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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, January 7, 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.
How business saw the light; Related Story: Wal-Mart makes further ‘green’ plans; Norway, UK try to tackle planes’ greenhouse gases; Deal ends long-standing timber war; Honda says fuel-cell cars can be mass-produced by 2018; U.S. moves to protect polar bears; Timber firms challenged to ‘green up’; For eco-entrepreneurs in China, no simple way to grow a business; Green compost recycling takes shape in Ottawa

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January 7, 2007

How business saw the light
Smart companies are using the environment not just to seem virtuous but to crush their rivals
From Time: From Bentonville, Ark., where Wal-Mart has embarked on ambitious pro-environment policies, to Silicon Valley, where high-tech venture capitalists are pouring hundreds of millions into renewable energy, 2006 was the year corporations began acting as if their existence--like the rest of the planet's--was tied to the environment. While Washington dithers, Wall Street is acting, driven by rising fuel prices that punish inefficiency and by the growing realization that climate change could ruin corporate leaders who continue to deny it.

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Related Story: Wal-Mart makes further ‘green’ plans

Norway, UK try to tackle planes’ greenhouse gases
From Planet Ark:
Norway plans to join Britain in offsetting greenhouse gases caused by bureaucrats jetting around the world, announcing it will buy emissions quotas to combat global warming.

Emissions from jet fuel burnt on international flights are among the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases with cheaper flights but are exempted under the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol for fighting climate change until 2012.

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Deal ends long-standing timber war
From The Vancouver Sun:
After five years of acrimony with the United States, the Canadian forest industry finally abandoned its battle for free trade in lumber in 2006.

It accepted a deal that guarantees access to the world's largest building products market in exchange for a tax on Canadian wood and the return of only $4.3 billion US of $5.3 billion in duties.

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Related News: Tentative Agreement Would Destabilize U.S. Lumber Market

Honda says fuel-cell cars can be mass-produced by 2018
From AFP.com:
Japanese carmaker Honda believes it can mass-produce environmentally friendly fuel-cell cars by 2018, according to a recent press report.

Honda Motor Co., Japan's third biggest vehicle maker, plans to begin leasing a pricy new hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car in Japan and the United States in 2008.

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U.S. moves to protect polar bears
Bush administration to propose making bears an endangered species
From CBS News: Polar bears are in deep trouble because of global warming and other factors and deserve federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Bush administration proposed last week.

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Timber firms challenged to ‘green up’
From the Associated Press:
Conservation groups are moving beyond the courtroom into the marketplace to pressure two of the nation's largest timber companies to green up their acts on private forest lands and challenge the timber industry's sustainable forestry standard.

In separate actions, Seattle Audubon Society and the Natural Resources Council of Maine are challenging green labels held by Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber Co., that certify their forests are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.

"Traditionally, environmental groups have used the courts to enforce the law," said David Ford, CEO of metaFore.

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For eco-entrepreneurs in China, no simple way to grow a business
From The Washington Post:
Although the need for pollution-free vehicles and renewable energy is clear in China's increasingly choked cities, the future of hydrogen power has remained in the grasp of a powerful officialdom that decides on budget allocations. The government's senior levels repeatedly have endorsed alternative forms of energy but have yet to take decisive steps toward getting hydrogen-powered vehicles onto the streets.

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Green compost recycling takes shape in Ottawa
From CNews:
Most people have a pretty good idea of what garbage is, but the City of Ottawa wants local residents to take a fresh look at the smelly stuff we kick to the curb.

Next year, the city will introduce a green box organic recycling program with an ambitious goal -- to increase the rate of recycled trash from 33% to 60%.

City staff are now drafting the specs for the composting plant that would turn food scraps, kitty litter and sawdust into composting material ready for the market.

Bay Ward Coun. Alex Cullen calls the current rates of recycling “pretty good,” but says the city’s dumps have a short-term future and the solution isn’t building a new $100-million landfill.

“This is the looming issue of the century -- how we deal with garbage -- and the level of garbage we produce is not sustainable,” said Cullen.

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