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U.S. Weather and Climate 2016: 15 $1 Billion-Plus Disasters

Ranking as the second warmest year on record, 2016 was the 20th consecutive year average U.S. temperature exceed the norm. The 15 weather/climate related disasters that each resulted in losses of more than $1 billion contributed to making 2016 the second-worst year on record, according to NOAA’s latest annual report.

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SF Public Utility Commission Completes First Smart City-IoT Pilot

Working closely with Sigfox and Ayyeka, SF’s PUD has rolled out a new, improved, IoT-powered sewage monitoring and management network, the first of many public services projects expected to yield numerous and varied benefits for city residents and businesses.

The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a…

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Teach our children well. The benefits of solar in schools

Schools and Solar: What Are the Benefits?

As parents know, every other note that comes home in a school kids’ folder is a bake sale request or a fundraiser form. The other notes are friendly reminders to clip the pink rectangles off their pantry items that include Box Top for Education initiatives. Each label is a dime toward the school, and every dime counts when it comes…

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Club of Rome’s “Reinventing Prosperity” Challenges Prevailing Notions of Socioeconomic Development

The Club of Rome’s ¨Reinventing Prosperity¨ challenges the conceptual and institutional frameworks that have supported socioeconomic policy-making and development over the course of the past 30 years and goes on to offer 13 ¨radical policy solutions¨ that address three of the most pressing challenges in industrialized and industrializing countries: inequality, employment and climate change.

A Trump Climate Catastrophe

The Trump Administration is Far Worse for the Planet than Most Realize

We need to take stock of where we are if we are to have any chance of getting to where we need to go. After years of slow but steady climate action, the U.S. now has a climate and environment destroying president and legislature. Although Hilary Clinton won the majority of votes, under the collegiate system –which was designed to…

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Climate change under a Trump presidency. Darkness

John Kerry Gives Impassioned Speech at COP22

“I’m not a Cassandra, but I am a realist. Time is not on our side.”  – John Kerry at COP22 Secretary of State John Kerry pulled no punches in a speech at the COP22 climate talks, now in their second week in Marrakesh, Morocco. A stalwart champion of climate change action throughout his career, Kerry made clear the outgoing Obama administration…

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