Hi, welcome to our blog highlights. Every 15 days, we post a collection of blogs that talk about sustainability, global issues, environmental issues, and so on. These are some of the best blogs found on the internet in the sustainability realm from reliable sources. Enjoy our selection this week.

digital marketing Using Digitization to Enable Business Model Innovation for Sustainability 

This article was originally published in Radar 09: Inside the Machine.

The rise of the Internet and influx of connectivity around the world has enabled entirely new, more socially and environmentally impactful, business models to come to the fore. In fact, the term ‘business model innovation’ did not come to prominence until after the birth of the Internet in the 1990s. And similarly to the Internet, it saw an exponential increase in its popularity and usage into today’s ‘buzzword’ status. Below are just a few exciting examples of the many current and emerging business model innovations that are creating improved environmental and social outcomes, or are redistributing economical value more equitably throughout society. (Read More)

strawberries Stop Spain’s strawberry growers sucking key wetland dry, say supermarkets

A consortium of high-profile supermarkets and food companies is demanding urgent action to stop unsustainable water usage among Spanish strawberry growers.
Companies including Sainsbury’s, M&S, Unilever and Coca-Cola claim current practices will lead to severe environmental damage to fragile ecosystems.

Spain’s strawberry industry generates around €400m (£313) a year in export revenue, with the majority of production occurring close to Doñana national park in the provinces of Huelva and Seville.
The biosphere reserve is one of Europe’s most important wetlands, supporting thousands of migratory birds as well as being a stronghold of the endangered Iberian lynx. (Read More)

2015 was the hottest year ever. Again !desert

When we were in early 2015, scientists announced that 2014 had been the hottest year on record. Now that we are in 2016, climate scientists are announcing that 2015 was even warmer. 

I am not surprised given how the weather is warm. As the Climate Reality Project reported ;

“NOAA and NASA have both confirmed what scientists have been predicting for months: 2015 was globally the hottest year ever recorded (and the direct temperature records date back to 1880). But what else did scientists determine about the state of the climate in 2015? Here’s what else you need to know.

Not only was 2015 the warmest year on record globally, it beat the previous record, set in 2014, by a wide margin. The average temperature (over land and ocean surfaces) was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average, a full 0.29°F (0.16°C) above the previous record set in 2014.

That might not seem like much, but it’s the widest margin by which the global average annual temperature record has been broken –ever. ” (Read More)

earthquake Ecuador quake death toll rises as search for survivors continue

The death toll from Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades rose to 350 on Monday as traumatized survivors rested amid the rubble of their homes and rescuers dug for survivors in the Andean nation’s shattered coastal region. At least 2,068 people were also injured in Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude quake, which ripped apart buildings and roads and knocked out power. (Read More)

Housing Confidence among US homebuilders little changed in April

[WASHINGTON] Confidence among US homebuilders was little changed in April, indicating the housing market lacked momentum as the spring selling season got under way.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment gauge held at 58 this month, where its been since February, figures from the Washington-based group showed Monday. Readings greater than 50 mean more respondents report good market conditions. (Read More)

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