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IBM to Help Beijing Fight Smog and Air Pollution

IBM and Beijing will cooperate in using advanced weather forecasting technology and cloud computing to alleviate the city’s stubborn smog problem. Over the past three decades, China’s central government has tried to lessen the damage on China’s environment caused by smog and air pollution. As part of this effort, China needs to improve its forecasting […]

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Trudeau’s carbon tax will hurt Canada’s economy

When a politician talks about establishing a price on carbon in the name of stopping global warming (as federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau frequently does), what he really means is he wants to tax oil production, manufacturing and private vehicle use in the hope that by punishing energy companies, manufacturers and drivers he can force […]

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Obama says his plan to combat climate change is making a difference, but more to be done

Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for […]

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Partners go green with floor-cleaning product

Call them the green team, or the green machine. Whatever the name, Ron Timmons, a Lumberton resident, and Nat Anderson, of Willingboro, want you to call them. Timmons and Anderson are owners of Nothing But Green Living, based at the Burlington County College incubator. The company offers green-certified cleaning services and products. Founded by Timmons, […]

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Nestlé chairman warns against playing God over climate change

Peter Brabeck courts controversy by claiming climate change is largely down to natural cycles and society should focus on adaptation. Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck has a history of courting controversy and is likely to further inflame his critics with his belief that man-made emissions are not the primary reason behind our changing climate. While scientists […]

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European Union Sets New Targets For Renewable Energy, GHG Emissions

At the last UN Climate Summit, participating countries agreed to arrive at the 2015 treaty meeting with concrete climate targets in hand that would be implemented no later than 2020. To get the ball rolling, the European Commission announced its goals last week. The EU set a new binding target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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P&G Removing Phosphates from All Detergents by End of 2015

Procter & Gamble announced this week that it will eliminate phosphates from all of its laundry detergents — which include brands such as Tide, Ariel, Cheer, Gain, Ace and Bold — by the end of 2015. The company says the goal of the change is to provide consumers with superior cleaning performance while eliminating the […]

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Fixing the Broken Compass: Finding Our Way to Natural Capitalism

In 1999, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory Lovins co-authored a piece for the Harvard Business Review entitled “A Road Map for Natural Capitalism.” It aimed to come up with a new economic model that took the needs of sustainability into account. This article laid out the business logic for solving environmental problems […]

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7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Earlier this month, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched its “Stories to Watch in 2014.” All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers. 1. The Year of Cities: How Will They Grow? We’re currently in the midst of the most […]

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World Economic Forum session set for Lake Louise

Alberta will co-host a World Economic Forum regional meeting on energy, climate change and innovation in Lake Louise from April 24 to 25, but opposition critics are skeptical about how useful it will be. Premier Alison Redford said Tuesday the event will bring together more than 100 global leaders to draft an action plan on […]

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High mortality rate linked to environmental pollution in Sudan

The Sudanese Ministry of Health warned that figures show high mortality rates resulting from the deterioration of the of the environment. The ministry acknowledged that Sudan has become among the leading nations that suffer from environmental degradation and air pollution along with huge problems in drinking water. The director of the Department of Environmental Health […]

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Swedish city builds ‘passive houses’ as part of ambitious CO2 reduction targets

The past three winters have been bitterly cold in the southern Swedish town of Växjö. But despite lacking radiators, residents in two new city-funded highrises haven’t suffered because their homes are built in passive-house style. “Taking this route works very well for us as a municipality, since we want to become CO2-neutral, and homes account […]

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Top Secret Pacific Trade Agreement to Sacrifice Wildlife and Environment

Environmental groups have blasted draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) released yesterday by WikiLeaks as potentially devastating to the environment and wildlife. The massive 12-nation free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret now for almost four years, and the information release by WikiLeaks shows that key environmental safeguards in the agreement are being […]

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Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

While the initial investment in infrastructure and technology for renewables may be high, the long-term benefits to our environment and well-being far outweigh these costs. Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual, every day. It is about changing […]

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Going Green Means Making Green for One Fort Mill Company

Old water bottle may be sitting on a palette off Pleasant Road, or an Australia-bound shipping lane for cotton ginning season. Or, it’s bundling newspapers together or measuring out brick or wood. At least what’s left of it. Samuel Strapping Systems opened a Fort Mill plant in 1996. The maker of polyester strapping now has […]

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Here’s what ‘sustainability’ really means

In 1987, the United Nations introduced the concept of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the ’90s, based on mounting scientific evidence that overpopulation, industrial growth, consumerism, environmental change, among other factors, were threatening the world’s […]

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Sustainability is impossible until companies admit environmental cost

While companies’ impact on the environment remains ignored the quesiton of how society deals with the consequence of this damage will remain unanswered. On holiday recently, I visited the Japanese sacred area of Kumano Kodo. Miles of treks mark pilgrim routes from the ancient capital of Kyoto to a number of shrines located around the […]

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Got green game? Local companies cut costs, impacts in Better Business Challenge

Charlottesville’s second Better Business Challenge, a year-long sustainability competition for local companies, wraps up in May, but founder Teri Kent wants business owners to know there’s still plenty of time to get onboard—and save a lot. Kent, creator of local environmental blog Better World Betty, kicked off the first challenge in 2012 as a way […]

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To meet CSR targets, go green

Environmental sustainability is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased to unprecedented levels. From 1750 to 2011, deforestation and other land use changes are estimated to have released 660.06 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2), the second largest contributor to the 40 per cent increase in carbon dioxide […]

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Green growth to help restart economy in Cyprus

Promoting awareness on green growth and making the most of available EU funds to that effect were the focus of a meeting on Wednesday between Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and President and Secretary General of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) Phidias Pilides and Marios Tsiakis. In statements after the meeting Pilides said […]

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