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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

Small businesses are engaging a green agenda to satisfy increasing customer demand and provide and healthier bottom line

Why Small Businesses are Engaging Sustainability

The size of the market opportunities is driving small businesses to engage environmental sustainability, as are concerns about survival and long term success. In addition to improving profits, reducing costs and mitigating against risk, engaging sustainability affords opportunities for collaboration and innovation. While big corporate sustainability initiatives steal headlines, the small business community is also going green. For example, operational…

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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.

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Achieving India’s Solar Energy Goals Could Create 1 Million Jobs

A report from India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water and NRDC highlights the tremendous amount of job creation that could result from realizing India PM Modi’s renewable energy goals.

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EPA Conducting Sustainability Workshops in 22 Communities

The community workshops coincide with assisting 22 communities in 18 states make effective use of sustainability tools, such as equitable development, bikeshare program planning, and urban flood resilience enhancement.

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Solar Sector Investment Soars 175 Percent Higher in 2014

Private-sector investors plowed $9.6 billion into solar energy-sector companies in 2014, according to Mercom Capital Group. Investors continue to be enamored with downstream solar energy finance-and-installation companies in particular.

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Environmental Migration Highlights Socioeconomic Costs of Climate Change

2013’s over 600 natural disasters resulted in 37 mass migrations of between 100,000 to more than 4 million people. World leaders are set to meet in Japan to try to address the situation by updating the Hyogo Framework for Action.