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Green school project proves its worth
by Shankar Musafir

Some 300 schools across India are now involved in a unique Green Schools Programme through which the students themselves audit and record their school's environmental performance. Many have proved successful in finding new ways to save resources used by the school, including water, land, energy and waste. ... more

China's cars on road to ruin?
by Yves Engler & Bianca Mugyenyi

In 1990 there were just one million cars on Chinese roads. Fourteen years later that number has rapidly risen to 12 million, and this year alone a further 2.4 million new cars will be added. In itself, that's a lot of new cars, but the figures take on an altogether greater significance when you realise where this trend might lead. ... more

Power company rescues Philippine mangroves
by Linda Bolido

Environmentalists were not happy when a Philippine company decided to construct a big coal-fired power station on the coast at Pagbilao, a poor town some 93 miles south of the capital, Manila. But, by setting out to restore the most diverse mangrove forest in the country, the company has earned their respect and the support of the local community. ... more

Globe 2004 signals next industrial revolution
by Greg Helten

Some of the most innovative environmental technologies were on display, and more than 2,000 of the brightest corporate executives, government ministers, and thinkers in the world of sustainability were on hand here March 31 through April 2 at Globe 2004 - a biannual conference and trade show on the business of the environment that attracts up to 10,000 visitors at a time. ... more

Mexican community foresters sell smart wood to IKEA

by Katiana Murillo

The Mexican state of Durango, with its rugged landscape and imposing Sierra Madre mountain range, first gained international fame via Hollywood westerns. Today fans of fine furnishings can bring a little piece of Durango into their living rooms, thanks to an enterprising pueblo, an international conservation group, and two forward-thinking furniture companies. ... more

Shopping for a better world
From the cat-walk to the consumer the world�s leading fashion designers and retail giants could play a major role in saving the planet, says the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Now, to encourage more ecologically sensitive retailing, UNEP is launching a new drive, which it calls "shopping for a better world." ... more

Changing the business climate
by Emma Duncan

Critics of the Kyoto Climate Treaty argue that its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are not economically viable. However, many companies have of their own accord put similar targets in place, with benefits not only to the environment, but to profits and productivity as well. ... more

A new profit motive
by Katherine Kerlin

�Creating jobs with fair wages. Making products that respect the health of the Earth and its people. Protecting land and wildlife. A business that does any one of these things is a step ahead of the rest,� says Katherine Kerlin writing in E/The Environment Magazine. Here she gives two examples of companies that are finding a way to do all three. ... more

But what about the poor?
by John Madeley

So the environment has been "discovered" by transitional corporations. Some TNCs are making the right noises about not degrading the environment with their activities, about using natural resources in a sustainable way and so on. This is good news. There is of course a huge gap between words and action, and TNCs will now be watched very carefully to see if they translate their words into action. John Madeley reports. ... more

Changing corporate culture
by John Elkington

Companies today have to face up to a 'triple bottom line'. They have to meet not only economic goals, but environmental and social ones. To suceed in the 21st century they will have to face up to seven business revolutions, says John Elkington. ... more

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