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Essential California: What's on the line if L.A. gets the Olympics 31.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 31. Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, will be back for a 67th season. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:   Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Olympic finances Will Los Angeles taxpayers be on the hook for the 2024 Olympics if L.A. is the...
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I'm also 100 percent Bihar: 'Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo 30.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 30 : Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo, best known for portraying the superhero Hulk in the popular "Avengers" franchise, has lent his support for the #SolarBihar project, aimed at urging people to adopt sustainable and renewable energy.
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Homes & gardens: cool by the pool – the rise of the swimming pond 29.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

As wild swimming grows in popularity, natural, chlorine-free pools are finding their way into gardens. And late summer is the warmest time for a dip

“We’re spoilt for places to swim here,” says Chris of the area surrounding the home he shares with his wife Jo. “Our farmhouse sits on 50 acres of working farmland alongside a bend in the river Tamar, so that’s where we used to swim. I loved the tidal changes in the river, and swimming among sea bass and sea trout, but Jo prefers to see her toes and doesn’t like newts.

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Passive House apartment project wins nod from Steamboat planning commission 29.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A conflicted Steamboat Springs Planning commission voted 5-2 Thursday in favor of conceptual plans for architect/developer Jeff Pullman’s “Passive House Apartments,” which would create 52 highly energy-efficient rental units on a parcel of land set back from U.S. Highway 40. “I want to bring this passive house (concept) to Steamboat to lead by example,” Pullman said. “It will be a first in Steamboat, and I believe it would be the first in the state as well.” The site is across Weiss Drive from Southside Station convenience store and near the entrance to Walton Pond Apartments. The rub for planning commissioners came down to the significant number of variances (13) the developer sought to the “community commercial” zoning code that prevails in the neighborhood. Pullman told planning commission members that variances — such as placing the building in the center of the lot rather than addressing its access on Weiss Drive and exceeding the maximum 160-foot building length — were essential to maximizing solar ...
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Slashing household solar subsides will kill off industry, government told 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Renewable energy sector condemns proposal to cut feed-in-tariff for small-scale solar installations by almost 90% from 1 January

The government wants to slash by 87% subsidies for householders who install solar panels on their roof tops, in a move that renewable energy experts warn could kill off a promising industry.

The potential reductions in the level of feed-in tariff (FIT), contained in a long-awaited consultation document released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and are far larger than expected.

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What will happen to oil and gas workers as the world turns carbon neutral? 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Building a wind farm or solar energy project is nothing professionals in fossil fuels can’t manage, but there are too few programmes to help them retrain

Adriaan Kamp used to be a die-hard oilman. After 17 years at Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell, the 54-year-old Dutchman now runs a consultancy based in Oslo advising national governments on transitioning to cleaner energy.

“In 2007 to 2008, we were looking at future energy scenarios in the Shell Group [and] there was a question on my desk about how do we play with renewables,” he says. “And from there, the journey started.”

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Boulder County to offer discounted solar panels, electric cars 26.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Boulder County is joining with Adams and Denver counties to offer residents the opportunity to purchase discounted home solar systems and electric ...
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Top leaders of Solyndra solar panel company repeatedly misled federal officials, investigation finds 26.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Solyndra’s leaders engaged in a “pattern of false and misleading assertions,” a lengthy criminal investigation ...
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Resident group files suit over Mount Shasta water bottling plant 26.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Neighbors and activists in Mount Shasta have been pressing Crystal Geyser Water Co. for months to conduct a full environmental review before opening a bottling plant just outside the small Northern California town.
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Obama invokes free-market principles to promote clean-energy plan 25.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
President Obama cited free-market principles in making the case for alternative energy Monday night, speaking on a day when his administration also announced new government support for clean-energy industries.
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Obama visits Nevada, the center of the solar boom, to talk clean energy and climate change 24.8.2015 Washington Post
This story has been updated.LAS VEGAS — President Obama will arrive here Monday to announce a bevy of initiatives to promote clean-energy growth in America’s homes and on its rooftops — the first stop in a climate and energy-focused tour that will also take him to New Orleans and Alaska this month.Read full article ...
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Ecology initiative to encourage more birds, bats and insects to central London 22.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Wild West End will link parks with green stepping stones to draw wildlife to built-up streets, with beehives, bird and bat boxes being installed

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

Robin-like black redstarts, common pipistrelle and the rarer Leisler’s bat, pied wagtails, song thrushes and wrens are among those recorded in a recent survey of buildings around Regent Street, Haymarket and Piccadilly Circus.

