Environmental News

Tony Abbott hails demise of 'useless, destructive' carbon tax

The Guardian - Australian PM says parliament has 'finally listened' to the people and scrapped the emissions policy.

17 July 2014more >>

It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

The Guardian - People who spend more time outdoors as kids are the ones who have a stronger interest in protecting the planet.

16 July 2014more >>


Drought Conditions Linked to Human Activity

Environmental News Network - US Government scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion.

15 July 2014more >>

Carbon tax savings: Labor has a bone to pick with Coalition

The Guardian - As repeal of the tax becomes imminent, Labor raises Barnaby Joyce's famous warning about $100 legs of lamb.

14 July 2014more >>


Australia is drying out thanks to our emissions

New Scientist - South-west Australia can expect to see annual rainfall drop by 40 per cent compared with the mid-20th century, and it seems humans are to blame.

14 July 2014more >>

Australia's epic scheme to farm its northern wilds

New Scientist - The government wants to dam northern rivers to create a giant food bowl %u2013 but no one knows how it will affect the environment or Indigenous people.

10 July 2014more >>


Stopping harmful climate change is surprisingly cheap

New Scientist - We need to spend an extra $1 trillion a year to avoid global warming but a lot of the money could come from the subsidies currently handed to fossil fuels.

5 July 2014more >>

NASA carbon sleuth will sniff out 'missing' emissions

New Scientist - Five years after the loss of the first Orbiting Carbon Observatory on launch, the probe's clone is ready to take a detailed look at our global carbon cycle.

3 July 2014more >>


Manufacturers: Sustainability is Everyones Responsibility

Environmental Leader - Manufacturers discussed their efforts to work within the sustainability supply stream and urged both upstream and downstream manufacturers to do the same.

24 June 2014more >>

Tasmanian forest ruling: Abbott government says jobs will be lost

The Guardian - The government has said it accepts the committees decision, but it has not ruled out attempting to revisit the issue.

24 June 2014more >>


Canadian Green Building to Increase by Half

Environmental Leader - Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, according to a report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction.

23 June 2014more >>

Break electricity addiction to win the power struggle

New Scientist - Electricity suppliers are struggling to supply cheap, clean and reliable power managing our demand more actively will help.

20 June 2014more >>


Battle rejoined to save nature's 'crown jewels'

New Scientist - This week in Doha, Qatar, the World Heritage Committee is asking governments to address threats to some of the natural world's greatest treasures.

19 June 2014more >>

Sustainable Procurement Trends

Environmental Leader - There is no doubt that many facility managers are now taking the next step in making their facilities more sustainable. On their agendas are ways to achieve %u201Czero waste%u201D and significantly reduce water and energy consumption%u2014all while reducing facility operating costs.

17 June 2014more >>


Corporate Sustainability: What Matters?

Environmental Leader - %u201CDisclosure overload%u201D has become increasingly overwhelming to both the corporate reporter and readers of sustainability reports, according to Governance Accountability Institute%u2019s latest research.

17 June 2014more >>

Indigenous groups win battle to allow development in Cape York

The Guardian - Federal court undoes 2005 legislation paving way for eco-tourism projects around three rivers.

17 June 2014more >>


Why electric car maker Tesla has torn up its patents

New Scientist - Rival electric car makers are not the enemy petrol stations are. So opening up Tesla's patents may not be as crazy as it sounds.

16 June 2014more >>

Greenpeace loses £3m in currency speculation

The Guardian - Environmental group apologises for record losses last year after employee lost campaign funds on international currency markets.

16 June 2014more >>


Nasa Prepares To Launch First Satellite Dedicated To Measuring CO2 Levels

Environmental News Network - NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth%u2019s atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

14 June 2014more >>

China battles to be first ecological civilisation

New Scientist - Is China going green? It is still the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, but it is weaning itself off coal and talking about cutting emissions from 2030

13 June 2014more >>


Massive 'ocean' discovered towards Earth's core

New Scientist - A huge expanse of water trapped in a layer of the Earth's mantle could help explain the origin of our oceans

13 June 2014more >>

Convert waste CO2 and chicken feathers into fertiliser

New Scientist - Chicken feathers and carbon dioxide: we've got too much of both, but cook them together and you get some surprisingly useful products.

5 June 2014more >>


The US plan to cut emissions: What you need to know

New Scientist - The US government is ordering all existing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

3 June 2014more >>

Global warming may quintuple summer downpours in UK

New Scientist - By 2100 southern England is predicted to be hit by five times as many sudden summer deluges as now, probably causing more flash floods.

2 June 2014more >>


Plastic rubbish takes egg's place in albatross nest

New Scientist - Plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is finding its way into albatross nests and can prove lethal to their young.

31 May 2014more >>

You Know the Ocean's in Trouble When Your Shell Starts Melting

Environmental News Network - Things are getting really dicey for a little ocean creature called a pteropod. Better known as the "sea butterfly," this delicate little sea snail is serving as an unfortunate bellwether of the deteriorating state of our oceans. Why? Conditions in the Antarctic ocean and along the West Coast of the U.S. have become so unnaturally acidic that the shells of sea butterflies are literally dissolving away.

16 May 2014more >>


How CSR Can Improve Employee Performance

Environmental Leader - Employee engagement in corporate social responsibility activities including environmental initiatives can demonstrably improve job performance, according to research from ESMT European School of Management and Technology. Citing programs at companies such as Cisco, Starbucks and SAP, the study recommends two simple steps that managers can take to engage staff with CSR: Encourage employees to talk.

16 May 2014more >>

Green Success: Heaven Hill Distilleries Steps up Recycling Efforts

Environmental News Network - Beginning operation in 1934 after the repeal of Prohibition, Heaven Hill Distilleries located in Louisville, Kentucky has become the largest family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the nation. Bottling over 12 million cases of spirits in 2012, one could imagine the amounts of leftover materials that could either go to a landfill or be recycled. Fortunately, Heaven Hill decided to try recycling as part of their KY EXCEL membership. KY EXCEL is Kentucky's free, voluntary environmental leadership program open to individuals, communities, and organizations that wish to improve and protect Kentucky's environment in ways that extend beyond state requirements.

15 May 2014more >>


Delays on climate change have cost us $8 trillion

New Scientist - The cost of converting the world to green electricity in time to avoid dangerous global warming has gone from $36 trillion to $44 trillion in two years.

14 May 2014more >>

Collapse of Antarctic glaciers seems to be unstoppable

New Scientist - Parts of the West Antarctic ice sheet are already collapsing and probably cannot be saved, although it will take centuries for them to disappear entirely.

13 May 2014more >>


Antarctic wind vortex is strongest for 1000 years

New Scientist - Powerful winds spinning around Antarctica are partially driven by global warming, and they are dragging vital rain away from Australia

12 May 2014more >>

Deadly strandings of sea lion pups explained

New Scientist - A lack of food may have been behind the stranding of hundreds of sea lion pups last year, and it looks like this year's brood might have a similar fate

9 May 2014more >>


Coral Sea paradise is world's largest protected area

New Scientist - If undisturbed natural beauty is your bag, then the Pacific islands of New Caledonia are the place to be, with 1.3 million square kilometres now protected.

7 May 2014more >>

Satellite maps can't measure carbon stored in forests

New Scientist - A global plan to offset emissions by protecting forests relies on estimating the carbon locked up in trees, but figures from satellite data may be way out.

3 May 2014more >>


Multifaith bid to save River Jordan may inspire peace

New Scientist - The river has watered civilisations for 10,000 years and is sacred to half of humanity but now needs help. Could this cause help to mend the Middle East?

26 April 2014more >>

Standards and Compliance Briefing: LEED Milestone; BIFMA; Public Swimming Pool Standard

Environmental Leader - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED certification around the globe. 

11 April 2014more >>


Sustainability Reporting for Stakeholders while Building a Competitive Advantage

Environmental Leader - Steve Starbuck leader of EY LLPs Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS), shares insights about sustainability reporting. Reporting is still in its early years as more pressure is brought to bear on companies to disclose environmental, social and ethical performance.

11 April 2014more >>

'Do not kill sharks': Australian survey result undermines world's biggest cull

The Guardian - As western state slaughters sharks for perceived threat, Sydney Aquarium visitor survey finds 87% saying the predators should not be killed, and 69% backing human safety through education Australia is conducting an aggressive culling drive against sharks, with the largest slaughter of the marine animals in the world now happening off the state of Western Australia.

10 April 2014more >>


Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report

The Guardian - Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species from oysters to dolphinsThe BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused dangerous after-effects to more than a dozen different animals from dolphins to oysters, a report from an environmental campaign group said on Tuesday.

10 April 2014more >>

Years of Living Dangerously a global warming blockbuster | John Abraham

The Guardian - This new Showtime climate change documentary is a nonfiction thriller you won't want to miss. In full disclosure, I am jealous that I did not get a chance to work on this perhaps the most important climate change multimedia communication endeavor in history.

9 April 2014more >>


Western Australian senate election is repudiation, not validation, of Abbott's climate policy | Alexander White

The Guardian - If the recent Western Australian half-senate election was a referendum on the carbon price, it was yet another failure for Tony Abbott. If there is a new election it will be another opportunity for the people of Australia to say no to the carbon tax and frankly I welcome another opportunity for the people to participate in a referendum on the carbon tax.

9 April 2014more >>

Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green

New Scientist - Investment in clean energy has fallen but nevertheless renewables like solar and wind are going global!

7 April 2014more >>


An Inconvenient Truth 2: even more inconvenient?

Telegraph.co.uk - Will the 'incredible and shocking' sequel to An Inconvenient Truth be even more inconvenient?

3 April 2014more >>

Metal-eating plants could mine riches through roots

New Scientist - Plants that absorb metals from the soil could clean up old mines and allow farmers to harvest valuable resources without ruining the environment still more

27 March 2014more >>


Exxon to disclose extent of its carbon asset exposure

New Scientist - Oil giant Exxon Mobil will reveal how much of its fossil fuel reserves could become worthless if governments cut greenhouse gas emissions.

26 March 2014more >>

EU emissions cuts could herald climate turning point

New Scientist - The European Union is considering big cuts in greenhouse emissions. If it goes ahead, and other governments follow suit, global temperatures could stabilise.

25 March 2014more >>


Carbon divestment is a shining example | Mary Robinson

The Guardian - Discarding the shares of firms that do not curb emissions shows the way forward for climate change campaigners.

18 February 2014more >>

Kerry's and Miliband's climate change speeches should mobilise business

The Guardian - As extreme weather means climate change is rising up the political agenda, there's a real opportunity for businesses to act.

18 February 2014more >>


Going 'green' is more than shopping at Whole Foods and driving a Prius | Marc Bamuthi Joseph

The Guardian - Environmentalism in the US today has come to simply mean buying the right products. What if you can't afford them?

18 February 2014more >>

Six Caribbean Islands Sign On to Replace Diesel with Renewables

Environmental News Network - Brought together on Sir Richard Branson%u2019s Caribbean island retreat by the Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute, to work out a framework to effect a transition away from fossil fuels, six Caribbean island nations have agreed to replace diesel-fueled power with a mix of clean, sustainable renewable power generation, energy storage systems, and greater energy efficiency.

15 February 2014more >>


Plants make your workplace better. Here’s why.

Ecoki - We have heard it before: indoor plants are good to have around,for more than just aesthetic reasons, they benefit us both as a productivity workforce and for our health, too.

20 January 2014more >>

91% Say Companies Should Implement More Sustainability Practices

Environmental Leader - Only 35 percent of Americans believe companies are doing more today than 10 years ago to address climate change, according to research conducted by Research Data Insights for Hill Knowlton Strategies and Environmental Defense Fund. The survey found 91 percent of Americans believe it is important for companies to implement greater corporate sustainability practices.

18 December 2013more >>


Haiti switches on to solar power as sustainable electricity solution | Rashmee Roshan Lall

The Guardian - Solar energy is clean, green and can help to solve Haiti's power crisis. Now the world's largest solar hospital is lighting the way.

18 December 2013more >>

COLLEGIATE CORNER: Must we drink bottled water?

Environmental News Network - More than 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water, two and a half times the population of the United States. More than half of all Americans drink bottled water, yet almost every U.S. household has access to safe drinking water.

17 December 2013more >>


Earth's poles are shifting because of climate change

New Scientist - Global warming is causing the North Poles position to drift, offering a new way to study the impact of our greenhouse gas emissions.

14 December 2013more >>

Radioactive acid spill in Australian national park

New Scientist - A tank containing uranium ore and acid has burst, spilling a million litres of sludge into a mine inside the Kakadu National Park.

10 December 2013more >>


Most seal pups feared dead in storm surge found to have survived

The Guardian - Hundreds of seals thought to be missing after storms battered the Norfolk coast have been found alive on higher ground.

8 December 2013more >>

Kakadu traditional owners sound alarm over spill of radioactive material

The Guardian - Mining company plays down claims that spill at Ranger uranium mine involved 1m litres of radioactive slurry.

7 December 2013more >>


UK Recycling Plant First to Mechanically Recycle LCD Flat Panels

Environmental Leader - Electrical Waste Recycling Group has achieved approval from the UK Environment Agency to use a new mechanical process to recycle LCD flat screen televisions and monitors, a world first, the company says.

7 December 2013more >>

Ultra-thin fault caused gravity-distorting Japan quake

New Scientist - Slippery clay in an unusually slim fault zone produced the huge slip seen in the Tohoku quake of 2011, which has even changed the local gravity field.

6 December 2013more >>


Could China combat smog with artificial rain?

New Scientist - Cloud seeding is reportedly part of the countrys plan to reduce its notorious air pollution, but experts doubt that it will work.

5 December 2013more >>

Forests could take decades to recover from St Jude's Day storm

Telegraph.co.uk - More than 10 million trees were killed in the St Judes Day storm and it could take decades for forests to return to the same state, experts say.

3 December 2013more >>


Government told to come clean on energy subsidies

The Guardian - MPs urge coalition to be honest about oil, gas and nuclear subsidies and restate commitment to end fuel poverty.

2 December 2013more >>

Carbon tax repeal 'unworkable' if applied retrospectively

The Guardian - Businesses alarmed by risks of too much uncertainty unless legislation to overturn tax is passed by end of June.

2 December 2013more >>


Energy and eco-handouts funded by tax avoidance crackdown, says Osborne

The Guardian - A fresh crackdown on tax avoidance will fund £1,000 grants for homebuyers to improve energy efficiency, George Osborne has said.

1 December 2013more >>

David Cameron to argue in favour of green jobs in new year

The Guardian - David Cameron has reached out to modernising Tories by saying in private that he will argue in favour of the economic benefits of renewable energy in the New Year after George Osborne has "cauterised" public angst over green levies in his autumn statement.

30 November 2013more >>


Extreme weather could become norm around Indian Ocean

New Scientist - Climate models predict that the torrential rain and severe droughts created by El Niño's sibling will be typical by 2050 if nothing is done to stem warming.

30 November 2013more >>

Clean water filtration: basic necessity

Environmental News Network - Clean water is a vital concern as many parts of the world struggle with its availability.

28 November 2013more >>


Supply Chain Sustainability: What It Really Means to Go Green

Environmental Leader - A look at how sustainability can be incorporated into the supply chain through a closer look at one of the companys latest solutions Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry.

28 November 2013more >>

Lego Pledges Supply Chain CO2 Cuts, Joins Climate Savers

Environmental Leader - Lego Group today pledged to work with its suppliers to reduce total carbon emissions as it joins the World Wildlife Federation%u2019s Climate Savers program.

28 November 2013more >>


Who should pay for climate change disasters?

New Scientist - The UN climate talks in Warsaw have ended with an agreement to protect vulnerable populations against the "loss and damage" caused by extreme weather.

26 November 2013more >>

Admit it: we can't measure our ecological footprint

New Scientist - We need 1.5 Earths to sustain our lavish lifestyles? Rubbish, says Fred Pearce: that's a publicity stunt which doesn't measure our overuse of resources.

25 November 2013more >>


Australia cementing status as climate bad-boy

New Scientist - The country has taken a hard line at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, refusing to help fund climate adaptation in developing countries.

20 November 2013more >>

BHP Billiton: climate change leader or laggard?

The Guardian - Australian mining firm, under fire for supporting carbon tax abolition, can either join the leaders or stay a fossil fuel dinosaur.

20 November 2013more >>


Leave coal in the ground to avoid climate catastrophe, UN tells industry

The Guardian - Intensity of UN climate chief Christina Figueres's remarks take coal industry leaders and environment groups by surprise.

19 November 2013more >>

Are we witnessing the start of a global green revolution? | Michael Klare

The Guardian - Mass environmental protests are gaining strength. If governments won't take the lead on an imperiled planet, someone will.

19 November 2013more >>


If the Arctic 30 are freed, Greenpeace will be made to pay | Frank Zelko

The Guardian - Greenpeace has picked fights with nation states before, and it may find Russia will exact retribution without the need for prison.

18 November 2013more >>

Seething volcano buried under Antarctica's ice

New Scientist - An active volcano is rumbling away just under Antarctica's ice, which could speed the break-up of the ice sheet if it erupts.

18 November 2013more >>


What was Mars like in the distant past, and what happened to its climate?

Environmental News Network - We know mars at the Red Planet. A barren, rocky, dusty place with no visible water. We now know that in the distant past, Mars was very different. There was water, and more of an atmosphere.

17 November 2013more >>

Primeval planet: What if humans had never existed?

New Scientist - What was the planet like before Homo sapiens, and would it still be that way if we had never gone global? We rewind time, erase our ancestors, and hit play.

15 November 2013more >>


Get off the carbon train soon or the world is stuffed

New Scientist - Runaway warming beckons %u2013 if levels of carbon dioxide keep rising, the climate will become ever more sensitive to each extra tonne.

14 November 2013more >>

Ban on discarding unwanted catch won't save fisheries

New Scientist - Stopping fishing boats throwing unwanted catch overboard won't protect fish stocks – that will need tough new science-based quotas on total catches.

13 November 2013more >>


Philippines begs for action at climate summit

New Scientist - Despite frantic calls for the climate change talks to move forward, this year's summit is not expected to lead to firm action.

12 November 2013more >>

Haiyan from space: See typhoon as it hit Philippines

New Scientist - The swirling vortex of one of the strongest typhoons in history completely obscures the Philippines in this satellite image of Earth.

11 November 2013more >>


Eco-Fruit Farming: Reducing Pesticides while Promoting Best Farming Techniques

Environmental News Network - In a 2005 study conducted by the Pesticide Data Program (under the US Department of Agriculture), out of 774 apples that were analyzed in the United States, 727 samples detected residues of pesticides - that's a whopping 98%!

9 November 2013more >>

Plan It for the Planet! November 15th America Recycles Day

Environmental News Network - So maybe America Recycles Day isn't as well known as Thanksgiving, New Years or the Fourth of July, but it is potentially becoming equally as significant for our planet's future! While our national recycling rate has increased each year for the past 30 years there is still great opportunity for recycling. America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

9 November 2013more >>


One of strongest typhoons in history hits Philippines

New Scientist - Typhoon Haiyan produced some of the strongest winds ever recorded in a typhoon as it crashed through the Philippines, and now it is heading for Vietnam.

8 November 2013more >>

We can cut emissions without a global deal

New Scientist - A slowdown in the pace of our emissions shows that nations can make cuts without a UN agreement and without jeopardising economic growth.

7 November 2013more >>


First sign that humanity is slowing its carbon surge

New Scientist - The ever-faster rise of carbon emissions worldwide slackened in 2012 %u2013 and that might signal a lasting trend.

7 November 2013more >>

$600 Yearly Savings For Middle-Class Families Who Lease Solar Panels (Average)

CleanTechnica - Originally published on Cost of Solar. In states where its available, solar leasing is extremely popular. Approximately 75% or so of homeowners who go solar in these states decide to go solar through a solar leasing/PPA option.

4 November 2013more >>


BHP Billiton scraps plans for new coal port at Abbot Point in Queensland

The Guardian - Company is also abandoning a proposed rail line that would have taken coal from the mines.

3 November 2013more >>

Transition to a low carbon economy fails to pick up pace, report finds

The Guardian - A new report shows the rate of progress on decarbonising the global economy is too slow to meet carbon reduction targets, as CEOs continue to focus on growth, resilience and reputation.

2 November 2013more >>


The secrets of the world's happiest cities

The Guardian - What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation?

2 November 2013more >>

Geoengineers are free to legally hack the climate

New Scientist - Apart from those that involve dumping stuff into the ocean, field tests of technologies to cool the climate seem to be permitted under international law.

1 November 2013more >>


Unprecedented warming uncovered in Pacific depths

New Scientist - Almost a kilometre down, the biggest ocean on Earth has warmed 15 times faster in the last 60 years than at any time since the last ice age.

1 November 2013more >>

Gaia: The death of a beautiful idea

New Scientist - The first major review of the evidence finds insufficient backing for the appealing Gaia hypothesis, but we should still celebrate its impact on research.

31 October 2013more >>


Ethiopia switches on Africa's largest wind farm

New Scientist - The country's green economy is booming, but it will be a while before most Ethiopians feel the benefit.

30 October 2013more >>

Australia should cut carbon emissions by at least 25% by 2020, says report

The Guardian - Target of 5% not enough, based on warming ceiling of 2C and Australias fair share of global carbon budget.

28 October 2013more >>


Carbon tax not the electricity price culprit it's made out to be

The Guardian - The big hit to consumers' electricity bills has come from energy sector overspending on poles and wires.

28 October 2013more >>

Five questions that the big six energy firms must answer

The Guardian - MPs must pin down the energy giants on why prices are soaring, how much they make from trading, and much more.

27 October 2013more >>


Investor Group Pressures Fossil Fuel Companies to Calculate Climate Risk

Environmental Leader - A group of 70 investors with more than $3 trillion of collective assets under management is pressuring fossil fuel companies to calculate the financial risks that climate change poses to their business plans.

26 October 2013more >>

Hawaiian island restricts genetically modified crops

New Scientist - Kauai has long been used as a testing ground for genetically modified crops. Now thanks to lobbying, the local government has passed a tough law.

23 October 2013more >>


Extreme rhubarb: The plant that grows a greenhouse

New Scientist - While all around it cower from the cold and wind high in the Himalayas, one plant stands tall. Now its secret is out.

23 October 2013more >>

Record hot year causes fire emergency in Australia

New Scientist - The hottest 12 months on record in Australia have resulted in some of the most dangerous fires the country has seen in decades.

21 October 2013more >>


Saving the planet from short-termism will take man-on-the-moon commitment

The Guardian - JFKs lunar vision is needed if business is to see the long term benefits of greening the economy as well as the short term costs.

20 October 2013more >>

Second 'sea serpent' in a week washes up in southern California

The Guardian - Fourteen feet long deep sea oarfish attracts gawkers to beach while rare sabre tooth whale is found dead further up coast.

20 October 2013more >>


Huge smoke cloud turns day to night in Sydney harbour

New Scientist - The landmarks of Australia's biggest city are overshadowed by the smoke from nearby bushfires.

19 October 2013more >>

Suggestions for restaurants to reduce food waste

Environmental News Network - People care about food waste for all kinds of reasons, starting with moral issues such as global hunger, environmental reasons including carbon footprint (food waste decomposes in landfills into methane, a potent greenhouse gas), and even health concerns like obesity.

18 October 2013more >>


Boeing, Oracle Team USA Recycle Americas Cup-Class Yacht

Environmental Leader - Boeing and Oracle Team USA, winner of the 34th Americas Cup, are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for training during the Americas Cup campaign in 2003.

17 October 2013more >>

What is the future of sustainable farming? - video

The Guardian - This animation from SABMiller looks at some of the pros and cons of different-sized farms in a bid to stimulate an informed debate about the future of farming.

16 October 2013more >>


Environment Agency cuts will have a far-reaching impact on communities

The Guardian - When the chancellor announced his spending review in June, it was clear that the Environment Agency's future was not rosy. But its staff were shocked to learn on 10 October that the cuts would translate into approximately 1,400 job losses.

16 October 2013more >>

Worm turns from zero to climate change hero

New Scientist - Far from being climate wreckers, as has been suggested, earthworms may have a complex and subtle effect on the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.

16 October 2013more >>


Bioplastic Could Cut 50M Tons of E-Waste

Environmental Leader - Italian company Bio-on has released a bioplastics polymer that is 100 percent biodegradable in water and soil and can be used as a substrate for electrical circuits.

15 October 2013more >>

Australia Officially Bans Imports of Illegally-Logged Timber

Environmental News Network - Australia has passed long-debated laws to prohibit the import and trade of illegally logged timber.

14 October 2013more >>


Why do food stores and restaurants toss good food?

Environmental News Network - There%u2019s a food craze taking hold in Greater Boston: Tossed-out food is being rescued from Dumpsters; past-expiration-date food is being promoted as a healthy alternative to fast food; shelters and pantries are being stocked with produced gleaned from farms.

13 October 2013more >>

Weighing the Benefits of Wind

Environmental News Network - There%u2019s a new wind blowing across Europe. Windpower is predominantly located in Germany, Denmark and Spain, and a recent European Union report predicted wind will power Europe%u2019s demands several times over before 2020.

12 October 2013more >>


Plastics for Life

Environmental News Network - This is no news flash, but plastics don't biodegrade. And yet almost 50% of it never sees a landfill. Worse, approximately 80% of the plastic debris in our oceans comes from the land. Generally, we have hypothesized that water starts pure and becomes more polluted with each tier of drainage but recent research suggests that we are not starting with as clean a slate as we thought.

9 October 2013more >>

Aviation Deal: Questions Remain

Environmental Leader - Several uncertainties still threaten the planned market for reducing airliner emissions. Last week the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to create a market-based program starting in 2020.

9 October 2013more >>


Rogers Family Launches 97% Biodegradable Single-Serve Coffee Cup

Environmental Leader - Rogers Family Company has developed a single-serve coffee product that it says is 97 percent biodegradable.

9 October 2013more >>

Australian Environmental Politics in Denial

Environmental News Network - Australia seems to be going backwards in time with regard to environmental politics. A startlingly high number of people there deny climate change. Most Australians do believe in it, but in a country that no longer has a science minister, the newly-elected conservative government is populated by "leaders" who believe that it is some kind of conspiracy.

8 October 2013more >>


Climate change threat to jobs can't be wished away | Alexander White

The Guardian - Climate change threat to jobs can't be wished away I have news for Tony Abbott. Abolishing the price on carbon won't make climate change go away.

7 October 2013more >>

Tesco: How ethical are your clothes?

The Guardian - Six months after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, Lucy Siegle asks Tesco how the high street retailer is improving its supply chain.

6 October 2013more >>


Climate Council raises $1m through Obama-style fundraising drive

The Guardian - Body that replaces commission abolished by Tony Abbott says 20,000 Australians have donated an average $50 each.

5 October 2013more >>

Julie Bishop raises case of detained Greenpeace activist with Russians

The Guardian - Foreign minister expresses concern about piracy charge levelled at Australian Colin Russell on sidelines of Apec meeting.

5 October 2013more >>


China's Dam Environmental Problem

Environmental News Network - Although the Chinese government has acknowledged the extensive environmental issues resulting from the Three Gorges Dam, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has given the green light for construction for another massive hydro project. As the global leader in hydropower, China must adopt environmental policies that account for methane and carbon emissions as well as ecosystem disruptions and erosion potential.

5 October 2013more >>

Australia and Canada Conservation

Environmental News Network - At first glance, Australia and Canada could not be more different. They are separated by more than 7,500 miles (12,000 km). One country is known for its hot, dry lands and kangaroos, and the other is known for its cold, wet forests and caribou.

4 October 2013more >>


Companies Finding New and Improved Ways to Conserve

Environmental Leader - Thousands of companies in existence today are finding effective ways to recycle and go green. That means good things for cities and areas that want to reduce pollution, the population who wants to live in a cleaner world and for these companies themselves.

4 October 2013more >>

Green your Halloween with the Rainforest Alliance

Ecoki - Halloween is quickly approaching but there is a lot more to it than bags of candy and carving out ghoulish pumpkins to make creative jack o lanterns. In fact, it can be pretty sustainable, as well.

3 October 2013more >>


Climate report: How the science has moved on

New Scientist - The science of climate change has moved on a great deal in the six years since the last IPCC report. We break down the most important new findings.

30 September 2013more >>

First US nuclear power closures in 15 years signal wider industry problems

The Guardian - As the economics of building plants and maintaining old ones erode, some experts see little hope for an industry being touted by some as a climate savior.

25 September 2013more >>


Lord Stern: It would be absurd to underestimate climate change risks

The Guardian - It would be "absurd" to claim the risks of climate change are small, economic expert Lord Stern said before the publication of a key scientific report on global warming.

25 September 2013more >>

What is the business value in driving sustainable lifestyles?

The Guardian - A new survey shows business leaders predict exponential growth in consumer demand for sustainable living within five years. But is the case for business action there?

24 September 2013more >>


Disney Upgrades its 2013 Carbon Offsetting Goals

Environmental News Network - Carbon offsetting has been a major focus for the Walt Disney Company for years. In 2011, the entertainment leader made news by voluntarily setting a price for its own carbon emissions as part of an ambitious effort to reduce its own greenhouse gases.

23 September 2013more >>

Colorado floods: low risk from fracking chemicals

New Scientist - Residents near flooded fracking sites should be more concerned about sewage and toxic waste from mining for gold and silver.

19 September 2013more >>


Halve emissions to avoid dangerous climate change

New Scientist - It is still possible to stop global temperatures rising by more than 2 °C, if we cut our carbon dioxide emissions in half over the next four decades?

18 September 2013more >>

Lost river guided early humans out of Africa

New Scientist - A climate model shows the Sahara desert once had three lush rivers. One led humans to the North African coast, from where they headed to the Middle East.

17 September 2013more >>


Shoppers in England to be charged for plastic bags

The Guardian - Nick Clegg to unveil new 5p cost of bags in supermarkets and large stores to cut use of environmentally damaging products.

14 September 2013more >>

Adopting Healthy, Sustainable Diets

Environmental News Network - Those who want to eat healthy tend to have a sustainable diet, and those who want to eat sustainably are often drawn to healthier foods. These two diet tracks go hand-in-hand as we are learning that the way we eat not only affects our health, but affects our environment as well.

14 September 2013more >>


Studies Show Green Housing is a Solid Investment

Environmental News Network - As properties switch to new owners and people prepare their homes for sale, the value of sustainable building, technology, and labeling is an important consideration for everyone in the market.

14 September 2013more >>

UK fracking could come out carbon neutral

New Scientist - Hydraulic fracking could be carbon neutral if the technology replaces rather than adds to consumption of dirtier fossil fuels, says a UK government report.

13 September 2013more >>


Vast supplies of groundwater found under Kenya

New Scientist - A remote region of north-west Kenya is sitting on 250 trillion litres of groundwater, enough to keep 40 million people in water if tapped sustainably.

11 September 2013more >>

Australia rips up climate-change policies

New Scientist - Australia's new government is scrapping the country's main carbon-reduction policies and replacing them with a strategy that experts say is likely to fail.

10 September 2013more >>


10 ways to build a sustainable future

The Guardian - Urban planners need to think more strategically about how cities are designed to promote development. Our panel of experts offers some insights.

10 September 2013more >>

John Lewis puts lifetime electricity cost on product labels

The Guardian - Government-backed scheme aims to show people how energy efficient appliances can help them save on energy bills.

10 September 2013more >>


Is organic too expensive?

The Guardian - We are all feeling the pinch so can we be persuaded to fork out for organic food?

8 September 2013more >>

Biodiversity: Keep fighting the good fight

New Scientist - It's easy to become fatalistic about environmental problems, but it really is possible to stop destroying the natural world.

5 September 2013more >>


Stop global warming and save biodiversity? Yes, we can

New Scientist - We have the tools to preserve biodiversity and keep global warming in check by shrinking farms and providing economic incentives to keep wild lands.

5 September 2013more >>

Climate change: warm words and cool waters | Editorial

The Guardian - There is a serious debate about why observed temperatures have not kept pace with computer-modelled predictions.

2 September 2013more >>


Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought

The Guardian - Operator of Japanese nuclear power plant claims there has been no leak but has yet to discover cause of radiation spike.

1 September 2013more >>

Bring back refunds on bottles

The Guardian - When I was young we boosted our pocket money by collecting bottles and returning them to claim the refund. A common-sense, green approach. Shouldn't we go back to that?

1 September 2013more >>


Seabirds are Indicator Species for Climate Change

Environmental News Network - It has been said that seabirds are key indicators of the impact of climate change on the world%u2019s oceans. How exactly?

31 August 2013more >>

Why eating insects is good for the environment

Environmental News Network - As a growing number of chefs put bugs on the menu, Ben Whitford samples his first 'entomophagic' meal and talks to the edible-insect entrepreneurs hoping to convert the rest of us to the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating insects....

30 August 2013more >>


Election 2013: video highlights of the final leaders debate

The Guardian - Rooty Hill, NSW played host to the third and final leaders debate before the Australian federal election.

29 August 2013more >>

Turn ON the dark!

Environmental News Network - As evidence mounts that excessive use of light is harming wildlife and adversely affecting human health, new initiatives in France and elsewhere are seeking to turn down the lights that flood an ever-growing part of the planet.

28 August 2013more >>


Rising levels of acids in seas may endanger marine life, says study

The Guardian - Experts claim current rate of change is likely to be more than 10 times faster than it has ever been in Earth's history.

26 August 2013more >>

Kevin Rudd: Labor had no mandate for the carbon tax

The Guardian - Labor leader points to errors in the introduction of the carbon price, but says he is not implying criticism of Julia Gillard.

25 August 2013more >>


Greens leader Christine Milne calls for inquiry into treatment of refugees

The Guardian - Party taps into outpouring of disgust and anger towards the atrocious, cruel policies of Labor and the Coalition.

