User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
Last updated: Jun 22 2016 24:41 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 1,732    
California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Rhea Suh

For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity.

That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof.

Also found in: [+]
PG&E Reaches Historic Agreement with Green Groups & Unions to Close Last Nuclear Plant in California 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Pacific Gas and Electric will shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant by 2025 and make up the difference with renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a landmark agreement announced today by PG&E, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, IBEW, Coalition of California Utility Employees, and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

Also found in: [+]
How China Can Peak Emissions Through Low-Carbon Buildings 21.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Speakers at Low Carbon Buildings: Innovative Strategies, Policies and Incentives Session On June 7-8, NRDC hosted a session on low-carbon buildings during the Second U.S.- China Climate-Smart/ Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. Leading city officials, academics, and NGOs from the two countries convened to take firm steps toward more sustainable urban development. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China State Councilor Yang Jiechi delivered opening remarks . This high-level summit aims to help both countries address climate change by assisting cities that have already taken significant steps to strengthen their sustainability efforts. At the first Summit, held in Los Angeles in 2015, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Sichuan province, among others, jointly launched the “ Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities ” initiative, which is modeled on China’s national commitment to peak carbon emissions by 2030. Some cities, such as Beijing and Guangzhou, even committed to peaking their emissions by the end of ...
Also found in: [+]
Net Zero Energy isn't perfect, but it's still a pretty good idea 18.5.2016 TreeHugger
Further thoughts on The Power of Zero
Also found in: [+]
Reinventing Green Building 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism. "The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in Reinventing Green Building , to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system are too costly and cumbersome: "By 2015, LEED had certified less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the US during its first 15 years. Annual project registrations and certifications for LEED in the US are now fewer in number in 2015 than in 2010. It's time for a green building program that works for 'the other 99 percent'...." Yudelson calls for green building advocates to "abandon the approach they have taken for the past 25 years." Instead, he argues, "The entire green building assessment process could easily be turned over to algorithms, eliminating a need for third-party auditors or assessors, as well as expensive consultants, ...
Also found in: [+]
Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

