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Eiffel Tower Ramps Up Renewables With Wind Turbines

“It really does represent this big leap forward for renewable energy as a whole, to have this technology to the point where it can be easily adopted by consumers like the Eiffel Tower,” said Jan Gromadzki, an engineer who oversaw the project. “And I think that was something that, five years ago, no one would’ve been ready for. It demonstrates that we’ve come this far to create renewable energy technologies that can be easily integrated into the daily lives of people around the world.”

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Apple Invests $3 Billion in Solar Energy

“We know that climate change is real,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. “Our view is that the time for talk has passed, and the time for action is now.”

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Chicken of the Sea Cuts Water Use, Waste

Chicken of the Sea’s sustainability report documents company efforts, with a focus on “four pillars” of sustainability, and sets goals to be met by 2020.

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Largest Seawater Desalination Plant to Open Next Year

When operational in 2016, the plant will provide up to 50 million gallons of water daily to San Diego county’s 3 million residents. Still, that’s only 7 percent of the region’s water needs.

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Report: Energy Industry Spent $721 Million on Midterm Elections

The American Progress analysis — conducted with data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Kantar Media Intelligence — found that the energy industry as a whole gave $84 million to candidates, political parties and political action committees (PACs), spent $163 million on television ads, and paid nearly $500 million to Washington lobbyists in the two years leading up the elections.

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Can Technology Help Fight Income Inequality?

George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen talks about a future that extends a growing employment category, “namely workers who team up with smart robots that require human assistance.”

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Mondelez Moves to Third-Party Sustainability Evaluation

Mondelez, the world’s second largest coffee company, says the arrangement with the independent third-party organization, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), will “provide unprecedented transparency on large scale” along the coffee supply chain.

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Groups Sue Feds Over Climate Effects of Coal Leasing

FOE and WORC are seeking the first comprehensive review of the federal coal-leasing program since 1979. “Since that time, scientific evidence has established that greenhouse gases produced by coal mining and combustion endanger the public health and welfare,” they said. “The BLM, however, has never analyzed the coal leasing program’s impact on climate change.”

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On Climate Change, Who’s Hoaxing Who?

Inhofe says, “The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left.”

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ExxonMobil, MIT Hook Up on $25 Million Energy Initiative

ExxonMobil will collaborate with MIT on a “wide range” of projects, including research to improve and expand renewable energy sources and find more efficient ways to produce and use conventional hydrocarbon resources.

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Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Drilling

Despite spending eight years and $6 billion — with no oil production to show for its efforts — Shell Oil is asking the U.S. government for another five years to drill in the Arctic.