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Is Bitcoin Mining Killing the Planet with its Massive Carbon Footprint?

Bitcoin, the latest virtual specie and darling of advocates of alternative, decentralized, and peer-to-peer currencies, has been making waves in currency speculation and spurring interest from investors and traders. And on the surface, bitcoin has a lot going for it, such as being digital, anonymous, decentralized, and open source, with its value not being tied …

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Pepsi Announces GREEN Bottle Made from Plant Resources

Let the world of PET bottles rejoice. PepsiCo has developed the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources, enabling the company to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The new bottle is 100% recyclable and, according to the company, “far surpasses existing industry technologies.” The bottle …

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Carbon Footprint of 5 Cheeseburgers? Or Mail?

On Sunday, I blogged about research from a U.K. initiative going after large European corporations for greenwashing on the topic of e-billing. As I poked around the site some more, I found three factoids I couldn’t help but pass along. If this doesn’t get you questioning conventional wisdom about print versus e-media, you’re a tough …

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Republicans Ridicule Capitol Greening Plan — But Keep It Anyway

Our GOP fiscal deficit saviors have decided that a Democratic effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the US Capitol (and save money on utilities) will be on the chopping block come January. The Washington Post is reporting that a facilities greening led by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is unlikely to receive the public …

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Despite Sluggish Economy, Spending on Sustainability Forecast to Increase

Based on a recent report published by sustainability analyst firm Verdantix, spending on sustainability by almost 2,000 businesses with revenues of over $1 billion will increase from $28 billion in 2010 to $60 billion in 2014. Now, I know what you’re thinking. That’s barely anything in comparison to total revenue (1.4% up to 3.3%), but …

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Fear of Flying? The Air-Traveler’s Approach to Sustainability

From local biking options in Pittsburgh to east coast travel via MegaBus and the future of nationwide travel possibilities on high-speed rail, I have written on varied modes of transportation that offer “greener” possibilities for my fellow wanderers.  However, sometimes cost, time and distance make air the best option for travel.  Somewhere between Chicago and …

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More Reasons to Take Your Media Choices Seriously

Many people think that if they use paper, they need to pay attention to carbon emissions, but if it’s e-media, not so much. Not true. Whether it’s print or electronic, all media has a carbon footprint. According to a report by Don Carli of the Institute for Sustainable Communications, as reported in Printing News: According …

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Carbon Footprint Reduction Web Conference to Be Held December 3rd

As climate change legislation makes its way through Congress and stakeholders increase pressure on businesses and government to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, AltaTerra Research will be hosting the web conference “Carbon Footprint Reduction for the Long Haul.” This event will be held Thursday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST and …

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Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University. The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors. More on this story here. …

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