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Rupert Murdoch's News UK is leading media against climate change 20.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

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 HuffingtonPost.com
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 | GreenBiz.com

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 | GreenBiz.com

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 HuffingtonPost.com
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 | GreenBiz.com

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 | GreenBiz.com

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 | GreenBiz.com

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 | GreenBiz.com

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 HuffingtonPost.com
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 | GreenBiz.com
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 | Greenbiz.com

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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The Climate Post: World Sees Some Tangible Outcomes from U.N. Climate Summit 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
World leaders gathered in New York this week for the United Nations Climate Summit , a meeting aimed at raising carbon reduction ambitions and mobilizing progress toward a global climate deal. In speeches at the summit, President Obama and other leaders recognized that countries across the world are feeling climate change effects, particularly extreme weather. "In America, the past decade has been our hottest on record," said Obama , who also announced the launch of new scientific and technological tools to increase global climate resilience and extend extreme weather risk outlooks. "Along our eastern coast, the city of Miami now floods at high tide. In our west, wildfire season now stretches most of year. In our heartland, farms have been parched by the worst drought in generations, and drenched by the wettest spring in our history. A hurricane left parts of this great city dark and underwater. And some nations already live with far worse." Like Obama, representatives of other major nations had their ...
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Nestlé, Kellogg’s join Ceres’ call for federal climate action 25.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Launched in 2008 with five companies, BICEP has expanded to 32 firms, including eBay and Symantec.

Nestlé, Kellogg’s join Ceres’ call for federal climate action
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5 tips from energy-efficient building innovators Google and NYU 23.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Two high-profile NYC Carbon Challenge participants shared practical lessons at the VERGE Salon in New York City.

5 tips from energy-efficient building innovators Google and NYU
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The 5 Climate Week reports you shouldn't miss 23.9.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Sneeze and you'll miss some Climate Week news. Here are the reports to skim by happy hour, then read fully at the office next week.

The 5 Climate Week reports you shouldn't miss
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How Walmart intends to spread sustainability, one retailer at a time 23.9.2014 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Sustainability platform RedE Tool is rolling out this month to suppliers in China. It was developed to be an industry mechanism, available to anyone and scalable everywhere.

How Walmart intends to spread sustainability, one retailer at a time
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Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City 22.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting set to start, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided the time is right to renew the city's sustainability effort. The mayor and his team have announced the goal of reducing New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The mayor deserves high praise for articulating these new goals. The major focus of the program is increasing the energy efficiency of our built environment. According to New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer : New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city's leaders. Though the proposal is likely to rankle some residential and commercial building owners, who will bear a portion of its cost, officials have framed the issue in part as an extension of the citywide focus on income inequality since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January. High energy costs, the de Blasio ...
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