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Renewable energy target review backs closure of scheme to new entrants 28.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Recommendations would curtail investment and subsidies for large-scale and household renewables

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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution 27.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Worlds largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies

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Green, high-density Eden Prairie housing development approved 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Work on efficient, solar-ready project will begin next month.
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The hipster coffee revolution is going to save your morning and the planet. Are you ready to pay a little more to help? | Chermelle Edwards 26.8.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
A manifesto for the end of Starbucksification Sorry, but Im a fanatic of coffee culture: Ive bought into paying more to know where my coffee comes from, tracing the coffee I buy to a website that tells me about its trip from my coffees home country and farm to my cup, in one of the two coffee shops I visit each day. I was riding the third wave of coffee way before I knew the term even existed to describe an environment that I liked and an intimacy from source to shop, in case you were wondering, which you should. Ive tasted a purely brewed pour-over that made me feel like I was in the American midwest, in a rocking chair, with notes of blueberries and glazed cantaloupe; a siphon of a single origin coffee; a cortado cut with just the right proportion of milk; even an espresso in which the crema was so righteous I spooned its holy remnants down to the sweet end. This is what coffee can be what coffee is that makes artisanal devotees travel, tithe and tip for what we could never, ever get at ...
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Is California too green for Tesla's 'gigafactory'? 26.8.2014 LA Times: Commentary
When Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors announced plans to build a $5-billion battery "gigafactory," it listed four states as possible homes — none of them California. Since then, feverish wooing by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and some state lawmakers has led Tesla to consider building...
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Assembly bill could lower cost of residential solar in California 23.8.2014 LA Times: Business
Californians who want to put solar panels on their roofs could benefit from a state bill headed to the governor’s desk.
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Burning Man: a hothouse for sustainable living 22.8.2014 Financial Times US
The experimental, desert festival in Nevada is inspiring new ideas about temporary homes and contemporary living
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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

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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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