Tag Archives: Environment

The so-called scientific “consensus”

The so-called scientific “consensus”

Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogosphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a “scientific consensus” on the safety of genetically engineered crops (GMOs), asserting that the… Read more

Adopt a seed!

Adopt a seed!

The source of our planet’s food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared. Monsanto and co…. Read more

An Overview of the Food and Agriculture Crisis

An Overview of the Food and Agriculture Crisis

by Fred Magdoffa and Brian Tokarb Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?, asks the title of an article by Lester Brown in Scientific American (May 2009). Just a few years ago, such a question would have seemed almost laughable. Few will be… Read more

Cancun Climate Summit

Cancun Climate Summit

In the aftermath of the Cancun COP on climate change, and for those who love cartoons, I leave hereby some links and my modest contribution. It seems that, after all, some other kids didn’t  play so fair as well… Ainda no rescaldo da COP… Read more

Stories of a crusader

Stories of a crusader

Biodiversity and Local History So many species inhabited our lands, rivers and seas in the past. Biodiversity can be “mainstreamed” into local history awareness actions and vice-versa, as indeed natural and historical heritage are both building… Read more

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

A circuit on (our) consumption and biodiversity This activity was promoted by the Municipality of Moita, Portugal, last April, with the support of Fenacoop (National Federation of Consumer Cooperatives), a member of Eurocoop, and the cooperative… Read more

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Security initiatives It was at Gabala, Azerbaijan, that this idea crossed my mind; though probably it has already crossed the minds of many other people. It just came out during an NGO discussion. We divided in 3… Read more

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

An oil source packed with endemisms As a Portuguese, I never had much interest on inland seas, such as the Black Sea, the Aral Sea, or Caspian Sea. But now, visiting Azerbaijan, a republic of the Caucasus region and having walked by the maritime… Read more

Servirá a Justiça para alguma coisa em Portugal?

Servirá a Justiça para alguma coisa em Portugal?

Para que servirá recorrer-se à Justiça em Portugal? Os processos duram anos e quando acontecem casos como o mencionado acima nem as providências cautelares emitidas pelos próprios Tribunais são levadas em linha de conta pelas Forças da… Read more

Mas o Alqueva?

Mas o Alqueva?

Mas afinal a Barragem do Alqueva não foi feita para “irrigar o Alentejo”? Então agora o sr. Roquette vai fazer um mega-empreendimento turístico com “sete hotéis, quatro campos de golfe, aldeamentos turísticos, duas marinas, centro equestre… Read more

Business models beyond profit & Social Entrepreneurship

Business models beyond profit & Social Entrepreneurship

This is a very important presentation made by Alexander Osterwalder at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany for the impACT program. Examples reviewed include Kiva, Grameen Bank, Wise and many more. Although it may look like it is more dedicated… Read more

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