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25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier

25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
As the Rappenecker Hütte celebrates 25 years as Europe's First Solar Restaurant, Germany sets a new record: more than 25% renewable energy in the first half of 2012.
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Can companies grow, and profit, with no impact?

Can companies grow, and profit, with no impact? | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The idea that companies, even entire economies, could have "zero impact" may seem inconceivable. But some big players are starting to take it seriously.
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Safer Chemicals Act Passes Senate Committee Vote

Safer Chemicals Act Passes Senate Committee Vote | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Celebrate the first step towards safer chemicals in 36 years - the politicians are hearing the people's voices!
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EcoScraps makes millions getting stores to buy back their own garbage

EcoScraps makes millions getting stores to buy back their own garbage | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
It’s hardly a secret that Americans not only consume massive amounts of food everywhere but also throw massive amounts away. Fortunately, a scrappy startup called EcoScraps is doing its part ...
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See-Through Solar Cells Make Energy from Infrared Light

See-Through Solar Cells Make Energy from Infrared Light | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The cells, developed at UCLA, are 66 percent transparent.
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New Rating Tool for Sustainable Outfits

New Rating Tool for Sustainable Outfits | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
A broad apparel-industry group is working on an index that will allow brands to score the sustainability of their products.
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Why Global Warming Is Now an Economic Tax on the Middle Class | TriplePundit

Why Global Warming Is Now an Economic Tax on the Middle Class | TriplePundit | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
How Global Warming is now punishing the Middle Class with a new and growing economic tax collected through higher food prices and electric bills.
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Urban Vegetation Reduces Air Pollution by 40-60%

Urban Vegetation Reduces Air Pollution by 40-60% | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
It is well known that vegetation is good at filtering air indoors and outdoors, but a new research paper shows that they might be even better than we thought.
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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Facial Cleanser - EcoPlum!

Chryso's Beauty Buys: Facial Cleanser - EcoPlum! | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
I have washed my face with Clinique Liquid Facial Soap for years—and I mean years! It’s ranked 3 (moderate hazard) on the Cosmetics Safety Database and it’s priced at $16.50.
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Newborn Birth Weight Drops In High Fracking Areas

Newborn Birth Weight Drops In High Fracking Areas | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Exploratory research shows that the negative health effects of fracking may start before before we're even born.
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King of Spain No Longer WWF Honorary President After Elephant Hunting

King of Spain No Longer WWF Honorary President After Elephant Hunting | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Since 1968, WWF Spain had King Juan Carlos as honorary president. But that's all over now. After a vote of 226 to 13, the Spanish branch of the WWF kicked him out.
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Solar Bag Purifies Water While You Walk

Solar Bag Purifies Water While You Walk | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
This interesting design idea uses UV rays to kill harmful bacteria in water, all while you're on the move.
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Green-certified homes sell for 9% more, study in California finds

Green-certified homes sell for 9% more, study in California finds | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — It has been a controversial question in the home real estate market for years: Is there extra green when you buy green? Do houses with lots of energy-saving and sustainability features sell for more than houses without them?
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Designing Green with Robin Baron: How to Throw a Fab Green Party - EcoPlum!

Designing Green with Robin Baron: How to Throw a Fab Green Party - EcoPlum! | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Labor Day is on the horizon, which means that late summer parties are on the agenda. As the season comes to a close, why not mix it up by trying a “green” theme for your next event?
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Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption

Soybean-Based Tires Could Reduce Global Oil Consumption | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Goodyear is developing a plant-based vehicle tire that could deliver a better performance than conventional rubber tires,...
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Humans Cause 70 Percent of Loss of Arctic Sea Ice (Video)

Humans Cause 70 Percent of Loss of Arctic Sea Ice (Video) | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
At least 70 percent of radical decline in sea ice around the Arctic is caused by human-induced climate change.
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Fracking: What Cuomo Won't (or Can't) Tell You

Fracking: What Cuomo Won't (or Can't) Tell You | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The Great Fracking Race will only bring more natural gas to market which will be piped to U.S. coasts and sold overseas.
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Wolverines Need 'Refrigerators' and May Not Survive a Warming Climate

Wolverines Need 'Refrigerators' and May Not Survive a Warming Climate | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered wolverines cache their food in make-shift refrigerators, which will be lost in a warming world.
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Study: Symbolic, not Substantive, CSR Action Has Greater Positive Financial Impact · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Study: Symbolic, not Substantive, CSR Action Has Greater Positive Financial Impact · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
An academic study suggests that symbolic environmental, social and governance actions have a greater positive impact on a company's market value than substantive actions.
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First Commercial Tidal Power Project in US Launches in Maine

First Commercial Tidal Power Project in US Launches in Maine | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Though only powering 75-100 homes at launch, the TidGen Cobscook Bay project, in Eastport, Maine, is slated to expand to ten times its initial size.
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Sugary Drinks Weaken Muscles in Just 4 Weeks

Sugary Drinks Weaken Muscles in Just 4 Weeks | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Mayor Bloomberg's decision to ban extra-large soft drinks just received an indirect endorsement from a study carried out by the School of Sport, Health and...
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Pro-Fracking University Studies Funded by Natural Gas Industry

Pro-Fracking University Studies Funded by Natural Gas Industry | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
You may have already suspected this was the case, but now there's some research to back it up.
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Former McDonald’s Honchos Take On Sustainable Cuisine

Former McDonald’s Honchos Take On Sustainable Cuisine | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
The big dude with the tattoos and a bad case of five o'clock shadow served up a plate of roasted kabocha squash, organic brussels sprouts, a...
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Come Together, to Save the Arctic

Come Together, to Save the Arctic | The EcoPlum Daily | Scoop.it
Since Earthrise was taken we've been so busy warming our world that it now looks radically different from space. We've put so much carbon into the atmosphere that today's astronauts are looking at a different planet.
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