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Caroline Lucas: 'I’m not in politics because I’m playing about' 28.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As the only Green MP, Caroline Lucas has a lot to prove. The former party leader discusses Cameron’s cuts, Miliband’s cowardice and whether she regrets standing down Caroline Lucas stands outside parliament addressing a crowd of anti-fracking campaigners. She is in her element. This time, there will be no sit-in, no arrest, no charge for disturbing the peace. The smart, personable Green MP simply says her bit, announces there are now 361,736 signatories calling on MPs to reject fracking under homes, then takes the petition into the Commons. It’s not a huge gathering, but big enough. And it’s quickly apparent that the people here don’t regard the Greens as simply a protest party; they see them as real players in a rapidly evolving political landscape. These are activists who have fallen out of love with the Lib-Dems and Labour, who despair of British politics’ traditional three-party structure – and yet they all seem surprisingly optimistic. They talk about the mismanaged planet, how the mainstream ...
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Why Keystone stays alive 28.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
President Barack Obama last week vetoed legislation that would have greenlighted the Keystone XL pipeline, linking Canadian oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Senate lacks the votes to override Obama's veto. Yet Keystone isn't dead. Both Democrats and Republicans have an interest ...
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Nuclear power: The future or the past? 27.2.2015 BBC: Business
Has nuclear power had its day?
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Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts? 26.2.2015 Mother Jones
Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to blackouts across the country. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate policy. It calls for the nation to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 and requires each state to reduce the "intensity" of its power sector—that is, how much greenhouse gas is produced per unit of energy. States can choose from a wide array of options to meet their individual goals, including closing or renovating coal plants, boosting energy efficiency, and building new renewable energy systems like solar or wind farms. The GOP letter cited a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (a nonprofit that helps power companies coordinate between the United States and Canada) that said the gap left by shuttered coal plants "may represent a ...
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UK backs £315m renewable energy projects 26.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than a dozen windfarms and five solar farms are among first projects to receive financial support under contracts for difference

More than a dozen new onshore wind farms are to receive financial backing through the coalition government’s reformed renewable incentive scheme, along with two offshore wind projects and five solar farms.

The contracts for the new renewable energy projects amount to more than £315m in total, spread across five renewable technologies, and taken together should produce more than 2GW of new generation capacity, enough to power 1.4m homes.

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Cameron's climate envoy blames big six energy firms for green deal's failure 25.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

UK’s leading energy companies ‘have no interest in real energy efficiency’, says Tory MP Greg Barker

The big six energy companies undermined the government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former climate minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.

Tory MP Greg Barker told an audience in London on Tuesday that large energy companies had feigned enthusiasm but never seriously tried to sell the green deal to consumers.

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The plan to find alien life in Europa's icy seas 25.2.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
We're getting ready to send a probe to Jupiter's icy moon – but how will we know if anything lives ...
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I'll fly around the world using only solar power 25.2.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Adventurer and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard is poised to take to the skies in a sun-powered plane that's wider than a 747 but only as heavy as a family ...
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Renewable energy poised to overtake nuclear in the UK 24.2.2015 New Scientists HIV
Surge in wind power sees share of electricity from renewable sources double between 2010 and 2013, driving down carbon ...
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Business News Roundup, Feb. 24 24.2.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Relatively low mortgage rates and steady job growth have yet to spur more activity from buyers and sellers, raising the possibility of either a spring sales rush or a second straight year of numbness in the real estate market. Few properties are being listed for sale, would-be buyers are holding off on purchases and snowstorms are cutting into traffic at open houses. Homes did sell at a rate 3.2 percent faster than January 2014, but that increase largely reflects the brutal winter weather at the beginning of last year that depressed home-buying and caused the entire U.S. economy to briefly shrink. HSBC executives offered a fresh mea culpa Monday as its chief executive found himself personally mired in the scandal surrounding allegations that the bank helped wealthy clients dodge taxes. Europe’s biggest bank by market value said past practices at its Swiss private bank were “unacceptable” as it reported that 2014 net income fell 16 percent to $13.7 billion. On a conference call with reporters, ...
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Apple to set up high-tech data hubs in Northern Europe 23.2.2015 AP Business
HELSINKI (AP) -- Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday....
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Lobbyist dubbed Dr Evil behind front groups attacking Obama power rules 23.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Richard Berman routed funding for at least 16 studies and five front groups attacking Environmental Protection Agency rules on power plant emissions

To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil: the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups.

Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules.

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Apple's £1.25bn Europe data centres will run entirely on renewable energy 23.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Tim Cook says Apple’s two data centres, in Ireland and Denmark, will be among the largest in the world and have most advanced green building designs

Apple has announced £1.25bn plans to build two data centres in Europe powered entirely on renewable energy.

Chief executive Tim Cook said the developments in Galway, Ireland and Jutland in Denmark would be Apple’s largest-ever European project and would “introduce some of our most advanced green building designs”. At 120,000 sq m each, the centres will be among the largest in the world.

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Glass exterior of Vikings stadium rolling off Owatonna factory's line 22.2.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The project is another piece of new growth for Viracon.
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Plan for Obama library in Chicago must respect Frederick Law Olmsted parks 21.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Maybe it's time to erect temporary, "proceed with caution" signs at the entrances to Chicago's Jackson and Washington parks. The signs would be directed not at drivers, but at President Barack and Michelle Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Barack Obama ...
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Lesbians and Lepidoptera: why The Duke of Burgundy thrills butterfly lovers | Patrick Barkham 19.2.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The all-female universe of Peter Strickland’s new film reflects an overlooked truth: many great butterfly obsessives have been women Lepidopterists are fluttering with excitement over a new film The Duke of Burgundy , and not just because of its billing as a lesbian arthouse Fifty Shades of Grey. The Duke of Burgundy is Britain’s second-most endangered butterfly, and butterflies are a visual motif in the film. I haven’t seen it yet (I’m hoping my Butterfly Conservation membership card might qualify for a discount), but the butterflies that enter the trailer at 23 seconds and regularly thereafter are all dead specimens, mounted in mahogany boxes. In this way, Lepidoptera are routinely pressed into service in culture to signify creepy or deviant behaviour, from John Fowles’s The Collector (whose protagonist progresses from imprisoning dead butterflies to kidnapping women) to the moth in The Silence of the Lambs . But butterfly lovers are not dismayed by The Duke of Burgundy because its all-female universe ...
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Beyond the Thames Barrier: how safe is London from another major flood? 19.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

London’s ‘at risk’ list includes the Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, 86 railway and Tube stations, 16 hospitals and over half a million homes. And the iconic silver pods of the Thames Barrier can’t keep rising tides at bay forever

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GM Will Soon Use Wind to Power Its Factories 18.2.2015 Wired Top Stories
General Motors today announced that it will soon use wind to power its manufacturing operations. GM has signed an agreement with Enel Green Power to procure 34 megawatts of wind power from 17 wind turbines for its 104-acre Toluca Complex in ...
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What's It Like To Live Without Electricity? Ask An Indian Villager 17.2.2015 NPR: Morning Edition
Three million Indians depend on kerosene lamps and candles when the sun goes down. Green entrepreneurs are looking to spread the light with affordable solar panels.
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Is Hawaii’s solar power surge slowing down? 16.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
The leading US state in rooftop solar per capita is facing financial and technical hurdles in its drive to generate 40% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030, reports Yale Environment 360 Honolulu’s roofscape is being repainted in blue-black. From the flattop warehouses of Sand Island to the city’s residential neighbourhoods, shiny rectangles spreading across roofing tiles are collecting the tropical sun and powering houses. It would seem like a no-brainer for sunny Hawaii, but it’s just since 2007 that a combination of government and utility incentives and the right economics have ushered in a real solar boom, with capacity roughly doubling each year. Today, Hawaii leads the US in rooftop solar per capita: About 10 % of residential customers, more than 50,000 households , have panels on their roofs, according to the Solar Electric Power Association. That compares with about 0.5 % nationally. But in 2013, the boom nearly went bust. Because rooftop solar penetration has moved so rapidly, ...
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