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Renewable energy generation smashes through records for the first quarter of 2016

Waiting in the Wings: U.S. Generation from Renewable Energy Sets First Quarter Record

Renewable energy sources provide almost 17 percent of total electricity generation Non-hydro renewable generation up 23 percent over 1st quarter 2015 Wind and solar energy generation increase 32 percent Wind surpasses six percent of total; solar tops one percent Coal-fired power generation plunges 24.2 percent The latest Electric Power Monthly report released late last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals…

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We have in our power to create a future nightmare or pull back from the brink. That is the climate change truth

The Terrifying Truth About Climate Change

An apocalyptic future is materializing that threatens human civilization and all life on the planet. The truth about climate change is more terrifying than our worst nightmares. We are teetering on the brink of a world that is the stuff of nightmares. This includes starvation, riots, disease, violence, and war. Climate change augurs a wide range of adverse impacts. These…

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The world needs more corporate transparency

Why the World Needs More Corporate Transparency

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz effectively communicated the…

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Global employment in renewable energy

More than 8 Million Working in the Renewable Energy Industry Worldwide

The number of people around the world employed in the renewable energy industry rose 5% year-over-year in 2015 to exceed 8.1 million, according to a research report released today by IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). That stands in stark contrast to recent trends in the broader global energy sector, where jobs numbers have been falling.

The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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The Fairphone: One of the greenest mobile phones in the world

The World’s Greenest Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are ubiquitous and they are a central part of modern life, but they come with varying degrees of eco-friendliness. Collectively, the billions of phones in the world today have a massive environmental footprint. Manufacturers are responding to growing consumer interest in eco-friendly phones. In the last two decades, smartphones have gone way beyond being simply mobile communication devices….

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A carbon tax could provide economic, social and environmental benefits

Putting a Price on Carbon: Carbon Tax Explained

Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of posts on carbon pricing and emissions mitigation strategy. Look for more articles in the coming weeks about carbon emissions, pricing and various possible policy approaches to reducing emissions –  With the international commitment in Paris calling for the decarbonization of the global economy by the second half of this century, the task we…

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