Author name: Derek Markham

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

Diaspora Contributes $413B in Remittances to Global Economy Each Year

One of the most overlooked drivers of the global economy is the money sent from the large number of people around the world who work abroad, the so-called remittances which go to their families and villages. Each remittance, taken on its own, may not seem like very much, but when added together, the money sent

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund Divests from Fossil Fuel Industries

Divesting from fossil fuels is not just a way of helping to cut GHG emissions and pollution in the near future, but by moving the money to renewable energies instead, it could also spur on clean energy development and commercialization, which would then help ‘move the needle’ even further on global warming issues in the

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Prison Vermiculture: Inmates Use Worm Composting for Food Waste

Food waste is a huge issue these days, affecting everyone from the growers and producers of food to distributors, retailers, and servers, and not only does it essentially turn resources into waste, which costs money, but it also costs money to dispose of it. Finding tools, tactics, and strategies to cut waste all along the

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Is It Solar Investmentโ€™s Time to Shine?

For years, solar investment has been viewed warily by the markets, as negative comparisons to more traditional energy sectors led to a view that solar stock was overpriced, unpredictably volatile and growing too slowly. Recently, though, that viewpoint appears to have been changing and several major fund managers are placing their faith in solar shares

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Low Carbon Economy Index 2014: Two Degrees of Separation

With all of the efforts being put into lowering our global greenhouse gas emissions, and increased awareness of the importance of doing so, it would be nice to hear that we’re making progress toward a low carbon economy. However, unfortunately, the gap between climate ambition and climate reality is big enough that not only are

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PUMP Documentary Tells the Story of Americaโ€™s Addiction to Oil

Most cars and trucks these days run on gas and diesel, and while electric vehicle and alternate fuel technologies are rapidly advancing and may someday play a major part in our transportation infrastructure, for the most part, we’re all at the mercy of the oil companies that monopolize our fuel options. But according to the

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5 Things Even Pro Drivers Don’t Know About Summer Driving

When you drive for a living โ€“ whether you’re making deliveries, or client meetings โ€“ money matters. But some common cash-saving ideas aren’t as hot as they seem. If driving’s your livelihood, here are some surprising facts to cut your costs this summer. 1. Country Roads Aren’t A Cost Shortcut The rush and bustle of

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New PBS Series Highlights US Urban Agriculture Innovators and Pioneers

Beginning in September, a half hour PBS series will take us on a journey across America, focusing on the “food rebels” who are helping to transform our food system by turning toward sustainable (and traditional, in many cases) methods. This 13 episode series, which highlights farmers, ranchers, chefs, scientists, teachers and fishermen in over 50

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Corporations Need to be a Force for Good

“Organisational change expert Professor Lynda Gratton shows that it is now critical that corporations step up to play their role in the world by building inner resilience, actively anchoring themselves in their communities and supply chains, and leveraging their unique capabilities to address complex global challenges.” The full presentation, including Q & A, follows: [via

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Free Guide to Investing Available for Father’s Day

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the well-known personal finance book Rich Dad Poor Dad, is giving away free downloads of his Guide to Investing through June 15th, in honor of Father’s Day. “Featuring real dialogue between Kiyosaki and his โ€œrich dadโ€ mentor from before the time Kiyosaki made his very first investment, Guide to Investing

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Free Market Economies Require an Accurate Price for CO2 Emissions

It’s rather surprising that in a nation that prides itself on being based on a free market economy, there is not a national model for accurate pricing of CO2 emissions, which would roll some of the externalities of doing business, such as the release of greenhouse gases, into the cost of doing business. When taken

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Expanding Network of Technology Brings the World Closer

Over the last 25 years, the unprecedented growth of networking and computing technology has enabled a whole new world, not just for commerce, but also for education, innovation, and communication. This revolution in technology is enabling systems such as peer-to-peer payments, sharing economy platforms, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, and online teaching and learning hubs, and because

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What Is Sustainability Investing?

“Sustainability Investing is often referred to as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Responsible Investing, Impact Investing, Ethical Investing, and Green Investing. It is closely linked to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics such as corporate governance, energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, employee turnover, and waste production.” – RobecoSAM

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CBD Energy Plans Solar Installations at 50 Additional Schools in the UK

50 more UK schools will be the recipients of solar power installations, at no cost to the schools, thanks to the Power Your Future Programme, which has already underwritten solar systems at 100 schools in that country. Green Building Elements has the story: Solar Installations Planned at Additional 50 UK Schools by CBD Energy (via

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