WASHINGTON — Speaking to 500 people representing 320 tribes, President Barack Obama pledged last month that he wouldn’t forget his campaign trail promise to give native communities a greater voice in the White House.
“I said that so long as I held this office, never again would Native Americans be forgotten or ignored,” he said. “And over the past two years, my administration, working hand in hand with many of you, has strived to keep that promise.”
Global warming threatens the future of Peru”s poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets.
In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros co-operative (Cepicafe), growing 4,000 tonnes a year of the finest Peruvian coffee on family plots scattered across the mountainside. Together, year in, year out, they bring in this special harvest, the arabica coffee cherries, which are painstakingly picked by hand, processed and dried in the sun.
2013 sees the launch of the Solar Power Portal Awards, recognising the best in solar in the UK.
Focusing on all areas of the solar industry, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate good practice, professionalism, quality, safety and innovation, with the aim of being a marker of the brightest and best that UK solar has to offer.
The awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts and leaders from the solar, renewable and business worlds.
See their website here
Brazil wants to place a ban on Monsanto and get rid of genetically modified organisms. In a historic ruling March 13, Brazil’s Federal Appeal Court canceled its contract with biotechnology giant Bayer (read Setting the Record Straight On Bayer Crop Science) for the cultivation of genetically modified corn (better known as Liberty Link) in its North and Northeast regions, where risk assessment studies were not conducted.
Monsanto’s Roundup may get phased out. The move signifies a politically complex stance on GMOs from the world’s second largest producer of genetically modified organisms.
Good news from the Soil Association:-
The eight foremost organic organisations in Europe, including the Soil Association, have formed the ‘Leading Organic Alliance’ to help promote organic farming in Europe, develop and protect organic standards and to exchange best practice in farming, certification and advocacy. The Memorandum of Understanding was formally signed on 16 February at Biofach 2011 in Nuremberg.
The other seven organisations involved in the collaboration are Bio Austria (Austria), Bioforum (Belgium), CAAE (Spain), Debio (Norway), ICEA (Italy), KRAV (Sweden), and Naturland (Germany).
Not long ago, a CEO who openly practised meditation in the office might be considered weird, and a manager who urged employees to train their minds to be more self-aware on the job would be suspect.
But that’s changed. A slew of books publishe
d this year promote meditation for self-awareness as an aid to decision-making and leadership.
Managers are promoting mental-awareness techniques to help employees cut stress and improve communication. And executives are finding meditation helps them stay cool under fire.
Last fall, Kira Leskew found herself screaming on the phone to a supplier who’d failed to deliver a needed custom part.
Its a start lets hope other airlines follow suit.
HI FLY LEADS THE WORLD WITH PLASTIC-FREE TRIAL FLIGHT
In a global first for the airline industry, and a defining moment for the sustainability of the planet, Portuguese carrier Hi Fly took to the skies with the first ever jet-age passenger flight with not a single-use plastic item on board.
A sustainable rain garden designed to capture every drop of water that falls onto it has been unveiled as one of the leading attractions at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show.
Working on the project is Newcastle University graduate Ed Payne together with his colleagues at The Landscape Agency.
The New Wild Garden will be RHS Chelsea’s first full-scale rain garden.The project team have based their design on the a rain garden they developed last year for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) London Wetland Centre.
THE number of people getting married in Scotland has reached its highest level in four years, figures show.
The statistics from the Registrar General for Scotland revealed that 3,255 couples got hitched during the first three months of this year – the highest number since the first quarter of 2008 and a four per cent rise on same time last year.
The figures highlighted a rise in the number of births and a drop in the number of civil partnerships.
They also showed a fall in the number of deaths caused by Scotland’s biggest health killers: cancer, heart disease and stroke.
One of America’s first viral videos of 2011 has propelled a homeless man, who was filmed begging for money with a baritone-rich radio voice, to national attention and job offers.
Ted Williams, a 53 year-old former radio announcer who became homeless after battling drugs and alcohol, attracted millions of YouTube hits after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video last Monday.
By Thursday, Williams appeared on morning news programmes including The Today Show to talk about new voice-over job offers with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and foodmaker Kraft and his stunning instant rise from begging on the streets.
This taken from her Newspaper’s website..
Founder of the world’s first positive newspaper passes away
It is with great regret that we announce that our founder, Shauna Crockett-Burrows, has passed away.
A month short of her 82nd birthday – and having been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May – Shauna died on 3 May in Shropshire, where she had been living during the past 17 years.
In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to stop selling 12 red-listed varieties of fish.
Unless its sources are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), self-described as “the world’s leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood,” Costco will not resume sales of these 12 varieties. Additionally, Costco highlighted their association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to identify sustainable fisheries for certain at-risk species.
The 12 wild specifies identified as being at great risk (on the Greenpeace Red Fish list) that Costco agreed to stop selling are: