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The growth of corporate clean energy in 6 charts 24.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Recently, U.S. facilities have begun to offer large-scale renewable energy options to customers. Here, a closer look at the rapid scale-up.
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PepsiCo, Walmart and setting a standard for sustainable fleets 24.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A new BSR initiative brings together major fuel buyers to scope out the market for alternative fuels and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
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Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green 24.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Antarctica , the desolate southernmost continent boasting the coldest climate on Earth, usually brings to mind visions of ice, snow and penguins . But global warming is transforming Antarctica’s icy expanses, new research from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom shows. Parts of the continent are “greening,” researchers say — and fast. Moss has been growing on the Antarctic Peninsula at a dramatically faster rate in the past 50 years, and warming temperatures are the culprit, the researchers concluded in a paper published last week in the journal Current Biology. “If you’d taken a photograph of these parts of the peninsula 50 years ago it would have been a monochrome shot of ice. Nothing but glaciers,” study co-author Dominic Hodgson told CNN. “Today that photo would show extensive patches of green .” The Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of the continent, is known to be one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. Average temperatures there have jumped about 1 degree Fahrenheit ...
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2 people rescued from island in Green River; 1 hospitalized 24.5.2017 Seattle Times: Politics

The King County sheriff’s Marine Rescue Unit rescued two people who became trapped on a small island in the Green River, east of Auburn. One of the victims was flown to a Seattle hospital with a life-threatening condition, the sheriff’s office said.
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How science-based targets guide Walmart's sustainability course 24.5.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Walmart is the first retailer to sign up for approved science-based targets around emissions reductions, says Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Stores. "We are committing to reducing emissions by 18 percent by 2025 in our operations," she says, a level of rigor that "has pushed us to be more creative."
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Snow angels are back: NFL loosens its celebration restrictions 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The “No Fun League” won’t be taking itself quite so seriously this fall.

The league announced Tuesday it is relaxing the rules on celebrations to allow players more room for fun and spontaneous displays after they make big plays. Players will be able to use the football as a prop, for instance,...

