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The ethics of water as a finite resource

The following is an edited excerpt from the last chapter of "Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity" by Sandra Postel. Copyright 2017 Sandra Postel. Reprinted with the permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C.On Dec. 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8, the first manned mis­sion to the moon, beamed back to Earthlings one of the most iconic and transformative photographs of the 20th century: Earthrise. It showed our planet in its most fragile, isolated and vulner­able state — aloft in outer space. Yet against the barren moonscape, the swirling blues and wispy whites turned earth into a stunning gem in the vast darkness. Water, the source of life, and every astronaut’s holy grail, cloaked the planet like a comfortable shawl.  Earthrise showed us unmistakably that water is the planet’s greatest gift, the gift of life — and that it is finite. From that knowledge flows a moral truth: if water is essential to life, and it is finite, the ethical response is to share it with all of life.Stewardship of earth’s finite freshwater is all about finding an entry point and then taking action. For some, that means bringing about change through the channels of policy or law. For many conservation­ists, it is taking on strategic projects that return water to a damaged ecosystem. For a growing number of businesses, it is about reducing the environmental effects of their products. And for others, it is acting locally to better a river or watershed they know and love.Such was the case for Roger Muggli, a third-generation farmer in the Yellowstone river basin of eastern Montana. I visited him at his farm outside of Miles City on a warm summer day in August 2013. Muggli’s call to repair the Tongue River, a major tributary to the Yellowstone, came at the ripe age of 10 when he was shocked to find fish flopping around on his family’s farmland. A diversion structure, 12 Mile Dam, was blocking saugers, suckers and sturgeon from reaching their spawn­ing grounds. Aside from that, some fish floating downstream were get­ting swept into the local irrigation canal and spewed onto his family’s cropland."I couldn’t stand to watch them die in the field," Muggli recalled. He would scoop stranded fish into buckets, hop on his bike and release them into the Yellowstone River, which flowed near the Muggli farm. He tried placing a screen against the canal’s headgate, but it got so clogged with debris it would no longer pass irrigation water. The week he got his driver’s license he took a bucket of fish from his field down to local officials, convinced that they would be mortified like he was at the death of so many innocent creatures. Instead, they shooed him out of the office. Undeterred, and fortified by his mother’s reminder that he would outlive the older folks shouting him down, he waited for his opportunity.It came in 1986, when, in his late 30s, Muggli was elected to the board of the Tongue and Yellowstone (T&Y) Irrigation District. Both his father and his grandfather had served before him, so the Muggli name was well known around Miles City, where he’d lived his whole life. In addition to farming 1,700 acres, Muggli owns and operates the largest feed-making plant in Montana. In the off-season, he and his team turn alfalfa and grains into some 30,000 tons of pellets that feed livestock throughout the state.Stewardship of earth’s finite freshwater is all about finding an entry point and then taking action.From his position on the T&Y board, Muggli went about build­ing a coalition of partners to solve the problem that had plagued him since he was a boy. The first fruits of his crusade materialized in the late 1990s, when, with support from public agencies and private conserva­tion groups, he oversaw the installation of a new headgate system on the canal. Muggli showed me an inlet with a baffled wall that allows water through but keeps fish out, and a passageway that guides fish carried into the inlet right back to the river on the dam’s downstream side. As a result, many thousands of fish previously siphoned into the irriga­tion canal to meet certain death were now heading downstream to their mother river, the Yellowstone, which ultimately joins the Missouri, the nation’s longest river."You’ve got to fight it to the end or it’s not going to get fixed," Mug­gli said.In 2007, Muggli’s full dream for a fish-friendly diversion dam was realized. With assistance from state and federal agencies, as well as the Nature Conservancy, a $400,000 bypass channel was built to enable fish heading upstream to spawn to circumvent 12 Mile Dam. State fisheries assessments have found that the Muggli Bypass is helping a wide variety of native fish get past the dam. Shortly after the upgrade at 12 Mile, two other diversion structures farther upstream on the Tongue began to be dismantled. Combined with the Muggli Bypass, their removal opens up some 190 miles of river habitat and spawning grounds on this critical tributary. Success on the Tongue has also inspired fish-passage projects on the Yellowstone, in particular to aid the ancient and endangered pallid sturgeon.Ambitious efforts like these require a great deal of collaboration and commitment among many agencies and stakeholders. But the spark for stewardship came from a 10-year-old boy’s resolve to do something about the stranded and dying fish in his family’s fields."It’s a complex world and we have to be responsible players in it," Muggli said. "I want to leave this place better than I found it." And as for those naysayers that his mother advised him about: he outlived them all, he said. "They’re all pushing up daisies."Let's block ads! (Why?)

