site provides technics for using Internet technology and online marketing for social change. It covers search engine marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click advertising (PPC), social media, online branding, and more.

15. Ecology and Economics: This site is intended to refine economists’ and ecologists’ views, agreements, and disagreements on current environmental and natural resource issues. Its authors hope that ecological economics will gain traction in social and political discussion and policy making.

16. Eco-Office Gals: Ways of building businesses green and paperless. Includes information about sites and products that its authors find safe and useful for our environment.

17. OppGreen Insights: This site supports the movement to transform business for good, through advancing change and market transformation by providing open-minded professionals unprecedented approaches to sustainability that are bankable and exciting.

18. BusinessGreen Blog: A business website that offers companies the latest news and best-practice advice on how to become more environmentally responsible, while still growing the bottom line.

19. Future of Business: Commentary and information about green business: articles, discussions, news, interviews, and even green jobs.

20. Global Voices Online: A community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

21. GreenBiz: The leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business. Its mission is to provide learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.

22. TreeHugger: The leading eco-lifestyle website dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. The latest in green news, opinions, interviews, and trends. With more than 60 contributors from around the globe, they deliver the cutting-edge scoop on green architecture, design, gadgets, technology, fashion, health, politics, science, and more to more than 2 million visitors each month.

23. CSRwire: The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information. Members are interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience.
Richard Matthews is the President of Small Business Consulting, he is a successful sustainable investor and writer. He is also the owner of The Green Market, one of the Web’s most comprehensive sites for sustainable resources.

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October 10, 2015

Challenges Of Water Scarcity Can Be Helped By Biopesticides …

Category: Uncategorized – 12:00 am

by: Alison Withers

The changing climate due to global warming, deforestation and other issues is threatening water shortages in some places and too much water in others.

This has enormous implications for flooding some populations out of places where they can live, but also for farming, as population growth means there is little new land available for agricultural development.

In the UK’s Independent Newspaper, May 11 2010, Holly Williams writes that water movement varies around the world. The Pacific Ocean has quite a self-contained cycle, with little water movement towards land while The Atlantic and Indian oceans see more water cycling onto land. The majority of water in Europe, the Americas and Africa comes from the Atlantic as rain – and returns to the ocean through rivers.

Water movement is dictated by temperature changes and in November 2009 a satellite launchd by the Centre for the Study of the Biosphere from Space has been helping plot the changes in the world’s water patterns. It measures the emissions of natural microwaves from the earth’s surface to track changes in the soil’s dampness and increases in saltiness on the surface of the seas.

It’s expected to reinforce evidence of the effects of global warming by showing how the increase in temperature could lead to more extreme rainfall distribution, where wet areas will get wetter and dry areas dryer, leading to increased risks of flood and drought.

If climate change is not taken seriously both low to middle income developing regions and highly developed countries will face water stress in the future.

By 2025, India, China and select countries in Europe and Africa are predicted to face water scarcity unless they adopt adequate and sustainable water management initiatives.

Developed countries traditionally have high per capita water consumption and need to focus on reducing it through improved water management practices.

Although low and middle income developing countries currently have low per capita water consumption, they also have rapid population growth and inefficient use of water across sectors.

India is a good illustration: industry expansion, the purchasing power of the rapidly growing middle class able to buy equipment like washing machines, and farmers striving to increase production and meet changing food demands are pushing up water demand. Demand for agricultural products with a high water footprint is expected to rise with increased disposable income and urbanization and the proportion of non-food grain, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables and animal products in people’s daily diets is expected to grow from 35% in 2000 to 50% by 2050.

The website Circle of reports that cross-border private land investments have been occurring since early 2000 and that A World Economic Forum Water Initiative report has found that if forecasts for future water demand are accurate, and reforms to trade do not occur, rapidly industrializing economies across South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, supporting approximately 2.5 billion people will be searching elsewhere for water-rich land for their food.

So countries need to get serious about water conservation and minimising waste water, and there are signs that some are introducing such measures

India, one of the world’s leading crop producers, recently recognized the need to manage existing water reserves in order to avoid future water strain; however, it’s alleged that the initiatives taken so far are too few and too spread out. It needs to do much more to clean up its rivers, promote water conservation and curb industrial and human pollution of its water.

