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Geos Development neighborhood in Arvada claims net-zero sustainability 1.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Norbert Klebl set out to design a new kind of neighborhood - an integrated neighborhood with homes that create at least as much energy as they consume while fostering a sense of community. After the project was sidelined by the 2009 housing market crash, Arvada is now reviewing final development plans for the Geos project at 69th Avenue and Indiana ...
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Why the energy has gone out of Tory green policy 1.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Conserative party conference suggests David Cameron and his ministers dont have a single new thought on the environment

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Cool Melbourne: whichever party wins the election, climate change is urgent 1.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Cities must urgently plan for a zero-carbon economy to protect themselves from the worst effects of global warming, say three experts in this edited book extract

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Simple, sustainable and not 'superchef': the UK's first zero-waste restaurant 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Silo in Brighton mills its own flour for bread, brews its own booze and recycles all food waste. The chef and founder explains why it dares to be different In the ground floor of a handsome industrial-looking building in the heart of Brightons trendy North Laine district, something of a first in the restaurant world is about to take place. The UKs first zero-waste eatery is due to open in just under a weeks time. The restaurant Silo is aiming to massively raise the bar when it comes to all things ethical and culinary. It will recycle all of its waste and has invested in a special compost machine proudly displayed near the entrance to process all of its food scraps. Supplies will be delivered in reusable containers. Ingredients are being sought from (mostly local) farmers and producers direct. There are no middlemen. Flour for the restaurants bread will be milled on site. Booze is being brewed in the ...
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Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India? 30.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Indian PMs renewables ambitions are big, like the Gujarat Solar Park, Asias biggest, but coal use is still increasing

From the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an ultra-mega power project the Indian governments phrase and the biggest in Asia.

But unlike the hundreds of coal plants and their noxious smokestacks being built in the country, the only danger linked to the solar panels are the snakes and scorpions that slink and scuttle between the sparse shrubs, posing a minor hazard to those who dust off the panels after dusk.

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Can Amsterdams e-trikes revolutionise the citys food system? 29.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The future of food: A new Dutch scheme aims to distribute local fare more sustainably, unclog the streets and reduce Amsterdams 15 million annual food miles

In recent years, Amsterdam has earned a reputation as a genuine smart city. Not because it is pioneering technological urbanism building megastructures filled with interconnected digital sensors and robots but rather, as urban sociologist Saskia Sassen puts it, because the city actively urbanises technology.

In other words, Amsterdam has got very good at melding previously disparate systems of data, technology, energy and mobility through government, business and citizen-led initiatives.

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U.S. carbon emissions tick higher; Obama tells U.N.: ‘We have to do more’ 27.9.2014 Washington Post

The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.

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Our View: To invest in solar energy or not? 24.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Last week, the Steamboat Today r eported on the Routt County commissioners' hesitation to invest in the community solar garden that is being constructed in Craig, and that response by the commission left us a little mystified. It’s perplexing that Routt County, which successfully operates one of the largest solar arrays in the region on the top of the Routt County Justice Center, is reluctant to buy into a similar project on a smaller scale knowing how much money it has saved by investing in solar. According to County Facilities Director Tim Winter, the county paid $8 per watt for solar panels on the Justice Center seven years ago and has since recouped $60,000 in renewable energy credits and $24,000 in reduced energy bills. The pre-construction cost currently being quoted by Clean Energy Collective is as low as $2.75 per watt, so in simple terms, any investment the county makes in the solar garden will more than pay for itself and seems like a wise investment. We appreciate the county’s desire to ...
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Elon Musk’s “other” Gigafactory breaks ground in Buffalo 24.9.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
SolarCity, Elon Musk’s fast-growing solar leasing business, broke ground Tuesday on a huge factory in Buffalo, N.Y., to build high-efficiency solar panels. In each case, Musk’s companies are trying to ensure a future supply of low-cost, high-quality equipment to fuel their expansion. [...] each project has attracted significant taxpayer dollars. [...] as part of an agreement with the state, the company will spend approximately $5 billion on capital costs, operational expenses and other costs associated with the facility during the initial 10-year lease period,the filing said. By comparison, Nevada officials offered Tesla tax breaks worth more than $1.2 billion to entice the automaker, based in Palo Alto, to build its battery factory in their state.
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Heroes and villains in the fight against climate change 24.9.2014 Guardian: Environment
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Google cuts ties with conservative group over climate-change stance 24.9.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Mercury building gets LEED Gold designation 23.9.2014 Durango Herald
Mercury Payment Systems’ new headquarters in south Durango has received a LEED Gold certification, a leading environmental award for energy-efficient buildings.The company, now part of Cincinnati-based Vantiv, opened Mercury Village in May. The 80,500-square-foot building uses water efficient fixtures to reduce water usage by more...
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What is the best ethical watch to buy? 21.9.2014 Guardian: Environment
Eco watches not only protect the health of the planet, but also use the very latest green technology

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Why I’m Marching Against Climate Change 19.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly—from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we're arguing against people who claim we're disrupting a stable system. They insist that we're rocking the boat unnecessarily. I say: rock that boat. It's a lifeboat; maybe the people in it will wake up and start rowing. Those who think they're hanging onto a stable order are actually clinging to the wreckage of the old order, a ship already sinking, that we need to leave ...
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Alec Baldwin says he's passionate about green energy and wants US to use more wind and solar 19.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Home Depot data breach hit 56 million credit, debit cards 19.9.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. The disclosure puts the data breach behind TJX Cos.'s theft of 90 million records, disclosed in 2007 and ahead of Target’s pre-Christmas 2013 breach which compromised 40 million credit and debit cards. Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Center for Sustainable Shale in Pittsburgh said Thursday. Nigel Hearne, president of Chevron’s Appalachia operations, said that the 15 Sustainable Shale standards “will produce meaningful results” in reducing pollution and freshwater use, and that he hopes other energy companies join in the process. The Sierra Club and other some environmental groups have harshly criticized the Sustainable Shale program, saying voluntary efforts are no ...
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US to train veterans to install solar panels 18.9.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.
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US to train veterans to install solar panels 18.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.
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APNewsBreak: Chevron is first to meet new drilling rules from industry-environmental pact 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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APNewsBreak: Chevron meets shale drilling rules 18.9.2014 AP Business
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday....
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