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Tesla Isn’t an Automaker. It’s a Battery Company 23.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
Tesla isn't a car company. It's a battery company that happens to make electric ...
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Gardens full of ideas on show in Mar Vista tour 22.4.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Mandatory water restrictions may be prompting gardeners to have second thoughts about their thirsty gardens and lawns, but for the homeowners included in the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 25, water conservation is a way of life.
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CU's Environmental Center celebrates 45th birthday on Earth Day 22.4.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Jack DeBell used to spend every Saturday morning driving around the University of Colorado to pick up bright green bins and sky-blue barrels full of newspapers and aluminum cans to be sorted and recycled.
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In the fight to save Florida's fragile Everglades, it all comes back to politics 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Local outdoorsman ‘Gator Gary’ tells of the negative effects he’s seen over the years – and why he’s curious about what Obama has to say on climate change

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Wales may keep fossil fuels in the ground, but will India and China? 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Beverly Hills studies tougher water regulations 21.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Artificial Photosynthesis can help solve carbon emission problem: Study 19.4.2015 New Kerala: Technology
Read Full story of 'Artificial Photosynthesis can help solve carbon emission problem: Study' at newkerala.com.
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Can Japan's climate policy get back on track after Fukushima? 17.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear power

Less than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against climate change when it helped broker the Kyoto protocol.

Now, though, it is Fukushima, not Kyoto, that has come to define Japan’s energy policy, and with potentially grim consequences for its already stalled attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.

The threat of a nuclear meltdown overrides concerns about an increase in CO2 emissions

The utilities are saving grid space for nuclear, which effectively blocks suppliers of renewable energy

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Al Gore: Coal industry campaign on energy poverty is extremely misleading - The Guardian 16.4.2015 google news
Al Gore: Coal industry campaign on energy poverty is extremely misleading The Guardian He said African leaders were supportive of coal's role in their energy mix and the IEA predicted coal demand to grow by 4.8% per year to 2035 and to double in India by 2040. “Rather than ignoring the huge role coal is playing in building energy access ...
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Cheap coal is a lie – stand up to the industry’s cynical fightback | Al Gore 16.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Vested interests are pushing the dirtiest fossil fuel as the energy solution in poor nations. In fact, the argument for investing in solar is overwhelming It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the reality that the days of coal as a source of energy are numbered. In a world where carbon emissions will increasingly have to be constrained, coal, as the dirtiest of the fossil fuels, is the energy asset most vulnerable to becoming “stranded” – the most vulnerable, in other words, to seeing its market value collapse well ahead of its previously anticipated useful life. This new economic and political reality is already being shaped by the fast-growing global support for the enforcement of a global “ carbon budget ”. This idea, first proposed six years ago and formally endorsed by the International Energy Agency in 2011, has been gaining traction because of the ever-stronger scientific consensus that carbon emissions from human activity is the principal driver of destructive climate change. The spewing ...
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BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Oil firm invested billions of pounds in clean and low-carbon energy in the 80s and 90s but later abandoned meaningful efforts to move away from fossil fuels and locked away the research

BP pumped billions of pounds into low-carbon technology and green energy over a number of decades but gradually retired the programme to focus almost exclusively on its fossil fuel business, the Guardian has established.

At one stage the company, whose annual general meeting is in London on Thursday, was spending in-house around $450m (£300m) a year on research alone - the equivalent of $830m today.

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Cabin turned Craftsman: Novel home arises from abode of famous novelist 16.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The iconic, two-story Craftsman-style home that Susan Handloff and Bert Halberstadt built at 173 Maple Avenue downtown rose from humble beginnings. At its heart is a simple log cabin, one of three constructed by Steamboat’s most famous author, John Rolfe Burroughs, upon his return to Steamboat in 1945 after spending four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. The 70-year-old structure, with its storied history, inspired their vision for the home they eventually built around it. “I was driving down the street and fell in love with the cabin and the tree outside,” Susan says. While she describes the cabin, which had been added onto with a garage and second bedroom, as a mess, it was a mess that many people in town once called home. “It seems like almost anyone who came to Steamboat rented the place at one time or another,” she says. “It was kind of like a ski bum rental property.” Not any more. Before moving forward with the building project, the additions were torn down, and the ...
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Is the Green party's climate change plan realistic? 14.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
The Greens’ manifesto argues the UK should go further and faster on carbon cuts, but experts warn that a war footing would be needed to change the energy system with such speed and scale The Green party manifesto , launched on Tuesday, outlined ambitious climate change targets that would see the UK running a zero carbon economy by 2050. But energy analysts have told the Guardian that while laudable, elements of the Greens’ climate agenda may be impossible to implement even if the funding floodgates are opened. The Green party’s platform improves on the UK’s current carbon reductions plan, which would see cuts of 80% by the middle of the century . Total decarbonisation would be achieved by doing the heavy lifting in the next 15 years, via a 90% reduction in emissions by 2030 based on 1990 levels. This policy requires the UK to make double the cuts required by EU legislation in the next 15 ...
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The climate denier's guide to getting rich from fossil fuel divestment 14.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s no denying the figures – taking your money out of oil, coal and gas makes good financial sense


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Life after divestment: how to spend the money saved from fossil fuel investments 13.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

As more US colleges divest from fossil fuel companies, a new question arises: what to do with all that cash?

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Superfund to solar: Plan to transform ex-ammo plant takes shape 13.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site is nearly cleaned up. Officials are eyeing their next step: A solar energy project to power the site's future homes and businesses.
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When homes don’t sell in a hot market 11.4.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Even in the Bay Area, where it seems like homes are snapped up before stagers have finished arranging that last bowl of lemons, there are properties that have been on the market for months or even years. Listings older than six months make up only 5 to 6 percent of total homes for sale in those counties, and some are under contract, waiting to close. The Chronicle looked into some of the Bay Area’s oldest listings to find out, and to see whether stale listings present an opportunity for frustrated buyers in this overheated market. Listing agents offered various reasons why homes don’t sell — outdated kitchens and baths, tenants, too many stairs, no parking, road or train noise, or houses that were over-improved for the neighborhood. “If a home is lingering, it’s the wrong price for the condition of the house,” says Eric Wong, a Realtor with Daniel Winkler & Associates. The owner expanded and renovated the six-bedroom, five-bath property and has it rented out, mostly to graduate students. Tenants ...
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Religion and roots of climate change denial? 11.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Texas Tech climate scientist and self described "climate evangelist" Dr. Kathryn Hayhoe puts faith and climate science in perspective in a talk this week at Boston College. Her talk on "Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial" is well worth a listen.
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Spring takes hold: 60s return, favorable Twins opener 11.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
This could be the weekend that restores our faith in spring in Minnesota. The jet stream lifts mercifully north into Canada over the next week. The recipe for spring in the next week? Increasingly sunny skies. Six consecutive days at or above 60 degrees. An occasional shower and T-storm chance.
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List of agreements signed between India and France 10.4.2015 CNN-IBN: India
India and France signed 17 agreement and made three announcements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to the country on Friday. These included deals on Rafale fighter jets, Jaitapur nuclear reactor, renewable sources of energy, railways, smart city and several others.
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