24 August 2013more >>

California's Redwoods face new threat

Environmental News Network - California is a magnificent state, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is also home to some of the most magnificent trees in the world, the giant Redwoods. These trees have survived for millennia, fending off attacks from diseases and fire. Now they face a new threat, the combined effects of sudden oak death and fire.

23 August 2013more >>


How an ocean went into hiding in Australia

New Scientist - A climate triple whammy meant that a chunk of ocean took a wrong turn in 2011, so much water got locked in Australia that global sea levels plummeted.

21 August 2013more >>

Ethical shopping growing in popularity, survey suggests

The Guardian - A quarter of UK consumers said they would buy Fairtrade products, organic foods and green cleaning products even if it cost them more money.

20 August 2013more >>


Environmentalists gear up for legal fights after $40bn gas hub declared illegal

The Guardian - Western Australia's supreme court decides that the proposed facility at James Price Point should not have been approved.

19 August 2013more >>

Finally: Obama Green Lights Solar Panels on White House

Environmental News Network - Details are not yet final, but President Obama has finally allowed retrofitting the White House roof to allow for solar panels.

16 August 2013more >>


Tony Abbott's climate plan has $4bn funding gap, new modelling shows

The Guardian - Devastating analysis shows Coalition will have to stump up extra cash %u2013 or break pledge to cut emissions by 5% by 2020.

15 August 2013more >>

Tracking timber: could new technology help clean up the supply chain?

The Guardian - Fears over timber traceability have created opportunities for technology startups.

14 August 2013more >>


Breakthrough technology in diesel combustion results in cleaner engines

Environmental News Network - Diesel and gasoline emissions have become some of the leading concerns regarding greenhouse gases and global climate change. While diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline powered engines, they have serious emissions problems. A breakthrough in diesel combustion technology may soon lead to cleaner diesel engines.

14 August 2013more >>

B Corps: sustainability will be shaped by the market, not corporate law

The Guardian - Delaware's recognition of B Corps is great, writes Marc Gunther, but it doesn't let conventional companies off the hook for environmental and social responsibilities.

13 August 2013more >>


Greenland Ice Sheet is melting from the top and bottom

Environmental News Network - New study shows that heat flow from the mantle contributes to the Greenland ice melt.

12 August 2013more >>

Global warming, Arctic ice loss, and armchair scientists | John Abraham

The Guardian - Armchair scientist Neven provides valuable insights into the rapid decline of Arctic sea ice.

12 August 2013more >>


Ecosystems still feel the pain of ancient extinctions

New Scientist - By wiping out massive plant-eaters like giant ground sloths, humans inadvertently deprived modern ecosystems of essential nutrients.

12 August 2013more >>

Adapting to climate change one ecosystem at a time

The Guardian - Climate change doesn't just affect the natural environment but the whole ecosystem that depends on it. Successful adaptation then, needs to put local communities at its centre.

8 August 2013more >>


Improving worker conditions in the global supply chain is good business

The Guardian - Reports on Apple's China factory reveal an urgent need for global manufacturers to improve worker conditions. A new study says it makes financial, as well as moral, sense.

7 August 2013more >>

Google - leading the way on renewable energy

The Guardian - Despite controversial funding of climate deniers and a management team with a fleet of jets, Google is leading the way on greening its energy supplies.

6 August 2013more >>


The rise and rise of American carbon

The Guardian - Shale gas fracking has helped US carbon emissions to fall. But American carbon extraction is still rising, undermining progress and increasing emissions overseas.

5 August 2013more >>

Fuel from water advances

Environmental News Network - Fuel from water? A form of Alchemy? Researchers have been trying for years to find a limitless, environmentally benign source of fuel.

3 August 2013more >>


Coral mappers reach Caribbean waters

New Scientist - The Catlin Seaview Survey plans to map all the world's reefs. With the Great Barrier Reef done, the team is now heading to the more damaged Caribbean.

2 August 2013more >>

Garden of Eden to become Iraqi national park

New Scientist - Despite the wave of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq's Council of Ministers has found time to approve the creation of the country's first national park.

1 August 2013more >>


Out-of-control oil leaks at Canadian tar sands site

New Scientist - Thousands of barrels of bitumen have already leaked from a tar sands project in north-east Alberta that had been certified safe by government regulators.

31 July 2013more >>

Mine approved in Tasmanian devil's stronghold

The Guardian - Environment minister gives go-ahead for project that court halted amid concerns for tumour-threatened species.

31 July 2013more >>


EPA chief: preventing climate change the opportunity of a lifetime

The Guardian - President Barack Obama's top environmental official wasted no time Tuesday taking on opponents of the administration's plan to crack down on global warming pollution.

31 July 2013more >>

Nepal's tiger population on the rise

The Guardian - Tigers are more numerous in Nepal than at any time since the 1970s, a new census has revealed, giving conservationists hope that the big cats, whose numbers have been dropping across south Asia for 100 years, can be saved.

31 July 2013more >>


Climate change has the potential for significant impacts on coffee

Environmental News Network - An inconvenient truth is not what most people want to hear before theyve had their first cup of coffee in the morning. Our coffee break is our time and we want to enjoy it. If the temperature is too high, put some ice in your cup.

30 July 2013more >>

Outbreak of global warming optimism is naive

New Scientist - Hopes that we have extra time to rein in emissions and avoid severe climate change are missing the bigger picture, says an energy industry watcher.

29 July 2013more >>


Deforestation in Congo basin slows, but for how long?

New Scientist - The deforestation rate in central Africa was down by a third in the decade to 2010 compared to the previous 10 years, but the trend may have reversed since.

24 July 2013more >>

Five of 'big six' energy companies drop green tariffs

The Guardian - Campaigners fear the move to scrap tariffs for new customers could undermine national drive to tackle climate change.

24 July 2013more >>


Report claims large numbers of koalas being wiped out by logging

The Guardian - Timber worker says finding dead koalas is 'a daily thing' in TV report claiming Victorian logging is wiping the animal out.

23 July 2013more >>

Brazil's eco-tourists keep social enterprises successful and sustainable

The Guardian - Our three part series closes with an investigation into Brazilian ecotourism and social entreprise success by Iguazu Falls.

23 July 2013more >>


Energy companies are paying a heavy price for shunning renewables

The Guardian - The argument for green solutions is not just about climate change, traditional sources of power will soon cost more.

22 July 2013more >>

Bombs dropped on Great Barrier Reef marine park

The Guardian - Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week, when a training exercise went wrong, the US Navy said, angering environmentalists.

21 July 2013more >>


Barack Obama urged to act on deal for global aviation pollution

The Guardian - Member of European parliament wants US president to live up to climate change rhetoric by helping to advance carbon deal.

20 July 2013more >>

CIA spooks investigate geoengineering to fix climate

New Scientist - Concerned about the impact of climate change on global security, the CIA is part-funding a US National Academy of Sciences geoengineering .

19 July 2013more >>


Sea levels may rise 2.3 metres per degree of global warming, report says

The Guardian - Seas will remain high for centuries after temperatures have risen, with the likelihood of more frequent and damaging storms.

16 July 2013more >>

Culture's role in environmental change

The Guardian - The live and digital work of the cultural and creative industries is key to a low carbon transition and future, says Hannah Rudman.

15 July 2013more >>


Abbott on carbon trading: 'non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one'

The Guardian - Tony Abbott has branded emissions trading a "so-called market" that deals in an "invisible substance", carbon dioxide, as the Coalition digs in politically ahead of Labor's looming overhaul of its clean energy package.

15 July 2013more >>

Huge Marine Preservation Area Being Considered for Antarctica

Environmental News Network - The area of ocean set aside as a nature preserve could double or triple in the coming days, depending on the outcome of a meeting in Germany. Representatives from 24 countries and the European Union are considering setting aside large portions of ocean around Antarctica as a protected area. And the deal may hinge on preserving some fishing rights.

12 July 2013more >>


Brightening the clouds touted as a way to save corals

New Scientist - Making clouds brighter by spraying sea salt into the air could locally cool the oceans, reducing one of the threats facing coral reefs.

10 July 2013more >>

Chinese lose 2.5 billion years of life expectancy due to coal burning

Environmental News Network - Chinese who live north of the Huai River will lose an aggregate 2.5 billion years of life expectancy due to the extensive use of coal burning in the region, concludes a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

9 July 2013more >>


Global Warming Down Under

Environmental News Network - Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney's suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney's urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

9 July 2013more >>

EU proposes to curb oversupply of Carbon credits

Environmental News Network - Carbon credits are created by emissions controls and by other manufacturing practices and they can be sold to other facilities to offset emissions that cannot be economically reduced.

8 July 2013more >>


Natural fracking feeds an eternal flame

New Scientist - Behind a waterfall there is a light that never goes out. It's not a fairy tale %u2013 the eternal flame is fed by gas from a shale formation deep underground.

6 July 2013more >>

No more excuses over switch to clean energy

New Scientist - Despite government indifference, renewables are taking over the world. Imagine what could happen with some serious backing.

4 July 2013more >>


How Australian campaigners target fossil fuel companies and their backers

The Guardian - Campaigns capture public imagination as the issue of unburnable carbon enters the mainstream.

4 July 2013more >>

Gasland II to expose power politics of fracking in the US

The Guardian - Sequel of Oscar-nominated film on natural gas boom puts focus on climate change, oil lobby and the US government.

3 July 2013more >>


Will electric cars ever enter the mainstream?

The Guardian - Unless battery prices come down and performance goes up, there will be no compelling reason to go electric.

3 July 2013more >>

Texas A&M University plans huge solar project

Environmental News Network - The proposed "Center for Solar Energy" at Texas A&M University's Central Texas branch will make the school the world's first all-solar university. The university has come up with this innovative project to save power costs and reduce its carbon footprint. It will utilize nearby unused land for the world's biggest solar test farm.

2 July 2013more >>


Obama Administration's Climate Change Agenda

Environmental News Network - While the details of these proposals will be determined through subsequent rule making, the plans and time frames set forth in the speech signal a major expansion of federal climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, with potentially significant impacts upon electric utilities and other regulated entities as well as units of state and local government most affected by the impacts of global warming.

29 June 2013more >>

Is Obama's climate plan enough to 'stop the planet being beyond fixing'?

The Guardian - Barack Obama has laid out his 'climate action plan', but will it be enough to halt the rise in carbon emissions?

27 June 2013more >>


Can Rudd protect Australia's climate policy?

The Guardian - Climate policy faces an uncertain future after Julia Gillard's departure, with carbon price for the chop if Tony Abbott is elected.

27 June 2013more >>

Go green to profit from environmental change

New Scientist - Companies that adapt quickest to environmental change will thrive, by expanding into new areas and gaining green-minded customers.

26 June 2013more >>


Barack Obama announces new measures to tackle climate change - video

The Guardian - The US president, Barack Obama, announces new plans to tackle climate change, including limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

26 June 2013more >>

Better air quality linked to worse hurricanes

The Guardian - Reduced atmospheric pollution may have increased the ferocity and frequency of hurricanes.

24 June 2013more >>


Tasmania's old growth forests win protection after three-decade battle

The Guardian - Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area extended by more than 170,000 hectares

24 June 2013more >>

Seabirds face big problems as sea levels rise

Environmental News Network - Migratory shorebird populations are at great risk from rising sea levels due to global climate change, warns a recent paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

21 June 2013more >>


Hydropower must win hearts and minds in local communities | Lou Del Bello

The Guardian - No one doubts hydropower's green credentials, but to gain acceptance it must bring direct benefits for local people.

20 June 2013more >>

Are Coffee Pods a Recycling Problem?

Environmental News Network - As the consumption of coffee pods surges in the U.S., so do the questions about their disposal and recycling. Although using a pod to make a cup of joe takes about the same amount of time as it does to fire up some water and then make a French press of coffee, the popularity of the single-serve coffee pod machines has taken off.

20 June 2013more >>


What lies behind the power price increases in Australia? | John Quiggin

The Guardian - John Quiggin: To explain the latest 20% rise of electricity cost in Queensland, look no further than the free market reforms kickstarted in the 1990s.

18 June 2013more >>

Is sustainability a key part of education? | Katherine Portilla

The Guardian - Downplaying the discussion of climate change and sustainability in education may be a mistake.

18 June 2013more >>


Update: UN climate change talks start making progress

Environmental News Network - The United Nations climate change body said it has made concrete progress towards a new universal agreement on climate change during its latest round of talks which wrapped up this week in Germany.

15 June 2013more >>

Beyond Energy Companies: Who are the Big Emitters?

Environmental Leader - Not surprisingly, the Greenhouse 100 index of the nation's top greenhouse gas emitters released yesterday by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is dominated by utilities and oil and gas companies.

12 June 2013more >>


Do Hybrids Save Money? Depends How You Drive

Environmental Leader - Vehicle window stickers, fuel economy standards and even life cycle studies offer incomplete efficiency estimates for vehicles because they often fail to account for driving conditions, a Carnegie Mellon University analysis has found.

12 June 2013more >>

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Pay Dirt

Environmental News Network - It is, unfortunately, society's nature to discard the unwanted or forgotten. This tendency is on display across the globe, from slums of mega-cities to undernourished children in rural villages to the ugly endangered creatures that never receive attention.

11 June 2013more >>


Green Product Growth Outpaced Others During Recession

Environmental Leader - A majority of small businesses found sales of green products increased and outpaced traditional alternatives during the recession, a survey from Green America, EcoVentures International  and Association for Enterprise Opportunity reports.

11 June 2013more >>

Webchat: how can students help make their universities greener?

The Guardian - <Need advice on starting an environmental project at your university or college? Join in the discussion by posting in the comment thread and join us between 1-3pm on Tuesday.

11 June 2013more >>


Are Airlines doing enough to cut emissions?

Environmental News Network - The aviation industry has announced what it claims is "a historic agreement" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but industry experts and environmentalists say the agreement is vague and lacks the enforcement mechanisms necessary to give it teeth.

11 June 2013more >>

The firsts and the 'fails' in the 2013 Green League of universities

The Guardian - Manchester Metropolitan has topped the People & Planet Green League for 2013, while Oxford and Cambridge do even worse than last year%u2022 Universities fail to make ethical investment policies%u2022 Which universities are top of the class?

11 June 2013more >>


Old smartphones called in to save Indonesian forests

New Scientist - A forest project that uses solar-powered smartphones hanging from trees to listen for the sounds of chainsaws could help stop illegal logging.

6 June 2013more >>

Airlines Agree to Curb their Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020

The Guardian - International airlines have agreed for the first time to global curbs on their greenhouse gas emissions %u2013 but fell well short of the measures to combat climate change that green campaigners had demanded.

4 June 2013more >>


Could Climate Bonds Become a Major Force in Green Finance?

Environmental Leader - So-called 'green climate' bonds, being issued by a number of financial institutions and state governments as a means of generating funding for sustainable development and clean energy technology, are becoming increasingly popular and could become a major new force in the green investment world, according to the Globe-Net.

4 June 2013more >>

How to Leverage Social Media for Sustainability Reporting

Environmental Leader - Just having a robust social media platform to communicate a company%u2019s sustainability reporting is not enough; firms need to incorporate social media into an overall communications strategy and have top management plug the efforts to boost authenticity, says a Business of Social Responsibility article by Guy Morgan.

4 June 2013more >>


Green Business Engagement Programs Join Forces

Environmental Leader - Representatives from green business engagement programs are working to create a national association to help companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the coordination and impact of these types of programs across the US.

4 June 2013more >>

3 Steps to Smarten Up Your Green Marketing

Environmental Leader - We%u2019ve heard the rumors, read the blogs, and saw the headlines that said green marketing is dead.

3 June 2013more >>


Rainforests will Survive Extreme Global Warming, Argues Study

Environmental News Network - Rainforests in South America have survived three previous extreme global warming events in the past, suggesting that they will survive a projected 2-6 degree rise in temperatures over the coming century, reports a study published in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science.

3 June 2013more >>

Ending Poverty, Environmental Protection Strongly Linked

Environmental News Network - Taxes, incentives, regulations, subsidies, trade and public procurement need to be realigned to favour sustainable consumption and production patterns if the world wants to end poverty, according to the UN High Level Panel charged with setting the new direction for global development.

2 June 2013more >>


Capturing Carbon on the Cheap

Environmental Leader - Some of the processes being looked at as cheaper ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions include a government-led large-scale implementation at a power plant, a installation at a natural gas production facility and rolling out the technology to other industrial facilities, according to an article in the MIT Technology Review.

1 June 2013more >>

Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe's Top Sustainable Seafood List

Environmental Leader - Whole Foods, Safeway and Trader Joe's are the only three grocery chains to earn a green rating in Greenpeace's annual report, which evaluates and ranks supermarkets on their sustainable seafood policies.

1 June 2013more >>


To Green the Deserts, Just Add... Seawater?

New Scientist - Can desert be turned into fertile oases using nothing but seawater and sunshine? Yes, discovers Fred Pearce on a trip to Qatar %u2013 but at a price.

31 May 2013more >>

Green Groups Attack Government Resistance to EU Climate Change Goals

The Guardian - Campaigners and industry experts criticise government plan to block new EU-wide renewable energy targets.

27 May 2013more >>


Which Clothing Labels are Greener?

The Guardian - If you pay more for clothes does it guarantee they are made in decent conditions?

26 May 2013more >>

Why Worrying about Food Miles is Missing the Point

The Guardian - Getting your lamb from New Zealand isn't hurting the planet and buying your potatoes from the other end of the country is fine. Jay Rayner says food miles are not the problem.

26 May 2013more >>


The Tesla Model S

Environmental News Network - The new all-electric Tesla S sedan is not just the favorite of car magazines, now Consumer Reports calls it the best car they%u2019ve ever driven, scoring 99 points of 100 and beating out the Lexus LS460 that held the previous record back in 2007. What does this massive battery-powered EV have that no others do?

25 May 2013more >>

Sustainability Reporting Leads to Higher Cash Flows

Environmental Leader - More than half of companies say sustainability reporting leads to higher cash flows and helps improve firm reputation, according to a report from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and Ernst and Young.

25 May 2013more >>


German Beer Industry Threatened by Fracking

Environmental Leader - Anheuser-Busch InBev and other German brewers want Chancellor Angela Merkel%u2019s government to block any laws that would allow hydraulic fracturing, which, they say could contaminate water used to make beer and hurt the country%u2019s brewing industry.

25 May 2013more >>

Free Range Milk?

Environmental News Network - Free-Range Dairy is a new initiative that could reverse the trend towards industrialised mega-farms.

24 May 2013more >>


Earth's Tides are Shoving the Moon Away Faster

New Scientist - The North Atlantic is now wide enough to create exceptionally high tides, making the rate of the moon's retreat faster now than it was 50 million years ago.

23 May 2013more >>

A Second Chance to Save the Climate

New Scientist - The latest data on the climate suggests it will warm slightly less, and more slowly, than expected %u2013 giving us a chance to avoid the worst effects.

23 May 2013more >>


Oklahoma tornado: is climate change to blame? | Harry Enten

The Guardian - The Oklahoma twister was a 'classic look', but the data shows we are experiencing more volatility in the US tornado season.

22 May 2013more >>

Climate Extreme Prediction

Environmental News Network - It seems that there is always another opinion on how the climate is or will be changing. A new study led by Oxford University concludes that the latest observations of the climate system's response to rising greenhouse gas levels are consistent with conventional estimates of the long-term climate sensitivity, despite a warming pause over the past decade.

21 May 2013more >>


Before and After Overfishing

The Guardian - What do emptier waters look like? This web aquarium shows declining fish populations over the past 100 years - and it uses more than 200 datasets to do it.

21 May 2013more >>

Free tickets to Grand Designs Live

Planet Ark - For the third year running Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign will feature at Grand Designs Live and we've got 50 complimentary double passes to give away to our loyal subscribers (valued at $59 each).

17 May 2013more >>


Why Conservation Needs Emotion

The Guardian - Wildlife experts will debate the importance of emotion in conservation science for the annual Earthwatch lecture on Thursday. Here, they lay out their arguments.

16 May 2013more >>

Study Shows Scientists Agree on Anthropogenic Climate Change

Environmental News Network - A comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of global warming and climate change has revealed an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is human-caused.

16 May 2013more >>


Seedsticks to help schools raise greener funds for Tree Day

Planet Ark - Planet Ark is proud to announce that Seedsticks will be the official supplier of specially designed Schools Tree Day seed packs. Teachers and students can bring nature into the classroom or get the community growing to show their support for Australia's largest planting and nature care event!

16 May 2013more >>

Keeping Produce Fresh Longer

Environmental News Network - Billions of dollars of fruits, vegetables, and flowers are thrown away each year as produce ripens too quickly and starts to rot in different markets before public buyers even buy them.

16 May 2013more >>


Six Threatened and Not-So-Threatened Ecosystems

New Scientist - Conservationists are launching a Red List of Ecosystems to assess the health of whole habitats. Here are six that have been studied so far.

16 May 2013more >>

To Save the Planet, Chow Down on a Caterpillar

New Scientist - We should all be eating more insects, because it's better for the environment than eating conventional meat like beef.

15 May 2013more >>


Sustainability Highly Important to 42% of Supply Chains

Environmental Leader - Less than half of executives say sustainability is highly important to their company's supply chain, according to a PwC survey.

14 May 2013more >>

Great Barrier Reef is Still at Risk

The Guardian - UN World Heritage Committee to rule on whether fossil fuel industry threatens Australia's reef, but its coral is already in peril.

13 May 2013more >>


One-Third of Animal Species will be Hit by Climate Change, Scientists Warn

The Guardian - One-third of common land animals could see dramatic losses this century because of climate change, scientists predict.

13 May 2013more >>

Are Plastic Jars Worse for the Environment?

The Guardian - Several grocery products I used to buy in glass jars are now in plastic. Is this ethically better or worse?

12 May 2013more >>


BMW Slams EU Emissions Targets

Environmental Leader - BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer says the European Union%u2019s strict vehicle emissions standards are %u201Cimpossible to meet,%u201D Drive.com reports.

11 May 2013more >>

App Turns Smartphone Sensors into Weather Stations

New Scientist - The latest smartphones can tell you a lot about the conditions around you &ndash; and then upload that info to build a real-time crowd sourced weather map.

9 May 2013more >>


US honeybees Threatened as 31% of Colonies Died out in 2012, Report Shows

The Guardian - Bee keepers lost 31% of their colonies in late 2012 and through the early months of this year %u2013 about double what they might expect through natural causes, survey found.

9 May 2013more >>

World Bank Urges CO2 Price

Environmental Leader - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has urged the world's environmental ministers to combat climate change by implementing a five-point plan that includes putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions, improving agricultural practices and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

9 May 2013more >>


Firms Need Stronger Sustainability-Related Risk Response, Study Says

Environmental Leader - Companies are increasingly recognizing sustainability-related risk %u2014 but not adequately aligning risk response to the scale of sustainability challenges, according to an Ernst and Young study.

9 May 2013more >>

Kevin McCloud: 'I am a big fan of composting toilets'

The Guardian - Grand Designs' green-minded presenter enthuses over toilets, mending, and his expanding trousers.

8 May 2013more >>


Sustainable Cities: Cutting Emissions and Opening up Data

The Guardian - Cities are getting smarter as energy-saving innovations go mainstream and local governments act to open their vast troves of data to provide value for the community. Register to watch Sustainability 24 live 12 hour broadcast on May 15.

7 May 2013more >>

Greens Renew Push on Mining Tax after Revenue Downgraded

ABC - The Greens say the latest figures on revenues from the Federal Government's mining tax are a strong argument for the tax to be rewritten.

6 May 2013more >>


Consumers 'being misled' Over Cruelty Free Cosmetics

ABC - Consumer group Choice says an investigation into cosmetics companies has revealed a large number are misleading customers about their animal testing policies.

5 May 2013more >>

Carbon Dioxide and Rainfall

Environmental News Network - Carbon dioxide is the prime culprit in global warming but how twill that affect other aspects of climate such as rainfall?

4 May 2013more >>


The New Normal

Environmental News Network - While Webster%u2019s Dictionary has not yet caught up to the term the "new normal", it is more than a television program on NBC. The new normal may refer to the economy, health, or lifestyles, but for government, the new normal primarily refers to how our lives will routinely be affected by the impacts of climate change.

4 May 2013more >>

Sustainable Packaging Roundup: Novelis, Mars, Monadnock

Environmental Leader - Novelis has announced the commercial availability of what it says is the industry%u2019s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminum designed specifically for the beverage can market.

4 May 2013more >>


Most Firms Don't Report GHG Emissions, Report Says

Environmental Leader - Only 37 percent of the world%u2019s largest companies report their greenhouse gas emissions fully and correctly, according to research from the Environmental Investment Organisation.

3 May 2013more >>

Why US Companies Don't Do ISO 14001

Environmental Leader - Consultants have cited costs and the economic recession as reasons why rates of ISO 14001 certification in the US lag behind other parts of the world.

3 May 2013more >>


Carbon Bubble Makes Australia's Coal Industry Ripe 'for Financial Implosion'

The Guardian - Much of the nation's coal reserves will be worthless if world's governments fulfil pledge to cap emissions, warns report.

29 April 2013more >>

Plants help slow warming - but there's a trade-off

New Scientist - Chemicals pumped out by plants promote cloud formation, increasing Earth's ability to reflect sunlight, though the effect is reduced if the world cools.

29 April 2013more >>


AB InBev Sustainability Report: Waste Down 55% in a Year

Environmental Leader - Anheuser-Busch InBev cut the amount of waste it sent to landfills by 54.8 percent year-on-year, from 104,946 metric tons in 2011 to 47,341 in 2012, according to its 2012 Global Citizenship Report. The brewer says it managed this achievement even though its overall materials use increased slightly.

27 April 2013more >>

RSK Tool Helps Construction Companies Manage Environmental Risk

Environmental Leader - RSK Business Solutions has launched a web-based tool to help UK-based construction companies mitigate environmental risk, drive legal compliance and enhance their key performance indicator (KPI) reporting to avoid environmental related fines and penalties through failing to comply with the ISO14001 environmental management standard.

26 April 2013more >>


Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace IT Ranking

Environmental Leader - Cisco and Google have tied for first place in Greenpeace%u2019s latest ranking of IT sector climate leadership. Google and Cisco both scored 58 out of a possible 100 on Greenpeace%u2019s sixth Cool IT leaderboard after logging gains of five and nine points, respectively, over their 2012 rankings.

26 April 2013more >>

Women are 'Key Drivers' in Climate Change Adaptation

Environmental News Network - Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change - also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) - must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21-23 March).

26 April 2013more >>


Key data: Australian population to hit 23 million

ABC - Australia's population is expected to hit a milestone of 23 million tonight, six months after the world population reached a new high of 7 billion. Here are some key figures tracing how the nation got to this point.

23 April 2013more >>

Shell Sustainability Report: GHGs Drop 2.7%

Environmental Leader - Shell%u2019s total direct GHG emissions were 72 million metric tons CO2e last year, down 2.7 percent from 74 million in 2011, according to the company%u2019s 2012 sustainability report.

20 April 2013more >>


Study Suggests Community Gardening May Produce Health Benefits

Environmental News Network - There are many benefits to community gardens. From greening urban ecosystems, to offering education and cultural opportunities, community gardens provide a venue for people to come together and stimulate social interaction. For individuals, these gardens also provide a venue for exercise, food production, and improved diets. These potential benefits have lead to a new study that reveals those who participate in community gardening have a significantly lower body mass index and have lower odds of being overweight or obese compared to their non-gardening neighbors.

19 April 2013more >>

The Cultural Imperative of Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Recently, we hosted a truly inspired interview on our Impact Series webinar program with celebrated author and philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore about the ethical, spiritual, and cultural imperative of sustainability.

18 April 2013more >>


Sustainability Report: Fiat Cuts Water Use 16%

Environmental Leader - Fiat, the majority shareholder in US carmaker Chrysler, cut mass-market brand plants%u2019 water consumption per vehicle last year by 15.6 percent versus 2011 levels, and by 31.2 percent versus 2010. according to its 2012 sustainability report.

16 April 2013more >>

Green Fleet Roundup: Avon, Ford, DriveCam, Greyhound Lines

Environmental Leader - Avon Rent A Car Truck and Van says it is the first rental agency in the US to take delivery of the new 2013 HINO diesel-electric hybrid trucks. The new truck have a 30-35 percent better fuel economy and a low carbon footprint as compared with standard diesel trucks.

16 April 2013more >>


On population, China and Climate Sceptics

The Guardian - 'The world's most powerful environmentalist' on battling the 'misinformation machine' and why China is his 'secret weapon'.

15 April 2013more >>

Mining Productivity Slumps Over Past Decade

ABC - A report shows Australia's mining sector is half as productive as it was around ten years ago.

15 April 2013more >>


How Fast is Global Climate Changing?

Environmental News Network - There's plenty of evidence that the climate has warmed up over the past century, and climate scientists know this has happened throughout the history of the planet. But they want to know more about how this warming is different.

15 April 2013more >>

Gas hub: Controversy in the Kimberley

ABC - Take a look back at the history of Woodside's controversial Browse LNG project in Western Australia.

12 April 2013more >>


Environmentalists Welcome Scrapping of LNG project

ABC - Environmentalists celebrate Woodside's decision to can its $45bn Browse LNG project, but WA's Premier says it will be a missed opportunity if gas developments don't go ahead.

12 April 2013more >>

Climate Change 'Will Lead to Bumpier Flights'

The Guardian - The shifting of the jet stream over Europe caused by global warming will lead to clear-air turbulence.

9 April 2013more >>


Mythbusting: People buy from social enterprises purely on ethics

The Guardian - Social businesses must do more than simply convince consumers that they are ethical. Quality is essential, says David Floyd.

8 April 2013more >>

Corals Can Survive Warmer Seas if Humans Don't Meddle

New Scientist - Global warming bleaches and kills coral, but reefs can recover if their environment is pristine and free of human impacts such as pollution.

6 April 2013more >>


It's Time we Sorted Out Climate 'Blips'

New Scientist - The promise to fill the gap between short-term weather forecasts and long-term climate predictions is still unfulfilled.

4 April 2013more >>

US starts building first nuclear reactors in 30 years

New Scientist - After a three-decade hiatus, work is finally under way on a new wave of reactors thanks to government funding %u2013 but China is already way ahead.

4 April 2013more >>


71% of Consumers Think Green When Purchasing

Environmental Leader - A record-high 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop, up from 66 percent in 2008, according to research from Cone Communications.

4 April 2013more >>

Why Conducting a Poll for Your Renewable Project Will Save You Money

Environmental Leader - After being in the public affairs business for nearly twenty years, it still amazes me how few developers and companies use random sample polling when launching a public affairs campaign to gain support for projects.  

4 April 2013more >>


Least Developed Countries Agree to Cut Emissions

The Guardian - In what could be a far-reaching move, the world's poorest countries say they are now prepared to commit themselves to binding cuts in their emissions of greenhouse gases. Until now, the 49-strong group of Least Developed Countries (LDC) have insisted the primary responsibility for tackling climate change through carbon cuts lies with industrialised nations, which emitted most of the carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere.

3 April 2013more >>

Not All Ice Melts

Environmental News Network - Global warming means melting of polar ice and rising seas. Well not always it seems.

3 April 2013more >>


Eating Fish: it's Complicated

The Guardian - With all these tales of fishy labelling floating around, how can we tell the codliness or otherwise of our fish suppers?

3 April 2013more >>

Climate Making Extreme Events Worse in Australia, Report Shows

The Guardian - The extreme heatwaves, flooding and bush fires striking Australia have already been intensified by climate change and are set to get even worse in future, according to a new report.

3 April 2013more >>


Seven Essential SuperFoods

Ecoki - For foodies or for those looking to add a little oomph to your diet, here are some of our newest favourite superfoods.

1 April 2013more >>

Global Warming Predictions Prove Accurate

The Guardian - Analysis of climate change modelling for past 15 years reveal accurate forecasts of rising global temperatures.

28 March 2013more >>


Carbon Trading is to Grow 14% in 2013

Environmental Leader - The volume of carbon traded globally will grow by 14 percent this year, reaching 12 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent despite depressed prices, according to analysis by market intelligence firm Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.

28 March 2013more >>

The 5 Commandments of Product Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Products are undoubtedly the best medium for companies to both manage their sustainability performance from within their own organization and from without. Products are the avatars that encapsulate a business%u2019 sense of social and ecological ethics%u2014locally and globally.

28 March 2013more >>


Greens Ads Rise Captalizing on Environmental Concerns

Environmental Leader - Advertisers, hoping to capitalize on growing public interest in sustainability, have put more resources into "greenL; advertising aimed at attracting consumers with claims of improved environmental impact of products, according a Worldwatch Institute report released this week.

28 March 2013more >>

Teach Your Children Well - About Climate Change

Environmental News Network - By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new federal science standards due out this month will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about this climatic shift taking place.

27 March 2013more >>


Rare Australian Possum Could be Continent's First Climate Change Victim

The Guardian - Only 1C climb in temperature could wipe out remaining 2,000-2,600 mountain pygmy possums in Snowy Mountains.

27 March 2013more >>

Climate Change a 'Threat Multiplier' for Defence

ABC - A new report says Australia's military is not doing enough planning to cope with the problem of climate change.

25 March 2013more >>


International Landmarks Switch off Lights for Earth Hour

The Guardian - The Eiffel Tower, Houses of Parliament and Times Square were among the landmarks taking part in Earth Hour 2013 by extinguishing their lights for 60 minutes.

25 March 2013more >>

Achieving a Sustainable Food System with Organic Farming

Environmental News Network - Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org)

23 March 2013more >>


Google Employees Exposed to Cancer-Causing Chemical

Environmental Leader - Google employees were exposed to high levels of a cancer-causing chemical at the company%u2019s satellite campus on a Superfund toxic waste site, an EPA report says.

