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Clean energy development is just one area that will suffer under the economic sequestration

The Environmental Impacts of Sequestration

In addition to harming the economy, the middle-class and national security, Sequestration cuts will have a disastrous impact on the environment. These cuts will adversely impact air, water, energy, fish, wildlife and national parks. Sequestration is a series of automatic budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011; it went into effect on March 1, 2013. These spending…

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The shipwrecked Costa Concordia serves as a stark reminder of the environmental impact of cruise ships

The Costa Concordia and the Destructive Environmental Impact of Cruise Ships

The recent sinking of the Costa Concordia underscores the destructive environmental impact of cruise liners. The ship went down on January 13 with 4,200 passengers and crew on board. Seventeen people are confirmed dead and 15 people are still missing. Even if they manage to stay afloat, these massive ships have enormous footprints. If the Costa Concordia’s fuel leaks, it…

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Metrics for the Triple Bottom Line

Many are suggesting that our metrics need to assess the triple bottom line  (TBL). The health of the planet and measures of human happiness are not included in the leading economic indicators. The most commonly used measure of a nations health is gross domestic product (GDP) which refers to the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country…

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Unilever's collaborative approach to sustainability

Unilever’s Collaborative Approach to Sustainability

Unilever is employing collaborative approaches to decrease their environmental impact and grow sales. Unilever has announced plans to halve the company’s environmental impact and double sales by 2020. This is a particularly ambitious undertaking when you consider that Unilever comprises over 100 brands and has sales in 170 countries with annual revenues of over $63 billion. Unilever’s Sustainability Approach Unilever is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index…

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Environmental News Wrap – June 16-21

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Must Read of the Week: Biomass energy has been touted as a smart way to deal with bio-refuse. The idea is being reexamined though because the act of burning bio-refuse is more damaging than any alternative. Also, the pay off for making biomass burning carbon…

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