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Education technology group to 'educelerate' Twin Cities 20.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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City of Steamboat reviews LEED certification requirements 18.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The city of Steamboat Springs is researching green energy standards in anticipation of a request from the local development community to reduce the costs associated with energy efficiency certifications such as LEED and Green Globes . In her most recent staff report, City Manager Deb Hinsvark wrote that the Steamboat Springs City Council soon might hear a request to drop the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification requirement for single family and duplex construction in the mountain base area. The requirement is part of the mountain base area design standards, which supplement the community development code and govern construction in four Steamboat zone districts near the mountain. The city also has its own separate green building standards that apply to development in all areas. One of the issues that has been raised, Steamboat Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said, is the cost of having a third party come out to perform an inspection to certify the building as LEED or one of ...
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Global warming can't be blamed on CFCs another one bites the dust 18.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
Nuccitelli et al. (2014) rebuts the argument that global warming is due to chlorofluorocarbon rather than carbon emissions Continue reading...
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Fish helped grow these greens (Cached) 17.4.2014 Durango Herald
In the mountain climate between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs, farmer Matt Brewer plans to harvest 400 to 600 of pounds of leafy greens each week from just one of his aquaponic greenhouses this summer. At Chimney Rock Farms on the Piedra River, Brewer has built two commercial-scale aquaponic greenhouses that house fish tanks and thousands...
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Top 10 eco homes: Plummerswood 15.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Our expert panel have created a shortlist of 10 houses all in the running for the title of UK's best eco home. Between 21-24 April, we're inviting you to vote for your favourite. Day six: Plummerswood, a Brettstapel structure on the Scottish borders

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Best of the Web Today: Meet the New Boss 15.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Sebelius steps down, and ObamaCare supporters pretend to rejoice.
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Top 10 eco homes: the Pavilion 14.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Continuing our series on eco homes we look at the Pavilion, a modern, completely environmental house in Blackheath, London, built by E2 Architecture + Interiors Continue reading...
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Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways 14.4.2014 Mother Jones
Advertise on MotherJones.com Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies. Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, with about half of that going to the big five oil companies—ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—which get an average tax break of $3.34 on every barrel of domestic crude they produce. With Washington looking under the couch cushions for sources of new revenue, oil prices topping $100 a barrel, and the world feeling the heat from its dependence on fossil fuels, there's been a renewed push to close these decades-old loopholes. But history suggests that Big Oil won't let go of its perks without a brawl.   There Will Be Subsidies How the oil companies hit a gusher of tax ...
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A Brief History of Big Tax Breaks for Oil Companies 14.4.2014 Mother Jones
Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. How it all got started: 1916 The petroleum industry takes off as Americans' love affair with the automobile begins. A new tax provision allows oil companies to write off dry holes as well as all "intangible drilling costs" in their first year of exploration. Over the next 15 years, oil and gas subsidies will average $1.9 billion a year in today's dollars. 1926 Congress approves the "depletion allowance," which lets oil producers deduct more than a quarter of their gross revenues. Texas Sen. Tom Connally, who sponsored the break, later admits, "We could have taken a 5 or 10 percent figure, but we grabbed 27.5 percent because we were not only hogs but the odd figure made it appear as though it was scientifically arrived at." 1937 Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau calls the depletion allowance "perhaps the most glaring loophole" in the tax code. ...
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China's 'eco-cities': empty of hospitals, shopping centres and people 14.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

As part of its plan to move tens of millions of people out of the countryside, China is building hundreds of brand-new cities. Tianjin Eco-city is a relatively successful example, but many of its 'green' buildings still echo like gymnasiums

Wang Lin needed a change. The crushing air pollution and gridlock traffic in his hometown Hangu, an industrial district in Chinas northern metropolis of Tianjin, made him anxious and sometimes sick.

Then he heard about the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. According to its marketing, the £24bn development a joint venture between the governments of China and Singapore will one day be a model for sustainable development only 40km from Tianjins city centre and 150km from central Beijing. To Wang, it sounded like paradise.

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Five reasons why energy bills are so high and still rising 14.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Understanding what makes up the charges on your quarterly bill is the key to holding politicians and energy providers to account Continue reading...
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UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster 13.4.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
'Triple or quadruple renewables', say experts, as pressure grows for UK to deliver on eco priorities

David Cameron's commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy including windfarms can prevent a global catastrophe.

A report by the world's leading authorities will expose a growing gulf between a Tory party intent on halting construction of more onshore windfarms and the world's leading scientists, who see them as one of the cheapest ways to provide energy while at the same time saving the environment.

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Rwanda orphans school teaches unity post-genocide 12.4.2014 AP Top News
RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) -- Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi....
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Rwanda orphans school teaches unity post-genocide 11.4.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi.
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Cities bear the brunt of air pollution they can also solve it | Leo Hollis 11.4.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Making our cities cleaner is not a technical issue, it's a political one. And from Bristol to Bogota, there are examples of mayors making it happen Last week smog became the latest immigrant scare: particles from the Sahara and industrial pollution from mainland Europe became the predominant blight damaging life in the capital. So drastic was the level 9 air quality reading from the Met Office , that David Cameron forewent his morning run to do more work instead, claiming that this was a "naturally occurring weather phenomenon". Meanwhile, Nick Clegg was quick to add that "obviously, we can't blame the government". While the areas worst hit by the smog appeared to be East Anglia and the Midlands, weather maps of central London showed that it was in the most congested urban areas that the worse affects could be measured. In response, agencies, health organisations and politicians warned people to be careful when going outside and to avoid strenuous activity. At the same time, foreboding statistics ...
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Rwandan school helps orphans move past horror of genocide by teaching unity, erasing divides 11.4.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Off-grid living: it's time to take back the power from the energy companies 11.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The bankers are saying that off-grid living is now so viable that it threatens the whole utilities model. Nick Rosen, editor of off-grid.net, argues that it can't happen a minute too soon Continue reading...
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At-risk cities hold solutions to climate change: UN report 11.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
Smart choices by cities such as Miami in planning and investment could hold key to cutting emissions, IPCC draft says

It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighbourhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp.

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Climate targets: Australia can't be caught napping while others take action | Erwin Jackson 11.4.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Neither the government nor the ALP want us to discuss what contribution Australia is going to make to the Paris agreement on emission goals in 2015 On Sunday night Australian time, the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) will release its final working group report on reducing carbon pollution. These mitigation reports have been historically the bridesmaids to the earlier reports on climate science which get more of the media attention. Because the report's conclusions will shape the global discussion about what all major emitters should be doing next on climate change policy, it may be more important for Australian and global climate policy than the other two reports ...
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People power: community approaches to energy 10.4.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
In the village of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, a community group are leading the charge with renewable energy supply and generation Continue reading...
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