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Are decommissioned offshore rigs safe for the environment?

Oil and gas companies are naturally nomadic; as soon as oil or gas runs dry in one place it is discovered in another, resulting in the companies constantly moving their entire production process to new regions. Lately oil discoveries in the Arctic have resulted in questions on whether companies should drill in these areas at all, while in the Mediterranean there are debates about who owns the rights to...

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Energy-intensive manufacturing leads to large carbon footprint in running shoes

Running may be a minimalist activity – all you need is a stretch of road and a pair of shoes – but a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that running shoes could have quite the carbon footprint. A life-cycle assessment study found that a pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, or the equivalent of keeping a 100-watt light bulb on for one week. What surprised...

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More and more investors want “green” business

The new generation of businessmen thinks “green” and demonstrates growing concern for the environment, found a recent study by Ernst & Young LLP Corporate Governance Center. The study revealed that investors of today have strong interests in both environmental and social topics, expressed through the submission and support of shareholder proposals which reflect these interests and a demand for enhanced...

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City of Cambridge, Harvard and M.I.T. ink Compact for Sustainable Future

A tripartite agreement among a city and universities is setting a new trend in addressing climate change at a local level. The City of Cambridge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have entered a compact that aims to leverage the intellectual and entrepreneurial capacity of businesses, non-profit groups, the academe, and municipal sectors in Cambridge to espouse a healthy,...

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Greening megacities to survive the next decade

Cities are the hubs of communication, commerce, and culture, providing opportunities for every nation’s economic growth. However, their development comes with a price - urban sprawl, traffic congestion, informal settlements, pollution, exploitation of resources and significant contributions to climate change. In terms of size, cities only occupy two percent of the world’s land mass, however, in terms of their...

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Being a responsible business owner: Conservation shouldn't be justified

When it comes to conserving energy, water, and reducing waste, there shouldn't be a need to justify actions or expenses in order to create a more efficient and eco-friendly establishment. If the money is available to invest in more efficient methods for the establishment, it should be common knowledge that they should be employed. All too often, some businesses and organizations are restricted in what they can do...

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Walmart aims 600% increase in renewable by 2020

Walmart has unveiled new commitments to further raise renewable energy consumption and improve energy efficiency across all its stores worldwide. By the end of 2020, the American multinational retail company pledged to procure around seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year, sealing a 600 percent increase over 2010 levels. It also vowed to cut energy intensity (kilowatt-hour per square foot) needed...

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Bumpy ride ahead for airlines as climate change increases turbulence

There’s been a lot of talk about the effect that the aviation industry and its emissions has on climate change, but a study from the University of East Anglia has found that climate change itself will also affect aviation. The University of East Anglia researchers, working with colleagues from the University of Reading, found that climate change will increase air turbulence and cause flights to get bumpier. “Aviation is...

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Sustainability as a new business strategy

In face of the changing climate, sustainability by all means is encouraged to maintain a healthy and liveable environment and ecosystem for all inhabitants of the planet. Sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future to meet their needs,” according to the Brundtland Commission, an international organization whose mission is to unite countries across the...

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Benefits of making your business green

In the past, many businesses believed that they could not combine economic success and environmental sustainability. However, more and more companies are realizing that going green can help them cut unnecessary costs while also protecting the planet. A green company restructures its business strategies so that it positively affects the environment. If you are considering making changes so that your...

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