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The Sustainability Journal Vikram R Chari Volume 2012 Issue 101

WallStreet is starting to understand that sustainability in business strategy is more than a nice-to-have environmentalleader.com/2012/05/31/is-… #csr

Wind A Gust of Wind Industry Mergers – A rising tide may float all boats, but a stiff wind separates the wheat from… http://ow.ly/1k8s1Q

Top US companies shelling out to block action on climate change http://j.mp/JQtKpC

Solar Energy Momentum Building in the Middle East as Qatar Banks Finance $1.1 Billion Polysilicon Plant http://dlvr.it/1fFng9

The Better Buildings Challenge: Putting facilities on an energy diet: Just as with a weight-loss diet, building … http://t.co/FNW5FqQW

New California Building Code to Save Billions j.mp/McbvQG

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem fb.me/1UgoryJMA

FOCUS | Bruce Springsteen: ‘The Banker Man Grows Fat, Working Man Grows Thin’ fb.me/11CmWdNz1

SEC: Prefers Whaling on Little Guys | bit.ly/KhUUtC | on.fb.me/KsHGZa

Does radioactive tuna mean Fukushima was worse than expected? huff.to/LJOcYD

Microgenerators Inside Water Pipes to Power Smart Water Sensors – bit.ly/LMbXyL

Should We Praise Goldman Sachs for Pledging to Invest $40 Billion in Clean Energy? – bit.ly/KTeoms on.fb.me/KsHGZa

Wal-Mart bribery probe puts energy industry on alert eenews.net/public/Greenwi…

What would you say to Chevron CEO, John Watson, face-to-face? Luz Cusangua, an ecological farmer of the… fb.me/12a1Yi8Ww

Biodiveristy infographic: We’ve lost 93% of our seed variety in the past 500 years | bit.ly/JLUVUF

Plastic bags: just what are they good for, anyway? huff.to/JPgiab

Green Blog: An Idea Charged Up at Zuccotti Park: Young entrepreneurs invent solar-powered charging stations that… http://t.co/LqdSxuuG

Geostellar raises $13M for solar analytics ow.ly/1k9gAx

Solar Mosaic Raises $2.5 Million Series A To Be The “Kickstarter For Solar” tcrn.ch/Kixpkc

Just launched: Cool Farm Tool for helping growers manage GHGs. Great to see so many Forum4theFuture partners involved! coolfarmtool.org/CoolFarmTool

Amazon in dire threat as Brazil finalizes forest bill shaped by lobbyists for agricultural industry – bit.ly/M2j2i4

Midwest Study: Adding More Wind Power Will Save Money: Adding more wind power to the electric grid could reduce… bit.ly/KNnUqt

Midlanders, others weigh in those who abuse water restrictions – mywesttexas.com/life/article_e…

West Coast Electric Highway Expands to Washington, Now Extends to Canadian Border: Filed under: Energy News bit.ly/LaJaFE

Consumer Behavior: Sweeten the Sustainability Pill – bit.ly/KTaYQG  – on.fb.me/KsHGZa

It’s time to turn the tide on water mismanagement – bit.ly/JJglhl  – on.fb.me/KsHGZa

Air Pollution from Seward Coal Export Facility: Seward, Alaska – bit.ly/M2toyw

Arctic CO2 Hitting 400ppm. The last time global CO2 was this high was 800,000 years ago. bit.ly/M2tu9B

Here’s the latest on the Illinois fracking moratorium news-gazette.com/news/environme…

Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Th… ow.ly/1k9mXV

 

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The Sustainability Journal Vikram R Chari Volume 2013 Issue 161

Not Just Koch Brothers: New Study Reveals Funders Behind Climate Change Denial Effort – ScienceDaily.com

Dec. 20, 2013 — A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort.

Through an analysis of the financial structure of the organizations that constitute the core of the counter-movement and their sources of monetary support, Brulle found that, while the largest and most consistent funders behind the countermovement are a number of well-known conservative foundations, the majority of donations are “dark money,” or concealed funding.

