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Global Renewable Energy Investment Drops, But Installed Capacity Rises

2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables’ share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.

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SolarCoin: Cryptocurrency with Value for People and Planet

SolarCoin is a decentralized digital currency that has inherent value in trust and goodness. It facilitates transactional trust between strangers, rewards producers of clean energy and frees everyday exchanges from the banking system.

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Beyond Sustainable: A Call for Transparency

Along with the demand for more green goods and services comes a shift in consumer awareness that will extend to every industry. Business strategist Jeffrey Hollender calls this Radical Transparency and explains how it can be used as a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into responsible and profitable entities.

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German Renewable Electricity Consumption Hits Record High 25.4 Percent in 2013

There’s been no shortage of challenges to German Premier Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” — an all-out transition to a greener, sustainable economy centered on renewable energy and resource efficiency — but Germany’s renewable energy markets and industry are proving resilient, with renewable electricity consumption reaching a record high in 2013.

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Nest Freezes Sales of Smoke Alarm, Is Sued Over Thermostat’s Energy Savings Claims

Nest Labs quickly became a darling of both the sustainability and tech worlds for its sleek, Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector designed to provide customers with energy savings and safety. But has the sheen finally worn off on the Palo-Alto based company, acquired by Google earlier this year? Nest announced yesterday that it is halting sales of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors due potential safety concerns and will refund customers who want to return their current devices.

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Desalination is Now a Billion Dollar Industry, Report Shows

The components alone for desalination activity will constitute a $5 billion industry by 2015. While this spend would not be confined to California, a new report conducted by the McIlvaine Co. describes the state as being at the epicenter of global desalination activity.

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Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time

Beset by geopolitical crises, spreading social unrest and economic weakness, Clean Edge’s latest report highlights the high stakes associated with the energy decisions we’re making today and shines a spotlight on five key trends shaping the future of renewable energy markets globally.

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ExxonMobil to Report Publicly on Carbon Asset Risk

It seems like a huge deal for a several reasons: The oil major is publicly acknowledging the potential impact of carbon emission limits on its business model and revealing how it assesses the “risk of stranded assets” from climate change, and it did so at the behest of two shareholder groups.

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The Ethical Work of Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

Norway operates what is by far the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, with approximately $840 billion in assets under management, so its investment decisions are powerful. This makes the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that the fund would be investing a greater proportion of its wealth in renewable energy even more important.