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'Semi-artificial leaf' shows faster photosynthesis than natural counterpart 22.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Aug 22 : Researchers have developed a new solar cell, described as an "artificial leaf", which mimics the electron transfer of photosynthesis, at a much faster rate than observed in nature.
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Lafayette voters face 4 new taxes on November ballot 20.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
Four tax issues made their way Tuesday night to Lafayette's November ballot. The City Council approved ballot language for excise taxes on energy consumption and retail marijuana sales, a property tax to fund improvements at LaMont Does Park, and a mill levy increase to support the operations of public safety ...
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World’s first ‘green’ Hindu temple opened in UK 20.8.2014 Hindu: Home

A Hindu temple, claimed to be the world’s first ‘eco-temple’ featuring solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, has been opened in northwest London in the UK. The ornate 20 millio...

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2022 World Cup city rises in the desert 19.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Grab a glimpse of the near future. Plans for the desert city of Lusail include man-made islands and a host arena for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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Tokyos disaster parks: hi-tech survival bunkers hidden under green spaces 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Things arent what they seem in Tokyos parks, where benches double as cooking stoves and underground stores hold emergency food and water for entire districts A series of fires, often referred to as the flowers of Edo, raged during the 17th and 18th centuries in the Japanese city we now know as Tokyo. Each horrible blossom reduced a part of the metropolis to ashes. Its not known exactly how many fires earned the sardonic nickname, but we do know they were particularly deadly because the city was largely built of wood, and because people had very few places to hide. In the 20th century, roughly one million of the Tokyo residents who survived the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake did so because they escaped to tracts of forest and farmland. If you were in the centre of the city, however, you were surrounded by flammable materials on all sides. After the 1923 earthquake, the need for open spaces within urban areas became ...
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Hope Villa: from a leaky semi to a sustainable superhome 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Chris Newman explains how he retrofitted his draughty Victorian townhouse so thoroughly it beats the PassivHaus standard Sustainable homeware - in pictures When he bought it three and a half years ago, Chris Newmans three-storey semi was horribly cold, with solid walls, leaky windows, electric storage heaters, an inefficient boiler and very little insulation. Now, the propertys original name of Hope Villa fits it perfectly. After an extensive retro-fit, Newman is now like an increasing number of eco-homeowners receiving energy bills that are actually paying him money, rather than demanding it from ...
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Green energy co-ops blocked by government regulator 15.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Financial Conduct Authority accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community projects

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Jenny Jones: 'Boris gives credence to crank theories about climate change' 12.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
A London assembly review of performance on cutting the capital's carbon emissions exposes holes in the mayor's strategy Earlier in 2014 the London assembly environment committee produced a report card on the progress of the capital's carbon reduction targets. It gave mayor Boris Johnson an overall score of just 4.6 out of 10 for his efforts to reduce carbon. Despite benefiting from some of the best and most comprehensive climate policies and the efforts of his climate team, Johnson now in the middle of his second term of office has failed to show the personal leadership that his climate mitigation and adaptation strategies promise. By not putting the weight of his office and resources behind his pledge to reduce London's carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, long-term targets will prove even harder to ...
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What It Will Take to Win Google’s Million-Dollar Electric Power Prize 11.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Solar power needs get a lot more efficient before it truly goes mainstream. One way to achieve that is with better power inverters—the devices that turn the direct current coming from solar panels and batteries into alternating current you can use in your home to play Xbox and keep your beer cold. A new contest sponsored by Google will pay out a million dollars for a smaller, more innovative ...
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Boris, here are 10 things you can do for London in the next year 10.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Ten campaigners, thinkers and business people offer suggestions to mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Alexandra Jones

