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Poll: 58% of Republicans Still Believe Global Warming is a Hoax

A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 58% of Republicans polled still believe that Global Warming is a hoax. This, at the…
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Methane Hydrates: Energy Salvation or Worst Thing Yet?

Last week, energy researchers in Japan made a dramatic breakthrough that could have huge implications for the entire world’s energy, and since these…
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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems

As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They…
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Japan’s Smart Cities Charting a Resilient Course

Four Japanese cities are participating in an experimental program called Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Verification Experiment, also known as Japan Smart Cities,…
Place de la Bastille in Paris, France: one nation UNEP says faces long term credit risks due to natural capital depletion

Loss of Natural Capital is a Risk to Countries’ Credit Ratings

UNEP studied five countries and found that depleted natural capital could harm the financial long-term health and cause huge credit risks in the…
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Earthquake Recovery in Japan: Entrepreneurs to the Rescue

Through its fellowship for young business leaders, ETIC is enlisting 200 fellows from some of the biggest corporations in Japan to move to…
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Study Finds that Obesity Leads to Resource Constraints

Obesity already is a public health concern and the recent study published in BMC Public Health, concludes that “Increasing population fatness could have the same…
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Japan Takes A Huge Leap Into Solar

There is good news for the solar industry this week. It comes at a good time, after several bankruptcies this Spring, expiration of…
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McDonald’s “Best of Green” Highlights Leading Global Sustainable Practices

Can McDonald’s and “Best of Green” be in the same sentence? Projects around the world have boosted the company's efforts on energy efficiency…
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The Film Industry’s Fixation on the Environment

A description of how films can improve the environmental cause. The highly revered Studio Ghibli has championed environmental practices for decades. The Japanese…
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Conflicted Rare Earth Minerals Prices to Decline

Global demand for rare earth minerals will increase over seven percent a year, but now various reports suggest that prices for these materials…
a Panasonic fuel cell stands about 76 inches tall (courtesy Leon Kaye)

In Japan, Fuel Cells Offer Employment and Economic Hope

A tour of Panasonic’s “Ene-Farm” outside of Osaka gives a clue about Japan’s current and future economic transformation. Fuel cells will be part…
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Green Energy Park a Laboratory for Japan’s Future

The Green Energy Park is where energy storage, solar power and smart grid technologies will provide the next level of not only innovation,…
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Japanese Recycling Plant Brings New Life to Old Washing Machines

Panasonic's PETEC is not only a hyper-modern recycling plant, it is a research and development facility as well as an educational center. Trash…
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Panasonic Bets the House on Solar and Fuel Cells

Panasonic is now determined to become the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry. That vision is on display in a…
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