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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.

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SolarCoin: How Digital Eco-Money Can Be More Equitable

SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it’s not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase access to SolarCoins for those without the wealth to invest in solar or trade currencies.

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EVs and the Emerging Solar-Powered Energy Ecosystem

Elon Musk has crafted a triple bottom line business template based on EVs, charging stations and solar energy. It’s not the only one pursuing such a vision. A recent hire by Miami’s CarCharging Group indicates they may be heading down a similar path.

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Environmental Validation: Make ‘Green’ Claims and Do It Well

Consumers increasingly want to know what’s behind a label, and an environmental claim. We talk with UL’s Director of Market Development Scot Case to understand how third-party validation systems work — and why they benefit manufacturers, retailers and consumers when it comes to promoting and using green products.

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Oakland City Council Moves on Coal Transport Ban

Cities do not have the power to prohibit fossil fuel shipments because only the federal government can regulate railroads, so it’s an easy stance to take — it’s a resolution not a law. However fierce local opposition to fossil fuel exports carried on trains through West Coast port areas is putting a severe crimp in industry plans.

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Former Shell Chairman Criticizes Industry Inaction on Climate

“Climate change is a problem that absolutely must be tackled, and it is a very urgent problem and the longer we leave it the more and more urgent it becomes,” said James Smith, former chair of Shell U.K. and current chair of the consultancy Carbon Trust.

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New 49ers Stadium Set to Use 85 Percent Recycled Water

Recycled water will account for around 85 percent of all water used in Levi’s Stadium – the new home of the San Francisco 49ers — and will be used for playing field irrigation, a 27,000 square foot green roof, flushing toilets, and cooling tower make-up water. Inside, the stadium is dual plumbed with recycled water used for flushing toilets.

Following final testing by the City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utilities, Levi’s Stadium recently was connected to the city’s recycled water system, making it the first stadium in California to utilize the drought-proof water source. The milestone brings the facility one step closer to a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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Interview: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland

Nick Aster talks to Timberland’s Margaret Morey-Reuner about sustainability at TImberland. In particular we talk about the Higg Index and the sustainable apparel coalition.

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EDF: Green Trucks Good for the Planet and Business

Heavy trucks haul about 70 percent of U.S. freight, gobbling nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day while producing nearly half-a-billion tons of carbon pollution a year, according to the report. By 2040 pollution from this sector is projected to increase by another 40 percent.