Chief executive for Centre for Cities

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Rebel architects: building a better world 10.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Working on the fringes of the law, rebel architects are trying to improve peoples lives in tough areas. From floating homes to disaster-proof houses and bamboo domes, Aaron Millar meets the men and women building for their communities Buildings affect us. They reflect our cultural values and mould our behaviour. We shape our dwellings, Winston Churchill said, and afterwards our dwellings shape us. Yet in recent times appearance has been admired over purpose, aesthetics over social need. That may be set to change. Santiago Cirugeda, a subversive architect from Seville, has shunned the glamour, and financial security, of luxury office space for the architecture of activism. In austerity-hit Spain, 500,000 new buildings lie derelict, unemployment is high and funding for community initiatives is minimal. Pulling these threads together, Cirugeda and his team often working on the fringes of the law use rapid building techniques, recycled materials and volunteer labour on abandoned municipal land for projects ...
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A lot of good reasons for buying a green home | HomeWork 9.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Personal health is one of the most important advantages of building or buying green. The homes feature better indoor air quality because of tightly sealed ductwork and high-quality filtration systems.
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Power plant proposal generates ill will in suburban town 8.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The village of Oakwood Hills hides on the edges of suburbia, away from major roads and huddled around tiny Silver Lake, an enclave of about 2,000 ...
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The Startup That Lowers Your Energy Bills by Paying for Upgrades 8.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Riding your bike to work is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. But how green is the place you ride your bike ...
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17 California counties create huge PACE program 5.8.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Four years ago, federal regulators nearly killed an innovative way to finance home improvements that save energy. Known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, the system lets homeowners borrow money for upgrades and pay it back bit-by-bit on their property tax bills. [...] in 2010 federal authorities objected, saying PACE posed a risk to mortgage lenders should those homeowners default. Backed by a new insurance fund created by the state, they are confident they can put the federal government's concerns to rest. PACE loans attach to the properties as liens, and the agency complained that those liens would take priority over mortgage holders in case of foreclosure. "The state of California has taken pretty aggressive action to mitigate the risk to mortgage lenders," said DeVries, who drafted Berkeley's original PACE program.
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The Fix: All 274 gifts given to Barack Obama between 2009 and 2012, ranked 4.8.2014 Washington Post: Politics
One of the nice things about being the most powerful person in the world is that people give you presents. It's unlikely that gifts from foreign countries do much to sway American diplomacy, but foreign visitors bestowing cumbersome or weird gifts is almost certainly one of the more entertaining parts of President Obama's job. He doesn't get to keep the gifts, mind you; they're usually spirited away by the National Archives and Records Administration. But imagine someone showing up and handing you a four-by-five-foot rug with your own face on it, as Russia did in 2009. That's good ...
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Turning a slate quarry green: 40 years of Centre for Alternative Technology 1.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Welsh hippies ushered in an era of sustainable living well before the world had woken up to climate change

Hippies in a slate quarry in Wales are celebrating four decades of green revolution this weekend, having transformed the character of a local town, pioneered new energy technologies and constructed a water-powered railway.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (Cat) near Machynlleth also created hundreds of jobs and a tourist attraction that draws in around 70,000 visitors a year.

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We’re Not Just Reducing Demand For Electricity—We’re Destroying It 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on Slate . The Wall Street Journal had a good front-page article this week about the challenges facing the nation’s utilities. For the longest time, electricity sales and consumption went hand in hand with economic growth. In the last several years, not so much. Electricity retail sales peaked at 3.77 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2008, dropped in 2008 and 2010, recovered a bit in 2011, and fell in each of the next two years. The 2013 total of 3.69 trillion kilowatt-hours was down 2 percent from 2008. The culprits are many: changes in the economy (less industry, more services), higher prices and low wages pushing people to cut usage, more people and companies generating their own electricity on their rooftops, and a renewed focus on efficiency. I’d add another factor, one that the Journal underplays: Utilities are confronting the prospect of significant and widespread demand ...
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10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change 30.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful

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Sponsored: Garbett goes green for money saving homes 29.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
“Green”, it’s the new buzzword in the housing industry. Once favored by the environmentally conscious, green homes are increasing in popularity, not only because they are better for the planet, but also because of their efficient use of water, energy and building materials. Simply put, they save you money. It’s exactly why Bryson Garbett started building energy efficient homes two decades after he founded Garbett Homes in 1983. He wanted to create contemporary homes that cost his customers les...
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