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China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 28, 2016 10:54:39 AM

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.

Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions. 

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What to Know Before Installing a Green Roof on an Existing Structure

Posted by Jennifer Beidle, Guest Contributor

Apr 27, 2016 1:39:28 PM

Building owners need to look carefully at their structural strength and the potential for leakage before signing off on any green roof project.

Green roofs are an ideal way for building owners to lower their heating and cooling costs, provide additional insulation, help manage storm water and transform an ordinary roof into a nature retreat for tenants.  And while the demand for green roofs has steadily increased since 2004, particularly in densely populated metropolitan areas, there are several factors building owners should consider before investing in a green roof for their structure.

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Earth Day Reflections: Are we Green Yet?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 21, 2016 9:57:12 AM

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.

Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by.  As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability. 

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Sustainable Landscaping in the Suburbs

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 14, 2016 7:27:31 PM

An inspiring project outside of Portland, Oregon, illustrates the potential for transforming suburban lawns into biodiverse sustainable landscapes.

Stone and vegetation work together to create a landscape that is both stimulating and calm. Over 1,000 plants were planted to replace lawn areas.

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It Turns Out Steve Jobs was a Supervillain After All

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 14, 2016 1:39:27 PM

A new report from Oxfam shows that Apple hid BILLIONS of U.S. tax dollars in offshore accounts.

I remember, a few years back, having a conversation with a friend about whether any industries are really "clean." Sometimes the villains can be recognized quickly. The cigarette industry. The fossil fuel industry. But what about computers? They seem to have had a relatively benign effect on the planet, despite the obvious drawbacks of increased surveillance and loss of privacy.;

With the release of the Panama Papers, however, my original line of questioning, whether the negatives associated with multinational corporations inevitably outweigh their contribution to global well being, seems to have been on track. The bad behavior at the top of the corporate pyramid schemes is more or less universal. Some just hide the skeletons better.

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