EPA Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

The EPA’s five-year project analyzed the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply for human consumption. The study was mostly a compilation of data drawn from different scientific databases — more than 950 sources in all.


Democrats and Republicans Agree: Campaign Finance Needs Reform

With the 2016 election approaching, spending records are poised to be shattered once again by the prospective Democratic and Republican nominees. A recent poll issued by the New York Times found that Americans of both major parties agree that measures should be taken to restrict the influence of wealthy donors in such important races.


Study Reveals Failure to Achieve U.N. Environmental Sustainability Goal

Results in realizing the U.N. Millennium Development environmental sustainability goal have been uneven and data gathering and reporting lacking in many countries, Toronto-based IISD highlights. In its last year, key MDG-7 constistuent goals and targets have by and large not been reached.


Cause Marketing: The Success of Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign

Does cause marketing actually work? New data shows Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign is encouraging Americans to drink more water. Although some have tossed stones at its partners in the bottled water industry, some point to the campaign as a model for every sector, for one simple reason: It’s working.

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BASF CreatorSpace NYC Confronts Post-Sandy Neighborhood Realities

BASF’s Creator Space Summits tour, which will head to New York City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Ludwigshaven, invite an array of co-creators to wrestle with challenging problems of our time. Happening now, the NYC event is grappling with the question of the future of Red Hook, a vibrant, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood at the southern tip of Brooklyn that was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.


Money and Climate Change: Can We Foot the Bill?

If we are serious about zeroing our carbon footprint we need to at least quadruple the pace of investment in renewable energy. How can we do that when there are other things like economic development, roads, education, healthcare and defense that need more money too? We need to increase the amount of money we have to work with.

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Ethics on Wall Street? Let’s Get Real

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business surveyed workers in the U.S. and U.K. finance industry about ethics and legal issues, releasing findings this month. The main finding? “Unethical behavior continues to persist.”

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Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.


Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.


Obama Calls Climate Change ‘Immediate Threat’

Speaking to this year’s graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, President Barack Obama called climate change “a serious threat to global security” and “an immediate risk to our national security.”


Government Fossil Fuel Subsidies Total a ‘Shocking’ $5.3 Trillion

Dramatically higher than previously estimated, fossil fuel subsidies exceed what the world’s governments spend on health care, according to the International Monetary Fund. What’s more, they’re likely to remain this high — despite fossil fuels being the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the main culprit driving climate change.


CVS Wants to Help Cities Safely Dispose of Old Medications

Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks to public health and the environment. But CVS Health has decided it wants to do its part to stem the tide of prescription and over-the-counter medications filling up our medicine cabinets and clogging our waterways.