B of A – Less lending for coal – Stock beats index by 80%

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Cutbacks in construction lending contributed to a drop in home building during the Great Recession. Environmentalist hope that a recent announcement by Bank of America heralds the start of a similar decrease in coal mining. Since the announcement, B of A’s stock has climbed nearly 80% more than the KBW Bank Index . Continue reading B of A – Less lending for coal – Stock beats index by 80%

China air pollution down 16% for first half of 2015

china air pollutionAccording to a July 22 post by Greenpeace East Asia, China’s average PM2.5 air pollution for the first half of 2015 is 16% better than it was for the same period in 2014. That doesn’t mean that China’s air quality is good now, it’s still terrible – five times the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels. However it seems to be a step in the right direction. Continue reading China air pollution down 16% for first half of 2015

Since 2008 U.S. Power plant CO2 down 12% – U.S. economy up 15%

emission decreaseCO2 emissions from U.S. electricity generation fell 12% from the beginning of 2008 to the end of 2013 according to a recently released report. During the same period, the U.S. economy grew by more than 15% indicating that increased prosperity does not need to correlate with increased pollution. Renewable sources, including hydropower, accounted for 14% of 2013 U.S. electricity generation. Continue reading Since 2008 U.S. Power plant CO2 down 12% – U.S. economy up 15%

Nature smacks down Beyoncé. Will Kim be next?

nature-beyonce-kimNoted by Dr. Noh Mann-Greenbaum

Trend watchers announced that Nature may finally have begun a long hoped for comeback. In a development that caught the world off guard, last week Nature surged past Beyoncé in the well respected Google Trends ratings. S/he now has sights set on surpassing Kim Kardashian in public popularity.  That will be a stiff challenge. Nature currently receives a respectable 823,000 web searches a month.  But for each search for Nature, there are nearly 17 for Ms Kardashian, who receives 13,600,000 searches a month. Continue reading Nature smacks down Beyoncé. Will Kim be next?