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Greenhouse Gas Emissions May Peak This Decade

China’s plan to cut coal use could mean global greenhouse-gas emissions may peak before 2020, Bloomberg reports, quoting a Greenpeace study. Twelve of 34 Chinese provinces have set targets that would lower coal consumption by 655 million metric tons by the end of the decade, which would reduce CO2 emissions by 1,300 million tons by […]

Fracking Responsible for Small Earthquakes

Recent small earthquakes in Ohio were likely triggered by fracking, state regulators in Ohio said. Reuters reports the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas may have produced tremors in Poland Township last month. The department announced stricter rules for oil […]

Home network penetration to pass 33% of households by 2018, says ABI Research

Consumers continue to find utility in installing a home network to support their growing broadband data and video network needs. By 2018, worldwide penetration of home networks is forecast to rise from 24.8 percent in 2013 to 33.2 percent, according to ABI Research.

College Creates Climate Action Divestment Model

The Pitzer College Board of Trustees approved a Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model that commits it to divest virtually all endowment investments in fossil fuel stocks by the end of the year. Pitzer College said it is the first higher education institution in Southern California to commit to divesting its endowment of fossil fuel stocks. […]

Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap, But Only If We Act Now

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports. This most recent one is on “mitigation” — “human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.” read more

Bacardi Sets Sustainability Goals

The Bacardi Limited Good Spirited global sustainability program has set goals to reduce water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, including some significant ones by 2022. By 2017, the company has a goal is to obtain 40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products from certified, sustainable sources – and 100 percent by 2022. This pledge […]

Level 3 gets ISO certification for security services in Latin America

Level 3 Communications' Latin American subsidiary Level 3 Argentina S.A. has achieved ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 Certification for its Advanced Security Testing (AST) services in the eight countries it currently provides services to business customers.

Obama Administration Sets its Sights on Methane Emissions

Consistent with its continuing efforts to combat climate change through executive action, the White House recently released its “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”  This document, part of the administration’s larger Climate Action...Show More Summary

First 100% Recycled Grade Introduced

FutureMark Paper Group launched Future Vantage, North America’s first 100-percent recycled coated #3 freesheet. Until now, there has not been a 100 percent recycled option for high-end corporate marketing materials and magazine, catalog, book, direct mail and retail applications, the company said. Show More Summary

Privacy authorities across Europe approve Microsoft’s cloud commitments

Many of you have probably read or even seen broadcasts of our CEO Satya Nadella speak on our cloud-first, mobile-first world where we are focused on empowering people to get more done wherever they need to and on any device. Tomorrow you can hear more from Satya as he speaks on transforming data into action! – Tuesday, April 15th, 10am PDT. Show More Summary

Southwest Airlines Introduces Heart of the Community

Southwest Airlines has made a multi-year commitment to in a movement known as Placemaking – a movement that promotes sustainable public spaces as the heart of every community. Through the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, the airline will revitalize and activate public spaces in the hearts of American cities in partnership with the […]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure. read more

Windstream, Racemi offer enterprises a path to the cloud

Windstream's data center and cloud services subsidiary Hosted Solutions has developed a pact with Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Racemi with the aim of helping business customers migrate their existing physical and virtual services to its cloud network.

Supercapacitor-Enhanced Hybrid Storage to Earn Cash for Subways

Philadelphia’s SEPTA subway system sells energy from regenerative braking to balance the grid, a new supercapacitor system could boost efficiency and turn it into a real moneymaker

TODAY’S STUDY: THIS COULD BE THE REAL VALUE OF SOLAR

Minnesota’s Value of Solar; Can a Northern State’s New Solar Policy Defuse Distributed Generation Battles? John Farrell, April 9, 2014 (Institute for Local Self Reliance) Executive Summary In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, April 14: DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS; THE MYTH OF CONSOLIDATION IN SOLAR; TEXAS BREAKS MORE WIND RECORDS

DE-RISKED RENEWABLES HAVE MORE INVESTORS THAN DEALS Solar, Wind Reaping Cheaper Capital, SunEdison Founder Says Ehren Goosens, April 8, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) “Developers of solar and wind power projects can now access capital...Show More Summary

Time to Rightsize the Grid?

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to interconnecting power systems

The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics. read more

Itron Supports Utility In Next Phase Of Smart Grid Deployment

National Grid is using a smart grid solution from technology and services company Itron Inc. to help enable consumer engagement programs as part of the next phase of the utility’s Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, Mass. The utility, Itron notes, has completed the installation of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid platform, which features an IPv6 Continue reading ?

Oil Limits and Climate Change: How They Fit Together

We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same time, oil is reaching limits, and this has an effect as well. How do the two issues fit together? read more

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