23 March 2013more >>

H&amp;M Sustainability Report: 95% of Factories Revealed

Environmental Leader - H&M has published a supplier factory list alongside its 2012 sustainability report. The retailer says it is one of the first and largest fashion companies in the world to take this step.

23 March 2013more >>


Happy World Water Day!

Environmental News Network - All across the globe, communities are celebrating International World Water Day and according the UN's World Water Day website, over 450 events have been planned this year!

23 March 2013more >>

Kellogg's Adopts How2Recycle Label

Environmental Leader - The Kellogg Company will use the How2Recycle Label as GreenBlue%u2019s Sustainable Packaging Coalition begins the latest phase of its voluntary recycling label program.

22 March 2013more >>


National Geographic May Use Recycled Paper

Environmental Leader - National Geographic is considering using recycled paper for its publications, following a study that found using recovered fiber in place of virgin fiber for magazine paper has a benefit in 14 of 14 environmental impact categories.

22 March 2013more >>

GM crops back on the agenda at EU - video

The Guardian - Farmers and environmental campaigners call on EU politicians to block the cultivation of new GM crops.

19 March 2013more >>


Teachers should be given free rein on climate change

The Guardian - The teaching of climate change in schools has long been a hot %u2013 and sometimes controversial %u2013 topic among educationalists, teachers, parents and politicians. How and when it should be taught have sometimes run up against the fundamental question of should it even be taught.

19 March 2013more >>

World Bike-Sharing Programs (Map)

CleanTechnica - Reposted from Bikocity: This is sweet. An excellent compilation of existing, planned, or under construction bike-sharing programs around the world.

18 March 2013more >>


Boston Businesses Cut GHG Emissions 4%

Environmental Leader - The headquarters of Au Bon Pain, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and other Boston businesses participating in the Challenge for Sustainability in 2012 reduced their overall greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent %u2014 or 7,000 pounds %u2014 from 2011 figures, according to the program%u2019s organizers.

14 March 2013more >>

Sustainability Reporting Slowly Increases in China, Report Finds

Environmental Leader - One-third of  companies surveyed  in China share their sustainability initiatives with the outside world, illustrating some progress in the country to promote non-financial reporting, according to a report released by The Conference Board.

14 March 2013more >>


Making an IT Department Sustainable in 2013

Environmental Leader - In modern day society, there is nothing more positive than going green while simultaneously saving money.

13 March 2013more >>

Should we learn to love eating insects?

The Guardian - Fried grasshoppers %u2013 a Mexican delicacy %u2013 are currently on offer in one London restaurant. Is it time to get over our squeamishness and learn to savour the taste of bugs?

13 March 2013more >>


Six in 10 have Changed Shopping Habits Since Horsemeat Scandal, Survey Finds

The Guardian - Six in 10 consumers say they have changed their shopping habits as a result of the horsemeat scandal, according to a new survey which shows their confidence in the food industry has been seriously dented by the affair.

13 March 2013more >>

Time to Forget Global Tipping Points

New Scientist - The idea that Earth is approaching a point of no return is probably untrue and almost certainly unhelpful, says ecologist Erle C. Ellis.

11 March 2013more >>


Ask a grown-up: why do people like football more than saving trees?

The Guardian - We put six-year-old Callum's question to a TV football presenter and lifelong West Bromwich Albion fan.

9 March 2013more >>

How To Align Profit and Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Johnson & Johnson has set up a fund for greenhouse gas reduction projects like chiller optimization and solar PV installations - just one example of how companies are allocating capital for long-term environmental performance, according to a report by the World Resources Institute.

9 March 2013more >>


How Warm Was it Once Upon a Time?

Environmental News Network - How warm or cold is it on Earth as compared to earlier times? Of course, going back far enough and one can find all sorts of extremes. How about the last ten thousand years?

8 March 2013more >>

FedEx Smashes Fleet Efficiency Goal

Environmental Leader - FedEx Express has beaten, seven years early, its goal of improving global fleet fuel efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.

8 March 2013more >>


Electric Cars not Mass-Market Solution, says Jaguar Land Rover Chief

The Guardian - Electric cars will never be a mass-market solution to climate change and should not get government subsidies, the chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover said on Tuesday .

6 March 2013more >>

Ed Davey Defends Green Deal Interest Rates

The Guardian - Energy and climate change secretary tells London sustainable building show that loan scheme rates are not excessive.

6 March 2013more >>


Gucci joins Green Carpet Challenge with a luxury handbag

The Guardian - The leather trade can cause terrible deforestation in the Amazon, but this new Gucci Jackie bag is made of hide that has been ethically produced.

6 March 2013more >>

What went wrong for the electric car startup?

The Guardian - Yale Environment 360: After selling fewer than 750 cars in a major initiative in Israel and losing more than $500 million, the company's experience shows that electric cars are still not ready for primetime.

6 March 2013more >>


Pesticide ban: food security now or later? | Editorial

The Guardian - The long-term costs of inaction over pesticide withdrawal could outweigh short-term costs of a ban.

4 March 2013more >>

Wanted: A Bob Geldof for Climate Change

New Scientist - Humanitarian disasters can inspire us to change the world for the better. Can we find a hero to do the same thing for global warming?

3 March 2013more >>


Of Course we Don't Want to Eat Bugs. But Can we Afford Not to?

The Guardian - The idea of eating insects disgusts us. But meat is growing ever more expensive.

3 March 2013more >>

Shark Killings Exceed 100m Every Year as Humans Become the Predators

The Guardian - Sharks are being slaughtered at an unsustainable rate, with a new study showing that 100 million are being killed every year.

3 March 2013more >>


Ford to Cut Vehicle Waste 40 Percent by 2016

Environmental Leader - Ford Motor Co. yesterday unveiled a five-year global strategy to reduce waste sent to landfill between 2011 and 2016 by 40 percent per vehicle.

1 March 2013more >>

Levi's, BBVA, Ebay Top Social Media Sustainability Index

Environmental Leader - Levi Strauss, financial company BBVA, Ebay, Danone and General Electric top the SMI-Wizness Social Media Sustainability Index 2012, an annual review analyzing how major companies use social media to communicate sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

28 February 2013more >>


EU Wants to be 'Role Model' for Global Environment, Anti-Poverty Talks

The Guardian - EU wants to rally member states to support development plan that commits to poverty reduction through sustainable growth.

28 February 2013more >>

eRecycling Corps: 10 Million Cell Phone Trade-Ins Since 2009

Environmental News Network - Few press releases cause me to say, "Wow." Yesterday's press release about eRecyclingCorps (eRC) achieving 10 million cell phone trade-ins since 2009 is an exception.

28 February 2013more >>


Key Climate Change Body Loses Government Funding

ABC - A key research body charged with preparing Australia to handle the impacts of global warming is running out of money.

26 February 2013more >>

Ikea Meatballs Found to Contain Horsemeat - video

The Guardian - Ikea becomes the latest company involved in the horsemeat scandal on Monday as it confirms a batch of its meatballs contains traces of the meat.

26 February 2013more >>


Element Hotels - Green Traveler Friendly

Environmental News Network - Element Hotels are made to order for travelers who are conscious of the environment and who appreciate good design and lots of light.

26 February 2013more >>

Sustainability: 4 Steps to Getting Buy-in

Environmental Leader - The good news: There is a business case for sustainability. Several recent studies from leading scholars from Harvard and the London School of Economics confirm that companies with an operating model that integrates sustainability outperform their %u201Cold model%u201D peers in the long run.

26 February 2013more >>


The Growth of Efficient Buildings

Environmental News Network - The area of building efficiency affords tremendous opportunities for both economic growth and reduced environmental impacts. Buildings are the single largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

26 February 2013more >>

Litter Discovered in One of Earth's Final Unexplored Realms

The Guardian - A glimpse into one tiny nook of the UK's vast ocean depths uncovered two drink cans, one bottle, and a rusty food tin.

26 February 2013more >>


Australian Climate Outlook Remains Bleak with Tony Abbott out for Revenge

The Guardian - Australian elections on 14 September threaten a rollback of years of climate change progress. The time to act is now.

25 February 2013more >>

US Firms Lead Way in Sustainability Yearbook 2013

Environmental Leader - Nine US-based companies including Molson Coors, Alcoa, Sonoco Products, Herman Miller and UnitedHealth Group have been awarded gold medals for sustainability practices in RobecoSAM and KPMG's Sustainability Yearbook 2013. 

23 February 2013more >>


1.5C Rise in Temperature Enough to Start Permafrost Melt, Scientists Warn

The Guardian - A global temperature rise of 1.5C would be enough to start the melting of permafrost in Siberia, scientists warned on Thursday.

22 February 2013more >>

Dirty Fossil Fuel Exports will Come Back to Bite

The Guardian - Australian coal and gas is being shipped and burned around Asia at record rates %u2013 but at what cost to the climate?

22 February 2013more >>


Wiping out Top Predators Messes up the Climate

New Scientist - It isn't just the food chain that is disrupted when creatures at the top die out and so are mechanisms that keep carbon dioxide emissions down.

21 February 2013more >>

Food: Sustainability, Security, Self-reliance

Environmental News Network - Poor harvests and rising food costs have become a depressingly familiar news item, with unusual weather patterns affecting food production across the US, Russia and in the UK. At the same time, more and more people are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

21 February 2013more >>


Coal-generated Power Here to Stay: Study

ABC - Experts warn it will take decades of transition to move from coal-generated power to clean energy production.

19 February 2013more >>

How to Make Trustworthy Environmental Claims

Environmental Leader - The ISO has outlined how its standards help manufacturers and consumer representatives ensure that environmental claims can be trusted.

19 February 2013more >>


Arctic 'needs protection from resource rush'

The Guardian - As melting ice makes exploration easier, human activity threatens wildlife and ecosystems.

19 February 2013more >>

Building a Sustainable Digital Future

Environmental Leader - Last year was a seminal year for the development of digital Britain. In 2012, we hosted the first truly digital Olympics, hit 10 million users on twitter and completed the digital switchover for the country%u2019s TV services. Digital technology has undoubtedly already significantly changed the way people interact with companies.

19 February 2013more >>


Climate Change Responses Need Not be All or Nothing

Environmental News Network - The dialogue about climate change, man's role in causing it, and possible responses to limit it or even reverse it, takes on a crisis tone for many. Is this the best way to look at it, and is it the best way to achieve results?

17 February 2013more >>

Chinese Appetite for Shark Fin Soup Devastating Mozambique Coastline

The Guardian - Mantas and hammerheads to 'disappear' from divers' paradise if plunder is unchecked.

15 February 2013more >>


Obama Acting too Slowly on Climate Change Risks, US Government Audit Finds

The Guardian - For first time, climate change makes list of the Government Accountability Office's biennial review of risks facing the US.

15 February 2013more >>

Cheshire Firm Investigated in Horsemeat Scandal

The Guardian - The official investigation into the horsemeat scandal has widened to include a Cheshire-based company that supplied meat to ABP, the Irish beef processing firm at the heart of the allegations.

15 February 2013more >>


Not ALL Conservatives Doubt Climate Change

Environmental News Network - Republican Bob Inglis%u2019 statement that he believed in human-caused climate change helped cost him his seat in Congress. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, Inglis explains why he is now trying to persuade his fellow conservatives that their principles can help save the planet.

14 February 2013more >>

Horsemeat Scandal Should Make us Rethink How We Eat

New Scientist - Forget food taboos and veterinary drugs, what really matters here is how we produce meat %u2013 and what meat we're prepared to eat.

14 February 2013more >>


Time to Eat the Ugly Ones...

Environmental News Network - Last week, MEPs (members of the European Parliament) voted overwhelmingly to end the wasteful practice of fish "discards".

14 February 2013more >>

Wind Power is Now Cheaper than Coal in Some Countries

New Scientist - Steady technological improvements and uncertainty over the future of fossil fuels are making wind power truly competitive

12 February 2013more >>


Intel And Wal-Mart Lead EPA's Green Power Partnership List

CleanTechnica - If you use a personal computer, chances are you%u2019ve used an Intel product.  However, you might not know that the chip you used to surf the Internet was most likely made with 100% green power.

8 February 2013more >>

It Takes A Village: Collaboration Key To Austin Success

CleanTechnica - By Jose Beceiro, Director of Clean Energy Initiatives, Austin Chamber of Commerce  As one of the first smart-grid-powered communities, a revolutionary technology incubator, and the host of a conference promoting clean energy investment; Austin, TX has proven itself a leader in the clean technology sector, and the region is poised to continue making significant strides in building a strong clean energy industry in 2013.

7 February 2013more >>


Sustainable Valentine's Day Ideas

Ecoki - Giving sweet surprises this Valentine's Day to your loved one is inevitable, but making it sustainable just makes it, well, that much better.

5 February 2013more >>

After 30 Years, is a GM Food Breakthrough Finally Here?

The Guardian - Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines %u2013 and is the new battleground crop.

3 February 2013more >>


Should Domestic Cats be Eradicated?

The Guardian - Campaigner Gareth Morgan claims domestic cats in New Zealand are a menace to wildlife, and should be more strictly controlled. Cat lover Tom Cox fights his feline friends' corner.

2 February 2013more >>

Shell continues spilling oil in North Sea despite efforts to improve

The Guardian - Anglo-Dutch group has been responsible for over 20 pollution accidents in British waters over a six month period.

1 February 2013more >>


China's self-billed No 1 environmentalist gives away fresh air

The Guardian - Multimillionaire entrepreneur Chen Guangbiao's latest stunt is to raise awareness of severe pollution in Beijing and beyond.

1 February 2013more >>

Carbon Capture Technologies that Could Help Fight Climate Change

Environmental News Network - Evolving technology could make cleaning the air more profitable than fouling it, says Columbia Univ economist.

31 January 2013more >>


Climate change blamed for Australia's extreme weather

New Scientist - Floods have hit the east coast of Australia before recent bush fires have been put out, giving people a taste of climate change's possible consequences.

30 January 2013more >>

New South Wales braces for river peaks as Queensland counts flood cost

The Guardian - Four deaths confirmed from torrential rains that have drenched Australia's east coast, recalling 2010-2011 disaster.

29 January 2013more >>


How Profoundly Cities Affect Temperatures Both Near and Far

Environmental News Network - It has been known for a long time that cities create warmer temperatures due to heat stored in buildings, roads, and other man made structures. They also add heat from air conditioners, boilers, and other combustion sources. This is known as the urban heat island.

28 January 2013more >>

Heavy rain and melting snow expected to cause floods

The Guardian - Heavy rain combined with melting snow is likely to cause flooding in parts of the UK at the weekend, the Met Office has warned.

25 January 2013more >>


China says major pollutant levels dropping

The Guardian - Environment minister said that although levels are dropping, the country faces a long battle in controlling pollution.

24 January 2013more >>

Obama under pressure after Nebraska governor signs off on Keystone XL

The Guardian - A day after promising action on climate change, president now faces crucial test of commitment to environmental causes.

23 January 2013more >>


Mineral dust in oceans 'could absorb carbon'

The Guardian - Geoengineering method could reduce emissions but would require huge mining effort and alter balance of the oceans.

22 January 2013more >>

Wind power delivers too much to ignore

New Scientist - Although aesthetic concerns need to be heard, qualms about wind's reliability are wide of the mark, argues an energy policy researcher.

21 January 2013more >>


Rare marsupials found fat and happy in new home

ABC - A rare marsupial that had disappeared from Australia's mainland is thriving near Canberra, with reports the population is fat and happy.

20 January 2013more >>

140 countries agree mercury treaty

The Guardian - Delegates at UN talks approve measures to curb pollution, but some campaigners say they are not tough enough.

19 January 2013more >>


Extreme Weather Events Sync Rise and Fall of Arctic Populations

Environmental News Network - Climate change and changes in weather can affect species in many ways. From altering migration patterns, to varying plant growth leading to deviating diets, to extending or decreasing hibernation periods, climate can ultimately influence the success of a species.

19 January 2013more >>

Black carbon is worse for global warming than previously thought

The Guardian - A new study indicates soot plays a far greater role in global warming than previously believed and is second only to CO2 in the amount of heat it traps in the atmosphere.

18 January 2013more >>


Black carbon causes twice as much global warming than previously thought

The Guardian - New findings suggest there may be untapped potential to curb climate change by reducing soot emissions. Soot from burned wood and diesel exhausts may have twice the impact on global warming than previously thought, according to a new study published on Tuesday.

16 January 2013more >>

Nations are taking action on climate change

New Scientist - Global talks may founder, but 32 of 33 major economies have now passed legislation to combat climate change or improve energy efficiency.

16 January 2013more >>


Green schools: shining a light on solar power and renewable energy in your classroom

The Guardian - Deputy headteacher Julia Clarke has designed eco resources to take her school one step closer to a sustainable future.

15 January 2013more >>

Update: California Carbon Caps and Market Trading

Environmental News Network - Carbon allowances are now available for sale in California. Companies that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent a year (CO2e) in the power, oil, and industrial sectors will now have to turn in permits for every ton they emit this year and the years to come. Things are moving fast in California right now, so heres a primer on whats happening and what to expect for the coming months.

14 January 2013more >>


What is the lifespan of a laptop?

The Guardian - I would like to know more about planned obsolescence in the computer industry. How long should a laptop or PC last? Mine has just died after five years.

13 January 2013more >>

As Australia burns, attitudes are changing. But is it too late? | Tim Flannery

The Guardian - Raging wildfires are forcing many to rethink their stance on climate change. But there's little time left to reduce emissions.

12 January 2013more >>


How much water is needed to produce food and how much do we waste?

The Guardian - As much as 50% of all food produced in the world ends up as waste every year according to figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. But how much water is needed to produce it?

11 January 2013more >>

Australia faces another week of 'catastrophic' heat

New Scientist - A record-smashing "dome of heat" is causing the worst fire threat on record and forcing Australian meteorologists to add two colours to their heat maps.

9 January 2013more >>


Fiscal Cliff Deal Extends Biofuel Credits

Environmental News Network - By now the New Year's fiscal cliff deal has received quite a bit of press. We have already discussed the significance of extending the Wind Production Tax Credit here earlier. Less well known is the inclusion of measures included in the deal to revive tax credits for advanced biofuels. It is well worth a moment to examine these to understand what impact these actions might have on both our future energy and food supply.

8 January 2013more >>

Prince Charles: becoming a grandfather spurs my environmental beliefs

The Guardian - Prince says he does not want future grandchildren to ask why he did not do more to tackle climate change.

7 January 2013more >>


Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists

The Guardian - Robots have found living coral on the Great Barrier Reef at a depth four times greater than most scuba divers can reach and far beyond the depth at which scientists expected to find them.

6 January 2013more >>

Should I stop buying paper books and use an e-reader instead?

The Guardian - As Kindle sales continue to rise, is there really a green arguement for stopping reading "real" paper books?

6 January 2013more >>


Corporate Sustainability Plans Almost Double Year-on-Year

Environmental Leader - In 2012, 64 percent of US companies said they had a sustainability plan in place or were in the midst of drafting one, up from 38 percent in 2011, according to research by hygiene and paper company SCA.

5 January 2013more >>

Town Bans Bottled Water

Environmental Leader - Concord, Mass. has made illegal the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles under a new law that will fine stores up to $50 for violating the ban. As of January 1, it is unlawful in Concord to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter or less.

4 January 2013more >>


Ice sheets of West Antarctica are warming fast

New Scientist - The vulnerable ice sheets are warming as fast as anywhere else on Earth, threatening massive sea-level rises.

3 January 2013more >>

2013 Smart Guide: Arctic melt will spark weird weather

New Scientist - Melting, rather than warming, will be the big climate issue of 2013 as we head to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment.

2 January 2013more >>


2012 review: The year in environment

New Scientist - From the devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy to vanishing Arctic sea ice, we round up the biggest environment stories of the year

27 December 2012more >>

WA ocean heatwave linked to shark attacks

ABC - Scientists say a marine heatwave off the WA coast between 2010 and 2011 could be responsible for increased shark activity.

23 December 2012more >>


Australia joins calls for calm in whaling fight

ABC - Australia joins forces with NZ, the US and the Netherlands to call for responsible behaviour during the Southern Ocean whaling season.

21 December 2012more >>

Soaring coal demand stokes emissions concerns

ABC - A new report highlighting the world's huge demand for coal has cast doubt on the future of low-carbon economies.

20 December 2012more >>


Leaked IPCC report reaffirms dangerous climate change

New Scientist - Despite claims to the contrary, a leaked draft of next year's IPCC report on climate does not let us off the hook by blaming warming on the sun.

15 December 2012more >>

Doha climate change deal clears way for damage aid to poor nations

The Guardian - EU, Australia and Norway also sign up to new carbon-cutting targets as fortnight-long conference in Qatar closes.

9 December 2012more >>


Climate Change Update: Reports Show Growing Risks

Environmental News Network - As the UN climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar, several reports over the past month have highlighted a sombre picture of the Earth's changing climate, raising alarm bells in particular for the world's poorest regions.

7 December 2012more >>

Arctic lost record snow and ice last year as data shows changing climate

The Guardian - The Arctic lost more snow and sea ice between October 2011 and August 2012 than any year other on record, a premier US science agency reported on Wednesday, delivering the fullest picture to date of a region in the throes of rapid, system-wide change.

6 December 2012more >>


How to buy a 'green' Christmas tree

The Guardian - Brighten up your living room with a Christmas tree without creating a huge environmental footprint.

5 December 2012more >>

A low carbon future is the one we must all fight for | Michael Jacobs

The Guardian - UN negotiations in Doha are just a sideshow. The real climate change battle is being staged elsewhere.

3 December 2012more >>


America's carbon tax offers a lesson to the rest of the planet on fighting climate change | Henry Porter

The Guardian - Thanks to extreme weather events, Republicans are slowly accepting that the government has to intervene.

2 December 2012more >>

UN Climate Talks May Streamline Negotiations

Environmental Leader - Delegates from nearly 200 countries are trying to streamline their negotiations and focus on one track at the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to simplify the drafting of a more stringent worldwide treaty on greenhouse gas emissions.

1 December 2012more >>


CSR, Profits Closely Linked

Environmental Leader - While a companys reputation is the primary reason for adopting a corporate social responsibility program, there is still a close link between profits and CSR.

30 November 2012more >>

Sea-level Rise Outpaces Expert Predictions

Environmental News Network - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected an annual sea level rise last year in 2011 of 2 millimeters per year. According to new satellite data, there appears to be a stark difference between their projections and reality.

29 November 2012more >>


Green Building Designs Can Help Protect Homes During Natural Disasters

Environmental News Network - One of the best antidotes to climate change is rarely discussed. Buildings in the U.S. generate 40 percent of the global warming gases and use 70 percent of the electricity.

28 November 2012more >>

Sustainability a Key Factor for Consumers, Survey Finds

Environmental Leader - Two thirds of consumers in six countries recognize the need to consume less and purchase products that are good for the environment and society, according to an online survey.

27 November 2012more >>


Doha Climate Summit off to a Rocky Start

Environmental News Network - The EU will not commit to renew climate funding which runs out in 2013 ahead of talks at the Doha climate summit, which opens today (26 November). But new climate aid may be announced in the conferences second week.

26 November 2012more >>

Greenland becoming more green, thanks to Global Warming

Environmental News Network - I don't want to be told that thanks to Global Warming - now accepted by the majority (77%) of Americans and so therefore, in my opinion, a new Tipping Point - strawberry plants can now survive a Greenland winter.

24 November 2012more >>


Calvin Klein, Zara Among Worst Chemical Users, Greenpeace Says

Environmental Leader - Hazardous chemical residues have been found in clothing made by Zara, Calvin Klein, Benetton, Giorgio Armani, the Gap and 15 other global brands, according to a Greenpeace investigation.

22 November 2012more >>

BP hit by largest criminal fine in US history

New Scientist - The company says it will "vigorously defend itself" against the civil claims, which could amount to $21 billion.

22 November 2012more >>


Methane leaks suggest fracking benefits exaggerated

New Scientist - High levels of methane over a large area of Australia's Tara gas field suggests the fracking process may cause gas to leak from the ground.

21 November 2012more >>

Full steam ahead for carbon trading

New Scientist - California's new emissions trading system could be the start of something much bigger a truly international carbon market.

21 November 2012more >>


Influential investors call for action on 'serious climate danger'

The Guardian - A coalition of global investors said extreme weather was increasing investment risks and could disrupt economies.

20 November 2012more >>

All nations will suffer effects of climate change, warns World Bank

The Guardian - The devastating impact of a world warmed by 4C will be felt by all countries, but the poorest nations will be hardest hit.

19 November 2012more >>


GM Sustainability Update: Energy Intensity Drops 6%

Environmental Leader - General Motors has realized year-over-year gains against all of its 2020 environmental goals, including reducing its energy intensity by six percent in that time period, according to an update to the company's first sustainability report since re-organizing in 2009.

17 November 2012more >>

US Military Takes Part in Reducing Ecological Footprint

Environmental News Network - In an effort to enhance American security and address climate change, the U.S. military is diminishing its footprint. The military is producing cleaner power, reducing energy consumption, managing water and minimizing waste.

17 November 2012more >>


Estimates for future global warming narrowed down

New Scientist - How much will Earth warm this century? A study has narrowed the range of likely temperatures.

15 November 2012more >>

Obama vows to take personal charge of climate change in second term

The Guardian - President acknowledges first term made only limited progress on the contentious issue that has lit up since hurricane Sandy.

15 November 2012more >>


Walgreens Launches Green Products Brand

Environmental Leader - Walgreens has launched Ology, its own private-label brand featuring a wide range of household and personal care products marketed as environmentally friendly.

10 November 2012more >>

An Early Eco Disaster at the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental News Network - Australian marine scientists have unearthed evidence of an historic coral collapse in Queenslands Palm Islands following human development on the nearby mainland. Cores taken through the coral reef at Pelorus Island confirm a healthy community of branching Acropora corals flourished for centuries before European settlement of the area, despite frequent floods and cyclone events. Then, between 1920 and 1955, the branching Acropora failed to recover.

9 November 2012more >>


Environmental Risk a Top Concern for Mid-Sized Companies

Environmental Leader - Environmental risk was named as the top emerging concern by 35 percent of surveyed mid-sized companies in Europe, according to an ACE Group study. Opinion Matters, which conducted the research for multi-line and casualty insurer ACE Group, spoke to 606 European risk managers, including chief financial officers and chief operating officers, responsible for buying insurance.

9 November 2012more >>

Barack Obama stokes expectations of climate change action in second term

The Guardian - Hopes rise among green campaigners after president mentions 'the destructive power of a warming planet' in victory speech.

8 November 2012more >>


World&rsquo;s Rarest Whale Found in New Zealand

The Epoch Times - A dead mother whale and her male calf stranded on a New Zealand beach have been identified as spade-toothed beaked whales, Mesoplodon traversii, previously only known from bones.

7 November 2012more >>

Iskander Malaysia: World's First "Smart Metropolis"

Environmental News Network - Malaysia is currently building the world's most advanced low-carbon mega-city comparable in size to the area of Luxembourg, with an expected population of 3 million by 2025.

3 November 2012more >>


How to Save Money in 11 Easy Ways Sustainably

Ecoki - It&#8217;s always the little things that help move us in the right direction. Perhaps we lower the thermostat a couple degrees and see our energy bill drop. Maybe we cut out out mindless snacking and our pants fit a little better. Possibly we take the stairs at work instead of the elevator and suddenly, we [...]

2 November 2012more >>

Economics of Coal Power and Wind are shifting in favor of Wind

Environmental News Network - While the cost of wind power has been dropping, a fascinating article in The Washington Post describes how coal mining is becoming more difficult and expensive. The coal industry cites environmental regulations as the main source of upward pressure on costs but WaPo writer Steven Mufson makes a convincing case that factors within the coal fields themselves are the main culprit.

1 November 2012more >>


The Connection between Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy

Environmental News Network - While scientists are still debating some fundamental questions regarding hurricanes and climate change (such as: will climate change cause more or less hurricanes?), there's no debating that a monster hurricane is now imperiling the U.S. East Coast.

30 October 2012more >>

Slow-moving hurricanes such as Sandy on the rise

New Scientist - Sandy will linger for days over the US east coast. Climate change means future hurricanes will be more likely to behave this way too.

30 October 2012more >>


Smartphone apps allow users to see critical environmental issues

Environmental News Network - With smartphones and tablets becoming increasingly popular, so are their applications or 'apps'. Apps can be used for educational purposes and recently, two developers have come up with new and exciting technology on how we can see environmental issues in app format.

30 October 2012more >>

Sustainability is Key, 42% of Companies Say

Environmental Leader - Some 42 percent of companies in 2012 more than twice as many as in 2006 say sustainability plays a key role in their business operations.

30 October 2012more >>


Hurricane Sandy: what to expect, where | Harry J Enten

The Guardian - With Hurricane Sandy striking the US east coast, population centres are bracing for storm surge, heavy rain and high winds.

30 October 2012more >>

What's A Lake Doing In The Middle Of The Desert?

Environmental News Network - One place you don't expect to see waves lapping against the shore is in the middle of a desert. But that's exactly what's happening deep inside the United Arab Emirates, where a recently formed lake is nestled into the sand dunes, and a new ecosystem is emerging.

30 October 2012more >>


Organizational Barriers to Sustainability

Environmental Leader - The layers of barriers organizations face to achieve sustainability.

29 October 2012more >>

Sustainability to Dominate Packaging Industry in 10 Years

Environmental Leader - Sustainability will replace cost as one of the packaging industry's major challenges within 10 years, according to a study conducted by Packaging World and DuPont.

27 October 2012more >>


Companies going unpunished for North Sea spills

The Guardian - Fines issued for only seven of 4,123 oil spills since 2000, with no company having to pay more than £20,000.

26 October 2012more >>

Melting Greenland

Environmental News Network - The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 660,235 square miles, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. It is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

25 October 2012more >>


Authorities confiscate 600 dead elephants' worth of ivory in Hong Kong

Environmental News Network - Hong Kong authorities have confiscated two massive shipments of elephant tusks, totaling 1,209 tusks, stemming from Kenya and Tanzania. Representing over 600 poached elephants, the shipments are estimated to be worth $3.4 million on the black market.

24 October 2012more >>

Talking beluga whale named Noc is revealed

The Guardian - Beluga whale kept at US research foundation learned how to make human sounds that fooled divers, according to study.

23 October 2012more >>


Solar Power Adoption is Contagious

Environmental News Network - Apparently doing something good can be contagious. Or at least this seems to be the case with solar power adoption.

23 October 2012more >>

LEED Certifications for Federal Buildings Rise More Than 50%

Environmental Leader - The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports. US Green Building Council director for technical policy Lane Burt says the growth in LEED-certified federal buildings mirrors private-sector development.

20 October 2012more >>


Will we need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to save ourselves?

Environmental News Network - This year saw the Arctic sea ice extent fall to a new and shocking low, while the U.S. experienced it warmest month ever on record (July), beating even Dust Bowl temperatures. Meanwhile, a flood of new research has convincingly connected a rise in extreme weather events, especially droughts and heatwaves, to global climate change, and a recent report by the DARA Group and Climate Vulnerability Forum finds that climate change contributes to around 400,000 deaths a year and costs the world 1.6 percent of its GDP, or $1.2 trillion.

19 October 2012more >>

SMEs Struggle with Sustainability Expertise, Quantifying Benefits

Environmental Leader - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) create 80 percent of Canadian industry's harmful environmental impacts and more than 60 percent of commercial waste, according to a report released today by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS).

17 October 2012more >>


Australian Carbon Trading Scheme Commences: All Emissions Are Not Local

Environmental News Network - Australian carbon trading took another step forward last month when the first carbon credits under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme were issued. The national carbon trading program has been in the works for six years, politically supported by a Labor-Green coalition government; the first three to five years of the program will see a government-fixed price for carbon, to transition to a market-derived price later.

17 October 2012more >>

Do You Sell A Five-Star Environmental or Energy Product or Service?

Environmental Leader - In the six years since I launched Environmental Leader, I've been amazed and awed by the innovation I'm seeing in the products and services offered by companies in the space. From software that helps measure and manage power consumption to green packaging solutions to products that improve energy management to technologies that better carbon efficiency.

16 October 2012more >>


Banana fibre can fix marine oil spills, says study

Environmental News Network - Fibre from the stem of the banana plant can efficiently absorb oil spills that pollute coasts and threaten marine life says a new study by Indian researchers. Banana fibre, when treated with certain chemicals, can absorb up to 18 times their weight of oil, according to the study published last month (16 September) in the online journal, Carbohydrate Polymers.

13 October 2012more >>

Disney breaks ties with paper makers over Indonesian rainforest concerns.

The Guardian - Publisher pledges to use alternative sources as activist rejoices that 'The Jungle Book will no longer be destroying the jungle'.

12 October 2012more >>


Golf Industry Commits to Sustainability Measures

Environmental Leader - The International Golf Federation, which includes member organizations representing more than 150 countries, agreed to a policy that will make sustainability a core priority within the sport through a number of initiatives aimed at conserving water, reducing impact on land and increasing awareness.

11 October 2012more >>

Calculating the Financial Costs for the Environmental Impacts of a Desktop, Laptop

Environmental Leader - Personal computers are ubiquitous in our everyday life. We all rely on them and, in fact, it would have been impossible for me to write this without one. It is one of the great success stories of our time. Most people are aware of Moore's Law that computing power doubles roughly every 18 months.

