Chanel, Gucci and luxury fashion’s sustainability crossroads

June 29, 2016 by  
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High-end labels are tapping into next generation plastics and new marketing angles to reassess environmental impacts.

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Keeping it real with Sierra Club’s Michael Brune

June 14, 2016 by  
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Given the recent glut of renewable energy announcements, it’s a welcome perspective to temper optimism with a dose of reality. During an interview at the recent Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) conference in San Francisco, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke of his optimism about the transition to a renewable energy future, the enormity of the work that is still necessary and the role of the activist community to accelerate this effort.

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Can large companies lead the low-carbon revolution?

March 3, 2016 by  
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The dismissal of a green advocate at a major energy corporation and other recent developments raise a critical question: Are big companies too invested in the status quo to be trailblazers.

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Videos from VERGE DC

March 21, 2012 by  
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Missed some of the main stage action at the recent VERGE DC conference? See Amory Lovins, Tim O'Reilly, Jennifer Pahlka, Steve Case and more in videos available from VERGE Virtual.

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Are Airships Efficient Enough for EcoGeeks?

July 27, 2011 by  
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At EcoGeek, we are big fans of airships . A recent article at Txchnologist asks whether airships are poised to make a comeback in the commercial sector, but other recent articles question whether they truly make sense. Are airships a realistic possibility? Writing a commentary about his own article , author John Rennie asks if airships really offer the benefits we like to think they do. Another recent Scientific American blog post is even more critical of the idea of airships for transport. One of the eternal tradeoffs in transportation is the time versus energy cost consideration. On one hand, there is the cost of energy to move goods from point A to point B. Faster takes more energy, and is therefore more expensive. On the other hand, the time for a pilot or driver or other person to convey the goods has to be paid for, and a longer trip means more expense. The trick is to find the balance point between the two. This is, at least to some extent, what has driven the avaition industry away from propeller aircraft to the use of jets. Trains are very efficient for moving heavy cargo, but train tracks don’t go everywhere. A hybrid train and airship network might be useful to extend the reach of the current rail network without the expensive and difficult process of laying lots of new track. Trucks serve as the spokes for these networks right now. They are more expensive at moving freight than trains, but also more flexible. Is there room for that in the current transportation network? That seems to be one of the crucial questions. And, for now, the premium for trucks is not so high that other options are being sought. The Scientific American article particularly focuses on speed versus cost as a tradeoff, but those are not the only factors that are relevant in considering airship, so the many current military developments are overlooked. Most present military uses under development are for long duration missions , where the simple lift of the airship makes it far more economical to operate than having conventional fixed-wing aircraft. It may be many years before old, used military airships begin to be adapted for civilian uses, but we remain optimistic that airships will become a useful contributor to part of the transportation infrastructure of the future.

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Renewable Energy Now Accounts for 25% of Global Energy Capacity

July 26, 2011 by  
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The newly released REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report shows that renewable energy hit a major milestone in 2010 by making up 25 percent of global energy capacity by the end of that year.  Renewable sources supplied 20 percent of the energy consumed in 2010. So far in 2011, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, water, biomass, biofuels, geothermal ) have supplied 11.73 percent of energy consumed in the U.S., which is 5.65 percent more than nuclear power and not far away from the energy supplied from domestic crude oil. The report states that 50 percent of renewable energy capacity is now in developing countries.  The top five countries (in order) for non-hydro renewable energy capacity are the U.S., China , Germany, Spain and India. China ended 2010 with renewables accounting for 26 percent of installed energy capacity and 18 percent of the energy consumed. In other encouraging news, the EU exceeded all of its targets for wind , solar PV, solar thermal and heating/heat pumps.  In 2010, renewables made up 41 percent of new electricity capacity in the EU. For more on the state of renewable energy in the world, including more country rankings by sector, you can check out the full report here (PDF) . via Sustainable Business

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Wisconsin, Home Of The "Sewer Socialists," Redefining Future Of Environmental Regulation?

February 27, 2011 by  
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“UV lamp from Radium, a Siemens company, treats 20 liters of water in about 15 minutes. Its powerful UV radiation destroys all pathogenic bacteria in the process.” Caption & image credit: Siemens .

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How Urban Planning Fans the Flames of Revolution

February 25, 2011 by  
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From our friends at Fast Company , “bridging the fuzzy border between design and business.” The accelerating role social media played in the recent uprising in Egypt has gotten a lot of people talking, but urban planning was just as vital in fanning the flames of revolution.

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Does Senate Bill 510 Put Raw Milk in Real Danger?

November 30, 2010 by  
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Graphic courtesy Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund . Today the U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

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Does CSR Reporting Help the Planet, or Just Help Reporting?

September 30, 2010 by  
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Despite the recent boom of CSR reports published and the number of reporting guidelines in existence, without benchmarks for continual improvement, companies get stuck on a treadmill of reporting for reporting’s sake.

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