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Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that…

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7 Ways You’re Upping Your Energy Consumption

By Bobbi Peterson We all have bad habits. Whether it is biting our nails or snacking in between meals, those bad habits can take their toll. You are probably also indulging in bad habits that are costing you money every month, and you might not even know it. These would be all the ways you’re upping your energy consumption in…

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Is nuclear power safe? The chances of a catastrophic failure is low, but when they do happen the consequences are dire

Is Nuclear Power Safe for the Environment?

One of the first questions on everyone’s lips, when the conversation turns to nuclear power, is what are the advantages and disadvantages and how safe is it. Various media and information channels provide conflicting, sensationalised information depending on their core values. Depending on your point of view, nuclear reactors could be seen as one of, if not the most environmentally…

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The latest eco-apps to help guide a more sustainable lifestyle

40 More Eco-Apps that put Technology to Work for the Environment

There are more than two million apps and a growing number of them have an ecological purpose. The huge and growing eco-apps market is making a significant contribution to the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants. This post is a follow-up to a 2012 eco-apps article. When that article was published four years ago there were less than 800,000…

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3D printed food may be a key in feeding the world's hungry

3D Printing Could Hold the Key to Solving World Hunger

Featured guest post by Matthew Young From its first appearance in the late 1980s, 3D printing has opened the technological door to possibilities formerly limited to the realms of science fiction. 3D scanners and printers are becoming affordable for educational and home use. The materials used for ink range from human tissue to plastic, metal and everything in between. Experimentation…

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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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Bonn climate talks open this week, starting on the road to Marrakech

The Road to Marrakesh: Bonn Climate Talks Begin, After Paris a “New Era of Collaboration”

At the start of climate change talks this week in Bonn at UN headquarters for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), outgoing secretary general Christiana Figueres called the historic Paris Agreement the beginning of a “new era of collaboration” for climate negotiations. The 10-day conference in Bonn is the first UN climate meeting since COP 21 in Paris last December. After the formal…

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