10 October 2012more >>


Green Success: Sustainable Business and Healthy Living

Environmental News Network - Good Foods Market & Cafe in Lexington, Kentucky, has set an amazing example of a commercial establishment focusing on sustainability, local, natural, organic and whole foods. Store Manager Dan Arnett and his staff have examined the stores day-to-day operations to determine ways to cut energy and water usage, use biodegradable items in the cafe, recycle and find other methods of greening the cooperative. For one project, Arnett requested that the city place seven 15-yard recycling bins next to the rain garden behind the building for store and neighborhood use.

10 October 2012more >>

Saving the Struggling Sustainability Program

Environmental Leader - By now, many organizations have gone through the cycle of initially gaining momentum and then being required to present the business case for your organization's sustainability initiative. The program has either developed through internal grassroots efforts or a more top-down deliberate approach.

9 October 2012more >>


Raise the price of producing carbon dioxide, says Lib Dem minister

The Guardian - Ed Davey, the climate change minister, calls for 30% EU carbon reduction target by 2020, far tougher than the existing 20%.

9 October 2012more >>

Warm North Atlantic ocean causing UK's wet summers, study shows

The Guardian - Data points to link between warmer oceans and the change in weather, and the possibility of a rapid reversal to drier climate.

8 October 2012more >>


Is there an ethical laptop?

The Guardian - My old laptop has finally given up. I'd like an iPad or a small laptop but I'm concerned about poor factory conditions and the mining for the minerals that go into them?

7 October 2012more >>

A Look at Chemical-Free Cleaning

Environmental Leader - According to recent research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories, 65 percent of those questioned do not believe cleaning products have improved much in the past five years when it comes to product safety.

4 October 2012more >>


Hilton Launches Carbon-Offset Program in Southeast Asia

Environmental Leader - Hilton Worldwide has launched a carbon-offset program for events and meetings held at select hotels across Southeast Asia, using its LightStay Meeting Impact Calculator to track and measure carbon emissions from each event.

4 October 2012more >>

Would You Eat Lab-grown Meat?

Environmental News Network - Lab-grown meat could help reduce the environmental footprint of intensive farming. But will it ever appeal to vegetarians or even more eco-conscious consumers?

3 October 2012more >>


Activists push for international ban on legal trade in polar bear items

The Guardian - US and Russian groups unite to lobby governments after concerns over rise in poaching and melting Arctic ice.

1 October 2012more >>

Keeping councils at the heart of carbon reduction

The Guardian - The Carbon Trust is urging local authorities to be ambitious about reducing carbon use and becoming more energy efficient.

1 October 2012more >>


Google-Funded 845 MW Wind Farm Goes Online

Environmental Leader - A Google-backed wind farm in Oregon is operational and generating up to 845 MW of wind energy. The Shepherds Flat project is one of the largest on-shore wind farms in the world, according to Oregon officials and developer Caithness Energy, and will eliminate 1.483 million metric tons of CO2 annually.

27 September 2012more >>

Green Building Benefits Need Better Documentation

Environmental Leader - Wider financial, environmental and social benefits need to be documented for green building if it is to maintain the growth seen in the past decade, according to research by McGraw-Hill Construction. For Determining the Value of Green Building Investments: A Perspective From Industry Leaders on Triple Bottom Line Decision Making.

27 September 2012more >>


Climate change already harming the global economy

New Scientist - The world's failure to tackle climate change is costing 1 per cent of global GDP every year, boosting the case for urgent action on emissions.

26 September 2012more >>

The mini parks that could transform Los Angeles

The Guardian - A simple but radical idea is set to erode LA's love affair with the car and reclaim some street space for pedestrians.

24 September 2012more >>


Hilton Reaches 20% Waste Reduction Goal

Environmental Leader - Hilton Worldwide has achieved its five-year goal to reduce total waste output by 20 percent over 2008 levels, two years ahead of schedule, according to figures from its Lightstay sustainability measurement system. The company has reduced its waste output by 23.3 percent against the 2008 baseline, the results show.

22 September 2012more >>

Australian 'mega mine' plan threatens global emissions target

The Guardian - Plans to open up a new Australian "coal export rush" would turn a single Queensland region into the seventh largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions on the planet, undermining international efforts to keep global warming below 2C, a new report has warned.

19 September 2012more >>


Magnets can help clean up oil spills

Environmental News Network - Researchers at MIT have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be used to clean up oil spills. The new technique will improve efficiency, as the method will allow oil to be collected and sent to a refinery to be reprocessed.

15 September 2012more >>

Decline at the frontline of climate change

The Guardian - Scientists on board Greenpeace's vessel exploring the minimum extent of the ice cap are shocked at the speed of the melt

15 September 2012more >>


Global Carbon Trading Takes a Big Step Forward

Environmental News Network - It has often been pointed out that our modern world could quickly become cleaner, safer, and more sustainable if only externalities, such as air pollution or carbon emissions, were internalized, so that they could be captured and factored into the economic equation. Then, as the argument goes, free market forces would provide the needed behavioral reforms and technological innovations.

11 September 2012more >>

LA Schools Drop Foam Lunch Trays

Environmental Leader - The Los Angeles Unified School District has begun using recyclable and compostable paper cafeteria trays instead of the foam lunch carriers previously in use, the LA Times reports. The announcement was made last week at Thomas Starr King Middle School in the Los Feliz area of LA where, two years prior, student activism had started.

10 September 2012more >>


Climate change causing forest die-off globally

Environmental News Network - Already facing an onslaught of threats from logging and conversion for agriculture, forests worldwide are increasingly impacted by the effects of climate change, including drought, heightened fire risk, and disease, putting the ecological services they afford in jeopardy, warns a new paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

10 September 2012more >>

Can Sustainability Become a Central Part of Corporate Strategy?

Environmental Leader - Sustainability. Can it become a central part of corporate strategy? According to this INSEAD video, today, the answer is it had better be.

5 September 2012more >>


How Can Cities Reduce the - Heat Island - They Create?

Environmental News Network - More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

4 September 2012more >>

US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestle chief | John Vidal

The Guardian - Food company chief executive labels biofuels an aberration and expresses concern about potential impact of water wastage.

4 September 2012more >>


40 GW CHP Would Save $10bn a Year, Report Finds But Barriers Remain

Environmental Leader - Achieving 40 GW of new combined heat and power by 2020 would save energy users $10 billion a year compared to current energy use and reduce emissions by 150 million metric tons of CO2 annually, according to a report by the Department of Energy and EPA. Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution.

1 September 2012more >>

Even greener alternative: Energy from algae

New Scientist - Oil is running out, but biofuels guru Jonathan Trent says algae is an alternative that can produce oil while cleaning waste water and feeding us too.

31 August 2012more >>


Methane Under Antarctica Ice

Environmental News Network - There is a lot of stored Methane in the environment and numerous natural sources. Well add a sort of new one that may be bigger than previously supposed. A new study demonstrates that old organic matter in sedimentary basins located beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet may have been converted to methane by micro-organisms living under oxygen-deprived conditions.

31 August 2012more >>

Aluminum Can Recycling Rate Jumps 7 Points

Environmental Leader - The US recycling rate for aluminum beverage containers jumped seven percentage points last year, from 58.1 percent to 65.1 percent, the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries have announced.

29 August 2012more >>


New Report: America Trashes Forty Percent of Food Supply

Environmental News Network - Americans are throwing away 40 percent of food in the U.S., the equivalent of $165 billion in uneaten food each year, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a time of drought and skyrocketing food prices, NRDC outlines opportunities to reduce wasted food and money on the farm, in the grocery store and at home.

28 August 2012more >>

Food Waste Causes Losses Throughout the Supply Chain

Environmental Leader - Grocery stores and other retail food sellers are losing as much as $15 billion a year in unsold fruits and vegetables alone, with about half of the U.S. supply going uneaten, according to an analysis on food waste by the National Resources Defense Council.

23 August 2012more >>


Global Food Companies Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies

Environmental Leader - Only four of the worlds largest food producers Danone, Heinz, PepsiCo and Unilever have invested in wide-ranging codes of conduct to guide their suppliers environmental performance, according to a new report from Verdantix. Verdantix benchmarked the sustainable supply chain strategies of the 12 largest global food firms, with collective revenues of $390 billion.

21 August 2012more >>

Building sustainable global research partnerships and saving the puma

The Guardian - A UK-funded conservation project in Mexico has involved local landowners, universities and a Grammy award-winning band to achieve a triple bottom line of sustainability, reports Jon Lovett.

21 August 2012more >>


Slipping Sustainability Through The Back Door

Environmental News Network - America is going green, but not the way environmentalists had planned it. The unlikely hero is none other than Corporate America, which is giving consumers the green whether they realize it or not. Why? Because it's good for the customer, it's good business, and let's face it, as MGM Senior Vice President of Environment and Energy Cindy Ortega articulates, "It is also good for employee morale and retention %u2014 people want to work for companies who care about the world around them."

16 August 2012more >>

The IT Energy Bill: Do We Need a New Metric for CIOs?

Environmental Leader - I often hear that IT sustainability aka green IT initiatives dont make it into the top three priorities for a Chief Information Officer (CIO). When I ask why and if they know how much energy IT consumes and how much it costs, I am more often than not met with a muffled response.

15 August 2012more >>


Tobacco plain packaging: cigarette companies lose Australian court case

The Guardian - Victory for government will force manufacturers to remove branding and sell tobacco products in generic green packets.

15 August 2012more >>

US Wind Power Hits 50 GW Milestone

Environmental Leader - The US has installed a total of 50 GW of wind energy capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association hitting the milestone as Congress works to extend the wind energy production tax credit, set to expire Dec. 31.

14 August 2012more >>


Wall Street Cares If Companies Are Sustainable

Environmental Leader - As sustainability professionals, a significant part of our job is convincing upper management that embracing sustainability will create value that far exceeds its costs. Some one-off solutions show easy economic paybacks, such as switching incandescent and halogen lighting for more efficient LEDs.

13 August 2012more >>

Ethical living: how can I become more self-sufficient?

The Guardian - What changes can be made at home towards a greener life?

12 August 2012more >>


Hilton DoubleTree Hotel Installs 100kW CHP

Environmental Leader - The DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, has installed a combined heat and power system that is expected to reduce its carbon emissions by about 403 tons per year. American DG Energy owns and operates the 100kW system, which produces electricity, space heat and hot water.

10 August 2012more >>

Analysis: Hotels Must Use Targeted Marketing to Attract Green Consumers

Environmental Leader - Hotels trying to attract green consumers should use targeted marketing that draws on both functional and emotional green images, according to research from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

9 August 2012more >>


Sustainability and Organizational Development

Environmental Leader - In order to reduce expenses and become more environmentally sustainable, a distilling company decided to reduce the glass thickness in some of its bottles and to replace it with plastic in others. Given the volume of product sales, the changes were significant in terms of cutting costs and reducing our environmental impact.

8 August 2012more >>

Climate change blamed for heatwaves

New Scientist - NASA scientist James Hansen says recent heatwaves were caused by climate change, and the current US drought probably was too.

7 August 2012more >>


Seabed to be mined for gold and copper

The Guardian - Government approves world's first commercial deep-sea mining project despite vehement objections over threat to marine life A "new frontier" in mining is set to be opened up by the underwater extraction of resources from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite vehement objections from environmentalists and local activists.

6 August 2012more >>

Japan could become second biggest solar power nation

New Scientist - A mega solar park planned just 10 kilometres from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant trumpets new Japanese investment in solar power.

2 August 2012more >>


America's 'Most Polluted' Lake Finally Comes Clean

Environmental News Network - Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century's worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin.

2 August 2012more >>

Coca-Cola, will.i.am Launch Ekocycle Brand to Promote Recycling

Environmental Leader - The Coca-Cola Company and musical artist and producer will.i.am are partnering to create Ekocycle, an initiative to brand recycled products and encourage sustainability among young consumers. Ekocycle will partner with well-known brands that sell a variety of lifestyle products including clothing, handbags, chairs and accessories made at least partially from recycled materials.

2 August 2012more >>


Implementing Sustainable Data Center Practices, Part II

Environmental Leader - In my first article on sustainable data center practices, I discussed the possibility that most organizations can benefit from at least some green data center strategies without compromising corporate growth or IT reliability.

1 August 2012more >>

The Swiss glacier that responded to the power of prayer finally

The Guardian - Villagers in the canton of Valais have been praying for a large glacier to shrink for centuries. Now it's melting, sending dangerous floods their way.

30 July 2012more >>


United Nations hails green credentials of London's Olympic Games

Environmental News Network - A senior United Nations chief has praised the measures taken by the UK to ensure that the London Summer Olympic Games are environmentally sustainable.

27 July 2012more >>

Policy and Enforcement Briefing: Clean Air Initiative, EU ETS, NJ Solar, Feed-In Tariffs

Environmental Leader - Heres the latest policy, enforcement and legal news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Todays briefing includes 10 items. Seven more countries the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Jordan have joined the US air pollution plan, the Climate and Clean Air Initiative, bringing the total to 20 members since the plans launch.

26 July 2012more >>


A Wastewater Opportunity: Tech Advances Lead to Energy Rewards

Environmental Leader - Worldwide population growth is putting a predictable strain on crucial resources like water and energy. If we look at the US alone, our businesses and municipalities are creating 36 billion gallons worth of wastewater each day.

25 July 2012more >>

Initial Announcement Is Key to Success for Clean Energy Projects

Environmental Leader - When a clean energy project is in its early stages, there are many factors that can make or break an announcement campaign. What is your company trying to achieve? Who is the target audience? By what means will the message be conveyed? What is your plan to build public support throughout the entitlement process?

25 July 2012more >>


McDonalds, AT&T, Hilton Execs Tell How To Sell Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Sustainability officers and managers at McDonalds, Novelis, AT&T, DuPont, EMC and Hilton Worldwide, among others, say one of the keys to selling sustainability inside their companies is to communicate environmental issues in language business leaders understand and not sustainability jargon, according to a new report that surveyed more than 30 such leaders.

25 July 2012more >>

Ethanol levels in the air over US cities on the rise

New Scientist - More ethanol released from cars is making its way into the air, though tighter vehicle-emissions standards seem to be compensating for now.

22 July 2012more >>


No Charges to be Brought Over Climategate Hack

New Scientist - The UK police has closed its investigation into the hacking of climate researchers' emails, without bringing any charges against those responsible.

20 July 2012more >>

Coke, Nike, UPS Co-Found Transportation Fuel Working Group

Environmental Leader - Coca-Cola, Nike, Shell, Suncor, UPS, the US Department of Defense, and Walmart are to be part of a working group run by sustainability consultants BSR that aims to help global companies understand the sustainability impacts of their transportation fuel systems.

20 July 2012more >>


Uninformed Generation X are Unconcerned About Climate Change

Environmental News Network - As the United States suffers a summer of record-shattering heat and the UK experiences record summer rainfall, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change - uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

19 July 2012more >>

London 2012 Falls Short of 'Greenest Ever' Targets

The Guardian - Management of Olympic Games in key issues such as energy, waste and use of resources could have been handled better. The "greenest Olympics ever" could have been a great deal greener than they will be, according to a critical new report that finds fault with the handling of the Games' environmental impact.

19 July 2012more >>


Dumping Iron at Sea Can Bury Carbon for Centuries, Study Shows

The Guardian - Dumping iron into the sea can bury carbon dioxide for centuries, potentially helping reduce the impact of climate change, according to a major new study. The work shows for the first time that much of the algae that blooms when iron filings are added dies and falls into the deep ocean.

19 July 2012more >>

Dell Sustainability Report: GHG Intensity Up 2%, Recycle Rate Reaches 98%

Environmental Leader - Dell's scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity rose 2 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 7.03 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per million dollars in revenue, according to the company's latest corporate responsibility report.

19 July 2012more >>


Indonesia Halves Australian Beef Export Quota

ABC - Cattle industry sources fear Indonesia has released only half the amount of live cattle permits for Australia compared to the second half of 2011.

18 July 2012more >>

Pokies Revenue Rises as Carbon Compo Arrives

ABC - The first round of carbon tax compensation is coming under scrutiny as new data shows a spike in poker machine revenue.

18 July 2012more >>


Brumby's Promises No More Carbon Claims

ABC - A bakery chain that told franchisees to blame price rises on the carbon tax has agreed not to repeat the claims again.

16 July 2012more >>

Population Issues - What China Needs to do Now

Environmental News Network - China, perhaps more than any other country, faces many important and difficult population challenges: reproductive health and reproductive rights, rural-urban migration and reform of the hukou system, and imbalances in the sex ratio at birth. And two deeply connected population issues, the rapid aging of the population, on the one hand, and the low birth rate and the family planning policy on the other, are of great significance to China's future development.

14 July 2012more >>


Why you really DO need to properly recycle or dispose of your printer cartridges!

Environmental News Network - We live in a wasteful society. After buying products, many people are all too used to throwing them away, and haven't quite grasped the concept of recycling yet. But we are getting there slowly.

14 July 2012more >>

US Ranks 9th for Energy Efficiency, out of 12 Major Economies; UK is No. 1

Environmental Leader - The United Kingdom is first for energy efficiency; followed closely by Germany, Italy, Japan and France; in a ranking of the world's major economies from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

13 July 2012more >>


Office Depot Cuts Energy Consumption 37%

Environmental Leader - Office Depot has lowered its portfolio-wide energy consumption 37 percent in seven years, earning it a spot on the EPAs list of 2012 Energy Star Leaders for Leadership in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

12 July 2012more >>

San Francisco Plans to Ban Apple Over Green Credentials

The Guardian - San Francisco is planning to ban its city officials from buying Apple computers after the technology company, headquartered nearby in Cupertino, dropped out of a green certification scheme.

11 July 2012more >>


Climate change could make Barrier Reef 'boring'

ABC - A marine scientist says the Great Barrier Reef will be "boring and full of rubble" by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken to slow the rate of ocean acidification.

10 July 2012more >>

Cemeteries Warned Against Carbon Tax 'Rip Offs'

ABC - The Federal Government has expressed concern that the carbon tax is being used as an excuse to raise the cost of funerals.

9 July 2012more >>


Virus power harnessed to protect Red Sea coral

New Scientist - Hopes to preserve the coral reef are boosted by the discovery of a virus that can fight off coral-killing bacteria.

8 July 2012more >>

The best green cars of 2012

The Guardian - The top low-emission cars of the year as chosen by Next Green Car, which ranks models on air pollution as well as climate impact.

7 July 2012more >>


Safely Dispose of Techno Gadgets

Environmental News Network - Technology gets old 2013 it's just the way it works (or stops working). So what do you do with it when it's time for a new laptop or cell phone? Unless you've got one of the new biodegradable cell phones, you probably don't want to chuck all that plastic and silicon into a landfill where it will probably sit for the next few thousand years. So what are your options for recycling your technology?

6 July 2012more >>

Climate Change is Shrinking Australian Plant Leaves

New Scientist - Narrowing leaves on Australian shrubs confirms climate is having an effect, but gives some hope to plant conservationists.

5 July 2012more >>


Beijing Introduces Recycling Banks that Pay Subway Credits for Bottles

The Guardian - Beijing's vast army of plastic-bottle scavengers will get an automated rival later this month, when the city introduces its first reverse vending machines that pay subway credits in exchange for returned containers.

4 July 2012more >>

Ethical Fashion: 10 Summer Must-Haves

The Guardian - Big patterns and bold colours are everywhere this summer, and ethical line Fashion Conscience is no exception.

4 July 2012more >>


Brumby's Apologises for Carbon Tax Memo

ABC - Brumby's issues a public apology after encouraging franchisees to increase their prices and then "let the carbon tax take the blame".

4 July 2012more >>

5 Things We Learned about Day 1 of the Australia Carbon Price

CleanTechnica - If you are reading this item now then it means that the world did not end with the introduction of the carbon price.

4 July 2012more >>


The Real Disappointment of the Rio 20 Conference

Environmental News Network - World leaders attending the recent Rio 20 conference agreed to promote sustainable consumption and production, but analysts say getting businesses and buyers to do just that will require far more than words on paper.

3 July 2012more >>

Grocery Prices Unchanged Under Carbon Tax

ABC - The ABC prices groceries before and after the introduction of the carbon tax to test Opposition claims the policy will increase the cost of everyday goods.

3 July 2012more >>


How Companies Measure, Manage and Communicate ESG Performance

Environmental Leader - The Changing ESG Landscape quarterly analyst call addressing the evolution of sustainability reporting (exchanges, indexes and ratings), ESG / Impact investing and sustainable development ROI.

3 July 2012more >>

Capitalism Is Alive and Well in the Green Community

Environmental Leader - Even though it may have become a dirty word in some circles and protest rallies, I am very pleased and proud to say that making a profit is no longer considered an ethics violation within the green community.

3 July 2012more >>


IBM Sustainability Report: $43M in Energy Costs Saved in 2011

Environmental Leader - IBM saved $43 million in energy expenses last year, conserving 378,000 MWh of electricity and 326,000 million BTUs of fuel oil and natural gas through hundreds of conservation projects, according to the company's 2011 corporate responsibility report.

3 July 2012more >>

Calling the next Trevor Baylis

New Scientist - Wind-up radios helped changed the developing world. The search is now on for similar cheap technologies to aid sustainable development, says Ulrike Wahl

30 June 2012more >>


Energy Efficiency Without Trying (and With)

Environmental News Network - John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we're busy doing other things Internet-based things specifically.

29 June 2012more >>

Fleet Roundup: BMW GM Breakup, BMW Toyota Hookup, Volvo, Citroen C-Zero

Environmental Leader - Volvos I-See system, which captures kinetic energy created when a truck brakes and uses that energy to propel the truck, can reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent and will be on the market in 2013, the company says. A truck covering 140,000 kilometers a year can save about 1,000 liters of fuel annually.

29 June 2012more >>


Gina Rinehart bids for control of Fairfax Media

The Guardian - Climate sceptic mining billionaire's bid for control of Fairfax Media threatens its journalists' editorial independence.

28 June 2012more >>

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

Environmental Leader - Energy consumption in the United States is expected to increase 0.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2035, a slower rate of growth than the two decades prior to the 2008 recession, while domestic oil production is forecast to rise, according to a recent government forecast.

28 June 2012more >>


PM under pressure from own cabinet to boost green energy investment

The Guardian - Two Tory ministers write to Cameron to warn that boosting low carbon energy is economic as well as environmental imperative.

25 June 2012more >>

Ebay Taps Bloom for Fuel Cell-Powered Data Center

Environmental Leader - Internet auction site eBay is partnering with Bloom Energy as it aims to use renewable energy as the primary power source for the next phase of the companys flagship data center.

23 June 2012more >>


Rio 20 closing statement - opportunity to act on a sustainable future lost

Environmental News Network - With negotiations at an end, WWF Director General Jim Leape today issued the following closing statement about the Rio 20 summit.

22 June 2012more >>

Packaging Roundup: WikiCells Edible Wrappers, Sealed Air, Domatar, United Biscuits and TerraCycle

Environmental Leader - WikiCells, a startup founded by Harvard professor David Edwards, has developed self-contained edible packaging in an effort to reduce plastic and paper waste. Small particles of chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and seeds are used to make a nutritional gelatinous skin or WikiCell that houses and protects food products such as yogurt, ice cream, juice or pudding.

21 June 2012more >>


Flying the Friendly Skies With the Power of the Sun

Environmental News Network - Another milestone for solar-charged travel was eclipsed last week when the solar-powered plane "Solar Impulse" landed in Morocco on June 5, 2012. The plane took off from Madrid and landed safely in Morocco after an amazing 19-hour flight over the Straight of Gibraltar.

21 June 2012more >>

Standards Compliance Briefing: Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Cattle, e-Stewards, China RoHS, ISO 14001

Environmental Leader - Heres the latest standards and compliance news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Todays briefing includes 8 items. A group of four ranches in Brazil are the first in the world to earn Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable cattle production.

21 June 2012more >>


Value Chain Sustainability: Collaboration the Key to Success

Environmental Leader - In todays economy companies must increasingly compete for customers and resources, and consumer interests and resource scarcity are changing the way they do business. To stay competitive, companies must look beyond their own operations and consider opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint and increase resource efficiency across the entire value chain.

19 June 2012more >>

Evaluating the ROI in Going Green

Environmental Leader - When the environmental movement of this century began to really gain steam a few years ago, many companies decided to %u201Cgo green%u201D in a variety of ways. While some companies implemented recycling programs to reduce waste, others installed energy saving appliances and re-designed offices to include more environmentally-friendly materials as well.

19 June 2012more >>


Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt Among 23 Hotels Launching Carbon Measurement Standard

Environmental Leader - Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental and 19 other international hotel companies have agreed on a standard to calculate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings. The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) formed the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative Working Group in early 2011 to create a unified methodology.

19 June 2012more >>

New Food Donation Tool Kit for Business

Planet Ark - Love Food Hate Waste has partnered with Do Something! to produce a useful Tool Kit describing how to donate surplus, edible food to charity.

18 June 2012more >>


How to convince climate sceptics to be pro-environment

New Scientist - Converting climate-change sceptics is futile, but you can persuade them to take action anyway by focusing on social benefits, not environmental consequences.

18 June 2012more >>

Carbon storage 'may cause small earthquakes'

The Guardian - US report finds injecting fracking wastewater underground can trigger seismic activity %u2013 with implications for CCS viability. Capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground could give rise to small earthquakes, according to a new report from the US National Research Council.

16 June 2012more >>


Rio 20 Preview: KPMG Roadmap for Business, GRI Reporting in Developing Countries

Environmental Leader - The UN's Rio 20 Earth Summit won't likely result in any binding agreements for businesses, but it may help reinforce sustainable development, according to a report by KPMG International. Some 50,000 participants from governments, businesses, NGOs and lobby groups are expected to attend the summit, June 16-22 in Rio de Janeiro.

16 June 2012more >>

New Study: Smart Roofs Could Transform California Energy and Water Use

Environmental News Network - Installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills and reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year, according to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. Installing green roofs will additionally reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes our beaches.

16 June 2012more >>


Company Performance Linked to CSR, Deutsche Bank Finds

Environmental Leader - Companies with high ratings for corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance factors have a lower cost of capital and are a lower risk to investors, according to a report by Deutsche Bank's climate change investment research group.

15 June 2012more >>

How to Do a Basic Energy Audit

Environmental Leader - I have surveyed hundreds of facilities and wanted to share some best practices in the hopes that it will help more people save more energy. I once surveyed a facility that had a $21 million annual energy bill, yet they had no dedicated full-time energy manager.

14 June 2012more >>


Rio 20 Earth Summit 2012: Amazon deforestation and pollution

Telegraph.co.uk - Rio 20 Earth Summit 2012: Amazon deforestation and pollution.

13 June 2012more >>

Wind turbines: Bishop criticises bullying tactics of opponents

Telegraph.co.uk - A bishop has criticised the "abusive and bullying tactics" which forced his diocese to withdraw plans to build 25 metre high wind turbines in order to protect local clergy.

11 June 2012more >>


40 Eco-Apps that Put Technology to Work for the Environment

Environmental News Network - Technology may not be a panacea to solve the climate crisis, but green applications (eco-apps) are helping to drive awareness and foster responsible action. There was a time when eco-apps did little more than provide lists of so-called "green" products and services. Now green-themed apps have turned mobile devices into portals for environmental education and sustainable action.

9 June 2012more >>

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: UNEP GEO-5, EU Aviation Scheme, EU ETS, EU Auto Emissions Standards

Environmental Leader - Heres the latest policy, enforcement and legal news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Todays briefing includes 9 items. The United Nations environment agency warned that the world continues on its unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of agreed-upon environmental goals in its fifth Global Environmental Outlook report.

8 June 2012more >>


UN Report & Switching to a Green Economy Might Mean Millions of Jobs

CleanTechnica - It is encouraging to learn about the push for green jobs. The United Nations is pushing to create green jobs around the world, even in the midst of continuing economic slumps including Europe and the United States.

8 June 2012more >>

Faith Leaders Tell Walmart to Match Competitors Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot&rsquo;s E-Waste Policies

Environmental Leader - Environmental activists and local clergy from all 50 states have called on Walmart to change its e-waste recycling policies. The %u201COpen Letter to Walmart on Stewardship of Electronic Waste,%u201D signed by more than 100 priests, pastors, rabbis, lay leaders, faith-based activists and theologians, asks the retail giant to match its competitors%u2019 e-waste recycling programs.

5 June 2012more >>


Verdantix Report: 42% Senior Execs Expect to Change Energy Management by 2014

Environmental Leader - Large-scale energy systems integration has become an important component of financial performance for a number of public and private sectors, including grocery retail, telecom, real estate development, data centers, manufacturing and electricity networks, according to a six-month study conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix.

4 June 2012more >>

Green Home Building Booming, Could Be $114 Billion Market By 2016

CleanTechnica - The confluence of a stagnant housing market and consumer desire to save money is creating a green home building boom that could be worth up to $114 billion by 2016.

2 June 2012more >>


IBM, Recology Drive San Francisco Toward Zero-Waste Status

Environmental Leader - IBM is collaborating with resource recovery company Recology to help San Francisco achieve zero waste by 2020. The citys diversion rate already totals 78 percent, which Recology says is the highest in the US. Recology uses IBM%u2019s technology to determine types and quantities of materials in San Francisco%u2019s waste stream.

2 June 2012more >>

Almost Half of Big Corporations Plan Renewables Increase, Study Says

Environmental Leader - Nearly half of the worlds largest corporations plan to moderately or significantly increase investment in renewable energy over the next five years, according to research by Ernst Young.

1 June 2012more >>


Bayer Healthcare Installs 295 kW Solar Carport

Environmental Leader - SolarCity has completed a 295 kW solar installation at Bayer Healthcares manufacturing facilities in Berkeley, Calif. It's the largest solar project in the city, according to the California Solar Initiative's database. Bayer expects the system to reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 100 pounds over the next 20 years.

1 June 2012more >>

Harris Poll: More 18- to 24-Year-Olds Say They will Pay Extra for Green Products

Environmental Leader - Thirty-one percent of 18- to 24-year-olds say they take environmental issues into consideration when making purchases, according to Harris Interactive, a number that has risen from 24 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2009.

1 June 2012more >>


Switching to a green economy could mean millions of jobs, says UN

The Guardian - 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.

31 May 2012more >>

PwC Report: How Companies Can Put a Dollar Value on Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Companies can measure the value of sustainability and how their environmental efforts directly contribute to profits, using two evaluation methods described in a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The cost of sustainability programs are readily apparent, PwC said. And companies are typically able to determine the short-term value from cost savings, risk reduction or product and service.

31 May 2012more >>


New Zealand's natural heritage threatened by 20 years of environmental inaction

Environmental News Network - Less than a month before world leaders meet at a major environmental summit, a new report warns that New Zealand is failing to protect some of its iconic species and habitats following a series of broken promises made at the Earth Summit 20 years ago.

31 May 2012more >>

The truth about Germany's nuclear phase-out

The Guardian - <Ditching nuclear power has ripples in terms of carbon emissions, politics and culture that we can't ignore.

28 May 2012more >>


The NSW Government's Green Globe Awards are closing soon!

Planet Ark - NSW small and large businesses, individuals, state and local government and community groups who can demonstrate significant environmental achievements in NSW are encouraged to apply for a Green Globe Award.

25 May 2012more >>

Most Retailers Using Energy Management in Over Half Their Stores, Report Says

Environmental Leader - Some 63 percent of retailers now have an energy management system in at least 50 percent of their stores, according to a report by retail and multi-site facilities management organization the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association.

25 May 2012more >>


Los Angeles votes to ban plastic bags

The Guardian - LA becomes biggest city in America to phase plastic bags in supermarkets after pressure from environmental activists

24 May 2012more >>

Google, Fox, 52 Others Among EDF Climate Corps Newcomers

Environmental Leader - Google, Pfizer and Fox Entertainment Group are among the 54 companies joining the Environmental Defense Funds Climate Corps program for the first time this year. The EDF Climate Corps fellowship places specially trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to identify and assess cost-effective opportunities to save energy and reduce emissions.

24 May 2012more >>


Japan Urges Industry to Cut Energy Use 15%

Environmental Leader - The Japanese government is pushing its industrial sector and citizens in certain parts of the country to reduce the amount of energy they use, in an attempt to avoid summer blackouts.

23 May 2012more >>

Nine out of Ten Businesses Have Energy Goals, Deloitte Says

Environmental Leader - Businesses are driving efforts to cut energy consumption even as the economy recovers, and plan to cut energy use nearly 25 percent over three to four years, according to a survey from the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions.

22 May 2012more >>


Intel Sustainability Report: Tech Giant Commits to 10% GHG Cut

Environmental Leader - Intel has pledged to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent on a per-chip basis by 2020 compared to 2010 levels, and announced a 34 percent reduction in its total CO2 emissions last year.

19 May 2012more >>

Paper or Plastic?

Environmental News Network - Cities in a number of Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan, are currently on the warpath against plastic shopping bags.

18 May 2012more >>


Apple Data Center to be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Environmental Leader - Apple said it will power its 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., entirely with renewable energy by the end of the year.

18 May 2012more >>

'Nobody is exempt from climate responsibility'

New Scientist - Could Christiana Figueres have the world's toughest job: getting all nations to agree how to tackle climate change? We talk to the UN's climate chief

16 May 2012more >>


1.3 Billion People Rely on Forests to Survive

New Scientist - One-seventh of the world's people depend on forests to survive %u2013 now the UN has adopted voluntary guidelines to protect their land rights.

16 May 2012more >>

Telecom Industry to Shift More Capital to Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader - The telecom service industry will invest more than 61 percent of its capital expenditures into sustainable infrastructure by 2016, representing a $194 billion market, according to a Pike Research report.

16 May 2012more >>


Corporate Responsibility Education for Senior Executives, How Important Is It?

Environmental Leader - As corporate responsibility (CR) has grown rapidly over the past years, CR key issues are dynamic and therefore create the need for new, innovative directions in the development and implementation of effective and integrated CSR strategies. Do senior executives of global large and mid-size organizations really understand the CR business case?

