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National Trust and Panasonic team up for green technology 'showcase'

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:59am

Technology giant announces it is to work with conservation charity to deploy cutting-edge green technology at historic properties


Categories: Climate Change News

Ford revs up $25m global LED rollout

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:08am

Motoring giant announces plan to install energy-efficient lighting at all its manufacturing facilities, slashing energy bills and emissions by around 70 per cent


Categories: Climate Change News

The potentially lucrative business of eco-fashion

Business Green - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:20am

Green is rapidly becoming the new black as industry attitudes change


Categories: Climate Change News

The road to zero-deforestation: Lessons from Brazil | GreenBiz.com

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:54am
By Chris Meyer, Alisha Staggs and Dana Miller (EDF), GreenBiz, 29 September 2014 | What do companies, governments, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples have in common? Despite their differences, they share a common interest in reducing deforestation, which accounts for 12 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Leaders from all of these groups met Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City to spark action on climate change issues including deforestation. The Climate Summit hoped to rally action around two forest efforts, creating incentives to reduce deforestation in tropical countries through REDD+ policies (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and eliminating deforestation from the supply chains of commodities such as palm, beef, soy and paper.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Is the EU's carbon market safe from fraud?

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:52am
By Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen, 29 September 2014 | Perhaps the one positive thing to come out of the spate of cyber-attacks on the EU carbon markets from 2009 to 2011 was that it forced the European Commission to tighten up its lax security measures... The fact that carbon credits are a virtual commodity made them particularly vulnerable to VAT fraud, says Stig Schgolset, head of carbon market analysis at Reuters Point Carbon... In late 2011, the EU voted through new security measures including "know-your-customer" checks, a 24-hour delay on permit transfers between registry accounts; the "four eyes principle" that requires at least two people to authorise a permit transfer; and stopping anyone who has been convicted for money laundering, tax fraud or terrorist financing in the past five years from having carbon accounts. Since then no incidents of carbon market fraud have been recorded and a spokesman for the Commission said the new measures were working effectively.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[New Zealand] Rural Equities divests carbon credits, halves Tandou stake to fund dairy conversion

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:47am
By Suze Metherell, The National Business Review, 29 September 2014 | Rural Equities, the farming group majority-owned by the Cushing family, sold its carbon credits and halved its stake in Australian agricultural company, Tandou, to fund the dairy conversion of its Eiffelton farm and reduce debt. The Hastings-based company gained $250,000 from the sale of its carbon units at $4.20 apiece, it said in a statement. Reducing its stake in Tandou to 6.35 percent, from 12.66 percent, at 44 Australian cents per share saw the company gain $400,000 on book value, taking proceeds of its divestments to $6.3 million.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[Indonesia] New ministries to face uphill battle

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:42am
By Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, 29 September 2014 | Meanwhile, to deal with the country’s chaotic land management, Jokowi also plans to turn the National Land Agency (BPN) into the Agrarian Ministry. Andi of the transition team said the ministry was aimed at expediting the land consolidation processes necessary to support Jokowi-Kalla’s ambitious development programs. “In the past, development programs were frequently hampered by land disputes. Jokowi wants a system that is able to settle this kind of issue more effectively, so he can ensure that his programs can be delivered on time,” he said. Jokowi’s ambitious programs, such as the development of ports as part of his vision for a maritime axis, would need to procure massive amounts of land, Andi said.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Corporations Are Not Going to Save Us From Climate Disruption

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:29am
By Rachel Smolker, Truthout, 29 September 2014 | Clearly, the United Nations is not going to do what is necessary to change the path we are on, but rather is mired in blame and conflict, relegated to endlessly reenacting and rehashing the history of colonialism, apparently utterly incapable of taking any steps that could be construed as challenging to the economic status quo much less calling out capitalism. Why? Because the UN itself is beholden to corporate puppet masters. With apparent naïveté, the UN insists on taking its cue from the very corporations who are responsible for degrading the planet, destroying lives and creating the crisis in the first place. This is pervasive throughout institutions and governments across the globe, not only the UN. The reason is money. With a handful of corporations owning and controlling most of the world's wealth, little can be funded and executed on a large scale without the funding, involvement and decision making of the handful of ultra wealth
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Was Climate Week successful?

