In a lengthy speech laying out his administration’s current vision for climate change policy and the urgency with which it needs to be approached, President Barack Obama may have set an ambitious course for the United States as a global leader in the cause. “When President Kennedy said we’d go to the moon within the decade, we knew we’d build a spaceship and we’d meet the goal. Our progress here will be measured differently—in crises averted, in a planet preserved,” he said.

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kroeger's recycle

If you are looking for examples of large-scale eco-friendly initiatives, you’ll want to pay attention to supermarket giant Kroger over the next few months. The company, which owns the most conventional grocery stores in the country, will begin funneling some of its food waste to its distribution center in Compton, CA, where it will be converted into clean energy to help run that facility.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards were described as “too lenient and discretionary” by a study recently published in the journal Biological Conservation. Now, the sustainable fishing certifier has presented the journal with its official response, and offered its perspective on the matter to WholeFoods.

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Here are a few environmental news updates.

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Strip away the associations with “greenness” and Earth Day, and the word “environment” should mean something equivalent to “surroundings.” Nobody wants their surroundings to be poor or unhealthy, but some consumers are more conscious of this need than others, manifesting that awareness in their choices of home care and other types of products. Here is a look at the selections they make, and why they might make them.

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Though it usually seems like something that takes place out there, in the world, sometimes the issue of sustainability can get right up in your face. Or perhaps "on your face" will be more appropriate, when major cosmetics firms and industry stakeholders meet up to discuss environmental issues surrounding their business. The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, taking place in New York City from May 16-18 2013 at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel, will examine how the environmental impact of cosmetic and personal care products can be addressed through the use of greener ingredients, and by taking a look at consumer behavior.

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kids environment

A new edition of a report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paints a picture of the way environmental factors influence the lives and health of children in the United States. America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition contains statistics and trends related to everything from the average level of lead in children’s blood to the link between asthmas and air quality.

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In an economic race that many see as the key to future global growth, North American businesses are decidedly not in the lead. Sustainable or green innovation, and the integration of these technologies into business practices, is an area where North American companies are currently behind the curve set by the rest of the world, according to a survey conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group.

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Here are a few important events going on in the world of Green…

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The state of the environment concerns many people for selfish reasons. It’s not just the environment's health that warrants attention, but also the way an unhealthy environment can affect our wellbeing. A new United Nations (UN) educational tool helps map out how climate change can and will impact human health. From flooding to malaria to scorching hot days, the effects are varied and dramatic.

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