The data also indicates that Koch Industries and ExxonMobil, two of the largest supporters of climate science denial, have recently pulled back from publicly funding counter-movement organizations. Coinciding with the decline in traceable funding, the amount of funding given to countermovement organizations through third party pass-through foundations like Donors Trust and Donors Capital, whose funders cannot be traced, has risen dramatically.

Brulle, a professor of sociology and environmental science in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, conducted the study during a year-long fellowship at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. The study was published today in Climatic Change, one of the top 10 climate science journals in the world.
The climate change countermovement is a well-funded and organized effort to undermine public faith in climate science and block action by the U.S. government to regulate emissions. This countermovement involves a large number of organizations, including conservative think tanks, advocacy groups, trade associations and conservative foundations, with strong links to sympathetic media outlets and conservative politicians.

If you want to understand what’s driving this movement, you have to look at what’s going on behind the scenes.

“The climate change counter-movement has had a real political and ecological impact on the failure of the world to act on the issue of global warming,” said Brulle. “Like a play on Broadway, the countermovement has stars in the spotlight — often prominent contrarian scientists or conservative politicians — but behind the stars is an organizational structure of directors, script writers and producers, in the form of conservative foundations. If you want to understand what’s driving this movement, you have to look at what’s going on behind the scenes.”

To uncover how the counter-movement was built and maintained, Brulle developed a listing of 118 important climate denial organizations in the U.S. He then coded data on philanthropic funding for each organization, combining information from the Foundation Center with financial data submitted by organizations to the Internal Revenue Service.

The final sample for analysis consisted of 140 foundations making 5,299 grants totaling $558 million to 91 organizations from 2003 to 2010. The data shows that these 91 organizations have an annual income of just over $900 million, with an annual average of $64 million in identifiable foundation support. Since the majority of the organizations are multiple focus organizations, not all of this income was devoted to climate change activities, Brulle notes.

Key findings include:

Conservative foundations have bank-rolled denial. The largest and most consistent funders of organizations orchestrating climate change denial are a number of well-known conservative foundations, such as the Searle Freedom Trust, the John William Pope Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation. These foundations promote ultra-free-market ideas in many realms.

Koch and ExxonMobil have recently pulled back from publicly visible funding. From 2003 to 2007, the Koch Affiliated Foundations and the ExxonMobil Foundation were heavily involved in funding climate-change denial organizations. But since 2008, they are no longer making publicly traceable contributions.

Funding has shifted to pass through untraceable sources. Coinciding with the decline in traceable funding, the amount of funding given to denial organizations by the Donors Trust has risen dramatically. Donors Trust is a donor-directed foundation whose funders cannot be traced. This one foundation now provides about 25% of all traceable foundation funding used by organizations engaged in promoting systematic denial of climate change.

Most funding for denial efforts is untraceable. Despite extensive data compilation and analyses, only a fraction of the hundreds of millions in contributions to climate change denying organizations can be specifically accounted for from public records. Approximately 75% of the income of these organizations comes from unidentifiable sources.

“The real issue here is one of democracy. Without a free flow of accurate information, democratic politics and government accountability become impossible,” said Brulle. “Money amplifies certain voices above others and, in effect, gives them a megaphone in the public square. Powerful funders are supporting the campaign to deny scientific findings about global warming and raise public doubts about the roots and remedies of this massive global threat. At the very least, American voters deserve to know who is behind these efforts.”

At the very least, American voters deserve to know who is behind these efforts [to deny scientific findings about global warming].

This study is part one of a three-part project by Brulle to examine the climate movement in the U.S. at the national level. The next step in the project is to examine the environmental movement or the climate change movement. Brulle will then compare the whole funding flow to the entire range of organizations on both sides of the debate.


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GMO Food Fight by Ronnie Cummins

On November 6, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor’s edge of passing the first statewide mandatory labeling law for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Prop 37, a citizens’ ballot initiative that would have required the mandatory labeling of billions of dollars of genetically engineered (GE) foods and put an end to the routine industry practice of fraudulently marketing GE-tainted foods as “natural” or “all natural,” lost by a narrow margin of 48.6% to 51.4%. Opponents couldn’t claim anything close to a landslide, even though they outspent the pro-labeling campaign almost six to one.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) immediately put a happy face on the narrow victory, repeating its tired old propaganda in a public statement: “Proposition 37 was a deeply flawed measure that would have resulted in higher food costs, frivolous lawsuits and increased state bureaucracies. This is a big win for California consumers, taxpayers, business and farmers.”

