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AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea 23.10.2014 AP Top News
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) -- The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop....
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3M encourages employees to make solar leap 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
3M is offering employees significant discounts on solar panels for their homes.
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At 3M, solar power becomes an employee benefit 22.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The Maplewood company joined Cisco and Kimberly-Clark in a new, innovative program.
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Proposed S.F. law would put a solar panel on nearly every roof 17.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Chiu’s proposal, called Solar Vision 2020, seeks to curb the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and boost a thriving local industry in one broad stroke. Solar Vision 2020 would also set an aggressive target for installing solar panels on rental housing in the city, including existing apartment buildings as well as new construction. In other words, to meet the goal, San Francisco building owners would need to install enough panels every year to generate as much energy as 500 individual home solar systems. Tim Colen, director of the urban development group Housing Action Coalition, warned that the program could boost construction costs. Cumulatively, all of the energy and water saving standards we want add to the cost of residential construction, at a time when we’ve got a crisis in affordability.
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Hinkley Point C subsidy scheme being investigated by National Audit Office 16.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Watchdog checking whether guaranteed prices of £92 per MW/hour for planned nuclear plant represents value for money

The National Audit Office has begun an investigation into the controversial subsidy regime for the planned new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset, a week after Brussels approved taxpayer support for the project.

The financial watchdog, which scrutinises public spending on behalf of parliament, said it would be checking whether the guaranteed prices of £92 a megawatt hour double the current cost of electricity represented value for money.

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Business Briefs 15.10.2014 Durango Herald
Eye clinic announces new physicianFour Corners Eye Clinic, 575 Rivergate Lane, Suite 212, announces the addition of Dr. Karyn Bourke to its practice.Bourke received her medical degree from Medical College of Georgia’s School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds With Each Other? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World 13.10.2014 NPR News
This year's Nobel Prize in physics went to scientists who invented the blue light-emitting diode. Paired with solar power, the energy-efficient LED is bringing affordable light to places off the grid.
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists 11.10.2014 NPR News
Millennials are the most likely to favor traditionally pro-environment policies and believe climate change is man-made. But they are also the least likely generation to identify as environmentalists.
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Millennials: We help the earth but don't call us environmentalists 11.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Some millennials say the word "environmentalist" has become outdated.
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UK looks to Dutch model to make 100,000 homes carbon-neutral by 2020 10.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Dutch consortia Energiesprong could give zero carbon retrofits to social homes across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved

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Move to Steamboat: Library and Community Center 9.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs’ 33,000-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library went through a major $12.5 million renovation in 2009, making it a true showcase in the state. Overlooking the Yampa River downtown, the two-floor expansion — which received a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — includes dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, a coffee shop, large community and conference rooms, various artwork, and a Library Hall for presentations and more. Carrying more than 88,000 titles, the library also is on the cutting edge of technology, with 30 public computers. audiobooks downloadable to MP3 players, self check-out counters (with fines payable by credit card), an electronic wand book stocking system, free wireless, access to the library's database subscriptions and additional cutting-edge features. "The community has given themselves an incredible gift with this facility," president of the board Bob Matteo says. Steamboat Springs Community ...
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EU approves Hinkley Point nuclear power station as costs raise by £8bn 9.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
EDF Energy overcomes last hurdle for Somerset plant which EC warns could cost over £24bn by the time it is completed in 2023 Continue reading...
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The Climate Change Movement Is Not Wishful Thinking Anymore 6.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Less than two weeks have passed and yet it isn't too early to say it: the People's Climate March changed the social map—many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries . That march in New York City, spectacular as it may have been with its 400,000 participants, joyous as it was, moving as it was (slow-moving, actually, since it filled more than a mile's worth of wide avenues and countless side streets), was no simple spectacle for a day. It represented the upwelling of something that matters so much more: a genuine global climate movement. When I first heard the term "climate movement" a year ago, as a latecomer to this developing tale, I suspected the term was extravagant, a product of wishful thinking. I had, after all, seen a few movements in my time (and participated in several). I knew something of what they felt like and looked like—and this, I felt, wasn't it. I knew, of course, that there were climate-related ...
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Mercury Village gets LEED award 4.10.2014 Durango Herald
Mercury Village, the new headquarters of Mercury Payment Systems, earned the second-highest point total of any local building that has been rated by the U.S. Green Building Council, an industry nonprofit group.Mercury Village recently earned a Gold rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. Mercury’s 63...
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Liberal Democrats pledge to spend extra £1bn a year on NHS 4.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
In attempt to outflank Tories, Lib Dem Treasury chief secretary speaks of need to fund the jewel in our countrys crown

The Liberal Democrats will today move to outflank their Tory coalition partners by pledging to spend an extra £1bn a year on the NHS over and above the amount promised by David Cameron as the party tries to overcome dire poll ratings in the runup to the general election.

As the Lib Dem cabinet minister Ed Davey predicted in a Guardian interview that the Cleggmania of 2010 will be replaced by Clegg respect next year, the party announced that it would target a series of tax and pension reliefs for the well off to provide extra funding for the NHS from 2016.

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Minnesota's largest solar power site to land atop airport 3.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The project is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport's total electricity.
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Cost efficient ways to make your house eco-friendly 2.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
New York, Oct 2 : Solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren't the only ways to make your house more eco-friendly. Save the planet without burning a hole in your pocket.
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Geos Development neighborhood in Arvada claims net-zero sustainability 1.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Norbert Klebl set out to design a new kind of neighborhood - an integrated neighborhood with homes that create at least as much energy as they consume while fostering a sense of community. After the project was sidelined by the 2009 housing market crash, Arvada is now reviewing final development plans for the Geos project at 69th Avenue and Indiana ...
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