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March 1, 2012 Greening urban growth: green grids of life, not gridlock

Source: The Nation

Two days at the Conference on Greening Urban Growth in Penang allowed me to catch up on the latest thinking about the environmental impact of urban development. The effects of industrial pollution are with us every day, with...

February 23, 2012 Greening America

Source: Sustainable Business Forum

‘Environmental policies must be carefully structured and predictable if they are to enhance rather than undermine competitiveness.’ So begins an article in the current edition of Harvard Business Review, ‘Green Rules to Drive...

January 27, 2012 Retrofits Are Greener Than New Green Buildings, Until You Take Population Growth Into Account

Source: Money Box, Slate

I heard a radio story this morning about a new report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation arguing that retrofitting existing buildings is much greener than building new LEED certified super-efficient ones. That's...

January 26, 2012 Green Companies Focus on CSR, Creating Green Jobs

Source: Green

The Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media, research and products firm, released its annual "Global 100" List of the most sustainable companies in the world. In 2012, Novo Nordisk of Denmark, Natura Cosmeticos of Brazil, and...

January 9, 2012 The Green Economy – which way to look in 2012


Re-engineering our transport, energy, food systems and building stock for a low carbon future could provide a much needed economic boost, says Andrew Simms

December 27, 2011 Ceres President Mindy Lubber Statement on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

Source: Ceres

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement of its final Mercury and Air Toxics Rule for Power Plants, the following statement was issued by Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres and director of the...[more]

December 21, 2011 The problem with green rankings


News Corporation – a multinational media conglomerate that includes BSKYB, Dow Jones, Fox News, 20th Century Fox and Star, among other units – announced earlier this year that it has become climate neutral, meaning that its...

December 5, 2011 The Eiffel Tower is not for greening

Source: The Guardian

There are numerous problems with a disturbingly detailed proposal to turn the Eiffel Tower into the world's tallest eco-tourism attraction. Placing 600,000 hanging plants around the famous structure at a cost of £65m would be...

November 23, 2011 The Future Of Green Tech, Part II

Source: Richard Barr – Featured Commentator

In August I posted The Future Of Green Tech, Part I, and since I know you all have been sitting on the edge of your seats since then waiting for Part II, I decided my wonderful extended summer vacation just had to end at some...[more]

November 7, 2011 The Dark Side of the ‘Green’ City

Source: NY Times

THE struggle to slow global warming will be won or lost in cities, which emit 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So “greening” the city is all the rage now. But if policy makers end up focusing only on those who can...

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