After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”
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It’s going to be a good year for the solar panel installation industry, according to a new report published by Deutsche Bank Market Research. And the upswing, which is expected to be challenging at first, is poised to only get better in 2015.
With the last leg of the gradual incandescent light bulb phase-out already in effect, Home Depot released a data-driven map that uses sales numbers to create a per capita look at U.S. adoption of energy efficient bulbs.
From the first cities in ancient Mesopotamia to modern metropolises, urban locales have served as cultural and commercial hubs for societies across the globe. As of 2008, the world’s urban population finally surpassed that of the rural — and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the 9 billion people then-living on this planet will reside in cities.
Sustainability and resilient cities: We are now an urban species and cities offer the best opportunity to adapt to change and adopt sustainable development
What will tomorrow’s sustainable city look like? Most likely, the focus will be not on how we can bend the environment to meet our needs, but how we can live within the means of tomorrow’s environment.
Volkswagen’s Think Blue Factory in Chattanooga has been getting noticed lately for its success in eco-friendly operations. Given its recent awards, it’s no surprise that the facility is to become Volkswagen’s model for sustainable development.
While the first three installations are in the Eastern region of the Ghana, PEG plans to expand into the island communities in the Volta Region and then into the Northern Region.
In its 2013 scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks the most energy-efficient states based on policy and program efforts that improve efficiency in homes, businesses, industries and transportation systems.
This sustainability business can get really complicated sometimes. Although we always like to press for more than “less bad,” there are times when we do have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
A good example of this is the recent practice of constructing houses in Kenya out of polystyrene, otherwise known as Styrofoam, blocks. Proponents of this practice claim that this use of this material, reduces the impact on local forests that would otherwise be stripped of wood to feed the building boom that has occurred there since independence.