JUST GOOD BUSINESS NEWS: State of US Green Business

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are still on the rise, but clean-tech investments have doubled with patents rising strongly, paper use is down, recycling up – and 86 percent of companies reckon they’ll be investing as much in green products and programmes this year as they did last, despite the recession.
That’s the state of green business in the US as charted by the GreenBiz index. The bad news is that GHG emissions in 2007 were 16.7 percent higher than in 1990 – the level to which President Obama wants to reduce them by 2020. And the country is still being buried under some 1.3 million tonnes of electronic waste per year – just 18 percent is recycled.
Greenpeace has estimated that the energy efficiency and conservation proposals in Obama’s economic stimulus blueprint could cut GHG emissions by 61 million tonnes year.

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