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Christian Science Monitor - Climate Week had no shortage of speeches, pledges, and marches, but left little in the way of concrete global action on climate change. Catch up on the highlights from the march, the UN Climate Summit, and the rest of last week's events with a special Recharge on Climate Week.
Categories: Climate Change News

The audacious optimism of Climate Week

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: GreenBiz.com - Amid the hoopla about climate marchers and international convenings, a modicum of progress could be found in New York last week in addressing our growing climate challenges.
Categories: Climate Change News

Clean Transportation Is Driving Us Toward a Low-Carbon Future

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Huffington Post - Some snapshots from across this legendarily car-loving nation: American car buyers can get more miles per gallon than ever before. Window stickers at new car lots displayed a record high average fuel economy of 25.8 mpg in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Categories: Climate Change News

Investors asked to reveal climate risk strategies

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Business Green - More than 1,000 of the world's leading asset owners, including pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, will today be called on to reveal exactly how they are managing their exposure to climate-related risk.
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around The World: Report

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Huffington Post - WASHINGTON –- The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found.
Categories: Climate Change News

China Sets Coal Consumption Standards For Power Plants

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: CleanTechnica - China is taking serious initiatives to reduce dependence on coal as it looks ready to unleash unprecedented measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Categories: Climate Change News

US carbon emissions from energy use increase

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: RTCC - US carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption rose 3% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. The latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration show energy sources belched out 2,737 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between January and June.
Categories: Climate Change News

IEA: Solar could be largest power source by 2050

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: RTCC - By 2050 the sun could become the world’s largest source of electricity, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It has released two reports which it says show how solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal sources could provide 26% of the world’s electricity by mid-century.
Categories: Climate Change News

Peru climate summit to draft global climate business plan for next thirty to fifty years, says UN climate chief

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Daily Orator - Energized by over 300,000 climate demonstrators who marched through New York ahead of United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s climate summit last week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) told a Montreal audience on Friday to expect a draft global agreement in Peru this year to address climate change.
Categories: Climate Change News

Oil majors target King Coal in fight for climate high ground

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:14am
Source: RTCC - Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit.Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster.
Categories: Climate Change News

BRINGING MUSIC PROGRAMS BACK TO LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Playing For Change partners with Celerity Schools to create a powerful educational program utilizing the power of music to make positive social change.

CSRwire - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:15pm

In an effort to support students in underserved urban areas, Celerity Global Development and Playing For Change will be hosting “Playing For Change Day” (www.PlayingForChangeDay.org), at various Celerity Schools throughout the US on Friday, September 19th.  PFC Day LA and Celerity Schools will host the hub event at the Celerity Troika School in Highland Park, CA.

The Global Playing For Change Day movement last year featured over 300 events in 56 countries.  The Los Angeles event will feature live performances by the Playing For Change Band, an internationally recognized music group that celebrates music from all cultures. The unique "Songs Around the World" concept, combining synchronized video performances from diverse artists around the world, has garnered a global audience of over 250 million. Collaborating artists in past projects include Keith Richards, Bono, Sara Bareilles, Taj Mahal, Manu Chao, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, and 100’s of other performers. The LA lineup will also feature violinist virtuoso Lili Haydn, celebrities and performers plus special guests to be announced.

Celerity Global Development (Operator of fourteen K-12 Celerity Charter Schools in Los Angeles and over 30 schools nationally) is partnering with The Playing for Change Foundation locally and nationally and to provide a unique music and performing arts programs to schools in the United States.  The Playing for Change Day Events at Celerity Schools are to celebrate and promote this new partnership and program launch (a list of participating schools can be found at the bottom of these release).

