Clean energy buyers team up to reshape policy landscape

September 14, 2017 by  
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Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Salesforce and Walmart flex muscle in the new Advanced Energy Economy trade group.

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Forgotten ancient city recently found in Ethiopia offers new insight into country’s history

June 20, 2017 by  
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Archaeological research in Ethiopia has largely centered around early humans , but there’s more to the country’s past than just our origins. Researchers recently found an ancient city at Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia, that offers clues into the early days of international trade between the 10th and early 15th centuries. Legends has it the city was once the home of giants. Archaeological work has been lacking around Harlaa, where University of Exeter researchers, working with archaeologists from Leuven and Addis Ababa , recently uncovered the forgotten city. But local farmers, who had found pottery and even Chinese coins, suspected there may be more to find in the area. The massive size of some of the building stones for the city – which is around 1,640 feet by 3,280 feet big – led to stories it had once been populated by giants. Related: Research suggests humans emerged 2.8M years ago amid major climate change event Giants didn’t live there, according to Timothy Insoll, professor in the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the university. But the area was home to a wealth of archaeological treasures. Researchers uncovered a 12th century mosque as well as indications of Islamic burials. They found glass vessel pieces, beads, and imported cowry shells. They unearthed pottery that came from faraway places like China, the Maldives, Madagascar, and Yemen. They also discovered silver and bronze coins that came from Egypt in the 13th century. Insoll said in a statement, “This discovery revolutionizes our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia…The city was a rich, cosmopolitan center for jewelry-making and pieces were then taken to be sold around the region and beyond. Residents of Harlaa were a mixed community of foreigners and local people who traded with others in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and possibly as far away as the Arabian Gulf.” Archaeologists partnered with the local community to excavate the area over two years. So far they’ve dug down around eight feet, and plan to continue the work next year. Many findings will be displayed in a heritage center operated by locals for a new source of income. Some pieces will go to Ethiopia’s national museum in Addis Ababa. Via the University of Exeter Images courtesy of Tim Insoll

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Decrepit lumberjack shack transformed into a beautiful retreat with minimal site impact

June 20, 2017 by  
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A decrepit lumberjack’s shack has been transformed into a beautiful light-filled weekend getaway just outside of Montreal . Local studio YH2 led the renovation of the shack, renamed La Colombière, turning the simple one-story building that lacked running water into a cozy three-story retreat with all the luxuries of home and minimal landscape impact. When the owner Suzanne Rochon commissioned YH2 for La Colombière, she required that the renovation not expand past the shed’s existing footprint for fear of damaging the surrounding forest. Thus, the architects built upwards, drawing inspiration from the way a tree branches into a canopy. No trees were cut and heavy machinery was avoided to minimize site impact . Related: Sublime Nook Residence blends seamlessly into the snowy Canadian landscape The redesigned three-story retreat is clad in dark cedar in reference to the bark of nearby conifers, while the vertiginous interior is painted all in white. “Materials and structure of the previous phase are kept and uninterrupted so that the addition acts as an extension rather than an insertion,” write the architects. A living room is located on the first floor while the bedroom and bath are placed on the second. The eye-catching third-floor is bookended with oversized windows and an outdoor covered terrace to the west. + YH2 Images by Francis Pelletier

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How Clean Must Your Recyclables Be?

May 25, 2017 by  
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If you’ve taken up recycling, you’re already helping to make the world a greener place. But there are some essential tricks of the trade. A very common concern in the recycling realm is knowing how clean recyclables must be before you throw them in…

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Here’s your sustainability summer reading list

July 29, 2016 by  
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If green business is your trade, take these books on a train, a plane or to the beach.

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Is Your Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Fueling Child Slavery?

February 11, 2014 by  
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Back in 2012, Hershey reported that it would be investing $10 million over 5 years to reduce the use of child labor and improve the cocoa supply in West Africa. It’s now 2104, and though the company has made strides over the last couple years, numerous West African children are still embedded in the unfair trade of cocoa. To date, more than  80% of Hershey’s  cocoa comes from non-certified sources , meaning that there are still thousands of children involved in the making of Hershey’s chocolates. Read on to learn how you can help these kids find a way out of fields and factories. And please sign this petition to urging Hershey CEO John Bilbrey to stop supporting child slavery. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best chocolate , child trafficking , Fair Trade certified chocolate , Fair Trade chocolate syrup , Fair Trade hot chocolate , forced labor , halloween candy , Hershey , Hershey candy , Hershey child labor , Hershey chocolate , organic chocolate , social chocolate , valentine’s day candy        

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Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

September 26, 2013 by  
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A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency has revealed a link between the terrorist group responsible for the recent attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi and Africa’s illegal ivory trade. Up to 40 percent of the funds used by al-Shabab to orchestrate the terrorist attack could have come from the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn . Even though it is easy to assume poachers are to blame, the use of ivory for ornamental and medicinal purposes also puts significant fault with consumers. Read the rest of Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , al-Shabab , elephants , Environmental Investigation Agency , Ivory Trade , nairobi , poaching , rhinos , terrorism , Terrorist Attack        

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UNStudio’s Yongjia World Trade Center Features Gem-Like ‘Vertical Neighborhood’ Towers

July 22, 2013 by  
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Reverse Vending Machine Expands Its Reach

June 1, 2012 by  
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The reverse vending machine isn’t a new idea. Different machines have sprouted up across the country in recent years that take in recyclables – some in exchange for cash, others swap and trade for new items. The Swap-O-Matic wants to expand the…

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‘Netflix’ of Baby Clothes Reduces Clothing Waste

April 24, 2012 by  
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Raising a baby is hectic, so it’s no wonder disposable bibs, diapers and bottles are in high demand. They’re easy and always clean, but they aren’t always “green.” As those little limbs grow, in a way, clothing becomes disposable too, finally…

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