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Department of Energy: 2014 Is the ‘Year of Concentrating Solar Power’

Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach. Aiming to keep the momentum going, the DOE released a new CSP industry report and announced $10 million in new R&D funding to develop cheaper and more efficient thermal energy storage technology.

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Win $75,000 for a Market-Based Solution to the National Forests’ Challenges

Can the principles of the free market solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our national forests? The National Forest Foundation (NFF) hopes so, announcing it has just extended the deadline for its Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge which offers $100,000 in prize money for market-based solutions to the forests’ current issues.

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Policy Points: 5 Business Reasons for Raising the Minimum Wage

Recently I was asked, “Why do you support raising the minimum wage – aren’t all business people against it?” As a small business owner I care about running a profitable business. That means I also care about the local economy my business depends on.

Mammoth Clinic is a 1960s era building at the park’s headquarters that serves the medical needs of all park staff as well as all visitors to the park each year. Andersen Corporation donated windows for the building retrofit, which was completed this past January.

A Greener Future for National Parks

Yellowstone National Park leaders in 2010 established a five-year plan to elevate Yellowstone as a world leader in environmental stewardship. In other words, lead by example by being one of the greenest parks in the world.

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Subway CEO ‘Not Concerned’ About a Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Subway CEO Fred DeLuca recently said during an interview with that he is “not concerned” if the federal minimum wage goes up. The CEO of Dairy Queen, John Gainor, agreed — indicating even the fast food industry is warming up to the idea of a fair living wage for all.

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A Low-Carbon Sustainable Development Pathway for LAC Countries

Rapid deployment of renewable energy can decouple socioeconomic development from fossil-fuel dependence. It can also help preserve fundamental ecosystems and biodiversity and forge a sustainable development pathway for Latin America and Caribbean countries.

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Obama: “We Don’t Fear the Future” of Climate Change

On the heels of the administration’s release of the Third National Climate Assessment report, President Barack Obama today announced an array of executive actions and public and private sector commitments to increase solar installations and energy efficiency improvements, strengthen energy efficiency standards, and bolster the solar industry workforce. The actions and pledges that Obama laid out will deploy enough solar energy to power nearly 130,000 homes, cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of taking 80 million cars off the road and save businesses $26 billion on their energy bills, the White House said in a statement.

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Can India Go 100 Percent Renewable by 2050?

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security. To overcome these challenges, India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.

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MayDay Citizens’ Super PAC Aims to Rewrite the Rules of U.S. Campaign Finance

Looking to harness the crowdfunding power of the Internet, famed political activist, co-creator of Creative Commons and Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig aims to accomplish what generations of U.S. government leaders have not: reforming U.S. campaign finance. They are more than halfway toward raising $1 million to form the MayDay Citizens’ Super PAC.