15 May 2012more >>

India loses faith in GM cotton

The Guardian - Ten years after it was introduced to India, genetically modified cotton is not living up to its promise. It is vulnerable to new diseases and yields are not as great as expected.

15 May 2012more >>


Expect the Unexpected to Happen with Climate Change

Environmental News Network - An increasingly common fallback position once climate change "skeptics" accept that the planet is warming and humans are the dominant cause is the myth that climate change won't be bad.

15 May 2012more >>

Earth's Environment Getting Worse, Not Better, says WWF Ahead of Rio 20

The Guardian - Twenty years on from the Rio Earth summit, the environment of the planet is getting worse not better, according to a report from WWF.

15 May 2012more >>


Places to Look for Energy Losses in Commercial Buildings

Environmental Leader - Data from millions of businesses, institutions and manufacturers show that sustainability issues fall into four main categories: rising energy costs, growing disposal costs, limited water supply and health concerns over the quality of indoor air. Energy is often the largest line item in an operations facility management bill.

14 May 2012more >>

US consumers willing to pay 13% more to support a clean energy standard

Environmental News Network - The average US citizen is willing to pay 13 percent more for electricity in support of a national clean-energy standard (NCES), according to new research published by Yale and Harvard researchers.

14 May 2012more >>


Integrative Corporate Sustainability Vs. Additive Corporate Social Responsibility

Environmental Leader - Bas Schneiders,head of corporate sustainability and strategic sourcing, Weleda Group, discusses ethical sourcing and providing a long-term investment for suppliers Sustainable manufacturing.

14 May 2012more >>

Americans Would Pay More for Green Energy

New Scientist - The American public would pay extra to get green electricity, but partisan politics means their elected representatives still won't adopt it.

14 May 2012more >>


Turning Trash Into Energy

The Epoch Times - Gasification of trash, specifically, plastic, paper, and rubber, may be useful in dealing with the enormous amount of trash this country produces per year.

12 May 2012more >>

Policy Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL, Korea ETS, Fracking Rules, Clean Energy Standard

Environmental Leader - Heres the latest policy, enforcement and legal news affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. Todays briefing includes 10 items. TransCanada is expected to reapply for its US permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as today, with a new route planned through Nebraska.

5 May 2012more >>


Do's and Don'ts for Green Lawns and Gardens

Ecoki - It seems like summer is just starting, as we finally veer towards the warmer weather. We're also starting to pay more attention to our gardens and lawns, so making good decisions is imperative to maintaining the greenest of your great outdoors.

4 May 2012more >>

Nike Sustainability Report: Aims for 20% CO2, 15% Water, 10% Waste Cuts by 2015

Environmental Leader - Nike has committed itself to a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per unit, a 15 percent improvement in water use per unit of production and a 10 percent reduction in waste from manufacturing by financial year 2015, measured against a financial year 2011 baseline.

4 May 2012more >>


Australia's Decade-long Drought Ends

New Scientist - The Big Dry has ended, but such droughts might be a sign of things to come for Australia as climate change influences natural cycles.

2 May 2012more >>

Japan's last operational nuclear reactor to go offline

New Scientist - Japan will take its last operational nuclear reactor offline next weekend %u2013 but the country may not remain nuclear-free for long.

28 April 2012more >>


MBAs compete for 5,000 pound sustainable business prize

The Guardian - Students think green as Marks & Spencer and Cranfield University unite to reward the best sustainable business idea.

28 April 2012more >>

Whats Undermining Energy Efficiency?

Environmental News Network - Exhilaration swept through the energy efficiency industry as city after city, state after state and nation after nation set aggressive energy saving goals over the last several years. But with target dates nearing in certain jurisdictions, a more sober attitude now permeates.

27 April 2012more >>


Clean up the cloud: making data storage greener

New Scientist - With an ever-increasing demand for cloud services, firms are working to keep down carbon emissions from data centres.

27 April 2012more >>

Minnesota&rsquo;s LEED Buildings Join the Energy Benchmarking Trend

Environmental Leader - A initiative launched by the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will collect, report and assess the energy performance of more than 150 commercial buildings throughout the state. The Performance Metrics Strategy Initiative was created to provide a benchmark for LEED-certified buildings in Minnesota.

26 April 2012more >>


Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

Environmental News Network - A law recently passed by the Mexican legislature will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2050, reported Nature. By 2024, Mexico will also derive 35 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, according to the new law.

25 April 2012more >>

Arctic methane leaks threaten climate

New Scientist - Patches of methane over cracks in Arctic sea ice suggest that the greenhouse gas is escaping as ice retreats

23 April 2012more >>


Make Earth Day count and start doing things to help all year long

Environmental News Network - Earth Day is a great opportunity to appreciate the planet that provides for us all year long. Sierra Club Green Home has seven simple things you can do for the environment this weekend, and hopefully you will incorporate them into your daily life as well!

22 April 2012more >>

Lush Cosmetics Taps the Cloud to Track Its Carbon Footprint

Environmental Leader - Lush, an international cosmetics company, has tapped cloud data management firm CloudApps to help it more accurately measure its environmental footprint. CloudApps Sustainability Suite will organize data collection and improve Lushs sustainability reporting, helping it to better manage its sustainability goals, make carbon savings and reduce operational costs, the companies say.

20 April 2012more >>


Earth Day Briefing: Coke, Pepsi, Whole Foods, Target, Caribou Coffee

Environmental Leader - Its that time of year again. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 companies have been unveiling green initiatives all over the place. Heres a selection of those that caught our eye.

20 April 2012more >>

Sustainability Efforts at Sheraton Denver Downtown

Environmental Leader - Sustainability Efforts at Sheraton Denver Downtown.

20 April 2012more >>


Mitsubishi Electric Targets 27% Cut in Carbon Emissions from Product Use

Environmental Leader - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the use of 84 products by an average of 27 percent, compared to levels in fiscal 2001, as part of a new three-year action plan. The Japanese corporations Seventh Environmental Plan is a three-year blueprint aligned with its Environmental Vision 2021 strategy.

19 April 2012more >>

Accor Hotels Target 10% Cuts in CO2, Energy Use

Environmental Leader - Hotel operator Accor has launched a set of sustainability targets for 2015 across the groups 4,400 hotels owned and leased hotels worldwide. The announcement follows a review finding that 70 percent of Accors major account customers have integrated sustainable development criteria in their supplier policies.

17 April 2012more >>


Consumer Electronics Firms Upped Recycling by 53% in 2011

Environmental Leader - Members of the consumer electronics industrys eCycling Leadership Initiative including Apple, Best Buy, Dell and HP, increased the amount of goods they recycled by 53 percent in 2011, according to trade body The Consumer Electronics Association.

17 April 2012more >>

Mexico Emulates Neighbor California With 35% Clean Climate law

CleanTechnica - Joining world leaders in climate laws, Mexico just passed new legislation that catapults the poor neighbor to the south of the U.S. to a leadership role on a par with its northern neighbor, California. Mexicos General Law on Climate Change was just passed by an 128-10 overwhelming vote in its 500 member Chamber of Deputies.

16 April 2012more >>


Educating kids about Earth Day through food

Ecoki - We know that kids today are what will make our world what it is, so getting them on board with Earth Day is a great way to teach them about the planet.

16 April 2012more >>

Marriott Headquarters; LED Retrofit to Save $120,000 Annually, Deliver 2-Year ROI

Environmental Leader - GE Lighting LED retrofits at Marriott Internationals headquarters in Bethesda, Md., will reduce electricity use by 860,000 kWh, or 66 percent, and save more than $120,000 in annual combined energy and maintenance costs, GE Lighting said.

14 April 2012more >>


Indonesia earthquake: memory of 2004 tsunami keeps Aceh residents in hills

Telegraph.co.uk - Strong earthquakes off the Indonesian coast triggered panic in Banda Aceh as residents fearing a tsunami fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

12 April 2012more >>

21 Ways to Save Water

Ecoki - Though we might not think of it as readily as shutting out the lights, conserving water is just as essential for doing better for our planet. Unlike energy, we can control our usage of water relatively easily, and seemingly small steps can help our individual impact on water conservation.

10 April 2012more >>


It's not me, it's you: new research shows male pandas may also be to blame for breeding failures

Telegraph.co.uk - The failure of giant panda Yang Guang to mate with female Tian Tian at Edinburgh Zoo may be because male pandas have short reproductive cycles that need to align with their potential mates.

8 April 2012more >>

Study Shows Coral Will Survive Warming Climate

Environmental News Network - A new study has increased hope that some coral species will be able to survive gradual ocean acidification. According to new research published in the journal, Nature Climate Change, a team of international scientists have identified a specific internal mechanism that could permit some coral species and their symbiotic algae to offset the unfavorable effects of an acidic ocean. In addition, this research has given hope that coral reefs will also be able to survive rising levels of ocean acidification.

3 April 2012more >>


Get the answers: Green growth opportunities are there for taking!

New Zealand Herald - Many New Zealand businesses, especially those that export, are dependent on New Zealand keeping its clean, green image to a high standard.Once, New Zealand was the cleanest nation in the world.

2 April 2012more >>

Planet Under Pressure Conference - State of the Planet Declaration Issued

Environmental News Network - Earth has only one decade to pull itself back from various environmental 'tipping points' %u2014 points at which the damage becomes irreversible, scientists have said.

31 March 2012more >>


Watched over from space as the lights go out

The Guardian - The event will have live commentary from space as landmarks from the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House switch off their lights%u2022 In pictures: Earth Hour 2011

31 March 2012more >>

Six-legged calf wins Swiss hearts

The Guardian - Seven-week-old cow with two extra limbs doing well despite vet's predictions that she would not survive.

30 March 2012more >>


James Cameron to release 3D film of pioneering deep-sea dive

The Guardian - Film director James Cameron is planning to release a 3D film of his pioneering Marianas Trench dive in the Pacific Ocean, it was announced last night.

29 March 2012more >>

Great Barrier Reef suffering

The Guardian - Australia's Great Barrier Reef will suffer damage as a result of a decision to allow farmers in far north Queensland to resume using a pesticide, according to environmental groups.

28 March 2012more >>


Earth Warming Faster Than Expected

Environmental News Network - By 2050, global average temperature could be between 1.4°C and 3°C warmer than it was just a couple of decades ago, according to a new study that seeks to address the largest sources of uncertainty in current climate models. That's substantially higher than estimates produced by other climate analyses, suggesting that Earth's climate could warm much more quickly than previously thought.

27 March 2012more >>

The seas lie empty

The Guardian - Rather than eating weird types of fish that I don't really like (as seems to be the sustainable advice), wouldn't it be more ecologically sensible for me to eat farmed fish of a species I do like, that is plentiful because it is farmed?

25 March 2012more >>


Venice Getting that Sinking Feeling

Environmental News Network - Venice, the northeastern Italian city along the Adriatic Sea, is a marvel of man-made construction. Its beautiful buildings and structures built along the myriad of canals have made it what some consider to be the most romantic city in Europe. The city is actually made up of over 100 small islands within the Venetian Lagoon between the Po and Piave Rivers. For years, the city was thought to be subsiding into the lagoon, but recent studies had shown that it had in fact stabilized. The newest research, unfortunately, shows different. It has not only found that the water level is rising every year, but the city itself is tilting.

24 March 2012more >>

Do you believe in it?

The Guardian - That's not a question you should be asking %u2013 it's a matter of empirical evidence, not belief. Everything you need to know about climate change.

23 March 2012more >>


Budget 2012: oil and gas industry gets 3bn pound tax break to encourage drilling

The Guardian - Environmentalists unite to condemn moves by George Osborne to help 'dying industry with no long-term prospects'. A 3bn pound tax break from the chancellor to help BP and others drill new deep wells in pristine waters off the north of Scotland was condemned as "absolutely shocking" by green campaigners.

22 March 2012more >>

'Eco-friendly' fur ad banned

The Guardian - Fur breeders' campaign ruled misleading by ASA. An ad campaign claiming that it is "eco-friendly to wear fur" has been banned, after the advertising watchdog dismissed assertions that choosing fur is good because it "lasts a lifetime" and "helps conservation".

21 March 2012more >>


US to impose tariff on Chinese solar panels in victory for domestic makers

The Guardian - American solar panel manufactuers welcome Obama administration decision, saying it exposes unfair trade practices. The Obama administration, which regularly champions America's clean energy industry, has delivered modest support for home-grown solar panel makers complaining of unfair competition from China.

21 March 2012more >>

Winds of change blow through China as spending on renewable energy soars

The Guardian - The remote, wind-blasted desert of northwestern Gansu could be the most unloved, environmentally abused corner of China. It is home to the country's first oilfield and several of the coalmines and steel factories that have contributed to China's notoriety as the planet's biggest polluter and carbon dioxide emitter. But in the past few years, the landscape has started to undergo a transformation as Gansu has moved to the frontline of government efforts to reinvent China's economy with a massive investment in renewable energy.

20 March 2012more >>


Carbonised red mud can treat water cheaply

Environmental News Network - Red mud, a by-product of alumina industries, can be 'carbonised' for safe handling and the resulting material can be used to treat water contaminated with heavy metals, say scientists... According to their findings, after carbonisation, the capacity of red mud to remove metal contaminants, particularly lead and copper, from water improves ten-fold as compared to red mud that has been acidified, an existing method to improve the waste material.

20 March 2012more >>

Two Affiliates to sever ties with paper company linked to endangered forests.

Environmental News Network - Two affiliates of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) have announced they are severing at least some ties with the beleaguered paper giant, according to the Northern Virginia Daily and Greenpeace, an environmental group whose recent undercover investigation found ramin, a protected species, at APP's pulp mill in Sumatra.

19 March 2012more >>


'Bigger global killer than dirty water'

The Guardian - OECD report says pollution will become biggest cause of premature death, killing an estimated 3.6 million people a year by 2050 Urban air pollution is set to become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, overtaking even such mass killers as poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according to a new report.

16 March 2012more >>

London air pollution at record high

The Guardian - Traffic fumes, weather and dirty air from northern England and France add up to worst air pollution since 2008's more stringent index. Air pollution in London hit record levels on Thursday due to a combination of traffic fumes, relatively still weather and an influx of dirty air from the north of England and northern France. Poor conditions are affecting a swath of the country as far north as Leeds and York.

16 March 2012more >>


Australia passes controversial nuclear waste bill

The Guardian - The Australian government has passed legislation that will create the country's first nuclear waste dump, despite fierce opposition from environmental and Aboriginal groups.

13 March 2012more >>

Supermarkets pressed to donate waste to charity

The Guardian - Supermarkets and manufacturers would be forced by law to donate their surplus food to charities in order to reduce the "scandalous" amount of food wasted in the UK, under proposals for a bill drawn up by a Labour MP. The food waste bill is being brought forward by Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, under parliament's 10-minute rule, which allows MPs to introduce private members' bills. It has cross-party support and will receive its first reading in the Commons on Wednesday, following a parliamentary launch event. Although the bill stands little chance of getting onto the statute book, its supporters believe it will help draw attention to an issue of growing environmental concern.

13 March 2012more >>


Japan anniversary: Fukushima residents return to exclusion zone to pay respects - video

The Guardian - Residents of nuclear town Okuma return home a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

12 March 2012more >>

Cookie Cutter Sustainability

Environmental News Network - For the girl next store or the company down the street, sustainability can be a real head scratcher, especially when you factor in busy schedules, limited cash flow, and confusing choices. Further tensions arise when individuals and companies give in to overly formulaic or prescriptive sustainability strategies. What's right for the single guy in Kentucky with a small plot of land isn't right for the big-city girl in Chicago with a house plant and a public transit card. And what works for the big coffee shop chain isn%u2019t necessarily a good fit for the neighborhood café.

10 March 2012more >>


Private Equity to Increase Attention to Environment, PwC Says

Environmental Leader - Some 94 percent of private equity houses expect environmental, social and governance issues to become more important to their business in the next five years, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Investor pressure on such firms is the main, or in some cases the only, driver for this change of tack.

9 March 2012more >>

The Future Environmental Impact

Environmental News Network - As the developing nations change and their populations ask for amenities, energy and environmental issues will increase. As populations across the world grow, new research out of MIT shows the rising influence of large or developing countries in shaping our future global challenges.

8 March 2012more >>


Mining boom threatens Great Barrier Reef

The Guardian - A UN environmental team has arrived in Australia for a crunch 10-day assessment of the Great Barrier Reef, warning that the coral ecosystem is at a "crossroads" due to the soaring activity of the mining industry in the World Heritage Area.

7 March 2012more >>

GM Announces new trucks, and they are ALL green!

Environmental News Network - Chevrolet and GMC today announced details of General Motors' bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks. Fleet and retail consumers can place orders beginning this April.

6 March 2012more >>


Death threats, intimidation and abuse: climate change scientist Michael E. Mann counts the cost of honesty.

The Guardian - Research by Michael E. Mann confirmed the reality of global warming. Little did he know that it would also expose him to a vicious hate campaign The scientist who has borne the full brunt of attacks by climate change deniers, including death threats and accusations of misappropriating funds, is set to hit back.

3 March 2012more >>

US Retrofits Worth $1tn Savings Over 10 Years, Report Says

Environmental Leader - U.S. retrofits could yield $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, equivalent to savings of about 30 percent of the countrys annual electricity spend, according to a report by Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors and The Rockefeller Foundation. To achieve the savings, $279 billion would need to be invested in retrofitting the commercial, institutional and residential sectors.

3 March 2012more >>


Does building turbines use more energy than they produce?

The Guardian - Critics of wind energy often claim that the energy used to construct a wind turbine outweighs the energy produced during its lifetime in operation. This is not correct. An evidence review published in the journal Renewable Energy in 2010, which included data from 119 turbines across 50 sites going back 30 years, concluded that the average windfarm produces 20-25 times more energy during its operational life than was used to construct and install its turbines. It also found that the average "energy payback" of a turbine was 3-6 months.

29 February 2012more >>

European nations will have to set legally binding targets on energy efficiency

Environmental News Network - European countries will have to set themselves legally binding national energy efficiency targets, and save energy by specific means such as renovating public buildings, under a draft EU directive approved by a European Parliament committee today.

29 February 2012more >>


Climate change will shake the Earth

The Guardian - A changing climate isn't just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes too.

27 February 2012more >>

Malaysians protest against rare earth refinery

The Guardian - Opponents of plant, which will process radioactive ore from Australia, say it poses health and environmental risks. About 3,000 Malaysians have staged a protest against a refinery for rare earth elements being built by the Australian mining company Lynas over fears of radioactive contamination.

27 February 2012more >>


Small Town Gets Court To Ban Fracking

Environmental News Network - This week, a New York state judge ruled that the town of Dryden, N.Y., could prohibit fracking as part of its zoning ordinance. It's one of 30 towns throughout central and southern New York that have taken the step. State environmental officials in New York placed a moratorium on fracking while they come up with new regulations to cover oil and gas drilling in the underground geological deposits.

25 February 2012more >>

New Apple HQ to be really green!

Environmental News Network - Last year, the late Steve Jobs revealed plans for Apple's new 'Spaceship' building to be located in Cupertino City, California. The futuristic structure should be completed in 2015 and will house approximately 13,000 employees. It may look like it's been plucked from the imagination of Philip K Dick, but what was previously the realm of science fiction has now become science fact. It promises to be one of the most technologically advanced offices in the world, being totally self-sufficient for power with the national grid acting only as backup.

24 February 2012more >>


Gleick apology over Heartland leak stirs ethics debate among climate scientists

The Guardian - Scientist Peter Gleick apologises for 'serious lapse in judgment and ethics', but supporters say Heartland remains the villain The outing of the researcher who exposed the Heartland Institute's efforts to discredit climate change has thrown the scientific community into tumult, with fierce debates raging on Tuesday over whether to brand his actions heroic, or misguided.

22 February 2012more >>

'Fossil fuels are the new whale oil', says environmentalist Amory Lovins

The Guardian - The energy expert and physicist describes his vision of how the world can attain a green energy future by 2050

22 February 2012more >>


US Virgin Islands Launches 15-Year Energy Initiative to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use 60%

CleanTechnica - Nearly 100% reliant on imported oil for electricity and water desalination, the USVI has launched an ambitious 15-year plan to cut fossil fuel use 60%. Partnering with NREL and the Interior Dept., the plan's success may have a lasting impact on renewable energy planning and development in the continental US as well.

20 February 2012more >>

200,000 Pound test-tube burger marks milestone in future meat-eating

The Guardian - Project funded by anonymous individual aims to cut number of cattle farmed for food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions Lurking in a petri dish in a laboratory in the Netherlands is an unlikely contender for the future of food. The yellow-pink sliver the size of a corn plaster is the state-of-the-art in lab-grown meat, and a milestone on the path to the world's first burger made from stem cells.

20 February 2012more >>


Incredible Edible: 'It's not all about free food'

The Guardian - How one woman's idea to grow food on public wasteland has taken root in a Yorkshire town and is spreading fast. In 2008, as the economy was going downhill and fears about climate change were on the rise, Pam Warhurst, a businesswoman and former council leader in Todmorden, Yorkshire, decided to do something positive in her community. Her bright idea involved food and the use of public spaces and it quickly caught her neighbours' imagination. Now the seed Warhurst planted in Todmorden is not only bearing fruit it's taking root in other towns across the UK and as far away as New Zealand.

19 February 2012more >>

Half of UK households 'could face water restrictions by April'

The Guardian - Half of all households in Britain could face water restrictions unless exceptionally heavy and prolonged rain falls by April, water companies and the environment agency have warned.

16 February 2012more >>


Uncharted waters: Probing aquifers to head off war

New Scientist - Nearly all our fresh water comes from obscure underground deposits, now satellites and radioactive isotopes are telling us how much we have to go round.

16 February 2012more >>

Co-op cuts emissions by 35%

The Guardian - The group has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 35% on 2006 levels as part of it's "radical" ethical plan. A year ago the group pledged to undertake a series of environmental and social measures, including selling more Fairtrade products, cutting carbon emissions, investing 1bn pounds in renewables and taking on thousands of apprentices. Peter Marks, the group's chief executive, said that the savings made from environmental measures such as energy efficiency totalled 40m pounds a year, compared with 2006. "It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs."

15 February 2012more >>


Environmental Management, Financial Performance Go Hand in Hand

Environmental Leader - Newsweek's Green Rankings in November compared the environmental footprints, management and reporting of the 500 largest US companies, and our analysis shows that the greenest companies are on the gravy train. Findings suggest that financial performance and environmental management go hand in hand.

15 February 2012more >>

Fremantle Goes Plastic Bag Free

Planet Ark - The City of Fremantle are set become the first Australian council to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags under plans to turn longstanding policy into law.

14 February 2012more >>


Obama revives green agenda with push to end oil industry tax breaks

The Guardian - President plans to spend big on green cars and biofuels as Steven Chu says US wants to lead in clean energy technology.

14 February 2012more >>

Do environment and development conflict?

The Guardian - When Oxfam investigates the question of whether environment conflicts with development, we should take notice.

14 February 2012more >>


Businesses pledge support for Ed Davey's green agenda

The Guardian - M&S, Sony and Vodafone among household names promising to help drive forward Davey's green agenda.

13 February 2012more >>

Have an eco-friendly Valentine's Day

Ecoki - Valentine's Day seems to be a marketing ploy, loading up on gifts, chocolate, and flowers all designed to spend more and create more waste.

13 February 2012more >>


Trip to 7-Eleven leads Bangkok police to tiger butchers

The Guardian - Officers catch men chopping up wild animals in Thai slaughterhouse after following shopper with blood on his hands.

13 February 2012more >>

Flu and cold fighting foods

Ecoki - We're right in the midst of cold and flu season, but that doesn't mean that we have to head out and get ourselves some drugs every time it hits us.

11 February 2012more >>


How green are London's Olympics looking so far?

The Guardian - One of the Olympic rings is green. But how green is London 2012 turning out to be?

8 February 2012more >>

Win Recognition for Your College's Environmental Program

Environmental Leader - Enviance and Environmental Leader are hosting a March Madness tournament to determine the university with the best undergraduate programs in environmental studies and sustainability.

8 February 2012more >>


Will Customers Pay More for Green?

Environmental Leader - Will people pay to go green? That's a key question and maybe the question for any company committed to sustainability.

8 February 2012more >>

Tesco trials new packaging to reduce food waste

The Guardian - Tesco is the latest supermarket to trial new packaging that will keep fruit and vegetables fresher, in a bid to reduce food waste.

8 February 2012more >>


Jellyfish explosion may be natural cycle

Environmental News Network - Evidence that jellyfish are taking over the oceans is currently lacking, according to a new study published in Bioscience.

7 February 2012more >>

Wind power in Europe grew 11% in 2011

The Guardian - Industry figures reveal more than 9.6GW of capacity added last year, taking overall EU total to about 94GW. The EU added 9,616MW of wind energy capacity during 2011, making up more than a fifth of total new power installations, industry figures have today revealed.

7 February 2012more >>


India's panel price crash could spark solar revolution

New Scientist - Solar power has long had a reputation for being expensive, but the falling costs of making panels could change that.

3 February 2012more >>

Taking the long view on the world's energy supplies

New Scientist - Research into the impacts of clean energy technology is needed if we're to avoid repeating our mistakes.

31 January 2012more >>


Live updates from fishing boats could reduce waste

New Scientist - A Japanese fishing fleet is posting details of catches online in real time. Could this make fishing more sustainable by matching demand to supply?

24 January 2012more >>

Green Banking Part IV: Cutting Your Footprint and Your Costs

Environmental Leader - In Part III of our green banking series, we examined how from coal to real estate to small business lending, environmental, social, and governance underwriting criteria are a critical tool for banks to reduce risk and enhance profitability for themselves and their business partners. 

24 January 2012more >>


What 2011 Taught Us about the Green Supply Chain (and What It Means for 2012)

Environmental Leader - There are lots of lessons to be learned from the prior year, and some important implications for 2012. Some of the biggest lessons surround sustainability in the supply chain.

24 January 2012more >>

Biofuel breakthrough: kelp could power cars

Environmental News Network - Scientists have devised a new way to produce ethanol directly from seaweed, offering the potential to generate biofuels that don't compete with terrestrial food production and won't suck up scarce freshwater, reports a study published today in Science.

24 January 2012more >>


How to reduce household food waste

Ecoki - When you really think about it, how much food waste are you accumulating in your household? Do you ever clear out your fridge thinking, what is that?

23 January 2012more >>

The future of food

The Guardian - By 2050 there will be another 2.5 billion people on the planet. How to feed them? Science's answer: a diet of algae, insects and meat grown in a lab.

22 January 2012more >>


US education advocates tackle climate change sceptics

New Scientist - After decades battling to keep creationism out of classrooms, science education supporters are preparing to face a new foe: climate change sceptics.

20 January 2012more >>

Northern MP calls for action on Chinese Sky Lanterns

The Guardian - Spain's ban on the pretty but potentially hazardous balloons prompts renewed attempts to make them safer. Should action be taken against Chinese Sky Lanterns, whose little flames drift over our skies increasingly frequently?

18 January 2012more >>


South Florida Alliance Gears Up for Climate Change

Environmental News Network - Global action against climate change is often difficult and excruciatingly slow. For the United States, policies to combat a warming Earth are at a virtual standstill. That is why it comes down to local and regional alliances to work together to make a difference.

18 January 2012more >>

China set to launch first caps on CO2 emissions

New Scientist - In preparation for future national markets in greenhouse gas emissions, China has ordered seven provinces and cities to set absolute caps on emissions.

17 January 2012more >>


Our latest most-loved eco-related apps

Ecoki - Everyday, more and more apps are developed, and we love that a lot of them are environmentally centric. We've nailed some new favorites.

16 January 2012more >>

Green energy investment soars to $260bn

The Guardian - New data shows worldwide funding of green energy projects rose by 5% last year. Global investment in clean energy reached a new high of $260bn last year despite the financial crisis and the anti-environment agenda of Republicans in the US Congress, a United Nations investors' summit was told on Thursday.

13 January 2012more >>


DuPont Business Innovations Achieves Zero to Landfill Status

Environmental Leader - Chemical sciences firm DuPont has achieved zero to landfill status in its Building Innovations arm. After three years of effort, the %u201CDrive to Zero%u201D program has reduced the Business Innovations arms environmental footprint from 81 million pounds of landfill waste annually to zero.

13 January 2012more >>

We Lose Clean Energy Race without Government Investments

CleanTechnica - Continuing and expanding investments in clean energy is the smart choice to meet the next generation of energy challenges and produce a foundation of affordable, reliable, and clean energy alternatives.

12 January 2012more >>


Why Electric Cars Are Awesome

CleanTechnica - Most of you reading this are already inclined toward green-type technology, whether that%u2019s clean power generation, electric transportation, or more efficient ways to do things.

11 January 2012more >>

Ecologists should learn to look on the bright side

New Scientist - The planet is in a bad state but remorseless pessimism is a turn-off. It's time conservationists talked up their successes, says Elin Kelsey.

10 January 2012more >>


Light At Night Not A 'Bright' Idea

Environmental News Network - Moonlight and starlight aren't just romantic, according to a new international study with Israeli input. This natural nighttime light is also healthier than harsh artificial light %u2013 especially LED (light-emitting diodes) white light, which suppresses the brain's night time production of Melatonin needed to regulate our biological clocks, behavior and health.

10 January 2012more >>

Roger Scruton: Green philosophy begins at home

New Scientist - A conservative philosopher believes that an environmentalism founded on love of home would return to us the original meaning of economy.

9 January 2012more >>


Could Saudi Arabia Become the Next Solar Market Hotspot?

CleanTechnica - It seems far-fetched, but Saudi Arabia could very well turn itself into a solar market hotspot. The resources, and the critical needs, are there. What's lacking is the political and economic will.

9 January 2012more >>

3 ideas for stimulating green growth

The Guardian - The theory that cutting carbon emissions costs us growth is bunk, in fact, it's an economic opportunity As we enter a new year, the world continues to be in the grips of dual crises: a stubborn economic downturn with widespread job losses combined with accelerating global warming threatening vulnerable communities. Many argue that dealing with climate change in the midst of an economic slump will hurt recovery efforts. The underlying reality, however, is quite the opposite. Not only can preparing for climate change offer opportunities for economic growth, it would be unwise to pursue one without the other.

7 January 2012more >>


Is China Preparing to Implement a Carbon Tax?

CleanTechnica - China's airlines may be bristling over being forced to join the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, but it seems the Chinese government is still focused on its own emissions reductions plans, all the more so, we'd imagine, since they agreed to enter talks over joining a successor to the Kyoto treaty at the Durban conference.

6 January 2012more >>

Sustainable and eco-friendly travel ideas

Ecoki - Planning a 2012 getaway? Now is the perfect time: more and more eco-friendly destinations are popping up left and right on the radar.

4 January 2012more >>


Sunlight-powered 'bulbs' made from plastic bottles light up homes

The Guardian - The Liter of Light project, launched to combat the rising cost of electricity in the Philippines, aims to provide 1 million homes with light.

23 December 2011more >>

'2011 rewrote the record books'

The Guardian - The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather %u2013 and the world's second worst nuclear disaster.

22 December 2011more >>


Paper bags or plastic bags: which are best?

The Guardian - From Topshop to Nike to Primark, brown paper bags are back in abundance on the high street. But are they any better for the environment than plastic bags?

21 December 2011more >>

Rebates for QLD Recycling Bins and Signs

Planet Ark - A new Queensland Government program helps eligible businesses to purchase recycling collection bins and information signs.

20 December 2011more >>


Students Show Off Solar Car at Tokyo's Eco Products 2011 Exhibition

CleanTechnica - One of the fun things at Tokyo%u2019s annual Eco Products exhibition this weekend is a solar car %u2013 but not just any solar car. This one was built as part of an education program led by Koto Ward mayor Takaaki Yamazaki.

19 December 2011more >>

The 12 Do's of Christmas

Planet Ark - Whether it's Christmas on a budget or a Christmas of splurging, Planet Ark's 12 Do's of Christmas will help Australians reduce their environmental impact this festive season while still celebrating the festive season with friends and family.

15 December 2011more >>


Big ships go green with retro technology

New Scientist - From solar sails, or even canvas ones, to underwater carpets of air, a raft of new technologies could revolutionise the global shipping industry.

15 December 2011more >>

Revend Launches Light Bulb Recycling Vending Machine

Environmental Leader - U.K. corporation Revend Recycling Limited has launched a reverse vending recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and batteries. Ikea will be placing the units in some of its European stores.

15 December 2011more >>


Rexam Discusses Sustainability Strategy

Environmental Leader - Bill Bruce talks to John Revess at Brau Beviale 2011 about Rexam's sustainability strategy.

13 December 2011more >>

Diageo Sets Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

Environmental Leader - Diageo has published its first sustainable packaging guidelines, setting 2015 goals to reduce average weight by 10 percent, increase recycled material content by 20 percent and ensure 100 percent of packaging is reusable, recyclable or %u201Csuitable for waste management practices.%u201D

10 December 2011more >>


PepsiCo's Take on Sustainable Agriculture

Environmental Leader - Ian Hope-Johnstone talks about PepsiCo's approach to sustainability.

8 December 2011more >>

Improving Supply Chain Profit, Production & Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Elevating the discussion around sustainable supply chains, Microsoft recently announced it will mandate supplier sustainability disclosure in 2013. 

7 December 2011more >>


Sustainability in the Electronics Supply Chain

Environmental Leader - A discussion on sustainability in the electronics supply chain.

6 December 2011more >>

Consumer Sector Dominates Energy Harvesting

Environmental Leader - The consumer sector is leading the way in energy harvesting using ambient energy to power small electronic devices, according to a report by analysis firm IDTechEx.

