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April 18, 2012

Rethinking Some Old Habits, One of Them Close to Home

Readers who give up print newspapers and switch to digital devices will gain a benefit many have probably not thought about: they will be slashing the carbon emissions associated with their news habit.

That is the conclusion of a new report from the RAND Corporation that uses news-reading habits as an example to make a larger point. Efforts to reduce energy consumption often focus too narrowly on improving existing practices, the authors found, rather than on rethinking old habits from the ground up.

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April 13, 2012

Southeast Asia Leads in Willingness to Pay More for Ethical Products

Conscience shopping across Southeast Asia remains strong with a number of countries leading the region in purchasing products that are environmentally friendly and observe fair trade principles, according to the latest MasterCard survey on ethical spending.

For further information, please visit the MasterCard Worldwide web site.

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April 11, 2012

$9 Million Available for Small Green Businesses

The Department of Energy (DOE) is making available $9 million to help about 50 small businesses advance innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The funds are for outside-the-box approaches that improve manufacturing processes, boost the efficiency of buildings, reduce reliance on oil, and generate electricity from renewable sources to bring new clean energy solutions to market faster.

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April 11, 2012

2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranking results

2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranking results were released by Yale University and Colombia University. Please visit 2012 EPI: Rankings for more information.

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April 4, 2012

(less than) One hundred days to the future we want

The ability to innovate and create ways of operating that are sustainable is, increasingly, one of business's strengths. Making an impact requires the right policy frameworks, which will be up for discussion in Rio. It also requires scalability. This is an area Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) 2012, the official UN Business & Industry Major Group, is focusing on. Its actions will cumulate in the official BASD 2012 Business Day on 19 June 2012, a high-profile platform for interaction between business leaders and policy-makers to identify key actions and catalysts to drive scale, as a final input to the Rio+20 Conference.

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April 4, 2012

Green Party leader calls for thriving green economy

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas says the government has misread the public mood by trying to sideline green issues.

Ms Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, says the decision to allow more building in the countryside and Chancellor George Osborne's claim that it is not important to meet carbon reduction targets are "tragic" and a "travesty of truth".

"The government has completely misread the public mood on this," she said. "Look at the outcry over the attempt to sell off the forests which forced an embarrassing U-turn and look at the fiasco over the new planning regulations. People are worried about what will happen to their countryside."

"Austerity isn't working. Investing in green measures and green technology is actually good for the economy because a green economy is an incredibly labour intensive economy," she said.

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