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US energy emissions are up

Consumers emit more greenhouse gas emissions than from the industrial sector, according to this preliminary analysis from the the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA reported that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels increased by 1.6% last year, and attributed the increase mostly coming from the residential and commercial sectors. The combined […]

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From trash to cash

Here’s a new report from IBISWorld listing the industries that are cashing in on American’s poor environmental habits. Revenue from the waste collection industry is said to have risen 4.5 percent to $39.87 billion, following several strong years in terms of increased demand for waste management services. Recycling facilities currently generate estimated revenues of $2,981 […]

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Don’t play around with GreenPeace

There will be no peace for game console manufacturers unless they fully comply to GreenPeace’s demand. According to the group’s new study “Playing Dirty”, three major electronic manufacturers continue to use chemicals and materials GreenPeace deems hazardous in the game consoles Wii (Nintendo), Playstation (Sony) and Xbox (Microsoft). Through a series of testing, GreenPeace said […]

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TV news inflames fire retardant fears

Last night’s news on CBS reported the concerns on human exposures to brominated flame retardants especially the chemical Deca, a polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) produced in the US. Deca is also a focus of attention in Europe although a recent study from the European Union indicated that the flame retardant do not pose any risk. […]

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Wind racing the sun

Wind energy investments seem to be neck and neck with the solar market. This week alone I came across three wind energy investment announcements: Fluor building the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the UK; GreenHunter Wind Energy planning to develop China’s first wind energy project; and Mesa Power LLP also planning to build the […]

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GHG is up says weathermen

If melting polar ice caps and increasing hurricanes and tornadoes do not convince skeptics of earth’s rising temperature, maybe the high tech gadgets and scientific views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could do the trick. According to NOAA scientists, the global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the primary driver of global climate […]

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The power of wind

Wind power could be the next hot energy source according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recently released report. The DOE said wind can provide as much as 20% of US electricity needs by 2030. In that scenario, installations of new wind power capacity would increase to more than 16,000 megawatts per year by 2018, […]

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DuPont’s green survey says…

DuPont has been running around and drilling the minds of consumers (and auto makers) for some green tips. According to a recent company-sponsored survey conducted by Market Tools, 65% of US consumers are willing to pay premium for renewably-sourced products. Other findings include women tending to be more environmentally responsible than men (True or False?); […]

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Green is hot for retailers

Sustainability-driven consumers and natural beauty products will continue to play significant roles in the retail market this year. According to market data provider Information Resources Inc. (IRI), the consumer market for sustainable products and packaging is still in the early stages of development and majority of the business is still carried out among niche players. […]

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Stop smelling your buttered popcorn!

It’s so difficult not to inhale that freshly popped buttery flavored popcorn but please restrain yourself from burying your face in it. Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) found that a significant concentration of diacetyl, a compound found in artificial butter flavoring could be harmful to lungs when inhaled. In their […]

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