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President Nasheed: “Our country will not exist.”

350.org messenger, President Nasheed of the Maldives calls on over 100 heads of state at United Nations to take immediate action to reach 350 in order to protect the survival of his nation. According to the latest science, we must reduce Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere to 350 parts per million in order to safeguard the survival of island nations such as the Maldives. Developed nations are currently proposing increasing C02 to 450, 500, or 600 parts per million. In the words of President Nasheed, this would be “suicide” for his nation and its 350000 residents. But there’s a growing movement around the world calling for real climate solutions, and anchoring those solutions with a bold climate target: 350 ppm. Together, we’ll demand a fair, ambitious, and binding treaty that reaches the 350 target. Join the 350 International Day of Climate Action on October 24 and fight for the survival of all nations and peoples: www.350.org
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Pacific Capital Group Announces Appointment of Robert Hertzberg as Venture Partner

Pacific Capital Group Announces Appointment of Robert Hertzberg as Venture Partner

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010

Pacific Capital Group has announced the appointment of Robert Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California State Assembly, as Venture Partner. Pacific Capital Group is an investment firm, based in Los Angeles.

Robert Hertzberg, an attorney, will continue to work as Senior Partner at Mayer Brown LLP. He is Co-founder and a Director of G24 Innovations Limited, a solar technology company based in the U.K. and first vice chairman of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly and served in the California Legislature from 1996 to 2002.

Mr. Hertzberg is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was graduated from Hastings Law School with the degree of Juris Doctor.

Mr. Hertzberg stated: “I am very excited to work with Gary and his portfolio companies on a very unique set of breakthrough opportunities that hold great promise for our state and our nation.”

Gary Winnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital Group, said: “I have known and admired Bob Hertzberg for many years as a public official and private entrepreneur. Bob’s longstanding commitment to alternative energy and his proven ability in managing and guiding public and private partnerships bring an important resource to Pacific Capital Group.”

About Pacific Capital Group:

Pacific Capital Group, Inc. (“PCG”) is an investment firm, based in Los Angeles. The firm was founded in 1985 by financier and philanthropist Gary Winnick who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Winnick has sourced in excess of $ 100 billion to fund corporate innovation and transformative new technologies and has provided capital and counsel to hundreds of companies in the global economy.

Pacific Capital Group is involved in a broad range of industries that include clean technology, telecommunications, healthcare, real estate and financial services.

Mr. Winnick, and the companies he founded, Global Crossing and Asia Global Crossing, built the first integrated fiber optic network, a 130,000-mile global IP-based system connecting continents and countries around the world. The Global Crossing Network services 40 percent of the Fortune 500 and connects 700 cities in 70 countries.

Before founding Pacific Capital Group, Mr. Winnick was Senior Vice President of Drexel Burnham Lambert in that firm’s high yield and convertible bond group which transformed the face of corporate finance and Wall Street.

Mr. Winnick is a member of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center and he is a recipient of the Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Laureate Award. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Long Island University, his alma mater.


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West Coast Green Expo

By Arto Torosoglu

West Coast Green is one of the premier expos for new green technologies, sustainable designs, green innovation and green construction. The expo provides some of the most up-to-date resources and helps create enormous business development opportunities for people who specialize in this industry. There will be an enormous amount of content in presentations, pamphlets, and web information that you can gather from the conference. Networking is absolutely key because there will be thousands of people that are there for one purpose and that is to find new business and continue innovating their green technologies to apply it to their business plan. Everyone needs help and it is highly probably that you have a product of service that someone else needs.

The event is in the Fort Mason Center, Building A, in San Francisco, California. It is from September 29, 2010 to October 1, 2010. You will get a chance to see over 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest in resource-efficiency among an enormous array of green and sustainable building products. There will also be over 100 visionary leaders and experts presenting their newest inspirations, insights and developments for expanding the field into new areas. It is estimated that well over 14,000 people are expected to attend which is rarely reached by other conferences. West Coast Green is a melting pot of information, ideas, and innovation designed to help move along your brainstorming while developing your business by meeting huge players in the green business and design industry.