But Jennifer Hatcher, senior vice president of government and public affairs for the Food Marketing Institute, came closer to expressing the real sentiments of the big guns who opposed Prop 37, a measure she had previously said “scared us to death,” in her official statement:

“This gives us hope that you can, with a well-funded, well-organized, well-executed campaign, defeat a ballot initiative and go directly to the voters. We hope we don’t have too many of them, because you can’t keep doing that over and over again . . .”.

Maybe they can’t. But we can. Unlike the Food Marketing Institute and its friends at the GMA, consumers can – and will – “keep doing that over and over again.” We can – and will – propose state laws and state ballot initiatives as often as we need, in as many states as we must, until we have what 61 other countries have: truth and transparency in the form of mandatory GMO labeling laws. Far from giving up, the alternative food and farming movement that was narrowly defeated in California has evolved into a battle-savvy, seasoned national movement, bigger and stronger than ever.

As Zuri Allen, California Field Organizer of the Organic Consumers Association put it, “We may have lost this first major battle in California, but millions of angry and energized consumers across the country are now joining together in a nationwide right to know campaign which will ultimately drive genetically engineered crops and foods off the market.”

That clearly has Big Biotech and Big Food worried.  And well it should. We’ve barely rung in the new year, and already GMO labeling battles are heating up in Washington State, Vermont and Connecticut.  Other states aren’t far behind.

On Jan. 4, activists in Washington State delivered approximately 300,000 signatures to the state legislature to guarantee that a mandatory GMO labeling Initiative, I-522, will be on the ballot in November. Initial polling shows that Washington state voters will likely pass this Ballot Initiative, no matter how much money the biotech industry and large food corporations put into an anti-labeling campaign.

On the other side of the country, Vermont is picking up where it left off last year after the governor caved in to Monsanto’s threats to sue the state if it passed a GMO labeling law. Undaunted, and buoyed by 90% support from consumers, legislators will reintroduce a GMO labeling bill in early January.  Vermont’s pro-organic, anti-GMO proponents fully expect to pass a labeling bill by May. Connecticut is right behind them, with plans to introduce a similarly popular GMO labeling bill early this year.

Why a win is just around the corner. 

Giant biotech and junk food corporations, joined by major food processors and supermarket chains,  poured more than $46 million dollars into a vicious dirty tricks campaign to defeat GMO labeling in California. Their tactics included a relentless barrage of TV and radio ads falsely claiming GE food labels would raise grocery prices, hurt family farmers, and enrich trial lawyers. They unleashed “scientific” testimonials manufactured by phony front groups, and they mailed counterfeit voter guides. They may even have engaged in “vote-flipping” by pre-programming electronic voting tabulators.

A statewide pre-election eve poll conducted by Lake Research found that the Biotech Behemoth’s “No on 37” propaganda campaign successfully confused many Californians. As of Nov. 5, the day before the election, the majority of Californians stated that they still supported mandatory labeling of GE foods. But a critical mass, especially the 40% who voted early by absentee ballot, said they were willing to give up their right to know what was in their food if mandatory GE labels might  increase food costs, expand the size and power of state bureaucrats, harm family farmers or unfairly benefit trial lawyers and other “special interests.”

That changed once the YES on 37 campaign launched its own modest $3-million ad campaign on October 27. Once the pro-labeling ads rolled out, several million undecided voters saw through the biotech and junk-food industry propaganda and voted Yes on 37. In fact, Prop 37 won the election-day vote. But it was too little, too late. The campaign couldn’t recover from its losses in early voting.

That was California. Washington State promises to tell a different story.

