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Counting On Energy Savings Is the Right Way To Go

Posted December 9, 2014 by Sierra Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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California is in the midst of reinventing its energy infrastructure for a number of reasons: massive amounts of clean renewable energy (like solar and wind) are coming online; the state’s second largest nuclear power plant recently retired; and a whole...continued

Bridging local and global climate action in Latin America

Posted December 9, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Latin America is as diverse in geography, wildlife, culture and politics as any region on Earth, yet when it comes to climate change, its countries face similar challenges. The impacts of climate disruptions are already felt across the region and...continued

5 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Efficiency Standards for Appliances and Equipment

Posted December 9, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Part 2 of a 3-Part Series If you take a look around your home, local business, or the factory down the street, you’ll find appliances and equipment that are using energy smarter, thanks to federal energy efficiency standards. Here are...continued

Ban Ki-moon Visits Chicago: Tackling One of the World's Biggest Problems, Building by Building

Posted December 8, 2014 by Rebecca Stanfield in Solving Global Warming

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I was pleased to join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning as he toured UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon through one of Chicago’s greatest buildings: the Rookery. It’s gorgeous and historic (designed by Chicago’s patron saint of architecture, Daniel...continued

New York Launches Community Solar NY to Jumpstart Solarize Campaigns Across the State

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jay Orfield in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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For New Yorkers interested in going solar, there’s good news from the state today: From now until January 30th, Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, designed to help promote 3 gigawatts of solar power by 2023, will help local governments, schools, and...continued

Latin America Green News COP20 Edition: Latin American presidents head to Lima; countries present plans; civil society urges more action

Posted December 8, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Solving Global Warming

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. This week and next we will focus on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations held in Lima, Peru COP20) December...continued

Freeing The Grid Report Shows Which States Excel and Which States Lag in Promoting Solar

Posted December 8, 2014 by Pierre Bull in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it. That’s why, especially at this time when solar is under attack in so many state utility commissions, it’s exciting that our friends and colleagues at the advocacy groups Vote...continued

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Negotiators have spent the last week in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries. As Ministers...continued

Appliance Standards Program: Decades of Using Energy Smarter

Posted December 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Part 1 of a 3-Part Series One of America’s most successful energy policies has been quietly chugging along for decades: delivering significant energy bill savings for consumers, sparking innovation and jobs, reducing the need to build new power plants, and...continued

Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments

Posted December 8, 2014 by Barbara Finamore in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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China’s announcement that it will cap its carbon pollution by 2030 – earlier if possible­­­­­ – and increase the share of non-fossil fuel in its primary energy mix to 20% by the same year, represents a major departure from China’s...continued

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