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Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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Climate Needs 'Radical Shock Treatment'; EU Pledges Only 'Smelling Salts' 24.10.2014 Headlines
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New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency 24.10.2014 Business Operations |

Reinventing the state grid, the NYPA focuses on seven projects to keep hospitals open, prisons secure and other critical functions working during outages.

New York pursues microgrids for widespread resiliency
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This Halloween, banish these bloodsucking vampires from your home 23.10.2014 TreeHugger
Sink your teeth into these vampire slaying tips to cut electricity use at home, which can save you money and increase your overall energy efficiency.
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Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even With Rebound? 23.10.2014 Green on
Co-authored with Inês Azevedo , Kenneth Gillingham , and David Rapson . Lighting is critical to our livelihoods. Humans have used lighting technology since long before industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat. Recently, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their remarkable contributions towards highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. A day later, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus reignited a long standing debate with an Op-Ed in The New York Times claiming that these developments are not likely to save energy and instead may backfire. (The Times has since corrected a crucial point of the article, and it has published three letters to the editor , including  one by a subset of co-authors here.) As evidence for these claims, Shellenberger and Nordhaus cite research that observes the vast improvements in the efficiency of lighting over the ...
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Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe 23.10.2014 Business Operations |

Businesses want a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 as concerns mount over lack of support for carbon capture and storage.

Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe
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9 ways sustainability drives profit 23.10.2014 Resource Efficiency |

From lower costs to higher brand performance and improved employee morale, a serious business case can be made for sustainability. In case we forgot.

9 ways sustainability drives profit
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Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change 20.10.2014 Business Operations |

Chris Taylor, chief operating officer for The Sun and The Times' publisher, outlines how it has slashed waste, water and carbon emissions.

Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change
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Got Science? On Green Energy, Ohio Ignores the Evidence 17.10.2014 Politics on
While most U.S. states are experiencing a surge in renewable energy that exceeds even the rosiest predictions, one state -- Ohio -- has chosen this moment to backtrack. Earlier this year, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that temporarily freezes the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards the state had adopted, choking investment in wind and solar, and stalling the state's transition away from over-reliance on its aging coal plants. Now, in the latest development , the Ohio state senate packed known opponents of renewable energy onto the review panel mandated to determine whether to make the current freeze permanent. The latest move makes a bad situation worse -- reducing the chance that Ohioans will get the fair evidence-based hearing they deserve about their energy future. Gold Standards At the heart of the debate are two tools -- renewable energy standards and energy efficiency standards -- successfully used by the majority of U.S. states. Renewable energy standards require utility ...
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How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience 16.10.2014 Business Operations |

Here's an inside look at the food giant's sustainability menu, including engaging employees, reducing food waste and sharpening the supply chain.

How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience
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How Ford aims to drive down its energy costs by $7 million a year 10.10.2014 Business Operations |

By the end of the year, the automaker plans to roll out the changes at 17 of its manufacturing plants worldwide.

How Ford aims to drive down its energy costs by $7 million a year
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This Unlikely Duo Is Working Together For Coal Miners 9.10.2014 Green on
WASHINGTON -- One is a Democrat from Vermont, a state so green it named its mountains after the color. The other represents a West Virginia district in the heart of coal country. But Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) have emerged as improbable collaborators on energy bills in the House. The two co-authored an energy efficiency bill that passed the House in March, a rare example of successful bipartisanship this Congress. Now they're working together on a bill that would provide job training and transition assistance to unemployed coal miners. "I often feel that what happens to the workers is left out of the question about energy transitions," Welch said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "It should be a the forefront of policy discussions. You can't find people that work harder, in tougher jobs, than the coal miners. They go into those coal pits every day. It's dangerous, it's dirty, they have a lot of health consequences. But there was a huge demand in this country for what ...
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Why New Hampshire could be the next state to take on microgrids 8.10.2014 Business Operations |

Thanks to a new report, The Granite State might soon follow in the footsteps of its Northeastern neighbors.

Why New Hampshire could be the next state to take on microgrids
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Blue light-emitting diodes earn their inventors a Nobel Prize 8.10.2014 Business Operations |

Three scientists received the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday, which made blue LEDs possible.

Blue light-emitting diodes earn their inventors a Nobel Prize
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Matt Petersen: "If we can do it in LA, we can do it anywhere." 7.10.2014 Business Operations |

Los Angeles’ chief sustainability officer previews the city’s forthcoming comprehensive sustainability plan.

Matt Petersen: "If we can do it in LA, we can do it anywhere."
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Carnival cruises towards $2.5 billion in fuel savings 6.10.2014 Business Operations |

Efficiency measures are set to cut fuel consumption by a whopping billion gallons, significantly cutting the cruise operator's carbon footprint.

Carnival cruises towards $2.5 billion in fuel savings
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Buildings Hold the Key to New York's Climate Goals 2.10.2014 Green on
In a week in which New York City served as base camp to a number of large-scale events and declarations demanding global action on climate change, it's fitting that what may be considered the most significant announcement of them all came from its mayor . Mayor Bill de Blasio's commitment to reduce the City's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050 -- the level the United Nations projects is needed to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change -- further carves out New York City as a leader in climate action. For De Blasio's administration and the city as a whole, a challenging road lies ahead to reduce GHG emissions. More than 80 percent of the reductions the City has achieved thus far are the result of switching electricity generation from coal and oil to natural gas, and from other improvements to utility operations -- all efforts that, while beneficial, obviously can't be replicated infinitely. The new "80 by 50" commitment is an enormous undertaking and meeting this goal will ...
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Energy Efficient Buildings - Beware Possible Health Risks 2.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The primary goal of home energy efficiency initiatives might be to reduce total energy consumption, but these projects could have a negative impact on public health if we do not take care. Global climate change  has been called  the biggest global public health threat of the 21st century – and energy efficiency is a key tool in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels. Efficiency projects allow us to more effectively manage growing energy consumption without sacrificing services that we value. In the cost-optimised 2°C scenario set out by the International Energy Agency (the temperature rise that we have to stick within if we’re to mitigate climate change), end-use efficiency improvements will be responsible  for 38%  of the global emissions reductions between now and 2050. Without these emissions decreases, the World Health Organisation expects  250,000  additional deaths to occur each year,  caused by  climate-related malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress around the globe. Given ...
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New York State goes big on microgrids 2.10.2014 Business Operations |
The Empire State is building a new empire of resiliency and renewables.
New York State goes big on microgrids
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How to tap the medium-scale clean energy market 30.9.2014 Energy & Climate |

In between the residential installations and gigantic utility-scale projects sits an overlooked market just waiting to be tapped.

How to tap the medium-scale clean energy market
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Connecting Productivity of Office Workers and Climate Change 29.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Energy efficiency in office buildings struggles to gain the attention of top management, writes John Alker - because energy is too cheap to really matter. But with 90% of operating costs spent on staff, a new report shows that green building design makes employees happier and more productive. There would seem to be no connection between the productivity of office workers and the great challenge of climate change. But a report published by the World Green Building Council suggests otherwise.
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