Looking at the logistics and outcome of the Prop 37 campaign in California in 2012 and comparing these to the upcoming I-522 battle in Washington, there are several major differences that will likely prove to be decisive:

Size and campaign costs. California is an enormous state, both geographically and in terms of population. Its TV and radio ad markets are also among the priciest in the country. Tough for a grassroots campaign with a small budget to reach California voters far and wide, on the ground and through the media. Even tougher to compete with an opposition willing and able to spend $46 million to win. Compare that scenario with Washington State, which has one-fifth the population of California, and where $1 spent on TV ads equals $8 in California.  Factor in that Washington’s population is highly concentrated in the health and environmentally-conscious Seattle metropolitan area, and it’s easy to see that internet, in-person contact, and radio and TV advertising will cost less and be easier to execute in Washington than it was in California. Experts estimate that Monsanto and its allies will be able to spend only $20 million in Washington on advertising. That’s enough to saturate the state’s airwaves. But it’s not too much for the Yes on I-522 campaign to overcome as long as it can raise and spend $4-$5 million – about half of what the California labeling campaign raised.

Timing. In California, Yes on 37 forces didn’t get on the ballot until May. That left only six months for public education and fundraising. In Washington, I-522 proponents have a full nine months before people begin their voting (which is by mail).

Support from farmers and rural communities. In California, Prop 37 was supported mostly by consumers and organic farmers. In Washington State, wheat farmers, whether organic or not, apple farmers and fishing communities also vocally support mandatory GMO labeling. That’s because GMO labeling is arguably in the best economic interests of a state where unlabeled GMO wheat, apples and salmon spilling into the market would severely damage state agricultural exports to countries that either forbid GMO imports or require GMO labeling.

Progressive elected officials and electorate. California’s Governor Brown refused to take a stand on Prop 37. But Washington’s new elected Governor, Jay Inslee, is a long-time supporter and former Congressional advocate of GMO labeling.  Washington voters recently reminded us that they are proud progressives, by approving the legalization of marijuana via a November ballot Initiative. California voters defeated a similar measure in 2010.

The Frankenfish controversy. Despite enormous public opposition and warnings by scientists that genetically engineered salmon pose unacceptable health and environmental risks, the Obama administration’s FDA announced in late December that it would nonetheless allow unlabeled genetically engineered salmon to be commercialized. Polls show that Washington voters are adamantly opposed to this fast-growing, likely allergenic mutant salmon – part fish, part eel – entering the market. Fishermen/fisherwomen, chefs and restaurants are already raising their voices in opposition. Meanwhile in Alaska, GMO salmon will have to be labeled because of a state law passed in 2005. The biotech industry is going to have a difficult time explaining why Frankenfish have to be labeled in Alaska, but not in Washington or other states.

Divisions between Big Food and Big Biotech. As the comments by the Food Marketing Institute executive suggest, big food companies are starting to worry about their image. They’re worried about having to fight costly, high-profile battles against GMO labeling in numerous states, possibly even simultaneously.  A number of large food companies that dumped big money into defeating Prop 37 – companies like Kellogg’s, General Mills, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft and Dean Foods, own “natural” or organic brands. Those brands, including Kashi, Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Ben and Jerry’s, White Wave, Horizon and others, are starting to feel the heat from angry consumers who have joined the “Traitor Boycott.” How long will the nation’s food manufacturers and supermarket chains carry the water and do the dirty work for Monsanto and biotech industry?

It’s only a matter of time before we pass GMO legislation. Once we do, it will mark the beginning of the end for GMO food and farming, just as it did in Europe. But to ensure that this happens, sooner rather than later, state GMO right-to-know campaigns in Washington, Vermont, Connecticut and other states need money, technical assistance volunteers, and endorsements. You can help by donating to the Washington state ballot initiative, I-522, and other state GMO labeling efforts.

Ronnie Cummins is the co-founder and National Director of the Organic Consumers Association. He is a contributor to Hopelesss: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion.


