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Wolrdwatch State of the World 2015

Worldwatch State of the World 2015: Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown, The Worldwatch Institute is an independent global environmental research organization using fact-based analysis to develop solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing the world today. The Institute’s annual State of the World report focuses on specific topics critical to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The 2015 report, Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, addresses global dangers that are…

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Climate Denial and the Erosion of U.S. Democracy

U.S. democracy and a free, open society is under siege as Republicans run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution as they seek to stifle scientific climate research and citizen science.

Renewable sources of energy contribute more than 75 percent of all new generating capacity for 1st quarter 2015

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

Wind energy leads the way in new generating capacity – The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity. The report shows energy sources from wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower combined a total of 75 percent of…

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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.

The world can run on 100 percent renewable energy, sooner and cheaper than most think

100 Percent Renewable Energy is Within Reach

There are no technological or economic reasons why we cannot completely replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy. In addition to curbing climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy also improves human health. Minimizing climate impacts and reducing health costs would generate trillions of dollars of cumulative savings. The idea that the world can be powered entirely by…

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Energy efficiency has disrupted the traditional business model for power generators

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities’ Business Model?

We live in an age of disruption. The word denotes an undesired consequence, as in climate disruption, but it often is a powerful, if still painful, force for positive change, growth and transformation. Research by Shakeb Afsah and Kendyl Salcito with the CO2 Scorecard Group, and Nicola Limodio, a doctoral candidate at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics, have analyzed 40 years…

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Costa Rica Makes Use of New Climate-Smart Agriculture Tool

Tropical forest conservation has been a hallmark of Costa Rica’s ecosystems-based development model. Now, Costa Rican farmers are making use of a new climate-smart software tool developed by the World Bank and UN FAO to enhance output as well as enhance resiliency and reduce GHG emissions and environmental degradation.