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KILLER WEATHER LIKELY TO BE MORE COMMON

Climate change: global weather predicted to become increasingly extreme despite warnings Rose Troup Buchanan, 27 November 2014 (UK Independent) “Global weather will become increasingly extreme, with the planet facing rising surfacing...Show More Summary

CHINA NEW ENERGY REACHES FOR THE WORLD

How China Is Expanding Its Influence In Global Solar Market Ucilia Wang, November 25, 2014 (Forbes) “…While Chinese manufacturers, from those who make the components to the final assembly of solar panels, have to raise their prices or pay tariffs as a result of the trade cases, most of the major players have remained in business. Show More Summary

GLOBAL WIND INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATING

Concentration on consolidation…the future plans of seven of the world's leading wind developers show a clear trend towards partnerships and diversification. Shaun Campbell, 27 November 2014 (Windpower Monthly) “The gap between acquiring...Show More Summary

LONDON CAR SERVICE GOES TO CHINESE PLUGS

BYD to Expand Electric-Car Leasing Deal With London Hire Service November 27, 2014 (Bloomberg News) “BYD Co. will lease 200 of its e6 electric cars to a London private-car service by April, the largest overseas rental agreement for the Chinese automaker that counts Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Show More Summary

Countries Accelerate Talks on Phasing Down HFC Super-Pollutants under the Montreal Protocol

Wrapping up a week of talks in Paris, diplomats agreed to hold talks starting in April 2015 on proposals to replace these super-potent heat-trapping chemicals – used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and other industrial applications – with climate-friendly alternatives. read more

New Poll Finds 73 Percent of Voters Support Crucial Tax Policy for Wind Energy

A new poll found that wide majorities of different political affiliations, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, which is perhaps the key federal policy support mechanism for wind energy. read more

A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations that can Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin such a task, and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation? read more

Oil and Currency Markets Reflect Expectations for Lower Global Economic Growth

Since August, both crude oil and currency markets have been influenced by lower economic growth expectations in countries outside the United States. Prices in both markets recently broke out of established trading ranges, driven by concerns about weaker future global demand. read more

VW On Track to Shrink Eco Footprint 25%

Volkswagen says its environmental program is on track to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste, CO2 and solvent emissions at all Volkswagen plants throughout the world by 25 percent by 2018, compared to 2010 levels. This is the interim assessment made by more than 250 environmental experts from 27 VW plants. The […]

IR Technology Initiative Launched

CRedit360, Deloitte, PwC and other leading technology companies have joined forces to look at how technology can underpin trends in corporate reporting, and in particular can be applied to assist in the global adoption of integrated reporting. Launched this week by the International Integrated Reporting Council, the IR Technology Initiative aims to use technology to […]

Smog Rule Released

The EPA on Wednesday proposed a rule to reduce smog. The agency is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the ozone pollution standards […]

Volvo Drives Transport Carbon Cuts, Renews WWF Partnership

The Volvo Group is renewing its partnership with a new commitment to the World Wide Fund for the nonprofit’s Nature’s Climate Savers program. In addition to reducing emissions from products and production during the 2015 to 2020 period, Volvo says it will drive the development toward reducing CO2 emissions throughout the transport sector. The commitment […]

General Mills Drafts Water Policy

General Mills released a new water policy this week that aims to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company’s business. The scope of the water policy includes General Mills’ supply chain as well as its suppliers. It involves a four-phase strategy: Global assessment of water stress to identify priority watersheds. Deep-dive […]

How to Make E-Commerce Packaging More Sustainable

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment has published a brochure aimed at improving the environmental sustainability e-commerce packaging, in time for the holiday season. The brochure, titled Packaging: At the Forefront...Show More Summary

Future Cities Need 'Intelligent' Local Energy Systems

In cities we are faced with systems of multiple spatial as well as temporal scales. Slowly changing urban infrastructure systems are required to react to sometimes rapid societal changes. In addition cities bring together a large variety of different stakeholders their own specific viewpoints. read more

Green Fleet Roundup: AmeriPride Services, Ryder System, Plug Power

AmeriPride Services took delivery of its first fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid system this month.  The vehicle (pictured), a 2014 Ford F59 chassis with a Morgan Olson Route Star walk-in van body, will be put into delivery service in one of its Canadian Linen branches in Toronto, Ontario. Tops Friendly Markets has signed a full service lease […]

Sustainability Strategies for Business

Bernhard Schwager, of Robert Bosch GmbH’s head sustainability office, discusses business sustainability strategies.

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week. read more

Fast Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

NewEnergyNews is so grateful to so many…beginning with the Marks family foundation…the inimitable Frenchie and the rambling Juliette…the enduring Randolph and the Scott clan…the guys at Akbar…the Cowboy Palace dancers…the Pasadena Untersehers…Teri...Show More Summary

A Lesser Known Bit Of Thanksgiving History

This isn’t part of the official history of Thanksgiving but it probably should be. From jasonxgoodman via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

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