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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 ...
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The New American Home 2016 is big and beige, as usual 20.1.2016 TreeHugger
But really, beige is not green.
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Is Healthy the New Green? 31.12.2015 TreeHugger
Rick Fedrizzi of the USGBC says it is, and that's significant.
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The Small Steps That Will Lead to a Low-Carbon Economy 23.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the world heads toward the Paris Climate talks in a few weeks, we will focus on the big ideas and large steps that will lead to a renewable resource-based future. There is a time and place for big ideas, and this year the COP21 talks in Paris are the time and place for those discussions. But after the conference, when everyone comes home, these large-scale policy discussions will be replaced by small-scale management decisions and the day-to-day actions that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Energy efficiency, microgrids, household solar installation, and electric vehicle charging stations are some of the local level initiatives that will be employed to meet the targets that nations are bringing to Paris. As we make the transition to a renewable resource-based economy, the low hanging fruit in the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is energy efficiency. In most parts of the United States a large source of greenhouse gas emissions is from transportation. In New York ...
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Soundtable: Who will feel the pinch as energy economies shift? 20.11.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Experts discuss transitioning communities and changing climate policies in a live radio Tweet-in.
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Americans would support a higher gas tax if told how the money would be spent 19.11.2015 TreeHugger
Would you support a higher gas tax if it meant that the additional money would be spent on improving transportation energy efficiency and repairing roads and bridges?
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Newer supercomputers favor energy efficiency over raw speed, Top500 rankings suggest 17.11.2015 Science / Technology News

Supercomputer spending is increasingly focusing on energy efficiency rather than raw performance, the latest edition of the Top500 list of the world's most powerful computers suggests. There's no change at the top, with China's 33.86 petaflop/s Tianhe-2 in the lead for the sixth consecutive time.

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What the Keystone XL Victory Means for the Future of Climate Leadership 11.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The President's rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ushered in a new model of climate leadership--one that carries great significance as we head into the international climate negotiations in Paris later. Over the past few years, the United States has dramatically expanded its clean energy resources, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. We are also working hard to cut carbon pollution from our cars, trucks, and power plants. These steps are essential in the fight against climate change. But now there is growing recognition that this battle also requires a different kind of action: saying no to costly infrastructure and leasing projects that would lock us into decades of additional fossil fuel use. President Obama demonstrated this climate leadership with his Keystone XL announcement. He said, "If we're gonna prevent large parts of this earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we're gonna have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than ...
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Beating the Heat in Dubai: Alternative Air Conditioning Refrigerants Show Big Gains at High Temperature 1.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post written by Alex Hillbrand, NRDC's HFC Technical Analyst Concern about the efficiency of air conditioning in very hot climates has been an obstacle to winning agreement on a phase-down of the powerful heat-trapping chemicals known as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). Now we have new test data on the performance of next-generation refrigerants in air conditioners commonly used in homes and buildings. The new data show that climate-friendlier alternatives perform better than the HFC most widely used in those products, R-410A, especially at very high temperatures. In short, climate-friendly solutions are available for air conditioning even in the hottest places on earth. These results were presented at a technical workshop Saturday in Dubai, one day after countries agreed to start formal negotiations over HFC phase-down proposals . Saturday's seminar shows us that the next generation of air conditioning products will meet consumer needs for effective, energy efficient cooling in very hot climates. Teams ...
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First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched 28.10.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
Worldwatch Institute The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has receivedrecommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% renewable energy generation by 2027. The Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment, released today by the Worldwatch Institute, also suggests a 33% reduction in the region's energy intensity. Achieving these sustainable energy goals would result in a 46% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions over the ...
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First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched 28.10.2015 Worldwatch Institute
Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment Notes to Editors:  For more information: To download a free copy of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment visit here  or contact Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .    About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org .     Worldwatch Institute study suggests CARICOM-wide energy and climate targets and outlines strategies and initiatives for achieving them Washington, D.C.—Representatives from the 15 member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have received recommendations for reaching an ambitious regional target of 48% ...
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Exclusive: The NDP's Megan Leslie on climate change and social justice 14.10.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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