Στέγνωσε το φράγμα της Κρήτης και θυμίζει αφρικανική έρημο

Κάποιο από τα πιο εφιαλτικά σενάρια των περασμένων ετών για την κλιματική αλλαγή και τις συνέπειες της, είναι πλέον γεγονός.Του ανταποκριτή μας από το flashnews.gr στην ΚρήτηΜε την ανομβρία των τελευταίων ετών υπάρχει έντονη έλλειψη νερού για την άρδευση και ο κίνδυνος να καταστραφούν δεκάδες χιλιάδες στρέμματα με καλλιέργειες, θερμοκήπια και ελαιόδεντρα στην ευρύτερη περιοχή του κάμπου της Μεσαράς, γύρο από το «στεγνό» φράγμα της Φανερωμένης Νότια του Ηρακλείου Κρήτης.Μόνο απογοήτευση μπορούν να προκαλέσουν οι εικόνες με τον ''ξερό'' και αυλακωμένο πυθμένα της λίμνης, που θυμίζει Αφρικανική έρημο.....Από τα 19 εκατομμύρια κυβικά νερού η ποσότητα μειώθηκε στις 800 χιλιάδες, με το ελάχιστο νερό που έχει απομείνει να μην μπορεί να καλύψει ούτε το χαμηλό κτίσμα και τα δέντρα στο κέντρο της άλλοτε γεμάτης λίμνης του φράγματος.Η τραγική αυτή κατάσταση ανάγκασε τους υπεύθυνους διαχείρισης, πριν μερικές μέρες, να κλείσουν το φράγμα για πρώτη φορά από τότε που κατασκευάστηκε το 2005.[embedded content]Περισσότερες ειδήσεις από την Κρήτη στο flashnews.grΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GRLet's block ads! (Why?)

