An independent journalist, researcher and writer, my work roams across the nexus where ecology, technology, political economy and sociology intersect and overlap. The lifelong quest for knowledge of the world and self -- not to mention gainful employment -- has led me near and far afield, from Europe, across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and back home to the Americas. Twitter: @mightysparrow LinkedIn: andrew burger Google+: Andrew B Email: huginn.muggin@gmail.com

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Concentrated Solar Producer Abengoa Gets Serious about CSR

In addition to being added to the NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index, Abengoa has earned an IDB Infrastructure 360 Award for its Atacama 1 solar-storage project in Chile. Reporting on progress to date and the challenges it faces going forward, Abengoa management also sets out new targets for 2020 in its recently-released corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.

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How Government Subsidies Drive Deforestation and Inequality

While contributing to agricultural and natural resource development and GDP, government subsidies are drivers of deforestation and marginalization of indigenous communities in environmentally critical tropical forests. Reports from ODI (Overseas Development Institute) and Forest Peoples Program offer details and insights.

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U.S. Files Climate Commitment in Advance of Paris Talks

The U.S. joins well over 30 countries that have filed national commitments to combat climate change in advance of U.N. climate treaty negotiations to take place in Paris in December. Collectively, the parties that have submitted commitments to the UNFCCC account for nearly 60 percent of worldwide carbon emissions.

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‘Eye-Catching’ Gains in Renewable Energy Investment

The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.

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DOE Helps Military Vets, Native Americans Go Solar

The Department of Energy is zooming in on U.S. military veterans and Native Americans as the Obama administration continues its effort to spur green job creation and deployment of solar energy.

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The Color of Salmon: How Much Would You Pay for Orange?

The color of food plays a perhaps surprisingly large role in our perceptions of its attractiveness, as well as our expectations of how it will taste. Take salmon, for example. Studies have shown, and salmon prices reflect, our inherent bias and preference for salmon that is orange to reddish in color.

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LED Lights Installed in Over 3,000 Habitat for Humanity Homes

Expanding its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, leading LED lighting manufacturer Cree announced its offering its new CR6 LED bulbs to Habitat affiliates. Highly energy efficient, durable and long lasting, Cree LED downlights have been installed in more than 3,000 Habitat for Humanity homes since 2010.

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Report: 2015 Will Be a ‘Breakout Year’ for U.S. Energy Storage

Over triple the amount of energy storage capacity — 220 megawatts worth — is expected to come on-line this year, and strong growth is expected to continue thereafter, according to a report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association.

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2015 Set to be a “Breakout Year” for U.S. Energy Storage

Over triple the amount of energy storage capacity (220 MWs’ worth) is expected to come on-line this year, and strong growth is expected to continue thereafter, according to an inaugural report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. One pioneering emerging market participant was responsible for delivering one-third of the total.

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New NREL Engineers Take Sustainability to Heart (and Home)

Newly-minted professional engineers working for the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory embody a commitment to overall sustainability. They’re not only helping U.S. Army and Coast Guard bases achieve net-zero energy goals, but they’re also doing the same in their own homes and communities.