Bringing home truly green products can put a smile on the face of any eco-conscious consumer. Of course, we’re talking about those “green” products that offer a real improvement in environmental impact over their counterparts. If these products serve their purpose well, too, these shoppers will keep smiling, all the way back to the store they got it from to buy it again and again. We might be considering anything from eco-friendly household cleaners to green fire logs, but the equation for success will remain the same: green and effective is the name of the game.

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There is a direct relationship between the business practices of certain mainstream toilet paper brands and the continually shrinking habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Entitled Don’t Flush Tiger Forests: Toilet Paper, U.S. Supermarkets, and the Destruction of Indonesia’s Last Tiger Habitats, the investigation puts a spotlight on the forest-clearing habits of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the company that provides the fiber for two U.S. toilet paper brands, Paseo and Livi.

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Since its inception at the start of the new millennium, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has come a long way.

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Durban, South Africa—This monthly section devoted to environmental news wrapped up last year’s coverage with a preview of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held here from November 28th to December 9th. Now, those talks recede into the past and their results become clearer as we move forward: While averting a disastrous lapse in climate efforts and perhaps laying some important groundwork, the world’s nations put off ambitious action on climate change until a later date. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the talks, Canada has chosen to remove itself from the existing international framework for emissions reduction.

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The student-led eco-advocacy and education movement Teens Turning Green made October 2011 into a month to mobilize eco-consciousness. Through its ambitious, first-of-its-kind effort dubbed Project Green Challenge (PGC), and in conjunction with sponsors including eco-friendly feminine hygiene brand Natracare, the organization encouraged high school and college students nationwide to engage with a number of environmental issues.

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Durban, South Africa—The year in environmental news has involved numerous high-profile natural disasters, the politicization of climate change in the United States and a focus on investing in green energy and sustainability within many domestic economies.

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green schools

To prepare for a future economy likely to be driven by environmental jobs and innovation, today’s children will need a green-centric education.

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A close examination of the U.S. beverage industry’s collective efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle reveals many divergent trends.

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Thousands voted, and the results are in for Green America’s 2011 Green Grants contest. Among hundreds of nominees, the winners were found to embody this nonprofit environmental organization’s definition of “green.” To those at Green America, green is a concept that evokes both social justice and environmental responsibility. Urban Roots of Austin, TX received the top prize of $2,500.

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Bonn, Germany--Though predictions are plentiful, no one really knows exactly how much time we have to curtail the effects of climate change. The timetable with regard to climate policy, however, is set: the commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol will expire at the end of 2012.

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