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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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McDonald’s Unveils Sustainable Practices

8 May 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)
Fast food chain McDonald’s has employed techniques including $500 staff incentives, 30 percent wind power requirements and lightweight tractor-trailers to help green up its operations, according to a report by the company.
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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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Average Brit has already caused a Kenyan’s annual carbon emissions

30 January 2012 -

(edienet)

The average Briton has so far in 2012 been responsible for the same amount of emissions as a typical Kenyan will be over the whole year.

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Airlines poor on ‘soft’ issues, says PwC

15 November 2011 -

(Financial Times) By Rose Jacobs

Airlines are doing a poor job of keeping shareholders informed about a range of “soft” measures that can affect the bottom line, from carbon emissions to customer service and board diversity.

The industry lags behind other sectors such as mining or oil and gas at consistent and relevant sustainability reporting, according to research by PwC, with fewer than four in 10 of the top 100 airlines by revenues issuing even the most rudimentary of reports.

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Heineken owned drinks firm fined £36,000 for river pollution

15 August 2011 -

(EdieNet) By Carys Matthews – August 12, 2011
Universal Beverages, a subsidiary of Heineken UK, has been fined for polluting a river and breaching the conditions of its environmental permit. Universal Beverages pled guilty at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to seven offences, including water pollution on 2 August, and was fined £36,000, ordered to pay £20,825 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.

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Google, BT, Ikea Urge EU to Set Tougher Carbon Goals

16 June 2011 -

(Green Biz) By Tilde Herrera / June 15, 2011
More than 70 companies, including big names like BT, Ikea, Google, National Grid, Philips, Puma, Swiss Re and Unilever, signed a joint declaration (PDF) urging the European Union to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. That’s a much higher target than the 27-nation bloc’s existing goal of a 20 percent reduction.

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Carbon Management Market to Grow 700% in 7 Years

16 June 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) The global market for carbon management grew 84 percent from 2009 to 2010, and will grow at a rapid compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 35 percent through 2017, according to a report by cleantech analysts Pike Research.

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More Happiness, Less Stuff

26 May 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) Within the environmental community, there is widespread acceptance of the Ehrlich equation that establishes the relationship among four factors: population (P), affluence (A), technology (T), and environmental impact (I). The relationships are expressed in the famous Ehrlich impact equation: I=PxAxT (published in The Population Bomb by Paul and Anne Ehrlich). Many consider this equation immutable, and believe there is no way to break its iron grip on humanity. As any of the three independent variables grows, environmental impact increases.

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Seems we may have to choose between food and cell phones

18 May 2011 -

(Fast Company) Do you enjoy eating? Then you may not be too happy if bee populations plunge. That’s because out of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees–and according to the UN, local drops in the bee population are being reported by beekeepers all over the planet. And the whole thing may be our fault: A new paper (PDF) from Swiss researcher Daniel Favre claims that part of the problem is our obsession with cell phones.

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How big brands can save biodiversity

17 May 2011 -

(TED) Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF’s Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first — before their products duke it out on store shelves.

Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity

3 May 2011 -

Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF’s Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first — before their products duke it out on store shelves.

Environmental Lessons Learned from 2010

9 February 2011 -

Kathleen Miller and Kathi Irvine outline the key environmental lessons to be learnt from 2010. They provide 5 main points aimed at turning awareness and interest in the environment into impactful action to address sustainability.
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Carbon trust at Investing for Sustainability

8 February 2011 -

Matthew Wynde, principal of the Carbon trust, discusses the motivations behind sustainability, pointing out the need for profit but highlighting the genuine human concern for positive change.


2.9 trillion euro needed to deliver low carbon economy in Europe say Barclays & Accenture

8 February 2011 -

The banking sector will be pivotal to Europe’s low carbon transition, and will finance and intermediate the vast majority of the 2.9 trillion euro capital required to implement low carbon infrastructure, according to a report published by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Barclays (LON: BARC). Banks will play an increasing role in the financing of the transition, primarily through intermediating institutional capital, but stable and long-term government incentives and policies will remain critical.

http://www.csrnewseurope.com/article.php?articleID=451

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