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312 Articles by Chris Tobias

Asia’s Progress with Corporate Social Responsibility: Is Business Really Taking the Issues Seriously?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a critical issue across Asia.  From local companies to multi-national conglomerates, how successfully business interacts with its environs and community is of supreme importance.  The recent CSR-Asia Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia gave some worthwhile perspectives in a region home to roughly 60% of ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in November 2009, about Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Trading, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population, Poverty & Development, Recycling (2 comments)

Palm Oil: The Contentious Climate and CSR Issue in Asia

This weeks CSR-Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur touched on several critical issues for the region.  One contentious topic is palm oil.  While organizations, like the WWF lauded Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), might have tried to add legitimacy to the notion that palm oil can be cultivated in a ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in October 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Logging, Media, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development (3 comments)

The Humble Toilet: Key to Solving Economic, Environmental, and Social Problems?

Jack Sim’s mind is in the toilet.  Or rather on the toilet.  In face, he thinks that toilets are not only one of the keys to a global economic recovery, but also to empowering the developing world.  Perhaps he’s spent too long on the “seat of wisdom”, or ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in October 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Health, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water (4 comments)

Event Highlights Achievements of Southeast Asia’s Change Makers

The National Museum of Singapore was graced last night with some of Southeast Asia’s leading innovators.  Both native talent and international experts were showcased in an event hosted by Qi Global.  The event themed Human Progress in Harmony with Nature was incredibly significant, not only for the speakers, but ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in October 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Art & Culture, Celebrities, Climate Change, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Events, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Pollution (1 comment)

Human Progress in Harmony with Nature- Upcoming Event to Give Voice to Change Makers Across Southeast Asia

Getting attention for environmental issues is not always an easy thing to do in Asia.  Many identify “green” with the color of money and not much else.  And in many ways, who could blame people--  with competitive cultures, an economic downturn, and a rising cost of living, for many the ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in September 2009, about Art & Culture, Climate Change, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Events, Food, Poverty & Development

Dust-bowl-ification Hits Australia; Up Next, American Southwest?

I’m 72 years old and I’ve never seen anything like it before.  It’s the first time ever. We have seen the future, and it is Australia — and it isn’t pretty (see “Absolute must read: Australia today offers horrific glimpse of U.S. Southwest, much of planet ... keep reading

Written by Joe Romm in September 2009, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather

Myth vs. reality on international climate negotiations

This analysis is from the Center for American Progress.   CAP statements on President Obama’s Speech and Chinese President Hu’s Speech at Today’s UN Climate Summit are here.  Photo above is U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks during the opening of the World Climate Conference in Geneva on ... keep reading

Written by Joe Romm in September 2009, about Carbon Trading, Climate Change, Emissions, Events, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Poverty & Development, Solar (1 comment)

The Land Owns Us All (+ Video)

Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayer's Rock) in Australia, explains how the connectedness of every living thing to every other living thing is not just an idea but a way of living. This way includes all beings as part of a vast family and ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in September 2009, about Art & Culture, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior, Philosophy & Religion

A Better Economic Model? Revisiting Mondragón (+ Video)

Financial crisis and recession woes got you thinking that there might be a better way to do business?  Check out this inspiring case study of Mondragón in the Basque Country.  This co-op has pulled itself from a post-war environment and gone on to prosper by introducing some very unique ... keep reading

Written by Chris Tobias in September 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Economics, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government (2 comments)

Children Suffering from "Clean Coal" Lies

This is a picture of the mouth of a 7-year-old boy named Ryan Massey who has the misfortune of living in a coal mining area in West Virginia. In case you missed Sunday's New York Times article "Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering:" [Ryan's ... keep reading

Written by Colin Beavan in September 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Coal & Oil, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Food, Health, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

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