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Global Organizations Announce $8.4 Mil Grant to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

via Triple Pundit | Fri May 27, 2011
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at least 4 million people who make a living off of recycling.

Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

via Triple Pundit | Tue May 03, 2011
In these days of federal budget-cutting (and high gas prices), it was only a matter of time before subsidies for oil companies came under closer scrutiny. That moment has come.

World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

via Mongbay | Fri April 29, 2011
The world's largest meat processor has agreed to stop buying beef from ranches associated with slave labor and illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to the public prosecutor's office in the state of Acre.

Google is Building the World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant

via Reuters | Wed April 13, 2011
The solar investments from Google just keep on comin’, and this time, it’s a biggie. On Monday afternoon, the search giant announced its largest investment in renewable energy to date: $168 million into one of the first utility-scale solar projects being built by startup BrightSource Energy in California’s Mojave Desert.

KFC dumps palm oil due to health, environmental concerns

via MongaBay | Sun April 10, 2011
KFC said it is making the change due to health and climate concerns. Palm oil is high is saturated fat and has been associated with destruction of carbon-dense peatlands and rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia.

GE To Build Largest Solar Factory In The U.S.

via Forbes | Thu April 07, 2011
GE announced Thursday that it’s planning to go big in solar panel manufacturing and will build the largest solar panel factory in the U.S., with an annual capacity of 400 megawatts of production of thin-film solar when it is up and running in 2013.

Bank bailout turns a profit

via CNN | Wed March 30, 2011
Don't look now, but the bank bailout is starting to turn a profit. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that the money it gave to banks during the financial crisis has been paid back, and then some.

Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

via Triple Pundit | Wed March 16, 2011
he world now faces dramatic cuts in government spending and no shortage of pressing social and environmental challenges. On Monday, asset owners and managers of an impressive 4.1 trillion dollars gathered in San Francisco to “Take Action!” – discussing how they can best use their investment portfolios to address big issues.

McDonald’s Sets Long-Term Sustainable Beef, Coffee Plans

via Green Biz | Sat March 12, 2011
McDonald's has laid out a plans to move to more sustainable meat, coffee and packaging.

Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

via Triple Pundit | Fri March 04, 2011
In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to stop selling 12 red-listed varieties of fish.

Flying less is more, say businesses

via World Wildlife Fund | Fri March 04, 2011
New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less.

Plastic bag ban begins on Kauai and Maui, fee discussed for rest of state

via Hawaii Health Guide | Sat January 15, 2011
In Hawaii, Maui and Kauai County are the official forerunners in banning single use plastic bags that easily find their way into water streams, ocean currents and the stomachs of birds and fish.

Ford to extend Auto Start-Stop system to gasoline and diesel vehicles

via GizMag | Tue December 28, 2010
Auto Stop-Start technology that shuts off a vehicle’s engine when it comes to a stop to save fuel is a standard feature on many hybrid and electric-vehicles (EVs), including Ford’s Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid. Ford has now announced its Auto Start-Stop system will be added to conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America from 2012.

California approves first US carbon-trading scheme

via BBC | Fri December 17, 2010
California has become the first US state to approve a carbon-trading plan aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions.

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