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When the Military Meets the Maker Movement

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) might not be ready to set up a booth at the next Maker Faire, but the agency is heading in that direction. DARPA’s new Adaptive Vehicle Make program has just teamed up with TechShop, a maker-friendly chain of shared workshops, to collaborate on a test bed for developing advanced … Continued

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Should We Praise Goldman Sachs for Pledging to Invest $40 Billion in Clean Energy?

Goldman Sachs announced on Thursday it plans to invest $40 billion of its own and its clients’ money in renewable energy projects over the next decade. There are some good reasons why this announcement should be praised and not ridiculed. At the same time, you always need to look at the big picture and when you do, suddenly this step looks more like a lipstick on a Wall-Street pig. So which one is it?

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United, Boeing and UOP Join Big Push for Biofuels

If there are still any doubts that biofuels are ready for the big time, last week’s announcement by United Airlines, Boeing, and UOP (a Honeywell company) should put them to rest. The three industry heavyweights have joined with the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust to form the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels … Continued

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BP Agrees to Major Pollution Cuts at Tar Sands Refinery

Back in the waning days of the GW Bush administration, the EPA approved a permit issued by the State of Indiana, long known for its laxity in environmental affairs, to BP, to expand a refinery used to distill petroleum from Canadian tar sands oil. But that’s all over now.

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Last week the state of Hawaii introduced a state-wide ban on plastic bags, becoming the first US state to do so. In spite of significant loopholes, this is a very brave move as plastic bags cause untold environmental problems. Now the city of Los Angeles has banned plastic bags becoming the largest US city with … Continued

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World Business Council Provides Detailed Roadmap to a Sustainable Future

This morning in Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of more than 200 companies, announced the launch of Changing Pace, an aggressive, detailed road map of policy recommendations aimed at scaling up business solutions to our planet’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

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Member of the UAE Delegation to Rio+20 Chats about Outcomes

An important producer of natural gas and oil, the UAE has become known in the last decade for its growing efforts to fight climate change and advance the use of clean energy. So it’s not that surprising to find out that the UAE is going to represented in the upcoming Rio+20 Summit by a delegation of more than 100 members, aiming to both learn and provide its own lessons to the rest of the world.

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Majority of Americans Agree: Protecting the Environment Creates Jobs

The majority of Americans (58 percent) think that protecting the environment improves economic growth and creates new jobs, according to a recently released poll from Yale University’s and George Mason University’s climate change communication program.

Who Are the Winners and Losers From the New Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels?

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced the imposition of antidumping tariffs of more than 31 percent on solar panels from China. The preliminary ruling, if affirmed by the DOC this fall, is expected to have significant implications on the solar industry, creating presumably both winners and losers. Yet, although it might be too early to evaluate the impact of the new ruling, we have a feeling there’s a good chance no one will benefit from this tariff. Is it possible?

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Shareholder Resolutions Flourish at JP Morgan Meeting

As an advocate of shareholder activism, I seldom see more than one or two shareholder proposals on proxy statements. However, yesterday’s JP Morgan shareholder meeting contained 7 shareholder proposals and had me smiling like a kid in a candy store. Now this is what shareholder advocacy is supposed to look like. Considering the bank’s recent lost bet of $2 billion in derivative trading, this is an opportune time to perhaps take a brief look at what small and big shareholders were advocating for at one of the world’s largest banks: