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Netflix Says Streaming Is Greener Than Reading (or Breathing) 28.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Netflix says it’s really, really green. It’s so green, in fact, that it says you should stream a show instead of ...
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Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism 28.5.2015 AP Business
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) -- Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts....
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Why India is captured by carbon - The Guardian 27.5.2015 google news
Why India is captured by carbon The Guardian Even with stringent policy action to increase the deployment of renewables and increase energy efficiency, “coal use is projected by all but one study to be more than two times current levels”. (Although India has a small nuclear industry – which ...
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Genentech unveils eco-friendly office building 22.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Sun-blocking fins that look like DNA were just one of the unusual aspects that stood out Thursday when Genentech unveiled Building 35, a 255,000-square-foot office structure that will be the most eco-friendly on its South San Francisco campus. The building was the first to be tested at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Flexlab, where workers built a 600-square-foot model of the new building that allowed them to test lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other energy use. Normally, designers would build computer models to simulate a building’s energy efficiency. In the lab, for instance, designers modeled the sun’s trajectory to determine how many sun-blocking fins to install on the building’s sides for optimal efficiency — the north side of the building, where there is less sunlight, has no fins, but several jut from the sides of the windows on the building’s east side. “Reducing our environmental impact is a top priority for us,” said Carla Boragno, Genentech's vice president ...
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From Kansas to Copenhagen: clean energy beacons around the world 20.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

From small islands to towns and cities, here are the climate trail blazers showing the way to an energy future that does not run on coal, oil and gas

With global demand for energy continuing to rise and fossil fuel production buoyed by $600bn (£380bn) in tax-payer subsidies annually, it is easy to lose hope that cleaner forms of energy will ever catch up. But there are beacons around the world showing the way to an energy future that does not run on coal, oil and gas. Here are nine places that are blazing a trail to a less polluting future.

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The Hole in the Rooftop Solar-Panel Craze 18.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Large-scale plants make sense, but panels for houses simply transfer wealth from average electric customers.
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California’s economy is world’s second greenest 18.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Only France, with its large fleet of nuclear power plants, emits fewer greenhouse gases for each dollar (or euro) of economic activity. California has more electric cars than any other state or country, leads the world in clean-technology investment and boasts a fast-growing fleet of renewable power plants. From 1990 through 2012, California’s greenhouse gas emissions shrank by 25 percent per person — largely the result of more efficient homes, appliances and cars — while per capita gross domestic product rose 37 percent. Much of the credit, he said, goes to California policies that emphasize energy efficiency and boost renewable power. “These policies have set the bar higher for entrepreneurs and investors, in energy efficiency and renewables,” he said. State law requires California utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from the sun, the wind and other renewable source by the end of 2020. The state has also created a cap-and-trade system to rein in emissions from factories, power ...
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Environment groups brace for last-minute legislative deals 16.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, environmentalists are concerned that a budget deal could harm efforts to protect Minnesota's lakes and rivers and develop clean energy.
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Roxbury townhouses make Boston history 16.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Roxbury townhouses make Boston history
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Chris Burden's roundabout route of bringing 'Urban Light' to L.A. 15.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The last time I formally interviewed Chris Burden was on the eve of the unveiling of "Urban Light" in early 2008. I was on assignment for this newspaper, and we met on a dreary winter day on the plaza of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art alongside the now-iconic installation of 202 vintage Los...
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Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change? 14.5.2015 Mother Jones
Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change? Climate Hawks Vote measures leadership, not just voting records, tabulating actions like bills introduced, speeches given, and so forth. In the 112th Congress, Sanders ranked third behind Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). In the last Congress, he edged out Whitehouse by one point. "Sanders is very much among the top leaders," says R.L. Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote. "He has a record of really strong advocacy for solar in particular." Miller notes that distributed solar, which enables everyone with a solar panel to create their own energy instead of relying on a monopolistic utility company, fits especially well with Sanders' democratic socialist philosophy. It's bad for corporations and good for regular folks who get to own the means of production. Here are some of the highlights from Sanders' climate and clean energy record: In 2013, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sanders introduced the Climate ...
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From tycoons to state bosses: key people in Chinese business 14.5.2015 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- The most successful of China's entrepreneurs have created some of the world's biggest companies and amassed stunning fortunes. Often they are little known outside of China, but that is changing as they expand abroad and sell shares on Wall Street. Some of their counterparts in China's massive government-owned companies are making a mark as they try to instil innovation and efficiency in lumbering state giants. A look at key figures in Chinese business....
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Could this be the world's most efficient solar electricity system? 13.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Using military technology and a zero-emission engine invented by a 19th-century Scot, Swedish firm seeks to revolutionise solar energy production

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For a 2nd time, San Francisco tries new way to fund home solar 12.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Five years ago, San Francisco launched an unusual way for homeowners to afford solar panels — only to put the program on hold after federal regulators objected. GreenFinanceSF will help residents and business owners pay for solar arrays as well as energy-efficiency upgrades to their buildings. In an added twist, the program will now finance water-saving home renovation projects as well, such as installing systems to collect gray water from bathroom sinks and showers. PACE programs let property owners borrow money for home efficiency or solar projects, repaying the money as a line item on their property taxes. The up-front cash for the projects typically comes from bonds issued by the organization or government agency running the program. “Many, many people, could save money overall by making an energy improvement or putting in solar, but that up-front cost has been a huge hurdle,” said Cisco DeVries, who created Berkeley’s pioneering PACE program. PACE loans attach to the properties as liens, and ...
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This home doesn’t use energy. It creates it. 12.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
An Australian design company says it has built a prefabricated home that produces more energy than it ...
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The rise of green gas 11.5.2015 BBC: Business
Turning maize, rye and potato waste into energy
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Tesla's low-cost renewable battery could revolutionise Africa's energy supply 11.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Home storage unit is perfect for continent rich in solar and wind resources but short of reliable power sources, says Christine Mungai Batteries that can store renewable energy for longer and at half the current cost have been hailed as an energy revolution that could transform Africa’s power ...
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Jerry Brown's strategy on green energy and fracking 10.5.2015 LA Times: Top News
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As U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, darkness falls on Taliban’s birthplace 9.5.2015 Washington Post: World
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Inside a former U.S. military combat outpost, still ringed by curled barbed-wire and blast walls, several massive generators are silent. Outside, factories that depend on the machines for electricity are either shuttered or on the brink of closing. Read full article ...
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How Bernie Sanders can be the greenest presidential candidate ever 8.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
Hillary Clinton is also dedicated to climate action, but Sanders could set himself apart by calling for a clampdown on fossil fuel extraction, reports Grist The Democratic presidential primary race got its second major candidate last week, and its first true climate hawk: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described democratic socialist. Sanders has one of the strongest climate change records in the Senate. In fact, according to rankings released last week by Climate Hawks Vote, a new Super Pac, Sanders was the No 1 climate leader in the Senate for the 113th Congress that ended in January. Climate Hawks Vote measures leadership, not just voting records, tabulating actions like bills introduced, speeches given, and so forth. In the 112th Congress, Sanders ranked third behind Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator for Rhode Island, and Jeff Merkley, Senator for Oregon. In the last Congress, he edged out Whitehouse by one ...
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