5 December 2011more >>


Resource Efficiency vs. Carbon Reduction

Environmental Leader - The dramatic improvements in efficient lighting technologies over the past three centuries have left the energy intensity of lighting unchanged. The higher energy efficiencies have all been used up by ever-expanding lighting applications. And the share of global GDP spent on lighting has remained constant during this period.

5 December 2011more >>

Eco-friendly Christmas decorations

Ecoki - I love decorating my Christmas tree, and chances are, you do, too. But what's even better than making sure it's eco-friendly? Instead of relying purely on artificial Christmas decorations, let nature take part in decorating your home this Christmas, too.

28 November 2011more >>


Do Companies Need a Culture of Sustainability?

Environmental Leader - Stuart Hart, the S.C. Johnson chair in sustainable global enterprise at Cornell University, asks how necessary a strong corporate culture is for achieving sustainability objectives. Hart is founder and president of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.

12 November 2011more >>

Coke Makes 100% Recycling Pledge for 2012 Olympics

Environmental Leader - Coca-Cola has promised to recycle all clear plastic PET bottles used at the London 2012 Olympics, according to news reports.

11 November 2011more >>


Two Views of the Value of Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Sustainability is all the rage as many significantly-sized companies are evaluating it to maximize economic benefits and seeing how it can fit into company plans.

10 November 2011more >>

Australia Passes Carbon Tax

Environmental Leader - Australia has passed a carbon tax, making it the second major economy after the EU to put a cap on carbon. The legislation sets a fixed carbon tax of A$23 (US$23.7) a ton on the country's 500 biggest polluters, starting in July 2012.

9 November 2011more >>


Social Business Strategies as Important as Economic Ones

Environmental Leader - Building a social purpose into a business strategy is just as important in securing long-term success as building in an economic purpose, according to an article in November%u2019s Harvard Business Review. Rosabeth Moss Kanter's article How Great Companies Think Differently, is based on the theory of institutional logic.

9 November 2011more >>

Packaging Key to Sustainable Society

Environmental Leader - Packaging should be seen as an integral part of achieving a resource efficient society, according to a paper by packaging trade body EUROPEN.

7 November 2011more >>


Greenhouse Emissions Jumped 6% in 2010

Environmental Leader - Greenhouse gas emissions saw a 6 percent jump in 2010, their largest one-year rise, according to new data from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab. This means that emissions are now rising faster than the worst-case scenarios envisioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its 2007 report, according to Brad Plumer.

7 November 2011more >>

The Three Stages of Staff Sustainability Engagement

Environmental Leader - Programs to involve staff in sustainability programs break down into three key stages, according to a report by brand consulting firm BBMG.

4 November 2011more >>


Choosing the Right Recycler

Planet Ark - Ensuring your waste is recycled correctly and legally can be as easy as asking a recycler the right questions. Check out our guide for 'Choosing the Right Recycler.'

3 November 2011more >>

Five Ways To Make Your Fleet Greener For Less

Environmental Leader - Once, fleet owners explored green technologies as a means for a public relations bump. Consumers liked seeing green cars and trucks on the road, and they rewarded companies who made those investments. Today, greening a fleet is becoming an economic pursuit.

3 November 2011more >>


Facebook Faces Down Google for Title of Most Energy Efficient

CleanTechnica - Facebook and Google seem to be in an all-out war to see which company can come up with the best energy efficiency solutions for power-gobbling data centers. This round probably goes to Facebook, which just announced two new green data center strategies on two distinct tracks.

31 October 2011more >>

How can we make this increasingly crowded world fit for its seven billionth inhabitant?

Telegraph.co.uk - Much can be done to lessen the impact of the world's population growth, argues Geoffrey Lean.

29 October 2011more >>


International Paper Announces Green Goals

Environmental Leader - International Paper has committed to use 15 percent less energy and reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, against a 2010 baseline. The company plans to achieve these reductions by increasing manufacturing efficiency, exploring new technologies and encouraging employee engagement.

27 October 2011more >>

This Pen Used to be an Inkjet

Planet Ark - 90% of the new Enviroliner pen - including the ink - is made from used Inkjet cartridges. This new pen is turning waste materials into a valuable resource.

26 October 2011more >>


Climate known: Other pollutants are cooling the planet

New Scientist - We pump all kinds of substances into the atmosphere. Some of them reflect the sun's heat back into space and so cool things down.

26 October 2011more >>

Need for Efficiency Drives Printing Industry Toward Sustainability

Environmental Leader - When someone mentions the printing industry to you, does it bring to mind images of emissions of greenhouse gases, massive paper waste and consumption of huge amounts of energy? Today%u2019s reality is very different from those stereotypical images.

25 October 2011more >>


Queensland Businesses Urged to Recycle For Bottom Line and Environment

Planet Ark - With the introduction of a $35 a ton landfill levy on the 1st of December, Queensland businesses are being urged to revise their recycling initiatives and to reduce their waste management costs.

24 October 2011more >>

Nestle, Nike, GSK Deserve Place in Sustainability Rankings

Environmental Leader - Campbells, Danone, General Electric, Glaxosmithkline, HP, Intel, Nestlé, Nike, Panasonic, Siemens, and Unilever are the companies most deserving of their top places within sustainability rankings, according to sustainability advisor Two Tomorrows. They all were rated Aaa in the Tomorrow%u2019s Value Rating 2011.

21 October 2011more >>


Manufacturers Jump on Board with Sustainability

Environmental Leader - The importance of sustainability to manufacturers has rocketed over the last two years, according to a study released by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. The 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, says that 59.2 percent of manufacturers now rate sustainability as important or highly important to there success.

21 October 2011more >>

Economizers Shave 20% off Data Center Energy Costs

Environmental Leader - Nearly half of data centers are using economizers to provide natural cooling, and they are saving an average of 20 percent off their energy costs, according to a survey by the Green Grid.

14 October 2011more >>


Hotel Sustainability: Moving Into a New Phase

Environmental Leader - Over the past decade, hotel operators have implemented programs to reduce the waste generated and the energy used in their daily operations. Many have been successful in saving both resources and money as well as attracting environmentally conscious guests; however, the industry as a whole has yet to make sustainability an integral part of its strategic plans.

12 October 2011more >>

Local Support May Be the Key to Success

Environmental Leader - When looking to gain public support for your renewable energy project, developing a grassroots campaign may be your best strategy. Many people seem to have a vague understanding of what a grassroots campaign is but very few know what exactly it entails. The most basic definition describes a grassroots campaign as one that takes place [...]

5 October 2011more >>


Patty Calkins Discusses Sustainability at Xerox

Environmental Leader - Patty Calkins, Vice President Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, discusses Xerox's sustainability efforts.

3 October 2011more >>

Report: How Smaller Companies Profit From Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Sustainability is a growing priority among small- and medium-sized businesses and according to three national accounting bodies, more than half of surveyed businesses will have a sustainability strategy in place in two years time.

1 October 2011more >>


Nike Sets Up Green Venture Capital Arm

Environmental Leader - Nike is to set up a sustainable venture capital arm in an effort to cut costs and promote green commerce.

30 September 2011more >>

The Anatomy of Food Waste

Environmental Leader - Consider this. There is one economic sector that is essential for survival and accounts for a considerable share of our daily expenses and GHG emissions %u2013 and some 28 percent of the production in this sector (in the US) is never consumed. If you haven%u2019t guessed it already, that would be the food sector.

29 September 2011more >>


How to Engage and Convince the C-Suite about Corporate Sustainability

Environmental Leader - Corporate sustainability makes a lot of sense. Reduce your costs and risk, increase profit, strengthen reputation, protect and conserve natural resources and social value while enhancing share value%u2026what%u2019s not to love?  So why is it that so many internal sustainability champions struggle to move their initiatives forward?  Perhaps it%u2019s not the proposition at all %u2013 [...]

28 September 2011more >>

Most Chief Sustainability Officers Close to the Top, Report Finds

Environmental Leader - Nine out of ten CSOs are one or two steps removed from the CEO, according to a report by executive search and consulting firm Weinreb Group.

27 September 2011more >>


Global air pollution: what is the most polluted country and city in the world?

The Guardian - The World Health Organisation reveals pollution levels around the globe. We identify the countries with a problem.

26 September 2011more >>

Why do we need low-carbon energy?

The Guardian - The majority of the world's man-made carbon emissions are released by the burning fossil fuels to create electricity, heat or motion. This means that it will almost certainly be impossible to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations to sustainable levels unless large quantities of low-carbon energy can be brought on-stream to substitute for fossil fuels.

26 September 2011more >>


An Efficient Solar Harvest

Environmental News Network - Solar power could be harvested more efficiently and transported over longer distances using tiny molecular circuits based on quantum mechanics, according to research inspired by new insights into natural photosynthesis.

24 September 2011more >>

P&G to Advocate Coldwater Washing to 100m US Homes

Environmental Leader - Procter and Gamble Company has pledged to launch an information blitz on 100 million U.S. homes aimed at promoting coldwater clothes washing.

24 September 2011more >>


Target, McDonald and Others Save $650m through Climate Fellowship

Environmental Leader - McDonald%u2019s, Target and 76 other organizations have found $650 million in savings and 440,000 annual metric tons of CO2 reductions through this summer%u2019s EDF Climate Corps fellowship.

23 September 2011more >>

More Consumers Believe Sustainability Claims But Many Still Skeptical

Environmental Leader - Americans today are more likely to believe businesses%u2019 green claims, but 39 percent still say that companies%u2019 assertions about the environment are not accurate, according to a report from GfK Roper Consulting.

23 September 2011more >>


Current power: New tide turbines tap oceans of energy

New Scientist - The huge potential of ocean currents could at last be tapped, thanks to the latest generators now being trialled on the seabed.

20 September 2011more >>

Why Eating Organic is the Single Greenest Thing You Can Do

Environmental News Network - "If you do just one thing -- make one conscious choice -- that can change the world, go organic.... No other single choice you can make to improve the health of your family and the planet will have greater positive repercussions for our future."

19 September 2011more >>


Huge Australian bushfires ignited rare plant growth

New Scientist - Rare plants are springing up in an Australian park ravaged by bushfires; plants that had never been recorded there before the fire

19 September 2011more >>

U.K. Business Increases Sustainability

Environmental Leader - U.K. companies rapidly increased the sustainability of their business practices over the last 12 months of data collection, according to a report by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future.

19 September 2011more >>


P.J. Simmons Discusses Corporate Sustainability Practices

Environmental Leader - P.J. Simmons is co-founder and Chairman of the Corporate Eco Forum, a network of senior Global 500 executives focused on spreading best practices in corporate sustainability and accelerating eco-innovation. He is co-author of The Green to Gold Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function,.

16 September 2011more >>

Water from trees cools the climate

Ecoki - New research hailing out of Carnegies Global Ecology department has discovered that evaporated water from trees helps cool the Earth as a whole not just a specific area.

16 September 2011more >>


12 Ways To Turn Green Intentions Into Green Actions

Environmental Leader - Eighty-two percent of consumers have good green intentions, but only 16% are dedicated to fulfilling these intentions, according to an Ogilvy study.

16 September 2011more >>

Managing Environmental Impact with a Global Framework and Local Execution

Environmental Leader - Environmental management poses both challenges and opportunities for companies with operations around the world. The challenges can seem onerous when you consider variations in local environmental issues, regulations, infrastructure capabilities, culture and other factors. 

15 September 2011more >>


Facebook, Amazon Panned on Energy Management and Transparency

Environmental Leader - Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and other major internet firms are failing to adequately disclose their carbon footprint, according to a report by independent analyst Verdantix. The report, Carbon Strategy Benchmark: Internet Sector, finds that Akamai, Apple and eBay outpace their global competitors on energy efficiency enhancements and transparent disclosure of carbon emissions.

13 September 2011more >>

Sustainability Practitioner, Subject-matter Expert or Gunslinger?

Environmental Leader - Recently I was drinking an organic fair-trade soy latte while chatting with a long-time sustainability consulting colleague of mine who asked me what I thought about the sustainability consulting shops that were popping up all over the place. The short answer %u2013 I couldn%u2019t be happier. 

13 September 2011more >>


Data Revealed: Google Uses More Power than Salt Lake City

Environmental Leader - Google has broken its silence on energy consumption, announcing that it consumed 2,259,998 MWh in 2010. In a new section on the Google Green site, called %u201CThe Big Picture,%u201D Google also said that it generated 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year. Average annual carbon footprint per user was about 1.46 kg CO2

9 September 2011more >>

City Makes Recycling Compulsory for Businesses

Environmental Leader - The city of Minneapolis has introduced mandatory recycling for all businesses, workplaces and houses of worship, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The rule, which came into effect on Sept. 1, requires recycling collection at least twice a month.

7 September 2011more >>


Sustainability Is a Brand

Environmental Leader - In order to develop true sustainability policies, companies need to understand the nexus between energy, water, bio-diversity, and green house gas emissions, as well as the wider societal impacts of their company, and then combine them into one coherent policy and reporting framework.

7 September 2011more >>

Report: Insurers Not Ready for Climate Change

Environmental Leader - Despite broad consensus among major insurers that climate change will affect extreme weather events, only an eighth of such companies have formal policies in place to deal with growing climate change risks, according to a report issued today by business sustainability coalition Ceres.

3 September 2011more >>


Volkswagen Investing One Billion Euros in Wind Energy

Environmental News Network - In an attempt to hedge against future rising energy prices, Volkswagen announced last week that it will invest up to one billion Euros (US$1.45 billion) in renewable energy. The announcement follows the company%u2019s decisions earlier this year to invest in other clean energy projects as well as to launch new electric vehicles.

2 September 2011more >>

Australia Deslanates with Utility Scale Solar from US

Environmental News Network - Australia's First Utility-Scale Solar PV Project is under way in 2013 and it will help meet Western Australia's water security issues by fueling a much needed desalination plant.

2 September 2011more >>


2109: a life of equality but no polar bears

The Guardian - It is going to take 98 years for there to be pay parity between men and women. But what other predictions can be made for the year 2109?

1 September 2011more >>

Giant pipe to pump water into the sky

The Guardian - Field test by British academics marks first step towards recreating an artificial volcano that would inject particles into the stratosphere and cool the planet. It sounds barmy, audacious or sci-fi: a tethered balloon the size of Wembley stadium suspended 20km above Earth, linked to the ground by a giant garden hose pumping hundreds of tonnes of minute chemical particles a day into the thin stratospheric air to reflect sunlight and cool the planet.

1 September 2011more >>


Australia: A poisonous political climate

The Guardian - Climate change protests could be drowned out by the clamour against plans to curb pollution generated by big companies

29 August 2011more >>

The ethical price of groceries

The Guardian - Is it deemed OK to use plastic bags again? Plastic bag use is on the increase and that's very disappointing. After a dip in individual bag use from 2002 to 2009, last year we were back up to getting through 475m a month.

28 August 2011more >>


Sustainable fish logos: not all they're made out to be

New Scientist - Some fish that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have certified as sustainable come from unsustainable fisheries

27 August 2011more >>

Australia through the lens: The big dry continent

New Scientist - Once two islands separated by a shallow sea, Australia is now a drought-prone land. New Scientist takes a photographers-eye view of a nation drying out.

26 August 2011more >>


Sustainability Perspective for Small Business September

Planet Ark - This month is Small Business September in NSW. The state government is encouraging owners to see their business from 'a new perspective' and sustainability is increasingly a new perspective for small businesses.

26 August 2011more >>

Achieving Water Conservation: Dilution Isn't the Solution!

Environmental Leader - To conserve and better manage their water use, more and more businesses are opting for closed water systems, where every drop of water taken is reused internally.

26 August 2011more >>


Death by fashion: is your wardrobe poisoning the world's water supply?

Environmental News Network - A Greenpeace investigation has discovered the toxic chemical nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) in clothing made by 14 major brands, including Adidas, H&M, Converse and Abercrombie and Fitch. NPE breaks down to form nonylphenol in water, which disrupts hormone levels and has been known to cause fish to change gender. Due to its persistence, nonylphenol builds up in each level in the food chain, meaning humans receive the highest dosage and can suffer from hormone imbalances as a result of eating contaminated fish and water. The chemical is banned from use in textile production in the EU but in China and other Asian countries such as Vietnam, where many global clothing brands source their products from, lax restrictions mean that NPE is widely used in the dyeing process.

26 August 2011more >>

Toyota, Ford to Collaborate on Hybrid Trucks

Planet Ark - Toyota Motor Corp and Ford Motor Co will work together to develop hybrid trucks and SUVs that will be ready for market by the end of the decade, the two companies said on Monday.

25 August 2011more >>


First link between climate patterns and civil conflict

New Scientist - The first study to link global climate patterns to the onset of civil wars places El Niño on a par with factors like poverty and social exclusion

25 August 2011more >>

Cloud-making: Another human effect on the climate

New Scientist - Compounds released by living organisms such as trees, marine bacteria and livestock have an effect on cloud formation ­%u2013 and we might be changing it

25 August 2011more >>


2010 Saw Largest CO2 Rise for 22 Years

Environmental Leader - Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rebounded in 2010 but still remained six percent below 2005 levels, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration. Energy-related CO2 underwent a historic decline in 2009. That year the economy as measured by the real gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 3.5 percent compared to the previous year

19 August 2011more >>

World's forests absorb almost 40 per cent of man made CO2

Telegraph.co.uk - The world's forests are much more important than previously thought in absorbing CO2, according to a paper published in Science.

18 August 2011more >>


Air Products Fuels Cars with Hydrogen from Wastewater

Environmental Leader - Specialty gas company Air Products has opened a hydrogen fueling station (pictured) that draws feedstock from municipal wastewater.

18 August 2011more >>

Why We Should Put a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services

Environmental News Network - A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems.

17 August 2011more >>


The women bringing solar power to Sierra Leone

The Guardian - An Indian college has trained 12 Sierra Leonean women to become solar engineers as part of a drive to bring electricity to rural communities.

17 August 2011more >>

Future funerals: What a way to go

New Scientist - Ashes to ashes, gloop to frost: undertakers are devising ingenious new ways to solve an age-old problem. Helen Knight reports

17 August 2011more >>


Obama Announces $510m for Biofuels

Environmental Leader - The Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million over the next three years to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation, President Obama announced yesterday.

17 August 2011more >>

Biggest UK oil spill for 10 years

New Scientist - The Gannet Alpha oil rig has spilled 216 tonnes of oil into the North Sea, but the slick may disperse before it reaches the shore

17 August 2011more >>


There Are Only 14 Different Kinds Of Noses, Study Says

Environmental News Network - How many different shapes of human noses are there? Ten? Fifty? Hundreds? The correct answer is 14, according to Abraham Tamir, an Israeli scientist. And while the study has its limitations, it is the first-of-its-kind survey detailing the shapes of schnozes.

17 August 2011more >>

Triple Bottom Line investing 101

Ecoki - Are you looking to balance financial, social, and environmental returns in your investing? Then Triple Bottom Line investing might be the choice for you.Investors are becoming increasingly socially conscious, putting the environment at a forefront in their financial planning.

16 August 2011more >>


Africa famine: soaring food prices intensifying crisis, report warns

The Guardian - World Bank says shortages and near-historic prices for staple crops have contributed to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.

16 August 2011more >>

Your faeces, my furry friend, are blowin' in the wind

New Scientist - Go for a bracing winter's stroll in a major US city and you may be inhaling more than vehicle fumes in the air

12 August 2011more >>


Sustainability Software Briefing: C3, Cisco, Sensus, 1E

Environmental Leader - C3, a fledgling vendor of energy management software, says that its customers and partners now include Adobe, Constellation Energy, Dow Chemical, GE, HP and Siemens.

12 August 2011more >>

Australia's overheated climate debate

New Scientist - Climate-change wrangling in Australia has descended into death threats and extreme insults. The science is being drowned out, warns Clive Hamilton

9 August 2011more >>


Black gold holds a charge for green cars

New Scientist - The next generation of electric-car batteries may thrive on a secret sauce that looks like crude oil.

9 August 2011more >>

Coca-Cola: A Case Study In Sustainability

Environmental Leader - How does Coca-Cola integrate sustainability into their operations? For several years its facility in Brampton, Ontario, one of its largest in North America, has been transforming its manufacturing and distribution to save energy, reduce carbon footprint, water usage, and material usage. In this case study we look at the goals, implementation, and progress.

9 August 2011more >>


Is climate change to blame for famine in the Horn of Africa? | Duncan Green

The Guardian - So is famine in the Horn of Africa linked to climate change or not? The question arises whenever "extreme weather events" hurricanes, floods, droughts hit our TV screens. It's impossible to answer with a simple yes or no but here's what we think we know so far.

8 August 2011more >>

Prized sashimi tuna bred in captivity for first time

New Scientist - The world's biggest supplier of tuna for sashimi says it has successfully bred the endangered northern bluefin in captivity.

6 August 2011more >>


Sellafield Mox nuclear fuel plant to close

The Guardian - The mixed-oxide fuel plant will be shut as a consequence of the Fukushima incident, with the loss of about 600 jobs The Mox nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield was closed on Wednesday , with the loss of around 600 jobs.

3 August 2011more >>

The carbon cost of Germany's nuclear 'Nein danke!'

New Scientist - Europe's energy consumers will find themselves paying a high price for Germany's decision to get out of nuclear power, says David Strahan.

2 August 2011more >>


OK, climate sceptics: here's the raw data you wanted

New Scientist - Climate researchers accused of hoarding temperature data have today made almost the whole lot available to dispel charges of secrecy.

28 July 2011more >>

Don't throw these away! Recycle them instead.

Ecoki - Although we know generally what to recycle: paper, plastic, cans, and glass, there are many things we are probably throwing away that we shouldn't! Indeed, there are household items that, when they are no longer of use to us, can be recycled to help our environment.

27 July 2011more >>


How to keep your house cool this summer

Ecoki - Here are our top tips for staying cool indoors when the weather gets a little too warm.

22 July 2011more >>

Shipping industry agrees CO2 emission standards

New Scientist - <p>The shipping industry has become the first to set global mandatory carbon dioxide standards but they will apply only from 2019</p>

19 July 2011more >>


Fukushima Cleanup Recruits 'Nuclear Gypsies' from Across Japan

The Guardian - Thousands of engineers and labourers have been lured by higher wages and a sense of duty. The sun has only just risen in Iwaki-Yumoto when groups of men in white T-shirts and light blue cargo pants emerge blinking into the sunlight, swapping the comfort of their air-conditioned rooms for the fierce humidity of a Japanese summer.

14 July 2011more >>

Best Practices: The Business Case for Sustainability Disclosure

Environmental Leader - Join Environmental Leader for a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 8am PDT/11am EDT, discussing best practices for sustainability disclosure. Many organizations find that financial reporting alone no longer satisfies the needs of investors, governments, supply-chain partners, and other stakeholders for information about overall organizational performance.

14 July 2011more >>


CO2 to Hold Steady This Year, But Rise Coming in 2012

Environmental Leader - The Energy Information Administration expects fossil-fuel CO2 emissions to remain flat in 2011, as higher petroleum and natural gas consumption is offset by a decline in coal, according to the agency%u2019s latest Short-Term Energy

14 July 2011more >>

Hungary Introduces 'fat tax' to Boost Nation's Health

Environmental News Network - Food considered to be unhealthy, including crisps, soft drinks and chocolate bars, are now subject to a new tax in Hungary. The new law, introduced on 11 July, is aimed at "improving the health of the nation". Initially called 'the hamburger tax', the measure was dubbed 'crisps tax' or 'fat tax' after the Hungarian government decided that it would not affect fast food restaurants.

13 July 2011more >>


Carbon Tax? Australians Want Snap Election to Voice their Opinions

Environmental News Network - Two thirds of Australians want a snap election on the government's controversial plan to tax carbon pollution, a poll showed on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard crosses the nation in a campaign-style blitz to sell the scheme.

13 July 2011more >>

Mosquitoes Lured to their Deaths by Synthetic Odour of Smelly Feet

The Guardian - Scientists in Tanzania win funding to develop attraction traps to kill insects and combat spread of malaria in open air. Scientists have recreated the powerful whiff of smelly feet to lure mosquitoes into traps and slow the spread of malaria and other lethal diseases.

13 July 2011more >>


Greenpeace Report Links Western Firms to Chinese River Polluters

The Guardian - Supplier to Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M and Lacoste accused of discharging dangerous chemicals into Chinese water systems  Video: The toxic path of electronic waste. In pictures: China blighted by industrial pollution.

13 July 2011more >>

Solar Windows Offer Solution To Brighter Future - World Environment News

Planet Ark - An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction and transparent design.

13 July 2011more >>


The best eco-apps for iPad and iPad2

Ecoki - Whether you want to simply reduce your carbon footprint, or get a whole lot greener, these apps are for you.

13 July 2011more >>

Al Gore Returns with New Climate Campaign

The Guardian - Climate Reality Project aims to expose reality of global warming crisis and kicks off with a 24-hour live streamed event.

13 July 2011more >>


Australia's Shiny New Carbon Tax is an Empty Promise

New Scientist - The carbon tax is unlikely to change the country's status as the largest per-capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the developed world.

12 July 2011more >>

Australia is First Nation to put a Price on Carbon

New Scientist - Australia has just announced plans for a carbon tax, beginning in July next year.

11 July 2011more >>


6 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Ecoki - When you're making your way throughout the grocery store, are you really thinking about what you're buying? The cashier tells you the number, and you pay it mindlessly with a wad of cash or a swipe of the card.

10 July 2011more >>

Germany will use Fossil Fuels to Plug Nuclear Gap

New Scientist - Germany plans to be nuclear-free by 2022 but renewables alone won't be able to make up the power deficit.

8 July 2011more >>


The Low-Flow Toilet

Ecoki - Toilets use a lot water to get the dirty work done. However, with the advent of low-flow toilets, we can save loads, making it more efficient and saving energy, too.

6 July 2011more >>

Sustainability Profits Companies

Environmental Leader - For most companies, that which drives up their stock values is what ultimately matters and adopting sustainability practices can do that.

1 July 2011more >>


Supervalu to Go Zero Waste at 40 Stores

Environmental Leader - Supervalu Inc. and its Albertsons brand of supermarkets have announced that they will move 40 stores to be zero waste by the end of next February

30 June 2011more >>

Seasonal produce 101

Ecoki - Buying in season: do you do it? You should. If you're at the grocery store picking up peaches from Peru instead of honing in on the local goodness, keep reading.

29 June 2011more >>


Global water stress

The Guardian - Click on each country (interactive map) to see its water stress ranking, and its water consumption as a percentage of its renewable supply

28 June 2011more >>

Hundreds of new homes get recycled water supply

ABC - Hundreds of new houses in Adelaide's southern suburbs are being plumbed to make recycled water available.

27 June 2011more >>


UK's biggest solar energy farm connects to national grid

The Guardian - Solar panels at Howbery business park in Oxfordshire to generate up to 682MWh a year

27 June 2011more >>

Tips for greener laundry

Ecoki - Laundry. We don't really love it; but we have to do it. Each day, we use clothing, towels, bedding and, inevitably, we have to clean it. But how can we do this in the greenest way possible?

27 June 2011more >>


California Ships 100% Solar Powered Rice to Japan

CleanTechnica - The U.S. agricultural sector is beginning to take on a leadership role in the transition to renewable energy.

27 June 2011more >>

Hertz Now Offers Electric Bicycle Rentals

CleanTechnica - Rental car agencies like Hertz have started offering electric bicycle rental instead of cars, trying to develop and show a green side lately.

26 June 2011more >>


Residents encourages to attend coastal management workshops

ABC - Mid north coast residents are being encouraged to attend workshops to develop a plan to protect the region's coastline.

25 June 2011more >>

Electric cars: kiss petrol stations goodbye

The Guardian - British Gas and npower are vying to offer home charging services for electric cars offering a green way to get around, with the chance to bypass petrol stations.

25 June 2011more >>


Change career by going green

The Guardian - 'Green-collar' jobs in the environmental sector are growing %u2013 and increasingly attracting professionals from other areas in search of a fresh start.

25 June 2011more >>

The secret to becoming a green office champion

The Guardian - To turn your office eco, recycling, investment in energy-saving equipment and a practical approach can deliver ethical and beneficial results

25 June 2011more >>


Electric Buses that Charge at Each Stop

CleanTechnica - Proterra developed an electric bus that avoids the high cost of long range batteries by using short range batteries and charging them at each stop.

25 June 2011more >>

Serengeti highway cancelled

Environmental News Network - In what is being hailed as a victory for conservationists and the wildlife of the Serengeti, the Tanzanian government has cancelled plans for a controversial highway that would have dissected the Serengeti National Park.

24 June 2011more >>


Dozens of Countries Queue up to go Nuclear

New Scientist - While Germany, Italy and Japan reject nuclear power, developing countries and Middle Eastern oil economies are forging ahead with it

24 June 2011more >>

New refill scheme for wine lovers

The Guardian - A refill scheme has proved a runaway success, accounting for around half of the wine sold in a shop of one corner of Dalston, offering red, white and rosé wines that if you bring your own bottle and fill it up from the barrels in the corner of the shop you get a saving of more than 50%.

24 June 2011more >>


Jail Time for Clean Air Act Violator

Environmental News Network - The Clean Air Act is an environmental law but it is a law nonetheless. Breaking it will subject the violator to punishment by the courts.

24 June 2011more >>

New Nissan Ads Shift the Way Car Buyers Evaluate Options

Environmental News Network - Many new green brands have been introduced over the years with green marketing pitches, only to realize the opportunity to link environmental product attributes with the primary reasons why consumers buy (all) products in the first place.

23 June 2011more >>


Attracting Backyard Wildlife

Ecoki - Take a look outside the windows into the backyard. If all you see is a manicured lawn, growing garden, and well-kept foliage, you're missing out on one key thing: wildlife. Bringing birds, bees, bunnies, and other wildlife into our backyard is a mutual benefit.

23 June 2011more >>

Earth's oceans on course for mass extinction

New Scientist - It is all thanks to a deadly combination of climate change, overexploitation, pollution and habitat loss

22 June 2011more >>


World's oceans move into 'extinction phase'

Telegraph.co.uk - The next generation may lose the opportunity to swim over coral reefs or eat certain species of fish, scientists have warned, as the world's oceans move into a 'phase of extinction' due to human impacts such as over-fishing and climate change.

21 June 2011more >>

Earth's Energy Lessons from Space

The Epoch Times - Technologies developed for satellites can help citizens and national authorities find solutions to some of our planet's energy problems.

16 June 2011more >>


Solar Power Boosts the Sales Price of Homes

CleanTechnica - The addition of solar panels on homes increases the resale value.

16 June 2011more >>

New microchip could prevent 'standby' energy loss

The Guardian - Japanese scientists have developed a new micro-processing chip which they claim could do away with the energy loss caused by appliances while on "standby".

15 June 2011more >>


Obama-How Energy Efficiency Creates Green Jobs

CleanTechnica - President Obama discussed the job creation benefits of energy efficiency policies putting a strong emphasis on the young pursuing degrees in the "hard sciences" leading us forward in the cleantech industry.

15 June 2011more >>

White House Pledges Smart Grid Data Access, $250m in Loans

Environmental Leader - The Obama administration yesterday announced $250 million in loans for smart-grid deployment and launched new initiatives to ensure customers access to their energy usage information.

15 June 2011more >>


Compliance and Standards

Environmental Leader - The world first ISO-accredited certification for carbon management professionals has been launched by the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Eco-Canada.

15 June 2011more >>

Black carbon cut would bring dramatic benefits

The Guardian - Global warming could be slowed down if governments cleaned up what's known as black carbon from industry and cooking fires, 50 of the world's leading atmospheric scientists said on Tuesday.

15 June 2011more >>


Google Invests in Solar Energy

CleanTechnica - Google announced today that it is investing $280 million in a rooftop solar power company.

15 June 2011more >>

Rewards for households that produce less waste

Telegraph.co.uk - Households will be rewarded for the first time for putting out less rubbish to significantly boost recycling, especially of valuable materials like glass.

14 June 2011more >>


Supermarkets bid to get shoppers to switch to sustainable fish

The Guardian - UK supermarkets are stepping up their efforts to encourage shoppers to buy fish from sustainable sources in a fresh attempt to alleviate pressure on threatened stocks.

13 June 2011more >>

Google Earth Explores Ocean Depths

The Epoch Times - Google Earth has released new topographical imagery to allow users to see ocean floors in high-resolution, timed to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8.

10 June 2011more >>


IBM Launch to Cut Energy Use

Environmental Leader - IBM today launched its Intelligent Building Management software, which the IT company estimates can reduce maintenance costs

10 June 2011more >>

World Oceans Day is today, June 8th

Environmental News Network - The 8th of June is World Oceans Day, our annual chance to celebrate all things marine! World Oceans Day encourages us to consider everything that the oceans provide us.

8 June 2011more >>


The Green Home Shopping List

Ecoki - Looking to make your home a little greener? Look no further than a few average items to add to your shopping list! Here are our top must-buys for keeping your home green, and how to use them.

7 June 2011more >>

Krispy Kreme Switches to Cage-Free Eggs

Environmental News Network - Fans of Krispy Kreme can enjoy their favorite guilty pleasure a little more.

7 June 2011more >>


Blue skies and green footprint

The Guardian - This summer's festival season looks set to have a greener footprint as well as bluer skies. The Isle of Wight festival, which kicks off the season this weekend, has revealed that it cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% last year, while July's Lovebox in London slashed 38% from its environmental impact.

6 June 2011more >>

Belgian rail network gets solar boost

The Guardian - A two-mile-long Belgian rail tunnel, built to shelter trains from falling trees, will from Monday provide a double environmental benefit by hosting a unique solar power project.

6 June 2011more >>


Zero carbon house in the planning

ABC - A competition will challenge designers and property developers to create a zero carbon house, to be built in Adelaide.

