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The Phony Numbers Behind California's Solar Mandate 13.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A state-hired consultant lowballed the costs and assumed massive subsidies in estimating benefits.
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Report: Energy efficiency, renewables create nearly 60,000 Minnesota jobs 9.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A report analyzing jobs in the Midwest's energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sectors found job growth was particularly strong in Minnesota.
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There Are a Few Things Environmentalists Actually Do Agree On 7.7.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Sometimes the most vicious fights occur over the smallest differences. Brutal battles have pitted Catholics that kneel in prayer against Protestant sects that stood before the same God. There’s a (possibly apocryphal) story from the US House of Representatives about a senior […]
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Power people 26.6.2018 BBC: Technology
Home energy storage could lead to lower bills...eventually.
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Feeling the heat? 19.6.2018 BBC: Technology
As demand for air conditioning goes through the roof, what are the implications for our planet?
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Langouët, the 100% green little Gallic village 16.6.2018 Hindu: International
“Small is beautiful” would be an ideal slogan for the village of Langouët in Brittany, northern France. This community of 600 inhabitants, located nea
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Helping Nigerians move from the slums to affordable green homes of their own 16.6.2018 Hindu: Society
Rapid urbanization has forced millions of Nigerians to live in slums and squatter settlements, as the country’s population is growing faster than its
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New Study Says Your Gadget Addiction Could Save Us All 5.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by WIRED and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Boy, it’s hard to stay optimistic these days, what with the impending doom of our species at the hands of…our species. Namely, human-caused climate change. Climbing temperatures are ripping apart ecosystems, and rising seas are already forcing people from their homes. If an asteroid […]
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Enjoy Those Avocados, Pistachios and Oranges While You Can, Because They Are Going Away 27.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Chris Sayer pushed his way through avocado branches and grasped a denuded limb. It was stained black, as if someone had ladled tar over its bark. In February, the temperature had dropped below freezing for three hours, killing the limb. The thick […]
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This 70-Year-Old Republican Mayor Wants to Prove That His Small Southern Town Can Go Green 24.5.2018 Mother Jones
Last year, Mayor Greg Lemons counted every single street light in Abita Springs, Louisiana, and found there were 256. If his town of about 2,900 residents switched over to solar-powered lamps and LED bulbs, he reasoned, taxpayers could save thousands of dollars and be environmentally conscious.  Street lights are just a part of Lemon’s ambitious plans to make Abita Springs a model of energy efficiency and sustainability. A life-long Republican, he has fought […]
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California is the first state to require solar panels on new homes. Here's why Big Brother is on to something 21.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

When a state regulatory body decrees that all new homes must have rooftop solar starting in 2020, my temperature rises.

Big Brother is intruding too deeply into my personal life, I’m thinking. Shouldn’t it be my call alone whether to invest in solar panels, perhaps incentivized by state tax credits...

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Tomorrow's cities: Park with four seasons under one roof 20.5.2018 BBC: Technology
Four seasons park explores need for greener cities and looks at how climate change affects urban spaces.
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MPs criticise government clean energy policies 16.5.2018 BBC: Business
Two parliamentary committees say ill-thought out policies have driven down clean energy investment.
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Denver’s green roof initiative may face big changes that provide less-costly options — but its lead backer is OK with that 14.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Denver's voter-passed green roof ordinance could be in for big changes soon as city officials aim to make it more workable -- and, in many cases, less costly to implement.
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California approaches collective madness on housing 12.5.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
California approaches collective madness on housing
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Of course California should require solar panels on new homes 11.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Starting in 2020, California will be the first state in the nation to require newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to have solar panels to generate electricity. This mandate, adopted this week by the California Energy Commission, may be the simplest, most logical policy yet...

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Video: Chefs honor Jitlada's late Suthiporn 'Tui' Sungkamee 10.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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California Just Became the First State to Require Solar Panels on New Residential Construction 10.5.2018 Mother Jones
California just became the first state to mandate solar panels on nearly all new residential homes.  The mandate is part of California’s “Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan,” which includes the goal that both residential and commercial construction be zero net energy by 2030—meaning the buildings’ annual energy usage is either less than or equal to the renewable energy […]
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California heads toward requiring solar panels on all new houses 9.5.2018 LA Times: Business

California is set to require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses, the first statewide mandate in the nation. That’s expected to save buyers money in the long run, but will raise their upfront costs at a time many are already struggling to afford a mortgage.

The state’s Energy Commission...

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West Virginia Teachers Won Their Strike. Now, They’re Rebuilding the Local Economy. 7.5.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  It’s early January, but the high tunnel at Mount View High School in McDowell County, West Virginia, is sweltering. High tunnels are inexpensive greenhouses, unheated but covered in plastic, that make it easier for farmers to extend the growing season for their fruits and vegetables. In this case, it’s strawberries: About 300 strawberry plants, donated by a McDowell farmer, are growing in raised beds. The students at Mount View chose to plant the strawberries, says Jenny Totten, who works with the high school students as the McDowell County Community Development Coordinator at the West Virginia Community Development Hub. The students don’t get to make a lot of their own decisions, she says. So she lets them choose what they want to do, whether it’s the work that they’ll do in the high tunnel or what they’ll make with the harvested plants. The kids don’t just learn gardening and cultivating, but also how to ...
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