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Vedanta: Time to Give Up On Niyamgiri Mine

FTSE100 company Vedanta Resources faced vocal protests from Survival International and other groups telling the company to give up on their notorious Niyamgiri Mine in Orissa, India.

Vedanta was denied permission to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, home of the Dongria Kondh tribe, who have been vigorously protesting against the mine. Now the issue has returned to India’s Supreme Court.

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NEC Launches Household Energy Storage System

Tokyo – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced July 13 the sales launch of a Household Energy Storage System equipped with lithium-ion batteries that automatically controls electrical power in the home. Initially, the system will be available for home construction companies and businesses beginning 18 July 2011.

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Citizenship and Sustainability Goals Launched by Johnson & Johnson

New Brunswick, New Jersey – As 2011 marks the 125th year of Johnson & Johnson, on July 14 the company announced the launch of ‘Healthy Future 2015’, a five-year strategic roadmap for its citizenship and sustainability priorities. ‘Healthy Future 2015’ encompasses the broadest and boldest goals to date for Johnson & Johnson in both environmental and non-environmental areas.

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Top 10 Cleanest Cities of India

Sanitation is an important aspect of daily life – a principle vigorously championed by Mahatma Gandhi when he preached that ‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness’.

However, even after seven decades of independence, sanitation is still an oft neglected area in India. What the Mahatma considered as a critical function of the government is most often grossly overlooked by politicians.

In 2009, the Ministry of Urban Development of the Indian Government carried out a first-of-its-kind study to rank 423 Indian cities in terms of sanitation and cleanliness. The first report published in May 2010 showcases . . . → Read More: Top 10 Cleanest Cities of India

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Improving Sustainability Will Become A Top Five Priority

Sustainability will play an increasing role in organizations’ financial and operational performance, according to Gartner, Inc. By 2015, improving sustainability related performance will become a top five priority for 60 percent of major Western European and North American CEOs.

Gartner analysts said sustainability is no longer primarily about risk mitigation, focused on compliance, reputation, philanthropy, the “triple bottom line” and being seen as doing good things. In practical terms, for most enterprises today, the value in sustainability is actually derived from operational efficiency and business enablement.

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Nestlé Zeroing in on Sustainability Targets

Nestlé UK has on July 19 announced that one of the World’s largest confectionery plants has achieved zero waste. The Nestlé York site makes over a billion Kit Kats and 183 million Aero’s each year and achieved zero waste to landfill status nearly four years ahead of the company’s 2015 target.

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Best Buy Launches Online Sustainability Report: Our World, Connected

Minneapolis – Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) on July 15 announced the release of its fiscal 2011 sustainability report, ‘Our World, Connected’, an interactive, online experience at sustainability.bby.com. Best Buy also hosted a live web chat on Thursday, July 21, on its website to discuss the report and take questions from online participants.

‘Our World, Connected’ is Best Buy’s sixth corporate responsibility report, and takes a different approach than prior reports did reviewing the company’s sustainability efforts.

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New Zealand Hosts International Climate Change Meeting

Tim Groser, New Zealand’s Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, announced on July 22 that New Zealand will host a meeting of international climate change negotiators in Auckland next week. The meeting aims to accelerate progress before the next major meeting to be held in Durban, South Africa in December.

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Climate Change: A Threat to International Peace and Security

The Security Council on July 20 expressed concern that the possible adverse effects of climate change could, in the long-run, aggravate certain existing threats to international peace and security and that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small low-lying island States, could have possible security implications.

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Clues for Sustainable Farming Found in Ancient Hawaiian Techniques

In a world facing numerous agricultural challenges, native Hawaiian agriculture provides a lesson in adaptation and sustainability, find scholars from Stanford.

Native Hawaiians sustained agriculture on their land for about 400 years before European contact decimated the population and destroyed what appear to have been massive, labor-intensive agricultural systems. It is striking that Hawaiians must have sustained a greater population than is currently present on the Big Island, simply by adapting to their landscape.

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