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An example of an indicator that measures both is the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). The GPI is an alternative to the GDP that better captures the effect of economic activity on human well-being. The Gross Domestic Product is simply a measure of the volume of market transactions in an economy, whether they represent activities that increase well-being or detract from it. Redefining Progress - About Sustainable Economics
Tucked into the coastal hillside near Kavarna, Bulgaria the newly completed Equinox House by Ignatov Architects explores a novel approach to achieving passive house energy performance. The home’s celestial name sake is well deserved for the careful consideration of solar orientation of the large, super efficient windows, angled to shed summer heat but absorb the fleeting winter energy. Extremely airtight construction testing at 50% better than passive house standards and super-insulation provides a 90% reduction in heating needs. Set to parallel the solar solstice sun at noon the tilted windows are a singularly critical design element. Equinox Passive House / Ignatov Architects
Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future. With Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley making a major announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which took place last month, the move has made national headlines. It’s called the National Organic Policy, and it is fueled by the simple concept that working ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results — all without sacrificing human health or the environment.
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Stocks Fall as Traders Focus on Japan Crisis The anxiety was heightened by increasing volatility as stocks, bonds and currencies alike swung sharply through the course of a trading day punctuated by worsening news reports about Japan as well as word that police and riot troops had clashed again with protesters in Bahrain. “There is so much uncertainty about the Japanese situation and the Middle East that people are just struggling to quantify them,” said Barry Knapp, head of American equity strategy at Capital. Japanese stocks seemed set for another volatile trading day Thursday, amid reports that foreign financial firms are pushing Japanese stock market officials to halt trading.
Japan Finds High Radioactive Materials in Spinach and Milk While officials played down the immediate risks to consumers, the findings further unsettled a nation worried about the long-term effects of the hobbled reactors. The Tokyo Electric Power Company, with help from the Japan Self-Defense Forces, police officers and firefighters, continued efforts to cool the damaged reactors on Saturday to try to stave off a full-scale fuel meltdown and contain the fallout. The latest plan involved running a mile-long electrical transmission line to Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to try to restore power to its cooling system. About 500 workers from the utility connected the power line on Saturday. They were checking the cooling system, which has been disabled since the earthquake and tsunami hit more than a week ago, and hoped to restart it on Sunday.
Joseph Sywenkyj for The New York Times The abandoned Middle School No. 3 decays in Pripyat, Ukraine, part of the contaminated area surrounding Chernobyl. Among his tasks is to pump out radioactive liquid that has collected inside the burned-out reactor. This happens whenever it rains. The sarcophagus was built 25 years ago in a panic, as radiation streamed into populated areas after an explosion at the reactor, and now it is riddled with cracks. Lessons From Chernobyl for Japan
Japanese insurance companies, global insurers and reinsurers, hedge funds and other investors in catastrophe bonds are all expected to bear a portion of the losses that seem likely to exceed $100 billion. Total damage from the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, was estimated at $100 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute, but only about $3 billion of that was covered by insurance. The greatest uncertainty surrounds contamination from the nuclear accident prompted by the earthquake and tsunami. Operators of nuclear plants in Japan are required to buy liability insurance through the Japan Atomic Energy Insurance Pool, an industry group. But they are required to buy coverage of only about $2.2 billion for liabilities, and the pool does not sell the utilities coverage for earthquake damage or business interruptions, suggesting it will again be up to the Japanese government to bear the brunt of those costs. Japan’s Government Likely to Bear Much of the Loss
Kunio Imakawa, a 75-year-old barber, was not among them. Mr. Imakawa and his wife, Shizuko, lost his three-chair barber shop, their second-floor apartment and all their belongings in the tsunami. ‘Too Late’ for Some Tsunami Victims to Rebuild on Japanese Coast
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Et s’il était possible de circuler en voiture gratuitement ? A l’heure où les Français pestent contre un budget automobile en explosion, Michaël Oualid, ingénieur et ancien de l’industrie automobile, a planché pendant plusieurs années sur son projet de Free Car. Sa voiture se veut libre, car affranchie de beaucoup de codes automobiles, et gratuite, car son propriétaire verra son prix d’achat, déjà faible, remboursé au fil de son utilisation grâce à un ingénieux système de "cash-back". Enfin, elle peut être made in France et selon Michaël Oualid, elle permet même aux constructeurs, dont les bénéfices ont bien souffert ces derniers temps, de dégager des marges plus confortables. Quel est le principe ? Un Français invente la voiture qui ne coûte rien (ou presque)
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Margaret Thatcher was a new kind of Conservative in British politics, a true-believing, Friedrich von Hayek-quoting enemy of what she saw as the excesses of the welfare state, of the unions that seemed to run it and of the mass of socialist encrustations that had formed on the Labor Party’s left wing after World War II. She thought statism was crushing the nation’s economy, destroying the morale of its people and rapidly diminishing its standing in the world. Apparently a good many Britons agreed with her, though not necessarily with her fervent embrace of the total conservative ideology. The country was ready for a break with the postwar past, and Ms. Margaret Thatcher: In every sense a leader
Margaret Thatcher is dead - now the inquest must begin on her life and influence - Paul Routledge She changed everything, and for millions it was change for the worse. There was nothing like her before, and there has been nothing like her since. Thank God. Margaret Thatcher’s death is mourned by half the nation, and celebrated by the other half.
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