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A Kirkland solar community is Earth-friendly and super green 21.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

The first residents of Lakeview Solar Community already are seeing beautiful benefits.
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Saving the Planet Goes Local 21.4.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Of all the Trump administration’s policies, the one most likely to cause damage that can’t be undone may not be deporting immigrants or throwing poor people off Medicaid or outsourcing our foreign policy to the Kremlin. Rather, it could well be a cessation of efforts to combat climate change. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is cumulative; even a later reversal of the Trump administration’s fossil fuel–friendly policies would not be able to undo the damage about to be done. Even by the environmentally retrograde standards of his party, Donald Trump stands out as an extreme climate-science denier: Cold winter weather in New York prompts him to tweet that global warming has been proven a hoax. He hates wind farms (partly because they threaten the views from one of his Scottish golf resorts). On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to repeal President Obama’s pro-climate regulations and all ...
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Converted condo buildings in Petworth designed to appeal to first-time buyers 20.4.2017 Washington Post
Converted condo buildings in Petworth designed to appeal to first-time buyers
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Why did L.A. County create another utility? 20.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a public energy program that will be run by the government with promises of lower bills and cleaner energy.
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Nuclear energy was once considered a fundamental part of America's energy future, but the industry is struggling 17.4.2017 LA Times: Business

There was a time when nuclear power was considered to be the bulwark of America's energy future.

Now the titan appears to be teetering.

Westinghouse Electric Co. — long considered the leader in nuclear power development — filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. The move puts in jeopardy...

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A Crucial Climate Mystery Is Just Under Our Feet 15.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. What Jonathan Sanderman really wanted was some old dirt. He called everyone he could think of who might know where he could get some. He emailed colleagues and read through old studies looking for clues, but he kept coming up empty. Sanderman was looking for old dirt because it would let him test a plan to save the world. Soil scientists had been talking about this idea for decades: farmers could turn their fields into giant greenhouse gas sponges, potentially offsetting as much as 15 percent of global fossil fuel emissions a year , simply by coaxing crops to suck more CO2 out of the air. There was one big problem with this idea: It could backfire. When plants absorb CO2 they either turn it into food or stash it in the ground. The risk is that if you treat farms as carbon banks, it could lead to smaller harvests, which would spur farmers to plow more land and pump more carbon into the air than ...
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Going Solar in West Virginia 14.4.2017 American Prospect
The only reminder Robert Atkins has of his coal days are a hardhat and a heart-shaped scar on his right hand, a souvenir from a voltage explosion in the mines. Starting right out of high school with a shovel and sledgehammer, Atkins was pulling down a six-figure income by the time he was 23, working 70-hour weeks in the mines as an underground electrician. He didn’t imagine that in just four years he’d be laid off, with a newborn daughter to take care of. Much less that soon after, he’d be a crew chief overseeing solar panel installations. “If you’d told me I’d be working in solar, I would’ve never believed you,” Atkins says. “I always thought I’d bounce from coal job to coal job until all the mines closed and I had to leave.” Atkins is one of a small but growing number of West Virginians who’ve said goodbye to coal mining and who’ve staked their future on an industry still distinctly out of place in the state: solar power. West Virginia’s government makes no major investments in commercial solar ...
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In quest for clean power, Microsoft wants to bypass Puget Sound Energy under new deal 14.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Microsoft could bypass Puget Sound Energy to secure clean power from other electricity generators under a tentative settlement. This also could be a harbinger of the future as more companies opt to secure their own power.
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NASA finds ingredients for life spewing out of one of Saturn’s moons 14.4.2017 Washington Post
Enceladus has jets of water with molecular hydrogen, discovered by the Cassini spacecraft. The moon may have something resembling deep-sea hydrothermal vents on Earth.
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Salesforce achieves net zero carbon emissions, ahead of schedule 13.4.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Cloud computing giant Salesforce said Thursday that it has achieved net zero greenhouse gas emissions — a rare milestone for a company of its size. Salesforce sustainability director Patrick Flynn said the company achieved its goal primarily by offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions with investments in carbon credit projects in Honduras and India. The company, which paid another firm to review its emissions records, said it is achieving its goal more than three decades ahead of schedule. Google has said it is buying enough wind and solar power to ensure that its operations run entirely on renewable energy this year. “In meeting their goal ahead of schedule, the company is demonstrating the power of intention and how setting a bold, public, net zero emissions goal can unleash innovation,” said Anne Kelly, senior policy director of Ceres, a nonprofit group that works with investors and businesses to encourage sustainability, in an email.
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As Trump threatens world climate pact, will India keep its promises to cut emissions? 12.4.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Not long ago, global environmental activists looked at India with worry.

The world’s fastest growing major economy — and one of its fastest growing emitters of carbon — was building coal-fired power plants at a rapid clip while its leaders argued that burning the carbon-spewing fossil fuel was...

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U Village may get larger Apple store, right in front of Microsoft store 8.4.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

In a parking lot between the Seattle shopping center’s current Apple store and the Microsoft store, a new retail building is under construction.
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A New American Home for the ages 7.4.2017 Washington Post
A New American Home for the ages
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Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum 7.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • Don’t look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. It’s also a symbol of the state’s efforts to move away from coal as its primary energy source as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power. “It’s a little ironic or coincidental th...
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Sign of the times? Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum 7.4.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Don’t look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. It’s also a symbol of the state’s efforts to move away from coal […]
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The Green Wall Against Trump 6.4.2017 American Prospect
AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File Installers from California Green Design install solar electrical panels on the roof of a home in Glendale, California.  On March 28, President Trump signed an executive order to repeal President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which mandated emission reductions from power companies (an estimated 650 million tons by 2025 alone). But since 29 states plus Washington, D.C., have set requirements to adopt more renewable energy (known as renewable portfolio standards), how much impact will Trump’s order have? Despite Trump’s embrace of coal, there is a fair amount of evidence that too many states are too far along on a renewable energy path for Trump to reverse their momentum. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that the states that have set goals for adopting renewable energy have collectively met 95 percent of their targets. Solar production was up 95 percent in 2016 alone, and that followed several years of rapid expansion, according to GTE Research and the Solar Energy ...
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Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change 6.4.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China....
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Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change 6.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the […]
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Tomorrow's Cities: A day in the life of a smart slum 5.4.2017 BBC: Technology
How slums are offering low-tech smart solutions to common city problems.
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Wheat Ridge Fruitdale Lofts to feature solar-powered electric car charging station 1.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
The charging station will be solar-powered, free to use and one of the first in Wheat Ridge
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