Report Release ~ State Of The Market 2017: Corporate Renewable Procurement In China:

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) | By: Katherine Chrisman & Mark Porter | November 28, 2017: Over the past decade, China has become the world’s leader in wind and solar capacity. Traditionally, China’s electricity structure has been closed off to most forms of corporate renewable procurement. But as a growing number of companies commit to reduce their carbon emissions and increase…

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Agency Says US, Canada Fall Short On Protecting Great Lakes:

ABC News | By: John Flesher | November 28, 2017: Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff are still flowing into the five lakes that provide drinking…

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As Droughts Lengthen, Zimbabwe’s Medicinal Plants Disappear:

Reuters | By: Andrew Mambondiyani | November 27, 2017: Henry Fusirayi Nzarayebani, an elder in Zimunya, a village in eastern Zimbabwe, walks slowly toward plants growing at the edge of a narrow dirt foot path. He plucks a few leaves from a shrub nearly hidden amid a thicket of invasive Lantana camara plants, then rubs the leaves between his hands…

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More Enforcement Risk For China Joint Ventures:

The FCPA Blog | By: Gwen Manseau and Jialin (Jackie) Zeng | November 29, 2017: Having recently toughened up its anti-bribery laws, China is now aiming to expand its oversight of corruption in the public sector, possibly leading to increased enforcement efforts against both domestic and foreign companies. In the face of this increased scrutiny, companies doing business in China…

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How An Intelligent Microgrid Saved A California Vineyard Amidst Wildfires ~ Stone Edge Farm Story:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | November 28, 2017: We recently had the opportunity to speak with Craig Wooster, Project Manager & General Contractor at the Stone Edge Farm (SEF) Microgrid Project, about the impressive work the team is doing to take the farm off the grid with sustainable energy and storage. In addition to talking about the microgrid…

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New Analysis Finds Conserving Forests Could Cut Carbon Emissions As Much As Getting Rid Of Every Car On Earth:

Clean Technica | By: Susan Minnemeyer, Nancy Harris, & Octavia Payne | November 27, 2017: New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the…

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FINRA Fines J.P. Morgan For Thousands Of HR Due Diligence Failures:

The FCPA Blog | By: Richard L. Cassin | November 27, 2017: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority fined J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC $1.25 million for failing to conduct proper background checks on 8,600 new employees. FINRA – Wall Street’s independent regulator – said the due diligence failures started in 2009 and continued until May this year. Federal securities laws require…

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Volkswagen & JAC Put $12 Billion Into Chinese EV Boom:

Clean Technica | By: Tim Dixon | November 25, 2017: Bloomberg recently reported that Volkswagen has outlined its electric vehicle investments in China with an announcement of investment of $12 billion over the next 7 years with its Chinese joint venture partner JAC (Anhui Jianghuai Automobile). JAC, a relatively unknown company in the west, has had a range of electric…

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China Unveils Major Reform To Boost Renewable Energy Trading:

Clean Technica | By: Smiti | November 24, 2017: China has launched a major reform in its power sector which will enable renewable energy generators not linked to the main power grid to sell electricity easily. The National Energy Administration (NEA) recently announced that small and medium-sized renewable energy generators will now be allowed to sell electricity to willing buyers…

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Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | November 24, 2017: Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of space, especially for larger, utility-scale systems. In some densely populated countries like China and India, where loss of farmland can lead to hungry people, floating solar farms are being built to take advantage of the surface area…

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Trump Seeks $12 Billion To Fight Flooding Tied To Climate Change:

Bloomberg | By: Ari Natter | November 22, 2017: Hidden in the Trump administration’s $44 billion emergency budget request is a plan to expand an Obama-era effort to make cities and towns resilient to the more frequent storms tied to climate change. The White House budget office is seeking $12 billion for a competition for flood-prone communities that scientists say…

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‘Lost’ 99% Of Ocean Microplastics To Be Identified With Dye?

Science Daily | Source: University Of Warwick | November 23, 2017: The smallest microplastics in our oceans — which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful — could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. New research, led by Gabriel Erni-Cassola and Dr. Joseph A. Christie-Oleza from Warwick’s…

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America’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ ~ The Texas Town That Has Been Without Running Water For Decades:

The Guardian | By: Oliver Milman | November 23, 2017: Sandbranch is a small, poor, largely African American community just outside Dallas but its residents have to rely on charitable donations of bottled water. It’s a sweltering Saturday in October and Pastor Eugene Keahey is becoming agitated. His flock live in a Texas town that hasn’t had running water in…

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Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Their Staffs:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Tatyana Shumsky | November 22, 2017: Ubiquitous spreadsheet software that revolutionized accounting hasn’t kept up, CFOs say. P.F. Chang’s finance chief said he switched the company to Adaptive Insights from Excel because it fosters collaboration and cuts down on administrative tasks. The process can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from…

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China’s Sponge Cities:

Forester Network | By: Janice Kaspersen | November 21, 2017: You may have read recently about China’s “sponge cities.” They’re an approach to what we commonly call green infrastructure—an attempt to reduce flooding and infiltrate stormwater runoff in some of the areas most affected by rapid urbanization. China has spent $12 billion so far—with federal and local governments and private…

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Portugal Considers Water Rationing As Drought Intensifies:

ABC News | By: The Associated Press | November 21, 2017: Officials in Portugal say they may begin rationing the public water supply at night-time in response to the country’s worst drought on record. Authorities say 94 percent of the Portuguese mainland is enduring what they classify as an “extreme” drought. Environment secretary Carlos Martins says rationing could backfire because…

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Breakthrough Treatment For PFAS ~ First Demonstrated In-Situ Treatment Solution For PFOA/PFAS:

Regenesis Remediation Solutions | GPE – November 22, 2017: This video presents a case study of a site contaminated with PFAS, where PlumeStop® Liquid Activated Carbon™ from REGENESIS was injected in-situ, achieving excellent distribution through the subsurface to remove contaminants. Originally published October 02, 2017: Recently, PFAS contamination in groundwater has been identified as an emerging threat to clean drinking…

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SEC Statements On Cybersecurity; An EDGAR Hacking – Part 1

Legal & Compliance | By: Laura Anthony, Esq. | November 21, 2017: On September 20, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a statement on cybersecurity that included the astonishing revelation that the SEC Edgar system had been hacked in 2016. Since the original statement, the SEC has confirmed that personal information on at least two individuals was obtained in the…

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Nonstick Chemicals Slipped Into Water, Causing Health, Environmental, Regulatory Mess:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – November 22, 2017: PFASs — used in clothing, carpets, cookware, and more — contaminate wells across the United States. Originally published April 18, 2017: The early 1990s were the start of a sizzling decade for ChemFab, a producer of specialized plastics. The company’s water-repelling, heat-resistant fabrics were everywhere. Beta cloth,…

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Glencore Upends Board Of Congo Unit Amid Probe:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Scott Patterson | November 20, 2017: Swiss commodity giant says weaknesses found in subsidiary’s financial reporting. The move comes amid an investigation by Canada’s Ontario Securities Commission, or OSC, the country’s biggest regional securities regulator, into the governance practices of the Glencore copper subsidiary, Katanga Mining , KAT -3.17% which is based in the…

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