Extinct Quail Sighted in India

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Manipur Bush-Quail is known to be shy. It is also believed to have been extinct for nearly 80 years. A prominent ornithologist has made history by sighting this shy little bird in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. (BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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U.S. Swaps Guatemalan Debt for Forest Protection

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“The United States will forgive about 20 percent of the $122 million debt owed by Guatemala so the money can be used to protect threatened plants and wildlife.” It’s thanks to a 1998 law, the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, “which allows debt owed to the United States to be invested in protecting the environment.” $24 million will now serve to protect species and land. (Oct 2, 2006, Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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(Video) Using Soccer to Fight AIDS in Africa

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore25-year-old filmmaker Silas Hagerty spent this summer in Zambia documenting the rise of football (soccer) as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS in local African communities. As Zambian Football announcer Denis Lewewe states in Hagerty’s new film, “Football is religion.” When a soccer ball hits the ground in Africa, people unite. Through this powerful platform, knowledge is spreading and stories are being told… ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ One of these stories involves the mission of Grassroot Soccer that utilizes the popularity and the power of soccer to help reduce the incidents of AIDS, providing African youth with the skills and support to live HIV free. Hagerty’s film released yesterday in observance of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is called Lusaka Sunrise. Its use of upbeat music and joyous images of football fans makes this 7-minute film easy on the senses. Powerful testimonies by kids who have lost their whole families to AIDS brings home to Westerners the urgency of the problem. However, hope is what this New York filmmaker returned home with, and a moving montage at the film’s end leaves the viewer hopeful too… (Lusaka Sunrise Website) last_img read more

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Dell First Major Computer Firm to go Carbon Neutral

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreContinuing its program of environmental stewardship, Dell became the first major computer manufacturer to commit to neutralizing the carbon impact of its worldwide operations. “Leadership starts at home, which is why we are going carbon-neutral to make a difference for the Earth we all share,” said Michael Dell, the company’s chairman and CEO. Dell issued a challenge to its peer companies to do the same, and to join a new program called Plant a Forest for Me that enables organizations worldwide to join together with Dell and facilitate the planting of millions of trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects. This program is a continuation of the Plant a Tree for Me program for consumers. The founding members of Plant a Forest for Me include Dell, ABN AMRO, AMD, Ask.com, Salesforce.com and WellPoint. Each company has committed to offsetting part of their carbon output by purchasing trees for Plant a Forest. Dell partners with The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that facilitate the tree planting. Carbon neutrality involves taking inventory of an organization’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and then implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate those emissions. To meet its carbon-neutral commitment for Dell operations, the company will pursue an aggressive strategy of driving additional energy-efficiencies, maximizing purchases of renewable power and offsetting remaining impacts. “Dell’s continued efforts to raise the bar for environmental performance are commendable, and we are pleased to see a concentrated effort on addressing climate impacts throughout its business, products and supply chain,” said Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to address global sustainability challenges. