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Sustainability is the Need of the Hour

a lasThe population of the world continues to grow, but resources don’t seem to keep up with the growing need of the population. Food shortage is rampant in many countries, particularly in poor countries. Water shortage has also become a big issue now. Although the earth is surrounded mostly by water, clean and potable water

Regional Economics in the United States

What does each region of the US have to offer to the GDP? In this helpful infographic, the major industries are explained and you can see how each region stacks up with the rest of the country. The industries are broken down broadly into eight categories: Finance Professional Health Care Manufacturing Agriculture Retail Mining Information

Australia’s Biggest Banks Could Help Achieve UN’s Development Agenda in the Pacific

Australia’s Biggest Banks Could Help Achieve UN’s Development Agenda in the Pacific

By Madeline Greer, Guest Contributor Australia’s Biggest Banks Could Help Achieve UN’s Development Agenda in the Pacific Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has partnered with Westpac and ANZ to help deliver financial inclusion in Pacific communities. The bank’s partnerships are focused on helping communities better manage their funds, encourage entrepreneurship, and empower individuals

Measuring the Worldwide Surge in Investments in Renewable Energy Technologies (and Infographic)

What’s happening worldwide with regard to investments in renewable energy? Well, according to the latest results of United Nations Environment Programme’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 Report”, created by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the global investments in renewable energy have grown 17%, resulting

Full Fossil Fuel Divestment Would Cost $5 Trillion

Fossil fuel divestment, which entails getting out of investments in stocks, bonds, or funds that back fossil fuel companies or initiatives, is an admirable goal, as it attempts to remove the profit from planet-wrecking businesses, but it’s not nearly as simple as it seems, and it could be a very costly endeavor – as much

How Solar Energy Is Powering Off-Grid Health Clinics

Solar energy continues to show huge promise for bringing clean affordable power to those living off the grid, but many of the off-grid solar applications, especially in developing countries, focus on small projects, such as charging mobile devices and providing light after dark, not powering entire buildings and organizations. However, that is changing, and some

Wind May Power the Future Economy

So far, the story of the US renewable energy transformation has skipped a key chapter, which is the exploitation of our massive offshore wind power potential. In the offshore wind category, the US has been lagging far behind other nations. However, the spotlight is starting to swing out to embrace this wind power option, and

Portable Machines and Their Applications

The systems employed by some major companies in their production processes are so large that when problems occur they can present problems that need new thinking in order to find suitable solutions. In the past, large scale industrial projects would use in-house teams of engineers to design and construct their own machinery to remedy specific

Investing With Social Consciousness

A complex issue of conscience faces many in the world of business economics and investing. Despite the stereotypical view of many, believing in the facts of climate change and having a regard for the vital importance of environmentally sound practices does not automatically mean that one wishes to roll back 2000 years of technological progress

Five Easy Ways to Achieve Sustainability At Home

Amongst all the other modern and pop culture trends of the 21st century, one fashion has emerged which is anything but a fad. The key concept? Sustainability. Originally confined to the domain of the left, sustainability has – in recent years – become a byword for ethical living for everyone from politicians and corporations to

Slavery and the Shrimp Industry

Forced Labor, Child Labor and Debt Bondage  The two words, “slavery” and “shrimp”, seem an unlikely combination, with little or no relevance to one another. In fact, the element of “modern-day slavery” in the processing of shrimp is something that has sparked a report from the Solidarity Center called, “The True Cost of Shrimp”. The

The Social Economist

by Phil Michaels “Our generation made their money tearing our world apart, your generation is going to make your money putting it back together,” declared authors of the social entrepreneurial book, Making Good.  Authors, Billy and Dev — a Yale University drop out and the founder of Dream Now, are describing their generation’s (the non-millennials)

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