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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Utilities Roll Out Home Energy Analytics to Over 1.5 Million

TXU Energy and London Hydro are the latest utilities that will deploy Bidgely’s cloud-based energy analytics throughout their customer bases. Offering apps and a platform to monitor energy usage is seen as a way to enhance customer engagement, as well as energy efficiency and building a 21st century smart grid.

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Renewable Energy: “Development as Freedom” in Haiti and Beyond

Rapid development of distributed renewable energy resources offers much more than a means of addressing climate change, particularly in impoverished nations. It can be a keystone in enhancing individual liberty and freedom and the establishment of open, inclusive market economies and democratic forms of government.

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EPA Proposes to Tighten Ozone Emissions Standard

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced new, more stringent ozone emissions standards in a bid to reduce smog and improve human and environmental health. EPA is proposing to tighten the national ozone emissions standard to between 65-70 parts per billion from 75 ppb, which was set in 2008 in the wake of EPA’s previous five-year review.

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VW on Track to Meet 2018 ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Sustainability Goals

The world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer has been at the forefront of the industry’s drive to enhance its ecological sustainability of its operations. Having carried out more than 2,700 environmental sustainability projects at its factories, VW’s production processes are 17 percent “more environmentally compatible” than they were four years ago, according to a team of more than 250 environmental experts that conducted an interim evaluation of VW’s ecological sustainability program.

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Chevrolet Invests in Grasslands Conservation Carbon Credits

The first-of-its-kind grasslands conservation project brought the USDA together with ranchers, Ducks Unlimited and others in a public-private partnership that will avoid carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.

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Reverse Supply Chain Management ‘Closes the Loop’ on Waste

E-waste poses a large and growing threat to ecosystems, natural resources and communities the world over. By offering OEMs and supply chain partners the means to capture greater value from high-tech products, reverse supply chain management companies, such as Hong Kong’s Li Tong Group may have the cure.

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U.S. Government Achieves Renewable Energy Goals

The award of a competitive 10-year power supply contract with MG2 Tribal Energy’s Walnut Creek wind farm puts the GSA on track to meet 2020 renewable energy goals.

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Acer U.S. Operation Goes 100 Percent Green Power

The purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) puts Acer among the ranks of 100% green power businesses on the EPA’s growing Green Power Partnership. Acer Americas recently purchased over 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power made up of a mix of renewable electricity that includes electricity generated by wind and biomass.

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The Business Risks of Water Shortages

The world’s biggest businesses are increasingly exposed to water risk while responses to calls by large investors for increased reporting and accountability have stagnated, according to CDP’s latest annual global water report.