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Thursday January 21st, 2010


Chinese Medicine: Activists argue traditional medicines threaten mass suffering and extinction

# Where do we draw the line when it comes to culture and sustainability?

Few would argue there’s justification for deliberately causing pain or risking extinction to the living resources of our planet. Yet equally few of us might drop our cultural heritage, passed down through generations, at the drop of a hat.

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A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality
by Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonca

The post-Copenhagen world requires a fresh look at the big picture. In the absence of international agreements, what steps can be taken nationally, regionally and locally to reduce both carbon emissions and carbon concentrations? The former can be achieved through a transformation in energy production, saving and use, and the latter through biological carbon sequestration. This book sets out examples of these strategies, in policy and practice, from around the world. In addition, the essential question of the active participation of all sectors of society in this transformation is considered through examples of existing initiatives, and the wider issue of democratic reform.

A Renewable World was developed in conjunction with dozens of world experts and features solutions on renewable energy, biosequestration, energy sufficiency, energy for developing countries, green collar jobs, cities, transport, agriculture and food, regional economies, and civil participation and democracy. It seeks to clarify what can be done, and how we can all benefit, long into the future.

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Climate impact and solutions
By Peter Bunyard

Our single species has had momentous impact on the planet. More than 40 per cent of the primary productivity of the land surface has now been sequestered by humans and, with our population set to increase to 9,000 million during the century, the trend is towards even greater sequestration. Inevitably, our planet will become impoverished as species get squeezed out and disappear. Indeed, in our efforts to channel the sum of life’s activity for our own use, we have disrupted the web of life, eliminating competitors when they stand in our way and through the use of technology becoming the most powerful predators of resources that the Earth has ever seen.



Donate to UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale has struck Haiti causing an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Children have been killed and injured — many are in desperate need of clean water, shelter and medical help. Early reports indicate a large number of casualties and widespread damage.

We’ve sent emergency teams from around the region to help and UNICEF aid is getting through, providing clean water, preventing disease and saving lives. However more supplies are urgently needed.

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