• Consequences of a GM Salmon 'Prison Break:' With genetically-modified salmon under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers from Canada's Memorial University of Newfoundland looked at what effect GM salmon could have on wild populations if males escape. The group's study found that non-GM salmon were instead higher performing in terms of spawning behavior and fertilization, although the researchers noted concerns that GM salmon could still contribute to the wild gene pool, resulting in inferior offspring.
• Fishing for Sustainable Solutions: The European Union, meanwhile, is looking at new proposals aimed at preserving fish stocks and making them sustainable in the coming years by eliminating the practice of discarding healthy fish when fishers go over their quota and setting long-term goals for E.U. members in place of the quota system, the Guardian reports.
• Carbon Capture Gets Buried: Lack of federal climate policy and little financial incentive has led American Electric Power to scrap plans for a $668 million carbon-capture plant, The New York Times reports. While good news for opponents to the idea of carbon capture and storage, the effort would have been a full-scale plant replacing AEP's smaller carbon program, which has been running for two years. The company said the decision was driven by the absence of government standards and reimbursements related to emissions reductions, and the fact that state regulators likely would not let it recoup projects costs by charging customers.
• Building a Forest Policy, Brick by Brick: Spurred by Greenpeace's forest campaign aimed at getting toymakers to craft environmentally-friendly packaging policies, Lego announced it will work on reducing packaging materials, use recycled content as much as possible and only use Forest Stewardship Council certified fiber. It also pledged to avoid buying from companies that have operations also contributing to deforestation, telling Greenpeace that means they'll no longer do business with Asian Pulp and Paper.
• The End of Sustainovation?: Sustainability and innovation are two big buzzwords that get tossed around -- sometimes together -- but a piece on Fast Company's Co. Design site argues that innovation itself is what's hurting sustainability efforts in the United States. "Finding sustainable solutions isn’t about discovering new, ever-more disruptive ideas. It requires the opposite, something very un-American: standardization, slowness, and centralization. To most, more ideas are always better. But in this case, the more green solutions we have, the less effective and efficient processes become," write strategy director Rasmus Bech Hansen and entrepreneur Jens Martin Skibsted.
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