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Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

Global plastic production continues to rise while recycling lags, according to a Worldwatch Institute report. The report says this trend has been ongoing for more than 50 years — about 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 3.9 percent increase over 2012. And demand for plastic … Read more »

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Oilseed in Livestock Feed Can Cut Emissions Up to 13%, Study Finds

Using oilseed plant in livestock feed can cut methane and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 13 percent , according to preliminary findings of a study. The environmental monitoring study, carried out by the Life-Seed Capital project and co-founded by the European Commission’s Life+programme, found that introducing rapeseed cake cuts … Read more »

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Why B Corp Certification Matters

Companies can attract younger workers by seeking — or touting — B Corp status, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since 2007, B Lab, the nonprofit that awards companies with a B Corp logo based on their environmental and social business practices, says 859 companies — including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, … Read more »

Walmart, Fox Campaign Promotes Eco-Brands

Walmart and Twentieth Century Fox have partnered to promote eco-friendly brands including Brita, Burt’s Bees, Glad, Green Works and Clorox — and the studio’s home-video launch of “Epic,” an environmentally themed animated film. Walmart launched its Epic Green Warriors campaign — each product, such as Glad compostable trash bags and … Read more »

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More States Requiring Insurers Complete Climate Risk Survey

The Connecticut and Minnesota Departments of Insurance have joined California, New York and Washington in requiring insurers respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in 2009 by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Despite NAIC approval in 2009, the remaining 45 states have declined to administer the survey. California Insurance … Read more »

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available — an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions, according to Worldwatch Institute. By comparison, global CO2 emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion … Read more »

Companies Increasingly ‘Pursue Triple Bottom Line’

Companies Increasingly ‘Pursue Triple Bottom Line’

Echoing the growth in corporate social responsibility reporting, a growing number of mostly small- and medium-sized companies are taking environmental and social stewardship further and becoming benefit corporations — companies that are legally bound to have a positive effect on society — according to a report by Worldwatch Institute. There are currently … Read more »

‘Green’ Ads Rise Captalizing on Environmental Concerns

‘Green’ Ads Rise Captalizing on Environmental Concerns

Advertisers, hoping to capitalize on growing public interest in sustainability, have put more resources into “green” advertising aimed at attracting consumers with claims of improved environmental impact of products, according a Worldwatch Institute report released this week. The report, issued by the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online subscription-based tool, says … Read more »