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Ford will introduce updated Explorer SUV at Los Angeles Auto Show 30.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Ford Motor Co. will debut an updated version of its Explorer sport-utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
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Leadership on Sustainability Must Include Helping Shape Smart Policy 29.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Tom Murray , VP Corporate Partnerships This past year, we’ve seen some bold action by companies in what we’ve dubbed the  business-policy nexus , and it’s taking several different forms. Some have been calling for state or federal action on environmental impacts, while others are taking far-reaching voluntary efforts that could help support policy advocacy in the future. Whether you view engagement on public policy as risk mitigation, providing market certainty, supporting corporate sustainability goals, or securing competitive advantage, leading businesses are increasingly stepping up their efforts to support smart policy reform that will benefit the environment and economy. Keeping toxic chemicals out of supply chains Walmart and Target are moving to proactively get harmful chemicals out of their supply chains, even though the nation’s main chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is outdated and hasn’t been reformed in nearly two decades. Earlier this year, our long-term ...
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The role of private developers in sustainable mobility 29.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates in the upper-middle and middle classes. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and ...
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Future of French dam in balance after eco-protester's death 29.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The future of a controversial French dam project where a young protester was killed by what appears to be a police grenade hung in the balance Wednesday as authorities mulled suspending work on site. Remi Fraisse, 21, was killed in the early hours of Sunday as people protesting against the project in the southwestern Tarn region clashed violently with security forces. The tragedy caused a furore in France after the government was slammed for its slow response and forensic tests on the victim's clothes found traces of TNT, which is in concussion grenades used by riot police. Ecology Minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday a meeting would take place next week gathering together all warring parties to discuss the future of the Sivens ...
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Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election 29.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Andy Sullivan DENVER (Reuters) - Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he's talking about abortion and the economy to get his candidates across the finish line. Steyer, a hedge fund manager turned environmentalist, launched a state-of-the-art operation to push voters to elect governors and senators willing to confront global warming. His NextGen Climate Action political committee is on track to spend more than $55 million in this election - an unprecedented amount for an environmentalist group. ...
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The Global Green Economy Index 2014 29.10.2014 Earth Times
What is your country doing for the earth's future, its environment and the need to modify our bad habits so that future generations don’t need to suffer? Green economics and perspectives are often what it is all about, so this report could put you straight.
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'Green News Report' - October 28, 2014 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate Change and Election 2014: High stakes on energy, the environment, and global warming ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Australia breaks heat records - again; BP oil spill left big oily 'bathtub ring' on seafloor; Shell wants 5 more years to drill in the Arctic; How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?; More storms mean more sewage overflows in Wisconsin; Japan town votes to re-start nuclear plants; Amid CA drought, bruising battle over water ... PLUS: U.N. climate change draft report warns risks of 'irreversible' damage... and much, MUCH more! ... 'Green News Report' is heard on many fine radio stations ...
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Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy came barreling up the East Coast, killing 117 Americans and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes along the way. Here in my hometown of New York, it delivered an 11-foot storm surge and a reminder that climate change wasn't just a challenge for the future. On this anniversary, we honor those who lost their lives to the storm. And we acknowledge the thousands of survivors who suffered losses from the storm and who have yet to be made whole. The storm waters have long since receded, but Sandy left an indelible mark. It made climate resiliency a priority in our region. Many residents now recognize that climate change makes us more vulnerable to higher storm surges, frequent flooding and other extreme events. We have to brace for this new reality, and fortunately, we have begun. Avenue C and 14th Street during Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Matthew Kraus From reinforcing beaches in the Rockaways to installing generators at the Coney Island Houses and sealing holes ...
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EU gives France, Italy provisional green lights on their budget despite early concern 29.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Happy Eco-Friendly Halloween 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Apples, pumpkins, cozy scarves and the crunch of ruby and amber-colored leaves underfoot: fall is hands down my favorite season. Combine all this with loads of candy, spooky sights and the ability to act like a kid again--what could be better? I just love Halloween. And one of the best parts about this haunted holiday is that it can transform easily into an eco-friendly celebration all month long. Here's how to give your Halloween a green makeover this year: Décor do's. There's no need to stock up on spooky plastic decorations this year; there are loads of ways to deck your Halloween halls that involve some creativity and just a little effort. Make a wreath of garlic bulbs, upcycled tombstones from unexpected supplies or pumpkin garland from leftover paper towel tubes. Get the 411 on these ideas and others from WebEcoist . And don't forget to stockpile pumpkins and gourds galore. For the busiest of us, these brightly-colored and fascinatingly-shaped squash add instant interest and pops of color inside ...
