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$10 Billion Pledged for Renewable Energy

At the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk yesterday, nearly 50 institutional investors from the US and Europe pledged to collectively invest $10 billion in clean technology opportunities over the next two years, as well as to incorporate “green standards” into their investment decisions.

With the global renewable energy market projected to grow from $40 billion in 2005 to $150 billion by 2015, we are certain to see a great deal more activity in this space over the coming months and… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on February 15, 2008 at 5:58am — No Comments

My First Post - Do Companies really care about Sustainability?

I've been reading the environmental sustainability news for quite a long time now. I'll admit, there were days when I found it simply tiring: this company went green; that company went green.

And all I could think was, "Are they for real or are they just doing it for the press associated with it?" There always seemed to be something in those stories that rang false. I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what it was at the time. Perhaps the… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on February 15, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

A Collection of Recent Reports

Over the past few months, we have come across a variety of interesting reports, ranging from issues around corporate social responsibility to global health and development. As such, we thought it would be helpful to compile some of our favourites here in one place for easier access. Enjoy!

World Economic Forum 2008…


Added by Development Crossing on February 15, 2008 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Whole Foods to Stop Using Plastic Bags

Natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market announced that it will stop using disposable plastic grocery bags at supermarket checkouts and encourage reusable bags instead.

The decision affects all of the company's 270 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods said its goal is to be plastic bag-free by Earth Day on April 22.

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 14, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

EU says photos show reality of whaling

Australia on Thursday released pictures of whales being killed by Japan, fuelling public anger at a hunt Japan says is for scientific purposes.

The photos showed an adult minke whale and her calf being towed up the rear ramp of a Japanese factory processing ship in Antarctic waters. One image showed what appeared to be the young whale's intestine spilling from an explosive harpoon wound.

Something… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on February 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Be aware where you buy your Valentine's Day Roses

Cut price Valentine's Day roses are cultivated by women in Third World countries paid less than 10p an hour, a charity says today.

A report by War on Want reveals poor single mums work for 15 hours a day for £20 a month to ensure British lovers can buy flowers for under £5.

The report highlights the dire wages, health problems and conditions of tens… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on February 14, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Inclusive Tourism: A New Strategic Alliance for the Disability Rights Movement

Below is the text of the opening keynote of Presentation to ICAT 2007 held at the UN in Bangkok, Thailand. My appreciation to the various ministries of the Thai government, UNESCAP, and several disabled peoples' organizations (DPOs) including Disabled Peoples International - Asia Pacific (DPI-AP) and the Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF).


Before I begin I would like to dedicate my comments today to my friend Topong Kulkanchit. I met Topong in… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on February 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

New Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) Mailing List / New MySpace HMF Group

New HMF Mailing List

Prior to launch on May 1, 2008 we have set up a mailing list for those interested in the Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) and its first initiatives, including the 2008 HMF International Film/Media Festival & Conference, a high-profile event which will include red-carpet film premieres, an international film festival, media conference, and art/photographic exhibition, which will take place December 10-14, 2008 at the Tribeca Film…


Added by Humanitarian Media Foundation (HMF) on February 8, 2008 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Politics and Poverty: Where do they stand?

With the 2008 presidential campaigns in full swing, many of you have expressed interest in learning what the candidates' views are on topics such as global poverty and health. To help answer those questions, One Vote 08, "an unprecedented, non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2008 presidential election," has set up a sight that allows individuals to compare some of the thoughts of these politicians on those very topics.

Added by Development Crossing on February 2, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Google to support Green Technologies

Internet giant Google has said that it will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in alternative energy technology projects that would otherwise have difficulty getting funds.

The company has said that it aims to help promising technologies to achieve scale to help bring down the cost of alternative energy production. The action came about through realization that… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on January 13, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Global Reach of InclusiveTourism: IATC 2005 Keynote Address

Below is the text of my opening keynote presentation at the 2005 International Conference on Accessible Tourism in Taipei, Taiwan.

In March of this year Steve Fossett made history when he took off from Salina, Kansas in the USA and flew his airplane, the GlobalFlyer, for 67 hours nonstop in a solo around-the-world flight. I have only one half hour to take you all the way around the world and tell you about accessible tourism. Fasten your seatbelts. This will be a very… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on January 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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