Energy

Measuring the Worldwide Surge in Investments in Renewable Energy Technologies (and Infographic)

What’s happening worldwide with regard to investments in renewable energy? Well, according to the latest results of United Nations Environment Programme’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 Report”, created by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the global investments in renewable energy have grown 17%, resulting …

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Faith-Based Energy Efficiency Aids Climate & Poverty

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Helping the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized is a central tenet in the Christian gospel. The command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) has inspired organizations like Christian Aid to help the poor, Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter for the vulnerable, and World Vision to support children in need. And, in North Carolina’s …

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Energy’s Future in Light of US-China Climate Pact

With the new targets set last week between China and the United States, President Obama superseded the U.S. target of 17 percent reduction in emissions by 2020, made in Copenhagen in 2009. The new target reduction aims for 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and aligned with a plan for reducing U.S. emissions by …

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IKEA Expands Solar Sales to Eight New Countries

IKEA Group lately announced it will expand its residential solar sales from Britain into the Netherlands and Switzerland before the end of this year. The offer will expand to a further 6 countries within the coming 18 months. “We know that our customers want to save energy and live more sustainably at home,” said Peter Agnefjäll, …

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From the Ground Up

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report, From the Ground Up, Addressing Key Community Concerns in Clean Energy Transmission, which examines the clashes that can arise between communities and transmission line developers and the causes of those clashes, with a unique focus on proposing a set of solutions to those issues. The report …

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Companies we love: Niagara Conservation leads the way in water and energy efficiency for homes

Often, it seems the news is full of companies doing bad things. Other times, it seems that their CSR efforts are largely just greenwashing (the act of advertising themselves as doing something good, when in reality, the big picture is still really pretty bad). But there are companies we love out there, and this series …

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Environmental Economics At Work in the Home

Environmental Economics has been practiced ever since the dawn of mankind but it wasn’t always called that. The principle that being more efficient and less wasteful brings benefits to human beings and the environment alike, has been demonstrated since the times when the first hunter-gatherers would use every part of the plant or animals they …

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Fitting into the New Economy

Like other industries, construction companies feel the negative effects of the recent economic downturn. A decrease in new home construction and remodeling projects means contractors work less and make less money. There is hope, however. As the Great Recession recedes into history, the future holds bright possibilities for construction business growth. Hurricane Sandy might have …

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The Future of Green: Innovations That Promote Economic Engagement

Fleet companies face challenges that go beyond what the average car owner sees. The automotive landscape changes completely when managing more than one vehicle. Those in charge of a fleet must balance fuel efficiency, environmental responsibility and capital expenditure for multiple cars. Economic innovations have stepped up to help fleets stay true to the current …

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Green Aviation? The Sky’s the Limit for Job Creation

One Billion Cars For many years, it was assumed that the primary emphasis on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions should concentrate on automobiles. After all, as a recent “Huffington Post” article decried, the world now has over a billion cars and their greenhouse gas emissions to deal with. In an April 2010 article, “Impact of Aviation …

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Pittsburgh to Participate in Home Energy Score Pilot

During this morning’s commute I learned via DUQ 90.5FM that Pittsburgh homes will be part of a pilot program conducted by The Department of Energy to test new technology to rate homes’ energy efficiency – while lowering the amount of time it takes to assess each home from four hours to one hour.  Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County is …

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