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ “What’s particularly impressive is the company’s focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy as primary mechanisms for addressing climate change, and we look forward to working with Dell as additional environmental initiatives are developed.” Carbon Neutral Dell Operations In June, Dell committed to an aggressive, long-term goal to be the “greenest technology company on the planet,” an initiative that includes teaming with “The ReGeneration,” people of all ages who care about the environment. The company’s progressive climate policy focuses on minimizing both direct and indirect emissions impacts, including supplier operations and customer product use. Dell is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a member of the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program on an inventory of the company’s GHG emissions from U.S. operations. Dell’s commitment to carbon neutrality in its operations primarily involves emissions impacts created by electricity use and facility heating and cooling. The company will also offset the emissions impact of employee business travel. Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Electricity Demands. Dell is implementing a company-wide power management program that automatically powers off machines at night and during periods of inactivity. The company estimates this will result in savings of about 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to avoidance of 8,500 tons of CO2 and savings of $1.8 million annually.The company recently replaced office lighting in its Central Texas operations, resulting in approximately a nine percent reduction in electricity demand at the campuses. Similar programs will be implemented on other Dell campuses within the coming year.Dell’s new facility in Halle, Germany, included energy-saving features such as enhanced insulation and use of LCD monitors at workstations. As part of its climate stewardship commitment, a company priority is to invest in energy from renewable sources, such as wind, where available and economically feasible. Approximately 10 percent of the energy needs of the company’s Austin, Texas, operations come from renewable sources. Although Dell cannot currently source all its energy needs from renewable sources, company officials will work with government partners to investigate how incentives may support the private sector implementing energy-efficiency operational improvements and support energy producers making additional power from renewable sources available. Dell will offset the emissions impact of the remaining energy the company uses and cannot source from renewable sources. Dell is working with stakeholders to shape its offset strategy, which will help ensure that offsets are invested in projects that can be monitored and verified. Projects will be evaluated for their long-term viability and assurance that the carbon savings are real. Supplier Partnership In June, Dell announced the requirement for its major suppliers to identify and report their emissions impacts. The move is the first step in a long-term strategy to work with suppliers to minimize emissions from supply-chain operations, one of Dell’s indirect climate impacts. Additional projects under way or completed include: Requiring that logistics suppliers use biodiesel fuel sources for a portion of their energy needs within a year.A pilot program at Dell’s Penang, Malaysia, facility, in collaboration with the Malaysia Department of the Environment, that evaluated emissions from buses and delivery vehicles. Repairs to supplier vehicles with unacceptable levels of emissions were required within 10 days. Product Energy Efficiency Dell has committed to designing energy-efficient products with the maximum performance per watt. Minimizing the energy needed to power its own products addresses Dell’s primary indirect climate impact. Most recently Dell introduced a desktop computer that is up to 78 percent more energy efficient than the model it replaces. Product Recycling and Chemical Use Dell recently announced 2006 results of its responsible product recovery and recycling program – an increase of 93 percent over the previous year – putting the company on track to meet its goal of recovering nearly 275 million pounds of equipment by 2009. Dell’s progressive chemical-use policy has committed the company to remove the use of all brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride from products by 2009. For more information on Dell’s carbon neutral commitment, visit Dell.com/earth. (source: press release)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Kleenex Maker Joins Greenpeace to Reduce Use of Old-Growth Timber