The event was created for the need of camaraderie amongst professionals who are serious about not only developing a successful business, but contributing to the green movement with their own ideas. By bringing all of these people to one place, the goal is to unlock more technologies to help businesses realize their potential to create a more sustainable environment. This will be the fourth year that West Coast Green provides us with these generous services and we can only hope as many people take advantage of it as possible. There will be free food for anyone who is registered and with its growing popularity; we at Envirocitizen.org can only hope that great organizations like West Coast Green continue to be such a valuable connecting point for others in the industry.

Envirocitizen.org is a comprehensive ecommerce website that combines robust commerce, content, and community.  We believe that we have created the most comprehensive site to date to make eco-friendly products, services, and information available to individuals who wish to live a green, more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Our site offers a very broad and diverse array of eco-friendly products as well as comprehensive, authoritative information and environmental education.  Additionally, users can enjoy the sense of community created by participating in our Forum.

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Cosecha de Guadua en Nicaragua

Cosecha de natural rodales de Guadua aculeata en Nicaragua, Central America. Harvest of natural groves of Guadua aculeta in Nicaragua, Central America
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Free 2005 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar Now Available from Environmental Resource Center®

(PRWEB) November 19, 2004

Environmental Resource Center announced today the availability of its 2005 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar as a download over the Internet as well as in print. Included in this calendar are essential compliance dates for each major environmental and safety law, as well as telephone numbers for state and federal regulatory agencies.

This calendar has been developed by Environmental Resource Center to provide guidance to companies that must meet compliance deadlines for RCRA, DOT, SARA Title III, OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and more. With federal and state regulations changing at a record pace and the penalties for noncompliance climbing, no company can afford to be uninformed about the requirements that impact its activities.

The electronic version of the 2005 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar incorporates search features that allow users to quickly locate information, such as the deadlines that affect them or the phone numbers of their state agencies.

A 2005 Environmental & Safety Compliance Calendar is available free from Environmental Resource Center. To download an electronic version, visit

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Milton Friedman fanboys: Parental leave policy back-to-front

Wrote a quick response to an opinion piece by Jessica Brown from Centre for Independent Studies. The inclusion of the post on the ABC is a nod to being a *cough* balanced *cough* reporting organisation. The masters of the report hide behind a not so "independent think-tank".

Jessica, In your "analysis" do you take into account empirical evidence like the "Longitudinal Study of Australian Children" and how it effects the outcome of early childhood? [1]. The science indicates that small changes in parenting at years 0-3 can have a dramatic impacts in child wellbeing. Obesity for example.[2]

I ask myself "What is the purpose of this article?" and "Who are you trying to convince?". The Federal Government currently has a public inquiry into "Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave". [3] That means anyone is allowed to supply a submission. Including so called "independent" suppliers of information including, "The Center for Independent Studies" [4] who employs the author of this "opinion piece". [5]

Is the CIS as independent as they claim? Well I can’t tell where the CIS gets it’s money directly but in an investigative piece of Journalism by "The Age" Newspaper in 2005 we can get a good idea. [6] The budget is about AUD2M (2005) with donations from "McDonald’s Australia, Philip Morris, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Fairfax". The board of the CIS is also stacked with well know business names, "Sir Rod Eddington, Robert Champion de Crespigny, Gordon Cairns, Nicholas Moore". [7]

Jessica, you don’t need to write a five and a half thousand word essay on the merits of "financial freedom of choice" or how the state should let free markets solve the complex set of problems such as successfully raising the next generation of Australians. Why do you take your argument off at a complete tangent away from the intent of the public inquiry?

"The inquiry will concentrate on support for parents of newborn children up to the age of two years" [8]

You can read the submission made by Jessica on behalf of CIS to the government.[9]

When are have some serious debate on the issues of how to successfully raise healthy children instead this waffle from the "Milton Friedman" [10] fanboy club?

