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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.
A German company has come up with a new fuse that will shut down a solar panel in cases of fire or excessive heat. That’s great news for first responders – and for property owners.
SC Johnson issues one-year anniversary wind power report for two turbines at its Waxdale, Wisconsin facility, but conservative legislators continue to obstruct future growth in the state’s wind industry.
High-performance electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles is joining forces with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a racing team in the the new FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric race series.
Coca-Cola, the the largest beverage company in the world, with over 500 brands, recently announced that it is converting all of its 2014 Chevrolet Express service vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.
The holiday season is the most wasteful time of the year. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of the year. What’s worse, we buy each other presents that do a lousy job of maximizing our happiness.
The batteries, which are “about the size of a small refrigerator,” were originally developed to store solar energy during periods of cloud cover or darkness, which, of course, they certainly can do. But there’s another use for them with greater financial implications.
The study is not recommending the immediate closure of the Hanford nuclear plant, rather it recommends that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) issue a request for alternatives, “to see if the unit can be replaced with long-term options that are less costly, less risky and better fitted to regional needs.”
Write a 500-600 word story addressing the following question: “How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?”
Projects designed to bolster private investment in effective climate solutions in six African countries have received $330 million in funding from the African Development Bank Group, the bank announced late last month.
If you drive 10,000 miles a year with under-inflated tires then you are not only emitting money out of your tailpipe but also releasing approximately 500 pounds of additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Delta Air Lines recently joined other oil industry trade groups to fight the U.S. biofuel mandate that requires refiners to meet an annual biofuel quota, either through production or through the purchase of credits.
The airline filed a lawsuit through its year-old refiner, Monroe Energy, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that challenges the EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel requirements, according to FuelFix.
Under the EPA policy, refiners generate renewable identification numbers (basically, compliance credits) for every gallon of biofuel they incorporate. Monroe’s status as a “merchant refiner” that sells unblended products to wholesale marketers means it must always purchase credits. The refiner, in its Oct. 4 federal court petition, claimed this forces it to spend millions of dollars to acquire compliance credits at what it says are “artificially inflated” prices.