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Energy Savings on the Way for New Construction and Major Renovations in California: New Building Code Process Begins

Posted September 10, 2014 by Meg Waltner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The next update to California’s building energy code, known as Title 24, is officially underway. Today, the California Energy Commission launches the process of updating minimum efficiency standards for new construction and major renovations that are anticipated to take effect...continued

Stringing a lei of action around the world

Posted September 10, 2014 by Brendan Guy in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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In many island cultures, a flower lei is presented to a person upon arrival or leaving an event as a sign of affection. Participants at the UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Samoa received leis, locally known as ula, upon their arrival...continued

Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India

Posted September 9, 2014 by Anjali Jaiswal in Solving Global Warming

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While in Mumbai recently, home of Mahindra headquarters, the sounds of construction are an ever-present soundtrack for the city. More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain...continued

Scaling Florida Sunshine

Posted September 9, 2014 by Pamela Rivera in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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With the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan standards, Florida Governor Rick Scott has an opportunity respond to pollution-driven climate change that so gravely threatens our state with rising seas, extreme weather and public health problems. The good...continued

Bristol Bay to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine Now

Posted September 8, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week we’re running a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s essential that EPA...continued

California's Climate Leadership: Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future (Next Up: Reining in Climate Super-Pollutants)

Posted September 5, 2014 by Alex Jackson in Solving Global Warming

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National and state leaders past and present will gather in Sacramento Monday to celebrate California’s track record of climate leadership and look to the future on how the Golden State can help set the stage for climate action globally. Entitled...continued

Taking action on climate change in Latin America cities helps meet development goals

Posted September 5, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Climate change is often portrayed as merely an environmental issue, but the reality is that in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions,...continued

TransCanada is responsible for prolonged routing process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 5, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On September 5th the Nebraska Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the state’s appeal of a ruling that found that the expedited process used by governor to approve the route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was unconstitutional....continued

Going Back to School. Moving Forward with Solar.

Posted September 4, 2014 by Jay Orfield in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New...continued

Fifteen Organizations Call on Mass. Governor Patrick to Keep Tar Sands out of Massachusetts

Posted September 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, fifteen organizations including NRDC sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, calling on him to take action to keep tar sands oil out of the Massachusetts fuel supply. Tar sands cause 17 percent more greenhouse gas emissions over...continued

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