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February 5, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Nanoparticle product cleanses pollutants from stormwater runoff
    A nanoparticle sponge developed by an ABSMaterials chemist soaks up 90% to 100% of the pollutants in stormwater runoff, then releases them slowly enough into the soil that plants and microbes can biodegrade the chemicals safely. "We can't build a pipe to every parking lot and agricultural field, but if we can take a small amount of space and turn it into green infrastructure, we can treat the water on site and percolate it into groundwater cleanly," said Paul Edmiston, the sponge's developer. PopularMechanics.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Indian leaders are urged to tackle soot problem
    India's cars and coal- and wood-burning stoves create huge amounts of soot, with air pollution now the sixth-biggest risk factor for deaths in the region. That means that local health problems, not climate concerns, could force the country's leaders to take action. "The Indian government already has a good reason to act on pollution –- the health of the people," says Anumita Roychowdhury, an air pollution expert at New Delhi's Centre for Science and Environment. The Christian Science Monitor (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Responsible Leader 
  • WWF praises innovative green-business strategies
    A report from the World Wildlife Fund highlights innovative sustainable-business strategies from around the world. Highlights include Philips, which now sells lighting as a service that includes end-of-life recycling for fixtures; Belgium's Umicore, an "urban mining" outfit that reclaims metals from scrap materials; and PepsiCo, whose Indian division is saving water thanks to creative conservation solutions. FastCoExist (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • How "lend-lease" could accelerate Pentagon's biofuel push
    Creating a nationwide biomass lend-lease program could speed the development of drop-in biofuels for military use by lowering the cost of feedstocks, Jim Lane writes. Federal lands would be made available to advanced biofuel producers or feedstock suppliers in exchange for affordable drop-in biofuels for the military, Lane writes. BiofuelsDigest.com (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • What do senior-level women want?
    Women aren't less ambitious than men, but they often define success differently, argues Henna Inam. This has implications for organizations looking to develop and retain women in senior-level positions. "It's not just about the next position in the hierarchy. It's about contribution to something they personally care about," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[S]hopping 'green' doesn't have to mean spending more or compromising on style and quality."
--Adriana Herrera, CEO of Fashioning Change, writing in The New York Times
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