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IFC First Renewable-Energy Investment in Honduras Will Help Power Thousands of Households

Washington, D.C. – International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, andOesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB) are providing $ 98 million in financing for Compañía Hondureña de Energía Renovable S.A. (COHERSA), to construct the largest private hydropower project in Honduras, which will promote clean energy and help the country meet its growing power needs.

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13-Year-Old from Philippines Wins UNEP International Children's Painting Competition

Bandung (Indonesia) / Nairobi – A love of walking in forests in her home country of the Philippines inspired the winning entry of 13-year-old Trisha Co Reyes in the 2011 International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment. Trisha beat over 600,000 other young people to win first place in the competition, which is organized by the UNEP. Trisha’s entry shows a young girl pulling back a large grey curtain covered in images of dying trees in a polluted landscape, to reveal a colorful forest filled with abundant wildlife.

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Nature Offers Key Lessons on Harvesting Solar Power

Toronto, Ontario – Clean solutions to human energy demands are essential to our future. While sunlight is the most abundant source of energy at our disposal, we have yet to learn how to capture, transfer and store solar energy efficiently. According to University of Toronto Chemistry Professor Greg Scholes, the answers can be found in the complex systems at work in nature.

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Aviation Takes Action on Ozone and Climate Protection

Montreal – At their working group meeting last month, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer heard from the Protocol’s Halons Technical Options Committee (HTOC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on yet another successful step in phasing out halons in fire extinguishers on aircraft. Halons are among the most potent destroyers of the stratospheric ozone layer and are also potent greenhouse gases.

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SAP Solutions Help Panasonic Drive Sustainability

Manufacturers are seeing a rapid expansion in the number and scope of regulations around product and packaging recycling, such as the European Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is helping Panasonic comply with these worldwide product end-of-life regulations and retailer mandates with the SAP Recycling Administration application.

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Sodexo Releases First Performance-Based Sustainability Report

Gaithersburg, Maryland – Sodexo, Inc., the leading global provider of Quality of Daily Life Solutions, released its first performance-based sustainability report for North America today, covering baseline data and progress for fiscal year 2010. Available online, the report opens with an enlightening introductory video titled “What’s for Lunch” and details baseline measures in three key areas: Environmental Performance; Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems; and Communities.

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New Poll Shows Fine Line GOP Candidates Walk on Climate Change, Evolution

Washington, D.C. – While nearly 7-in-10 (69%) Americans believe there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades, and nearly 6-in-10 (57%) Americans believe humans and other living things evolved over time, a new survey finds that approximately half of Americans who identify with the Tea Party reject both (50% reject global warming and 51% reject evolution).

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Steep Increase in Global CO2 Emissions despite Reductions by Industrialized Nations

The Hague / Brussels – Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main cause of global warming – increased by 45% between 1990 and 2010, and reached an all-time high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. Increased energy efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution of renewable energy are not compensating for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries. This increase took place despite emission reductions in industrialized countries during the same period.

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Cotton Life Cycle Inventory & Assessment Study to be Benchmark for Cotton Sustainability

New York, NY – Cotton Incorporated announced on September 20 the completion of a comprehensive life cycle inventory and life cycle analysis of cotton products. The endeavor is part of the Cotton Foundation VISION 21 Project and included the participation of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Council International and Cotton Incorporated. The two-year study, managed by PE International, was designed to establish current and accurate benchmarks of potential environmental impacts across the global cotton supply chain.

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Bionic Bacteria May Help Fight Global Warming

La Jolla – A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may pave the way for new synthetic drugs and new ways of manufacturing medicines and biofuels, according to a paper published September 18 in ‘Nature Chemical Biology’.

For the first time, the scientists were able to create bacteria capable of effectively incorporating “unnatural” amino acids – artificial additions to the 20 naturally occurring amino acids used as biological building blocks – into proteins at multiple sites.

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