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Mainstream business is catching up to what the sustainability community has intuitively known for a long time: a sustainable approach is more profitable. From KKR (the private equity firm) to manufacturers such as Interface FLOR (famous amongst the sustainability community but not often known outsid...
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Styrofoam may seem fleeting. We use it to eat a quick take-out meal, then throw it away. But the stuff is damn near everlasting. When littered, it's carried from the streets to the storm drains to the ocean, making it the second most common type of beach debris in California, according to the Southe...
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  The long battle between public and private power is flaring up again. California is the hot spot because the state legislature has lined up on the side of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a form of public power lite in which communities choose power sources but distribution is left to t...
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Even if the United States takes no explicit action to regulate greenhouse gases, emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering substances will grow slowly over the next two decades, not returning to 2005 levels until 2027, according to a new projection from the Energy Information Administra...
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As omens go, dead birds raining from the sky can be seen as pretty predictive of grim times environmentally. Catastrophic, even. And the seers would have been right. A volcano darkened the skies of Europe. Crude oil spread its foul sheen over the Gulf. Ice caps and glaciers continued to retreat. A ...
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If there is one thing that our communities desperately need right now, it’s jobs. Power Shift will bring thousands of dedicated, energetic youth into Washington, D.C. this weekend to strategize about solutions for a clean energy future—but what impact will they have had on the D.C. community? Hope...
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It started with gray water, then escalated to chickens, composting toilets and rain barrels. I'm talking about the two years I've spent transforming my humble California bungalow into a test case for sustainable living — an experience that's cost me hundreds of hours of my time and thousands of doll...
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The situation at the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima is dire. Two days ago, three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level in the basement of Reactor No. 3.  This reactor is especially dangerous because it contains MOX fuel, a mixture of...
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China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, wants rich nations to vow bigger cuts to emissions as part of a new international deal on fighting global warming, Beijing's top climate negotiator said on Tuesday. The negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, said he expects "arduous" wrangling about that and oth...
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by Greg Lavery, Ph.D. Who will drive sustainability in the future? Government, community or business? This thought-piece suggests that supporting business transformation to more sustainable practices may be our best hope. If we look at the avenues for change that exist in the world – those ways in ...
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by Greg Lavery, Ph.D. Who will drive sustainability in the future? Government, community or business? This thought-piece suggests that supporting business transformation to more sustainable practices may be our best hope. If we look at the avenues for change that exist in the world – those ways in ...
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Creating new well-paying jobs to spur the economic recovery remains a central concern globally and in the US. The Great Recession has left many professionals and their families struggling to make ends meet for over two years. This jobless recovery is likely to be the longest recovery since the Great...
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Carbon market program added to California's clean energy blueprint to spur growth in clean-tech sector, create jobs and reduce air pollution. Sacramento, CA (December 16, 2010) – The California Air Resources Board today approved a first-of-its-kind, carbon market to reduce pollution in California t...
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So we don't ask for much. Just one a day a year can everyone not use a plastic bag. Why? Well because its "A Day Without A Bag"! Our holiday gift to the environment! Join tens of thousands of shoppers statewide in giving up disposable bags in favor of reusable sacks. Take the pledge to make everyda...
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Today, December 15, the Obama administration will be hosting the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Major members of the cabinet will be featured during the summit as well as environmental leaders from throughout the country. The forum can be watched live online and will be accepting ...
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The 2010 Climate Bill fight is over...   but now is the time to see what can learn from what happened.  For one thing, it wasn’t very good in the first place. As David Reberts notes over at Grist, the fact that a bill didn’t pass really isn’t a result of a failure on the part of the yo...
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  Richard Branson, who was at the Cancún Climate Summit to launch a web-based initiative to reduce shipping emissions by as much as 25% over the next 20 years, said taxes could be useful. “Carbon taxes are fine if they are global. Everyone must be in the same boat. We would welcome it if the...
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Google has unveiled an online technology that allows scientists and researchers to track and measure changes to the environment using 25 years worth of satellite data. Google Earth Engine, introduced during climate talks in Cancun, utilizes “trillions of scientific measurements” colle...
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Cross-posted from WWF-Canada Blog –  November 29, 2010   (c) Fredy Mercay/WWF I have arrived at the United Nations climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico. The first thing I saw as I drove away from the airport in a shuttle was a massive billboard advertisement for the NISSAN Le...
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What is it? This will be the 16th annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP), which meets every year to agree international efforts to address climate change. It was set up as part of a UN treaty on climate change, known as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).Where is ...
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