Nantes, France: European Green Capital in 2013

Five cities have been awarded with the title of European Green Capital. Stockholm was the first in 2010, followed by Hamburg in 2011, and Vitoria (Spain) in 2012. Nantes will take this title in Copenhagen in 2014. It is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising 600,000 inhabitants. Nantes, in western France, taking the 2013 title in a sign of recognition for good environmental practice.
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ZARA, the world’s largest clothing retailer, commits to toxic-free fashion!

They say you can tell next season’s hottest trend by looking at the colour of the rivers in Mexico and China. That’s because global fashion brands like Calvin Klein, GAP and Victoria’s Secret are using hazardous chemicals and dyes to make our clothes. These chemicals poison our rivers, and traces of these hazardous chemicals also end up remaining in many of the garments people buy.
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Eric Block On Responsible Branding

Two hands hold euro coins where a plant starts to grow

Sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) accounts for 11.23 percent of all assets under professional management in the United States at year end 2011. According to the report, $3.74 trillion out of $33.3 trillion of investment assets is held by individuals, institutions, investment companies or money managers that practice SRI strategies.

This total, an increase of 22 percent since year end 2009, reflects growing investor interest in considering environmental, community, other societal or corporate governance (ESG) issues to refine how they make decisions as they select and manage their portfolios or raise their voices as shareholders.

The new 2012 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, released today by the US SIF Foundation, found that the total net assets of both mutual funds and alternative investment funds that consider ESG criteria increased significantly:

Mutual Funds: $641 billion, a doubling from 2010.

Alternative Investment Funds

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Japan: Promises for abandoning nuclear energy

Today, almost two years after the accident at Fukushima, the party of Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda promised to exit

nuclear energy within 30 years, according to his program for the parliamentary elections on December 16. 

“Since the nuclear accident (Fukushima), we believe that the Japanese people want a society that does not depend on nuclear power plants,” explained to reporters Noda presenting the program of the party.
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China and climate change

In June 2012 was studied that China’s carbon emissions could be nearly 20% higher than thought. The national statistics show 7.5% annual growth from 1997 to 7.69 billion tonnes in 2010. In contrast, aggregated emissions of Chinese provinces increased 8.5% annually to 9.08 billion tonnes in 2010. By comparison, US emissions were 6.87 billion tonnes in 2010. 

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Momentum For Change, Change for Good

The UNFCCC secretariat has developed the concept of ‘Momentum for Change’ as a way to demonstrate the multiple benefits of addressing climate change and to transform misperceptions surrounding taking action on climate change. The secretariat believes that highlighting and enhancing the positive developments in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation, will increase innovation, motivation, hope, passion and capacity for further change. Change can be positive and positive change can create escalating virtuous cycles.


Doha, Qatar: UN Cimate Change Conference 2012

Today, November 26 the  UN climate change conference has started in Doha, Qatar, which will last until December 7. Environmnent ministers from almost 200 countries gathered hoping to formulate a long-lasting approach to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the developed countries and also helping poor nations adapt to it.
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Are you ready for energy efficient Christmas?

A walk by the streets of the town will make you realize that everyday more and more people are getting ready for Christmas! Let’s see in which ways we can transform this time of the year into a more energy efficient period. 

The lighting

This year instead of incandescent lights choose to use LED lights. In this way, you will save up to 90% electricity! This does not mean that will have to make your house look like a circus by putting up a lot of lights, less can be more. Moreover, remember to turn off lights when you are not home or during the night when you are asleep.
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