China is implementing large scale, multi-sector projects using innovative water management techniques to reduce the impact of water stress. They include inter-basin river linkage, plans to build three massive north-south aqueducts to pump water from the Yangtze River to Beijing by 2010, community-based Rainwater Harvesting (using rainwater tanks supplying nearly 2 million people and supplementing irrigation for 236,400 hectares of land) and by introducing water treatment technologies in six cities across China.

The USA has also used Inter-Basin River Linkage schemes like the Colorado River Canal System which supplies water to over 25 million people and helps irrigate 1.42 MM hectares of land. Most of Southwest US receives water supplied from this canal system. In 2005, the EPA launched a pre-treatment program in the Mid-Atlantic Region, where publicly owned treatment works collect wastewater from domestic, commercial and industrial facilities and transport it to treatment plants before it is discharged and 1,900 industries across 6 states are regulated under this program

The new generation agricultural biotechnology products being researched by biopesticides developers are also making a contribution. The UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation says that biotechnology has a valuable role to play in addressing the challenge of water scarcity in developing countries.

Such tools could include biopesticides and biological yield enhancers that focus on drought resistance in plants without further depleting the soil in which they grow but also the new generation agricultural products will reduce the chemical residues in the land, water sources and food.

Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers
The changing climate due to global warming, deforestation and other issues is threatening water shortages in some places and too much water in others. Consumer journalist Ali Withers asks whether Biopesticides Developers in new low-chem agriculture can play a part along with measures to conserve water and prevent pollution of precious supplies.

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October 2, 2015

9 Reasons Why Solar PV Is A Good Investment For Your Home by …

Category: Uncategorized – 7:17 pm

by: Katie Marsh

With climate change at the forefront of the agenda, there has been much discussion and research into finding an alternative to traditional sources of energy. Here are 9 reasons why investing in solar PV for your home benefits both you and the environment.

1. No harmful emissions or greenhouse gases. Solar power is a clean, renewable and sustainable source of energy.

2. Solar PV technology is low maintenance, durable and completely noiseless. Unlike wind turbines there are no moving parts to break and no noise pollution. Once installed, PV panels require very little maintenance and are incredibly durable. There are currently PV panels installed in Japan during the 1960s that are still generating electricity.

3. The sun is an unlimited, free source of energy that is available worldwide. PV panels only require daylight, not direct sunlight to produce electricity. This means that they are not just effective in the summer months, but all year round, even on cloudy days.

4. Free electricity during the day. When your PV system is generating electricity during the day, you will not have to buy electricity from your supplier. Therefore running appliances during the day will help you save hundreds of pounds off your electricity bill.

5. Solar PV technology is versatile. Depending on your preference, you can choose between having PV panels installed onto your existing roof, or integrating the technology into the building materials themselves with solar tiles or slates.

6. Solar PV is a good investment. With the introduction of the Feed-In Tariff, homeowners are now paid for every unit of electricity they generate from their PV panels, even if they use it themselves. Solar PV not only offers the highest payments, but also the longest period. Feed-In Tariff payments are guaranteed for 25 years, linked to inflation and tax-free. This means your solar PV system would pay for itself in as little as 8 years, and offer returns on investment of between 8 and 10 percent.

7. Protect yourself from rising energy prices. The cost of traditional energy sources is rising and is likely to continue to do so. By installing a solar PV system on your home you will have your own source of free electricity and therefore depend less on electricity suppliers to power your home.

8. A solar PV system could increase the value of your home. As it is a source of free electricity and income thanks to the Feed-In Tariff, a solar PV system is likely to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

9. Easy, hassle-free installation. Once a site survey has been completed for your home to ensure it is suitable, the installation process is very simple. It takes no more than 1 to 2 days and normally does not require planning permission.

So there you have it, 9 reasons to go solar. Always ensure that you use a fully MCS accredited company to install solar panels on your home otherwise you will not be eligible for the Feed-In Tariff.
Katie Marsh is an expert in the field of solar PV and Operations Executive for Landmark Solar. Landmark Solar are leading MCS accredited installers of photovoltaic PV panels and solar installations.

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