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What Will the President Say on Climate Change? State of the Union Today

“I’m going to be talking about making sure that we’re focused on job creation here in the United States of America,” – President Obama told House Democrats last week. Where will clean energy and climate change figure in today’s State of the Union? Continue reading

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Dear New Year, Here are Five Climatic and Environmental Wishes For 2013

Guest author, Scott Ryan, sends us his five climatic and environmental New Year wishes for 2013 in the form of a letter. Continue reading

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Top 10 Green Business Watch Posts in 2012

Out of the hundreds of posts published on Green Business Watch during 2012 we have chosen 10. From tax incentives to movies about fracking, from rivers catching fire to recycling plastics, our top 10 covers our most popular green business topics. Continue reading

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US Home Energy Use [infographic]

Our home energy use presents a cost in both cash and environmental terms and accounts for a massive 22% of total energy used in the United States. Want to know where we use most of the energy in our homes? How much it costs? Have a look at this great infographic. Continue reading

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We Can Reduce CO2 Emissions IF We Want To

Global warming and CO2 emissions may be worse than we thought. But there are things we can do if we really want to. The Boston Consulting Group has revealed at Doha that Information Technology could cut world emissions by 16.5% by 2020. Continue reading

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Growth Opportunities in Green Roofs and Walls

Air pollution and the so-called heat-island effect has been an increasing problem for big cities over the past fifty years. One cause has been significant loss of vegetation in parks and other green spaces. Many cities are now offering incentives for the creation of building-integrated vegetation, mainly green roofs. Continue reading

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Unilever’s Plans to Cut Emmissions

Unilever is joining many big international businesses in looking to cut down on their fuel use. Truck journeys are expensive and increasingly so. Companies are also under pressure to cut their carbon emissions. With business and environmental reasons coinciding the time is ripe for such actions. Unilever thinks it can cut 200 million kilometers, annually by 2014. Continue reading

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Natural Gas Prices See US Coal Power Dying Out

Coal power in the US is dying out twice as fast as previously predicted. The main cause doesn’t seem to be the EPA regulation the industry feared. Instead, market conditions are driving utility companies away from building new coal plants, towards cheaper natural gas. Continue reading

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The Carbon Footprint of Packaging

Americans emit about 20 tons of carbon footprint per person each year. With landfills made up of 30% paperboard and 6.4 billion cardboard boxes used for shipping in a year, the carbon footprint of packaging is a real issue. What can companies and consumers do to reduce it? Continue reading

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Solar Campaign Aims to Persuade Millions to Switch from Poisonous Kerosene to Affordable Solar Light

The Solar Campaign needs to raise money to persuade millions of people to switch from kerosene to solar powered lamps. Kerosene is costly, bad for the environment and bad for the health of an African population that has over 110 million living without electricity. Solar energy is free, renewable and clean. Continue reading

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The Montreal Protocol, 25 Years On

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer opened for signing on September 16th, 1987. 25 years on, it is considered one of the most successful international agreements. To celebrate, Bloomberg, gives us a list of other environmental success stories. Continue reading

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Green Business Roundup – September 19th 2012

Japan backs down on its commitment to be nuclear free by 2040. What is the real social cost of carbon? Energy use vs. energy efficiency and the role of service contracts in the solar power industry. Continue reading

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Agreement on Climate Change Goes Down to the Wire in Durban

It took two extra days and some desperate last minute efforts by exhausted delegates, but agreement was reached in Durban. We look at what is being said about the agreement. While there is a general welcome and important steps have been taken there are very serious warnings that the delay to 2020 could be a catastrophic mistake. Continue reading

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