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The Sustainability Journal – Vikram R Chari – Volume 2012 Issue 160

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication| Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies | Americans’ Actions to Limit Global Warming in September 2012 – http://is.gd/DkNUoc

Smart Grid – BEMS to boost energy efficiency, DSM – http://www.smartgrid.com/bems-to-boost-energy-efficiency-dsm

America’s fracking success may rob OPEC of price-fixing power – http://bloom.bg/VyTgnc

Exxon’s predictions for 2040: More oil use, more electricity use, more, more, more – dlvr.it/2cw6XW

Achievements of COP 18: The Doha Climate Gateway – wp.me/p2O5No-3eF

Key milestone for smart meters rollout – http://is.gd/9GQwh0

“Time to stand up for families and the environment” – huff.to/XcxPtw

A real example of collaborative effort in creating a better future for citizens. Capgemini Consulting Global and the European Union is making it easier for public sector organizations to improve sustainable urban development across the continent – http://is.gd/gsoyjF

Green Blog: No Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card on Sea Level – bit.ly/SXu7Wa

The Katerva Award has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of … bit.ly/SkufRx

What do you think about this? UK Lifts Suspension of Shale Gas Fracking – ow.ly/g7RA4

Vattenfall speeds up delivery of offshore wind power potential – http://dlvr.it/2fPCDv

Gary Wockner: “Don’t frack Denver’s water” – http://huff.to/XiFp5M

Government decision on international aviation and shipping emissions announced, http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_168/pn12_168.aspx …

HydroFloors’ Energy-Efficient Radiant Floor Sinks To Reveal Gorgeous Indoor Heated Pool Below http://bit.ly/UHzc33 ~Inhabitat

Whole Foods, Nature’s Fight Poverty With Muesli – http://www.progressivegrocer.com/top-stories/headlines/center-store/id36947/whole-foods-natures-fight-poverty-with-muesli/ …

The Negative Impact of Imported Goods – bit.ly/gnEN2t

Environmental Activism Takes Hold in China – sns.mx/3dpQy5

Reducing Waste Key to Sustainability of Food Industry – ow.ly/gg8JD

Obama administration to expand marine sanctuary off northern California – dlvr.it/2gWTSP


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The Sustainability Journal – Vikram R Chari – Volume 2012 Issue 159

Ban Ki-moon welcomes outcome of UN Climate Change Conference. Says more needs to be done. Full COP18 statement – http://bit.ly/VUMavx

Market Report Says Bioplastics Industry Can Aim Higher | ow.ly/fGu6d

A “How-To” Guide to Saving Energy & Money in Commercial Office Buildings – j.mp/TAZntX

The Carbon War Room’s shipping industry success! virg.in/oOF9P

Smart Grid – metering.com – Utility News and Information: First ASHRAE standard enters smart grid Catalog of Standards – http://t.co/ywRepSJ6...

The Template for a First Sustainability Report: Liberty Global’s CSR Debut – Liberty Global Inc. is a $9.5 billion media company with head offices in Colorado, London and Amsterdam – http://is.gd/3cyah1

Year-on-Year Fuel Cell System Shipments Will Surpass 600K by 2017 – http://shar.es/6j5M2

The world is producing 2.4 million pounds of CO2 a second – http://bit.ly/TyprmK

Native Energy Generates Carbon Credits Via Clean Water Projects – http://ow.ly/fNlt5

Final week of UN climate talks focus on fossil fuel subsidies – http://huff.to/XiLwMc

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Five Times Greater Than Pledges To Help Developing Nations – http://zite.to/SI3p26

Central & Eastern Europe: Polar Bears Turn Their Lonely Eyes to You – http://j.mp/Ul2kNw

More than Four Million Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Deployed in EU by 2020 – http://shar.es/6J8Vx

Kenya BANS All GMO Monsanto’s Foods! Hell yea!- 1 battle WIN for Humanity – http://is.gd/r2hv7M

Home LEDs starting to look more normal – http://bit.ly/UdigiN

A New Global Picture on Mercury in Fish – j.mp/RzowHg

A Smart Grid Primer: Complex and Costly, but Vital to a Warming World – http://t.co/zFKfPhv2...