read more

Also found in: [+]
Countries Get Down to Business on Phasing Down HFCs 11.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Representatives from more than 150 countries took solid steps in Geneva last week towards a global deal to phase down the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Countries committed in Dubai last November to reach an HFC deal this year under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer. Meeting in the warm afterglow of the Paris Climate Agreement, the HFC negotiators worked out solutions to several key issues that divided them for nearly a decade. The week began auspiciously as negotiators quickly got down to brass tacks in the HFC "contact group," formed last year after years of deadlock. And negotiators peeled off in productive smaller groups to tackle key problems. The week's top successes include a tentative deal on ways to give the world's hottest countries confidence that they'll have suitable alternatives for air conditioning. Many developing countries had been planning to replace R-22 - an ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorcarbon (HCFC) that is being phased ...
Also found in: [+]
Developer Financing Accelerates Residential Solar and Carbon Reductions in Luxury Real Estate 31.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On the heels of COP21 and increased global awareness and commitment to reduce carbon , development with a purpose has finally found paradise. A powerful and much needed kinship between pioneering real-estate developers and cultural heroes has begun to converge to temper the negative impacts of tourism with more lasting, balanced, and sensible sustainable lifestyle solutions. Take for example the Chileno Bay Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, where the developers have integrated LED lighting and solar panels to deliver cost effective energy efficiency and carbon reductions for homeowners. And in Park City Utah, developer Sean Kelleher's Echo Spur project is marrying functional design with advancements in building materials, water management, energy efficiency and solar in an effort to deliver more affordable sustainable living options for buyers. The "eco-sensitive" Echo Spur project appeals to both the ecologic and economic impact of the development on the local environment and on buyer's pocketbooks. The ...
Also found in: [+]
Engaging Our Youth: Taking Climate Action to the Streets 30.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With scientists warning that time is short to curb greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to slow climate change, it's urgent that we engage our youth in creating a clean-energy future for themselves, their children and grandchildren. Most importantly, the next generation needs to participate in ensuring a clean energy future for low-income communities and communities of color -- those most at risk if climate change continues unchecked. In the spirit of the 1987 UN Brundtland Commission report defining sustainable development as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," we urge governors to take the Obama Administraion's Clean Power Plan (CPP) "to the streets" by enlisting youth to help meet their state's CPP-mandated emission-reduction goals. The CPP offers a unique opportunity to involve young adults in both addressing climate change and advancing climate equity by requiring states to meaningfully engage vulnerable communities in ...
Also found in: [+]
Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions 28.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New analysis finds that China holds the key to achieving the 2 degree Celsius global climate goal reaffirmed by 195 countries last month in Paris. According to research by Barclays Bank , China accounts for 33-40 percent of the carbon emissions gap between current trends and a 2 degree Celsius pathway. This is not surprising, since China was responsible for over one-quarter of the world's carbon emissions in 2014, more than the U.S. and the European Union combined. The good news is that China is moving forward much faster than anyone expected to cut its coal use and CO2 emissions, with enormous implications for public health, the environment, and climate. These trends are expected to continue. In fact, China is now on a path to achieving its Paris climate commitments well before its 2030 target date. China's physical coal consumption, after increasing at an annual rate of 8.8 percent from 2000-2013 and falling by 2.9 percent in 2014, dropped an additional 5 percent in 2015 , even while the economy ...
Also found in: [+]
The New American Home 2016 is big and beige, as usual 20.1.2016 TreeHugger
But really, beige is not green.
Also found in: [+]
Is Healthy the New Green? 31.12.2015 TreeHugger
Rick Fedrizzi of the USGBC says it is, and that's significant.
Also found in: [+]
Why we should be talking about comfort, not energy efficiency 30.12.2015 TreeHugger
The real role of a building is to keep us healthy, happy, safe and comfortable. The fact that it will save energy is a happy coincidence.
Also found in: [+]
The G20 & Global Energy Governance: A New Platform? 22.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Highlights: - Despite the Paris Climate Agreement, without new global energy steering bodies the world may fail to meet the challenge of preventing catastrophic climate change. - Although the G20's potential in terms of global energy governance may still remain limited, the G20's recent actions and steering efforts show that the G20 does have a large ability to make progress in addressing some specific global energy issues. The Group of Twenty (G20) is one of the most effective emerging forum for global economic and financial consultation and cooperation that brings together the world's biggest and emerging economies, representing around 85% of global GDP and 80% of the world's population. Started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the wake of the Asian financial crisis the G20 held its first Leaders' Summit in 2008, and the group played a key role in responding to the global economic and financial crisis started that year G20 leaders have met ten times on various ...
Also found in: [+]
How Do the Democratic Presidential Front-Runners Stack Up on Climate Change? 14.12.2015 Truthout.com
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. (Photo: Ruth Fremson / The New York Times) The Democratic presidential primary race between front-runners Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is heating up - and so is the planet. While there is a fair amount of overlap among the candidates' environmental policies, Sanders' record shows he is more committed to climate issues. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. (Photo: Ruth Fremson / The New York Times) The Democratic presidential primary race between front-runners Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is heating up. So is the planet. The World Meteorological Organization  recently released data showing that 2015 has already set several records related to worsening anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). The new data shows that this year is set to ...
Also found in: [+]
Sanders Introduces Bill to Cut Carbon Emissions 80 Percent 11.12.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
Senator Bernie Sanders Expanding on his ambitious plan to combat climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Climate Protection and Justice Act today to establish a price on carbon pollution. The legislation would cut total emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies, return billions of dollars to working families and protect the most vulnerable ...
Also found in: [+]
Regearing the Global Response to Climate Change: 5 Past Mistakes the 2015 Paris Agreement Needs to Fix 10.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Negotiators from around the world are gathered in Paris with hopes of concluding a new climate change agreement tomorrow or maybe Saturday if the talks go in to overtime. With 150 Presidents and Prime Ministers in attendance, the opening session of this 21st Climate Change Conference of the Parties (CoP21) last week generated high hopes for a more robust global response to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which threatens to cause not just global warming but sea level rise, increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, changed rainfall patterns, droughts, floods and diminished agricultural productivity. To produce real success and a framework for ramped-up action, a series of mistakes that have plagued the world community's existing climate change strategy must be addressed in the 2015 Paris Agreement. 1. Bottom-up, not just top-down The focus since 1992 on nation-states and national greenhouse gas emissions targets has proven to be ill-suited to the task at hand. It turns out that ...
Also found in: [+]
Regearing the Global Response to Climate Change: 5 Past Mistakes the 2015 Paris Agreement Needs to Fix 10.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Negotiators from around the world are gathered in Paris with hopes of concluding a new climate change agreement tomorrow or maybe Saturday if the talks go in to overtime. With 150 Presidents and Prime Ministers in attendance, the opening session of this 21st Climate Change Conference of the Parties (CoP21) last week generated high hopes for a more robust global response to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which threatens to cause not just global warming but sea level rise, increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes, changed rainfall patterns, droughts, floods and diminished agricultural productivity. To produce real success and a framework for ramped-up action, a series of mistakes that have plagued the world community's existing climate change strategy must be addressed in the 2015 Paris Agreement. 1. Bottom-up, not just top-down The focus since 1992 on nation-states and national greenhouse gas emissions targets has proven to be ill-suited to the task at hand. It turns out that ...
Also found in: [+]
How to Boost Climate Action in a Smart and User-driven Way 5.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While global leaders address the climate challenge at the COP21 conference in Paris, another challenge - that of healthy buildings - is being somewhat overlooked. Climate challenge: buildings are part of the solution Around 200 countries have currently submitted their climate commitments - the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) - which lay the foundation of the 2015 climate agreement. As it looks now, however, we will not be able to stay on a 2-degree course, and this is alarming. If we take a closer look, though, at today's big energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters, then the future does look somewhat brighter, because there are areas here where real change can happen quickly and effectively. In Europe, buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of carbon emissions. A greater focus on the potential of energy savings in buildings would make a considerable impact as we strive to cut both the world's use of energy and its carbon emissions. Increasing energy ...
Also found in: [+]
Energy Efficiency Makes More Out of Less 3.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Global warming cannot be stopped by simply developing energy production. We need new methods to decrease energy consumption without sacrificing the standard of living. Finland is a small European country almost completely located North of the 60th parallel. That means we are as far North as Alaska. For half of the year, the country is dark and cold, and we need energy to overcome these conditions. However, our ground and sea contain no fossil fuels; oil, coal or gas. Therefore, the conditions have forced us to discover methods of solving the energy equation in a manner which is both economically and environmentally sustainable. What is it that we have done? First, we have developed means of utilizing renewable energy. We have a great deal of forests, and we are utilizing bioenergy and biofuels created by industrial side streams. In 2013, the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption was more than one third (36.8%). The goal for the year 2020 set for us by the European Union is 38%, and we ...
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 1,732