[1] The "Growing Up in Australia" is a longitudinal study of Australian undertaken by the "Australian Institute of Family Studies". It is attempting to find out what it takes to successfully successfully raise a "healthy" child in an Australian context.



[2] Obesity observations taken from LSAC wave 1 and 2 studies.


[3] Chaired by Robert Fitzgerald it is an inquiry that "The inquiry will concentrate on support for parents of newborn children up to the age of two years."


[4] Centre for Independent Studies, about page.


[5] Jessica Brown, Policy Analyst, CIS


[6] "Ewin Hannan and Shaun Carney", ‘Thinkers of influence’, "The Age" Online, [Accessed Tuesday November 18, 2008]


[7] "Sir Rod Eddington (Non-exec director roles in JPMorgan, News Corporation, Rio Tinto, Allco Finance Group Limited, CLP), Robert Champion de Crespigny (Mineral Securities Limited), Nicholas Moore (Macquirie Capital), Gordon Cairns (Director of Westpac, Nestlé, Imperial Foods, Cadbury Schweppes)"


[8] Refer to point [3].

[9] "Jessica Brown", "Submission to the
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave, The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS)", 30 May 2008.


[10] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman

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Latin American Adventures Announces Upcoming Tour Dates to Nicaragua

Coral Springs, FLORIDA (PRWEB) September 8, 2008

Latin American Adventures announces upcoming tour dates to Nicaragua for Sept. 15, Oct. 3, & Oct. 17, 2008.

Nicaragua has long been known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, not to mention natural disasters, political strife, and recently, extreme poverty. However, she is making some significant gains ecologically, both locally and globally.

Nicaragua’s natural beauty makes eco-tourism a promising economic solution. Eco-tourism is beginning to take hold and the country is currently receiving huge aid and support from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and individuals, both within and outside the country. Nicaragua still has a long journey and her road is filled with bumps and unexpected curves, but its authenticity distinguishes it from many Central American countries. The people are gritty yet sincere, perhaps a reflection of her passionate struggle to realize her potential. Born from that, comes her feisty spirit, along with her natural wonders and cultural tapestry, that upon visiting, not only takes you off-the-beaten-path, but also makes you realize it was all worthwhile.

In many ways, Nicaragua is a sleeping giant just starting to awaken. Areas that previously have gone largely unexplored and unexploited are now gaining international recognition for their valuable ecological contribution. Unescos’ Bosawas Biosphere Reserve which boasts the second largest rainforest in the Americas, second only to the Amazon in Brazil as well as Unescos’ San Juan River Biosphere, which contains one of the largest tracts of protected tropical rainforest(s) in Nicaragua and harbors a variety of ecosystems with great biodiversity; a level that may be unmatched by any other area of the same size in Mesoamerica. Both reserves have drawn national and international scientists to conduct research and they have recorded, specifically in the Indio Maíz Reserve (San Juan River Biosphere) , a total of 143 families, 707 genera, and 1500 species of flora, findings that highlight the importance of conserving this particular area. Organizations like FUNDAR (Fundación Amigos del Río San Juan) with the help of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), have developed a strategy to foster financial sustainability of the Rio San Juan Biosphere Reserve.

Nicaragua’s ecosystems play a role in combating global warming through her potential to reforest areas previously clear-cut. At one time, she had forestland covering about 40 percent of her area, however she lost about 20 percent of her forests between 1990 and 2005, much of it as a result of cattle ranching and agriculture. Paso Pacífico along with Carbonfund.org, the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance ( CCBA), and the Rainforest Alliance announced an innovative reforestation project called Return to Forest. This project is restoring about 1,000 acres (406 hectares) of moist and dry tropical forest in Central America’s most critically endangered ecosystems. Through the planting of some 70 varieties of native tree species, Paso Pacífico and Carbonfund.org aim to restore a biological corridor in the region and will offset the emission of an estimated 170,000 tons of Co2 over the next 40 years.

