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About | The Venus Project. The Venus Project is an organization that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change, one that works towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life. We propose a fresh, holistic approach – one that is dedicated to human and environmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that is appropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positive future for all the world’s people. We advocate an alternative vision unlike any social system that has gone before.

Our conclusions are based on years of study and experimental research by many people from various scientific disciplines. The Venus Project is a veritable blueprint for the genesis of a new world civilization, one that is based on human concern and environmental reclamation. L’économie circulaire: un concept qui progresse. X Economie circulaire L’économie circulaire: un concept qui progresse Le 08 août 2016 Email de votre ami : Votre Nom : Votre Email : Saisissez le code de sécurité * Dossier L’économie circulaire: un concept qui progresse L’OCDE étrille la politique environnementale française Recyclage: la presse passe à la caisse Déchets: tri à la source obligatoire dans les entreprises La région, nouveau pilier de la prévention des déchets Economie circulaire: les 28 demandent à Bruxelles d’accélérer Les trois scénarios urbains du gaspillage alimentaire L'économie circulaire plébiscitée par les entreprises européennes Bateaux de plaisance: une REP en 2017, mais à taux réduit Désormais, Hambourg achète durable Les éco-organismes doivent évoluer pour atteindre leurs objectifs Matthieu Orphelin «monsieur 100% économie circulaire» à l’Ademe Dans la même rubrique Les meilleurs vœux de l’Ademe pour la transition énergétique 28/01/2014 Economie circulaire: les bons conseils du CGDD 16/01/2014 Offres d'abonnement Espace abonnés.

The Degrowth Paradigm - Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy. The degrowth movement is a relatively new contender in the economic and political debates that swirl around humanity's future. Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Author and essayist Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice.

**This episode originally aired December 13, 2013. "Growth has become an element of faith. It's so deeply ingrained into our cultural narratives. Since the dawn of the environmental movement there's been a growing disquiet that our current pattern of economic growth is destroying the world around us. "Degrowth is deliberately a provocative word. Guests in the program: Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity, Small Footprints on a Finite Earth, published in 2003. Related websites: Can Decreix​ **This episode was produced by Alison Cook. Top Ten Sustainability Initiatives of Microsoft. Microsoft Corporation, just known as Microsoft to the masses, is a multinational corporation headed up in the United States and is known for the development, manufacturing, support, and licensing of a broad range of services and products relating to the computer industry.

Aside from its operating system and Microsoft Office supplies, it is known for the manufacturing of a number of consumer electronics, including the Xbox and Xbox 360, Zone, Windows Phone OS, and MSN. Microsoft is also extremely big with its environmental sustainability efforts. Greenpeace has listed Microsoft at number 17 in the list of Guide to Greener Electronics. Microsoft has employed a number of sustainable initiatives when it comes to facilities, transportation, and a number of other items. 1 ) Carbon Footprint Reduction. 2 ) Data Center Improvements to Save Energy. 3 ) Sustainability Partner of the Year Award given by Microsoft. 4 ) Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing. 5 ) Energy Smart Buildings.

Sensing the Inevitable, Companies Begin to Adapt to Climate Change. Most have yet to incorporate climate change into their business plans, but a few are finding a way. Download PDFUnlock the Full Report This article is part of the July / August 2016 Business Report, Climate Change. View the full report Shanghai Tower twists one degree of rotation per floor all the way up to the 121st. The tallest building in Asia, and a symbol of China’s powerful economy, it has a façade constructed of more than 21,000 individual panels. The complex curved design has one very important feature beyond aesthetics. It lowers the pressure that wind places on the building’s exterior, an attribute important for any skyscraper but especially in Shanghai. Located on the eastern seaboard of China in the lowlands of the Yangtze River Delta, the city is subject to typhoons and winds that can exceed 70 miles an hour. Most industries seem to be in a similar spot: aware that climate change is likely to affect their future but not yet planning for it with any consistency or depth.

Globalized economy more susceptible to weather extremes, scientists warn. Policy%20Insights%20 %20webinar%20on%20Smart%20Prosperity%20compressed 0. Where sustainability is business as usual. IKEA makes informed choices As the Airbus A 380 majestically descends down to the Kastrup airport in Copenhagen, Denmark, you are greeted by the clear light blue sky above and the dark blue water below, dotted by offshore wind farms like little pearls bobbing in the sea. The sight confirms you have entered the Nordic countries. It is a region where sustainability is not just another word but a serious commitment, where governments drive it as a mission and people take it up as a passion. The drive en route to Almhult, in Sweden, about 180 km from Copenhagen, is lined with windmills, green and yellow farms.

