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Solyndra Bankruptcy: Economic and Sustainable Business Lessons

The once highly touted clean tech start up, Solyndra, has filed for bankruptcy. Solyndra was hoped to be a key mover and player in the clean tech and solar industry.  The United States Federal Government even backed a loan to Solyndra. Unfortunately, market forces and competition proved unfavorable to the start up and over 1,000 jobs … Continued

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Can New Refrigerators Help Cool Global Warming?

As the news of global warming continues to worsen, with epic storms and melting Siberian permafrost, and assaults on the already beleaguered atmosphere continue in the form of massive, dirty energy projects that are being pushed through by those who can only think of profits, helped along by a new cadre of increasingly ignorant politicians, participating ever more loudly in the national debate, pushing scientific reasoning and truth to the margins to be replaced by their personal beliefs and opinions; there are, alas, a steady stream of efforts, some tiny, some substantial, that are actually trying do something about the problem.

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NASA Scientist James Hansen and Darryl Hannah Arrested at Keystone Pipeline Protest

Things are heating up when it comes to the protests outside of the Whitehouse over the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion, 1,700 mile project. James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested on August 29 while protesting. Hansen, who was one of the first scientists to warn about global warming, … Continued

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Benefit Corporation Passes California Assembly, Sent to Governor

This post has been edited since it was first published Benefit Corporation, a new way form of corporate entity that purports to use business to address environmental and social problems, has passed the California State Assembly, and is heading to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature. California joins states like Maryland, Vermont, New Jersey, Virgina, and Hawaii … Continued

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Green Scissors Report Suggests $380 Billion in Savings by Killing Subsidies and Spending

Sometimes, changing current methods of doing things has an economic gain. In a groundbreaking report released by Green Scissors, a coalition between four organizations confirms that cutting wasteful and environmentally harmful spending would do just that. The Green Scissors 2011 report  has been released by four organizations: progressive environmental group Friends of the Earth, deficit … Continued

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Thriving Microfinance Sector Strengthens Colombia’s Economy

Nearly 50% of Colombia’s 46 million citizens live below the poverty line. Microfinance organizations such as Colombians Supporting Colombians (CAC) are giving budding entrepreneurs a leg up by providing micro-loans and other banking services that conventional banks are unwilling to offer. Some $3.5 billion in micro-credit was disbursed in 2010 to more than 2 million borrowers.

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Smart Grids Could Reduce Impact of Hurricanes Like Irene

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., Co-Author, Climate Capitalism Writing this last Saturday afternoon, the nation and the world are warily observing the path and wrath of Hurricane Irene.  There have already been documented losses of life as well as reports that more than a million Americans have been left without power so far. Given that the changing … Continued

We Must Put a Price on Carbon: EU to the Rescue Again?

Boyd Cohen, Co-author, Climate Capitalism Many public policy gurus and economists will tell you that if we truly want to decarbonize our economy we need to actually put a price on carbon.  Just last week I conducted a book launch for Climate Capitalism in Portland with the support of Sustainable Business Oregon, Net Impact and … Continued

California Schools Allowed Plastics Industry Edits to Textbooks

How far will industry groups go to protect their interests? A recent exposé by California Watch shows that some will take their PR campaigns to the schools. California school officials edited an environmental curriculum after being pressured by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to endorse plastic shopping bags, according to California Watch. It all began … Continued

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Introducing The Da Vinci Index: Biomimicry and Economics

  During an event at the San Diego Zoo Biomimicry, Dr. Lynn Reaser of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University provided a unique look at The Da Vinci Index, the first economic index measuring activity in biomimcry and/or bio-inspired research and commercial application. Leonardo Da Vinci is also known to … Continued

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Can Protests Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline?

With a revolution in Libya grabbing headlines and the president on vacation, you might be forgiven for being unaware of major protests underway in Washington this week. The issue? Approval of a new oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the US Gulf Coast. The so-called “Keystone XL” pipeline would greatly expand the ability … Continued

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Fracking, Risk and Investment: NY Attorney General Adds Fuel to the Fire

Investors are growing increasingly wary of fracking, a method of natural gas extraction that involves pumping a chemical brine underground at high pressure. Full disclosure of the risks of fracking, including water contamination and the accuracy of estimates on well output have been the subject of a growing number of shareholder resolutions. Now the New … Continued

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Maine Commits to Reduce Oil 30% by 2030

With future energy efficiency concerns an issue, Maine’s Republican-dominated legislature passed An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security earlier this year.

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Would Candidate Michele Bachmann Approve Her Own Record on the EPA?

It’s never boring with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) around. I’m sure both fans and non-fans of the Republican presidential candidate would agree. One thing they might not agree on so much is her integrity. Critics especially like to point out major differences between the record of Representative Bachmann and the rhetoric of candidate Bachmann when … Continued

Nissan Leaf Will Power Homes in Japan

This week, automaker Nissan  announced a two-way charging system that will allow the new all-electric Nissan Leaf  to not only charge up, but also to reverse the flow of electricity to allow the car to power the home for brief periods during power outages or shortages. Considering the recent calamity in Japan’s power generation system, … Continued