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B Corps Win Healthy Tax Break in Landmark Law

B Lab, the force behind a new business sector designation—called the B Corporation—which recognizes companies that meet a set of social, environmental and institutional benchmarks for sustainability, is facing a Herculean effort. The work won’t be in convincing people that business can be a positive force for social change—there are already 240 companies in 28 … Continued

The Importance of Being Earnest at COP 15

If it’s all about the money, and it usually is, then the future financial landscape for cleantech development hinges on the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change conference as essentially as the meeting’s long-term impacts on environmental policy. There will be impacts whether or not binding and comprehensive agreements on emission reductions are cobbled in … Continued

Poor Nations’ Emissions Driven by Exports to Rich Nations

“It’s not fair.” That, in two words and a contraction, is the developing world’s argument for why it shouldn’t have to make the same reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as rich developed countries. So what if China is now the world’s biggest emitter of GHGs? It’s the developed countries that emitted most of the world’s … Continued

The Credit Con: Credit Card Companies Get Creative in Circumventing New Legislation

Prior to the crash of the housing bubble and the collapse of financial markets, many different types of companies we involved in creating new and interesting ways to separate Americans (“consumers”) from their hard-earned money, especially those companies involved in consumer finance. From cell phone carriers to banks, high interest rates and hidden fees were … Continued

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The Story of Cap & Trade (Discussion Follows)

They’re at it again – the creative team who brought you the wildly popular Story of Stuff are following up with “The Story of Cap and Trade: Why You Can’t Solve a Problem With the Thinking That Created It.” Building on the momentum of The Story of Stuff (over 8 million views to date) Annie … Continued

Shell’s Gamesmanship: Governments Should Intervene in Carbon Markets

Expecting a full-blown global carbon trading market to emerge without the influence, intervention – or perhaps interference – of world governments is probably not possible and Shell’s new CEO is acknowledging this. Peter Voser told The Guardian and its Environment Network, BusinessGreen, that regional markets alone cannot set the price of pollution and that action … Continued

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EPA and GHGs: Ready, Set, Report

In the grand scheme of things, if neither next month’s Copenhagen summit on climate change or pending U.S. legislation on the same topic fails to establish firm, enforceable consensus on carbon reductions, accounting and reporting, it may not matter very much. That’s because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already done most of the heavy … Continued

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