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British PM Announces That All Ministers Have to Fly Coach

One of the perks of working as a high level civil servant is getting to fly first class and stay in fancy hotels. However British Prime Minister, David Cameron has different ideas. It is a well known fact that flying first class comes with a steeper carbon footprint. Last year the British Foreign Office had … Continued

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Is the “Light Bulb Ban” a Communist Plot?

If you’ve been paying attention to right wing media lately, then you’re well aware that a sinister communist plot is close to unravelling in Washington today. A supposed “ban” on incandescent light bulbs in the US is up for repeal – led by representative Joe Barton (R-TX). Voting may take place as soon as tonight. … Continued

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Corporate Giants Add One Million Vehicles to National Clean Fleets Partnership

In a clear case of high bar-setting, earlier this year the U.S. Department of Energy kicked off its National Clean Fleets Partnership with a select group of official partners: AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon. The program aims to reduce diesel and gasoline pollution from fleet vehicles, and with these global A-listers on board others … Continued

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Tea Party Opposes ICLEI and Sustainable Development in Cities

Today, ICLEI has more than 1200 local government members from 70 countries representing nearly 600 million people around the globe.  Members of ICLEI are committed to sustainable local development.

With such a mission, it’s not a huge surprise that the organization has come under fire from the Tea Party.

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Introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Act Means that the Beauty Industry Must Shape Up

The policies for ingredient use in cosmetics have not been updated since 1938. Now with the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 the House of Representatives  may give the FDA authority to keep personal-care products free of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders, and other ailments. Cosmetic companies are required to fully disclose the ingredients used in their formulations according … Continued

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Building Bicycle Infrastructure Creates Jobs, Studies Find

While the economy remains in the doldrums and job growth continues to stutter, the bicycle industry, at least, seems to have recovered from the woes of the recession. The National Bicycle Dealers Association details that in 2010, bicycle sales were up 15% over the previous year, bolstering the industry to $6 billion in annual sales. … Continued

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How Shareholders are Battling Excessive Executive Compensation

Shareholders for the past year have been able to engage in the conversation of executive pay through a resolution placed on proxy statements of all companies due to the recently implemented Dodd-Frank bill. Allowing owners of publicly traded companies to vote on such an important matter would seem to shift things in a positive direction. Right? Wrong.

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Global Ranking of Top 10 Resilient Cities

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., CO2 IMPACT and Co-Author, Climate Capitalism Resilient cities, those that are working to transition towards a low-carbon economy while also preparing to avert the worst of climate change, are gaining interest and attention from policy makers, city councils and others worldwide. In fact, today, leaders from the public and private sector, … Continued

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Is the US Right To Seek Airline Exemption From European Carbon Law?

Business Green reports that US Airlines, American Airlines, Continental and United, along with their trade association, the Air Transport Association (ATA), will file a legal challenge to a European law requiring all airlines flying into and out of the EU to pay a charge per tonne of CO2 emitted. The US government opposes the law. … Continued

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Apple Retail Employees to Form Union?

The bare-bonesApple Retail Workers Union website first quotes the Apple mantra, “At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is our people.”

Beneath the mantra is a statement from the website itself, “Our time has come,” indicating a move towards employee unionization.  Moll hopes the website can facilitate connecting with other employees to come forward and organize.

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The US Way: Workers Produce More, Earn Less = Company Profit

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. Mother Jones talks about the “dirty secret” of the jobless recovery in its July/August issue but many stakeholders—employed and unemployed—that are engaged in any way with life as brought to you by corporate America might say it’s dirty all right but … Continued

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Low-Carbon Cities of the Future: Resilient Cities

Lately I have been profiling cities and politicians who are leading the way towards a low-carbon future.  As many of the readers of this column know, I recently published a book with Hunter Lovins entitled Climate Capitalism Capitalism.  Hunter and I were disappointed by the lack of progress on climate action in North America largely … Continued

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Super Cool Biz Summer in Japan: Yes to Hawaiian Shirts, No to Neckties!

Here’s a little experiment for you: While you’re sitting in your office, wearing your usual work outfit, set the thermostat at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Now see how long you can handle it before you’ll run to the thermostat and change it back to its original temperature. Is it difficult to stay focused after couple of … Continued