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Tibetan Buddhists actually count wealth among the four factors in a happy life, along with worldly satisfaction, spirituality and enlightenment. Money per se is not evil. For the Dalai Lama, the key question is whether “we utilize our favorable circumstances, such as our good health or wealth, in positive ways, in helping others.” There is much for Americans to absorb here. Advocates of free enterprise must remember that the system’s moral core is neither profits nor efficiency. It is creating opportunity for individuals who need it the most.
He’s practical and empathetic. The lesson? Pass the bread.
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A United Nations report warned that climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
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Saturday, 22 March is World Water Day. It is an annual event to raise awareness of the global issues that limit access to fresh, safe water, and this year’s theme is the link between water and energy. The presence of water is a fundamental requirement for life on any planet, and on this particular planet, water for our particular species has never been in shorter supply.
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What we need is better policy guiding the management of our natural resources, shorter supply chains, and appropriate incentives for farmers to act responsibly, not another variation on the cheap food/wealthy processor theme.
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The U.K. Prime Minister is clearly a fan of the HAPIfork. At a speech at Europe’s CeBIT tech conference yesterday, David Cameron announced an additional £45 million in funding for research in areas linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) — taking the total pot of cash sloshing around the U.K. for helping to develop connected cutlery and the like to £73 million (factoring in a series of previous funding announcements in this area).
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Achieving this vision globally is a continuous process that can draw inspiration from bright spots that are already emerging in some cities.
Planners must shift their attention to the informal economy that is the invisible engine of true urban greatness.
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Scientists need clearer language to express the urgency of climate change. Dropping an F-bomb or two would be a good start.
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Globally speaking, water scarcity is an even more acute concern — one under the microscope this weekend at dozens of World Water Day events and scrutinized in the latest update to the United Nations World Water Development report. By 2025, the United Nations figures that nearly half of the world's pollution will live in water-stressed regions, making solutions to this challenge the focus for an emerging wave of technology and infrastructure services companies.

There are many reasons sustainability executives are watching water far more closely and seeking to reduce their organizations' consumption — such as shifting climate patterns, rising populations and the expansion of emerging economies. While some of these things may seem beyond our immediate control, there are factors exacerbating the situation that we can influence more directly — for good or for bad.

By moving to eliminate some of these wasteful practices, businesses and communities could help divert potable resources where they might have a more positive impact. With that in mind, here are 10 common practices making the water picture worse (in no particular order), along with some ideas for addressing them. 
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Energy and water are both basic components of life and economic progress, and they are also inextricably linked. Energy is used to secure, deliver, treat, and distribute water, while water is used (and often degraded) to develop, process and deliver energy.  
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For those working in the sustainability reporting field, now is the time to define a unifying metric that brings everyone together with shared purpose.
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