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Climate Change Messaging: FOX News Still Destroying Civil Conversation

I know I may be feeding the trolls with this post, but that’s part of the fun. Right now, the issue of “climate change” has become so politically charged it’s almost impossible to discuss without a tsunami of vitriol and conspiratorial accusations overcoming the conversation (at least as far as “mainstream” media is concerned) to … Continued

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Another Baby Boom Won’t Cure U.S. Economy

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. Originally published on the CSRHub blog By Carol Pierson … Continued

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Is Gibson Guitars Unfairly Bullied or Have They Really Screwed Up… Again?

Last week, for the second time in two years, federal agents raided the facilities of Gibson Guitars, probably the most well-known guitar maker around the world. Although the two raids are the result of different cases, the accusations then and now are similar – violations of the Lacey Act, a law requiring that all wood … Continued

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Hey Chiquita, Dole: Isn’t the Use of Tar Sands Oil Bananas?

Have the producers of Canadian tar sands oil gone bananas? Or is it the other way around? Let me explain. Last week, banana distributors Chiquita and Dole were confronted by full-page ads in USA Today challenging their use of energy from Canadian tar sands. Forest Ethics placed the ads to expose and criticize the banana … Continued

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NASA Scientist James Hansen and Darryl Hannah Arrested at Keystone Pipeline Protest

Things are heating up when it comes to the protests outside of the Whitehouse over the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion, 1,700 mile project. James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested on August 29 while protesting. Hansen, who was one of the first scientists to warn about global warming, … Continued

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World Leaders Launch ‘OceanElders’ to Preserve Marine Biodiversity

So what happens when you put together Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Richard Branson, Neil Young and Ted Turner? Apart from a really great dinner party conversation, these are the founding members of OceanElders. OceanElders is basically a group of global leaders organized to promote ocean conservation. Joining them are Jackson Browne, Rita Colwell, Graeme Kelleher, Sven … Continued

Pepsi vs. Wall Street

Pepsi vs. Wall St.: Why Should a Soda Company Try to Be ‘Good for You’? By Adam Werbach Can a multinational company be an innovative force for good in a world of corporate bean-counters and hard-nosed investors? A brown sugary soda maker is teaching us how. There is a new Pepsi ad you’ve likely seen where … Continued

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Principles and Practices of Enterprise IT Efficiency

Taking into account all of the opportunities for increasing IT energy efficiency, how can an organization best approach the challenge of making its IT operations more sustainable? Here are the key principles for a successful transition to operating IT as a utility:

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Sweet Beginnings: Creating a Buzz with Honey and Green Jobs

You don’t often think of airports and honeybees together in the same context. And you never think of airports, honeybees and ex-convicts together, but that is exactly what Sweet Beginnings is doing. Sweet Beginnings LLC makes raw honey and honey infused personal care products. They have an all natural urban apiary in the North Lawndale … Continued

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FoodCorps Sprouts to Tackle Childhood Obesity

An exciting new national service program called FoodCorps launched this month with the goal of addressing healthy food access for children in low-income communities by recruiting young inspired leaders to commit to a year of public service. These service members have been given marching orders to create and maintain school gardens, provide hands-on nutrition education and offer … Continued

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Benefit Corporation Passes California Assembly, Sent to Governor

This post has been edited since it was first published Benefit Corporation, a new way form of corporate entity that purports to use business to address environmental and social problems, has passed the California State Assembly, and is heading to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature. California joins states like Maryland, Vermont, New Jersey, Virgina, and Hawaii … Continued

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IBM and University of Texas at Austin Develop a Flood Prediction System

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which caused flooding on the East Coast, it is good to know that IBM and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are developing better flood prediction technology. The technology could predict flooding several days in advance, which would allow more time to evacuate and prepare. Since floods … Continued

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Green Scissors Report Suggests $380 Billion in Savings by Killing Subsidies and Spending

Sometimes, changing current methods of doing things has an economic gain. In a groundbreaking report released by Green Scissors, a coalition between four organizations confirms that cutting wasteful and environmentally harmful spending would do just that. The Green Scissors 2011 report  has been released by four organizations: progressive environmental group Friends of the Earth, deficit … Continued