Middle East beginning to embrace solar energy – sns.mx/Y8iKy1

5 Reasons to Eat Your Sea Vegetables – op.to/seaweed+

Austin city council approves an extra $15.5 million for water treatment plant – http://is.gd/dCMRrx

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens – bit.ly/YGpgxj

UK launches nuclear supply chain plan as French project faces fresh turmoil: Enel walks away from … bit.ly/11N1Xkb

When’s the last time we had any good news about the Arctic? | bit.ly/SAQdwc

GE, Clean Energy Fuels Partner to Expand Natural Gas Highway – shar.es/6yNbh

The Home of the Future Is Now a Reality – goo.gl/fb/XDaSP

Electric City: Smart Bikes, Smart Cities? by mark bikes london  – goo.gl/fb/RjQHm

2013 DOE-EPA Fuel Economy Guide Includes 14 Plug-in Models – sns.mx/3LpDy5

Continuing Fight for the Right to Grow Food: Helvenstons’ Illegal Garden Battle Continues – soc.li/gizLdpL

Al Gore sharply criticizes Obama on climate change – huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/al-…

Qatar comes under fire as climate talks “flounder”: Delegates call on host nation to drive talks – http://bit.ly/11QwKwp

Brussels’ CCS plans left in tatters as ArcelorMittal shelves carbon capture project: Chris Davies –http://bit.ly/11QwMVe

Students’ fossil-fuel divestment campaign aims at colleges’ creamy moral centers – http://dlvr.it/2bnkGK

Climate change = less snow = fewer jobs| http://nyti.ms/WO99Y4

A new way to see drought coming before it moves in for the kill – flip.it/1SqUY

Manufacturing groups: EPA proposals costly, ‘dampen growth’ [The Times … sns.mx/3hpDy9

Agriculture chief Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: You’re becoming “less and less relevant.” – apne.ws/WPXEzj

Fox News, Why Don’t You Call Me Maybe? j.mp/11Ws5Jn

Midwestern sand mines stir fresh fracking health concerns – huff.to/11TFxhc

The costs of climate change can be mitigated if economic activity moves in response – econ.st/TLCC6y

Peru Bans GMO Foods for 10 Years as US Lags – http://is.gd/7pTvVi

Monsanto plotting to wipe out genetic diversity of corn in Mexico with GMO corn (Monsanto plotting to wipe out genetic diversity of corn in Mexico with GMO corn – http://t.co/yAHd6otn

Impressive in both its scope and detail – Lovins new book discusses everything from how to redesign heavy trucks to make them more fuel efficient to ways to change factory pipes to conserve energy –

Yes, fracking natural gas causes earthquakes. 5,700% increase for same time frame (or 1,900% for 10 yr vs. 30 yr) – http://is.gd/up8pZY

H&M To Launch Clothing Recycling Initiative in Stores Worldwide – http://bit.ly/UlrE3P

Study finds we’re living longer thanks to cleaner skies – http://j.mp/WQhs5w

Cities: where more Americans want to be: http://j.mp/11XRZfU

President Obama Can Keep His Promise To Cut Oil Use In Half – http://bit.ly/TUS9yQ

The Low Wage Plight of Fast Food Workers – bit.ly/Ux7N3Z

Extreme U.S. Drought Persists – thedailygreen.com/weird-weather/…

Tainted Fracking Research: Three Strikes And Yer Out – http://bit.ly/X01l5C 


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The Sustainability Journal – Vikram R Chari – Volume 2012 Issue 158

Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons.

“One of the great debates in recent times has been over whether human-caused climate change is real or not…. http://fb.me/2981Rpkng

Strong graphic on climate change acceptance in peer-reviewed articles – pic.twitter.com/vIl7uXpX

UN says carbon cuts too slow to curb dangerous warming – bbc.in/QufWcq

The richest 2% of adults own more than 50% of the global assets – thrivemovement.com

Contractors criticize county’s bid pick for new recycling center – sns.mx/3Cp1y1

CLIMATE CHANGE: When the damage is done – dlvr.it/2XXs7Y

Bushmeat stories: Voices from the Congo Basin – dlvr.it/2XXryR

Companies, Investors Call For Decisive Action at Climate Talks | http://ow.ly/fxBP4

Chemtrail/Geo-engineering is being done at the expense of every living thing on the planet – http://bit.ly/witwats World Release of TV Weatherman Scott Stevens report on Chemtrails and Geo-Engineering – http://bit.ly/ScottChemtrails