4 rules for effective corporate governance

Successful integration and effective management of sustainability at a company requires having committed leadership, clear direction and strategic influence — and none of this will happen without a robust governance structure. Sustainability governance helps a company implement sustainability strategy across the business, manage goal-setting and reporting processes, strengthen relations with external stakeholders and ensure overall accountability.How and where sustainability fits into the overall corporate structure can be very revealing of a company’s direction and priorities. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no cookie-cutter structure that can be applied; every company must tailor its approach for what makes the most sense given its business model, structure, resources and level of sustainability integration into the business.Here are four considerations to keep in mind when building effective governance structures:Commitment begins at the top. Reporting to the CEO or other key C-suite leadership can help demonstrate that a company is serious about sustainability.Accountability must be established and communicated clearly. Accountability helps ensure that sustainability is integrated with other business goals. Including sustainability performance into the company’s annual goals and employee performance review and compensation processes may be helpful mechanisms.Alignment between the structure and the business is imperative. Sustainability governance structures that align with and complement the existing business model and organizational structures can be more successful than creating redundant or competing structures.Flexibility to adapt and build up on the sustainability program across business units and regions can advance the sustainability agenda. Allowing for some adaptation can help ensure the sustainability program’s relevance to a business unit’s own strategies or region’s local conditions. It also can generate employee engagement.With these considerations in mind, here are examples of best practices in forming sustainability governance structures.Head of sustainabilityHaving a dedicated "head" is necessary to ensure there is focus on driving sustainability strategy and advancing the company’s program — it also can signal the company’s commitment. Most top global corporations with which BSR works have dedicated sustainability leaders with varying levels and titles, such as chief sustainability officer. These people can be the internal and external "face" for sustainability for the company.Formal board committeeSustainability oversight by the board of directors increasingly is integrated across several formal board committees but also can be accomplished through a dedicated committee. Board committees can be an important vehicle for educating the board on sustainability issues and helping demonstrate corporate commitment to sustainability at the highest levels. Companies that have boards that review and monitor various aspects of their CSR programs include American Express, which has a dedicated Public Responsibility Committee, and Shell, which has a Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee.Cross-functional executive sustainability committeeBelow the board level, having a cross-functional executive committee that engages leadership across business units, regions and functions provides further oversight and strategic guidance. It also mobilizes employees to implement strategies. The functions involved can vary, but may include risk management, supply chain, operations and facilities, marketing, public affairs and communications, human resources, environmental health and safety, and investor relations. For example, Bank of America has a Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Committee led by the vice-chairman and composed of senior leaders across the company.Sustainability teamsHaving a core team can help coordinate daily activities and implement companywide initiatives. While a dedicated team is very common, it’s important for it not be siloed, but rather integrated and engaged with business units and functions. NIKE Inc. (PDF download), for example, has a sustainable business and innovation team that plays a key role in helping integrate sustainability across the company’s value chain, from innovation to retail.Sustainability supporting structuresWorking groups or committees, which may have a dotted-line reporting relationship to the head of sustainability, can assist integration of strategy and goals by supporting and even substituting sustainability teams. Individuals in these support structures may be the "owners" of priority sustainability topics and are responsible for implementing strategies, tracking performance, and engaging employees. Representatives may come from real estate and facilities, communications, human resources, risk management, supply chain and other groups. IBM, as one example, has a Corporate Responsibility Working Group that meets monthly.External advisory councilsWhile external advisory councils officially may not be part of the governance structure, they can serve as a valuable mechanism to advance the company’s agenda and get outside perspective on a variety of ESG issues. Dow Chemical, for example, has a Sustainability External Advisory Council composed of global thought leaders from various organizations, such as environmental NGOs, academia, businesses and governments.Developing sustainability governance structures may take time, but it can help ensure successful management of ESG issues at your company. How does governance help you accomplish your goals?Let's block ads! (Why?)

Γιατί ψοφούν τα έντομα στη Γερμανία;