Another campaign that has made immeasurable contributions to the reduction of Co2 is the Parks in Peril project. This campaign is a collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Nature Conservancy (TNC ), and local the government and non-government organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Parks in Peril campaign safeguards the most important and threatened natural areas in the hemisphere and since 1990 has protected 45 million acres in 17 countries. The program operates in threatened national parks and reserves of global biological significance and seeks to conserve these imperiled ecosystems by ensuring an institutional presence that provides sustainable, on-site management.

Our legacy to future generations depends on programs such as these as well as new far reaching projects and policies. Organizations like the Rainforest Alliance, has since 1993, empowered children, classrooms, and individuals in finding ways that they can directly support projects in tropical countries. Through a project called Adopt-A-Rainforest , individuals or groups can donate to a specific rainforest that they chose to adopt. This project differs from other land purchase programs in that if no appropriate land is available, donations are used to support ongoing management activities that are crucial to the area’s conservation. Moreover, as part of the Adopt-A-Rainforest project, the Rainforest Alliance Learning site contains complete lesson plans, stories, presentations, and background descriptions of species and on-the-ground conservation projects for kindergarten through eighth grade. The curriculum presents information on forests, wildlife, and local communities, and provides a global perspective on the importance of protecting the world’s natural resources, while giving students opportunities for direct action.

In summary, in today’s world of global energy crisis, global warming, poverty and famine, many world leaders are slowly understanding that this industrialized rat race is leading us to a clash with nature on a epic scale. Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ points us in the right direction, as do the local projects in Nicaragua. A lot of our disregard for nature seen in many societies as ‘business as usual’ just do not work anymore. We’ve exhausted many of our natural resources and it is becoming clear that environmental change will happen, either on our terms, meaning a symbiotic relationship with Earths’ ecosystems or mother-natures terms, meaning a violent counter push of dwindling forests, species reduction and climate change, which in the end could put our species on the brink of extinction. At this point we may have some time to choose. Beyond this generation it may be too late. The road is long and arduous, but the solutions are ‘do-able’. Let’s get started.

Upcoming Trips to Nicaragua

Sept. 15, 2008 – Oct. 3, 2008 & Oct. 17, 2008

Telephone – 954-662-1539


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Aboca – Leadership nell’ incertezza e nel caos – Margaret Wheatley

Aboca International Lectures on Nature and Human Ecology – Leadership nellincertezza e nel caos: cosa insegna la nuova scienza Margaret Wheatley – 8 maggio 2009

Garrett Hardin interview on Overpopulation, Carrying Capacity, and Quality of Life. Increased population makes things worse. There are various ways to influence population growth: tax incentives and government policies. More people mean more congestion and demands upon arable land. Discussion of energy, solar power, desalinization. Aesthetics and standard of living. Ecology, wilderness. Carrying capacity versus cultural carrying capacity and quality of life tradeoff. Garrett closes with: “If I’ve upset you… fine!” Read more about Garrett Hardin at www.garretthardinsociety.org View more short videos at http Video copyright 1990 Educational Communications, Inc. PO Box 351419, Los Angeles, CA 90035. 310.559.9160. Permission required for other than personal viewing.
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Tulane: Samantha Power Discusses Foreign Policy

Harvard Professor and long-time foreign policy advisor to Presidential Candidate Barack Obama discusses foreign policy under the next Administration. Sponsored by Tulane University: Department of Political Science Newcomb College Institute The Center for Scholars Payson Center for International Development The World Affairs Council of New Orleans Newcomb-Tulane College of Cocurricular Programs
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www.deepdishtv.org “World hunger is created by destroying people’s capacity to feed themselves, which includes both the destruction of small farming systems as well as a destruction of peoples entitlements.” Vandana Shiva (Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy) Also includes Peter Rosset (Institute for Food and Development Policy), Anuradha Mittal (Institute for Food and Development Policy), Marc Lappe (Center for Ethics and Toxics), Nunu Kidane (International Development Exchange)