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Accountability-Central.com AC Alert for August 1, 2011 Global Warming & Climate Change: Is Something Happening?

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"I've never been one who subscribed to that global warming and weather extreme hysteria, but after these recent weeks, I'm really beginning to wonder!"

That statement, articulated last week by an adjunct professor at a highly-renowned New York State university, typifies the comments our editors are hearing throughout the country and around the world, as weather events of historical, perhaps even biblical proportions continue:

Southwest Airlines Conservation Project Helps Preserve Chicago's Clean Water Supply

Volunteers clear invasive plants that erode topsoil and contaminate the city's water
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The Conservation in Action Tour, celebrating Southwest Airlines' 40th Anniversary with 40 service projects around the country, made its eleventh and twelfth stops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois.

In Milwaukee, volunteers restored a section of Washington Park's prairie and removed buckthorn from the park's trails. 

REI Awards $4.2 Million to Nonprofit Partners that Restore Outdoor Spaces

Grants selected through unique employee-based nomination program
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REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national outdoor gear and clothing retailer, today announced plans to grant $4.2 million this year to nonprofits across the country that work to preserve and maintain natural spaces through active volunteer programs.

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REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national outdoor gear and clothing retailer, today announced plans to grant $4.2 million this year to nonprofits across the country that work to preserve and maintain natural spaces through active volunteer programs.

Will the U.S. Sign a Climate Suicide Pact?

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And this is how you kill the climate. What the proponents of this bill don’t seem to realize is that they’re shooting themselves in the foot, imperiling the future of our entire species. They somehow don’t realize that if you shoot yourself in the foot enough, you’re probably going to bleed to death.

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And this is how you kill the climate. What the proponents of this bill don’t seem to realize is that they’re shooting themselves in the foot, imperiling the future of our entire species. They somehow don’t realize that if you shoot yourself in the foot enough, you’re probably going to bleed to death.

Brookhaven Becomes First Municipality in the State of New York to Reward Residents for Recycling through Recyclebank

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.—MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011—Today, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, Councilmen Tim Mazzei and Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, other Brookhaven officials, environmentalists, and representatives from Recyclebank® joined with residents in Blue Point, N.Y., to announce the arrival of the new rewards-for-recycling program. New York City-based Recyclebank rewards people for taking everyday green actions, such as recycling, with discounts and deals from local and national businesses.

Deloitte and Carbon Disclosure Project Announce Agreement to Drive CDP Water Disclosure

Collaboration will aim to raise awareness of the business risks and opportunities around water
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) August 1, 2011 - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) and Deloitte Consulting LLP in the United States (together, “Deloitte”) in collaboration with Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent not-for-profit organization, today announced an agreement to drive CDP Water Disclosure. The goal of CDP Water Disclosure, launched in November 2009, is to help investors, companies, governments, and other stakeholders in their decision making by making meaningful, systematic, and comparable reporting on water usage a standard corporate practice globally. 

The Future of Nowhere: James Howard Kunstler

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 This week's guest on Sea Change Radio is author and futurist James Howard Kunstler.

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 This week's guest on Sea Change Radio is author and futurist James Howard Kunstler.

The Sustainability Consortium Meets a Major Milestone: Members Approve a Year’s Worth of Technical Work on Consumer Product Sustainability for Independent Review

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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) July 28, 2011 - Members from The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have approved their first round of life cycle assessments and rules for calculating environmental footprints for seven different product categories: laptop computers, laundry detergent, orange juice, showering products, strawberry yogurt, surface cleaners, and wheat cereal. These product categories represent hundreds of different consumer products sold on retail shelves.

The Art of Beekeeping on Urban Farms

The back-to-the-land movement is bringing honeybees back to their city home
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Urban beekeeping can be a rewarding complement to small-scale farming, but honeybees face challenges, including vandals and colony collapse disorder.

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Urban beekeeping can be a rewarding complement to small-scale farming, but honeybees face challenges, including vandals and colony collapse disorder.

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