Based in Fresno, California, Leon Kaye is a business writer and strategic communications specialist. He has also been featured in The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. When he has time, he shares his thoughts on his own site, GreenGoPost.com. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost).

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Nespresso Expands U.S. Recycling Program, But Is It Enough?

Nespresso says its recycling program — which it plans to expand to the contiguous 48 states of the U.S. — mitigates the environmental impact of single-use coffee pods. But not everyone is buying into the company’s communications plans.

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Trix Cereals Ditch Artificial Colors, But Consumers Don’t Care

Earlier this week, General Mills’ social media team reminded the public about the new Trix cereal in a cute video posted on the company’s Facebook page. While the bunny scored some points, the post was overwhelmingly panned by commenters.

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Are Megacities the New World Order?

This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?

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With the Acquisition of Opower, Oracle Now an Energy Player

Opower claims its energy-efficiency software has saved consumers over $1 billion in electricity costs. On May 2, cloud-applications company Oracle announced that it would buy Opower for $532 million. Obviously, this is great news for the Opower employees who have stock options. But it’s also encouraging for the clean-technology sector at large.

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Despite Low Oil Prices, Solar Power is Booming in the Middle East

Despite the challenging economic and political environment in the Middle East, renewables — especially solar power technologies — are enjoying a surge, from the Mediterranean shores of North Africa to the posh cities within the oil-rich Gulf nations.

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Inaction on Climate Change Leaves Millions of Pensions at Risk Worldwide

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the mission of which is to shield the owners of assets such as securities, stocks and bonds from climate change risks, recently released its Global Climate 500 index. And for those who believe climate change poses risks to investors’ portfolios, the results are not pretty.

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Masdar: 10 Years of Clean Energy and Sustainable Development Ambition

When the Masdar Initiative was first announced 10 years ago, it was greeted by a mix of excitement and skepticism. Masdar City’s long-term plan has slowed down, frustrating many. But now the city, and Masdar’s clean-energy deployment team, are on the move.

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McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Score a Natural Makeover

Considering that the current recipe for McNuggets has over 30 ingredients, the fact McDonald’s has taken so long to change the recipe makes one wonder if the company’s product-development team is a few French fries short of a Happy Meal.

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The Global Effort to Make Beef More Sustainable

Oft maligned for its hefty environmental impact, the beef industry is finally taking notice of the shifting marketplace. Companies across the value chain formed a coalition, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, to improve sustainability — but many advocates aren’t buying it. To learn more about the organization’s aims and the future of the beef industry, 3p spoke with its new executive director, Ruaraidh Petre.

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Nissan Mocks Tesla in Attempt to Boost Sales

Nissan raised a few eyebrows with a new advertising campaign that pokes fun at Tesla Motors — and the fact that it has at least 400,000 people waiting for a car that won’t ship until late next year.

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Timberland Announces Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020

Timberland sets long-term goals every five years and just announced its agenda leading to 2020. The mantra is 100 percent . . . as much as possible within its supply chain. We spoke with Colleen Vien, Timberland’s director of sustainability, to find out more.