Thursday 17th April 2014                 Change text size:

Photo: Ryan Tamayo via freeimages.com

Sustainable cities go beyond green to blue

Green cities are good, but blue cities are even better, argues Ken Hickson. We can turn blue with cold or become “true blue”. We can sing the blues or join in with the words of the old Willie Nelson song: “Nothing but blue skies from now on”. So how about...


TED

TED talks: hidden miracles of the natural world – Louie Schwartzberg

In this week’s featured TED talk, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg reveals the unseeable beauty of the natural world in jaw-dropping detail. The man behind the 3D film Mysteries of the Unseen World explains how, using high-speed cameras, timelapses and microscopes, he has uncovered connections, rhythms and patterns that are usually hidden from the human...


taking-responsibility-for-tourism

Book review: Taking Responsibility for Tourism – Harold Goodwin (2011)

Taking Responsibility for Tourism, Harold Goodwin’s 2011 book, is an engaging and interesting read. In the context of a rapidly growing and increasingly wealthy global population, its messages are important for us all. Goodwin’s unrivalled grasp of the subject means the book serves as a compelling call to arms...


EndofPovertykeyart

Film review: The End of Poverty? (2010)

The End of Poverty? is a documentary looking at what caused poverty in the past, what is causing it now and why it should be an issue that concerns us all. It argues that global poverty has reached a new high because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies....


Photo: Irum Shahid via freeimages.com

Fiduciary duty: are your investments fit for the future?

For a number of years, many in the ‘mainstream’ investor community have rebuffed attempts to get them to take sustainability concerns into account in their investments, by saying that it goes against their fiduciary duty to provide the best possible returns for their investors. It is an argument that...


newspaper arm by sanja gjenero via stock.xchng

Blue & Green Daily: Friday 11 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Why impact investment could soon be a trillion-dollar industry Garden cities: how ecosystem services valuation can enable visionary urban development Pura Vida!...


428944

Blue & Green holiday cottages: Blue Buttons, Skipton

This beautiful cottage offers an ideal romantic getaway and is available to book now through cottages4you. This detached cottage, one of four, is set along a private drive on the edge of Skipton, the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Designed and furnished by an interior architect, it...


Photo: Raj Singh

Pura Vida! Costa Rica, where life is so sweet

No-one leaves Costa Rica without the above phrase echoing in their head like tropical birdsong. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of a country which sees its natural resources as an integral part of its economy and simultaneously manages them with sustainability as a core principle. My destination for this...


IMG_1760

Why impact investment could soon be a trillion-dollar industry

By the end of the decade, impact investment has the potential to reach $1 trillion (£600 billion) and deliver significant social benefits, according to Jennifer Kenning, director of wealth management and spearhead of impact investing at US wealth management firm Aspiriant. Aspiriant manages around $8 billion (£4.8 billion) and...


Photo: Michaela Kobyakov via freeimages

Garden cities: how ecosystem services valuation can enable visionary urban development

Giving a value to ecosystem services like food, fuel and pollination has the potential to fundamentally change the way ‘garden cities’ are designed and built, argues Claire Wansbury. “The advantages of the most energetic and active town life, with the beauty and delight of the country, may be secured in...


newspaper arm by sanja gjenero via stock.xchng

Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 10 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Triodos head of SRI: invest sustainably to ‘change the world’ Eight social enterprises win contracts worth £35m – thanks to social investment...


Eric Holterhues

Triodos head of SRI: invest sustainably to ‘change the world’

Do you know what your money is doing and is it doing good? Alex Blackburne speaks with Eric Holterhues from Triodos Investment Management about how sustainable investment can provide an answer to those crucial questions. In 1980, a bank was formed that would go on to become a European...


Evolution_logo

Ethical retailer of the week: Evolution

Evolution sells a wide range of goods, from furniture to accessorises, and has a strong focus on ethics and values. As the retail arm of ethical business Windhorse, it defines itself as a “values driven business” that takes inspiration from Buddhism, focussing on kindness, generosity and honesty. This means...


Photo: Amanda Slater via Flickr

Last chance: join 6,700 others in taking our sustainable democracy survey

Wednesday is your final chance to take our short survey on sustainable democracy, which we’re running alongside our friends at Vote for Policies. Do you think there should be fewer MPs? Should the House of Lords be reformed? Should manifesto promises be legally binding? We’re asking those questions and more,...


newspaper arm by sanja gjenero via stock.xchng

Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 9 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Climate change coverage: what the BBC can learn from MMR ‘The children see these solar panels every day. They see it as...


Latest poll

In the last 12 months, on average, I have individually given to charity...

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...