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  • Egypt’s Solar Energy Plans Are Heating Up

    Participating in an initiative to finance rooftop solar power units, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr are offering loans to citizens in Egypt. As a preliminary stage, the initiative is being offered only within specific areas of Cairo. However, plans include expanding soon into Egypt’s other governorates. Energy Committee Head Magid Eldeen Almanzlaoy […] More

  • 11 Senators to EPA: Strengthen The Clean Power Plan

    Eleven U.S. Senators sent a letter on Dec. 9 to EPA chief Gina McCarthy outlining ways in which the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan should be strengthened. At present, the EPA Clean Power Plan regulation aims at reducing climate emissions from power plants by 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and by 30 […] More

  • New Spending Bill Includes Environmental Setbacks

    Several setbacks undermining environmental efforts and interests are tucked into the federal spending bill President Obama signed into U.S. law last Tuesday. This bill is one of the last acts of Congress under the Democratic-controlled Senate. Not boding well for environmentalists and climate change activists, Congress will return in January with Republicans in charge of […] More

  • John Kerry’s Economics of Climate Change Denial

    Thanking the government of Peru for hosting the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP20, John Kerry applauded the delegates for their hard work to bring global warming under control. Approving the draft text of the climate treaty in Peru was a critical stepping stone to the agreement that must be reached in Paris next year. […] More

  • Lima COP20 Climate Delegates Approve Draft Treaty

    Concluding the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome. Praising the delegates, the UN chief congratulates the COP20 for paving the way to a “universal, meaningful” climate agreement in 2015. For 12 days, the 196 Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), known also as Conference of the Parties […] More

  • Amazon Shoppers, Start Your Devices! $61bn E-Sales Forecasted

    Representing a 16 percent increase over last year’s holiday e-commerce spending, ComScore’s official forecast for US spending in November and December is $61 billion. Growing 25 percent over last year, mobile purchases are predicted to account for $7.9 billion of the $61bn. Gian Fulgoni, Executive Chairman Emeritus of comScore says, “The stock market is near all-time highs, […] More

  • Investing in Global Biodiversity

    Biodiversity is the ultimate fountain of life. It funds our economy and our future, securing the foundations of all of Creation. Investing in a healthy and resilient environment is not optional. Treating the natural world with respect is the only way to improve human existence, and insure social and economic progress. In short, investing in […] More

  • Solar Harvesting System Works Transparently on Windows

    Finally, there’s a new type of solar concentrator being developed to generate solar energy without blocking the view. When it is placed over a window, it harvests solar energy while still allowing people to see through the window. Researchers from Michigan State University call this new solar harvester a transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC). The […] More

  • UN Marks 69 Years with Lang Lang, Sting & Int’l Youth Orchestra

    On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.” The anniversary of the 1945 inauguration of the UN Charter is observed annually on 24 October. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five […] More

  • Chevrolet Revs Up Spelman Campus Sustainability Day

    In a “Beyond Business as Usual” commitment by Chevrolet, Spelman College will sell certified carbon credits to the automaker, which will net the institution up to $100,000. Launched in 2010, the sale is part of a voluntary carbon reduction initiative undertaken by Chevrolet to prevent up to eight million metric tons of carbon emissions from […] More

  • Big Local Gains for States with Wildlife Refuge Recreation

    Western Values Project released a new report, Recreation Spending & BLM Sagebrush Lands, highlighting the important economic effects associated with local recreation-related spending. Visits to BLM-managed lands in 11 western states resulted in an economic output of over $1 billion in 2013 alone. The report by Eugene, Oregon firm ECONorthwest, was prepared for Pew Charitable Trusts’ […] More

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