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BlackRock's new investment strategy: sustainability

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 14, 2020
The world's largest money manager now sees climate change as investment risk.
Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, said that climate risk is “compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern finance.”
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What's greener: a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

by Tony Wagner Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
It's not easy being green.
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Tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner are disappearing from hotel rooms

by Nova Safo Dec 23, 2019
It's part of a bid for improved sustainability.
Small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion sit in a bathroom at a SpringHill Suites, a hotel operated by Marriott, in August in New Orleans.
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Would you miss tiny bottles of shampoo in hotel bathrooms?

by Nova Safo Nov 25, 2019
Major hotel brands are promising to get rid of one of the most recognizable elements of the hotel experience: tiny bottles of shampoo.
Small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion sit in a bathroom at a SpringHill Suites, a hotel operated by Marriott, in August in New Orleans.
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Science joins impeachment on Capitol Hill today

by Amy Scott Nov 13, 2019
A proposed rule would limit how scientific research can be used to set policy.
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Could the future of farming lie below ground?

by Stephen Beard Sep 9, 2019
Growing Underground, an English startup, is focused on sustainable and intensive crop production in a former air raid shelter in London.
Steve Dring, co-founder of Growing Underground.
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Why REI is embracing "re-commerce"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Aug 1, 2019
Consumers today are "less interested in buying stuff and accumulating more things," said REI CEO Eric Artz.
As part of environmental stewardship efforts and changing consumer preferences, outdoor gear retailer R.E.I is doubling down on rentals and used gear sales.
Courtesy of R.E.I. Co-op

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Sustainability, while fashionable, is a challenge for the industry

by Lindsay Christinee May 15, 2019
The drive for environmental sustainability will need to pick up if it is to match the industry's rapid growth.
A craftwoman passes by pieces of leather on October 12, 2018 at the Louis Vuitton leather work factory in Juilley, western France. Fashion giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed a five-year biodiversity partnership with UNESCO, committing to an ambitious set of environmental goals.
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The single-use plastic pollution problem

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 22, 2019
This Earth Day, let’s do the numbers on single-plastic use.
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog on a garbage-filled creek in Manila.
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What makes a grid "smart"?

by Lynne Peskoe-Yang Apr 5, 2019
Advocates say the environmental benefit are compelling.
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