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The 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index: Abbott to Woolworths
Source: GreenBiz, 9/12/14
Summary: After an annual review, 46 companies were deleted from the 15-year-old Dow Jones Sustainability World index -- the three biggest (by free-float market capitalization) to be booted were Bank of America, General Electric and Schlumberger.
No Proof EPA Pollution Prevention Program Works as Claimed: Report
Source: Bloomberg BNA, 9/10/14
Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency has no proof that a key pollution prevention program [Design for the Environment] has cut U.S. use of hazardous materials as claimed, the agency's inspector general said in a report. The agency also can't claim the EPA's pollution prevention program is cost effective because the program doesn't measure cost-effectiveness, the inspector general said in the report released Sept. 9. In response to the report, the EPA said it has removed cost-effectiveness claims from the website describing its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program.
Report: EPA Should Use Sustainability Tools, Embrace Collaboration
Source: Environmental Leader, 9/11/14
Summary: The EPA should incorporate sustainability tools in its decision making and collaborate with private-sector companies and non-government organizations, according to a report by the National Research Council.
Retailers Make 'Minimal Progress' on Carbon Targets
Source: Environmental Leader, 9/12/14
Summary: Retailers such as Carrefour, Costco, Ikea, Tesco and Walmart should aim for more comprehensive carbon disclosures and collaborate to define meaningful GHG emissions reduction strategies for the industry, according to Verdantix.
CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns
Source: Washington Post, 9/9/14
Summary: Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.
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