Nations Stand Before ‘Climate Fiscal Cliff’ – http://dlvr.it/2XX7Cj

The future of integrated sustainability reporting – http://is.gd/pRXHE6

This would be a nice place to cozy up with a good book. Bookworm Bookshelf Doubles As A Place To Read – ow.ly/fArxt

Time to tackle energy efficiency before winter really hits! Cold Weather Planning: Seven Steps to a Warmer Home – j.mp/Un6RBl

Big Oil Sues EPA Over Biodiesel Requirements – sns.mx/30p3y1

Study Finds Sea Levels Rising 60% Faster Than Expected, U.S. Coastal Towns at Risk – bit.ly/U3eJ6E

Susan Rice, Barack Obama‘s Sec. of State candidate has significant financial stake in tar sands company’s, Keystone XLow.ly/fEXNq

New wind energy output record in MISO footprint: over 10 GW – bit.ly/Ve8cgf

The Smart Meter-Home Security Connection: Earlier this month, we reported on the launch of Southern California… bit.ly/10Yexg3

Wow. If Chasing Ice can make a Bill O’Reilly devotee see the light on climate, maybe we should all check it out. | huff.to/StHLi3

Road Tripping On Tesla’s Electric Highway – sns.mx/YOiFy6

INTERVIEW on Corporate Sustainability & CSR: Thinking by what could be done, not what should not be done – elcamedia.com/blog/?p=205

ARPA-E backs 66 projects: energy beets, fabric wind blades, dust devils – bit.ly/X27m6A

Smart Grid is causing a Revolution in Utility Customer Information Systems – shar.es/6fw2K

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2012 – lnkd.in/8ES259

Measuring Trust at the Corporate Level – bit.ly/X3PqIO

World ’s First Open-Ocean Farm An Unfettered Success –  bit.ly/Yc842o

Climate Change Study Strengthens Link to Human Activities zite.to/V9oH7G via National Academy of Sciences

Congress About to Get Hit in the Head With the Price of Climate Change – zite.to/Tur2ug – Northeast states requesting $100B for Sandy

EPA investigates reports of possible toxic waste at old refinery near west Ventura – sns.mx/3Np5y4

India Now Investigating Solar Imports From U.S. – ow.ly/fGXGh

Cuomo on the grid: “The utility system we have was designed for a different time and for a different place,”

Water Efficiency Deal Wins Approval in California – j.mp/Sw59LW

Partnership To Test Fuel-Efficient Tire Designs GM | ow.ly/fGm13

Smart Grid – Cooper, Carvallo right – in smart grid, sustainability will be achieved via edge power –http://t.co/YnC8wi1D

S-word analysis, sustainable urban growth, Doha climate talks, Studio C interview and more – eepurl.com/snper


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The Sustainability Journal – Vikram R Chari – Volume 2012 Issue 157

With the election safely out of the way, is it finally time for the climate deniers to get their comeuppance? Maybe… http://j.mp/UiTLoO

LCA Comparison Study Reveals Striking Differences in Tools | http://ow.ly/fsreF

This chart showing how much 2012 is an outlier for temperatures is terrifying – http://bit.ly/S0u1eR

General Electric Buys 2,000 Ford Plug-In Hybrids | http://ow.ly/fsuIQ

UNEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Finds Climate Change Goals … sns.mx/3Gp0y9

Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? http://j.mp/UiTSkf

British bird species ‘face extinction’ if EU cuts agriculture subsidy – http://j.mp/UkCiw0

PG’s technology chief, former Hillary Clinton aide, is modernizing county’s … http://sns.mx/YtiDy5

Indian Renewable Energy Sector to Create 2.4 Million Jobs by 2020 – http://dlvr.it/2XHChf

Together, U.S. & Latin America / Caribbean region can move towards cleaner energy & low-carbon, sustainable growth – http://j.mp/10MZoxc

Emerging Solar Strategies, Part 4: SunEdison and the Next Big Thing: SunEdison wrote the first U.S. power… http://bit.ly/T7cAYn