Numerous studies have proven that sustained learning in music and the performing arts improves skills in math and reading and promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. The unique Playing for Change school curriculum accomplishes all that and more. Based on the United Nations’ Millennium Goals and the soon to be adopted Sustainability Goals, the curriculum promotes creative exploration of what it means to be a positive steward of the planet. What’s more, Playing for Change’s innovative mobile techniques and the universal power of music itself invites children the world over to collaborate in that exploration.

"Celerity has been committed to serving the underserved since the creation of our first school. We are also committed to the development of the whole student, both their intellect and their creativity. This type of development is essential, and despite the reduction in funds for the creative arts, we are committed to bringing music and performing arts back into the classroom. With our partnership with Playing for Change, our dreams will be brought to fruition. We are certain our collaboration will inspire others to do the same."

Vielka McFarlane, CEO, Celerity Global Development   

Playing for Change Foundation currently provides free classes in dance, musical instruments, and music theory to more than 700 students at nine music schools and programs it has established in Africa, Nepal and Thailand. Playing for Change, the PFC Foundation and Celerity Global Development have now partnered to further support those existing programs and to expand the curriculum to schools within the United States and globally, beginning with Celerity Schools in California, Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio. The new International Music Program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.

 “Music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.” Mark Johnson, Co-Founder, Playing for Change

Playing for Change Foundation

Playing for Change Foundation was established in 2007 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to create positive change through music and arts education. The foundation has created 9 schools in Africa and Asia and produces the annual Playing For Change Day global event. To date, the lives of more than 15,000 children and community members have been improved through programs of the Foundation and educational performances through Playing for Change. www.playingforchangeday.org

 Celerity Global Development

Celerity Global Development is the parent company of the Celerity Schools that serve children and families in Los Angeles, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio. Their mission is to provide quality education in underserved communities by creating alternative schools that focus on the potential of every child. Celerity Schools are communities of diverse individuals where students develop their intellectual, artistic, and physical talents to the highest degree. www.celerityschools.org .

 

What:              Playing For Change Day Concert

Who:               Playing For Change Band, Lili Haydn plus special guests

Where:            The Celerity Troika Charter School

                        6460 N. Figueroa Street,

                        Los Angeles, CA 90042

When:              Friday, September 19th

                        10am – 12:30pm

 

*Press Interviews and Photos Opportunities on site

 

Additional Celerity Schools with PFC Live Events on September 19th:

Louisiana – Celerity Woodmere Charter School –Harvey, LA

Florida – Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy - Fort Myers, FL

Ohio – Celerity Tenacia Charter School -  Columbus, OH

 

Schools with simultaneous events

California

Celerity Cardinal Charter School – Sun Valley

Celerity Dyad Charter School – South Los Angeles

Celerity Exa Charter School - Pasadena

Celerity Nascent Charter School – South Los Angeles

Celerity Octavia Charter School – Glassel Park

Celerity Palmati Charter School – North Hollywood

Celerity Sirius Charter School - Compton

 

Florida -

Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy

Cape Coral Preparatory and Fitness Academy

 

Louisiana -

Celerity Crestworth Charter School – Baton Rouge

Celerity Dalton Charter School – Baton Rouge

Celerity Lanier Charter School – Baton Rouge

BRINGING MUSIC PROGRAMS BACK TO LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Playing For Change partners with Celerity Schools to create a powerful educational program utilizing the power of music to make positive social change.

CSRwire - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:15pm

In an effort to support students in underserved urban areas, Celerity Global Development and Playing For Change will be hosting “Playing For Change Day” (www.PlayingForChangeDay.org), at various Celerity Schools throughout the US on Friday, September 19th.  PFC Day LA and Celerity Schools will host the hub event at the Celerity Troika School in Highland Park, CA.

