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Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. read more

Intesis introduces Houseinhand HomeKit

Intesis Software, a leading manufacturer of solutions for home and buildin automation, introduces Houseinhand Homekit, the application for Apple mobile devices compatible with the recently announced home automation protocol HomeKit. via Intesis introduces Houseinhand HomeKit | HomeToys Press Release.

Waste Not: New Reasons to Keep Food Out of Landfills

It’s no secret that sustainability is becoming a higher priority for consumers. That, however, doesn’t mean it’s easy to get sports fans to put paper and plastics in the right bins as they are exiting the venue. But going green can pay off for stadiums, restaurants and other foodservice operators. Case in point: A recent […]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

“Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption patterns in response to the needs of the power grid. Electricity customers can provide a substantial amount of demand response to grid operators without a noticeable effect on their electricity service. read more

TODAY’S STUDY: THE HEALTH IN EMISSIONS CUTS

Health Co-benefits of Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants; Part 2 of the Co-Benefits of Carbon Standards Study September 30, 2014 (Harvard University and Boston University) Executive Summary – Part 2: Health Co-Benefits of Carbon Standards Background The U.S. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, Oct. 27: NEW ENERGY OVER 40% OF U.S. NEW BUILD IN 2014; EMPLOYEE BENEFITS NOW INCLUDE SOLAR; WIND BRINGS JOBS TO MICHIGAN

NEW ENERGY OVER 40% OF U.S. NEW BUILD IN 2014 Renewable Energy Provides Over 40% Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In First Three-Quarters Of 2014; New Renewable Capacity Is 35 Times That Of Coal, Oil, And Nuclear Combined October 27, 2014 (Sun Day Campaign) “…[R]enewable energy sources…account for more than two-fifths (40.61%) of all new U.S. Show More Summary

A Case Study in how Junk Science is Used by Anti-Nuclear Environmentalists

In opposing nuclear energy environmental groups draw on a wealth of imagery and deeply ingrained fears. Rigorous scientific analysis may show that the dangers from burning coal are vastly greater than those of nuclear energy; but can you can name a single coal power plant? read more

Record Temperatures Highlight Lack of Warming

Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Recent “record high” global temperatures are more significant for what they are not than for what they are. While September was reported to be the warmest month on record averaged over the earth’s surface,...Show More Summary

2014: The Year Everything Changed in Home Automation

After 20 years of covering home automation, for the first time I can declare, “This is the year everything changed.” We know that is the case for the mass market, but now we have sea changes in the custom-installation channel after 20 years of tradition – a tradition that includes highly paid programmers, expensive hardware, Continue reading ?

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

Companies with interests in “green” energy technologies and unconventional crude oil production have a strong interest in ensuring that the dumping of conventional crude oil in the international market does not shut down investment in technologies that hold the promise of making the US more energy secure. read more

EU Leaders Strike Climate Deal

European Union leaders on Friday agreed on a climate and energy package that sets a binding carbon reduction target of “at least” 40 percent by 2030, compared to a 1990 baseline. About half of that figure takes place within the EU’s Emissions Trading System; the other half comes from the non-ETS sectors, with national, tradeable […]

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “demonization of coal.” Abbott stressed that “coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future. read more

Nestlé Factory to Reduce Water Consumption 15%

Nestlé will reduce the total amount of water it uses in Mexico by 15 percent a year as the result of its new dairy facility in Jalisco, which will produce 1.6 million liters (422,000 gallons) of water daily out of cow’s milk, according to the company. The company plans to replicate the initiative in other […]

Benefits of B2B Exchange for Water in Energy Production

Sourcewater, an MIT spin-off, has issued a research report detailing the immediate and long-term benefits available to the unconventional energy production industry through the use of a web-based marketplace for buying and selling water. Show More Summary

Ebola Waste Permits Granted to Five Companies

Veolia and Advanced Environmental Options are among five companies that have received “non-site-specific” special permits for handling Ebola waste, according to Reuters. The other special permits have been issued to Stericycle, Triumvirate...Show More Summary

EPA Proposes Removing 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List

The EPA has proposed removing 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products and is seeking public comment on this proposal. The agency says it is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. […]

Greenbuild 2014: Green Buildings, Healthy Workers, Sustainable Design Apps, Free Online Learning

Some 47 percent of building owners cut their healthcare costs for employees in facilities with green building features such as daylighting and natural air circulation, according to a study by McGraw Hill, the AIA, CBRE, US Green Building Council, United Technologies and a host of other partners, presented at Greenbuild on Thursday. Commercial Property Executive […]

Drug Manufacturers Responsible for Waste Management

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in San Francisco are now required to dispose of unused post-consumer medicine as the city and county of San Francisco becomes the third municipality in the US to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for pharmaceuticals. Show More Summary

Blu Launches Lower-Cost LNG Fuel System

Blu. has released a new line of liquified natural gas fueling systems for Class 8 trucks called Blu. V2 LNG Fuel Delivery System. The company says the system eliminates one of the greatest barriers to LNG adoption: the cost. The 160 DGE twin-tank fuel system package has a list price about 40 percent more affordable […]

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