User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
Last updated: Sep 21 2014 01:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More! 21.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 20, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought. The North Pole and much of the areas surrounding it are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface ...
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Energy Efficiency Is a Game Changer for Climate Protection 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We used to call it "being thrifty" -- maximizing the benefits while reducing costs. Any of our older relatives who lived through tough times from wars or economic depressions can readily describe the many ways they were 'efficient' with the meagre resources available. Economists like to call it 'resource efficiency,' 'energy efficiency,' or even 'productivity.' Either way, it means doing more with less, and in the run-up to the Climate Summit at the United Nations on 23 September 2014, this approach could be a real game changer for climate protection. Let us explain: The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is working with partners, such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to give everyone on Planet Earth access to clean and modern forms of energy by improving the way we use energy and doubling the use of renewable sources of energy. But it is the improvement in the way we use energy -- energy efficiency -- that is the real goldmine. If we can double our energy efficiency by 2030, a major objective ...
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Energy 2030: The Next Generation of Energy Policy 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
America sits at a crucial decision point that will affect its energy landscape far into the future. These are exciting times -- we are living in the midst of an energy boom. But the biggest game changer in this new era is one many Americans haven't heard of or don't fully understand -- improved national energy productivity. While the media is full of stories about the drastic expansion of the natural gas market and the potential of unlocked fossil resources, there is another energy revolution occurring. But the catalyst isn't renewable energy or newly discovered natural resource reserves. The real energy revolution is a massive improvement in energy efficiency and the vast potential for doubling energy productivity across all sectors by 2030 . According to the 2013 International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Market Report , "The reduced energy demand stemming from energy efficiency over the past decades is larger than any other single supply-side energy source for a significant share of IEA ...
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What the sharing economy can learn from fleets 18.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Data analytics, education and thoughtful incentives can help sharing apps play a much more significant role in driving sustainability.

What the sharing economy can learn from fleets
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Are energy-efficient workplaces healthier? Just Google it 12.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Internet search giant believes its strategy also can boost employee health and reduce sick days.

Are energy-efficient workplaces healthier? Just Google it
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Are global companies weighing a future without utilities? 12.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

At a GreenBiz webcast this week, execs from J&J, Microsoft and Walmart discussed on the future of renewables and utilities.

Are global companies weighing a future without utilities?
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This deep dive into 10 years of LEED unearths surprises 10.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What does the first decade of LEED project data reveal about architects, engineers and building energy efficiency?

This deep dive into 10 years of LEED unearths surprises
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How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management? 9.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Keeping buildings warm or cool takes even more energy when the sensors don't work correctly. When you add in reporting, the problem snowballs.

How does sensor accuracy impact building energy management?
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Promoting President Obama's Clean Energy Economy 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Interview with Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Over the last decade, Colorado has emerged to boast one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the United States -- something that began under the administration of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. Now, as the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, Governor Bill Ritter is advising the White House on how to achieve its clean energy goals. Natalie Pace: Colorado has a goal of achieving 30 percent renewables by 2020 -- one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the nation. What role did your administration play in setting these standards? Governor Bill Ritter Jr.: In my time as governor, I signed 57 different pieces of legislation, many of which we initiated. We had a 10 percent renewable energy standard when I started. I signed a bill that took us to a 20 percent standard in the 1st year in office. By the 4th year in office, I signed a bill ...
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Hawaii's energy efficiency auction challenges innovators 8.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A unique program could help the Aloha State to approach its goal of slashing electricity demand by 30 percent by 2030.

Hawaii's energy efficiency auction challenges innovators
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Rethinking Emissions Reduction 6.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Whether at United Nations climate change summits or one of many "green growth" forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming. Even the coal industry adopted the efficiency line in its Warsaw Communiqué, released ahead of the UN's COP19 summit last November. But a closer look at the global energy system, together with a more refined understanding of the emissions challenge, reveals that fossil fuels will probably remain dominant through this century -- meaning that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may well be the critical technology for mitigating climate change. The widespread focus on efficiency and renewable energy stems from the dissemination of the Kaya Identity, which the Japanese economist Yoichi Kaya developed in 1993. Kaya calculated carbon dioxide emissions by multiplying total population by per capita GDP, energy efficiency (energy use per unit of GDP), and carbon intensity (carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy). Given the ...
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Comparison of Energy Efficiency and Power Density in Pressure Retarded Osmosis and Reverse Electrodialysis 5.9.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Environmental Science & Technology
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Chevy helps school an Oregon campus on carbon credits 4.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Southern Oregon University puts LEED-certified buildings and other green commitments to extra use with a carbon credit system.

Chevy helps school an Oregon campus on carbon credits
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Why 2014 is the year of the energy-water nexus 3.9.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Enough of all the talk between the water and energy sectors. Here's why there's no better time to band together and act.

Why 2014 is the year of the energy-water nexus
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Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Why shouldn't every electrician be an expert in energy efficiency? That's the aim of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute.

Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center
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Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In California, brokers are at the heart of every non-residential sale or lease. Can the AIR organization get them on board with benchmarking?

Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance
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Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities? 27.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Center for Social Inclusion proposes a novel idea to fund renewables for low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Can investment districts bring more clean energy to minorities?
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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed 27.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Why the majority of data centers are failing at energy efficiency 26.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

New analysis suggests there's still an opportunity to cut power consumption and save billions in 2014.

Why the majority of data centers are failing at energy efficiency
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How She Leads: Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts 26.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Her financial background wins support, but her grassroots employee efforts for energy efficiency and water conservation deliver results.

How She Leads: Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts
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