The Global Playing For Change Day movement last year featured over 300 events in 56 countries.  The Los Angeles event will feature live performances by the Playing For Change Band, an internationally recognized music group that celebrates music from all cultures. The unique "Songs Around the World" concept, combining synchronized video performances from diverse artists around the world, has garnered a global audience of over 250 million. Collaborating artists in past projects include Keith Richards, Bono, Sara Bareilles, Taj Mahal, Manu Chao, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, and 100’s of other performers. The LA lineup will also feature violinist virtuoso Lili Haydn, celebrities and performers plus special guests to be announced.

Celerity Global Development (Operator of fourteen K-12 Celerity Charter Schools in Los Angeles and over 30 schools nationally) is partnering with The Playing for Change Foundation locally and nationally and to provide a unique music and performing arts programs to schools in the United States.  The Playing for Change Day Events at Celerity Schools are to celebrate and promote this new partnership and program launch (a list of participating schools can be found at the bottom of these release).

Numerous studies have proven that sustained learning in music and the performing arts improves skills in math and reading and promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. The unique Playing for Change school curriculum accomplishes all that and more. Based on the United Nations’ Millennium Goals and the soon to be adopted Sustainability Goals, the curriculum promotes creative exploration of what it means to be a positive steward of the planet. What’s more, Playing for Change’s innovative mobile techniques and the universal power of music itself invites children the world over to collaborate in that exploration.

"Celerity has been committed to serving the underserved since the creation of our first school. We are also committed to the development of the whole student, both their intellect and their creativity. This type of development is essential, and despite the reduction in funds for the creative arts, we are committed to bringing music and performing arts back into the classroom. With our partnership with Playing for Change, our dreams will be brought to fruition. We are certain our collaboration will inspire others to do the same."

Vielka McFarlane, CEO, Celerity Global Development   

Playing for Change Foundation currently provides free classes in dance, musical instruments, and music theory to more than 700 students at nine music schools and programs it has established in Africa, Nepal and Thailand. Playing for Change, the PFC Foundation and Celerity Global Development have now partnered to further support those existing programs and to expand the curriculum to schools within the United States and globally, beginning with Celerity Schools in California, Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio. The new International Music Program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.

 “Music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.” Mark Johnson, Co-Founder, Playing for Change

Playing for Change Foundation

Playing for Change Foundation was established in 2007 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to create positive change through music and arts education. The foundation has created 9 schools in Africa and Asia and produces the annual Playing For Change Day global event. To date, the lives of more than 15,000 children and community members have been improved through programs of the Foundation and educational performances through Playing for Change. www.playingforchangeday.org

 Celerity Global Development

Celerity Global Development is the parent company of the Celerity Schools that serve children and families in Los Angeles, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio. Their mission is to provide quality education in underserved communities by creating alternative schools that focus on the potential of every child. Celerity Schools are communities of diverse individuals where students develop their intellectual, artistic, and physical talents to the highest degree. www.celerityschools.org .

 

What:              Playing For Change Day Concert

Who:               Playing For Change Band, Lili Haydn plus special guests

Where:            The Celerity Troika Charter School

                        6460 N. Figueroa Street,

                        Los Angeles, CA 90042

When:              Friday, September 19th

                        10am – 12:30pm

 

*Press Interviews and Photos Opportunities on site

 

Additional Celerity Schools with PFC Live Events on September 19th:

Louisiana – Celerity Woodmere Charter School –Harvey, LA

Florida – Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy - Fort Myers, FL

Ohio – Celerity Tenacia Charter School -  Columbus, OH

 

Schools with simultaneous events

California

Celerity Cardinal Charter School – Sun Valley

Celerity Dyad Charter School – South Los Angeles

Celerity Exa Charter School - Pasadena

Celerity Nascent Charter School – South Los Angeles

Celerity Octavia Charter School – Glassel Park

Celerity Palmati Charter School – North Hollywood

Celerity Sirius Charter School - Compton

 

Florida -

Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy

Cape Coral Preparatory and Fitness Academy

 

Louisiana -

Celerity Crestworth Charter School – Baton Rouge

Celerity Dalton Charter School – Baton Rouge

Celerity Lanier Charter School – Baton Rouge

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