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Destruction of habitats and the increase of invasive species

Posted by Guest Editor on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, In : Guest Blogger 
Change in climate, destruction of habitats, and the increase of invasive species are the chief drivers in the current biodiversity crisis. Brought on by insatiable consumption of resources by humans, the extinction rate of species annually has risen from 100 to 1000 times.

Currently conservation biologists are trying to estimate the time period during which a species begins to undergo perturbation and eventually extinction. They then take this estimation and apply it to the Brazilian rainfo...
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Meet the Zero-Emission Bus (ZBus) Regulation

Posted by Guest Editor on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, In : Must read 
In 2000 the Zero-Emission Bus (ZBus) regulation was established. Its intentions were to develop a Californian transit system made up of 15% zero emission buses. This formation of this regulation would also meet California’s air quality, greenhouse gas, and energy security goals.

Source: Zero-Emission Bus Design

Zbus’ produce zero smog pollutants and when compared to diesel-fueled buses, is predicted to reduce greenhouse gases by 46 percent. They have centralized fueling that allows one s...
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Business Puts in a Bid to Engage in Sustainable Development Goals Process, at Corporate Sustainability Forum

Posted by Guest Editor on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : Must read 
(Rio de Janeiro, 18 June 2012) – A role for the international business community in identifying and promoting a new set of global goals was endorsed this evening at the Rio+20-aligned private sector forum, and will be forwarded this week to the UN and Heads of State.

The proposal to give business a voice in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emerged from the 15-18 June Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. Approval came via a show of hands by business executives as well as other F...
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Do You Know Which Electric Vehicle is Right for You?

Posted by Joao G. Cabral for on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Guest Blogger 
Thinking about acquiring an electric vehicle?  Do you know which electric vehicle is right for you?


Source: Joao G. Cabral - from
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A UK scientist studying volcanic vents in the ocean says they hold a grave warning for future marine ecosystems

Posted by Guest Editor, BBC on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Must read 
These vents have naturally acidified waters that hint at how our seas might change if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. They are conditions that would make it harder for corals and similar organisms to make the hard parts in their bodies.

Dr Jason Hall-Spencer's work suggests our oceans could lose perhaps 30% of their biodiversity this century. The Plymouth University researcher has been presenting his latest findings to a major conference in Vancouver, Canada.

"I am inves...
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Bisphenol A: Should there be laws?

Posted by Editor, via greenspace on Monday, October 17, 2011, In : Must read 
The Food and Drug Administration's about-face on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden the plastic of sippy cups and baby bottles and to seal the inside of tin cans, could spur the adoption of bills in the California Legislature and U.S. Congress to restrict the chemical.

Despite a 2008 determination under President George W. Bush that the chemical was safe, the Obama administration said Friday that it would spend $30 million to study the effects of BPA. which has been lin...
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Changing Forests and Climate Change - New York Times

Posted by Volunteer on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Must read 
The world’s 9.9 billion acres of forest absorb roughly a quarter of human emissions of carbon dioxide, and help limit the increase of the gas in the atmosphere. While many healthy forests are robustly absorbing carbon, others are threatened by a warming climate. 

Visit their page to experience the data and research in a interactive manner.

NYT map
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Great initiative - Boston University - Center for Corporate Citizenship

Posted by Editor C on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Must read 
This is a great idea, kudos to Katherine V. Smith and her team at The Center for Corporate Citizenship (at Boston University). We hope other Universities will do the same.

"Dear MicroEmpowering, 

As the world begins to comprehend the devastating impact of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Center extends its deepest sympathies to the people and businesses struggling against extraordinary circumstances. Our community of companies includes several headquartered in Japan and hundreds of othe...

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$415bn investor group joins celebrity-backed ‘no’ campaign to protect California green tech

Posted by on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, In : News 
By Hugh Wheelan via Responsible Investor  

Some of the biggest investment managers in the US – managing $415 billion in assets – have thrown their weight behind a campaign to fight a California state legal review that could halt implementation of its clean energy law, saying it would jeopardize long-term investment in green technology. 

The investor backing of the ‘No on 23’ movement, referring to the controversial Proposition 23 ballot in two weeks time, follows an increasingly bitter ...

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Steve Schneider, 1945 - 2010

Posted by Ana M on Saturday, July 24, 2010, In : Must read 
Via Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Our colleague and good friend Steve Schneider, the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, died on July 19, 2010, while traveling from a meeting in Stockholm to London. Steve was not only a man of formidable intellectual depth and breadth, but also a committed and compassionate advisor, mentor, teacher and friend. ...

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Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards winners

Posted by Editor on Wednesday, July 21, 2010,
Via CSR NewsWire

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards are presented during the Aspen Environment Forum, a gathering of more than 300 thought leaders that will take place from July 25-28, 2010, at the Institute's Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado. The 2010 Aspen Environment Forum is a public gathering of more than 300 thought leaders, scientists, journalists, academics, policy makers, and citizen, presented by the Aspen Institute and National Geographic. The winners will be p...
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EU-Latin America Summit 2010: Update from FPA blog

Posted by on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, In : News 
Tuesday, May 18 3:10 pm EST

Today and tomorrow the Spanish Presidency of the EU will be hosting the 2010 EU-Latin America Summit in Madrid. Since 1999, the Summit has sought to engage Europe and Latin America in increased cultural and trade ties and create a defined relationship between the two regions on a permanent basis. Latin American and European economic interests between the regions hoped to use the Summit to open Latin...
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Data for U.S. consumer unit expenditures...

Posted by AC on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, In : Top 10 
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