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Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kenvo Esquivel, Diane Fager

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency this November, many on the left are rightfully frightened about what the next four years portend for the fight against climate change, when even the most basic environmental protections are now under threat. The sense of dread deepens everyday, as we get news of a new climate denier or oil executive being considered for a cabinet post. Many are preparing for years of long, defensive fights to preserve what policies we have won, both on environmental protection and on every other front.

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Melbourne & Sydney Win C40 Award For Best Building Energy Efficiency Project Of 2016 2.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Melbourne & Sydney were honoured today at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, the C40 Cities Awards ceremony was held during the C40 Mayors Summit, where more than 40 mayors from around the world gathered to create sustainable and liveable cities for citizens. "On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate all the winning cities for their commitment to their citizens and their dedication to tackling climate change," said outgoing C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. "Throughout my tenure as C40 Chair, I have been increasingly impressed by the calibre of the C40 Cities Award winners, and I look forward to seeing other mayors around the world adapting and implementing these models in their own cities." "The C40 Cities Awards recognize the best and boldest work being done by mayors to fight climate change and protect people from risks," said C40 ...
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Military Rivals Face Off In An Energy-Saving Web Series 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Without totally sidelining their historic rivalry, the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy  joined forces to improve energy efficiency at both campuses. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy  launched the second season of its “ Better Buildings Challenge Swap ,” a reality web series in which two organizations swap three-person teams to find ways to increase energy efficiency.  In this season, an energy team from each military institution travels to the other’s campus to explore how it can reduce its energy footprint. Russell Hume, energy program manager at the Air Force Academy, told The Huffington Post that each team has an opportunity to share its expertise and pinpoint where the other is falling short. At the end of the day, however, he said these friendly rivals’ different perspectives result in innovative and, in some cases, simple and low-cost solutions that can be applied beyond a dormitory or cafeteria. “It was great to have an extra set of eyes,” Hume told HuffPost.  The first ...
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5 ways to scale up energy efficiency, person to person 19.11.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
To end fossil fuel dependence, we need to spark a social movement. And we need to do it now.
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President-Elect Trump's Environmental Agenda 14.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president and, like most people, I was surprised when he won. On January 20th he becomes our head of government and head of state; the president is both prime minister and king. My hope is that the institution of the presidency will envelop our new president and he will able to grow into this crucial world role. Hope needs to be tempered by concern. Many of my colleagues in Columbia's Earth Institute and many people all over the world are worried. Many of the policy positions he has taken on climate and environment are worth worrying about, but anyone who thinks they can predict what our soon-to-be president will do hasn't been paying attention over the past year. Trump defines unpredictable. I feel a little like I've been here before. I worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Superfund program when Ronald Reagan was elected president. President Reagan appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford to head EPA, and it was bad. Everything we were working on ...
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European Union drops plans to make toasters more efficient 9.11.2016 TreeHugger
Efficiency standards are now toast because of worries of "over-reach and intrusiveness".
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Big oil's $1 billion bet on climate solutions 7.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
BP, Saudi Aramco, Eni, Pemex, Repsol and other firms agree to "unprecedented" plans to accelerate carbon capture and storage and energy efficiency.
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COP 22 needs to be a COP of action 4.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it."Those were the words of President Barack Obama when he addressed the delegates at COP21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015. On November 4, 2016 - a year after the historic negotiations and decisions in the French capital, the Paris Agreement has entered into force. It is a major milestone for countries, cities and companies. The next question must be how to translate this agreement into an actionable timeline. At COP21 we saw overwhelming interest from the business sector. Thanks to the French government the role of business was clear: It is important for policy makers to see that climate leadership makes good business sense. What is good for the climate is good for business as well. I want to take stock of the first year after COP21 from a business perspective. We can definitely say that the Paris Agreement raised the bar for businesses' ambitions to achieve a low-carbon ...
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For big energy efficiency gains, tenant demand is key 1.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Although landlords can unilaterally achieve significant waste reductions through smart building systems and operations, tenant occupants still hold the key to unlocking a building’s full savings potential.
