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Pipeline Detection Systems Flawed, Study Says

The general public and emergency responders identified oil and gas spills far more often than computerized detection systems used by pipeline companies, according to a draft report commissioned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The leak detection study, which is in draft form and set to be completed … Read more »

How Shale Gas Firms Could Cut Water Costs

How Shale Gas Firms Could Cut Water Costs

Shale gas companies could benefit financially and cut water use by collaborating with regulators and sharing infrastructure with other operators working in the same drilling basin, according to a report from global consulting firm Accenture. Each shale drilling basin in the US typically supports several companies, each which their own … Read more »

Seattle Pushes Fossil Fuel Divestment

The city of Seattle will not invest its cash balances in fossil fuel companies and is taking additional steps to divest employee-deferred compensation funds and pressure its pension fund system to pull money from Chevron and ExxonMobil, two of the system’s top 10 investments. The pension system currently has $17.6 … Read more »

Amazon, Macy’s, Sears Settle with FTC over Bamboo Claims

Amazon, Leon Max, Macy’s and Sears – and Sears’ Kmart subsidiaries – have agreed to pay $1.26 million in penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges the retailers misled customers by selling rayon fabrics labeled as made from bamboo fiber. Sears will pay $475,000, Amazon $455,000, Macy’s $250,000 and Leon … Read more »

CA Technologies, IBM Energy Management Software Leaders, Study Says

CA Technologies, IBM Energy Management Software Leaders, Study Says

CA Technologies, CarbonSystems, IBM, Schneider Electric and Verisae lead the global market for energy management software, according to a Verdantix study. Green Quadrant Energy Management Software (Global) 2013 compares 14 enterprise-class energy management software applications to help corporate buyers save time, reduce cost and mitigate risk in supplier selection. The analysis … Read more »

NY Storm Panel Proposes Shoreline Changes

A draft report prepared by the NYS 2100 commission, one of four panels appointed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, has proposed a number of changes to protect the area from future super storms that could impact utilities, railways, wastewater treatment and the state’s … Read more »

Network Rail Spends $60bn to Cut Carbon, Boost Capacity

Network Rail Spends $60bn to Cut Carbon, Boost Capacity

Network Rail, the owner and operator of the UK’s rail infrastructure, plans to spend £37.5 billion ($60.4 billion) over five years on improvements aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 37 percent while boosting passenger and freight capacity and protecting critical infrastructure against the impact of changing weather patterns. The … Read more »

Impact Investing ‘to Hit $9 Billion in 2013’

Impact Investing ‘to Hit $9 Billion in 2013’

Impact investing is expected to grow 12.5 percent to reach $9 billion in 2013, according to a survey released by JP Morgan and Global Impact Investing Network. The results, outlined in the Perspectives on Progress report, reveal expectations and perceptions of 99 impact investors who manage at least $10 million or … Read more »

AkzoNobel, U-Ming Join Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Specialty chemicals producer AkzoNobel and Taiwan marine shipper U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation have joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, a global coalition of companies that pledge to improve the industry’s environmental impacts through a broad range of goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is managed by non-profit … Read more »

Supreme Court Throws Out Stormwater Case

A lawsuit thrown out this week by the US Supreme Court, and a separate settlement between the EPA and several home builder industry groups, have demonstrated the challenge of regulating polluted stormwater that makes its way into rivers, streams and oceans. The settlement was the second setback for the EPA’s … Read more »

Industry, Culture Drive Global Food Waste, Engineers Say

Industry, Culture Drive Global Food Waste, Engineers Say

The world wastes up to 2 billion metric tons of food each year, driven by supermarket industry practices, inefficient harvesting and agriculture methods, poor storage and processing facilities and Western culture’s penchant for perfect looking fruits and vegetables, according to report by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers. “Waste Not … Read more »

New York Eyes $1bn Green Bank, Electric Car Network

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed creating a green bank to spur private investment in the clean economy. He also called for a state-wide electric car network and an extension to the state’s solar program. Cuomo briefly described these plans and named Richard Kauffman to a cabinet-level energy czar … Read more »