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December 12, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Oodles of noodles? Not if climate change continues
    Get ready for the macaroni wars. Experts say climate change already is affecting U.S. wheat harvests and is likely to disrupt pasta production in years to come. "We stressed our farm crops this year pretty strongly, and many of them almost folded," says Jay Fuhrer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's North Dakota office. "Does that concern you as a consumer? It should." Newsweek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It's slime's time to shine, says Sapphire Energy
    Sapphire Energy, which produces oil from algae, has spent $60 million constructing 70 football-field-sized slime ponds and is refining its first barrels of bio-oil. The facility will produce about 100 barrels of oil a day for now, with commercial-scale production of up to 10,000 barrels a day hoped for by 2018. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Creating Accountability 
  • Better REDD than dead orangutans
    A program called REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, is funded by $1 billion from Norway, with the money going to Indonesia to protect its sensitive forests from loggers and palm oil producers. That's good news for Indonesia's orangutans, although REDD has had problems getting going, notes The Economist. The Economist (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • Every green needs a solar grasshopper
    The Awl's Ken Layne has put together a green gift guide to help you "buy things for your sustainability-loving friends and relations without actually accelerating the cycle of planetary doom." Among the top gifts: solar-powered robot grasshoppers, eco-friendly flying discs and iPhone cases made from trash. "Everybody will learn important lessons about renewable energy," Layne promises. The Awl (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • London Olympics showed value of green supply chains
    The London Olympics were the greenest Games to date, and organizers' successes hold many lessons for business leaders, says sustainability team leader David Stubbs. Chief among them: Small suppliers and major companies can each make a difference with sustainable business practices. "This is not something just for the big boys. Sustainability works at all levels," Stubbs says. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Study: Most of the world's biggest firms have green-energy programs
    A report by Ceres, Calvert Investments and the World Wildlife Fund says most of the world's biggest corporations have programs designed to promote renewable energy, cut carbon emissions or do both, writes Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres and director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk. The findings show that corporations understand the financial benefits of clean energy and the dangers of relying too much on fossil fuels, Lubber notes. Forbes (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Mother Nature is better at bringing people to Jesus than any politician is."
--Jay Fuhrer, a U.S. Department of Agriculture extension agent, as quoted in Newsweek
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