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The Worlds’ Best Countries – Guatemala!

August 30, 2010

The Worlds’ Best Countries – Guatemala!

“A Newsweek study of health, education, economy, and political rank the globes true national champions”

Guatemala ranks as No. 84 out of 100 countries…as a citizen of Guatemala I am really concern for the future of my country.

Country Details:

Education

  • Literacy Rate: 69.4%
  • Average years of schooling: 10.6

Health

  • Healthy life expectancy: 60 yrs

Quality of Life

  • Income inequality (GINI): 53.7%
  • Gender gap: 0.621
  • Percent living on less than US$ per day: 24.27%
  • Consumption per capita: US$ 2,431
  • Homicides per 100,000: 41.1
  • Environmental health: 56.4
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Economic Dynamism

  • Productive growth: US$ 5,200
  • Services % of GDP: 58.34%
  • Manufacturing % of GDP: 14.78%
  • Innovation index: 2.99
  • Ease of doing business: 110
  • Time to resolve insolvency: 3.0 yrs
  • New business start time: 29 days

Political Environment

  • Freedom house rating: 3.0
  • Political participation 2.78
  • Political stability: 60.5

Source: Newsweek

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UK Government Website for Sustainable Development

March 22, 2010

The UK Government website for sustainable development has lots of useful information, check it out:

Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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How we can make a difference…

Click here to donate!

Forestle

July 13, 2009

Forestle

Forestle is a “green Internet search engine”. We use our advertising revenue to protect endangered rainforest regions in order to keep our worlds most precious ecosystems intact and fight global warming.

Forestle earns advertising revenue from clicks on “sponsored links”. These are text links which are displayed next to the generic search results on the result page of our search engine. The sponsored links at Forestle are delivered by our partner Yahoo.

All of our income (minus about 10% administrative costs) is donated to the adopt an acre program, which is run by The Nature Conservancy – one of the most renowned environmental protection organizations in the world. They use the money, which is generated by Forestle, for the sustainable protection of the most precious rainforests on our planet.

Source: forestle.org

Gapminder

July 7, 2009

A great application that is preloaded with statistical and historical data about the development of the countries of the world.

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Global Hertitage Fund – MIRADOR

January 29, 2009

mirador_3d_6101Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is a proposed 525,100 acre protected area located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere in northern Guatemala. Mirador is home to the earliest and largest Preclassic Maya archeological sites in Mesoamerica, including the largest pyramid in the world- La Danta. Experts describe the Mirador as the Cradle of Maya Civilization.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Maya Biosphere has lost 70% of its forests in the last ten years. Establishment of the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is our last chance to protect the last remaining forests of the Maya Biosphere from total environmental catastrophe (see cover showing 2000-2005 fires in red).

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is working with the Guatemalan government, community leaders, the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to create an economically sustainable park based on the successful model of nearby Tikal National Park.

GHF’s primary conservation goals for Mirador are:

1. Establish a 525,100 acre archaeological and wildlife preserve
2. Secure UNESCO World Heritage designation
3. Become a sustainable protected area within 10 years

Source: GHF 

Biotech Crops

February 28, 2008

Genetic Modified crops might be a solution for world hunger, however, opposition exist that these crops are a health risk and environmental threat.

Some arguments:

  • Many GM crops are not filed tested or regulated in the U.S.
  • Most GM crops are engineered to fight pest, improve nutrition, or to prevent disease or pollution,  
  • The top arguments used by BM proponents: Gm crops will feed the worlds growing population,

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Source: The Economist

Since genetic modified crops were first planted 10 year ago, the use worldwide has been growing at double digit rates.  It has been growing, specially, in middle-income countries such as China, India and Brazil.

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Go Green

October 2, 2007

On my way back home I read the “The Green Issue” from American Way and found great facts about our environments and about “us” consumers. It has become such a hot topic over the years, receiving great attentions from scientist, environmental organizations, press, etc.

Take a look at the facts and reflect a little on what we can do to make a difference. It can be as easy as replacing a normal toilet paper for a recycled one.

Green Energy

FACTS:

Worldwide consumption of bottle water reached 154 billion liter (41 billion gallons) in 2004, and increase of 57 percent in five years.

The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load; high-efficiency washing machines use less than 27 gallons of water per load.

Organic farming is typically 30 percent more organic than traditional farming.

Storm windows reduce hear kiss though the windows by 25 to 50 percent.

The average car emits twice its weight in CO2 each year.

Half of the forest that originally covered 48 percent of the earth’s lands surface are gone.

Disposable diapers take 200 to 500 years to decompose.

At the current rate of warming, all the glaciers in glacier national park will be gone b7 2070.

It takes 90 years to grow a box of tissues.

Last year, China overtook the U.S. as the biggest CO2 emitter.

The number of hurricanes worldwide classified as either Category 4 or 5 has almost doubled in the past 35 years.

In the United States, it takes about a third of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to grow enough cotton for one T-shirt.

Every year, the catalog industry sends out more than 20 billion catalogs – that’s 67 catalogs for every person in America.

Globally, sea levels could possibly rice more than 20 feet with the loss of Greenland and Antarctica shelf ice.

When cars cruise at 65 miles per hour rather than at 55 miles per hour, the carbon monoxide emissions more than double per mile driven.

A typical U.S. household generates 45,00 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Wind-power installation has increased by 500 percent in the United States since 1999.

In order to prevent the Taj Mahal from being polluted, visitors must park nearly two miles away and take battery-run buses or horse-drawn carriages to the monument.

Twenty years ago; only one curbside recycling program existed in the United States. By 2005, almost 9,000 curbside programs had sprung up across the nation.

The Untied State uses nearly $1 million worth of energy every minute.

One modern wind turbine produces enough energy to meet the annual electricity needs of 500 homes.

The National Recycling Coalition reports that recycling supports 1.1 million jobs in the United States.

Low energy computers saves their owners as much as $300 per year in electricity costs.

In North America alone, more than 350 million cartridges per year are discarded in landfills, and that number increases by 12 percent annually.

If every household in the United States were to replace just one package of new fiber napkins with 100-percent recycled, it would save one million trees.

If every household replaced one roll of toilet paper with a roll of recycled post consumer waste, 424,000 trees would be saved.

Microwaves are between 3.5 and 4.8 times more energy efficient than tradition electric ovens. If everyone in North America cooked exclusively with a microwave for a year. We’d save as much energy as the entire continent of Africa consumes during that same amount of time.

Carpooling with someone just two days a week will reduce your CO2 emissions by about 1,590 pounds a year.

Americans throw away 25 billion foam cups each year.

Driving 10 fewer miles every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of CO2 emission per year.

In the United States each year, more than 100 billion pounds of food is wasted by consumers, retailers, and restaurants.

If everyone in the world were to consume like the average U.S. citizen, we would need at least four more Earths.

Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives but losses one or more species of animal or plant life.

More than one billion people lack access to a safe supply of drinking water.

Proper inflation of your cars tires can improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent.

Eight trees will cancel out four years’ worth of garbage.

Consumers and industries in the United States throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every three months.

67% percent of all major appliances are recycled.

Latin America Watch

May 4, 2007

Good friends of mine recommend Latin America Watch website, which offers articles and news that you won’t find on CNN. It gives a different perspective and insight about politics. The influence/interest the United States has on America. It also offers articles on Latin American politics.