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Micro-finance Initiative Catalyzing Sustainable Development in Western Rajasthan – by Kalyan Singh Kothari

‘Sakh Se Vikas’, launched in March 2003, is an initiative supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust. It emphasizes development of member-controlled and member-focused microfinance which is financially self-sustaining, and can help the poor and marginalized enhance their livelihoods. The initiative has now started showing positive results, and we, at ThinktoSustain.com, thank Mr. Kalyan Singh Kothari for sharing updates about such initiatives with us.

Jaipur, Rajasthan – The Centre for Micro-finance (CmF), Jaipur, along with six partner agencies, has been engaged under “Sakh Se Vikas (SSV) – development through credit”, a regional development initiative through finance by forming women Self Help Groups (SHGs) in . . . → Read More: Micro-finance Initiative Catalyzing Sustainable Development in Western Rajasthan – by Kalyan Singh Kothari

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Smithfield Foods Releases Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Report introduces strengthened CSR governance and management structure, new goals and targets.   Smithfield, Virginia – Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) today released its ninth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which highlights the company’s progress in environmental performance, animal welfare, food safety, community relations, and employees – key CSR areas for the company and its stakeholders. The 100-page report also includes a retrospective that will give readers a better understanding of where the company started, the challenges it has faced, and how far it has come on its CSR journey. Click here to read more… ThinktoSustain . . . → Read More: Smithfield Foods Releases Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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Wildlife Conservation: Research to Help Save Disappearing Turtle Doves Launched in UK

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK, in partnership with Natural England, has begun a three year research project and farmers are being asked to help scientists work out why turtle doves are disappearing from UK’s countryside.   Turtle doves could once be seen on farmland across England and Wales, but they have been in sharp decline for several years. Populations have fallen by 88 per cent since 1970. The species no longer breeds in Wales, and there are fears it could disappear as a breeding bird in England if the Government cuts funding for environmental schemes . . . → Read More: Wildlife Conservation: Research to Help Save Disappearing Turtle Doves Launched in UK

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Investigation Reveals Robust Marmots Thriving On Climate Change

This week, one of the world’s foremost scientific journals will publish results of a decades-long research project founded at the University of Kansas showing that mountain rodents called marmots are growing larger, healthier and more plentiful in response to climate change.   LAWRENCE – The groundbreaking study, published in Nature, is the first to reveal that changes in seasonal timing can increase body weight and population size simultaneously in a species – findings likely to have implications for a host of other creatures, especially those that hibernate. Established by Kenneth Armitage, KU professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the long-standing . . . → Read More: Investigation Reveals Robust Marmots Thriving On Climate Change

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Germany Aims for 100 Percent Renewables by 2050: An Article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof. Peter Saunders, ISIS

Germany could be powered entirely by renewable energy sources by 2050. The country currently generates about 16 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and, according to the Federal Environment Agency, a complete switchover is possible from a technical and ecological point of view. The UK’s Low Carbon Transition Plan falls well short of the challenges that face us. Fortunately, we need look no further than across the North Sea to Germany for inspiration. Germany is a large, prosperous, industrialized country rather like the UK in many ways. It has traditionally relied heavily on coal for electricity generation, and has a . . . → Read More: Germany Aims for 100 Percent Renewables by 2050: An Article by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof. Peter Saunders, ISIS

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India Carbon Market Conclave 2010

The fourth annual India Carbon Market Conclave – the largest platform to engage with the Indian carbon market – will be held on September 8-9, 2010 in Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. It is a platform for sharing knowledge on current trends and emerging scenarios of the global and Indian carbon markets.

About India Carbon Market Conclave The India Carbon Market Conclave is India’s flagship event in the carbon market space, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), The World Bank and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).  India Carbon Market Conclave provides . . . → Read More: India Carbon Market Conclave 2010

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Recycling of "Specialty Metals" Key to Boom in Clean-Tech Sector

Big energy and greenhouse gas savings also possible from upping recycling rates of iron and copper, says new UN environment report.   NEW YORK – Moving the global economy towards environmentally-friendly, clean technologies will increasingly hinge on rapid improvements in the recycling rates of so called “high-tech” specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium. Such metals, needed to make key components for wind turbines and photovoltaics to the battery packs of hybrid cars, fuel cells and energy efficient lighting systems, exist in nature in relatively small supplies or in discreet geographical locations. Click here to read more… ThinktoSustain . . . → Read More: Recycling of "Specialty Metals" Key to Boom in Clean-Tech Sector

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up By 58% – India

India inc. will have to monitor, report and get their emissions externally verified and strengthen strategic and operational actions on mitigation voluntary emission intensity reduction target by 2020, since industries would be subject to individual carbon emission caps or sectoral energy benchmarks, says the joint study of ASSOCHAM and E&Y on ‘Reducing Carbon Footprint in the Power Sector’.   The study points out that India’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 58 per cent from 1994-2009 from 1.2 billion to 1.9 billion tones, primarily resulting from coal based power sector that nearly doubled its share in emissions. The power sector . . . → Read More: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up By 58% – India

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India: Attorney General Bats for Forest Ministry In Niyamgiri Mining Row

Vedanta’s plans to source bauxite from Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi district of Orissa appear to have run into trouble with the Attorney General opining that the Ministry of Environment has the powers to stop diversion of forest land till rights of tribals under the Forest Rights Act are settled.   New Delhi: After the environment ministry kept on hold clearance for the Vedanta project, questions were raised on the mandate of the department to withhold approval. A section of the government was of the view that since the issue was settled in favour of Vedanta by two Supreme Court orders, . . . → Read More: India: Attorney General Bats for Forest Ministry In Niyamgiri Mining Row

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Terrestrial Ecosystems: Land Plants Process 15 Percent of Total Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Each Year

An international team of researchers has for the first time provided an observation-based estimate of the largest global flux of carbon between land and atmosphere, and of its climate dependencies. Tropical ecosystems such as rain forests and savannas account for almost two thirds of the CO2 uptake, reports their research published by the journal, ‘Science’.

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