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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Illinois coal plant owners say they've done their part
Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon footprint. Source: Chicago Tribune, 8/19/14

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ohio farmers point to algae law loophole
Ohio farmers caught in the headlights of the recent Toledo water crisis are defending their voluntary efforts to reduce phosphorus run-off to Lake Erie. That runoff is the primary source of toxic algae blooms. But Ohio farm groups and environmentalists say a new state law that will certify fertilizer use doesn't go far -- or fast -- enough. Source: Great Lakes Echo, 8/13/14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Secret to Real Sustainability
Truly sustainable decisions start with looking at the big picture. Source: Ensia, 7/22/14

Is Sharing Really Green?
Many have sung the sharing economy's environmental praises, but the evidence may not be there to back up their claims. Source: Ensia, 7/29/14

Manufacturing Goes Lean and Green
Manufacturers around the world are uncovering the environmental as well as financial benefits of lean approaches. Source: Ensia, 4/21/14

Copper foam turns CO2 into useful chemicals
Scientists at Brown University's Center for Capture and Conversion of CO2 have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess CO2 into useful industrial chemicals, including formic acid. Source: Brown University, 8/12/14

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Why Energy Efficiency is About to Come Roaring Back
Investment in energy efficiency projects has been in a long-term decline, going back to a peak of about $2 billion annually in 1992, which has drifted down to about $1.2 billion in recent years. Chris Hummel, chief marketing officer of Schneider Electric, thinks that all of that is about to change. Source: Triple Pundit, 8/12/14

Feeding everyone with a minimum of carbon emissions
A new paper in this week's PNAS examines whether there are ways to add significant new agricultural land without causing a huge boost in carbon emissions. It finds that it's possible to greatly expand farmed land while avoiding billions of metric tons of carbon emissions, but doing so would require a level of international cooperation that would be unprecedented. Source: Ars Technica, 8/11/14

Using Closed-Loop Systems to Cut Waste (video)
Shirley Duncalf, head of sustainability for UK food service wholesale distributor Bidvest 3663, talks about the company's waste management projects and its focus on closed-loop solutions. Source: Environmental Leader, 8/11/14

Thursday, August 7, 2014
E-waste in Ghana: where death is the price of living another day
Attempts to recycle E-waste and donations of old electronic devices are harming poor people's health and devastating the environment, writes Nele Goutier. Agbogbloshie, once an idyllic landscape of wetlands and small farms, is now the most toxic place in the world reports the Blacksmith Institute: more toxic than Chernobyl. Source: The Ecologist, 8/7/14

7 Companies Investing in Sustainable Packaging
As waste continues to pile up in our landfills, a growing number of companies are taking a second look at product packaging and devising creative ways to cut back. Source: Triple Pundit, 8/1/14

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