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Clean Energy Investment Falls to 2009 Levels

13 October 2012 -

Clean Energy Pipeline (ht Business Green) has released clean energy investment figures for the third quarter of 2012 showing that investment has fallen 28% from Q2 2012, and 52% from this time last year. Investment levels are now as low as the beginning of 2009.

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Chevron Defeat at Supreme Court Part of Growing Hostility of U.S. Judiciary Toward Oil Giant

13 October 2012 -

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to hear Chevron’s appeal of its $19 billion liability in Ecuador is the latest in a long string of courtroom setbacks suffered by the oil giant in the historic environmental case, according to an analysis of all legal actions filed by the oil giant in U.S. federal courts.

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The story of change

23 July 2012 -

(Annie Leonard)

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.

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In Defense of Genetically Modified Crops

13 June 2012 -

Genetically modified Bt crops get a pretty bad rap. The pest-killing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacteria protein these plants are bioengineered to make has been accused of harming monarch butterflieshoney beesrats, and showing up in the blood of pregnant women.

Just one problem: None of that is true.

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Imagine a Pollution Monitor That Checks Your Vital Signs

11 June 2012 -

(New York Times)

A bus just passed by. I think I have a headache. This is the sort of inane information that the most tweet-happy among us rush to share with the rest of the indifferent world. 

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International Pacts Don’t Work: The World Is Still On Track For Environmental Disaster

11 June 2012 -

(Co.Exist)

Sorry to ruin the buzz before the Rio+20 conference, but a new report (from the UN itself) says that all these international agreements about fixing the environment are basically useless, because no one follows them.

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WWF leading corporate giants to epic carbon cuts

21 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz)

Around 30 of the world’s largest companies have saved more than double the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) output of Switzerland through the WWF’s corporate carbon cutting scheme since it began in 1999.

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Major Investors and Companies Tackle Climate Change and Sustainability at Ceres Conference in Boston

15 May 2012 -

(CSR Wire)

Companies and investors are tackling climate change and other global sustainability threats head-on—and are finding it profitable to do so. That’s the clear message emerging at the Ceres Conference 2012: Igniting Innovation, Scaling Sustainability at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

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Is the future one of abundance or scarcity?

8 May 2012 -

(Guardian) By Peter Madden

Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler argues that technology brings prosperity. How do their predictions of bounty sit with environmentalists’ talk of planetary boundaries?

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Why corporate boards should listen to investors on sustainability

8 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Robert Kropp

A recently published white paper from Ernst & Young asks corporate boards if they are prepared for a focus by investors on sustainability issues.
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Lockheed Martin flies toward higher environmental goals

8 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Jonathan Bardelline

Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) isn’t ready to rest on its sustainability laurels. After meeting its company-wide environmental goals one year early, the Bethesda, Md.-based corporation is now embarking on a plan to craft a new set of environmental goals.

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Music festivals give headline slot to bike schemes

8 May 2012 -

(Guardian) By Lucy Fry

Bestival, Green Man and Womad are among the UK festivals encouraging punters to cycle to the site this year

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Arctic Ocean May Open To Regular Shipping By 2017

8 May 2012 -

(Huffington Post)

The Arctic Ocean could open for regular commercial shipping within the next five to 10 years, according to a Canadian polar scientist who conducted research for the International Polar Year Conference.

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Shell Nigeria oil spill ’60 times bigger than it claimed’

8 May 2012 -

(Guardian) By John Vidal
As the company faces a lawsuit by residents, an assessment by a US oil spill consultancy casts doubt on Shell’s estimate of the Nigerian leak

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Coca-Cola, Carbon Trust Investigate Personal Carbon Allowances

8 May 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)
A study by Coca-Cola Co. and The Carbon Trust that investigated how people might respond to personal carbon allowances found while easy-to-understand environmental information changed behavior, consumers were still reluctant to give up certain high-carbon choices in their lifestyles. The group this month published a white paper outlining the study and conclusions.

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11 Powerful Environmental Messages

8 May 2012 -

(The daily green) By By Annie Bell Muzaurieta
These Images from Various Ad Campaigns Around the Globe Remind Us That the Planet Is in Peril

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Private Sector and Governments Discuss Green and Inclusive Economy Ahead of Rio+20

20 April 2012 -

(CSR-News.net)

In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), business representatives, government officials and other stakeholders engaged in a two-day consultation in The Hague, the Netherlands. More than 300 participants discussed the theme “Realizing Inclusive and Green Growth” and how business’ strengths in innovation, adaptation and implementation can best be leveraged to facilitate the transition to a green economy. The outcomes of the discussions have been captured and will be fed into the negotiation process for Rio+20.

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Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe

12 April 2012 -

(Washington Post) By Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola,

Hanover, Germany — Shiny black solar panels are as common a sight as baroque church spires in this industrial hub, thanks to government subsidies that have helped make Germany a world leader in solar technology.

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OECD environmental study paints ‘grim’ picture of 2050

12 April 2012 -

(Edienet)

A 50% increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an 85% global dependence on fossil fuels, a 400% increase in water demand from manufacturing and urban air pollution to be the number one environmental cause of premature death… the OECD predictions for 2050 make stark reading.

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Bhutan leads the world to a new economy of happiness

3 April 2012 -

(Guardian) By Jo Confino.

Next week Bhutan will host host a high level conference at the United Nations in New York with the hope of placing happiness, rather than growth, at the heart of the economy .

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KPMG Says Environmental Costs Average 40 Percent of Corporate Earnings

5 March 2012 -

(Sustainable Brands) By Bart King

If companies had to pay for the full environmental costs of their production, they would lose 41 cents on average for every US dollar in earnings, according to a new study published by KPMG.

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Amsterdam, Stockholm Among Models for Smart Cities of the Future

5 March 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Leslie Gueverra

At first blush, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Masdar and Singapore might not seem to have a lot in common. But they are among the seven cities that can serve as models for the smart urban centers that are needed as more and more of the world’s population become city dwellers.

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Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth

5 March 2012 -

(Guardian) By Jo Confino

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change

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GE, Bayer, BASF Join Other Top Firms in UN Climate Adaptation Project

13 February 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Tilde Herrera

By 2020, some of the most desirable regions in Latin America for growing coffee may be too hot, according to climate change models. By 2050, some high altitude areas now considered to be too cool just may be ideal.

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UN Calls Sustainable Development a Top Priority

13 February 2012 -

(Triple pundit) By RP Siegel

The UN High-Level Panel Global Sustainability released its report in Addis Ababa yesterday entitled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The panel’s 99-page report, which will serve as an input to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June, (otherwise known as the Rio+20 Summit) is a call to action, “to address the sustainable development challenge in a fresh and operational way.”

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