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Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Insurance industry leaders are beginning to embrace the concept of climate change- and recognize the benefits of sustainable building on claims severity.

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North Face Revamps Its Down Supply Chain

The North Face rolls out its new down supply standard in just a few months, after years of searching, testing and probing the global supply chain of one of the most precious ingredients used in its industry. 2014 will be a big year for The North Face and its premier line of cold weather equipment and clothing.

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Sustainability Jobs 101: Landing a Creative Career

Have you thought innovatively about career opportunities and how to put your existing skills to work in the sustainability context? Three sustainability leaders share their stories of how they landed creative careers in this sector.

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COP 19 in Warsaw Overshadowed by Coal

The COP 19 climate conference in Warsaw, Poland might not have been very effective, but it sure was interesting. For many, it was defined by the presence of Poland’s fossil fuel industry. Here is a look at how Poland is doubling down on coal use and possible shale gas development, plus the country’s carbon emissions and what a few regular Polish citizens think of all this.

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Cambridge, Leading Global Brands Launch Natural Capital Toolkit

The web-based E.Valu.A.Te natural capital toolkit aims to plug a gaping flaw in conventional economic thinking by internalizing environmental externalities. Eigtheen months in the making, leading U.K. and multinational businesses developed the online toolkit under the banner of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform.

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Op-Ed: Whole Foods is Chilling Your Thanksgiving Turkey with HFCs

As it turns out, America’s so-called “healthiest grocery store” isn’t so healthy for the planet. The organic, grass-fed, gluten-free, cold-pressed turkey in your shopping cart is being refrigerated with some of the most potent greenhouse gases in the world called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with global warming potential hundreds to thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide.

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The Gates Foundation Promotes Building Better Condoms

People all over the world were demonstrably excited to participate in the Gates Foundation’s next generation condom contest, which features an award up to $1 million in funding to develop and distribute the winning, standout condom.

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What Does Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles Mean for the Grid?

In a Texas study, only 22 percent of weekday EV charging occurred during peak demand hours, and better still, those participants in the study who were taking advantage of time-of-use rates – favorable charges for using power at off-peak times – only plugged in during peak times 12 percent of the time

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Cisco CSR Report: Creating Global Value Through Connections

Cisco Systems released their 9th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The company has met and exceeded many environmental goals and especially social ones, looking for opportunities everywhere to make life better by making connections.

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Duke Energy Renewables to Pay $1M Penalty for Wind Farm Bird Deaths

Duke Energy Renewables, a part of Duke Energy, announced it reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for $1 million over the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of the company’s wind power generation sites in Wyoming.

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Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Tussle Over Fair Use in ‘Girls’ Video

GoldieBlox created a catchy video set to the tune of the mid-1980s song, “Girls,” for the Intuit Super Bowl ad competition. However, now the Beastie Boys are protesting the use of the song, leading to the beginnings of a legal war between the toy company and the band.

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Sierra Nevada Saves More Than $5M Diverting 99.8% of Waste

Next time you pop open a Pale Ale, you can feel a little less guilty (not that you ever should). Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced last week that it now diverts 99.8 percent of its waste, earning it the first platinum certification from the US Zero Waste Business Council.