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Solving the climate crisis, one hospital at a time 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

With early optimism surrounding the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change now fading into anxiety over potential changes to U.S. environmental policy under a Trump administration, many are looking for new leaders in the fight against global warming. Hospitals should step into the breach. Doing...

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Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change 17.1.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz lays out why.
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FICCI Delegation with Power Minister visits Masdar Smart City in Abu Dhabi 16.1.2017 New Kerala: World News
FICCI Delegation with Power Minister visits Masdar Smart City in Abu Dhabi
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World Bank sees 'moderate' pick up for global economy in 2017 despite weak investment 12.1.2017 New Kerala: World News
World Bank sees 'moderate' pick up for global economy in 2017 despite weak investment
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Greenpeace: Amazon’s path to green cloud computing is unclear 11.1.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Amazon Web Services says that one day it will rely solely on renewable power. But Greenpeace says a ramp up in data center construction in Virginia, where power comes mostly from coal and nuclear plants, makes that goal elusive.
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The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers 28.12.2016 Mother Jones
By mid-October, harvest is in full swing in central Iowa. Giant green combines crawl through rows of withered corn until well after dusk as Webster City's farmers hurry to gather their crops before the first freeze sets in. The stiff, pale bodies of dead hogs pile up in dumpsters along gravel roads, waiting to be butchered. Geese sail south in wavering Vs, and the maple trees on the banks of Brewer Creek flare crimson. A few miles outside of town, in a squat white barn that used to house hundreds of sows, a different sort of harvest has kicked into gear. Grace Nelson, 22 and tan with ombré hair, stands alert, clipboard in hand, watching her co-workers hustle to transfer fish from tanks to a flatbed truck bound for Colorado. Grace Nelson, 22, in the former hog barn that her family converted into a fish farm Photo by Ackerman + Gruber Their neighbors raise hogs and cattle, sow soybeans, and tend pumpkin patches and orchards now sagging with apples. But five years ago, the Nelsons—a third-­generation Iowa ...
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Ice rinks across the country fight enemy No. 1: Energy bills 26.12.2016 AP Business
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) -- A small community skating rink that was once in danger of folding is working on a long-term plan to eliminate its biggest single expense - its energy bill - by becoming what its leaders believe would be the country's first with no costs for electricity or heating fuel....
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In Vermont, solar, batteries key energy revolution 25.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — Rhonda “Honey” Phillips keeps her own cows and garden at her small, hillside homestead, and now is pushing self-sufficiency in a more high-tech direction. This year, she installed new solar panels just downhill from her modest house and hung a Tesla Powerwall backup battery on her basement wall, to charge […]
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Green energy producers hopeful despite Trump's coal promise 22.12.2016 AP Business
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Swaths of virgin desert in the U.S. West in recent years have transformed into solar farms, a trend green energy supporters predict will persist even with the election of a president who is making fossil fuel-friendly Cabinet appointments and promises to bring back coal....
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Green energy producers hopeful despite Trump’s coal promise 22.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swaths of virgin desert in the U.S. West in recent years have transformed into solar farms, a trend green energy supporters predict will persist even with the election of a president who is making fossil fuel-friendly Cabinet appointments and promises to bring back coal. With the support of Congress, the renewable […]
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Electricity-from-water scientist seeks commercialisation of invention 20.12.2016 New Kerala: Technology
Electricity-from-water scientist seeks commercialisation of invention
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Will Big Business Help Fight Trump’s Anti-Environment Agenda? 19.12.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Solar panels and a green roof are among the sustainably-built features of the new Google building on the company's campus Tuesday, February 16, 2016, in Kirkland, Washington.  Environmentalists can be excused for feeling apocalyptic about Donald Trump’s presidency. Compared with Barack Obama, who championed the Paris Agreement, enacted the Clean Power Plan and preserved major swaths of open space, President-elect Donald Trump can come off as the planet’s grim reaper, ready to usher in a new era of dirty water, polluted air, and melting glaciers. Trump’s cabinet selections make crystal clear that his anti-environment rhetoric as a candidate was no mere campaign swagger. To head the Environmental Protection Agency, he has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a man who has repeatedly sued the agency. For energy secretary, he’s picked Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who once vowed to eliminate that agency. For secretary of state, Trump has tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex ...
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Trump Hates Renewable Energy—Unless It's Powering One of His Hot New Hotels 16.12.2016 Mother Jones
At a rally in Pennsylvania in August, Donald Trump had some complaints about wind power. "The wind kills all your birds," he told supporters. "All your birds: killed." It was typical Trump: The president-elect hates wind turbines. He derides them as colossal eyesores. "It looks like a junkyard," he said in October, referring to wind farms outside Palm Springs, California—"a poor man's version of Disneyland." And, he says, they're unreliable: " Half of them are broken. They're rusting and rotting ." He spent years battling to prevent a wind farm from being built off Scotland's coast; his company called the project a "dangerous experiment with wind energy" that would spoil the view from his golf course. (Trump lost —though he's far from letting the issue go .) But in at least one major business venture, Trump's organization embraced wind power big league. In August 2010, one of the real estate mogul's most exclusive new hotels—the glassy Trump SoHo in downtown Manhattan—boasted that it would be investing ...
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Rick Perry has never seen eye to eye with California. That's unlikely to change if he becomes energy secretary 14.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Rick Perry loves to poke fun at California. When he was Texas governor, he swung through the state on publicity tours to mock its liberal policies and try to lure businesses away. 

One time the Republican politician arrived in a California-made Tesla sedan and told reporters he’d like it more "if...

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$4-million settlement will fund stormwater projects and a 'green street' for Watts 13.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A South Los Angeles street will get an environmentally friendly face-lift, and new rain gardens and cisterns soon will appear at homes across Los Angeles County thanks to a $4-million settlement reached late last month. 

The agreement comes more than eight years after a pair of environmental advocacy...

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California's climate fight could be painful - especially on job and income growth 11.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer.

The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedented scale, but...

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Living the high life in a luxury treehouse 10.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Many a child spent their youth scrambling up trees and building secret dens in the branches.
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How modern cities are forcing skyscrapers to evolve 9.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Slick, glassy skyscrapers cast their shadows over the streets and spaces of cities all over the world.
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Harvard reaches goal of cutting gas emissions by 30 percent 9.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University says it has achieved a 2008 goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent. In a report released Thursday, university officials say they reached the goal by making buildings more energy efficient, installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, and adding solar panels on roofs, among other […]
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Letter: RMP is banking on falsehoods about rooftop solar 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The reasons given by Rocky Mountain Power for adjusting the net metering rate are untrue. Rooftop solar is the most efficient and cost-effective way to power the grid and saves them money. 1. Fifty percent of the energy produced by a plant is lost to heat getting the energy to your home. Local injection from solar eliminates that loss. 2. The most expensive parts of the grid are the high voltage transfer lines and step down transformers. The heat produced under high loads greatly shortens the ...
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