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Walmart Uses More Coal Than Ever Despite Sustainability Pledge Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2015 21:40


The report, titled Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret: How the Company’s Slick Greenwashing Hides Its Massive Coal Consumption, found that the company is “one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity,” and that Walmart’s dependence on dirty power “pumps nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution into the air each year.” While the company has made a little headway toward its pledge with renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar, by and large Walmart’s operations continue to be powered by coal, and its clean energy initiatives provide just 3% of the company’s US electrical consumption. Walmart also happens to be one of the companies pouring millions of dollars into anti-solar groups, which are bankrolling the push to roll back rooftop solar and other clean energy policies on both the state and national levels.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/18/after-10-y.../

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2015 21:42
North Vancouver Passes Law that Mandates Applying Climate Change Warning Stickers to Gas Pumps in the City. Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:07


The city of North Vancouver, British Columbia passed a law this week that mandates climate change warning stickers be applied to gas pumps in the city. The vote makes the city the first in the world to implement such a law. The City Council still has to approve designs for the stickers, but a city staff report recommended including messages such as “Get $5,000 toward a purchase of a new electric car” or “Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting your engine” on the stickers.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/1..

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:10
Obama Rejects Keystone XL Project, Citing U.S. Climate Leadership Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:06


President Obama announced Friday that his administration will not issue a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that approval would undermine the U.S. effort to curb greenhouse gases. “America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Obama said. “And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.” Denying TransCanada Corp. a permit for the 1,179-mile pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, Neb., ends a seven-year fight over a project that became a symbol in the political battle over climate change. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/p...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:09
Sales of Meatless Meats on the Rise Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 October 2015 20:47


As more Americans ditch the meat for healthier options, plant-based meat sales soar.The plant-based meat market has never been hotter, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Since 2010, industry-wide sales are up eight percent and is now a $553 million dollar market. Whether for health, environmental, or ethical reasons, consumers are embracing vegan products like never before, and the recent proposed guidelines by the US Department of Agriculture reflect the changing way America eats. According to Ethan Brown, CEO of vegan meat company, Beyond Meat, “we are doubling the business annually.” The fast-growing brand counts such luminaries as Bill Gates, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams as investors.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2015 20:48
One of the Country's Leading Hospitals Is Giving McDonald's the Boot Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 August 2015 21:33


Cleveland Clinic's Golden Arches will come down after 20 years of business.

Come September, heart disease patients at the Cleveland Clinic will no longer be able to enjoy a post-checkup Big Mac. The hospital will close its on-campus McDonald’s location on Sept. 18, Cleveland.com reported Wednesday.

The franchise had a long-term lease on its space and has been a presence in the hospital’s food court for 20 years—and the hospital’s leadership has been trying to push the chain out for at least a decade.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 21:36
Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 August 2015 22:25




When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academyin Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, a project of the environmental education nonprofit Turning Green. Moreover, the program will address the controversial issue of GMOs in school food. As environmental news outlet EcoWatch reports:

This program is the first to take a stand against GMOs. While the long-term effects of GMOs are still uncertain, a growing body of evidence links them to a variety of health risks and environmental damage. An estimated 80 percent of items on most supermarket shelves contain GMOs, and they are ubiquitous in school food programs.Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/19/meet-nations-first-school-district-serve-100-organic-meals

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 22:36
Millions Of 'Shade Balls' Protect LA's Water During Drought Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 August 2015 15:21



Los Angeles can't make it rain, but it can shield its precious water with "shade balls" -- 96 million of them to be exact. By deflecting UV rays, the opaque spheres are expected to protect more than 300 million gallons of water from evaporating in Southern California's harsh sunlight every year. The shade balls also deter wildlife from contaminating the reservoir, shield the water from wind-blow dust and discourage algae from forming on the water's surface. City officials hailed the shade balls as very cost-effective.


Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 21:24
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