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Up to $242B in Health Costs of Coal Welcome Statistic but Alarming Toll

Up to $242B in Health Costs of Coal Welcome Statistic but Alarming Toll

If we needed another reason to be concerned about our heavy reliance on “cheap” coal for energy, we could find all we wanted in a recently released report from a team at the Harvard Medical School. “Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal” (Annals of the New York … Read more »

De Boer to Businesses: Don’t Be Too Generic or Too Specific

Business and industry do a far better job communicating to government policy-makers on a national level than globally. That was the feedback U.N. climate secretary Yvo de Boer gave to a capacity crowd of more than 400 executives attending Copenhagen Business Day, Dec.11. The annual business day event is organized … Read more »

Senator Kerry: Climate, Energy Challenges Spell Opportunity

At a reception for representatives of 17 countries attending President Barack Obama’s “Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate” in Washington, D.C., this week, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., compared pending climate legislation to the successful acid rain cap-and-trade system established in the 1990s and said climate regulations could buoy and … Read more »

FTC on Greenwashing: Is That All There Is?

The Federal Trade Commission in mid-June charged three companies, Kmart Corp., Tender Corp. and Dyna-E International, with making false and unsubstantiated claims that their paper products were “biodegradable.” Kmart and Tender agreed to administrative settlements in the cases against them, while the case against Dyna-E will be litigated. The FTC … Read more »