Από το 1998 ο εντομολογικός σύλλογος του Κρέφελντ συλλέγει στοιχεία αναφορικά με τον πληθυσμό των εντόμων στη Γερμανία. Οι εθελοντές χρησιμοποιούν ειδικές παγίδες μέσα στις οποίες συλλέγονται τα έντομα. Βάσει της μάζας που συλλέγεται στις παγίδες, οι ερευνητές οδηγούνται σε συμπεράσματα σε σχέση με τον αριθμό και την κατάσταση υγείας των εντόμων.Η συλλογή γίνεται σε 63 προστατευόμενες περιοχές στη Γερμανία και συγκεκριμένα στα κρατίδια της Β. Ρηνανίας Βεστφαλίας, της Ρηνανίας Παλατινάτου και του Βρανδεμβούργου. Σε τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα οι ερευνητές αδειάζουν τις παγίδες και συγκρίνουν την ποσότητα των εντόμων με αυτήν προηγούμενων μετρήσεων. Οι έρευνες των τελευταίων 27 χρόνων λοιπόν έδειξαν ότι ο αριθμός των εντόμων μειώθηκε κατά 76%.Διαφωνίες για την έρευναΜπορεί η μέθοδος της συλλογής των εντόμων για την καταμέτρηση τους σε παγίδες να φαίνεται οξύμωρη, αφού τα έντομα θανατώνονται κατά αυτή τη διαδικασία, αρκετοί εντομολόγοι όμως την θεωρούν αξιόπιστη. Ο Κάσπας Χάλμαν από το Πανεπιστήμιο Ράντμπουντ της Ολλανδίας μελέτησε τα στοιχεία του Συνδέσμου του Κρέφελντ και δήλωσε ότι οι επιστήμονες γνώριζαν ότι υπάρχει μείωση του αριθμού των εντόμων. Ωστόσο, επισημαίνει, «το φαινόμενο έχει πάρει πολύ μεγαλύτερες διαστάσεις απ' ό, τι πιστεύαμε μέχρι τώρα».Από την άλλη πλευρά η Αλεξάντρα-Μαρία Κλάιν από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Φράιμπουργκ θεωρεί ότι κατά τη διάρκεια της συλλογής στοιχείων υπήρξαν αρκετά κενά, τα οποία συμπληρώθηκαν με τη βοήθεια στατιστικών. Η ίδια πιστεύει ότι αυτή δεν αποτελεί αξιόπιστη μέθοδο.Δεν φταίει η κλιματική αλλαγήΣε ένα γενικότερο επίπεδο ωστόσο, η επιστημονική κοινότητα παραδέχεται ότι ο αριθμός των εντόμων πράγματι μειώνεται. Τα αίτια αυτού του φαινομένου δεν έχουν διευκρινιστεί ακόμη. Οι επιστήμονες πάντως εκτιμούν ότι δεν οφείλεται στην κλιματική αλλαγή. Η αύξηση της θερμοκρασίας του πλανήτη θα έπρεπε να είχε ως συνέπεια την αύξηση του αριθμού των εντόμων, αφού η ζέστη ευνοεί την ανάπτυξή τους. Ωστόσο παρατηρείται το αντίθετο.Πιο πιθανό, σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα της deutche welle,  είναι η σταδιακή εξαφάνιση των εντόμων να οφείλεται στην αυξημένη γεωργική ανάπτυξη στη χώρα. Η χρήση παρασιτοκτόνων και μεγάλης ποσότητας λιπασμάτων επηρεάζουν αρνητικά το φυσικό περιβάλλον των εντόμων. Επιπλέον τα χωράφια που καλλιεργούνται καταλαμβάνουν πλέον πολύ περισσότερο χώρο απ' ό,τι παλαιότερα, με αποτέλεσμα να εκλείπουν θάμνοι και δενδρύλλια που προσφέρουν καταφύγιο σε πολλά έντομα.Μπορεί η είδηση για τη μείωση του αριθμού των εντόμων να μην προκαλεί σε πολλούς ανησυχία. Ωστόσο τα έντομα αποτελούν την αρχή μιας αλυσίδας. Στη συνέχεια αυτή βρίσκονται πτηνά και ερπετά που δεν βρίσκουν τροφή και καλλιεργούμενα φυτά και λουλούδια που δεν γονιμοποιούνται πια από μέλισσες. Τα αίτια θα πρέπει λοιπόν να ερευνηθούν γρήγορα και στη συνέχεια τα έντομα να τεθούν υπό κάποιου είδους προστασία.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Nishiawakura’s Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

