Archive for June, 2012

June 14, 2012

Jargon: Getting In The Way Of Sustainable Development | ECOCRED

This lack of clear and accepted definition, understanding and the interchangeability of terms and concepts among actors and stakeholders in the sustainable development sector is a key contributor to the poor progress being made in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. The lack of a clear definition and understanding has resulted in a duplication of efforts, misdirected energies and people talking past each other. What we need are focused definitions and the implementation of actions that facilitate development that is beneficial to the environment, society and the economy. What we do not need is more workshops, discussions and meeting on what needs to be done .

In the words of Gro Harlem Brundtland;

“Fundamentally, sustainable development is a notion of discipline. It means humanity must ensure that meeting present needs does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

via Jargon: Getting In The Way Of Sustainable Development | ECOCRED.

June 14, 2012

‘Where Da Spot’ App helps drivers find parking spots in Kansas City – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com

Da best way to find parking in KC — Revolutionizing parking in KC by offering not only a service to locate available parking, but also set reminders for parking time and where you parked your car.

via ‘Where Da Spot’ App helps drivers find parking spots in Kansas City – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.

June 14, 2012

KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will add more direct routes and expand service for more popular routes, such as the Main Street MAX, starting July 1.

KCATA is responding to a rise in public transit ridership to the tune of 14 percent in the first three months of the year, following a national trends as travelers seek to avoid the high price of gasoline.

The American Public Transportation Associationreleased a report on Monday citing 2.7 billion passenger trips nationwide on public buses, trains and other public transportation modes during the first quarter. This represents a five percent rise from the same period one year ago.

Adults of Generation Y – born after the mid 1970s – often prefer riding the bus to driving a car, prompting a new migration back to the city core.

via KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.

June 12, 2012

Kansas City Power & Light District a silver bullet hit by real estate bust – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com

Grandiose plans that cannot be completed due to time or financing constraints can become burdens for taxpayers to bear. I suggest applying an age-old planning principle in reverse. Make little plans. Lots of them. And string them together over time. Create cities that grow organically. Provide tools for existing and new owners of smaller tracts to enhance their locations through area plans, rather than assembling large tracts of land to create silver bullets that end up becoming duds. That’s how you bring life back to a city.

via Kansas City Power & Light District a silver bullet hit by real estate bust – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.

June 2, 2012

Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn

A significant health freedom victory has taken place in the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto’s MON810, a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially banned.

The decision comes after thousands of protesters recently took to the streets in demonstration of the undeniable fact that both MON810 and the chemicals applied to it are at least partially responsible for causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the worldwide phenomenon in which entire swarms of honey bees disappear or turn up dead.

via Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn.

June 2, 2012

11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre | Fox News

This story lends a grizzly view to the concept of child’s play.

Ali is one of the few survivors of a weekend massacre in Houla, a collection of poor farming villages and olive groves in Syria’s central Homs province. More than 100 people were killed, many of them women and children who were shot or stabbed in their houses.

via 11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre | Fox News.

June 2, 2012

Escape From New York? High-Taxing Empire State Loses 3.4 Million Residents in 10 Years | CNSNews.com

Florida is looking up folks!

Where are they escaping to?  The Tax Foundation found that more than 600,000 New York residents moved to Florida over the decade – opting perhaps for the Sunshine State’s more lenient tax system – taking nearly $20 billion in adjusted growth income with them. Over that same time period, 208,794 Pennsylvanians moved to Florida, taking $8 billion in income.

via Escape From New York? High-Taxing Empire State Loses 3.4 Million Residents in 10 Years | CNSNews.com.

June 2, 2012

First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects — Thanks to Monsanto

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests.  The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.

The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. 

via First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects — Thanks to Monsanto.

June 2, 2012

1,200 firefighters battle record New Mexico blaze – The Associated Press

I have four lots in Deming, near the area affected by fires.

The fire had charred more than 354 square miles of the Gila National Forest by Saturday morning, and fire managers expected it to start backing down the mountains east of the community of Glenwood.

via News from The Associated Press.

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