6 June 2011more >>

Energy efficient lighting introduced on roadways

CleanTechnica - For those ready to step into the world of energy-efficient LED lighting, a light has been introduced that delivers brighter and more energy-efficient illumination for enhanced visibility on local, collector and major roadways.

3 June 2011more >>


Congo-Brazzaville to ban plastic bags

The Guardian - Congo-Brazzaville is to ban the production, import, sale and use of plastic bags in a move to fight environmental pollution in the central African nation, the government has said.

3 June 2011more >>

Our green spaces are priceless

The Guardian - The government's attempt to put a monetary value on nature threatens the existence of our remaining parks and playing fields. That is because local authorities, planners and governments will always attach a higher economic importance to providing services and building houses or roads than conserving green spaces or wildlife habitats.

3 June 2011more >>


BP among founding members of World Bank carbon fund

The Guardian - The Forest fund is designed to pay developing countries for reducing emissions caused by the destruction of their forests. BP, responsible for the loss of around 5m barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico last year and annual carbon emissions greater than more than 120 developing countries put together, has become the world's first company to try to profit from a new World Bank carbon fund.

1 June 2011more >>

Carbon levels hit new peak, research shows

The Guardian - Preliminary data from the US government shows that carbon dioxide levels peaked last week at the highest levels on record. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reached a new peak despite the economic recession in western countries and assurances from politicians that they intend to cut emissions, new research has shown.

1 June 2011more >>


Atlantic bluefin tuna put on U.S. environmental watchlist

Environmental News Network - The U.S. government put the Atlantic bluefin tuna on an environmental watchlist as a "species of concern" on Friday, and will keep checking for any impact on these fish from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

28 May 2011more >>

Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation

Environmental News Network - Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later.

28 May 2011more >>


Wind Power Generation in 2011

Environmental News Network - The AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) indicated that the first quarter of 2011 saw over 1,100 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity installed -- more than double the capacity installed in the first quarter of 2010.

28 May 2011more >>

Facebook founder's meat challenge

The Guardian - Facebook's founder and CEO sets himself a challenge to 'basically become a vegetarian' by slaughtering his own meat. Earlier this month, he surprised his 847 friends on his private Facebook page when he posted: "I just killed a pig and a goat."

28 May 2011more >>


NZ coffee roaster claims world first compost coffee bag

New Zealand Herald - Greenie caffeine addicts now have the option of buying freshly roasted coffee in foil bags that can be safely buried in the garden or compost heap.

27 May 2011more >>

UK pledges to halve emissions by 2025

The Guardian - The UK announces the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gases of any developed country, after a week of cabinet rifts. The UK is to put in place the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gases of any developed country, by halving carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, after a tumultuous week of cabinet rifts on the issue.

18 May 2011more >>


GM soy: the high cost of the quest for 'green gold'

Telegraph.co.uk - Scientists and villagers in rural Paraguay are questioning the health and environmental impact of GM soy. Louise Gray reports.

17 May 2011more >>

Low-income solar plan needed, says minister

ABC - A scheme to help more low-income households get solar panels is being considered in SA.

17 May 2011more >>


Carbon price will be 'well south' of $40 a tonne

ABC - The Federal Government says the carbon price will be "well south" of a reported $40 a tonne needed to slow development of coal-fired power plants.

17 May 2011more >>

Ethical shoppers don't care what's in their sandwiches - RSPCA

Telegraph.co.uk - So-called 'ethical shoppers', who insist on organic chicken for dinner parties, are quite happy to buy sandwiches with meat raised in cruel conditions, according to a new survey.

16 May 2011more >>


US fighting machine going green

New Scientist - From biofuelled fighter jets to roll-up solar blankets, the US navy is on a mission to stop using fossil fuels.

13 May 2011more >>

DNA chip test will track down illegal fish

New Scientist - Relatively cheap, reliable genetic tests could soon give the authorities the means to identify fish caught from unsustainable sources.

13 May 2011more >>


Prince Charles warns of fisheries collapse

Telegraph.co.uk - The Prince of Wales has called on consumers to only eat sustainable seafood to avoid a collapse in the world's fisheries.

12 May 2011more >>

Ben Fogle swims through plastic to save oceans

Telegraph.co.uk - Ben Fogle has described "swimming through a horrible slick of plastic" in the feeding grounds of the endangered blue whale.

12 May 2011more >>


Renewables may supply 80 per cent of our energy by 2050

New Scientist - A bullish report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests an optimistic vision of the future and with the right government support . . .

12 May 2011more >>

Households hit with 26pc water price rise

ABC - Water prices will increase by 26.3 per cent on average next financial year in South Australia.

11 May 2011more >>


Huhne announces crackdown to force landlords to install green measures

Telegraph.co.uk - Thousands of landlords will face fines if they fail to install insulation under new legislation to make every home in Britain as energy efficient as possible.

11 May 2011more >>

Fighting ocean acidification the fish tank way

New Scientist - People use quicklime to balance the pH of their fish tanks. Could governments do something similar to correct the pH of our acidifying oceans?

10 May 2011more >>


Unnatural selection: Fish growing up fast

New Scientist - As we vacuum up stupendous numbers of fish, the nature of the ones that get away is changing at an astonishing rate, says Michael Le Page

9 May 2011more >>

New eco-inspired iPad app for kids!

Ecoki - We sure love our technology, and when it comes to saving the environment,it's even better when they go hand-in-hand. That's why we are pretty excited when our friend at the Rainforest Alliance told us about an awesome new app for kids, designed to teach them important information about the rainforest in a really fun way!

8 May 2011more >>


Unnatural selection: Spreading sickness

New Scientist - From fish in a British lake to lions and corals, many plants and animals have suffered devastating disease outbreaks because of human activity, says Michael Le Page.

7 May 2011more >>

Big Oil digs deep as if spill never happened

New Zealand Herald - As mega-tornadoes, some over a mile wide, scythed through the American South, killing hundreds and smashing communities, AccuWeather, an American weather forecaster, blamed global warming.

7 May 2011more >>


The Battery That Keeps on Going?

CleanTechnica - Now Cui and his team of researchers have calculated a way to alternate the flow of river water and salty seawater through a battery to produce electricity that can be used for charging purposes. It might also be possible this same process can be reversed to remove salt from seawater to produce drinking water.

7 May 2011more >>

Letters: Love-hate affair with supermarkets

The Guardian - Food security will soon be an issue for all nations. In a period of diminishing supply and increasing demand, four food retailers enjoy an increasingly powerful position. A credit crunch can be relieved in the short term by printing money; we cannot print food, it has to be grown, but why should farmers bother when the big four supermarkets have such a stranglehold on price?

6 May 2011more >>


Subsidy cut leads to solar panel decline

ABC - An environmental group says the Federal Government's plans to further reduce solar panel subsidies will put more people off switching.

6 May 2011more >>

Grey nomads asked to turn green

ABC - Grey nomads travelling in north Queensland are being asked to 'go green' by volunteering to clean up the environment.

6 May 2011more >>


Food prices driven up by global warming, study shows

The Guardian - Scientists warn that farming practices must be adapted to a warmer world and rises in global population Global warming has already harmed the world's food production and has driven up food prices by as much as 20% over recent decades, new research has revealed.

6 May 2011more >>

Farmer wins compensation after Red Nose Day balloon kills cow

Telegraph.co.uk - A farmer has won compensation after a Red Nose Day balloon released by school pupils killed his cow.

5 May 2011more >>


Council wins award for halving water use

ABC - Tea Tree Gully Council in Adelaide has won a Federal Government award for halving its total water use.

5 May 2011more >>

Evolutionary push could help crops self-fertilise

New Scientist - Agriculture would be transformed if crops could produce fertiliser as legumes do. New research suggests it might be easier than we thought.

5 May 2011more >>


Scientists Turn Pineapples Into Plastic - World Environment News

Planet Ark - Scientists in Brazil have developed a method of turning pineapples, banana peels and other fibrous plants into plastic. The researchers say the material is strong, lightweight and eco-friendly and will soon replace conventional plastics in auto manufacturing.

4 May 2011more >>

Happy 9th Birthday, 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'!

Planet Ark - In the program's first 8 years, enough cartridges have been collected to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools or almost 100 jumbo jets.

3 May 2011more >>


Fishy foot spas investigated

New Zealand Herald - One of the fastest-growing beauty treatments in Britain, fish pedicures - during which tiny toothless carp smooth down feet by eating dead skin - has come under scrutiny from health experts and animal rights campaigners.

2 May 2011more >>

Get The Answers: Market your business sustainability

New Zealand Herald - For those doing it right, making your business sustainable should make good business sense. The Colmar Brunton 2010 Better Business Better World survey highlights that six in 10 Kiwis believe innovative and progressive business equals...

2 May 2011more >>


Why have so many tornadoes hit the US this month?

New Scientist - April has been a deadly month for the US tornado states. New Scientist explains how severe the outbreak has been, and what has caused it.

29 April 2011more >>

Konica Minolta sets a challenge

Planet Ark - Konica Minolta has set itself the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its product lifecycles by 80% by 2050.

28 April 2011more >>


The Rainforest Alliance launches the SmartLodge

Ecoki - Interested in learning how sustainable travel and tourism benefits local communities? The Rainforest Alliance is giving us the details, along with how to respect cultural diversity and enhance environmental conservation.

27 April 2011more >>

What is the carbon footprint of the royal wedding?

Telegraph.co.uk - The royal wedding will generate more than ten times as much greenhouse gases than Buckingham Palace in a whole year, according to the first analysis of the carbon footprint of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

26 April 2011more >>


42 ways to help the environment

Ecoki - Trying to figure out some easy ways to help the environment? Look no further.

25 April 2011more >>

Swedish Family Take On Low Carbon Living Challenge - World Environment News

Planet Ark - The Lindel family are attempting to live a low carbon life as part of an experiment to cut their carbon emissions from the annual average of seven tonnes per person to only one tonne.

21 April 2011more >>


Carbon tax 'a scapegoat' for power bill rises

ABC - The Climate Institute says a $25 per tonne carbon price would cost the average household less than $4 a week on its electricity bill.

21 April 2011more >>

Donating Surplus PCs Protects Environment and Closes Digital Divide

Environmental Leader - The drive for newer, faster, better technology is generating dramatic gains in productivity 2013 but serious environmental impacts as well.

21 April 2011more >>


Environmental Software News: Verdiem, Ecotality, Volvo

Environmental Leader - Verdiem has extended its computer power management platform to cover Macs as well as PCs. The latest version of the software, Surveyor 5.5 includes support for Mac desktops and laptops, and improved integration with Windows 7 power management capabilities, Verdiem says.

21 April 2011more >>

Intel Plans $25bn Efficiency Savings

Environmental Leader - Intel plans to save $25 billion by 2015 through energy-efficient IT initiatives, a company representative has said. Allyson Klein, Intel%u2019s data center group leadership marketing director, told the Express Tribune in Karachi that efficiency gains will allow the company to eliminate or prevent huge amounts of power consumption.

20 April 2011more >>


Renewed energy for renewable energy

The Guardian - A new wave of activists is gearing up to combat the millions the US Chamber of Commerce invests in boosting fossil fuels.

20 April 2011more >>

Ratting out Sydney's cane toad menace

ABC - Sydney's notorious rat population has emerged as an unlikely hero in the fight against cane toads.

20 April 2011more >>


Dell Closing in on Recycling Goal

Environmental Leader - Electronics manufacturer Dell is two-thirds of the way toward its goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of e-waste by 2014, the company has announced.

20 April 2011more >>

Aussie Sustainability Spend &lsquo;to Hit $3bn&rsquo;

Environmental Leader - The Australian sustainable business market is poised to grow to AU$2.9 billion (US$3.1 billion) in 2014, dependent on the outcome of the country's hotly debated carbon tax, analyst firm Verdantix has projected.

20 April 2011more >>


Breathing Polluted Air Can Disrupt Immune System

Environmental News Network - Negative health effects from the chronic inhalation of polluted air are well known to cause cardio-respiratory disease. It can be particularly damaging to seniors, children, and people with asthma. Now according to a study from Ohio State University, breathing polluted air can also cause widespread inflammation by triggering the release of white blood cells from bone marrow into the blood stream. The influx of white blood cells can alter the integrity of the blood vessels. The white blood cells are then absorbed into fat tissues where chemicals are released that cause inflammation.

20 April 2011more >>

Electric Cars

Environmental News Network - Will electric cars ever become the common way to drive?

19 April 2011more >>


Growing sugarcane could help cool Brazil

New Scientist - Converting Brazil's existing farmland to sugarcane for biofuel could slightly cool the local climate.

19 April 2011more >>

Acidic ocean robs coral of vital building material

New Scientist - Carbon dioxide dissolved in water has pillaged the Great Barrier Reef of a compound that corals need to grow.

15 April 2011more >>


Hot solar cells are the cool way to water and power

New Scientist - Techniques designed for cooling computer chips make for more efficient photovoltaic cells and provide cheap energy for desalination.

14 April 2011more >>

Has BP really cleaned up the Gulf oil spill?

The Guardian - Officially, marine life is returning to normal in the Gulf of Mexico, but dead animals are still washing up on beaches and one scientist believes the damage runs much deeper.

13 April 2011more >>


Car emissions ratings flawed, say researchers

ABC - Researchers say the environmental rating system used for cars in Australia fails to reflect the real world.

13 April 2011more >>

Safeway Leads Greenpeace Seafood Rankings

Environmental Leader - Safeway has surged into first place in Greenpeace's rankings of major seafood retailers, surpassing last year's winner Target.

13 April 2011more >>


Study: Most Companies Now Measure Green Savings

Environmental Leader - Three out of five employers (60 percent) are measuring their cost savings from environmental programs, up from 39 percent last year, according to a survey by Buck Consultants.

13 April 2011more >>

Water Innovation and Investment for a Sustainable Future

Environmental Leader - According to the World Health Organization, nearly a billion individuals worldwide currently do not have access to safe water and close to 3.6 million people die each year from water-related causes.

12 April 2011more >>


Nuclear crises: How do Fukushima and Chernobyl compare?

The Guardian - Japan has raised the severity level of its nuclear crisis from five to the maximum seven, putting the emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on a par with that at Chernobyl in 1986. Mark Tran looks at the differences between the two disasters.

12 April 2011more >>

China's green progress leaves US red-faced

The Guardian - China pushes ahead with an emissions trading scheme, while American initiatives remain sunk in Congressional quicksand.

12 April 2011more >>


Unilever Leads Sustainability Rankings

Environmental Leader - Unilever has topped rankings of the companies most committed to sustainability, in a poll carried out by consultants SustainAbility and researchers GlobeScan.

12 April 2011more >>

Japan upgrades crisis to Chernobyl level

The Guardian - Nuclear and industrial safety agency raises severity rating to maximum on international nuclear and radiological event scale.

12 April 2011more >>


Earth Day 2011: what to know

Ecoki - Coming soon. April 22nd. Earth Day 2011. Earth Day 2011 is focused on the recognition of the power of millions of individual actions. Dubbed as A Billion Acts of Green, with a goal to highlight personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably.

11 April 2011more >>

Carbon tax supporters converge on Brisbane CBD

ABC - More than 1,000 people have rallied in Brisbane's CBD to show their support for the Federal Government's plan to price carbon.

9 April 2011more >>


Ten years to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

New Scientist - Carbon dioxide emissions must be cut within a decade to give the reef system a fighting chance of survival.

8 April 2011more >>

Climate beliefs change with the weather

ABC - United States researchers have found people's climate beliefs change depending upon the weather of the day.

8 April 2011more >>


Garbage-sorting robot gets its hands dirty

New Scientist - A robot that automatically categorises waste from construction and demolition projects could save valuable raw materials from landfill.

6 April 2011more >>

Population expert: The 11-billion-person planet

New Scientist - This year will see the world's 7-billionth person. If only population growth forecasts were as definite, says demographer John Bongaarts.

6 April 2011more >>


Where should the US store its nuclear waste?

New Scientist - Underground deposits of salt, shale and granite are among the options - New Scientist weighs the pros and cons of each.

6 April 2011more >>

Eco-friendly earphones by thinksound

Ecoki - We sure love our music. iPods and MP3 players are quite constantly plugged into our ears. Unfortunately, they aren't exactly made of 100% eco-friendly materials.

5 April 2011more >>


New Zealand Aims To Halve 1990 Emissions By 2050 - World Environment News

Planet Ark - New Zealand will target halving its emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, a plan that will require major changes to the economy, the government said on Thursday.

4 April 2011more >>

New website maps koala habitats

ABC - A website has been launched to help communities protect Australia's koala populations.

31 March 2011more >>


Japan fears radioactive contamination of marine life

The Guardian - Fukushima coastal waters sees high levels of radioactive iodine, which could build up in seaweed commonly eaten in Japan

31 March 2011more >>

Spain's financial crisis claims another victim: the solar power industry

The Guardian - The Spanish government has slashed its solar power subsidies . Spain had one of the world's most ambitious and generous plans to boost the amount of electricity it generates from the sun. That dream, for the solar industry at least, has turned sour.

31 March 2011more >>


Wind and wave energies are not renewable after all

New Scientist - Build enough wind farms to replace fossil fuels and we could do as much damage to the climate as greenhouse global warming.

31 March 2011more >>

Wind and wave farms could affect Earth's energy balance

New Scientist - The idea that we can draw endless supplies of clean energy from the wind and waves just doesn't add up.

31 March 2011more >>


Greenpeace targets Facebook employees

The Guardian - Greenpeace says it is targeting Facebook employees in a renewed campaignthat is urging the world's most successful social networking site to lead an energy revolution.

31 March 2011more >>

What is Green?

Environmental News Network - With more and more environmentally conscious consumers trying to choose green products, American Chemical Society scientists reported today that the first reality check has revealed that the ingredients in those products may come from a surprising source petroleum, rather than natural plant-based sources.

31 March 2011more >>


Senate vote may end Obama's climate change ambitions

The Guardian - Four proposals seek to ban or limit US government's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The US Senate is due to vote as early as Wednesday on measures that would strip the Obama administration of its powers to act on climate change.

30 March 2011more >>

The race for clean Olympic air | H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Mulholland

The Guardian - After the smog problems of Beijing, London has still to reach agreed air quality standards ahead of 2012.

30 March 2011more >>


Paper Companies to Cut GHGs 15% by 2020, Raise Recycling to 70%

Environmental Leader - The American Forest and Paper Association has announced goals to increase the paper recycling rate to over 70 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent by 2020, in what the group calls the most extensive set of goals of any manufacturing industry in the U.S.

30 March 2011more >>

BP loses laptop containing personal data of oil spill claimants

The Guardian - A BP employee has lost a laptop containing personal data belonging to thousands of Louisiana residents who filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill.

30 March 2011more >>


Changing animals' diet can reduce emissions

The Guardian - A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a study has said.

30 March 2011more >>

Prices will rise, with or without tax

ABC - The Federal Government's key climate adviser says households on average will face a $5-a-week increase to their electricity bills under a carbon tax.

29 March 2011more >>


Earth Hour alert!

Ecoki - So, what did you do for Earth Hour 2011?

26 March 2011more >>

Food waste increases UK's water footprint

New Scientist - The British waste more water than they use at home by throwing away food, a problem that is probably also true of other western nations.

24 March 2011more >>


Lammas: The eco-village that lives off the grid - video

The Guardian - Heydon Prowse visits the pioneering off-grid Lammas project in Pembrokeshire to learn how they blend green building technology and perma-culture economics to fuel a thriving community

22 March 2011more >>

Brown denies forcing carbon tax on PM

ABC - Greens Leader Bob Brown says he did not force Prime Minister Julia Gillard to support a carbon tax against her will.

22 March 2011more >>


World Water Day: A global inundation of funds is not enough

The Guardian - One billion people lack basic water supplies and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation. But we must invest wisely and locally.

22 March 2011more >>

Japan fears food contamination as battle to cool nuclear plant continues

The Guardian - Abnormal radiation levels reported in tap water, vegetables and milk with concerns that fish may also be affected.

22 March 2011more >>


Why Fukushima made me love nuclear power

The Guardian - You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.

22 March 2011more >>

Google funds company producing biofuel from grass

The Guardian - Business Green: Biofuel technology is an "innovative solution to one of the world's biggest problems", says Google.

22 March 2011more >>


Government commits $360k to save endangered parrot

ABC - The Western Australian Government will contribute $360,000 to help save a critically-endangered bird on the state's South Coast.

21 March 2011more >>

Conservationists call for greater koala protection

ABC - Conservationists say Commonwealth legislation is urgently needed to protect koala populations in Gippsland and elsewhere.

21 March 2011more >>


8 things that really do help

Ecoki - We're constantly told ways that we can be greener and help the environment. That's great and all, but which ones really do help? These eight changes really do help our planet. And here's why:

19 March 2011more >>

How not to change a climate sceptic's mind

New Scientist - Even the soundest evidence is not enough if it comes from a source we suspect.

19 March 2011more >>


The megaquake connection: Are huge earthquakes linked?

New Scientist - The recent cluster of huge quakes around the Pacific Ocean has fuelled speculation that they are seismically linked. New Scientist examines the evidence.

17 March 2011more >>

Why earthquakes are hard to predict

New Scientist - Friday's magnitude-9.0 earthquake near Japan was one of the largest ever recorded, but it struck with no warning. Why are such quakes so hard to predict?

15 March 2011more >>


Killing weeds the natural way

Ecoki - The warmer weather is tempting us, with more mild days and no chance of a deep freeze in the near future (we hope). And if you're a gardener, this is bliss.

10 March 2011more >>

Seven must-do cooking methods

Ecoki - These healthy eating cooking methods are guaranteed to make your meals more nutritious, and expand your expertise, too.

7 March 2011more >>


A country with no time for climate change scepticism

New Scientist - The attitude of those at the sharp end of climate change has important lessons for us all, says Adam Corner.

3 March 2011more >>

Commercial buildings must disclose their energy ratings

The Guardian - Commercial buildings contribute 17% of the UK's emissions, yet have no obligation to improve efficiency, hopefully the Ecobuild exhibition will encourage businesses to make the first move.

3 March 2011more >>


'Air hybrid' cars would be cheaper than electric hybrids, claims researcher

The Guardian - Storing energy as compressed air rather than in batteries would reduce the cost of green hybrid cars, say researchers in Sweden.

2 March 2011more >>

Discard this common fisheries policy and stop this waste

The Guardian - The EU has finally proposed a ban on the senseless practice of 'discard'. Now it must talk to fishermen to work out how to do this.

2 March 2011more >>


Homebuyers ignore efficiency labels

The Guardian - A Consumer Focus report found 79% of prospective buyers did not act on recommendations of energy performance certificates.

2 March 2011more >>

When did we discover man-made climate change?

The Guardian - This question and answer is part of the Guardian's ultimate climate change FAQ.

2 March 2011more >>


Winter woodland: Your Green shoots photographs

The Guardian - We asked for your pictures of woodland in winter, when the low sun makes for some great angles for photographers

2 March 2011more >>

Biofuel boom could follow oil price spike | Damian Carrington

The Guardian - When biofuels match oil on price, production could boom in the developing countries that also have the greatest need to boost food supply.

2 March 2011more >>


What's the most eco-friendly alternative to a garden patio?

The Guardian - Decking, concrete slabs and limestone all come with environmental problems - so what's the best option?

1 March 2011more >>

China's take on the current issues in climate talks

Environmental News Network - 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.

1 March 2011more >>


Mobile phones boost brain activity

New Scientist - Brain activity near a phone's antenna increases during a call, but whether this is harmful is not known.

23 February 2011more >>

UN sets out blueprint for greening the world's economy

The Guardian - A UN report outlines path to kickstart economic growth after the recession, without generating a rise in emissions

22 February 2011more >>


What are the main man-made greenhouse gases?

The Guardian - The strength of the Earth's greenhouse effect is determined by the concentration in the atmosphere of a handful of greenhouse gases. The one that causes the most warming overall is water vapour as human activity affects it indirectly rather than directly.

22 February 2011more >>

Fewer Big Fish in the Sea

Environmental News Network - Fewer big, predatory fish are swimming in the world's oceans because of overfishing by humans, leaving smaller fish to thrive and double in force over the past 100 years, scientists said Friday. Big fish such as cod, tuna, and groupers have declined worldwide by two-thirds while the number of anchovies, sardines and capelin has surged in their absence, said University of British Columbia researchers.

21 February 2011more >>


Climate change no problem, says futurist Ray Kurzweil

The Guardian - Futurist Ray Kurzweil says "we have plenty of time" to replace fossil fuels with renewables. Author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously and accurately predicted that a computer would beat a man at chess by 1998, that technologies that help spread information would accelerate the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that a worldwide communications network would emerge in the mid 1990s (i.e. the internet).

21 February 2011more >>

EU to ban six toxic chemicals in household plastics

Environmental News Network - The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the European Commission said on this week.

20 February 2011more >>


The dirty history of corporate spying

The Guardian - Private spying by large corporations into the affairs of environmental groups, as revealed by the Guardian, is nothing new in the US. Last November, as Mother Jones reported, Greenpeace went into federal district court in Washington, seeking an injunction against Dow Chemical Company and Sasol North America for meddling in its internal affairs. (Sasol is the big South African energy company with operations, including chemicals, in the US.)

16 February 2011more >>

World Bank warns of soaring food price dangers

The Guardian - The World Bank has given a stark warning of the impact of the rising cost of food, saying an estimated 44 million people had been pushed into poverty since last summer by soaring commodity prices.

16 February 2011more >>


How much oil does Saudi Arabia actually have?

The Guardian - Does anyone know how much oil Saudi Arabia has left? Last week a series of US diplomatic cables from 2007-2009 and released by WikiLeaks suggested that senior US embassy staff were warning Washington that reserves could be 40% less than stated and that "peak oil" might be imminent.

16 February 2011more >>

I eat out of bins too. So what?

The Guardian - Sasha Hall must have thought she was in luck when she found a bin outside Tesco overflowing with food. She helped herself to packets of potato waffles, pies and ham %u2013 a small fraction of the goods that had been abandoned after the store's freezers broke down. But when police arrived at the 21-year-old's home in Essex to arrest her for "theft by finding", those waffles must have looked less lucky.

15 February 2011more >>


Eyewitness: Population explosion

The Guardian - Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

15 February 2011more >>

Green kitchen renovation

Ecoki - The new year often brings about two things: (1) Resolutions that we (always/sometimes/never) keep for our (health/body/mind/life). And (2) house organization and renovations. The best kind? Making the latter more eco-friendly.The benefits will include a cheaper electricity bill, a more stylish home, and, of course, some love to our awesome planet.

15 February 2011more >>


Barack Obama 2012 budget provides $8bn for clean energy

The Guardian - President Barack Obama proposed on Monday to boost funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal.

15 February 2011more >>

Are Anti-oxidants Keeping You Young and Infertile?

Environmental News Network - It's a tale with two endings, a conundrum for consumers of antioxidant-rich foods, drinks and facial products. What has been touted as a natural way to slow the aging process by minimizing cell damage via oxidation may be one culprit in female infertility. So suggests Professor Nava Dekel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

15 February 2011more >>


Earth economist: The food bubble is about to burst

New Scientist - We're fast draining the fresh water resources our farms rely on, warns Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute.

11 February 2011more >>

Will intensified farming save the rainforests?

New Scientist - The idea that you can save the natural world by increasing the efficiency of agriculture is very appealing. But Fred Pearce is far from convinced

10 February 2011more >>


BP, Other Oil Companies Update Transparency Guidelines

Environmental Leader - Oil and gas companies including BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil have contributed to updated guidance on improving transparency in environmental reporting.

9 February 2011more >>

What is Sustainability? Discussion by Gale Tedhams

Environmental Leader - Director, Sustainability, Green Products and Communications, Owens Corning, talks about the factors that are driving the conversation about sustainability in manufacturing.

9 February 2011more >>


Environmental Lessons Learned from 2010

Environmental Leader - As we enter 2011, we join much of the Western world in reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the New Year.

9 February 2011more >>

Whaling in Japan is on the verge of collapse

The Guardian - The tide of public opinion in Japan has finally begun to turn against the whalers.

9 February 2011more >>


Spain's salad growers are modern-day slaves, say charities

The Guardian - Investigation uncovers plight of migrant workers who live in appalling conditions and are paid half of legal minimum wage.

8 February 2011more >>

Polluted perfume could put pollinators off the scent

New Scientist - Insect pollinators are more responsive to scent than previously realised, offering a new reason for their decline and new hope to reverse the trend.

8 February 2011more >>


Observer Ethical Awards 2011: judge Guy Watson

The Guardian - Observer Ethical Awards 2011

7 February 2011more >>

Garnaut calls Australia 'a drag' on climate action

ABC - The Government's climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, says Australia needs to catch up to the rest of the world in its efforts to address climate change.

7 February 2011more >>


Yasi does 10yrs damage to Barrier Reef

ABC - Authorities say hundreds of kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef hit by Cyclone Yasi will take up to 10 years to recover.

5 February 2011more >>

Forestry shows us what is wrong with UK politics

The Guardian - The majority of people want to see forests protected but instead of action, they get rhetoric, spin and broken promises.

5 February 2011more >>


After the birds vanish, plants are next to go

New Scientist - The first evidence is in to confirm that plunging bird populations could lead to the slow decline of plant species.

4 February 2011more >>

Making life, but not as we know it

New Scientist - Can you create life from scratch using different chemical building blocks to ours? An ambitious new experiment aims to find out, says Katharine Sanderson.

1 February 2011more >>


The Livewell diet: it's cheap, it's nutritious and it could help save the planet

The Guardian - Can you save the planet over lunch? Can the amount of chicken in your curry or milk in your coffee make a difference? Researchers now claim it can: in fact, they say, if we all switched to eating what they would like to see on our plates, we could cut Britain's greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter and be a lot healthier too.

30 January 2011more >>

BP to cut production amid impact of Deepwater Horizon spill

The Guardian - Bob Dudley, BP's chief executive, will scrap the company's production targets when he lays out his vision this week for a smaller, more exploration-focused company after last April's Gulf of Mexico disaster.

30 January 2011more >>


Can I ditch my computer and be green?

The Guardian - There is a disheartening moment when your computer makes weird noises and enforces Moore's law %u2013 which decrees that the computing power bought for a certain amount of money doubles every 18 months %u2013 by signalling its own obsolescence.

30 January 2011more >>

Vegetarian secret weapons

Ecoki - In the last few years, there has become a trend to label some types of food as %u201Csuperfoods%u201D.

29 January 2011more >>


Setting an example on climate change

ABC - News Corporation has the power to do far more to counter the risk of catastrophic climate change than merely to reduce its own emissions.

27 January 2011more >>

Efficiency could cut world energy use over 70 per cent

New Scientist - Clean coal? Solar power? No need, according to a new study: massive energy savings can be realised simply by using less.

27 January 2011more >>


Bank of China Branch Cuts Paper 95%

Environmental Leader - Bank of China's London operations have reduced paper consumption by 95 percent with help from IBM, the companies have announced.

27 January 2011more >>

Does Your Green Company Buy Green?

Environmental Leader - It may seem like a silly question but after working with some of the oldest and greenest companies in the country, as well as some of the smallest and newest, I have noticed some great discrepancies between what a green company says or in many cases what they sell and what they do or buy.

27 January 2011more >>


What is the greenhouse effect?

The Guardian - One of the main factors determining the temperature of a planet, whereby gases in the atmosphere trap heat. See all questions and answers. Read about the project

27 January 2011more >>

Who owns which ethical brand?

The Guardian - A survey published tomorrow shows consumers are largely ignorant of the companies behind ethical brands. Test your knowledge with our quiz. Which parent company is linked to which brand?

26 January 2011more >>


Can you put a price on nature?

The Guardian - The idea of conservation credits is now being pushed hard by government. Can it work?

26 January 2011more >>

Making Smart cars smarter - video

The Guardian - Scientists at Newcastle University are working on a Smart car battery that will allow the electric cars to travel the same distance as petrol and diesel cars without re-charging

26 January 2011more >>


Green Patriot Posters

The Guardian - Green Patriot Posters is a new book of posters on the theme of sustainability by some of the world's most prominent graphic designers and artists.

25 January 2011more >>

Aussies urged to love 'ugly' fruit

ABC - A campaign is being urged to teach Australians to love 'ugly' fruit.

24 January 2011more >>


Going green on Valentine's Day

Ecoki - It's right around the bend. That quintessential love-filled day. You know the one, Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, all those useless red, pink and white cards can do a little damage to the environment, too. Luckily, our friends at Rainforest Alliance have put together a Green Guide to Valentine's Day.

23 January 2011more >>

Chinese megacities foster unlikely green citizens

New Scientist - A survey shows that, in China, the urban elite is most likely to get environmental gold stars.

19 January 2011more >>


We can feed 9 billion people in 2050

New Scientist - Future humans need not starve in order to preserve the environment, according to a major report on sustainability.

12 January 2011more >>

CES 2011: Ford charges into electric car market with app-enabled car

The Guardian - When the range a car can drive might be limited by how charged its battery is, you need some smart technology to help you out - and that's what Ford is showing off.

10 January 2011more >>


Lessons on environment as important as the three Rs, says Attenborough

The Guardian - Veteran presenter says nature classes should be on a par with maths and English for children 'estranged' from the natural world Classes on the environment are just as important as lessons in maths and English for today's children, veteran natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough has told the Guardian.

10 January 2011more >>

Your coffee and the environment

Ecoki - Your delicious, smooth morning coffee. Can't imagine waking up without it, right? Well, do you know the impact that your coffee makes to the environment? And what about the workers producing those beans? Enter: SealYourCup.org, a website launched by our friends at the Rainforest Alliance.

