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Q&A: Leveraging IoT tech to make sustainability headway Special

Xylem, a major water technology company, is working alongside utilities providers to save the planet. This includes the implementation of Internet of Things applications in order to reduce energy usage and make a contribution to tackling climate change.

Old wind turbine blades present a recycling problem

Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of wind turbine blades that have reached the end of their lives. It's estimated that in the U.S., there will be over 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years.

Ford and McDonald's join forces on new sustainability initiative

Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such as headlamp housing.

Q&A: Speeding up sustainability in the supply chain Special

Analysts say it will take 5 years for us to create a more sustainable supply chain model. In order to go green, companies need increased transparency, more eco-friendly transportation, and closer relations with suppliers and vendors.

Q&A: How to make Amazon’s shipping practices more sustainable Special

-commerce is inherently less green compared to traditional brick-and-mortar retail supply chains, as small parcels are now delivered directly to consumers. Because of this, major retailers like Amazon are working to reduce their carbon footprint.

Canadian meat producer, Maple Leaf Foods turns carbon neutral

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has turned carbon neutral, the Canadian meat producer said on Thursday, amid rising demand worldwide from investors and public that companies act to reduce climate risks.

Sending red wine into space could help food sustainability

Red wine has been taken up to the International Space Station as part of the latest cargo delivery. The aim is to study the wine to help to develop new solutions for the future of food and agriculture production on Earth.

Consumer giant Unilever vows to slash use of virgin plastic

British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company Unilever says it plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses in a bid to appeal to younger shoppers. The firm is responsible for producing 700,000 tons of new plastic a year.

Trump is given the first watch made with recycled fishing nets

The first watch in the world made of recycled fishing nets has been developed and 100 were manufactured at the request of the French government and handed to G7 leaders to promote the idea of a sustainable planet.

Google aims to use recycled materials for all hardware by 2022

Google has joined the list of technology companies pledging to increase their use of recycled and sustainable materials. The technology company has committed to using recycled materials in all of its 'Made by Google' products by 2022.

Sustainability News: Eco-friendly packaging, solar-powered trains

Across the globe, corporations, businesses and city leaders are working to create a sustainable and circular economy in reaction to the climate crisis. This week, we will focus on compostable six-pack rings and a solar-powered railway.

Seeking an insect superfood? Grasshoppers top the list

Consuming insects, if you can overcome the thought, is more sustainable for the planet in terms of providing a protein source, than eating meat. If you're looking for the 'superfood' of the insect world, then it's the grasshopper.

Dell exceeds its 2020 sustainability goals, ahead of schedule

Dell Technologies has released the final update to its 2020 Legacy of Good plan, reporting on its sustainability progress.

Q&A: How Dell Technologies beat its sustainability goal Special

At the start of the year Dell Technologies reached their 2020 goal of recovering two billion pounds of used electronics, and the tech company continues to push the sustainability agenda. David Lear, VP of Corporate Sustainability explains more.

Swedish fintech startup devises credit card for sustainability

Doconomy, a Swedish fintech startup, has developed the world’s first credit card with a carbon limit. The new credit card is called DO Black.

Evian and Volkswagen — Two sustainability success stories

Across the globe, corporations, businesses, and city leaders are working to create a sustainable and circular economy in light of climate change. This week, we will focus on Evian and Volkswagen.

Changes in intensity and number of storms to hit fishing industry

Climate-driven changes in the intensity and frequency of storms around the world could end up having "catastrophic consequences" on the safety and livelihood of fisherman and the sustainability of fishing industries, according to new research.

Over 40 companies pledge to cut UK plastic pollution

More than 40 companies, including Britain’s biggest supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble, have bowed to growing pressure to tackle pollution by committing to cut plastic use over the next seven years.

A discussion on transitioning to a green economy — Part 1

Concerned that workers will be left out of jobs as countries transition to a green economy, the International Trade Union Confederation is advocating for a clear and fair transition plan for employees when it comes to this kind of industry-wide changes.

Canada's Supercluster plan includes plant-based protein farmers

Prairie farmers in Canada who grow rather than raise protein sources are poised to break into the mainstream with new research and investment opportunities - made available through the government's Supercluster Initiative.

New study shows vast scope of our exploitation of the ocean

Monitoring the global fishing industry has been difficult, and this means visualizing its global footprint has been almost impossible. Much of the fishing is unobserved, taking place far from land, with boats leaving little trace of their activity.

Over two dozen small refineries making biofuel waiver requests

Over two dozen small U.S. refineries are seeking waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, an unusually high number that reflects growing oil industry resistance to the program, according to sources familiar with the matter.

'Green' Bitcoin alternative Chia cuts electricity use

The inventor of the BitTorrent torrent network has announced a new cryptocurrency that's a more eco-friendly alternative to Bitcoin. Mining cryptocurrencies requires massive amounts of electricity. Chia uses a different approach that's less demanding.

Africa's agriculture needs a big dose of digital transformation

Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.

BP in talks with electric car makers on service station chargers

The U.K.'s multinational oil and gas company BP is in talks with electric vehicle makers to offer recharging docks at its global network of fuel service stations, BP CEO Bob Dudley announced on Tuesday.

JP Morgan Chase goes all in on renewable energy investments

Those who control the money always seem to have a disproportionate amount of both social and political power, so JP Morgan Chase's announcement that they have committed to 100 percent renewables by 2020 is the biggest news yet for the energy sector.

Study finds Earth's 'pristine' groundwater at risk of pollution

Vienna - Contamination brought about by human activity is creating a looming threat to the planet's groundwater resources, warns researchers in a new study published on Tuesday.

The world may be facing a shortage of 'technology minerals'

Led by the University of Delaware's Saleem Ali, an international team of researchers is warning that greater global political and scientific cooperation will be required to secure resources needed in the future.

Clean energy momentum in U.S continues as wind power soars

Clean energy's momentum continues into 2017 and beyond, and there is no stopping it, President Obama asserted in a thesis published in the journal Science on Monday.

What happened to Dunkin' Donuts' vow to get rid of Styrofoam cups?

In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts said it was looking for a replacement for its iconic Styrofoam coffee cups because they were environmentally unfriendly. After six years, the company is still using them. What gives?
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Author Chris Turner speaking at the German consulate in Toronto. November 21, 2011.
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Ramesh preparing compost manure in his farm. The weeds of the farm are collected and used as raw materials, along with stalks of beans and other vegetables, peels, dry leaves and cow dung, to make the manure.
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Mallesh tending to a cluster beans plant. In a tiny farm of two and half acres, the young farmer is growing a whopping twenty two crops.
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The crowd at the German consulate to hear author Chris Turner speak on the German Leap. November 21, 2011.
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In what was a dry, barren piece of land until a year ago, Ramesh is now growing a total of twenty two crops, organically
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