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News Corp Achieves Carbon Neutrality

| Thursday March 10th, 2011 | 0 Comments

News Corporation achieved a major milestone in its sustainable journey by becoming carbon neutral across its operations globally at the end of 2010. You heard that right- the parent company of Fox News has gone carbon neutral. According to the Hollywood Reporter, News Corp is the first major entertainment company to achieve net zero emissions globally.

Among its major media properties are the Wall Street Journal, Fox Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox as well as Fox News and the New York Post. “We have become carbon-neutral across all of our global operations, and we are the first company of our kind to do so,” Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation Chairman wrote. “We made a bold commitment in 2007 to embed the values of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability into all of our businesses — for the benefit of our communities and our bottom line.”

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Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

| Thursday March 3rd, 2011 | 3 Comments

In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to stop selling 12 red-listed varieties of fish.

Unless its sources are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), self-described as “the world’s leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood,” Costco will not resume sales of these 12 varieties. Additionally, Costco highlighted their association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to identify sustainable fisheries for certain at-risk species.

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Wisconsin Bill Could Hand Utility Rights to Koch Brothers

| Wednesday March 2nd, 2011 | 4 Comments

Can the State of Wisconsin sell off its public utilities to its corporate donors for pennies on the dollar without any oversight by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission? 

If new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has his way and Senate Bill 11 is passed in its entirety, two of Walker’s largest donors, oil billionaires David and Charles Koch (“the Koch Brothers”), could be handed free reign on Wisconsin public utilities.  The media has focused on the protests surrounding stripping bargaining rights from most state workers, but handing over Wisconsin’s utilities to one of our nation’s largest polluters could also have a major impact.

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