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August 8, 2013 Behind the Brands, Oxfam ranks big foodSource: Reuters
Supply chains = risk. Risk of contamination. Risk of changing climates. Risk of land-grabs. Even, tragically, risk of factory collapse. That’s why anti-poverty charity Oxfam, ranked the big 10 food and beverage companies on how...
Source: Washington Post
Even as new research is making “radical life extension” — living well past 100 — sound more plausible and less like science-fiction, a new poll shows Americans sharply divided on a potential reshaping of what it means to...
Source: CS Monitor
A runaway greenhouse effect – where a planet's atmosphere traps so much heat that temperatures rise to life-snuffing levels – may be easier to achieve than previously believed. And there may be more than one way to drive the...
Source: CBS News
Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The...
July 22, 2013 Ferret Study Shows H7N9 Could Transmit Between HumansSource: RedOrbit
The H7N9 bird flu strain that broke out in China earlier this year, sickening more than 130 and resulting in at least 43 deaths, has so far remained largely non-transmissible between humans. Regardless, that has been one of the...
July 17, 2013 Unexpected ally against future hurricanes: nature?Source: CS Monitor
Mother Nature might provide the best defense against rising sea levels and ever-larger hurricane storm surges, says a new study published in this week's "Nature: Climate Change." Coastal habitats – especially if left intact –...
Source: MIT Technology Review
Renault recently made public a report that provides a fair assessment by comparing an electric version of its Fluence sedan with gas and diesel-powered versions of the same car. And it makes clear that electric cars are, indeed,...
July 11, 2013 S&P 500 Companies Lag Behind on Environmental and Social Transparency, According to Findings from The Conference BoardSource: Sacramento Bee/The Conference Board
Fewer than 20 percent of S&P 500 companies disclose their performance across a broad range of environmental and social practices, reports The Conference Board in Sustainability Practices: 2013 Edition. This annual analysis of the...
July 11, 2013 Pandemic Risk? Troubling Traits of H7N9 Avian Flu VirusSource: Science Daily
The emerging H7N9 avian influenza virus responsible for at least 37 deaths in China has qualities that could potentially spark a global outbreak of flu, according to a new study published July 10, 2013 in the journal Nature.
Source: Climate Central
Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population...
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