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Leading NGOs Slam Greenwashing by Meat Industry, Demand Beefier Sustainability Standards

 

New Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef Principles are "Toothless"

Key consumer, animal welfare, worker, public health and environmental groups representing millions of constituents issued a scathing rejection of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef's new "sustainability" principles and criteria for beef production.

Led by industry giants like McDonald's, JBS and Elanco, the Global Roundtable is a multi-stakeholder initiative that has potential to shape how companies and producers in the U.S. and globally define sustainability in beef production.

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President's Climate Change Task Force Recommends Stronger Federal-Local Partnerships

 

President's Climate Change Task Force Recommends Stronger Federal-Local PartnershipsPresident Obama's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience this week released 35 recommendations for how the federal government can best support local communities in the face of extreme weather and climate impacts. The Task Force, which includes a number of city officials including Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, First Vice President at the National League of Cities (NLC), presented the largest and most comprehensive look at federal preparedness efforts and ways to improve federal-local partnerships.

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Awards $140 Million to Support Research

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing improved spill mitigation, oil and gas detection, characterization and remediation technologies.  The consortia were chosen following a competitive, merit review process that evaluated research applications submitted to GoMRI in response to its RFP-IV program solicitation. 

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Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Innovative Wind Power R&D Projects

The Energy Department  announced $4.5 million for four projects to help increase deployment of innovative wind power technologies by optimizing the operation, boosting efficiency, and improving the environmental performance of wind energy systems. The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020. These projects will pursue R&D not significantly represented in our current portfolio as a way to support and explore innovative new approaches for integration into our future program plans.

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Americans prefer to chuck old tech in the trash than recycle it

New research from Staples.com shows 1 in 4 Americans (24%) think recycling is an ‘inconvenience’.

While demand for new tech is on the rise, Americans do not know what to do with their old gadgets. These are the key findings from a new study by Staples.com.

The study found that while Americans each own a handful of devices - the majority own a smartphone (70%), a laptop (76%), and a TV (92%) - of those who've replaced gadgets in the past year, only 11% have recycled old ones. Instead people prefer to either hoard (16%) or throw away (13%) old gadgets, than to recycle them (11%).

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5 Energy Efficient Homes We Love

Paying the bills quickly adds up, especially when you throw in power, gas, water, cable and fuel for the car. The net costs of all this can very easily put in you in a state of perpetual “hand-to-mouth”. A very huge portion of your salary goes to paying the energy bills. The design of your house can have a massive impact on your electric bills. This is why when you go buying or building a house next time, you should try to use the features of the following energy efficient homes:

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