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Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More! 21.9.2014 Green on
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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Mayor's HUGE Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard NYC 20.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made...
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US EPA Carbon Rules Comment Period Extended, But There's No Need to Delay Ohio's Clean Energy Standards 20.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it’s extending the comment period on the Clean Power Plan for states to curb carbon emissions from our nation’s power fleet to Dec. 1, Ohio doesn’t need additional time to...
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Energy Efficiency Is a Game Changer for Climate Protection 19.9.2014 Green on
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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Nvidia unveils GeForce GTX 980, 970 GPUs using Maxwell chips 19.9.2014 Technology

Nvidia's new top of the line graphics processing unit, the GeForce GTX 980, goes on sale tonight for $549.The GPU leader in the high-end gaming PC market has two new powerhouse components to sell ahead of the flurry of fall video game releases.>

Energy 2030: The Next Generation of Energy Policy 19.9.2014 Green on
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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The Big Kahuna: DOE Proposes Rule for Commercial Air Conditioners that Offers Biggest Potential Savings Yet 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: The White House announced a number of commitments to energy efficiency this morning, not the least of which is a proposed energy efficiency standard for rooftop air conditioners that could produce the largest electricity savings under any U.S. appliance efficiency...
As We Get Set for Climate Week in the Big Apple, NYC Can Demonstrate Strong Leadership on Energy and Climate 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Donna DeCostanzo, Senior Attorney, New York: Climate Week is coming up next week here in the Big Apple, which is great news! The international forum draws world attention to the critical issue of climate change. It also highlights what we New Yorkers can do in our...
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Climate Week Focus on Energy Efficiency for All New Yorkers 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: Climate week is finally here! While climate change is surely the most global environmental challenge there is, since we’ve got the Climate March and Climate Summit right here in New York City NRDC is also focusing on the “act local”...
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White House proposes new energy efficiency rule in climate push 18.9.2014 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled its latest energy efficiency rule on Thursday, a standard for commercial air conditioning units that the White House believes could slash energy use in commercial and industrial buildings. The proposal would cut climate-changing carbon emissions by more than 60 million tonnes, and could save more energy than any other efficiency standard issued by the Energy Department to date, the White House said in a release. ...
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What the sharing economy can learn from fleets 18.9.2014 Energy & Climate |

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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Study: Mid-Atlantic Utility Customers Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion Savings Opportunity 17.9.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2014) – Electric customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia could miss out on as much as $1.3 billion in bill utility savings over the next three years because their regional transmission grid operator, PJM, is significantly undercounting the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs that reduce the need to generate more electricity, according to an analysis released today by The Brattle ...
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Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion in Electric Bill Savings 17.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Allison Clements, Senior Attorney, Project for Sustainable FERC Energy Policy, New York: Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion – because their transmission grid operator seems to be undercounting the...
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For Michigan Farmers, Agricultural Energy-Efficiency Programs Are a Big Source of Savings 12.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lauren Kubiak, Energy Fellow, New York: Michigan’s second-largest industry is agriculture. The sector provides $92 billion annually to the state’s economy, employs a quarter of its workforce, grew during the economic downturn, and feeds millions of Americans every day. Michigan’s agricultural sector also uses an extraordinary...
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My Sleepover at Chicago's Merchandise Mart 12.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Abdul Wadood, EDF Climate Corps Fellow and graduate student at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering How does one maintain a facility of 4.2 million square feet, with five acres of roofs, that is two city blocks long and has 375 tenants? And, how does a building built in 1930 (also the largest building in the world at that time) compete with current technological innovations and new energy conservation trends? The answer lies in having accurate data, which can be a challenge considering the sheer size and age of this particular building. The building I am referring to is the Merchandise Mart . Also called ‘The Mart,’ this building centralizes Chicago’s wholesale goods businesses by consolidating home, office, casual furnishings and a large variety of luxury home kitchen & bath showrooms under one roof. At the same time, the building now forms part of Chicago’s growing tech triangle community near the famous city loop as 1871 , Motorola Mobility, Braintree, All Scripts, CCC and Yelp are in the ...
Are energy-efficient workplaces healthier? Just Google it 12.9.2014 Business Operations |

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 |

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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Energy Savings on the Way for New Construction and Major Renovations in California: New Building Code Process Begins 10.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: The next update to California’s building energy code, known as Title 24, is officially underway. Today, the California Energy Commission launches the process of updating minimum efficiency standards for new construction and major renovations that are anticipated to take effect...
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This deep dive into 10 years of LEED unearths surprises 10.9.2014 Business Operations |

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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Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India 10.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: While in Mumbai recently, home of Mahindra headquarters, the sounds of construction are an ever-present soundtrack for the city. More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain...
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