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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

World Food Supply Shrinking...



ROME — In an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the United Nations’ top food and agriculture official warned Monday. (NYT - Dec. 18, 2007)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Carbon-Dioxide



Global concentrations of CO2 in 2006 have reached the highest level since record keeping began in 1958... concentrations not seen in 650,000 years...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Australia



Australians emit the most CO2 per person: 10 tons. Americans follow with 8.2 tons. The Chinese emit 1.8 tons

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sagax Arctic 2008



We are planning to be back in the Arctic in the summer of 2008: This time to try to “Save the Arctic” - stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

GreenFacts



Through my friend and Antarctic partner Larry, I recently met Jacques de Selliers, founder of GreenFacts. I like what GF does: communicate unbiased scientific information on environmental and health topics.
Visit their website and see for yourself: http://www.greenfacts.org/

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

BALI Global Warming conference



Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Cobbling a global treaty to slow the planet's warming may require an unprecedented agreement between the U.S. and China, the world's largest greenhouse gas polluters.

Delegates, lawmakers and scientists from 187 countries gathering in Bali, Indonesia, for the next two weeks aim to set a deadline for replacing the global warming treaty signed 10 years ago in Kyoto, Japan, that expires in 2012. The accord, which prescribes emissions cuts for industrialized nations, didn't require mandatory reductions for developing countries such as China, and the U.S. refused to sign it.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Global Green USA Awards



Last night, at New York's Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, I attended Global Green USA 8th Annual Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards dinner which honored leading innovators for their extraordinary contributions.
-- LH

“For the first time, all of our honorees are leaders from the corporate world,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA, “In a year when an unprecedented number of companies are deciding on going green, American companies should look to this year’s award winners and the innovative results they have achieved through a balanced approach to sustainability which have also proven to be profitable.”

report from: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2007/12/04/global-green-usa-lights-up-nyc-with-sustainability-awards/

Anchorwoman Katie Couric arrived fashionably late for the red carpet entrance but the host of the Global Green USA’s Designing a Sustainable and Secure World Awards had to first deliver the CBS Evening News to the American public.

The awards event was held at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park City and was packed with eco-friendly celebs, active environmentalists and green innovators. Speakers included actors Josh Lucas, Josie Maran, playwright Eve Ensler, and the beautiful and talented Glenn Close. Other notable celebs in attendance were comedian Chevy Chase, actress Kyra Sedgewick, CNN contributor Jeff Greenfield, and Matt Peterson, President & CEO, Global Green. Josie Maran, who recently launched a green beauty product line, proudly also announced that her baby wears G Diapers. She shared and interesting green fact that I was unaware of: flying on a red eye gives off more carbon gas than other flights so she tries to avoid doing so.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg excitedly shared the details and video of plans for the city’s first Green School in the Lower Manhattan. Sloan & Roger Barnett, owners or Shaklee Corp. and winners of the Organizational Design Award, explained how they got started. Their son was diagnosed with severe asthma. After extensive digging they discovered no family history of asthma and realized their son must have gotten asthma from the environment. They urged for every school to use natural cleaning products.

Pratt Industries earned the Industrial Design Award and was accepted by Anthony Pratt, CEO & Chairman. This year’s winner for the Green Building Design Award Media and Entertainment Design Award given to Discovery and accepted by David Zaslav, President & CEO. The Founder Award was given to Scott Seydel, President, EVCO.

The night included a silent Eco-Auction and contributors included BOSCH, Citizen Watch, Farm 2 Market, EDUN. My personal favorite was the ME & Ro bracelet. During the delicious, organic dinner I had a chance to talk to some attendees and a heard repeated sentiment about the great Brad Pitt. Most agreed he has been doing a stellar job getting people aware, but several people expressed mild disappointment that he did not even mention the name Global Green on the Today show interview yesterday in New Orleans.