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Paper products giant Kimberly-Clark joined forces with Greenpeace on Wednesday, pledging to conserve forests by getting wood fiber from environmentally responsible sources and using more recycled fiber. Greenpeace activists had waged a nearly 5-year campaign against the maker of Kleenex and Cottonelle for clear-cutting in Canada’s ancient boreal forest, part of the world’s largest intact forest. (Read more in Reuters) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Dog Leads Owner a Half Mile to Drowning Baby

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A newly-adopted dog out for a walk, suddenly bolted, pulling his owner for a half mile down the street arriving at a baby on the ground who wasn’t breathing. The Florida woman then proceeded to revive the baby with CPR, while her frantic mother said the child had been drowning in the bath tub. It turns out the dog had been trained in child rescue but hadn’t passed the course, and was put up for adoption! Watch the incredible KVVU report below, or at Clip Syndicate… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Teen Collects Books in French for her Second Goodwill Mission to Haiti

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGiselle Osborn was among a handful of youth chosen to travel to Haiti this past August as part of a delegation to build eco-friendly homes. Working side-by-side with the local villagers, they not only had to contend with oppressive heat, humidity and mosquitoes, but also the torrential rains of Hurricane Irene.Giselle laughed off the hurricane. “It was pretty scary for the parents back here to think that we were in a remote village with a hurricane bearing down on us, but it was just one day with a lot of rain.”Despite the miserable conditions, the Georgia teen is headed back again in mid-January to help a group of girls orphaned by the catastrophic earthquake of 2010.Giselle is no stranger to community service work. A Girl Scout since age 5, she has taken on project after project including making blankets for a nursing home and making equestrian equipment for a Girl Scout camp. She traveled to India in 2009 as part of a leadership program where she met and worked with girls in a Muslim Orphanage and in 2010 she was one of 12 girls chosen to represent the United States at the 100th Anniversary of Girl Guiding in Leeds, England. During her trip to Haiti, she was touched most by the children.  “They were amazing, just beautiful and happy. They taught us Haitian freedom songs, we taught them Disney songs and we sang them while working together. I took about 40 pounds of school supplies with me, reams of paper, books, pencils, and book bags. This one little girl, Vanessa, was so sweet; I gave her the book bag that was my favorite when I was little.”“While I was there, I learned about a place called Camp Oasis. It’s a refugee camp for 40 girls who were rescued from the general refugee camps after the quake. These girls had no family left to provide for them and if left in the camps would have been forced into prostitution just to stay alive. This is a group of girls that I know I can help.”And help she will. Not one to sit back and wait for others to fix a problem, Gigi is returning to Haiti to take even more supplies than she did the first time around.“These girls need books in French. 10% of the people in Haiti speak French, but it is the language of the elite, the government, and the media. If these girls hope to become leaders in their community, they have to understand French.”Gigi has been sending messages through Facebook about her project – and her efforts have finally begun to pay off. She came home one day to find a package on her doorstep – Harry Potter in French – sent to her by an anonymous donor.“This is exactly what I need,” said Gigi. “I want books that will make these girls want to learn French.”She laughed, when asked why she would travel a second time when she could easily ship the items and stay safely in the States:“I went to Mumbai just months after the 2008 bombings; I arrived in Iceland on the same day that Norway was terrorized by a gunman. There are dangerous places in the world for sure, but I won’t live my life in fear.”“There was nothing that would have replaced being with the children in Papaye, those are memories that I will carry with me always. I know that meeting the girls at Camp Oasis will be the same. I only know a little Creole, but I do know some freedom songs to sing – and maybe I could teach them some Disney songs.”Gigi will leave for Haiti in mid-January, carrying suitcases full of books in French. Afterward, she plans to start her own non-profit to remove barriers to education for girls in other countries.“HIPPO (Helping Initiate Powerful & Positive Opportunities) will be my way of keeping the project going. First, I need enough money to buy the books for Haiti, and then I have to cover my plane ticket. After that, I need enough money to file my non-profit corporation. It will be a lot of work, but that doesn’t scare me. I don’t give up easily.”Hurricane Irene may not have affected Haiti, but Hurricane Gigi?  Well, that might just be an impact felt for years to come.WATCH the video about Giselle’s travels and humanitarian service below…To donate a book in French, please send to:Girl Scout Troop 27552, PO Box 446, Social Circle, GA 30025-0446Or, donate to the Fundrazr link on the Hippo Facebook page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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74-year-old Jane Fonda on Life’s Third Act

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJane Fonda thinks perhaps the most important revolution today is the “longevity revolution”. But society is still living with the old paradigm of aging — seeing it as a “decline into decrepitude”.Dubbed by Fonda as our “Third Act”, the 34 years we live beyond the lifespan of our great grandparents can be seen as a developmental stage of life marked by wisdom and happiness. How can these three decades be lived successfully?  She tries to answer this question in her book, Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit — making the most of all of your life.WATCH her Tedx Talk to hear an overview… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Cease-fire in Gaza Conflict Announced by Egypt, US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBREAKING: The Egyptian government announced that Israel and Palestinian leaders in the Gaza strip have agreed to halt hostilities after eight days of Israeli bombardment of the enclave and hundreds of rocket strikes inside Israel.Standing alongside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who engaged in intensive shuttle diplomacy aimed at ending the conflict, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr told a news conference that the cease-fire would begin at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. in Washington). (READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Intel Microprocessors Are Now All Conflict-Free

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJust six months into his role as CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich announced today that the electronics giant hit a momentous goal in the world of corporate social responsibility: Starting right now, every microprocessor that Intel ships will be made entirely with conflict-free minerals.Every piece of tantalum, tungsten, gold, and tin found in the microprocessors will come from smelters that only source minerals mined outside armed conflict zones like in the Democratic Republic of Congo.(READ the article from Fast CoExist)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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