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Green test in Pink City for Modi 22.8.2015 Telegraph: International
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched a greater role for the Indian Navy in the Pacific Ocean at a summit with leaders from 14 tiny regional nations.
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Tom Steyer plays it coy about spending money to boost climate bills 22.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As the battle over the ambitious climate change proposals pending in the Legislature heats up, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has been notably coy about how much he intends to spend to boost the bills' prospects.
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Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett: 'Now is the time to listen to ordinary people again' 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
They tried to influence government – but it stopped working. So now the new boss of Friends of the Earth is taking a more radical approach. And, as he predicts a storm of protest over a massive expansion of fracking, he’s ready to take on George Osborne in an ‘ideological war’ For someone who spent the night celebrating a Welsh community’s rejection of a giant opencast coal mine , Craig Bennett seems pretty clear-headed. The new head of Friends of the Earth (FoE) may not have known the words of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh national anthem, but he sang them along with ex-miners in the Blast Furnace Inn pub in Pontlottyn, he says, and the experience of working with them and others to reject the Nant Llesg mine rammed home the point that environmental groups must become relevant again to all kinds of ...
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Rio's Olympic village: a green housing dream, but a gentrification nightmare – video 19.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Construction crews are hard at work building Ilha Pura – “Pure Island” in Portuguese – an 800,000-sq-meter development in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone. The first Latin American project to earn the Leed green building certification for neighborhood development, Ilha Pura will serve as home to thousands of athletes during the 2016 Olympic Games. After the athletes and tourists have gone home, developers expect Ilha Pura to become a new, upscale neighborhood – one marketed as highly sustainable – with homes selling from US$200,000 to US$1m. But critics point to the evictions of low-income residents around Ilha Pura and to the lack of infrastructure in the region’s other communities, one of which housed Ilha Pura’s workers in slavery-like conditions . They ask: just how sustainable can this green development really ...
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Tom Steyer's Stimulus 19.8.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A California green scheme fails to create jobs or save energy.
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The quiet revolution in British housing 16.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Architects are fighting back. After their cause was hampered by the ill-conceived high-rises of the 60s and 70s, followed by the dire ‘traditional’ building of the Thatcher era, imaginative and sustainable housing is in the ascendant Once upon a time new housing in Britain was terrible. Engendered by the fearful coupling of utopian architectural fanatics and of bureaucratic automata in local authorities, it was soulless, alienating, malfunctioning and often damp. Such at least is the conventional narrative which, if it overlooks many beautiful and conscientious works now being rediscovered, still contains a portion of truth. This was in the time loosely known as the 60s and 70s, an era of state-led homebuilding that would be terminated by Margaret Thatcher, such that another kind of housing could flourish, terrible in a different way: Noddy houses, faux-traditional executive homes, could-be-anywhere progeny of developers’ calculations and planners’ vague strictures on being “in keeping”, brick boxes ...
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Great Reads: Watts riots and Obama's first Spotify playlist 15.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Hi there. I'm Kari Howard, and I edit the Great Reads (a.k.a. Column Ones) for the Los Angeles Times. Two of my biggest loves are narrative journalism and music, and I'm lucky that my days are filled with both: When reading the stories, I get inspired by songs I think fit the article's theme -...
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Obama releases Spotify playlists 14.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The White House released a Spotify playlist of songs hand-picked by President Barack Obama, who's currently vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, on Friday morning.
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