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Bay Area solar firms take dim view of Arizona utility’s move 25.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
In Arizona, the state’s largest utility has proposed leasing rooftops from its residential customers, installing solar arrays and paying the homeowners $30 a month in return. If approved by state regulators, the plan would place Arizona Public Service in direct competition with Bay Area companies such as Sungevity, Sunrun and SolarCity that already lease panels to homeowners. Washington state legislators this year rejected a bill that would have given utilities exclusive rights to lease panels to their customers. The bill, which solar companies worry may return in the next session, said that “If an electric utility offers a leased energy program, no other entity may offer leases to the utility’s customers.” With the number of rooftop solar installations rising at breakneck speed, utilities have begun to fear a future in which more and more customers generate their own energy, leaving others to bear the cost of maintaining the electrical grid. The APS plan would treat solar panels the same way, with ...
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Xcel signs deal to construct three large solar projects near Minnesota cities 25.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The utility said the project could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7 million tons.
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Cycling in the cities: Seven Minnesota inventions for bike enthusiasts here and around the globe 25.10.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Tony Webster It’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities.  As everyone knows by now, it’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities. From folks ditching their cars for bikes , to Minneapolis and St. Paul creating nation-leading bikeway plans , pedal power has a lot of momentum here. As transit-oriented development hits its stride along the Green Line and other key corridors, the bicycle looks to figure even more prominently into our local transit mix. The Twin Cities isn’t only a leader in bicycle use, however, but also a major innovator in bicycle design and technology. The seven inventions profiled below have, or will have, an impact on the local and global cycling industry. And the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing down. Bicycle maintenance Park Tool: Bike repair stands Two generations ago, repairing a bike meant getting on your hands and knees. No more. In 1963, cycling-crazy St. Paulites Howard Hawkins and Art Engstrom invented the world’s first bicycle repair stand, Model PRS-1 ...
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Mackintosh Academy students in Littleton win grant for solar panels 25.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
Mackintosh Academy in Littleton was recently awarded a grant for about $96,000 to purchase and install solar panels for its campus, thanks to the work of a group of sixth ...
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U of M moving toward 'cost of attendance' for athletes 24.10.2014 MinnPost
They’d get more if they had a union . John Shipley at the PiPress reports , “With NCAA cost-of-attendance legislation on the fast track, the University of Minnesota is gearing up to offer the extra money to as many of its athletes as will be allowed. ‘We plan to include every sport,’ deputy director of athletics Beth Goetz said Thursday. That's not an inexpensive proposition, although it should cost Minnesota less than most of its peers in the Power 5 conferences. The average gap between a Minnesota scholarship and what would cover the full cost of attending the U is $2,194 a year, according to figures compiled by the NCAA.” The state has announced a $162 million program to fund roughly 4000 affordable housing units. James Walsh at the Strib says , “The money is the most ever awarded by Minnesota Housing, the former Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and will go toward 78 rental and home ownership projects providing nearly 4,000 housing units. In all, projects in 33 cities, including the Twin Cities, ...
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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Marks & Spencer builds UKs largest rooftop solar panel network 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Around 24,000 panels will top its vast Castle Donington centre in bid to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources

Marks & Spencer is building the UKs largest array of rooftop solar panels on its distribution centre in Castle Donington.

Spread across 900,000 sq ft with more than 24,000 photovoltaic panels, the system will generate nearly enough energy in daylight hours to power the distribution centre which handles all the goods M&S sells via its online store.

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Europe and the 'why me?' approach to decarbonisation 24.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

A slowdown in the EUs pace of climate action may inspire unintended reciprocal measures in the runup to the 2015 global climate summit in Paris

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Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World's Largest Coal Port 24.10.2014 Truthout.com
United Nations - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the 12 ships scheduled to pass through the port during the nine-hour blockade, which was organised with support from the U.S.-based environmental group 350.org . The warriors came from 12 Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Micronesia, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Niue. Mikaele Maiava spoke with IPS about why he and his fellow climate change warriors had travelled to Australia: "We want Australia to remember that they are a part of the Pacific. And as a part of the Pacific, we are a family, and having this family means we stay together. We cannot afford, one of the biggest sisters, ...
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EU emissions target isn't as ambitious as it seems 24.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
The European Union's agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 sounds impressive, but we're halfway to that ...
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Solar flare knocks out some radio temporarily 24.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
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Boom in dam construction threatens freshwater biodiversity 24.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
London, Oct 24 : An unprecedented global boom in the construction of hydropower dams, spearhead by developing and emerging economies, could reduce the number of rivers by about 20 percent and pose a serious threat to freshwater biodiversity, says a study.
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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Climate commissioner hails strong signal ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.

But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.

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Wind damage reported in Longview, Washington 24.10.2014 AP Washington
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Longview, Washington, are asking people to avoid a section of the city because of damaged property and downed power lines....
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Russell Brand talks revolution with Owen Jones  follow it live 24.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

In a Guardian Live event from 7pm BST onwards, Russell Brand is in discussion with Owen Jones for an audience in central London, with their conversation beamed to Picturehouse cinemas across the country. If you cant make it, follow the developments here as the pair debate a new vision for political action

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Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption 24.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star’s surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth’s direction. If they’re powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids. Though we’ve known about such eruptions for centuries ...
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EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030 23.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
But Poland threatens to use veto against agreement aimed to set the stage for Paris summit if it is not granted exemptions Continue reading...
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Solar flare knocks out some radio temporarily 23.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.
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In Japan, Fukushima residents are frustrated but resigned 23.10.2014 Washington Post: World
HISANOHAMA, JAPAN — An air of permanence has settled over the supposedly temporary Seabreeze shopping arcade. The Karasuya restaurant, serving big bowls of steaming noodle soup, at the entrance to the arcade is well established as a lunch spot for construction workers and a snack-and-homework joint for kids from the neighboring ...
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Coal-rich Poland ready to block Europe's new, ambitious climate deal if no compromise found 23.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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