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Could Renewable Energy Be Cheaper?

Cheaper Renewable Energy

Traditional electricity generation has played an important role in creating the civilization that we call our world today. Electricity continues to be so important for general day to day activity and business such that we cannot imagine living in a world without electricity. It has been proven by numerous studies, however, that the way in which we have been generating power is not sustainable and thus burdensome on the environment and the world’s climate. Fortunately there are sources of renewable energy available to mankind for the generation of power, these include wind, water, biomass, geothermal and solar. Even though these… read more

Green Jobs in Red States

Green Jobs in Red States

Despite the ongoing debates on Capitol Hill, green job initiatives appear to be less controversial outside of Washington D.C. In recent years, green sector jobs, with an emphasis on clean tech jobs, have been praised by all parties as a solution to generating sustainable energy, as well as the source of jobs that provide living-wages for employees and their families. But ultimately, green sector growth contributes to a stronger economy. However, one must turn to the states, not the capitol, if they wish to obtain an authentic representation of the progress being made. Republican governors and mayors, especially, are more… read more

Giving Green A Helping Hand

Giving Green a Helping Hand

One of the main consequences of climate change is that the world is being literally forced into finding alternatives to the way things have been done traditionally. Our consumption habits have particularly been challenged, because unlike in the past, our choices must be informed by our impact on the environment rather than the price at which goods or services are offered. This being the case, it will not be easy selling the “green living” philosophy to everyone. What informs spending habits differs from person to person, thus if the government is going to encourage green living there must be benefits… read more

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

Environmental awareness and protectionist measures are at an all time high. Many countries in the developing world have set up a framework for sound regulation of the use and reliance on the environment. However, bad economic times pose challenges that have caused tension between human and environment survival. In these hard and trying times, many unscrupulous corporations are taking advantage of the challenges faced by developing countries. The dire need for job creation and foreign investment has opened the unfortunate opportunity for governments to be open to negotiations on investments that were otherwise not open for negotiation. In Swaziland, the… read more

A Collaborative Effort

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We all live, work, play, learn and heal in buildings…and pray and dance and, well, you get the idea. We also govern in buildings, and NY State government has been working very hard since 2001 to green state operations. There are several executive orders from the Governor’s office requiring green purchasing, reduction of energy use, and sustainability planning. Laws are now hitting the books requiring state buildings to report on water use, air quality and energy efficiency measures and improvements. What is the key element of support for all of this work?  Training through GPRO!! The NY Upstate Chapter, as… read more

Piracy & the Environment

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With the continuing increase of piracy, we are clearly in need of better maritime protection. But beyond bringing piratical acts to justice, steps must also be taken to remedy the root causes that turn people to piracy in the first place. Pirates are not sea loving adventurers, but often those with no other means of survival on even the most basic level. Many factors contributing to piracy have remained the same, as recruits are brought together by the appalling humanitarian conditions in which they live, coming from nations with financial instability and a lack of central government. Recruits are often young men with no other source… read more

Government Indifference

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Government institutions are meant to be at the forefront in the fight to protect the environment from attack. This means that government is expected to at least refrain from activity which would be seen and proven to have adverse effects on environmental media. When government fails to do so, this constitutes a grave injustice. A prime example is a situation that has ensued in the United States. A host of environmental groups in the United States have filed a lawsuit against the government asserting that it has failed to regulate military drills involving the sinking of old ships in the… read more

Keeping Arts & Crafts Alive

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Arts and crafts constitute the most popular tourist attraction in Swaziland. Tourists from lands near and far are a regular sighting at the many market places shopping for Swazi culture inspired souvenirs to take back home after their holiday is done. The traditional arts community relies heavily on the natural environment to create their art pieces. Many of these art pieces are made from raw materials found in nature such as trees, clay soil, animal hide, different types of grass, and varying types of stone. Like all manufacturers and producers that rely heavily on nature for their products, the art… read more

Privatizing Water Sources

Privatizing Water Sources

Water is increasingly becoming a very important commodity, the depletion of fresh water sources around the globe has led to the belief that the next world war may be over fresh water. This may seem an exaggeration, however, the impression of the gravity is no hyperbole. There is a big debate as to whether water should be privatized and thus not be controlled by government. For purposes of this article, the main question is whether owners of land must also be the legal owners of all water and water sources within their land. I would like to submit that from… read more