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Brits Following Americans in Attitudes about Global Warming

Uh-oh. Fewer citizens of the UK now believe global warming is an urgent problem than at any time in the last four years, according to a survey out this week by pollster YouGov (PDF). The percentage of British who believe that global warming is either “scare-mongering and we should ignore it” or that “it’s not … Continued

Record Number of Businesses Support Climate Change Legislation

A tally by American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE) shows more than 6,000 American businesses support clean energy and climate legislation, including nearly a quarter of the Fortune 100. The analysis, released last week in collaboration with the We Can Lead campaign, found that those businesses employed 3.5 million Americans and had $3.5 trillion in … Continued

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Microfinance in America…Is The Paradigm Changing?

By Bryan Stubbs While not perfect, microfinance and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) have been shown to be an effective tool in aiding mircoenterprises throughout third world communities. The positive impact they have on alleviating poverty and empowering entrepreneurs have been well publicized (Grameen Bank or BRAC). And while challenges remain (high interest rates/impact of the entrance … Continued

The Best Suggestions So Far for Gulf Oil Cleanup

As Bill Nye, the Science Guy debunks a number of recommendations on how to respond to the oil spill, sent in by ordinary citizens on CNN, there are a few viable solutions rising to the top, even as the oil continues to rise from the depths. The biggest buzz is about the actor Kevin Costner, … Continued

Exclusive: Green Patent Program Widened Under New Rule Change

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published an important change to its Green Patent program this morning which should expand the number of patent applications that qualify for the program. The revision, which comes after industry complaints, removes a requirement that applications fall into certain technological classifications, such as solar cells or electric vehicles, … Continued

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Sustainable Conservation: Pushing the Envelope on Ecosystem Services

At the Bay Area Open Space Council’s 11th Annual Regional Conference yesterday, Ashley Boren, executive director of Sustainable Conservation, presented to a sold out conference about one of its new program areas:  ecosystem services. I actually worked for Sustainable Conservation in its early days. It has grown from a start-up to an effective organization that … Continued

The Park Prescription: Take Five (Minutes) and Call Me In the Morning

Did you know that only five minutes of exercise in nature can boost your mood and  improve self-esteem? At the Bay Area Open Space Council’s 11th Annual Regional Conference yesterday, Daphne Miller, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF spoke about the “Park Prescription”:  prescribing to patients they spend time in … Continued

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Non-Partisan Group Says Climate Bill Would Create 200,000 Jobs

[UPDATED] The Peterson Institute for International Economics released a report (PDF) Thursday that said the American Power Act, the climate and energy bill now before the Senate, would create 203,000 net new jobs a year in the first decade were it made into law. The report also said provisions in the Act would reduce US … Continued

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Is Obama Administration and BP Covering Up Size of Oil Spill?

Last week, Obama criticized the executives of BP America, Transocean and Halliburton for blaming each other doing a congressional hearing. “I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter,” Obama said. “You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to … Continued

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Measuring More than GDP

Gross domestic product (GDP) has been the singular measure of a country’s economic health for what seems like forever. But that approach is under pressure, according to a recent New York Times magazine article. The lengthy piece by Jon Gertner, “The Rise and Fall of the G.D.P.,” notes that while “academics and gadflies” for some … Continued

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AB32 Goes Beyond American Power Act: A Correction

Last week I reported that a battle over whether to suspend AB32, California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction legislation, would be rendered “moot” by the passage of the climate bill now being weighed by the Senate, known as the American Power Act. As it turns out, that was an exaggeration, a fact pointed out by both commenters … Continued

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Texas Meets Renewable Energy Goals 15 Years Early

Texas has reached its goal of having 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity this year, 15 years earlier than scheduled, thanks to an ample supply of West Texas wind. According to a report (.doc) filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Friday, the Lonestar State has 10,367 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, and generated … Continued

Hay: A Common-Sense Solution to BP Oil Clean-Up?

Two men from Florida, with a strong desire to protect the coastline they love, have come up with a common-sense solution to clean-up the Gulf oil spill. Their idea is all natural, puts displaced shrimp boats back to work, adds revenue to farmers, and the waste can be used to create energy. It’s an all around win-win solution that BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have yet to adopt.

Help Send a 3p Blogger to Cover the Amsterdam GRI Conference!

Earlier this week we announced that our friends at JustMeans will give two bloggers an opportunity to cover the Amsterdam Global Reporting Initiative Conference.  The way the competition works is fairly simple:  authors first submit any topic related to CSR or sustainability.  JustMeans looks at the total amount of votes, quality and relevance of the … Continued