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Thursday, September 25, 2014
We Don't Have to Ditch Capitalism to Fight Climate Change
We know how to address the problem of climate change, and it doesn't require ditching the market economy. Instead, it relies on harnessing it. Source: HBR Blog Network, 9/24/14

Two Forces Moving Business Closer to Climate Action
This week, CEOs and world leaders met at the UN to talk climate. In the run-up to these high-level talks, many companies and some relatively new voices from the business community have been sounding both the alarm and the rallying cry for action. At the same time, the cost of renewable energy has dropped very far, very fast. It's a perfect storm bringing us to two important tipping points: one of belief and commitment to action, and one of economics. But there's still a major disconnect happening in one other area: the relationship between business and citizen consumers. Source: HBR Blog Network, 9/24/14

Microplastic Pollution Discovered in St. Lawrence River Sediments
A team of researchers from McGill University and the Quebec government have discovered microplastics (in the form of polyethylene 'microbeads,' less than 2 mm in diameter) widely distributed across the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, the first time such pollutants have been found in freshwater sediments. Source: McGill University, 9/23/14

Actions on Climate Change Bring Better Health, Study Says
The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 9/22/14

Live Long and Phosphor: Blue LED Breakthrough for Efficient Electronics
In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, researchers at the University of Michigan have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10. Source: University of Michigan, 9/25/14

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
These 5 companies strive to convert CO2 to cash
A growing list of innovative companies is dedicated to reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by turning them into something else entirely. Unlike traditional carbon-capture technologies, the focus is on creating something that could produce a stream of revenue while addressing emissions. Source: GreenBiz, 9/22/14

Businesses find cash in composting organic trash
Small businesses have sprung up to serve the needs of those willing to pay a little extra to have their garbage recycled into compost. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/13/14

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Can cloud computing stay green?
On one hand, organisations of all sizes are being urged to throw their data and operations into the cloud to radically boost their efficiency. On the other, they are being told to think about environmental sustainability and boosting their green credentials. With the former trend involving such huge consumption of power and data, is this fundamentally incompatible with 'greenness'? To find out, we put some questions to Peter Hopton, founder and CEO of server platform specialist Iceotope. Source: TechRadar Pro, 9/9/14

New Chin Strap May Harvest the Power of Chewing to Provide Energy to Electronic Devices
Scientists continue to search for ways to collect power for sustainable energy. Now, they've created a chin strap that can actually harvest energy from the jaw movements associated with chewing, which may just be able to power small devices in the future. Source: Science World News, 9/19/14

Friday, September 19, 2014
EPA Rules Could Breathe New Life into Cap and Trade
Cap and trade may be dead on Capitol Hill, but states could use it to meet new EPA targets for reducing power plants' carbon emissions. Source: Governing, September 2014

Avnet's Global Solutions Center A Model Of Efficiency And Sustainability
For a production and distribution facility that measures 228,000 square feet, it'd be understandable for one to assume that its eco-footprint would correlate to a large impact. For Avnet and its Global Solutions Center, it's quite the opposite. Avnet's Global Solutions Center uses a warehouse-management system, just-in-time production and in-house repair systems to be more effective, reduce life cycle carbon emissions, and reuse and recycle electronic waste. "We realized that as the sustainable recycling product industry matures in the interim, we can't have one or two partnerships," said John Beimfohr of Avnet. "We have to find lots of local partnerships to make sure this stuff doesn't end up in the ground. This all took years to figure out." Source: Industrial Distribution, 9/11/14

Why we buy organic and fair trade: Feelings matter
Many people visit sites like TreeHugger to learn about environmentally friendly products and design solutions, but new research suggests that ethical consumer choices are motivated by more than just having all the facts. Ahir Gopaldas, a researcher and assistant professor at Fordham University, is working to understand how emotions also play an important role in motivating ethical consumers. "Thoughts become action when they are emotionally charged," Gopaldas says. Source: TreeHugger, 9/18/14

Thursday, September 18, 2014
How leaders from Apple to ZDHC are opening up on chemicals
Corporate giants, government agencies and industry groups are creating smarter ways to secure every link in the supply chain. Source: GreenBiz, 9/17/14

Hacking the way to 7 stages of eco-innovation
Everyone from information scientists to CPAs comes together to build environmental apps, starting with brainstorming and ending with execution. Source: GreenBiz, 9/18/14

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