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Green money shuns some climate change candidates. Why? 29.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There's a bit of hypocrisy in the green movement's approach to the coming elections.
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MIT finds switching to higher octane fuel would reduce carbon emissions 28.10.2014 Environmental News Network
If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the team considered a scenario in which fuel is manufactured under a redefined octane rating — the measure of a gasoline’s ability to resist engine knocking during combustion.
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Green Line street assessments raise ire of metro mosquito board 28.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Hear that buzz? County officials from across the Twin Cities area say St. Paul is taking too big of a bite out of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission for street improvements made during construction of the Green Line light rail.

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Using Microscopic Bugs to Save the Bees 28.10.2014 Environmental News Network
For decades, honeybees have been battling a deadly disease that kills off their babies (larvae) and leads to hive collapse. It’s called American Foulbrood and its effects are so devastating and infectious, it often requires infected hives to be burned to the ground. Treating Foulbrood is complicated because the disease can evolve to resist antibiotics and other chemical treatments. Losing entire hives not only disrupts the honey industry, but reduces the number of bees for pollinating plants. Now an undergraduate student at BYU, funded by ORCA grants, has produced a natural way to eliminate the scourge, and it’s working: Using tiny killer bugs known as phages to protect baby bees from infection.
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Leadership on Sustainability Must Include Helping Shape Smart Policy 28.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray This past year, we’ve seen some bold action by companies in what we’ve dubbed the business-policy nexus , and it’s taking several different forms. Some have been calling for state or federal action on environmental impacts, while others are taking far-reaching voluntary efforts that could help support policy advocacy in the future. Whether you view engagement on public policy as risk mitigation, providing market certainty, supporting corporate sustainability goals or securing competitive advantage, leading businesses are increasingly stepping up their efforts to support smart policy reform that will benefit the environment and economy. Keeping toxic chemicals out of supply chains Walmart and Target are moving to proactively get harmful chemicals out of their supply chains, even though the nation’s main chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is outdated and hasn’t been reformed in nearly two decades. Earlier this year, our long-term partner in this area, Walmart, took ...
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Gas Hasn't Been This Cheap In Nearly Four Years 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Gas prices always go down in the fall, but usually not this much. At 56 percent of the nation’s gas stations, the price of gas is now under $3 per gallon, according to Michael Green, a spokesman for AAA, an auto club federation. AAA collects information on gas prices from consumers who use between 80,000 - 100,000 different U.S. gas stations every day, Green said. This is a huge change from a year ago, Green said, when only 11 percent of stations were selling unleaded fuel for less than $3. Gas hasn't been this cheap in nearly four years , AAA said in a statement on Monday. Gas prices always fall in the autumn, as colder temperatures mean fewer people go on road and boat trips, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, a website that lets people share information about gas prices. Yet today's prices are way down even when compared with previous seasonal lows, as this graphic shows: The low cost of gas could be a boon for the U.S. economy : spending less to fill up their tanks means ...
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2 Philadelphia men charged in $5.8M extortion scam 28.10.2014 Philly.com News
Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gasoline For Solar Power 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number of drivers in the U.S. are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example, is $7,200 more than an equivalent gas-powered Fusion even after a $4,007 federal tax credit. But advocates say the investment pays off over time and is worth it for the thrill of fossil fuel-free driving. "We think it was one of the best things in the world to do," says Kevin Tofel, who bought a Chevrolet Volt in 2012 to soak up the excess power from his home solar-energy system. "We will never go back to an all-gas car." No one knows exactly how many electric cars are being powered by solar energy, but the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the U.S. is growing. Last year, 97,563 were sold ...
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Durable goods orders unexpectedly drop for 2nd straight month 28.10.2014 LA Times: Business
Durable goods orders, a key indicator of manufacturing activity, unexpectedly dropped in September for the second straight month in a potentially troubling sign for the U.S. economy.
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Go inside castle's secret treasure vault 28.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The Green Vault in Dresden Castle houses one of the largest collection of treasures in Europe.
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