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CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows

A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global energy use traditionally increases and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions also go up.
"This gives me even more hope that humankind will be able to work together to combat climate change, the most important threat facing us today"
- IEA’s lead economist, Fatih Birol

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Mind-controlled helicopter aids concentration

via CNN | Mon November 26, 2012
A toy helicopter controlled by nothing but brainwaves could be available to the public just in time to hover under this year's Christmas tree.

Victory for Forests: Disney Stands Up for Endangered Forests and Animals

via Huffington Post | Tue October 23, 2012
Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there's no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day.

SpaceX launches station cargo

Story contains video via BBC | Sun October 07, 2012
The first commercially contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has lifted off.

Tesla Unveils Solar Powered Charging Stations

via Triple Pundit | Sun September 30, 2012
Tesla Motors unveiled the first of its six Supercharger stations in six California locations (Folsom, Gilroy, Coalinga, Lebec, Barstow and Hawthorne).

Canada will no longer oppose global fight against asbestos

via Canadian Cancer Society | Fri September 14, 2012
The days of Canadian asbestos exports appear to be numbered, and anti-asbestos activists couldn’t be happier.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific bans shark fins as air cargo

via Washington Post | Fri September 07, 2012
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific says it will stop carrying shark fins as cargo, bowing to pressure from groups concerned about cruelty and possible extinctions as China’s appetite for the delicacy rises.

Obama Hikes Fuel Efficiency to 54.5 MPG by 2025

via Hispanic Business | Wed August 29, 2012
The Obama administration on Tuesday introduced new rules to double fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, a move that the White House says will be comparable to cutting a dollar a gallon from the price of gasoline and that auto dealers warned would raise the cost of a new car.

Johnson & Johnson Announces a Ban on Harmful Chemicals in Products

via Triple Pundit | Mon August 20, 2012
Johnson & Johnson made the landmark announcement this week that it would ban harmful chemicals from their products.

How Some Food Retailers Are Coming to the Rescue of Pigs

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Wed August 08, 2012
After working with The Humane Society of the United States, many of the largest restaurant chains, grocery stores and food manufacturers have announced policies to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chain.

Company Designs Bottle From Great Pacific Garbage Patch Debris

via Wired | Sat August 04, 2012
Somewhere in the vicinity of Hawaii, a huge mass of plastic debris floats in the Pacific. And that’s just a fraction of the waste that’s bobbing around out there. Compared to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” one plastic soap bottle may not seem like much. But if that one bottle is mass produced by soap-maker Method, it could turn out to make a big difference.

KFC-Indonesia suspends purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper due to deforestation

via Greenpeace UK | Mon July 16, 2012
While KFC bosses in Kentucky remain silent on whether it will cut forest destruction out of its supply chain globally, it looks like one country has gotten tired of waiting for headquarters to respond to the Greenpeace campaign.

Media giant Walt Disney to ban junk food ads

via BBC | Mon June 11, 2012
US media giant Walt Disney has said it will ban junk food ads on its TV, radio and online programmes.

New Solar Program From SunEdison Aims to Eradicate Darkness in India

via Triple Pundit | Tue June 05, 2012
As technology improves and concerns continue to rise about energy availability and security, there’s much debate here in the U.S. about what kinds of energy sources governments and utilities should be looking to for future use.

Netherlands’ Repair Cafes Curb Consumerism

via Triple Pundit | Fri May 25, 2012
How awesome is the idea of a repair cafe? Very simply, it is a place you take your old, broken-down items, buy a cup of coffee and get your things fixed so that you can continue using them.

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