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Apple’s Environmental Report Reveals Major Accomplishments, More Work To Be Done

Apple’s carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. It’s a modest decline, but this is the first time the tech giant has seen a year-over-year decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since it started tracking them in 2009. Despite this and other accomplishments detailed in Apple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report released this week, the company acknowledged it has a long way to go to reduce its environmental impact, including tackling emissions from its manufacturing partners and addressing its recent increase in water consumption.

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Climate Change: Old Cell Phones Can Now Protect Old Growth Forests

Got an old cell phone or two kicking around? Or how about an extra $10 or $24? You can help protect old growth rainforests with both, thanks to Rainforest Connection’s new Kickstarter campaign (and a whole new brainstorm on how to stop illegal deforestation).

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Airline Industry Shaves Weight to Save Money

The automobile industry has invested billions reducing the weight of their cars to reduce fuel consumption and they don’t even have to lift them off the ground. So it’s no surprise to hear that airlines are saving millions by reducing weight. What’s surprising is that they haven’t done more of that sooner.

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How to Make Your Home Smart and Energy Efficient

When it comes to electrical usage, one should think of the age-old economic theory, the Tragedy of the Commons. The principle is simple: Individuals acting rationally and in their own self-interest can actually act against the best interests of the group, by wasting a common resource needed by the collective whole. You may not believe that you’re using an exorbitant amount of electricity, but over time, this usage adds up.

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Is LEED Becoming the New Normal?

The USGBC’s signature LEED green building program is becoming the “new normal” for the building industry, creating new ways for companies to stand out from the crowd.

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Solar Leases May Scare Off Potential Homebuyers

Now that some homeowners with solar leases are putting their homes on the market, the deal doesn’t seem as sweet. Solar leases may scare off potential homebuyers, particularly if they don’t understand them.

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How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?

While the 2014 World Cup is going to be bigger than ever, it’s also going to be one of the biggest energy-consuming, greenhouse gas-spewing World Cups in history.

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Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks

New records for solar power production are coming and going at a fast pace in sunny Germany, where the latent effects of a democratic feed-in tariff continue to fuel adoption. All that solar energy capacity is driving innovation and the need for energy storage solutions.