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Climate Change This Week: Looming Health Disaster, Clean Power Kites, and More! 19.10.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian pangolin, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Pangolins everywhere are endangered. These prehistoric creatures are being vigorously hunted due to false rumors of their scales' healing powers. Source www.edgeofexistence.org OO Warning To Forest Destroyers: This Scientist Will Catch You With his satellites that spot deforestation as it happens. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon A Rarity That Could Soon Disappear Forever - the Saola of the mountain forests of Vietnam and Laos is extremely rare and unique, and was discovered from a skull found in a hunter's home. Source wildlifeleaders.org OO Hunting, Not Deforestation, Biggest Threat To Southeast Asian Biodiversity shows a new study. Forest animals are vital to the health of forests. Takeaways: animal populations have declined sharply at multiple sites across Southeast Asia since 1980, with many species now ...
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New York State makes blower door tests mandatory; Everybody should 17.10.2016 TreeHugger
As Ronald Reagan said: Trust, but verify!
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Do solar power and energy efficiency go together like lox and cream cheese? 14.10.2016 TreeHugger
Or for that matter, peanut butter and jelly? No, hold the PB.
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Energy Is at the Core of the Sustainable Development Goals 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 7 is all about saving energy. But why is it so important to think energy efficiency first? Let me start with some context. This week, hundreds of leaders from politics, business and civil society gather in New York for Climate Week . The fact that Climate Week and the United Nations Private Sector Forum are now an annual event along with the World Economic Forum shows the importance and opportunity to mitigate climate change and create sustainable growth. We have the opportunity to work together across sectors, businesses, civil society and at all levels of government to capture what is truly the opportunity of our lifetime - to create liveable, sustainable and competitive solutions that will benefit us all. How are we taking action? We are saving energy At this point, you might be thinking: While that all sounds great, how do we actually go from talk to ...
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China's New Role in Climate Action Raises Hope for Change 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Strong, sustainable growth is high on the agenda for the G20, which met earlier this month in Hangzhou, China. The gathering of 20 of the world's most important economies offered a unique opportunity for these countries to send a powerful message of unity in climate action to the world, building upon last year's Paris Climate Agreement. Indeed, with China and the United States having formally committed to the Paris Agreement, the moment marked an important turning point in the global climate conversation and - importantly - reinforced China's new role in that dialogue. Considered by the global community as a key member to climate action, China has made significant strides in recent years to drive the clean energy revolution and climate change fight across the world. China's commitment to reduce GHG emission is integral to the passage of the Paris Agreement. As a country with the world's largest population, China worked closely with the United States to secure a crucial bilateral climate deal that set the ...
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Meet the ex-White House official growing the market for community power 15.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Solar is at a pivotal point: How many people will get access? Enter Michelle Moore and Groundswell.
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How cities and counties are showing the way on climate action 7.9.2016 GreenBiz.com
As leaders emerge from the business and governmental sectors to address climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeing trends reflected in this year’s Climate Leadership Awardee accomplishments, including collaboration among cities and counties taking a stance on climate action.
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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.
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Can zero-energy buildings become the norm? 17.8.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
More and more buildings are being equipped with energy efficiency technologies and solar panels. What will it take before all buildings are energy independent?
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Here's What California's Climate Policies Have Done To The State's Economy 12.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What have California’s climate policies done for the state’s economy? Injected about $48 billion into communities across the state in the past decade and helped create about 500,000 jobs. That’s the synopsis of a new analysis by my organization, the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) of available data on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act — also known as AB 32 — and related policies. Lawmakers in Sacramento are now debating legislation (under the aptly named SB 32) that would extend the emissions targets set by AB 32 for an additional 10 years past the current deadline of 2020. It’s clear that AB 32 and related policies are already paying off big time for California’s economy. Today, the state is by far the nation’s leader in clean energy jobs and investments. No other state comes close. The state’s existing emission reduction goals and related programs have funded solar, wind and energy efficiency projects in communities from Shasta to San Diego, helping ...
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Canada needs a bold national action plan for energy efficient buildings 9.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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