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Data Center Emissions, Coal Power Use Much Higher than Thought

The largest U.S. data center owner-operators are underestimating how much coal-fired electricity they’re using, and thus the carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they produce, according to a new study from Lux Research.

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Lockheed Latest Major U.S. Corp. to Sign Duke Energy Solar PPA

Duke Energy’s solar power business is on a roll. Duke Energy Renewables on Feb. 2 announced a new solar power agreement with Lockheed Martin that will meet all the latter’s domestic energy needs.

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Renewables Could Meet Most of U.S. Power Needs, Cut GHG Emissions 78%

Renewable resources could meet most of U.S. electricity needs at costs comparable to today’s even as demand for electrical power increases. National greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed 78% by doing so, according to a new study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

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Chinese-Swedish Auto Manufacturer Seals $12 Billion EV Deal

China’s National Modern Energy Holdings signed a contract worth $12 billion with Panda New Energy to deliver 150,000 EVs based on the Saab 9-3, as well aa associated products and services.

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DOT, Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc Launch Smart City Transportation Challenge

The U.S. DOT on December 7 announced it’s joining with Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. in launching a $40+ million Smart City Challenge centered on identifying and developing practical, cost-efficient means of addressing climate change by making innovative use of technology to improve urban transportation systems.

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IRENA: RE, Energy Efficiency Would Limit Climate Warming Below 2C Tipping Point

Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.

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Researchers Flock to the Arctic as CO2 Surpasses 400PPM

New Arctic Ocean data adds to evidence linking rising CO2 levels to climate warming, which is occurring faster than it has since long before the Age of the Dinosaurs. A team of 40 researchers is gathering Arctic Ocean data before the region as we know it ceases to exist as the global average concentration of atmospheric CO2 surpassed 400 ppm.