Richard Matthews

The Growth of Efficient Buildings

Building efficiency is a growing trend serving both economic and environmental concerns

The area of building efficiency affords tremendous opportunities for both economic growth and reduced environmental impacts. Buildings are the single largest emitters of greenhouse gases. According to a UNEP study titled “Towards a Green Economy,” homes and businesses are responsible for 40 percent of the climate change causing carbon pollution. There is significant room for improvement in new construction and retrofits in homes, businesses, …

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Some of the Greenest Mobile Phones in the World

Mobiles phones manufacturers are making greener, more sustainable products, but still have work to do to minimize the environmental footprint of cell phones and other electronic devices

Check out our updated review of the greenest mobile phones  There are a number of phones on the market that claim to be green. Here is a review of four leading manufacturers and the greenest mobile phones in the world. Four Blackberrys, two Apples, six Samsungs, and five Nokias According to a United Nations Telecom Agency report, there are about 6 billion cell phone subscribers …

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Environmental Success Stories: Mercury, SLCPs and Many More

In the face of the serious challenges, there are environmental success stories the show the possibilities of progress

The overwhelming number of environmental calamities we face overshadows environmental success stories and this undermines efforts to build support for ecological action. People concerned about the state of the environment understandably spend a lot of time talking about unresolved issues. Sadly, there is much to talk about, from soaring temperatures and extreme weather, to rising oceans and climbing levels of GHGs. Around the world, …

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A Review of the Business of Water Management in 2012 and a Look Forward to 2013

Drought and flooding were big news items for business in 2012 and most industry insiders anticipate that water management issues will be a key sustainability issue in 2013. The business community is increasingly being forced to realize that water management is fraught with challenges and risks. Water sustains life and makes our world livable. Water is required for the food we eat, the commerce …

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New Support for the Interconnectedness of the Environment and the Economy

A mighty industrial society discharges its waste unchecked into the environment. New reports emphasize the importance of understanding the relationship between the environment and the economy.

Two new reports reiterate the scientific veracity of anthropogenic climate change while reinforcing the interconnectedness of the economy and the environment. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report 2013 clearly points to the interrelationship between the environment and the economy. A draft of the third National Climate Assessment Report indicates that climate change is both an environmental and economic issue. The draft report …

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Republicans Contribute to Climate Change but Resist Aid for Sandy Relief

Republican deny climate change and deny assistance to those devastated by extreme weather

Republican resistance to environmental protections and unwavering support for fossil fuels drives climate change, yet they oppose aid to those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Conventional wisdom indicates that individual storms cannot be attributed to climate change. However, as explained in a Scientific American article, “that statement does not mean that we cannot say that climate change is making storms bigger….Hurricane Sandy has emboldened …

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Review of the Most Extreme U.S. Weather Events of 2012

2012 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather events in the U.S.

Extreme weather is helping Americans to accept the veracity of climate science. Thousands were killed due to extreme weather in the U.S. in 2012 and the costs amount to hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage, diminished agricultural yields and lost productivity. In 2012, there were eleven extreme weather events in the U.S. which cost a billion dollars or more. With the exception …

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