These set the tempo for the near three-hour journey as we head to where IKEA has its roots. The €32.7 billion furniture retailer, like the Nordic countries, takes sustainability very seriously. The company has set an internal target to generate more energy than it consumes through renewables by 2020. Renewable commitment India story (The writer was in Sweden at the invitation of IKEA) Shaping Tomorrow : Consumer. The Economics of Power — Pacific Standard. Home - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Disrupting manufacturing: Innovation and the future of skilled labor. The common assumption today is that robots will soon drive our cars, manage our work, and manufacture our goods. But what is the reality of disruptive innovation in U.S. manufacturing?

And how should schools educate skilled labor for this new era? Globally, manufacturing now accounts for approximately 16 percent of GDP and 14 percent of employment. While the industrial workforce in the United States is up from 11.4 million to 12.3 million, employment is still stuck at historical lows (not seen since the 1940s). More troubling still, labor force participation has been declining since 2009.

In fact, over the past three decades, the gap between rich and poor has widened—reversing the prior trend toward a growing middle class. Discussions on the future of manufacturing are acutely focused on the threat of automation. Disrupting manufacturing Recent findings from PwC reveal significant adoption in advanced manufacturing technology—especially additive manufacturing or 3-D printing. Com digital economy. Why a Mechanism to Increase Countries’ Climate Ambition over Time Makes Good Economic Sense.

In advance of the historic climate meetings in Paris this month, more than 180 countries put forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) reflecting the climate targets they commit to reaching by 2025 or 2030. Many of these INDCs are ambitious, but we know that they are also not yet enough. Various assessments suggest that the INDCs collectively put us on a path to keep average global temperature rise to 2.7-3.7 degrees C (4.9-6.7 degrees F). This is better than the catastrophic 4-6 degree C (7.2-10.8 degrees F) pathway we were on a few years ago, but delivers only about a third of the cuts we need to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees C and limit the worst effects of climate change.

Thus, INDCs should be seen as the “floor” rather than the “ceiling” to countries’ climate ambition. Allowing for these increased levels of action in the agreement -- known as a ratchet mechanism -- also makes good economic sense. Innovation continues to surpass our expectations. Iisd itn february 2016 english. Tpp part i deal too far commentary 1. The state of the market for ecosystem services. As the turn of the twentieth century loomed, a horrific drought swept through China. Nearly 700 kilometers of the Huang He, or Yellow River, the second longest in the country, ran dry for almost two-thirds of the year. If that wasn’t bad enough, the next year, 1998, a deluge of rain led to massive flooding along the Yangtze River. The city of Qinzhou got almost 70 inches of rain in a two-month span — 30 inches more than normal.

The resulting floods touched off landslides that swallowed the homes of 12 million people and killed thousands of others. The disasters, with price tags in the tens of billions of dollars, left the government, scientists, and insurance companies with important questions. The answer, they discovered, lay in how we humans had altered the landscape. The concept of payments for ecosystem services, or PES, as such programs are known, seems straightforward enough.

Long history, recent blossoming “Many countries are trying to replicate what China is doing,” Daily said. The New Climate Economy Report 2016. The circular economy. Umicore Workers at Umicore in Brussels separate out precious metals from electronic waste. When my battered 1969 Toyota car approached the age of 30, I decided that her body deserved to be remanufactured. After 2 months and 100 hours of work, she returned home in her original beauty. “I am so glad you finally bought a new car,” my neighbour remarked. Quality is still associated with newness not with caring; long-term use as undesirable, not resourceful. Cycles, such as of water and nutrients, abound in nature — discards become resources for others. Yet humans continue to 'make, use, dispose'. There is an alternative. The concept grew out of the idea of substituting manpower for energy, first described 40 years ago in a report2 to the European Commission by me and Geneviève Reday-Mulvey while we were at the Battelle Research Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Adapted from Knowledge Transfer Network Few researchers are taking note. Systems thinking A circular economy is like a lake. Europe’s circular-economy opportunity. Adopting circular-economy principles could not only benefit Europe environmentally and socially but could also generate a net economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030. Europe’s economy has generated unprecedented wealth over the past century. Part of the success is attributable to continuous improvements in resource productivity—a trend that has started to reduce Europe’s resource exposure. At the same time, resource productivity remains hugely underexploited as a source of wealth, competitiveness, and renewal.

Our new study, Growth within: A circular economy vision for a competitive Europe, provides new evidence that a circular economy, enabled by the technology revolution, would allow Europe to grow resource productivity by up to 3 percent annually. This would generate a primary-resource benefit of as much as €0.6 trillion per year by 2030 to Europe’s economies. Europe’s economy remains very resource dependent. 1. In 2012, the average European used 16 metric tons of materials. 2. 3.