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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, January 14, 2007

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
Dell lauches ‘plant a tree for me’ campaign; Top five socially responsible investing news stories of 2006; Corporate culture key to EPA voluntary compliance effort -- report; Supply chain responsibility: The unsustainable presses; Green groups say loans betray banks’ promises; Do carbon offsets live up to their promise?; 'Worldwide implications' to EU electro/chemical waste restriction; Finding the green in building renovation; Schwarzenegger orders cuts in emissions; How richest fuel global warming—but poorest suffer most from it; EU, Indonesia target illegal logging pact; McDonald’s UK Puts Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee on the Menu

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January 14, 2007

Dell lauches ‘plant a tree for me’ campaign
From GreenBiz:
Dell Computer has announced a global carbon-neutral initiative that plants trees for customers to offset the carbon impact of electricity required to power their systems.

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Top five socially responsible investing news stories of 2006
From SocialFunds.com:
Socially responsible investing (SRI) experienced a landmark year in 2006 on so many fronts that any one of the SocialFunds Top Five SRI News Stories could have taken the number one spot in any of the previous seven years we published this list. Green investing booms, microfinance pioneer wins Nobel Peace Prize, shareowner democracy increases, resolutions receive record votes, and UN launches Principles of Responsible Investment.

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Corporate culture key to EPA voluntary compliance effort -- report
From Greenwire:
Corporate participation in voluntary environmental compliance programs may have less to do with the package of costs and benefits that government agencies put together and more to do with the companies' internal culture, say the authors of a new Harvard University study.

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Supply chain responsibility: The unsustainable presses
From Ethical Corporation:
US newspapers are beginning to source newsprint from China for economic reasons, but may be ignoring sustainability in the process.

In a move to buy favour with Wall Street, several US newspaper companies have announced plans to begin importing newsprint, the cheap paper on which newspapers are printed, from China.

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Green groups say loans betray banks’ promises
From Planet Ark:
Big Banks are finding it is not easy being green.

Financial giants such as Merrill Lynch and Citigroup among others are under fire from environmental groups and some investors who complain they still fund power plants and other polluting projects despite adopting the Earth-friendly Equator Principles with much fanfare in 2003.

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Do carbon offsets live up to their promise?
From The Christian Science Monitor:
In 2006, "carbon neutral" became the New Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year, evidence not only of the "greening" of our culture, but of our language as well. As scientists predict another bout of record-setting temperatures this year, climate concerns may soon "green" our wallets as well. By all accounts, 2007 is poised to see the industry of carbon neutrality - so-called carbon offsetting - grow dramatically.

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'Worldwide implications' to EU electro/chemical waste restriction
EurActiv.com:
Tough EU policies on electronic and chemical waste will influence markets, the environment and regulations worldwide, according to a study by two US academic experts with several countries already introducing similar laws.

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Finding the green in building renovation
From The New York Times:
It is a rare announcement for a new commercial office building these days that does not trumpet the new structure’s “green” features. In fact, nearly 5,000 buildings across the country, 90 percent of them new construction, are awaiting evaluation by the United States Green Building Council.

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Schwarzenegger orders cuts in emissions
From The New York Times:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he would ask regulators to require the state’s petroleum refiners and gasoline sellers to cut by 10 percent the emissions of heat-trapping gases associated with the production and use of their products.

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How richest fuel global warming—but poorest suffer most from it
From The Independent (UK):
The World Development Movement (WDM), a poverty campaign group, has drawn up a "climate calendar" showing the dates when the UK will have emitted as much CO2 gas as other countries will in a year.

The findings highlight the glaring imbalance between the rich countries that produce most of the pollution and the poor countries that suffer the consequences in the forms of drought, floods, starvation and disease.

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EU, Indonesia target illegal logging pact
From Planet Ark:
The European Union and Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans, have agreed to negotiate a pact aimed at helping stop illegal logging that threatens their habitat.

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News Release
McDonald’s UK Puts Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee on the Menu
Sustainably grown coffee is taking a giant leap forward with the announcement that McDonald’s UK will be sourcing all of its coffee beans from farms certified by the New York-based global nonprofit Rainforest Alliance.

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