JFS Newsletter No.181 (September 2017)Nishiawakura VillageNishiawakura is a "village" (Japanese "mura," essentially a rural district) located at the northeastern edge of Okayama Prefecture where it borders Hyogo and Tottori prefectures in Japan. The village covers 57.97 square kilometers and has a population of 1,490 (as of August 1, 2017). Through the center of the village flows the Yoshino River, with a long, narrow flat plain extending along it. About 95 percent of the village is forested, with Japanese cedar and cypress dominating. At the northern edge of the village, a wakasugi (young Japanese cedar) native forest, which is rare worldwide, reflects the splendid changing scenery of the four seasons.In 2004, Nishiawakura decided against merging with neighboring municipalities, though that was a large-scale trend throughout Japan, from 1999 through 2010, but to remain an autonomous village. After that, in a joint effort involving both villagers and non-villagers, the village considered how to advance its efforts for autonomy. In 2008, it established the "Nishiawakura Village Initiative with a 100-year Vision of Forests." This initiative aims its sights on 50 years in the future.Why does the name of this initiative include "100-year vision," though it focuses on 50 years in the future? Looking back on the past, 50 years ago there were also people who acted in consideration of the village's future. They planted trees, and the trees are 50 years old now. That is why the initiative's name includes "100-year vision," implying their wish to pass along the hopes of their ancestors to the future. Moreover, Nishiawakura hopes to develop not only forests but also the village itself and the local people.In this issue, we introduce Nishiawakura's initiatives, including those based on their own desire to achieve what they want to do in the region.Forest maintained under "Nishiawakura Village Initiative with a 100-year Vision of Forests"Nishiawakura Local Venture SchoolWhen talking about regional revitalization, we sometimes describe people's personalities in terms of three behavioral principles: hunting type (based on ambition), nomadic type (based on curiosity), and agriculture type (based on desire for security). Nowadays, more and more hunting-type people are moving to Nishiawakura, with the number arriving exceeding 100 in total. Also, 13 start-up companies have been launched there, and the combined total of their annual sales amounts to slightly over 800 million yen (about US$7.2 million). To organize this trend and make it sustainable, the village began holding courses at the Nishiawakura Local Venture School (LVS) in 2015.LVS courses are offered on the assumption that each school participant will start up a new business based in the village. Participants who pass the final selection are provided with training opportunities, a subsidy and other support.In the first selection, carried out in Nishiawakura, participants can receive feedback directly from residents. Also, to make more concrete plans, each participant works in a team with village officers to solve problems quickly and visits sites suitable to his or her business. After a brush-up period, the final selection is carried out and those who pass it can start business.One of the LVS's notable features is that everything depends on "the individual's own desire." Participants are repeatedly asked, "Is that really what you want?" Every time they are asked this, they adjust their business plans by looking back at themselves again. A sense of unity is generated not by starting with an action for the sake of the region or Japan or society, but by the process of awaking each participant's passion and having village residents experience this passion by means of the selections.Hatter UKIYO, winner in Nishiawakura Local Venture School 2015Nishiawakura Local Life LaboratoryA challenge to foster human resources step by step in the village has also been undertaken under a program called Nishiawakura Local Life Laboratory (LLL). In this program, agriculture-type people can develop themselves while learning about the village, unlike hunting-type people, who are involved in the village from the start as entrepreneurs.Participants in this program seek their future while learning about the village as apprentices for one year. After the program is completed, the participants can choose their own future at their discretion. If they want to start a business, they can seek to create a business using the LVS. They can also find a job and continue living in the village. They can even choose to "graduate" and leave the village.Eels from the ForestDaisuke Maki, who has been actively playing a main role in implementing the LVS and LLL since their inception, conducts his own business activities in the village through his company, "A0 Co., Ltd." He runs an eel aquaculture farm in the former gymnasium of an abolished elementary school. His eels are sold under the name "Eels from the Forest." He tries to maximize the available natural capital by utilizing wood waste generated from lumber processing factories in the village as fuel for the heating system to keep temperatures optimal in his aquaculture farm. Since chemicals are used as little as possible to raise the fish, the eels produced by his culture method are safe to eat.Maki also pays particular attention to managerial aspects: maximizing the value of each eel. In the conventional process, starting from production (aquaculture), processing, distribution and retail, and finally leading to consumers, the heads of eels are discarded during processing. Eel heads, however, are known to contain large amount of collagen, and his farm is now trying to find a way to make good use of them, as they would otherwise be treated as waste. To deliver tasty eels for consumers to enjoy, the farm is also particular about its freezing technology. Instead of using expensive techniques, the farm looked into developing a low-cost freezing technique, which it is using now.Maki hopes that his eel culture business will play the role that cattle used to play in linking mountains and agricultural fields in the past. Wood waste generated from processing lumber harvested from the mountains is already used as fuel, and now he is attempting to grow grains and vegetables using nutrients generated from eel farming as fertilizer in farmlands. These are some of the creative ways to make the forest, which is the villagers' pride, indispensable to many people through business activities, instead of just preserving it as something to be appreciated like a museum.Eels from the ForestActivities for regional revitalization are gaining steam and many people are working hard to support those activities across Japan. On the other hand, burnout among these people is a possible issue. Planning a business based on one's true desires could be one solution to this issue. Having a venue to share one's own passion for one's business directly with people in the community could lead to a future co-created by "I" and the community.Furthermore, in the modern era when we feel pressed for time, opportunities to get to know a community and re-examine oneself in an environment where people are loosely linked may be invaluable. Nishiawakura is a village, retaining the warmth to embrace not only people who want to take on new challenges but also people who still can't figure out what they want to do.Written by Yuta HashimotoLet's block ads! (Why?)

