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Sunday August 30th 2015

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Editor's Choice

'Books and Reviews'

Review of Better World Shopping Guide

Review of Better World Shopping Guide

Review by Rosalinda Sanquiche, Executive Director, Ethical Markets Media Once again The Better World Shopping Guide, 5th Ed.,  provides readers with useful information in a convenient format.  Using this pocket book, shoppers can make the best product choices available while standing in the aisle. Whether it's cleaning products, apparel or food, readers can see the grade - A to F - of their favorite companies.  Making wise choices for the Earth and for one's family can be had with the flip of a page.  Big ticket items such as electronics, cars and air travel are included among the 2000 companies reviewed.  Features include Best and Worst lists, Top 10 lists, reasoning behind decisions, recommendations and suggestions for making every dollar a vote for sustainable [...]

Energy Revolution: The Physics And The Promise Of Efficient Technology by Mara Prentiss.

Energy Revolution: The Physics And The Promise Of Efficient Technology by Mara Prentiss.

Summary Science behind energy needed by every fossil-fuel and renewables investor. Review of MIT physicist's prediction for sustainable energy future. Extends the energy discussion to efficient design and technologies and 100% renewable energy. Energy Revolution: The Physics And The Promise Of Efficient Technology by Mara Prentiss. Belknap-Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2015. Harvard physicist Mara Prentiss joins a widening group of experts who now see the current global transition from the fossil-fueled Industrial Era to the next stage of human societies based on efficient design and technologies and 100% renewable energy. I have been tracking this global transition for decades as a science policy wonk, recently summarized in my 56-page e-book Mapping the Global [...]

Hope and the Future by Charles M. Johnston, MD; CID Press, Seattle, WA, 2014

Hope and the Future by Charles M. Johnston, MD; CID Press, Seattle, WA, 2014

Review by Hazel Henderson Hope and the Future, by futurist Charles M. Johnston, MD, is concise and very nourishing to me and in my work.  Promoting my model of cultural maturation in the economic and financial sectors always needs lots of reinforcement!  My mantra: “Breakdowns drive breakthroughs, since stress is evolution’s tool!” I would enjoy discussing with Johnston his book and how his view of Cultural Maturity and Creative Systems Theory compares with Stephen Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature”.  Another point to explore is whether “we can afford” to scale up renewables, as our Green Transition Scoreboard<http://www.greentransitionscoreboard.com>® shows is possible by 2020, why I believe that we do not need nuclear power and my general agreement [...]

“The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity, and Social Movements”

“The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity, and Social Movements”

Dear Friends of the Earth Charter, We hope this message finds you well, energized and motivated to continue doing the work you are doing to foster peace, justice, and sustainability. We would like to draw your attention to several books and publications that may help your efforts towards these ends. First, have a look at "The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity, and Social Movements".This book offers a variety of perspectives through a collection of 19 chapters written by scholars from universities situated in different parts of the world.  It provides a series of analyses of issues of concern in terms of ecological integrity,  international law for human rights and social movements and it relates them to the Earth Charter.   Another recently published book by Noel [...]

Review Of ‘The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision’ By Capra And Luisi

by Hazel Henderson for SeekingAlpha.com   The Systems View Of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi, Cambridge University Press, UK 2014   This hefty volume, The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, is a tour de force and will be a perennial textbook for decades for multi-disciplinary researchers worldwide. Authors Fritjof Capra, a physicist, and Pier Luigi Luisi, a biochemist, transcend their original scientific pursuits, arriving at systemic overviews of life on Earth, synthesizing research from complexity and chaos theories, cybernetics, thermodynamics, geology, fractal geometry, biology, ecology, genetics, epigenetics to sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics and finance. Their damning critique of economics and global finance [...]

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