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Decoupling Economy from Fossil Fuels California a World Leader

California is a world leader when it comes to forging a low-carbon green economy that decouples growth from fossil fuel use and energy intensity, according to the first international edition of Next10’s Green Innovation Index.

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Unlocking the Value in Natural and Hybrid Coastal Infrastructure

Threatened by rising sea levels and the incidence of extreme weather events, coastal communities, economies and ecosystems could benefit greatly by conserving natural coastal “infrastructure,” as well as implementing innovative hybrid approaches that combine habitat restoration and built structures, according to NOAA study authors.

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Amid Threat of Brownouts, DOE Releases First Ever National Hydropower Assessment

As states across the U.S. West struggle to cope with drought and climate change the Energy Department released the first ever nationwide assessment of the market for U.S. hydropower.

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Friends Coalition Calls for Phase Out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

The Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform — the governments of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are calling on their counterparts to enact plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in the run-up to December’s Paris climate treaty summit.

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Lofty Agricultural Ambitions Fall in Face of Political-Economic Realities

Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.

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Why Small Businesses are Engaging Sustainability

The size of the market opportunities is driving small businesses to engage environmental sustainability, as are concerns about survival and long term success. In addition to improving profits, reducing costs and mitigating against risk, engaging sustainability affords opportunities for collaboration and innovation. While big corporate sustainability initiatives steal headlines, the small business community is also going green. For example, operational…

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EPA Approves Five Low-GWP Refrigerant Alternatives

With significantly lower GWPs than refrigerants currently in use, the approval of ethane, isobutane, propane, R441A and HFC-32 as refrigerants in a range of refrigeration and air-conditioning applications is expected to reduce the risks of climate change as well as depletion of the ozone layer.