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Let The Earth Be Your Valentine This Year

Valentine’s Day is approaching this Saturday—but few of us stop to think about the cost to the environment. Each year, millions of people celebrate by buying their husbands, wives, parents, children, and close friends cards, flowers, chocolates, and other treats. The industries that supply Valentine’s gifts are doing their best to provide you with symbols … Continue Reading ››
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No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy

cover_2014SoWJudith Gouverneur and Nina Netzer 's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Take the Wheel and Steer! Trade Unions and the Just Transition," explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy.
Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to … Continue Reading ››
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Green or Greedy? Corporations’ Role in Global Sustainable Development

cover_2014SoWLou Pingeot's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Scrutinizing  the Corporate Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda," explores the shifting role of corporations in the UN’s global effort for sustainability.
As national governments flounder to resolve pressing global challenges, corporations are positioning themselves within the United Nations framework as … Continue Reading ››
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Providing 100% Clean Electricity Through the Spread of Renewables

On November 13, 2014, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), held the panel event “Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” in collaboration with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge and hosted by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. The discussion continued the dialogue from an … Continue Reading ››
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Escaping Fido’s Cave

Babies and puppies. Everybody seems to love them—perhaps it’s instinctual, perhaps it’s socialization. Probably the latter, for in Washington, DC, where I live, far more people stop to make goo-goo noises at puppies than at babies. And in some cultures, dogs are meat sources, not sources of affection.
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Net Gain: Fighting Ocean Pollution

This story was written by Nancy Averett and produced by FUTUREPERFECT. Ben Kneppers paused as he strolled around a music festival in Santiago, Chile. In front of him was a booth where local kids could repair damaged skateboards, making them ride-able again rather than throwing them away. Kneppers, an environmental consultant originally from … Continue Reading ››
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Global Energy and Carbon Intensity Continue to Decline

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report.
Global energy intensity, defined as worldwide total energy consumption divided by gross world product, decreased 0.19 percent in 2013. Although this may not seem impressive, considering that … Continue Reading ››
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Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming

This post is an overview of the Vital Signs Online report available for purchase. Click here for a preview of the full report by guest contributor Joel Stronberg.
According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher … Continue Reading ››

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