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Charting the Planet’s Path to 100% Renewable Energy

How quickly could the majority of planet wean itself off of coal, oil, and gas? For $124.7 trillion, perhaps within just a few decades. That’s according to the latest research by the Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering Mark Z. Jacobson. In a study published in the new …

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Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

by Ivan Bruce Squee Mobile App winning the Jakarta Urban Challenge, with Governor Ahok of Jakarta, Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank and John Rossant of New Cities Foundation. Given our increasingly complex and dynamic world, cities need to be continuously innovating in order to solve pressing social and environmental problems. Many …

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This Startup Aims To Rate Every Home In The Country For Energy Efficiency

Owners might invest more in energy efficiency if it affected their property or rental values. by BEN SCHILLER It can be a tough sell to convince people to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. It costs a lot to insulate a basement or install new heating equipment, and the savings …

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Renewables — 70% of New Power This Year

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman The future of electricity in the U.S. of A is in renewables. Renewable energy accounted for almost 70 percent (69.5 percent) of new electricity generation in the U.S. during the first half of this year. The recent report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of …

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World Bank: Putting a price on carbon would help economies

Shutterstock matthi by Jonathan Camuzeaux If there were a competition for the most important number in the world, the price on carbon certainly would be a strong contender. The World Bank has been a long-time supporter of carbon pricing and its recent report, Decarbonizing Development, adds a strong voice to the chorus of …

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US, Brazil Agree to Source 20% of Energy From Renewables by 2030

Image Credit: Wikimedia by Mike Hower At a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff committed Brazil to an agreement for both countries to obtain up to 20 percent of their electricity from renewable power by 2030, The Guardian reports. In an …

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Biofuels Make Headways into Jet Fuel Market

by IRVIN DAWID Jets no longer run solely on fuel derived from petroleum, thanks in part to Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels. They signed contracts with FedEx and Southwest Airlines for “renewable jet fuel” that is derived from wood-based biomass. “FedEx is set to fly its jets on fuel made by Fort …

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2050 carbon goals are great, but we must cut emissions now

by Sami Grover Screen capture The Trillionth Tonne When the G7 committed to a complete phase out of fossil fuels, I was optimistic about the implications. Coal, oil and gas—I suggested—were now operating on borrowed time. Others, however, were less excited. After all, a century-long phase out is hardly ambitious, and …

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The Environmentalist Case Against 100% Renewable Energy Plans

A wind farm in Tehachapi, California. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni ) It might be technically feasible, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best plan to pursue. by JULIAN SPECTOR Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A …

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CRC boosts energy efficiency in 56% of businesses

The carbon reduction commitment scheme (CRC) has driven energy efficiency investments in over half of businesses, according to a report for the energy and climate change department (Decc). The report assesses the impact of the scheme since it began in 2010 and was produced by CAG Consultants, Imperial College, the …

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