New IPCC Report: The World is On Track for a Hefty Temperature Increase

If the world continues down its current carbon-spewing course, global temperatures will hit a staggering 4.8 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by the end of the century, with potentially disastrous consequences for humanity, ecosystems, and sustainable development, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Intel, High-Tech Leaders Rank High On Green Power Partnership Top 100

Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.

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Georgetown University Offers $5 Million Community Energy-Efficiency Prize

This week Georgetown University announced the launch of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million competition that challenges communities to come together, develop and implement a plan to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Fifty communities in 25 states have already signed letters indicating that they intend to compete.

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Pennsylvania Shale Gas Report Finds Little to Complain About

The 265-page “Shale-Gas Monitoring Report,” is just that: a comprehensive and carefully worded document about the results of the monitoring the state has conducted since 2011, while avoiding the use of the term hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals — not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans — who control the levers of power in America.

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Fuzzy Math on Pennsylvania Fracking Jobs

Incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania has been campaigning for re-election on a platform that touts the 200,000 jobs created through his support for natural gas fracking, but the Pennsylvania fracking boom is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

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EPA Port Grants Help Spur Clean Diesel, Sustainable Technologies

The inaugural “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit last week in Baltimore recognized ports that are trying to be good environmental stewards and also doled out $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six U.S. ports.

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Coal and the Role of Multi-Stakeholderism

There’s little doubt that multi-stakeholderism is crucial to elements of the business and human rights movement, but is this type of collaboration always the best strategy? Or, more to the point, is it even realistic? A look at the behavior of the major stakeholders in the coal industry is illustrative and sobering.

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Why Did Indiana Kill Its Successful Energy Efficiency Bill?

There was some strange news out of Indiana recently. A piece of legislation designed to dismantle the state’s energy efficiency law made its way to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence. The governor neither vetoed nor signed the bill, thus allowing it to become law by default. Why did the state let this happen? Was it simply a matter of politics?

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Air Pollution Now Responsible for 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide, Study Shows

Air pollution is now the world’s single greatest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new findings that show poor air quality is responsible for 7 million deaths a year – one in eight total deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that indoor air pollution caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012 in households that burn wood, coal or biomass as cooking fuel, while outdoor air pollution contributed to 3.7 million deaths the same year.