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Renewable energy a major source of new generating capacity in the United States

Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40 Percent of New Generating Capacity

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61 percent of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014. Only natural gas provided more new capacity during…

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It may be in our nature to avoid the hard truth of climate change, But Dan Miller proposes a fee and dividend approach as a simple, effective solution

Video: How to Fix Climate Change

Fee and Dividend – A Solution to Global Warming?- The following TEDx talk features Dan Miller, managing director and co-founder of The Roda Group, a cleantech venture capital group based in Berkeley, California. Miller discusses the difficulty of grasping climate change as a clear and present danger, even as tipping points have already been crossed. Our evolution has geared us…

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The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign marks its 179 coal plant retirement

Beyond Coal: One Less Coal-Burning Power Plant

Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Marks 179th Coal Plant Retirement In response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement of air quality violations, White Pine Electric Power announced last week its commitment to stop burning coal at its small 60-megawatt power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plant’s two online units will convert immediately to natural gas. The facility has until 2023 to install best-in-class…

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The McKenzie utility scale solar power plant. One of many helping emission reductions across the U.S.

Solar Energy: Quantifying Emissions Reduction

Blymyer Unveils Major Gains in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Alameda, California-based Blymyer Engineers, an industrial, civil and commercial engineering firm established in 1961, has been actively involved in designing and building PV solar installation for more than a decade. With commercial and utility scale facilities in their portfolio across the U.S., engineers at Blymyer decided to crunch the numbers, adding…

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UNFCCC climate negotiations

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. The “October session” aims at giving countries the opportunity “to further…

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Smog continues as the principal threat to air quality. The Los Angeles Skyline approaching LAX

EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily?                        — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality…

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Summer 2014 warmest on record. This chard indicates land and ocean temperature departure for June-August 2014

2014 Warmest Summer on Record

It may seem counterintuitive for those living in eastern North America, but the continuing trend of warmer months globally has officially culminated with the 2014 as the warmest summer on record, according the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report. This following last August as the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in August…

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