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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – Based on the 2015 IPCC AR5

Originally published on Planetsave.com Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic, […]

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SunEdison & Morgan Stanley Launch Major Solar Energy Expansion

SunEdison & Morgan Stanley Launch Major Solar Energy Expansion

Originally published on SolarLove.org Partnering with Morgan Stanley to make tax equity financing available immediately, SunEdison is executing a major launch of an innovative power purchase agreement (PPA) product across seven states. With a newly expanded channel and sales platform, and through the recent acquisition of multiple residential power plants with SunEdison subsidiary TerraForm Power

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In Spain, Solar Storage Costs More Than Nuclear Spillage

Originally published on Planetsave.com Storing solar energy in a battery in Spain is more criminal than spilling radioactive waste. That’s the implied message written between the lines of a recently drafted law poised for fast-track approval by the government of Spain. Proposed fines for residential and SME use of solar energy self-consumption will be as

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ITC 5-Year Extension Supported in "New Energy for America Act"

ITC Investment Tax Credit 5-Year Extension Supported in “New Energy for America Act”

Originally published on SolarLove.org Announcing its support for legislation extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it will provide a big boost to the US economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change. Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), the

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Black Rhino Sport-Hunting Permitted by USFWS

Originally published on Planetsave.com With the population of the critically endangered black rhino only around 5,000, why did the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service (US FWS) recently issue sport-hunting permits to kill two black rhinos in Namibia? The permits, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each, will allow two wealthy American sport hunters

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Lima COP20 Climate Delegates Approve Draft Treaty

Concluding the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, Secretary-Generalย 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

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

Representing a 16 percent increase over last year’s holiday e-commerce spending, ComScoreโ€™s official forecastย for US spending in November and December is $61 billion. Growing 25 percent over last year, mobile purchases areย predicted to account for $7.9 billion of the $61bn. Gian Fulgoni, Executive Chairman Emeritus of comScore says, โ€œThe stock market is near all-time highs,

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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

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Global Finance: Transparency and Corruption Addressed in Open Letter to G20 Leaders

Hosting the G20 in 2014 has presented Australia with many valuable opportunities to influence the global economic agenda. Transparency in global finance is an opportunity many world transparency champions are hoping to see included on the agenda of the G20 Leaders Summit this weekend in Brisbane. The G20 Leaders Summit will see more than 4,000

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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

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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 โ€œmore than ever.โ€ 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

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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

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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’

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Jean Tirole Wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics (and Why)

Jean Tirole is the 2014 winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Tirole, of Toulouse 1 Capitole University in France, has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences โ€œfor his analysis of market power and regulation.โ€ A Nobel Prize for Sowing Seeds of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Efficient Hydrogen Fuel From Solar With Earth-Abundant Materials

Scientists now have a new, efficient way of producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water. Using Earth-abundant materials, as opposed to rare metals, scientists have obtained a record-breaking 12.3 percent conversion efficiency from solar energy to hydrogen. By combining a pair of solar cells, made with a mineral called perovskite and low cost electrodes, they

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US Navy Jets And Ships Ready For Drop-In Biofuel

Beginning in 2016-17 more than 100 million gallons of military-grade biofuel will be produced annually at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts. โ€œDrop-inโ€ biofuel provides a direct replacement to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuel, without any need for changes to existing fuel distribution networks or engines. The US Navy is fully on board for

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New York City Hosts Historic Climate March

The historic People’s Climate March takes place in New York City this weekend. Originally posted on our sister site, EdenKeeper.org, this is an event not to be missed. New York City Hosts Historic Climate March Nationwide planning is in high gear for the “largest, most diverse day” of action on climate change, scheduled for Sunday,

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2.7m New Jobs In Clean Energy & 40% Less Carbon Emissions

A newly released report shows how the United States can cut its carbon pollution by 40 percent from 2005 levels. In the process, 2.7 million new clean energy jobs will be created, reducing the unemployment rate by 1.5 percentage points. Recently released in Nevada for the seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit, the report is

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