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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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It has been a long wait, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on October 1 that its “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims,” which have come to be known as the “Green Guides,” have been finalized for public consumption.

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Even though our mothers wouldn’t let us forget it years ago, it seems Americans need to be reminded that “There are starving children in Africa!” Only 60% of the food made in the United States ever gets eaten, according to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Titled Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm To Fork to Landfill, the report estimates the economic value of the food we throw away annually at $165 billion.

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In the view of Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and a filmmaker and ocean explorer himself, the oceans are the circulatory system of the earth, and an ailing one at that. As the founder and executive director of Plant a Fish, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to restoring ocean ecosystems and marine life in tandem with coastal communities, he seeks positive momentum in the fight to save the oceans.

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An innovative tool presented online by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows businesses including grocers in the Pacific Southwest region to assess their options for reducing organic waste. By providing an interactive means to identify companies and services that specialize in waste management, the EPA’s Waste to Biogas Mapping Tool creates a path to eco-friendliness that is intuitive and straightforward.

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The days may be numbered in which the disposable plastic bag sees widespread use in the retail setting. After the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to phase out plastic bags in an estimated 7,500 stores over the next 12 months, the end may indeed be nigh for the convenient items that nevertheless harm the environment.

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The concept of a commercial product with a net environmental impact of zero, at least in terms of its carbon footprint, is an enticing possibility for eco-conscious businesses and consumers. Now, products can officially obtain this “carbon-free” status, and step out in style with a certification and seal program, courtesy of a collaboration between NSF International and the Carbonfund.org Foundation.

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