User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Independent
Category: Conservation and Efficiency
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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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AMD and chip-makers' efforts to create energy-efficient CPUs 9.8.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Amid growing awareness of the huge energy appetite of computer processing and particularly high end graphics, computer chip-maker AMD releases a more energy efficient chip — and a study to prove it.
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If utilities moved to the cloud, would they use more renewables? 5.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
If utilities adopted cloud technologies, they'd be better able to integrate renewable energy sources into their mix, a Navigant study finds.
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What teaching kids about energy efficiency can teach us 4.8.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Find out how educating the next generation on energy efficiency can help reach parents, and make a powerful impact in homes.
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Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It's Before Your Eyes) 28.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon footprint of food waste to a staggering 3.6 gigatons of CO2. With nations around the world starting to design programs to meet COP21 climate commitments, now is the time to address food waste as the sleeping climate giant surprisingly hidden before our eyes. The Model for Success may be the Age of Energy Efficiency As we tackle food waste, we can learn lessons from the energy conservation movement. The last 20 years was the Age of Energy Efficiency. Technology allowed the increasingly more efficient use of electricity distributed to more people and more buildings without new power plants and the resulting climate emissions. Since 1990, the 29 member countries of the International Energy Agency saved enough electricity ...
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New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity 25.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat and degrade relatively quickly. They also require expensive extra components to pump oxygen gas in and out, in an open-cell configuration that is very different from conventional sealed batteries.But a new variation of the battery chemistry, which could be used in a conventional, fully sealed battery, promises similar theoretical performance as lithium-air batteries, while overcoming all of these drawbacks.The new battery concept, called a nanolithia cathode battery, is described in the journalNature Energy in a paper by Ju Li, the Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT; postdoc Zhi Zhu; and five others at MIT, Argonne National Laboratory, and Peking ...
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Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of Transatlantic Trade Pact 11.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Sierra Club This morning, as the most recent round of trade negotiations between the United States and European Union began in Brussels, the Guardian reported a leaked document from the EU that reveals its intentions to include new, dangerous language in the proposed energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
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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.

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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.

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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 ...
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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
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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, ...
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Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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