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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 some of our most popular green business topics.  So here is 2012 through the lens of some of our most popular posts.

Environmental Taxation Can Spur Innovation

TaxIt is no longer news that green policies, green investment and growth in environmentally friendly business is good for job growth and the economy as a whole. This report for the European Environment Agency packs a mighty punch in favor of environmentally favourable tax policies.

Garbage or Overground Mine? – We CAN recycle plastics!

Mike BiddleReduce, Reuse, Recycle. It is all around us now but some substances are more suitable than others. Plastic has long been the bugbear. Hard to sort and hard, if not dangerous, to recycle. Mike Biddle shows us how it can be done in this compelling video.

Don’t Wait Til the River Catches Fire

Cuyahoga River On FireIt is part of human nature to distrust change and to ignore warnings. Prophets of doom are not popular. Sometimes, as in the case of the Cuyahoga river in Ohio, we take it to an extreme. In June 1969 the river caught fire and not for the first time. It took a major catastrophe to make us heed the warnings. We need to stop doing that.

Matt Damon to Star in New Movie About Fracking

The Promised Land Matt DamonFracking has been one of 2012′s hottest topics. In fact it reached the big screen complete with Matt Damon starring in The Promised Land. The film will tackles the subject of a small American town with a potential fortune in natural gas lying below its economically struggling surface.

Federal Trade Commission Issues New Green Guides

Federal Trade CommissionNothing could be more important than clear rules and guidelines when it comes to environmental claims in marketing. Green-washing is a huge issue and anything that can help to prevent it must be welcome. The Federal Trade Commission issued new and updated Green Guidelines in October 2012.

Is the US Missing Out on Economic Opportunities in Clean Energy?

Senator Byron DorganSenator Byron Dorgan, speaking at the South by Southwest ECO conference in Austin Texas, urges America not to lose out on the economic opportunities offered by clean energy technologies. His talk was called: Is America Sleepwalking on Clean Energy? Can Entrepreneurs and Innovators Offer a Wake Up Call?

A Huge, Cheap, Battery to Store Renewable Energy

Donald Sadoway at TEDStorage is one of the big challenges for the viability of renewable energy sources. Effective, affordable, scalable storage is the answer to what happens when the sun isn’t shining, the wind isn’t blowing or the waves are becalmed. Donald Sadoway at MIT is on the search for a huge, cheap battery and has made the first important steps.

The Latest on Eco Cars – Hybrids and Electric

Toyota Scion iQIt has been a turbulent year for electric vehicles and particularly difficult for pure plugins. Toyota, for example, made the huge decision to withdraw a model which wasn’t selling. Hybrids have had a more stable time and are basically doing well in a growing market. This roundup post gives a flavor of the ups and downs during the year and will lead you to further reading.

Hurricane Sandy and the Climate Change Debate

Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy had a devastating effect on lives and communities. It also changed the debate on climate change and will be talked about well into 2013 and beyond. A single event is barely significant let alone conclusive. But it can ignite debate and focus on stark differences of interpretation.

We Can Reduce CO2 Emissions IF We Want To

CO2 EmissionsAt Doha 2012, the Boston Consulting Group announced a report outlining ways in which information and communication technology can develop systems which will dramatically cut CO2 emissions.

 

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