9 January 2011more >>


Which is the bigger eco-villain: plastic or paper?

The Guardian - Plastic is held up as a symbol of the environmental damage of disposable culture. But does it deserve its bad reputation?

8 January 2011more >>

Financial problems could wipe out commercial whaling

Environmental News Network - Commercial whaling by many nations continues despite an international ban and widescale condemnation. What may end the practice, argues Peter Nolan-Smith, is that the financial incentives are starting to dry up.

8 January 2011more >>


How to judge the 'greenest government ever'

The Guardian - How should we assess David Cameron's ambitious green pledge? Is it all about climate change, energy security and jobs? What about forests, national parks and badgers?

5 January 2011more >>

La Nina and monsoonal winds flood northern Australia

New Scientist - A strong La Nina and an active monsoonal trough are responsible for the devastating floods in Queensland.

4 January 2011more >>


WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops

The Guardian - US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for 'retaliation' over opposition to genetic modification. The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

4 January 2011more >>

Can Italy carry off its plastic bag ban?

The Guardian - Environmentalists may welcome the government's decision, but many Italians say they're unprepared for such a 'cultural change' The plastic bags ban in Italy has provoked a mixed reaction, but Stefania Prestigiacomo, the environment minister, has said there is no going back on the government's decision: "Sustainability is made of little changes to our lifestyle that don't cost us anything and can save the planet."

4 January 2011more >>


Most Read Environmental Management and Sustainable Business Stories of 2010

Environmental Leader - With 2010 in the books, it's a good time to look back at the environmental and sustainability management stories that struck a cord with our executive readership.

3 January 2011more >>

20 predictions for the next 25 years

The Guardian - From the web to wildlife, the economy to nanotechnology, politics to sport, the Observer's team of experts prophesy how the world will change for good or bad in the next quarter of a century.

2 January 2011more >>


2010: The year in environment

The Guardian - The BP oil spill, climate science under the spotlight, soaring global temperatures and UN climate talks - the stories of 2010 in pictures

1 January 2011more >>

Christmas trees could make a great green fuel

New Scientist - An air-free roasting process readies trees and other biomass to replace coal as fuel for power plants.

28 December 2010more >>


Smoked jellyfish: The roast of Christmas future

New Scientist - Tomorrow's festive fare will be very different from today's, says gastronaut Stefan Gates, but there'll be no shortage of tasty treats on offer.

25 December 2010more >>

2011 preview: Charge of the electric car

New Scientist - At long last, major car companies will offer electric cars as part of their regular product line.

23 December 2010more >>


Fox News chief enforced climate change scepticism - leaked email

The Guardian - Email obtained by Media Matters reveals reporters were under orders to cast doubt on any mention of climate change

16 December 2010more >>

Report: Calculations put millions at risk

The Guardian - Emissions cuts of 16% by 2030 needed to have at least 70% chance of avoiding climate catastrophe, says Friends of the Earth Governments are gambling recklessly with human lives by wilfully underestimating the depth of the emission cuts they must makein the next 40 years, a new study has found.

16 December 2010more >>


Tidal Power

Environmental News Network - Tidal power, also called tidal energy, is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity or other useful forms of power. The first large-scale tidal power plant (the Rance Tidal Power Station) started operation in 1966. Harnessing the power of ocean tides has long been imagined, but countries are only now putting it into practice.

15 December 2010more >>

Salty solar plant stores sun's heat

New Scientist - The plentiful sunshine of southern Spain is being harvested to generate electricity day and night

15 December 2010more >>


2010: probably the hottest year ever recorded

The Guardian - Temperature records tumbled in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Burma and Pakistan, causing heatwaves and devastated harvests. 2010 was the year of the heatwave, with record temperatures set in 17 countries. Two leading groups of scientists say it was the warmest since records began in 1850; another suggests it was the second-warmest.

15 December 2010more >>

How to Save Money in 11 Easy Ways

Ecoki - It's always the little things that help move us in the right direction. Perhaps we lower the thermostat a couple degrees and see our energy bill drop. Maybe we cut out out mindless snacking and our pants fit a little better.

14 December 2010more >>


Shaking off the Dominance of Energy Giants

The Guardian - Any move to a sustainable future is unlikely while it is not in the interests of the energy companies to deliver more efficiently After more than 25 years working on energy issues, I have recently come to an extraordinary personal realisation: there is very little need to have heating bills at all.

13 December 2010more >>

A muted cheer for the Cancun agreement | Observer editorial

The Guardian - Too many issues were left unresolved for the talks to be deemed an unqualified success. But progress was undoubtedly made.

12 December 2010more >>


Can I buy a Christmas tree and be green?

The Guardian - Christmas trees come at a high human price, so branch out into the fairtrade option and have yourself a guilt-free Christmas.

12 December 2010more >>

The Deal - Reaction LIVE

The Guardian - Negotiators have reached a deal at the UN climate talks in Cancun. Read the full reaction here.

11 December 2010more >>


What exactly is the climate?

The Guardian - The first and most fundamental question in the Guardian's Ultimate climate change FAQ's.

10 December 2010more >>

Report an error in the ultimate cliamte change FAQ

The Guardian - We are working with various partners to ensure that The ultimate climate change FAQ is as accurate as possible. But if you are an expert in one of the topics discussed and would like to report an error or make a suggestion then please do get in touch using the form below. If you'd like to suggest a question that you would like to see the FAQ answer, please use the separate form on this page.

10 December 2010more >>


Distribution of climate funds a sticking point

ABC - One of the big sticking points at the climate summit in Cancun is how best to distribute the $30 billion promised under the Copenhagen Accord.

10 December 2010more >>

Green Diet

Environmental News Network - More than 7 out of 10 said it was good for restaurants to protect the environment. The only problem is that very few restaurants market themselves as green or environmentally friendly, said Jay Kandampully, co-author of the study and professor of consumer sciences at Ohio State University.

10 December 2010more >>


'Passive' Australia urged to step up in Cancun

ABC - Australia is coming under pressure at the Cancun climate talks to take a harder line with its allies in order to ensure the opportunity for progress is not missed.

9 December 2010more >>

Cancun Climate Change Talks: Richard Branson Calls for Global Carbon Taxes

The Guardian - Global industry should be able to remove 17bn tons of emissions by 2020, Virgin chief tells Cancun climate change summit. If governments fail to reach agreement on tackling climate change, global industry should be able to remove 17bn tons of projected CO2e emissions by 2020 and stabilise the climate, Virgin chief Richard Branson has said at the UN climate talks in Cancun. But he tempered his optimism that the world's entrepreneurs could slash emissions better than states by saying that governments had to set the framework for business to go green.

7 December 2010more >>


The Melt: Himalayan glaciers disappear

The Guardian - Video: Glacial melt in the Himalayas will affect over 2 billion people unless we act now to cut emissions, say the Asia Society, who made this film.

7 December 2010more >>

Your Questions Answered

The Guardian - The world's most respected scientific bodies have stated that there is strong evidence that humans are driving the warming.

6 December 2010more >>


The Ultimate Climate Change FAQ: Keep Your Questions Coming

The Guardian - We hope to produce the definitive and most accessible guide to climate change, covering science, politics and economics.

6 December 2010more >>

New Google Earth Technology Allows Tracking of Environmental Changes

Environmental News Network - 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" collected by NASA's LANDSAT satellite, the company said. Google is already working on applications for tracking deforestation and mapping land use trends, including the creation of the most comprehensive scale map of Mexico's forest and water resources ever made.

6 December 2010more >>


Exorcising the Ghosts of Copenhagen

The Guardian - UN offers assurances that rich countries will not attempt to force agreements with developing nations at the talks

6 December 2010more >>

Great Green Gift Guide (Part I)

Ecoki - Giving gifts is one of the greatest part of the holidays; who can deny how great it is to see someone you love opening up a carefully chosen gift just for them?Lucky for us, the Rainforest Alliance let us know about their top gifts for everyone on your list!

4 December 2010more >>


Reflective Crops Could Cool the Planet

Environmental News Network - Planting more reflective versions of crops could cool regional temperatures in summertime, reducing the impact of increasing global temperatures in these areas, according to ongoing research. Increasing the reflectivity of crop plants by 20 percent could decrease temperatures in a given area by about one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), said Joy Singarayer of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

4 December 2010more >>

Use the profit motive to fight climate change

The Guardian - The British prime minister argues that there are huge gains to be made from a green economy.

28 November 2010more >>


Climate talks: what you need to know

New Scientist - The talks that are meant to fix the world's climate resume on Monday in Cancun, Mexico. New Scientist explains what's at stake and the likely outcome.

28 November 2010more >>

Polar Bears get a Thanksgiving present this year

Environmental News Network - More than 187,000 square miles (approximately 120 million acres) along the north coast of Alaska were designated today as "critical habitat" for the polar bear as a result of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Greenpeace against the Department of the Interior. This designation under the Endangered Species Act is intended to safeguard those coastal lands and waters under U.S. jurisdiction that are vital to the polar bears%u2019 survival and recovery.

26 November 2010more >>


Most wanted list of climate change culprits rewritten

New Scientist - Is China or the US the number one cause of global warming? It all depends how you look at the numbers, says a new analysis.

26 November 2010more >>

Glowing trees could light up city streets

New Scientist - A new genetic toolkit should make it easy to give bacteria and even plants the ability to glow %u2013 they'll make great street lights

26 November 2010more >>


Environmental Mission Statements: Winning Ways

Environmental Leader - An environmental mission statement is the foundation of a company%u2019s sustainability efforts. It provides the organization and its stakeholders with an understanding of why protecting the natural world is important to the business. It also establishes environmental goals and describes how the company will look when their sustainability objectives are achieved.

25 November 2010more >>

Marks and Spence Makes Progress on 2015 Eco Goals

Environmental Leader - UK retailer Marks and Spencer says it's on track to become the world's most sustainable major retailer by 2015, reports Energy Efficiency News. The retailer expects to meet half of its 180 sustainability targets by April, well ahead of schedule, according to the company's latest progress report.

24 November 2010more >>


China bucks recession trend to keep emissions high

New Scientist - The global financial crisis caused carbon emissions to drop in 2009, but not by as much as expected as China and India kept growing

23 November 2010more >>

Row erupts over number of big fish in the sea

New Scientist - Fisheries scientists are at odds over whether fishing fleets are depleting the oceans of large species.

18 November 2010more >>


HP Pledges to Use 100M lbs of Recycled Plastic by 2011

Environmental Leader - HP has produced more than 1 billion ink cartridges manufactured with recycled plastic, according to the company's latest environmental update on reducing waste, materials reuse and recycling. HP also has pledged to use a total of 100 million pounds of recycled plastic in printing products by 2011 (cumulatively, since 2007).

17 November 2010more >>

Plan Sustainability Communications, Not Green Marketing, for 2011

Environmental Leader - I hear from lots of companies that they don't do much to promote their sustainability initiatives, citing either fear of being accused of greenwashing or the fact that they are doing it for the right reason, not for the publicity.

17 November 2010more >>


Troposphere is warming too, decades of data show

Environmental News Network - Not only is Earth's surface warming, but the troposphere -- the lowest level of the atmosphere, where weather occurs -- is heating up too, U.S. and British meteorologists reported on Monday.

16 November 2010more >>

The year climate science was redefined | Mike Hulme

The Guardian - The 12 months since the leaking of emails written by climate change scientists have seen major shifts in environmental debate.

16 November 2010more >>


EPA is Seeking New Standards for Home Efficiency Retrofits

Environmental News Network - In seeking to establish new standards for home improvements that would increase energy efficiency, the EPA is asking for comments from the public. They have released a draft protocol which contains a series of best practice tools that would protect indoor air quality during a home energy retrofit. The goal is to devise a set of standards that would ultimately ensure health standards of building occupants during and after such a renovation.

16 November 2010more >>

Xerox Employees' Green Ideas Save Company $10.2 Million

Environmental News Network - One way to dismiss sustainability and any smidgen of corporate social responsibility is to shout the antiquated argument that we only have a choice between the economy and the environment. Xerox has shown that is not the case. Last year the company announced it was working on carbon neutrality; to that end, in the push to make the company more "green," Xerox encouraged its employees to share ideas on how the organization could become more efficient. Green can be lean, and the environment can lend itself to economy, to tweak the word a tad.

16 November 2010more >>


Green machine: Markets hint at 100-year energy gap

New Scientist - A study of share prices suggests investors don't expect alternative-energy technology to take off until 2140, a century after we run out of oil.

12 November 2010more >>

Country vs city: Green spaces are better for you

New Scientist - Country-dwellers miss out on the bustle and bright lights %u2013 but getting back to nature is good for everything from diabetes to depression.

9 November 2010more >>


City vs country: The concrete jungle is greener

New Scientist - They may not have so many trees to hug, but city slickers lead more environmentally friendly lives than their country cousins.

8 November 2010more >>

Natural, homemade Christmas ornaments

Ecoki - The eco-friendliest Christmas ornaments and decorations are usually made within your own home and the experts on creating holiday Christmas ornaments are about ages 4-10.

2 November 2010more >>


Space tourism could have big impact on climate

New Scientist - Soot from suborbital spaceships could melt ice at the poles, suggest the first detailed simulations of the climatic effects of space tourism.

26 October 2010more >>

Halloween Costumes for Greenies [PHOTOS]

Planetsave - Halloween is coming up,  and if you haven't decided on a costume yet, it's probably a good time to start thinking about one.

26 October 2010more >>


Industrial farming puts ecosystems at risk of collapse, warns Prince Charles

The Guardian - Farming methods must be low-impact, organic and low-carbon to protect natural resources for the long term Prince Charles has warned that the world's ecosystems face collapse because of a dangerous over-reliance on industrial farming systems that work against nature rather than with it.

26 October 2010more >>

Global food crisis: prices reach record high

The Guardian - Soaring cost of staple foods such as meat, sugar, rice and wheat could cause instability in many countries

26 October 2010more >>


Costa Rica recognised for biodiversity protection

The Guardian - Central American nation wins 2010 Future Policy award for pioneering legal protection of natural wealth. Costa Rica was today named as the winner of the 2010 Future Policy award at a global summit on biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan. The Central American country aims to be the first developing nation to meet UN biodiversity commitments. The prize, issued by the World Future Council, was given in recognition of the country's 1998 biodiversity law, which was held up as a model for other nations to follow.

26 October 2010more >>

BP 'not quitting America', despite Gulf oil spill, Bob Dudley tells CBI

The Guardian - BP is rebuilding US trust after Deepwater Horizon oil spill, its chief executive tells the Confederation of British Industry. Bob Dudley, chief executive of BP, said emphatically today that the oil firm "will not be quitting America" in the wake of the devastating explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig that caused an environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and left 11 workers dead.

26 October 2010more >>


Compostable tray heralds new era for chocolate boxes

The Guardian - Marks & Spencer launches packaging for chocolate range that can break down on the compost heap. It is perhaps the ultimate guilt-free invention for die-hard chocoholics looking to destroy the evidence of their crime. After the chocolates have been devoured, the empty tray %u2013 scourge of recyclers %u2013 can not only be put on the compost heap, but will also disappear completely if placed under a running tap.

25 October 2010more >>

Ecotourism conference opens at Noosa

ABC - Tourism representatives from around the world are on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism conference.

25 October 2010more >>


Air Pollution Control by Trees

Environmental News Network - Trees and other vegetation must use what is in their environment. So it is not surprising to find that they absorb pollutants (natural or man made) which may be absorbed successfully or may cause the vegetation to die.

23 October 2010more >>

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 winners

Telegraph.co.uk - Winning images from this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

21 October 2010more >>


Climate change battle moves to courtrooms

New Scientist - The little guys are suing energy giants for the effects of climate change %u2013 could they succeed in changing US legislation where Congress has failed?

21 October 2010more >>

Green machine: Trees may spell trouble for wind power

New Scientist - Burgeoning forests not only keep CO2 levels in check, they also cut wind speeds , with unfortunate effects for energy generation.

21 October 2010more >>


Asia tops climate change's 'most vulnerable' list

New Scientist - Ten of the 16 countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Asia; to escape the worst, move to Scandinavia, Ireland or Iceland.

21 October 2010more >>

Green machine: Where do solar cells go when they die?

New Scientist - The first generation of solar panels is about to expire and their disposal risks tarnishing the industry's green credentials.

13 October 2010more >>


How much would you pay for planet Earth?

New Scientist - Putting a cash value on nature may give officials heading to a biodiversity summit the jolt they need.

13 October 2010more >>

Veganism and the Planet

Ecoki - Believe it or not, I don%u2019t have long, unbrushed hair. I don&#8217;t don Birkenstocks through summer, sleet and snow.  I prefer hotels to camping, am not keen on picketing outside of fast food joints, and do not particularly enjoy having a pet. I do, however, eat a plant-based foods diet.

8 October 2010more >>


Nuclear Power and GM food is Needed to Prevent Global Warming says Stewart Brand

The Guardian - 'Techno-hippy' and lifelong green Stewart Brand says a shift to nuclear power and GM food is needed to prevent global warming.

3 October 2010more >>

Can I Buy Bread and be Green?

The Guardian - Don't buy industrially processed bread %u2013 take matters into your own hands%u2026

3 October 2010more >>


Mice, Men and Exercise

Environmental News Network - To exercise or not to exercise, that is the question. Perhaps it is not a question. Working on mice in the lab, researchers have found that activity level can be enhanced with "selective breeding" - the process of breeding plants and animals for particular genetic traits. Their experiments showed that mice that were bred to be good runners produced good running offspring, indicating that the offspring had inherited the trait for that activity which may be called exercise.

1 October 2010more >>

A New Earth?

Environmental News Network - Astronomers have found a new, potentially habitable Earth-sized planet. It is one of two new planets discovered around the star Gliese 581, some 20 light years away from our own. The planet, Gliese 581g, is located in a "habitable zone"%u2014a distance from the star where the planet receives just the right amount of stellar energy to maintain liquid water at or near the planet's surface.

1 October 2010more >>


More than 4 million barrels of oil entered Gulf

New Scientist - First independent study shows US government got their sums right with estimate of 4.1 million barrels of oil.

24 September 2010more >>

Pollution not to blame for rapid ocean cooling, says Phil Jones paper

The Guardian - Scientists studying a rapid cooling of the oceans around four decades ago have found that the traditional explanation for the phenomenon, which involved pollution in the atmosphere, does not stack up.

23 September 2010more >>


Talks may not reach a deal but there are still reasons for optimism | Andy Atkins

The Guardian - There is time to agree a new commitment period of the Kyoto protocol from 2012 if rich countries face their responsibilities. When it comes to tackling climate change, the UN climate talks are the only show in town %u2013 but based only on previous performances, the chance of any future standing ovation is looking pretty dire. The main act %u2013 Copenhagen %u2013 fell flat on its face; sideshows such as the Major Economies Forum and G20 conferences are pulling in more punters and the behemoth of climate change is already running amok %u2013 with rich and poor arguing on the sidelines over who should be more responsible for taming it.

23 September 2010more >>

Are the climate change deniers with no evidence just naturally gullible? | George Monbiot

The Guardian - I've often been struck by the way in which people who subscribe to one set of baseless beliefs are susceptible to others, in fields that are not obviously related. The internet is awash with sites that explain how the US government destroyed the twin towers %u2013 and how alien landings have been covered up by the authorities. Many of those who insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim also believe that sex education raises the incidence of unwanted pregnancies. A rich collection of unfounded beliefs is a common characteristic of those who deny %u2013 despite the overwhelming scientific evidence %u2013 that man-made global warming is taking place. I've listed a few examples before, but I'll jog your memories.

22 September 2010more >>


Ernst & Young Cuts Americas Carbon Footprint 15%

Environmental Leader - Ernst &; Young has achieved a 15 percent reduction in the overall carbon footprint of its member firms in the Americas from 2008 to 2009 fiscal year. The company also reported a 12 percent reduction in intensity, or carbon footprint per person, for the 41, 487 employees in the Americas.

15 September 2010more >>

5 Reasons Why Green Marketing Is a New World

Environmental Leader - To succeed in making green marketing a reputable undertaking, boldly going where no marketer has gone before is not only a prerogative, but an obligation.

14 September 2010more >>


Turning Teenagers on to the Benefits of Being Green

The Guardian - A new project aims to convince teenagers of the benefits of being environmentally friendly by 2013 by making it cool!

14 September 2010more >>

Who Are Your Green Heroes?

The Guardian - Faced with the mind-numbing bad news about the environment over recent months, a couple of us at the Guardian decided to try to cheer ourselves up by finding examples of the right kind of environmental change. We set out to find 50 green pioneers, people who are making a practical difference but whose work is not yet widely known.

10 September 2010more >>


Cane Toads Aren't Quite the Bad Guys We Thought

New Scientist - It's invaded Australia, but the cane toad has not triggered the ecological catastrophe that some predicted.

10 September 2010more >>

BP's Deepwater Horizon report doesn't really spill the beans

The Guardian - Even if BP's finding of 'multiple causes' of the Gulf of Mexico disaster is accepted, it is still unclear whether the company will be found grossly negligent.

9 September 2010more >>


Deepwater Horizon's final moments

The Guardian - BP report highlights failures leading to biggest offshore oil spill in history.

9 September 2010more >>

Refurbished Rivers Bring Salmon and Trout Flooding Back

The Guardian - Numbers of fish hit record highs thanks to improved habitats and action to clean polluted waterways.

9 September 2010more >>


Global Insurers Want a Role in UN Climate Negotiations

Environmental Leader - Four associations on climate change initiatives, which represent more than 100 insurance companies, are urging world leaders and governments to use insurance-linked products and risk management mechanisms to help developing countries deal with the impact of climate change, reports Reuters.

9 September 2010more >>

PepsiCo Water Report: Water Efficiency Improves 15 %

Environmental Leader - PepsiCo has achieved a more than 15 percent improvement in water use efficiency as compared to the company's 2006 baseline, according to the company's inaugural water report .

9 September 2010more >>


How e-Invoicing Can Save a Small Forest

Environmental Leader - At many companies, accounts payable (AP) departments are responsible for processing invoices and interacting with suppliers, ranging from small %u201Cmom and pop%u201D businesses to large multinational organizations. For some global organizations, their invoice totals can easily top thousands of sheets of paper each week.

8 September 2010more >>

How to Save the Reefs

Environmental News Network - The world should safeguard coral reefs with networks of small no-fishing zones to confront threats such as climate change, and shift from favoring single, big protected areas, a U.N. study showed.

8 September 2010more >>


Life as a Climate-Mum isn't Straightforward but it is Interesting | Gail Whiteman

The Guardian - I'm torn. Between work and family, between trying to make a difference in the world and at the same time do the dishes.

8 September 2010more >>

BP spreads blame for explosion

The Guardian - BP releases its report into the oil spill which followed the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

8 September 2010more >>


Bees Stung by 'Climate Change-Linked' Early Pollination

The Guardian - Climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees emerge from hibernation leading to declines in pollination, new research suggests.

8 September 2010more >>

Climate's Right for Change to Carbon Debate

ABC - The Greens MP and independents who threw their lot in with Labor have made it clear they want to see action taken on climate change.

8 September 2010more >>


Forest Carbon Stores May be Massively Overestimated

New Scientist - We may have to dramatically revise our estimates of how much carbon rainforests contain %u2013 apparently similar forests hold vastly different amounts.

7 September 2010more >>

Conservation and Compassion: First Do No Harm.

New Scientist - In putting conservation into practice, we often cause great suffering to animals. Marc Bekoff argues that we need a new ethical perspective.

1 September 2010more >>


Australian Capital Territory to pass tough carbon cutting laws

The Guardian - ACT's climate change and greenhouse gas reduction bill aims to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels.

26 August 2010more >>

Letters: Apple turns off the green pathway

The Guardian - Apple's decision to opt out of the UK's green ranking scheme for mobile phones (Apple bars iPhones from green ranking scheme, 25 August) illustrates neatly the challenges facing businesses and government in finding workable, universally agreed methods to reduce the "product shadows" of a huge range of consumer goods.

26 August 2010more >>


GM Salmon May Go on Sale in US After Public Consultation

The Guardian - Food and Drug administration begins 60-day process to approve animal critics call a 'frankenfish' Artificial meat? Food for thought by 2050.

26 August 2010more >>

Could a Superbee from Swindon Save the World?

The Guardian - A honeybee bred in the town could kill the mite that has wiped out billions of bees around the world.

26 August 2010more >>


BP frozen out of Arctic oil drilling race

The Guardian - British energy giant BP forced to abandon hopes of Greenland exploration owing to tarnished reputation from Gulf oil spill.

26 August 2010more >>

Time to Blame Climate Change for Extreme Weather?

New Scientist - Climate researchers are starting to put figures on how much climate change is to blame for weather events, opening the door to claims for compensation.

26 August 2010more >>


Are Genetically Modified Foods an Eco-Friendly Choice?

Ecoki - Is it possible to go green and eat genetically modified foods? Does eco-friendly cuisine correspond with cross-contaminated organisms? Let's get the facts straight.

26 August 2010more >>

Pee is for Power: Your Electrifying Excretions

New Scientist - Why let your waste go to waste when it could be powering your mobile phone %u2013 or even your car?

24 August 2010more >>


Non Chemical Cleaning Aids That are Normally Found in the Kitchen

Ecoki - Everyday ingredients can do double duty in cleaning your home. By utilizing foods found in the pantry, you not only help out the environment, but also your health and your wallet.

24 August 2010more >>

There will be no nuclear renaissance

The Guardian - Nuclear energy is not on the rise %u2013 the hard facts point to a continuing, slow phase-out around the world. Repeatedly in recent years there have been calls for a revival of nuclear power. Yet that renaissance never seems to come.

17 August 2010more >>


We Can Cut Emissions While Conserving our Landscapes and Ecosystems | Dustin Benton

The Guardian - Fighting climate change is not only about energy %u2013 it's about how we want our landscapes to look, work and be worked.

16 August 2010more >>

Pakistan Flood Aid Pledged, Country by Country - Visualised Data

The Guardian - Pakistan will need millions in aid following the floods. Find out which countries have donated what so far - and where the funding gaps are.

16 August 2010more >>


The New Breeds of Cars

Environmental News Network - Decades ago the only type of car was the internal combustion (gasoline)type. Other varieties have arrived such as Hybrid and electric. With the new choices are other decisions such as which one reduces most the carbon footprint (or is the most green)and which one is the most cost effective. No more is "the miles per gallon" a standard that can be applied across the board as a specification.

14 August 2010more >>

Meat-Free Monday Are You In?

Ecoki - Paul McCartney has recently launched Meat Free Monday, an environmental campaign to raise awareness of the impact of meat production and consumption has on climate change.

3 August 2010more >>


Another false dawn? BP faces delay in shutting off new well cap

The Guardian - BP has suffered yet another setback in its efforts to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, announcing it has been forced to postpone planned tests on turning off valves on a new tighter-fitting cap over the leak. The gradual shut-off was seen as the first real chance to stop the leak since the start of the environmental disaster almost three months ago.

14 July 2010more >>

Six Ways to Drive a Little Greener

Ecoki - Driving green doesn't mean investing in a smaller, fuel-efficient car or opting for a hybrid. You can easily start driving green with what you already have. Here are six tips to help you get started:

11 July 2010more >>


Eco warrior's Pacific journey shows how 'dumb plastic' is killing our seas

The Guardian - "After 100 days at sea," David de Rothschild suggests, "you realise that it should be called planet Ocean rather than planet Earth." De Rothschild is speaking from the island of New Caledonia "an odd little bit of France in the South Seas" the night before his boat, the Plastiki, embarks on the final leg of a voyage that should finish in Sydney harbour in a fortnight.

11 July 2010more >>

National bottle recycling scheme on the agenda

ABC - A coalition of green groups is demanding action be taken to introduce a national recycling scheme for cans and bottles.

5 July 2010more >>


Redd not working? United Nations warned that corruption is undermining grants to stop logging

The Guardian - Human rights and environment groups yesterday called for a radical rethink of the United Nations scheme, known as Redd (Reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation), after it emerged that many countries were trying to cheat the system.

4 July 2010more >>

Major Dilemma: Can I fill up the tank and be green?

The Guardian - Now that we've all seen the pelicans smothered in crude oil courtesy of BP's deepwater drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico - a visceral depiction of the reality of humankind's addiction to hydrocarbons - the forecourt becomes a moral maze. "Ethical petrol" is an oxymoron of some magnitude. From the small-scale: Esso's pet tiger Tessa apparently died in a bare concrete enclosure in a shopping mall to the large-scale, including ExxonMobil's funding of climate-change denial and Total's links to the Burmese regime, there's plenty of fuel for criticism. If you are interested in more than profits, there are a few ways to rate oil and gas companies by something other than profit.

4 July 2010more >>


Time-Lapse Video of BP Oil Spill, Courtesy of NASA [VIDEO]

Planetsave - NASA recently released a time-lapse video of the BP oil spill using excellent satellite images.

3 July 2010more >>

Why do they earn so much when "they didn't know"? Flat British excuses from Hayward and Sullivan

The Guardian - It's been a humbling fortnight for top British businessmen on Capitol Hill. First BP's Tony Hayward wriggled his way through a seven-hour examination on the Gulf oil spill. Then another tarnished export, the former AIG boss Martin Sullivan, delivered a cringe-inducing performance under fire over the insurance company's implosion. Both men offered essentially the same message - critical decisions were taken at levels far below their watch. They didn't know, and couldn't have been expected to know, the details of everything that was happening in their global organisations. And when pressed on specifics, their memories proved to be faulty.

1 July 2010more >>


And the bad news keeps on coming: Biologists find 'dead zones' around BP oil spill in Gulf

The Guardian - Methane at 100,000 times normal levels have been creating oxygen-depleted areas devoid of life near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill, according to two independent scientists.

1 July 2010more >>

Mandatory viewing for all BP executives: BP oil spill: live video stream

The Guardian - Watch a live video stream of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of PBS Newshour.

30 June 2010more >>


Moving Forestry to the Forefront of the Carbon Market

Environmental Leader - An estimated 16% of the total global GHG emissions are directly attributed to the destruction of tropical forests.

29 June 2010more >>

Almost unbelievable: Oil firms challenge U.S. deepwater drilling ban

Environmental News Network - Oil services companies were waiting on Tuesday to see if their legal bid would succeed in overturning a six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as more fishing areas were closed in response to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

22 June 2010more >>


Don't cry for investors burned by BP

The Guardian - As ethical shareholders steered clear, other fund managers kept endorsing the oil firm's ecologically disastrous risk-taking.

22 June 2010more >>

When is this barbaric act going to stop? Norwegian boat uses exploding harpoons to hunt whales

The Guardian - Footage from the World Society of Protection of Animals showing a minke whale suffer harpoon wounds for potentially two hours before dying

15 June 2010more >>


Here's a great retraining program: Illegal loggers turn elephant protectors in Indonesia

ABC - An Indonesian group is taking an innovative approach to deforestation and retraining former illegal loggers to work as elephant keepers.

15 June 2010more >>

Is the oil spill like 9/11? | Poll

The Guardian - Barack Obama has compared the impact the oil spill will have on environment and energy policy to the way the terror attacks of September 11 have influenced US foreign policy. Is it a fair comparison?

15 June 2010more >>


Impact of B2B Green Marketing in an Increasingly Environmentally Conscious World

Environmental Leader - One could make the point that marketing is often about answering the question: %u201CWhy would someone buy your product?%u201D In B2B (business-to-business) product marketing, that question is most often answered based on one or more of the following three variables: Cheaper, Faster, Better.

15 June 2010more >>

EPA Plans to Ban Insecticide Endosulfan Based on New Data

Environmental Leader - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to ban the use of the insecticide endosulfan, which is used on vegetables, fruits, and cotton as well as on ornamental shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants. The federal agency says the chemical can pose neurological and reproductive risks to farmworkers and wildlife and can persist in the environment.

11 June 2010more >>


Australians Swindled by 'fraudulent' Marine Park Science

ABC - The Australian public is being deceived on the effectiveness of marine parks and other fishing sanctuary zones, according to one of the nation's leading scientists.

11 June 2010more >>

Qld Conservationist to Train US Oil Spill Volunteers

ABC - A far north Queensland conservationist will head to the United States next week to help rescue birds affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

11 June 2010more >>


Peak Oil: Politicians have 'heads in the sand'?

The Guardian - Britain's former chief scientist has attacked politicians and industry experts who have their "heads in the sand" over dwindling oil supplies. Sir David King said governments, including the UK's, were too eager to believe the optimistic predictions of economists who tell them that "oil will be squeezed out of the ground pretty much forever".

10 June 2010more >>

Top 9 Eco-friendly Book Picks

Ecoki - Eco-friendly book titles are now readily available. Here are our top 9 picks.

9 June 2010more >>


Monckton's climate denial is a gift

The Guardian - The longer this goes on, the better it will be for all those who take science seriously. Lord Monckton is digging his hole ever deeper, and dragging down into it everyone stupid enough to follow him. Those of us who do battle with climate change deniers can't inflict one tenth as much damage to their cause that Monckton wreaks every time he opens his mouth.

9 June 2010more >>

10 Crazy Statements about the BP Oil Spill from CEO Tony Hayward, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Don Young

Planetsave - Unfortunately, the BP oil spill in the Gulf isn't helping everybody to learn from their mistakes (or the mistakes of those who they support). Tony Hayward, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Representative Don Young have a host of ridiculously sad statements so far.

8 June 2010more >>


The oil firms' profits ignore the real costs

The Guardian - Has BP ever made a profit? The question looks daft. The oil company posted profits of $26bn last year. There's no doubt that BP has been pumping money into the pockets of its shareholders. The question is whether this money is what the company says it is. BP calls it profit. I call it the provision the firm should be making against future liabilities. Despite an angry letter from two US senators and a warni