Household Products Need Ingredients Listed On Labels

Lurking under our bathroom and kitchen sinks are harmful chemicals. “Many chemicals contained in household products have been shown to produce harmful health effects,” Senator Al Franken said in his introduction of the Household Products Labeling Act. The current law requires that product labels only list “immediately hazardous ingredients,” but do not require labeling for … Continued

D-Day for Climate: Engage Students with Senators Now

By Eban Goodstein, Director of The Bard Center for Environmental Policy Harry Reid made it clear last week. Sometime next spring, a decade of sweeping grassroots education and national activism will culminate in strong federal clean energy legislation, laying a policy foundation that will be vital for stabilizing the climate. Or it won’t. The coming … Continued

As Asia Outpaces America in Cleantech, US and China Agree to Cooperation

Obama’s recent trip to China felt like a bit of a bummer, with the Times pointedly portraying the President as a solitary figure, wandering alone on the Great Wall — and getting stone-walled by the PRC’s leadership. But behind the scenes, hard-working diplomats hammered out agreements on what could be the basis for an important … Continued

Seventh Generation Launches the Million Baby Crawl for Toxic Chemical Reform

Take a look at the baby in this video. He’s innocent, adorable, and completely irresistible . . . At least that’s how Seventh Generation hopes the U.S. Congress sees it. Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally-safe household and personal care products, has joined forces with eco-advocate Erin Brockovich and Safer Chemicals, … Continued

Spacing Out on Solar Energy

Solar power satellites are the yin to the yang of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s Star Wars fantasy, and almost as old. Scientists for decades have explored the potential of using space-based solar cells to beam power to the Earth. It’s an idea with very long legs, as they say, but now the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency … Continued

The More Climate Regulation, The Better? A Report…

A new report out of UC Berkeley argues the stricter the regulation of greenhouse gases, the better it is for state economies, from California to Connecticut, and everywhere in between. The report, entitled “Clean Energy and Climate Policy for U.S. Growth and Job Creation,” argues that improvements in energy efficiency, as well as a government … Continued

Green For All at the Green Business Conference

Millions of new jobs.  An inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.  Dignity.  The ability to support one’s family.  All done in an environmentally friendly way. A worker owned cooperative that salvages building materials. Efficiency audits for homeowners and small businesses. Horticultural and permaculture companies creating local food from dilapidated landscapes … Continued

Increasing Pessimism on Copenhagen, US Climate Bill

A bad week for climateers. Several news reports out Wednesday pour cold water on imminent climate change change. The Wall Street Journal reports “Climate Bill Likely on the Shelf for Rest of the Year.” Obviously it’s not over until the fat lady sings, but a key Democratic senator, Max Baucus, Chair of the Senate Finance … Continued

Cap-and-Trade: The Real Deal from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may actually have a better idea than a cap-and-trade bill for cutting emissions. And, contrary to popular opinion, they do recognize climate change and the need for clean tech development. This past week I interviewed Dan Letourneau, the Communications Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as part of a … Continued

European Lawmakers To Give Free Carbon Credits to Heavy Industry

The EU, that bastion of environmental common sense, is giving away its carbon credits. For free. To some of their biggest polluters. Reuters reports that European Union lawmakers have approved a list of heavy industries, including metals, textiles, building materials and ceramics, that will be handed free carbon credits starting in 2013, rather than have … Continued

Ex-Im Bank Carbon Policy Increases Export Credit Support for Renewables

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has established a $250 million credit facility aimed at helping to promote and finance renewable energy exports, including solar, wind and geothermal energy products and projects. The move this week makes Ex-Im the world’s first Export Credit Agency to fashion that kind of credit assistance and also the … Continued

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The Sustainability Commons: How Corporate Data Sharing Can Advance Sustainability

By David Witzel, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Innovation Exchange Several people pointed me to Mary Tripsas‘ post in the New York Times called “Everybody in the Pool of Green Innovation” this weekend – it really struck a chord. The article focused on two initiatives involving major corporations to share patents that protect the environment and … Continued

Who Regulates the Regulators? Government Stepping in on Executive Compensation for the Financial Industry

By John Comberiate As we observe the anniversary of the financial crisis, taxpayers and executives have their eyes equally fixed on the government’s plans to regulate executive compensation in the financial industry.  Their decision, after such a catastrophic event with such far reaching consequences, will have to be just as complex in order to placate … Continued