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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Satu...

Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products. Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, made the commitment in res...

Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

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In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to s...

China overhauls consumer protection laws

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China overhauls consumer protection laws

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top legal body has strengthened consumer rights in the country after it revised the nation's Consumer Protection Law on Friday, the first major overhaul in two decades. The revisions...

RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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An otter has been released back into the wild a year after being discovered in an emaciated state and rescued with a bag of prawns. The six-month old female was weak and undernourished when Moira Banks came across...

Mapping All Of The World’s Animals, So We Know Where To Save Them

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Mapping All Of The World’s Animals, So We Know Where To Save Them

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These maps show the levels of biodiversity down to an incredibly granular level, and hopefully can help conservationists get the most bang for their buck (by focusing on places other than the Amazon). If your goa...

Green Practices Study: Littering, Smoking, Gas Guzzling Are Now Frowned Upon

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Green Practices Study: Littering, Smoking, Gas Guzzling Are Now Frowned Upon

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Littering was seen as being more embarrassing than cheating on your taxes, according to a new poll of 1,105 Americans. What does this mean? Being eco-friendly is no longer considered a fringe activity limited to a...

6 Ways to Give from Your Heart Without Spending a Dime

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6 Ways to Give from Your Heart Without Spending a Dime

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The importance of giving With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we turn our collective focus on gratitude and the importance of giving back. Mother Teresa once said, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then...

Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Crowdfunding is a popular way these days to, for instance, make your new album, launch a new tech product or develop a hoodie that lasts for 10 years. Now, one new group is using it to finance something else entirely ...

Venus to put on Sun spectacular

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Venus to put on Sun spectacular

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Planet Venus is set to move across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. The more than six-and-a-half-hour transit, which starts just after 22:00 GMT (23:00 BST) on Tuesday is a very rare astronomical phenomeno...

How to re-grow everything from scrap

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How to re-grow everything from scrap

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Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Thousands of Macedonians took a day off work on Thursday to plant three million trees to revive the nation's forests after fires ravaged an estimated 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of greenery. "There is no bett...

The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The United Nations’ goals for fighting extreme poverty—an effort being assessed at a summit this week in New York—will fall short unless nations also work to bring electricity and modern, safe cooking technology to...

NASA Investigates Chicken Fat As Eco-Friendly Jet Fuel

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NASA Investigates Chicken Fat As Eco-Friendly Jet Fuel

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It reads like a plot line from one of the National Lampoon movies... "A team of uber nerds set out on cross-country road trip in an RV nicknamed after an urban assault vehicle, hell bent on convincing the governm...

Shaking it up for charity

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Shaking it up for charity

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Very few good stories end with the characters grungy and exhausted, outdoors in Times Square at 5:18 a.m. in freezing weather, but this is one of them. After months of training and preparation, two hardy teams were ...

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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When Ko Ko Gyi arrived at Rangoon airport the crowd had been waiting several hours and rushed to greet him. People almost jumped on him, shouting, cheering, thronging him, calling out his name. Ko Ko Gyi is one of...

London to become ‘electric car capital’

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London to become ‘electric car capital’

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Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he wants London to become the “electric driving capital of the world.” The London Mayor was speaking at the launch of the first city-wide electric vehicle charging network, provi...

Council blocks Little Plumpton fracking application!

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Council blocks Little Plumpton fracking application!

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An application to start fracking at a site on the Fylde coast in Lancashire has been rejected by councillors. Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to extract shale gas at the Little Plumpton site between Preston and Blackpoo...

Egypt’s Mubarak resigns as leader

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Egypt’s Mubarak resigns as leader

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Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt, after weeks of protest in Cairo and other cities. The news was greeted with a huge outburst of joy and celebration by thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square - the he...

Brownwashing: Why Green Consumers Buy Brown Things

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Brownwashing: Why Green Consumers Buy Brown Things

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Manufacturers have found a new way to appeal to eco-friendly consumers: Brown it. The Wall Street Journal lays out the trend: Dunkin" Donuts, Cinnabon, and Target are swapping their white napkins for brown ones. Seve...