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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CSR Wire

May 28, 2009

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If you are interesting in corporate social responsibility news and report, check CSR Wire.

Did You Know?

February 6, 2009

This is an incredible video on the progression of information technology…

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 

UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Un Techo para mi País

September 30, 2008

Misión

Buscamos mejorar la calidad de vida de las familias que actualmente viven en situación de pobreza, a través de la construcción de viviendas de emergencia y planes de habilitación social implementados en un trabajo conjunto entre voluntarios y pobladores. Queremos denunciar la realidad de los asentamientos en que viven millones de personas en Latinoamérica e involucrar a la sociedad en su conjunto, logrando que se comprometan y unan con la tarea de construir un continente más solidario y sin la injusticia de la pobreza.

Guatemala

Actualmente en Guatemala se han construido 16 casas. Las próximas construcciones van a ser en Octubre (15 casas), Noviembre (40) y Diciembre (60) aproximadamente.

 

 

International Institute of Sustainable Development

July 17, 2008

IISD is a non-for-profit organization with a team of more than 150 people. They promote change towards sustainable development. Take a look at their Annual Report.

 

 

 

 

The Green Wall of China

May 6, 2008

Gobi DesertThe Green Wall of China or Green Great Wall is a project to plant 2,800 miles of forest strips across the northwest rim of China skirting the Gobi Desert. It is consider one of the biggest ecological projects in history. The project will take 73-years of forestation and will cost 96.2 billion over the next decade.

The Director of the State Administration of Forestry, Zhou Shenxian, said “The project will greatly reduce the sandstorm thread to Beijing, upon completion.” The Gobi Desert has been taking grassland over the year, which is a great threat to China agriculture economy. 

 

Some Examples o Environmental Engineering

1996

Italian army blows up 15,000 pounds of explosives to block lava flowing from Mount Etna to villages below.

1999
Mexico City installs 20,000 air filters on streetlights in the smog-choked central district.

US approves an $8 billion project to rechannel a river as part of reengineering the 4 million-acre Florida Everglades.

Los Angeles builds a massive ground-based sprinkler system to control dust pollution in nearby Owens Valley.

2001
New York City Transit dumps some 1,000 subway cars in the ocean off Delaware and South Carolina to serve as artificial reefs.

2002
Construction begins on Italy’s $3 billion plan to build hinged dams around Venice to keep the city from sinking.

2003
First generators go online at China’s Three Gorges Dam, a $24 billion project that will provide 18.2 million kilowatts of power by 2009.

Source: WIRED, BBC News

 

 

 

Blue Ocean Stategy

April 11, 2008

Blue Ocean Strategy is a business strategy book that promotes a systematic approach “for making the competition irrelevant.” Check it out: