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Can Lipstick Eradicate Poverty?

Direct sales of lipstick can be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty, according to the findings of a research from the University of Oxford on poor women in South Africa that have become “Avon Ladies.”

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GM on Target to Meet Solar Energy Commitments

General Motors (GM) announced a commitment last year to double its solar use from its current 30 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW by 2015. GM’s newly installed 8.15 MW solar rooftop array on its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany will help the car company meet its target.

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Coping With Drought: How Crop Diversity Builds Resiliency

The best way to hedge against uncertainty in agriculture—just as in finance—is to diversify the portfolio. Whether the weather brings excessive heat or pounding downpours, some part of the system will be able to make the best of it.

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Americans Throw Away Too Much Food

A recent paper by the National Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC) found that American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, costing an estimated $1,365 to $2,275 a year for a family of four.

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What is Sustainability Reporting? 8 Tips for the Casual Reader

Although sustainability reporting has become mainstream and more and more companies use a uniform set of guidelines (GRI), a casual reader might still have hard time to understand and asses these reports. To help casual readers we provide 8 tips on what to expect and not to expect when entering the galaxy of sustainability reporting:

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Solar Business Booming in New England

Small and medium-sized businesses such as Maryland’s Astrum Solar are riding the growing wave of consumer interest in residential solar PV systems, as government incentive programs gain traction. Astrum Solar’s business has grown at an extraordinary 23,567% over the past three years, thanks in no small part to state clean energy initiatives such as “Solarize Massachusetts.”