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Whole Foods Drops Hershey’s Scharffen Berger Chocolates Over Child Labor Abuses

13 October 2012 -

Whole Foods Market (NYSE: WFM) locations around the country will be removing one of  Hershey’s high end products– Scharffen Berger chocolate– from  shelves across the country by the end of the year due to Hershey’s failure to assure that the cocoa is sourced without the use of forced child labor.

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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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Switching to a Green Economy Could Mean Millions of Jobs

11 June 2012 -

(Mother Jones)

Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said.

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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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How Nestlé got a GRI A+ for its Creating Shared Value report

8 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Janet Voûte

This month, Nestle has achieved a significant step toward greater transparency: We’ve met the A+ requirements from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for our annual report on Creating Shared Value.

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Mexico poised to pass landmark Climate Change Act

8 May 2012 -

(Business Green)

Latin American country poised to become second nation to pass binding Climate Change Act after UK

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Airbus ‘Could Lose Chinese Business’ Due to European Carbon Rules

3 April 2012 -

(GreenBiz)

Airbus’ parent company has warned that it stands to lose Chinese business if the European Commission ignores protests from airlines about its European emissions trading scheme, Fox Business reports.

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Zimride reinvents the carpool with Facebook

3 April 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Marc Gunther

Hitchhiking is so yesterday. A San Francisco-based startup called Zimride is using the power of social media to connect drivers with people needing rides — saving people money, helping the environment and sometimes helping its customers make new friends.

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South Africa set for carbon tax in 2013

5 March 2012 -

(businessgreen)

Industry lobbying means nearly two thirds of emissions will be tax-exempt until 2020, under Treasury proposal

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States Require Insurers to Respond to Climate Risk Survey

27 February 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Robert Kropp

In September, when Ceres published a report on the preparedness of the insurance industry for the impacts of climate change, Sharlene Leurig of Ceres said, “2011 has been a painful and important reminder that changing climate will inflict damage across the US. Even before Hurricane Irene, insured losses in the US this year were 40% higher than in the entire year of 2010.

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Manufacturers back tough EU measures to halve food waste by 2025

13 February 2012 -

(Edie Net)

Food manufacturers have welcomed EU proposals to deliver a coordinated strategy to halve the amount of food waste by 2025.

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Cable confirms binding pay vote

1 February 2012 -

(Inside Investor Relations) By Tim Human, Dan Bone

Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, has confirmed proposals to give shareholders a binding vote on executive pay.

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International Carbon Label Launched

30 January 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)

SGS Consumer Testing Services has announced what it calls the first international carbon labeling program for individual products.

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Solar surge drives record clean energy investment in 2011

30 January 2012 -

(Bloomberg New Energy Finance) By Angus McCrone

London and New York, 12 January 2012 – Global investment in clean energy reached a new record of $260bn in 2011, up 5% on 2010 and almost five times the total of $53.6bn in 2004. Investment in solar far outstripped that in wind, and perhaps of most note, US clean energy investment moved back ahead of China for the first time since 2008, according to the latest authoritative data from analysis company Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year also saw the one trillionth dollar invested in clean energy globally since the company started compiling data in 2004.

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Mandatory emissions reporting decision could be delayed further

12 January 2012 -

(Businessgreen) By Will Nichols

Policy of removing regulations before introducing new rules threatens to push consultation beyond April deadline

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Australia Passes Carbon Tax

18 November 2011 -

(Environmental Reader)

Australia has passed a carbon tax, making it the second major economy after the EU to put a cap on carbon.

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A renewed EU strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility.

3 November 2011 -

On october 25th, the European Commission released, “A renewed EU strategy 2011 – 2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility.” This strategy updates the EU 2006 Communication on CSR where social and environmental disclosure is mentioned vaguely. The European Commission’s new policy on CSR aims to create favorable conditions for sustainable growth and jobs generation in the medium and long term.

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10 Ways the EU is Going Green

3 November 2011 -

(Solar Feeds) By Shawn Lesser

In 2008, the European Union (EU) created its very ambitious 20-20-20 plan. It called for an increase in renewable energy use throughout the EU by 20 percent by the year 2020. Also included in this plan is a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent under 1990 levels and increased energy efficiency by 20 percent. The plans focus on three key areas – buildings, transportation, and industry. To obtain these goals, the EU has made lots of efforts working with countries, businesses and people. Here are some of the highlights of the EU’s cleantech initiatives.

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Calif. Board Finalizes Cap and Trade

29 October 2011 -

(Environmental Leader)

The California Air Resources Board yesterday gave its final approval to the state’s cap-and-trade system, which sets limits on carbon emissions starting next year.

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House votes to ban airline compliance with EU law

29 October 2011 -

(Reuters) By John Crawley

Passenger and cargo airlines would be shielded from a European law making carriers worldwide pay for carbon emissions under legislation approved by the House of Representatives on Monday.

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EU Commission moves to combat carbon fraud

29 October 2011 -

(Reuters) By Barbara Lewis and Nina Chestney

(Reuters) – European Union spot carbon permits face regulation alongside other financial instruments under proposed laws published on Thursday as the EU Commission seeks to bolster a market shaken by fraud and oversupply.

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House votes to ban airline compliance with EU law

25 October 2011 -

(Reuters) By John Crawley

Passenger and cargo airlines would be shielded from a European law making carriers worldwide pay for carbon emissions under legislation approved by the House of Representatives on Monday.

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EU ponders recycling rules for electric car batteries

14 October 2011 -

(Euractiv.com) By Arthus Neslen

The looming challenge of how to deal with hundreds of thousands of used lithium batteries produced to power electric car is on the Brussels “to do” list, EU sources say.

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China to introduce national resource tax next month

13 October 2011 -

(BusinessGreen) By James Murray

The Chinese government is to introduce one of the world’s largest green tax regimes, announcing earlier this week that a new national resource tax will come into effect from November 1.

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Greens sue Obama administration over axed smog rule

13 October 2011 -

(Reuters)
Public health and environmental groups sued the Obama administration on Tuesday to overturn a decision that scrapped tougher standards on smog pollution which causes lung and heart problems.

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