A Smog-Fighting Billboard For Los Angeles? – http://goo.gl/fb/9OGdG

Bringing Cities to Life with Light – http://goo.gl/fb/ZAJ6G

Have fun saving money & your health: a simple guide for growing fresh produce at home – http://j.mp/10MWKr2

Only eco-friendly projects will be permitted: Kunhalikutty – sns.mx/3Ep1y9

Heritage Vs. Infrastructure: Case Study in Hyderabad, India – goo.gl/fb/AR78x

Ground Source Heat Pumps: Good Enough For Queen Elizabeth So Why Not For the Northeast? –  bit.ly/WNQy37

Ohio’s Next Big Decision: A Clean Or Dirty Energy Future? dlvr.it/2XTGmZ

Healthy Schools: Bringing Farm-Fresh Food to Kids – j.mp/10QlBui

U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan Give You 5 Good Reasons to Support Solar Power – dlvr.it/2XT8nz

Ten Amazon cities doubled in population in last 10 yrs | NYTimes: Swallowing Rain Forest, Cities Surge in Amazon – nyti.ms/SkG8mD


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The Sustainability Journal – Vikram R Chari – Volume 2012 Issue 156

The era of cheap food is over and few people understand this trend – http://is.gd/umyheU

James BG on why the de-carbonisation target in the Energy Bill (expected this week) goes beyond politics businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/…

Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided – http://is.gd/hFuh7w

How California’s carbon trade market works – http://is.gd/P9BJlZ

By 2017 solar tech will become as cheap as fossil fuels, creating total solar dominance – on.fb.me/TCWftf

Law firm takes action against Dole claiming greenwashing of banana-growing practices – http://is.gd/s1FvmV

A Critical Call to Modernize Antiquated Climate Negotiations – goo.gl/fb/oy5na

Johnson Controls opens energy-efficiency apps marketplace – http://is.gd/ivxjKg

At Hilton, U.S. Navy, recycling goes to the mattresses – http://is.gd/cPRFX7

Entrepreneurship – What makes a difference in the long run? – In achieving quick success you possibly learn a lot about others, but in failure you learn a lot about yourself

New eco-friendly buses in GJ – sns.mx/3Npwy5

A chat with Al Gore on carbon taxes, natural gas, and the ‘morally wrong’ Keystone pipeline – bit.ly/Ud6uta

Sustainability Summit Tackles Food Security & Waste: Food security and waste are focal themes of… bit.ly/10nzKih

Virtual data rooms are reducing the amount of paper waste in the office – dlvr.it/2WHVZF

ExxonMobil Oil Spill in Nigeria Stretches for 20 Miles, Worst Since Company Came to Country:… fb.me/XHpvorLX

20,000 attendees join POWER_GEN_Intl for trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector – owl.li/eYWCR

Smart Grid – Hong Kong’s CLP Picks Itron and Cisco for Smart Grid Pilot: Itron and Cisco have landed another smart grid pro… bit.ly/Ug8Y86

A Breakthrough PV Module Rating System?: New solar module rankings from Principal Solar Institute (PSI) based … bit.ly/107IKci

Technology Only a Tool in Search for Solutions to Poverty – sns.mx/TtlVy8

Bamboo Household Products Have Been Confirmed to be Safe, Healthy and… http://dlvr.it/2WJ5S0

Green Blog: Q and A: Slaughter and Trade, Through an All-Seeing Lens – http://bit.ly/Y0JobU

Warming climate may starve bamboo-eating pandas – http://lat.ms/ScTotu

What Climate Change Is Bringing to Thanksgiving Dinner – http://j.mp/UdJWbG

Technology solutions provider recognized for excellence in “Green” business – http://sns.mx/Y1iBy3

Visualization by GE shows how much energy each of your appliances uses – http://invent.ge/eDq4fC

San Francisco approves micro apartments – http://dlvr.it/2WK52J

Brazil Hopes To Save Species By Cloning Them – http://dlvr.it/2WK518

Sandy’s devastating tree legacy – http://huff.to/107JoGF

BlackLine Systems Ranks No. 119 on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500 … http://sns.mx/Y1iBy2