Will air fresheners make Metro great again? 23.5.2017 Washington Post
Will air fresheners make Metro great again?
10 minutes with Aaron Stash, United Airlines 23.5.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why this long-time marketer and musical theater buff is optimistic about his role as the 'Lorax' for sustainability at one of the world's largest airlines.
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Stop hoping we can fix climate change by pulling carbon out of the air, scientists warn 23.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Scientists are expressing increasing skepticism that we’re going to be able to get out of the climate change mess by relying on a variety of large-scale land use and technical solutions that have been not only proposed, but often relied upon in scientific calculations. Two papers published last week debunk the idea of planting large volumes of trees to pull carbon dioxide out of the air — saying there just isn’t enough land available to pull it off — and also various other strategies for “carbon...
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Stop hoping we can fix climate change by pulling carbon out of the air, scientists warn 23.5.2017 Washington Post
Stop hoping we can fix climate change by pulling carbon out of the air, scientists warn
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4 Ways China’s Belt and Road Initiative Could Support Sustainable Infrastructure 23.5.2017 WRI Stories
4 Ways China’s Belt and Road Initiative Could Support Sustainable InfrastructureAdd Comment|PrintWind farm in Shantou, China. Photo by Chris/Flickr Beijingers enjoyed clean air and blue skies earlier this month, as they usually do when big things happen in the city, such as the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and convenings of the national congresses. This time it was the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The Forum discussed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s massive... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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There’s no avoiding it, business must lead on climate 22.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray A few weeks ago, I attended the Earth Day Network’s Climate Leadership Gala in Washington, DC.  Each year the event brings together more than 300 leaders from business, government and the NGO community to celebrate achievements in working towards a clean energy future. This year’s top honor, the Climate Visionary Award, was presented to Unilever CEO Paul Polman for his commitment to fighting climate change. Bold, passionate leadership like Polman’s is essential to tackling climate change while helping to create an economy that benefits us all. He understands that it’s not a choice between business and the environment. In fact, a thriving economy depends on a thriving environment. Corporate sustainability leadership is now more important than ever. It’s clear that the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll-back environmental protections have thrust U.S. businesses into a critical leadership role on clean energy and climate change. (In fact, I’ll be talking with business leaders later today ...
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Socialism Is So Hot Right Now. Thank Bernie Sanders. 22.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Consider the Bernie Bro (Wellus actuallius), an aggressive subgenus of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters. In the year since Sanders lost the Democratic primary, members of this species have been pushed out of their native habitat and forced to migrate to new ecosystems. Some nested down in social media, encroaching on classmates’ Facebook posts and female journalists’ Twitter updates with condescending diatribes about Slavoj Žižek. Others made their way to the hostile environs of Donald Trump’s campaign, finding sustenance in the idea that there was no difference between the Republican and Democratic nominees for president. Still more found their way to your dinner table, nourishing themselves on ponderous expositions of neoliberalism, where and how they refill their beer growlers, and why Bernie would’ve won.   Herds of other Bernie Bros, however, have staked out a far more hospitable environment: the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA. For the uninitiated, DSA ― the inheritor of the ...
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George Bandy on the genius and courage of dreaming 22.5.2017 GreenBiz.com
"Why are you in this line of work?" George Bandy Jr., vice president of sustainability at the Mohawk Group, asked the audience of sustainability professionals gathered at GreenBiz 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Evolution Of Sustainability Education 22.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This past week we celebrated graduation at Columbia University. Throughout the week, schools gathered under tents on campus, and on Wednesday the entire university gathered for the official commencement and to hear Columbia’s President Lee Bollinger speak on the importance of free speech and the free global exchange of ideas. Some advocates of sustainability push a particular ideology or set of answers to these pressing problems, but at Columbia we have worked hard to ensure that multiple perspectives are part of our teaching and learning. We teach climate law and command and control regulation, and at the same time offer a certificate in sustainability finance that focuses on market-based solutions to the challenges of transitioning to a renewable resource-based economy. Our search for sustainability must be an open and honest one. My favorite part of President Bollinger’s speech was when he put his own office and prestige behind his advocacy of free speech and observed that: “Anyone with a voice can ...
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A black congressman called for Trump's impeachment. Lynching threats followed, he said. 21.5.2017 Washington Post
Rep. Al Green, a seven-term Democrat from Texas, played recordings of the two voice mails, which appear to have come from male callers, during a town hall meeting in Houston on Saturday.
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Black Congressman Who Wants To Impeach Trump Now Receiving Lynching Threats 21.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) received voicemails threatening to lynch him and calling him racial slurs after he called for President Donald Trump ’s impeachment, he said Saturday. Green, who is black,  played the recordings for about 100 attendees at a town hall in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. They include death threats, racial epithets and graphic language. “Hey Al Green, we’ve got an impeachment for you. It’s going to be yours,” one caller said. “It’s actually going to give you a short trial before we hang your nigger ass.”  (Listen to two other voicemails at the Houston Chronicle .) “We’ll lynch all you fuckin’ niggers,” another caller said. “You’ll be hanging from a tree.” That caller went on to claim no one had called for Barack Obama’s impeachment ( they had ), even though “he was born in Kenya” ( he wasn’t ). Trump  helped spread the “birther” conspiracy theory that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. He finally disavowed it last year, though in a September HuffPost/YouGov poll , 39 ...
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Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment 21.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he’s been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports . […]
Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment 21.5.2017 AP Top News
HOUSTON (AP) -- A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump....
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A GOP congressman from Kentucky wonders: Is ‘this Trump thing’ sustainable? 21.5.2017 Washington Post
Rep. James Comer returned to his district for the first time in a month, worrying that, for Republicans, the “wheels were falling off.” Was Trump still popular here? Had he lost this part of Kentucky? As he braved town hall meetings during the congressional recess, he started to hear an answer.
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