Αστεροειδής στο μέγεθος λεωφορείου πέρασε ανάμεσα στη Γη και τη Σελήνη

Η είδηση πως ένας αστεροειδής σε μέγεθος λεωφορείου θα περνούσε ξυστά από τη Γη την Πέμπτη προξένησε μία μικρή ανησυχία στους λάτρεις του διαστήματος. Όχι όμως στους επιστήμονες καθώς παρακολουθούσαν το φαινόμενο προσεκτικά μιας και ήταν το δεύτερο μέσα σε μία εβδομάδα.Ο αστεροειδής 2017 TD6 έχει διάμετρο 22 μέτρα και πέρασε σε απόσταση 191.511 χιλιομέτρων από τον πλανήτη μας, δηλαδή στη μισή απόσταση που χωρίζει τη Γη από τη Σελήνη και οι ειδικοί λένε ότι θα επιστρέψει στις 29 Μάϊου του 2018, χωρίς ωστόσο να γνωρίζουν ακόμη πόσο κοντά θα πλησιάσει τη Γη.Πριν από μια εβδομάδα ο αστεροειδής 2012 TC4 διαμέτρου 30 μέτρων έφθασε σε απόσταση 43.452 χιλιομέτρων από τη Γη προκαλώντας ανησυχία στη διεθνή επιστημονική κοινότητα και αναμένεται να επιστρέψει άλλες δύο φορές στη διάρκεια του 21ου αιώνα.[embedded content]ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GRLet's block ads! (Why?)

Η CIA αναγκάστηκε να απολύσει το λαγωνικό της για τις βόμβες

Η απόλυση είναι μια δύσκολη κατάσταση για τον καθένα, έστω κι αν δεν είσαι ακριβώς… άνθρωπος.Σε μια τέτοια δεινή περίσταση βρέθηκε πρόσφατα η CIA, η οποία υποχρεώθηκε να διώξει το μαύρο λαμπραντόρ που δεν έκανε προφανώς καθόλου για τον νευραλγικό ρόλο που του είχαν επιφυλάξει…Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017Η Lulu πέρασε κανονικά όλη τη δύσκολη εκπαίδευση της CIA και μπήκε μετά στη δούλεψη της Υπηρεσίας, αν και για άγνωστο λόγο έπειτα από λίγες εβδομάδες στα νέα της καθήκοντα τα βαρέθηκε όλα.Πλέον δεν είχε κανένα ενδιαφέρον να ξετρυπώνει εκρηκτικές ύλες, όπως μας λέει η ίδια η CIA στη σελίδα της(!), καθώς το αξιαγάπητο ζώο βαριόταν να ασχοληθεί με τα καμώματα των ανθρώπων.Κι έτσι, έχοντας ως πρώτο μέλημα τη σωματική και ψυχική υγεία του σκύλου, όπως μας λέει η Υπηρεσία, πήραν τη δύσκολη απόφαση να την αποσύρουν από το πρόγραμμα.Η πρόωρη συνταξιοδότησή της δεν θα της κακοπέσει πάντως, καθώς την υιοθέτησε ο εκπαιδευτής της και παίζει πλέον με τα παιδιά του στο νέο της σπίτι. Μυρίζοντας προφανώς όλη την ώρα για λιχουδιές…Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ημερίδες για την 1η αναθεώρηση των Σχεδίων Διαχείρισης Λεκανών Απορροής Ποταμών και για τα Σχέδια Διαχείρισης Κινδύνων Πλημμύρας στην Αθήνα

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