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The 2010 Sins of Greenwashing study

greenwashingHave you heard the news? TerraChoice released its 2010 Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition on Oct. 26 - TerraChoice’s third study of the environmental marketing claims found on consumer products. The premise of the Sins of Greenwashing report is that, in the midst of consumer confusion over green product claims, there is a tremendous opportunity to educate both consumers and companies.

LOHAS Index - Nachhaltigkeit

thumb_index-logoAls neuestes Produkt hat NMI einen neuen Nachhaltigkeits-Index, den "LOHAS Index" entwickelt. Dieser Index beinhaltet 50 amerikanische Firmen. Ziel dieses Indexes ist es, die Wertentwicklung im Hinblick auf Corporate Social Responsebility (CSR) und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Zeitverlauf darzustellen.

China Smog Documentary - Under the Dome

China SmogDocumentary by former CCTV anchor about impact of Beijing's smog on her child gets hundreds of millions of clicks in just a few days after going online. After her unborn daughter was diagnosed with a tumor, former CCTV reporter Chai Jing quit her job and self-funded a one million yuan (US$160,000) documentary on China’s smog. 'Under the Dome' took a year to make, and since its release has become an online sensation.

Waking the Green Tiger: the rise of China's green movement

Waking the Green TigerThe documentary film Waking the Green Tiger describes how the media, NGOs and locals joined forces to block construction of a dam at Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Jinsha River in Yunnan - a campaign seen as a turning point for China’s environmental movement. After their recent success in winning Phoenix TV's Green China prize for documentary-makingchinadialogue interviewed the director, Canadian filmmaker Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong, an independent Chinese producer who helped make the film.

China and Germany falling behind on green building targets

© by Rolf Disch SolarArchitectureMore investment is needed in both China and Germany to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment. China and Germany have both set themselves ambitious environmental targets: China aims to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% in 2020 compared to 2005. And Germany intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% (in 2020), 55% (in 2030), 70% (in 2040) and 80-95% (in 2050) compared to 1990. Furthermore, Germany has recently decided to conduct the so-called Energiewende, an energy turnaround with a phase out plan for nuclear power plants. For both countries, these targets present great challenges.

LOHAS + Life Changing Events

Life Changing EventsLife Changing Events are a non government, independent, community health initiative driven to change the way we eat, drink and think. We create healthy sustainable communities supporting a local living economy that will nourish families forever! LCEs vision is to provide education, films, forums, sustainable living classes and eat yourself well workshops, to improve the health & wellbeing outcomes of our community for the better.

Ecological City in China

Image by Tianjin Eco-cityAlthough Tianjin has been feted as a model eco-city, its over reliance on new technology and local government power blocs puts its sustainability into question. Environmental degradation in China has now become so severe that it is no longer just an issue threatening public health but also poses a challenge to urban social stability. There are more than 200 eco-city projects in China today, such as this one in the city of Tianjin in northern China.


© giken.comBicycle is an easy-to-ride transportation. Recently it is getting a lot of attention as a no emission vehicle. Despite the fact, many things are still left unsolved in Japan. Bicycle roads are not popular, yet. Land values are too high to develop appropriate capacity bicycle parking. That is why nuisance parking is found anywhere at footpath in urban area. Those parked bicycles would spoil surrounding sight and bother ambulance access and fire-fighting operations. It is considered to be a social problem.

What Money Can't Buy

Michael SandelThe popularity of Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel’s new book in China is a sign of the real hunger for public debate on the environmental and social costs of markets. “We live in a time when almost everything is up for sale”, argues Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel in his new book What Money Can’t Buy. In South Africa, ranchers can buy the right to kill an endangered black rhino for US$15,000. In Europe US$18 buys you the right to emit a metric tonne of carbon into the atmosphere. In India, US$6,250 will buy you the services of a surrogate mother.

The Sustainability Generation

solutionsThere is a reason that children are better at attaching candles to walls, and it has to do with sustainability. In a standard test of reasoning, you are given a candle, a box of thumbtacks, and a book of matches. Your task is to attach the candle to the wall so that it does not drip onto the table below. I thought about how to melt the wax and use it to stick the candle to the wall. What would you do?

China’s geoengineering plans

cloud ceedingThe authorities are increasing their cloud-seeding ambitions in response to drought, but many experts are sceptical about the benefits. Airplanes loaded with cloud-seeding chemicals swept across southwest China early last month in a bid to bring rain to the drought-parched region. Tens of thousands of rockets and battalions of cannons stood poised to ambush stray clouds that might pass unwittingly into view.


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