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The Current State of Clean Energy

“The world’s energy system is being pushed to breaking point. Energy-related CO2 emissions are at historic highs, and under current policies, we estimate that energy use and CO2 emissions would increase by a third by 2020, and almost double by 2050. Many clean energy technologies are available but they are not being deployed quickly enough to avert potentially disastrous consequences.”

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London’s Congestion Charge is Working and There is a Map to Prove It

London’s traffic is legendary and so is its traffic management system. From early 2003, the city of London started charging a fee, which is currently £10, or $16.19 to motorists who want to drive through the city center. This was called a congestion charge and it was used to improve the city’s transit system and anybody who … Continued

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3 Events to Follow at Rio+20

In case you haven’t noticed (which would be almost impossible with all the email, blog and listeserv overload), the world is frantically preparing for the latest effort to make development sustainable, globally. UN officials, governments, NGOs, businesses and others are headed to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, aka Rio+20) in Rio de … Continued

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Gas Boom Might Not Be All It’s Fracked Up to Be

Is cheap natural gas really all that cheap? The risks associated with fracking have begun to raise questions, and when it comes to our domestic fossil fuel supply, relatively low retail prices mask a heavier load that includes taxpayer subsidies, profound impacts on public health and the environment, and a negative effect on some local … Continued

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Finding Your Place in the Bioeconomy Blueprint

Last week, President Obama laid out an ambitious plan to channel scientific innovation into economic growth, called the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. The Blueprint is heavily focused on “green” chemistry, and that’s good news for companies, investors, and workers that are involved in biofuels, bioplastics and other products based on sustainable alternatives to petroleum. However, that … Continued

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EPA Protects West Coast Ports Besieged by Coal

Coal ports in the Northwest threaten the regions work to reduce pollution and embrace clean energy. In a long-awaited move, the EPA has called in the Army Corps of Engineers to review plans for West Coast coal ports. Finally, alarmed environmentalists and frightened local residents are getting help from the Federal government.

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Human Rights Lose Out at Bahrain Grand Prix

If you’re a Formula One Fan, you are well aware that Sebastian Vettel won last weekend’s Grand Prix in Manama, Bahrain. But human rights was a huge loser last weekend.

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Can Shareholder Activism Spur Electric Utilities to Shift Away from Coal?

Some of the largest US electric utilities in the use are facing shareholder proxy votes calling on them to enact and report on coal risk mitigation plans. Behind the proxy resolutions is CSR/shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, which asserts that shareholders face significantly increased investment risk as a result of the utilities’ reticence to enact such plans and shift away from coal to other cleaner and renewable energy supply sources.

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European Wind a “Recession-Busting” Industry

Europe’s wind energy industry contributed an additional 33%– 32 billion euros (~$41.6 billion) to EU GDP between 2007 and 2010, growing at double the rate of the EU economy as a whole in 2010, the European Wind Energy announced on the opening day of EWEA 2012 in Copenhagen. The EWEA’s forecasting greater gains ahead, if the EU continues its renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction drives.