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Ré Carboun: Advocating Sustainability in the Middle East Washington State Becomes Latest GMO Battleground Active Citizens, Biodiversity, Civil Society, Economy & Trade, Environment, Featured, Food & Agriculture, Headlines, Health, North America, TerraViva United Nations Protesters outside the offices of agriculture giant Monsanto who were rallying as part of a "national day of solidarity." Credit: Daniel Lobo/cc by 2.0 - The northwestern state of Washington could become the first in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on foods and food packages, after a similar measure in California failed last year. Over 353,000 Washingtonians signed on to a petition creating Initiative 522, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot statewide. "The 'no' side has corporations that are all bankrolling their campaign." -- Elizabeth Larter of Yes on 522 Last year, Washington and Colorado voted to legalise marijuana altogether. “We have a history of leading on issues. Since the initiative was written, the number of countries with GMO labeling has grown to 64. Corporate opposition

ESDN European Sustainable Development Network La résilience : un concept pour la gestion des risques Pages 115 - 125 Article suivant Pour réduire les dommages des catastrophes, les ingénieurs proposent depuis plusieurs siècles une stratégie qui vise à améliorer la résistance des sociétés face à un aléa. Ils calculent les magnitudes prévisibles de plus en plus précises de l’aléa, puis ils persuadent les responsables d’édifier un équipement de défense pour protéger la société. La résilience est un concept d’origine physique, transféré en sciences sociales, notamment en psychologie et en économie, après un détour par l’écologie. 1.1 De la résilience physique à la résilience systémique Le terme de résilience vient du latin Resilio qui signifie rebondir. Par rapport à l’écologie, les économistes ont souligné que la résilience pouvait adopter deux formes (Berkes et Folke, 1998). Mais la science des systèmes dynamiques permet de comprendre des évolutions dans un nouveau paradigme d’équilibres pluriels. 1.2 Les facteurs de la résilience 2.1 Des mesures disciplinaires simples

Home-Sustainability Perspectives - Sustainability 2030 Architecture of Dhyanalinga - an elliptical brick dome, made of stabilized earth blocks In ancient temples, the structure that houses the Deity is as important as the Deity itself. The parikrama or the walkway of the temple, the garbhagriha or the innermost shrine of the temple, the shape and the size of the idol, the mudra held by the idol and the mantra (sound) used for the consecration of the temple are the fundamental parameters of a temple. These elements are matched and built according to a certain science and based upon the understanding of the energies, thereby creating a powerful energy situation and facilitating inner transformation. The elliptical dome that houses the Dhyanalinga is 76 feet in diameter and 33 feet high. The simple technology used is this -- all the bricks are trying to fall down at the same time!

Mind Tools - Management Training, Leadership Training and Career Training La résilience de la ville de Dublin aux inondations : de la théorie à la pratique 1La ville de Dublin a connu un développement économique important depuis 1990 (Ellis & Kim, 2001), rattrapant ainsi en partie son retard sur d’autres capitales européennes, alors même qu’elle apparaissait dans le milieu des années 1980 comme une ville industrielle en déclin (McLaran, 1984, Crotty, 2000). Ce développement pose problème car la ville de Dublin est confrontée à des inondations récurrentes (Lhomme, 2012). Ainsi, ces dix dernières années, elle a subi trois inondations majeures (Leahy, 2011). Dans les faits, la ville de Dublin apparait comme un « cas d’école » en matière de gestion des inondations en milieu urbain. En effet, ce territoire doit faire face à des inondations d’origines diverses (des inondations fluviales, côtières et pluviales) et à un développement urbain continu qui exerce une pression foncière importante sur les zones inondables. Une « petite » capitale en plein essor Serge Lhomme, 2012. 8Dublin est une petite capitale en plein essor. Leahy, 2009 Serge Lhomme

Visualising sustainability « Computing for Sustainability New (Dec 2011): “Sustainable Lens: A visual guide” published by NewSplash available through Amazon. How to convey the essence of sustainability in a few sketched lines? I’m wading through the net and my bookshelves to find examples of the genre. I’m looking for schematics of the notion of sustainability itself rather than the underlying science – greenhouse, carbon, meso climate process, ground water, etc for which there are a zillion diagrams. The list is not meant to be exhaustive, but if I’ve missed your favourite diagram, leave a link and I’ll add it to the list. In no particular order, here’s 100 125 137 158 179 188 218 255 of what I’ve found. 1. “This model recognises that the economy is a subset of society (i.e. it only exists in the context of a society), and that many important aspects of society do not involve economic activity. 2. This model is very very common (google search sustainability Venn). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7 Venn 3 with overlaps named (see also WKU) 8. 9. 12. 13. 14. 16. 17.

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.: Wendell Berry's Sacred Environmentalism Writer, farmer and modern-day prophet Wendell Berry will visit the college where I teach and live this fall, and I'm trying to remain cool and level-headed. For me, that's a challenge because I marvel at his poetic prose that challenges us to hold our spiritual values at the center of our sense of place. During his short stay, I fear becoming part of an agrarian paparazzi, planning my jogging routes around his campus tour or visit to an Appalachian Studies class. While I plant my fall garden, I visualize him strolling past my on-campus duplex when I'm harvesting kale with my two daughters. Yes, this hero worship is amusing on some level, if you consider that I'm a 45-year-old mother, writer and academic. But I believe that we need to feel reverence for those voices calling us to put our religious values to work in local communities to sustain God's earth. We need alternative road signs and luminaries if we are going to reconnect human communities with places.

Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction? Until fairly recently, the subject of happiness was mostly avoided by economists for lack of good ways to measure it; however, in recent years, “happiness economists” have found ways to combine subjective surveys with objective data (on lifespan, income, and education) to yield data with consistent patterns, making a national happiness index a practical reality. In The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, former Harvard University president Derek Bok traces the history of the relationship between economic growth and happiness in America. Ironically, perhaps, this realization dawned first not in America, but in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.