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Infographic: Why Build Green?

The advantages of building green – Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. Between 35 and 40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings. While there are obvious environmental benefits to…

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Solar Sector Investment Soars 175 Percent Higher in 2014

Private-sector investors plowed $9.6 billion into solar energy-sector companies in 2014, according to Mercom Capital Group. Investors continue to be enamored with downstream solar energy finance-and-installation companies in particular.

Considering the global potential for solar energy

Infographic: Could the World Be 100 Percent Solar?

What is the global potential of solar energy? – Perhaps the only thing more unrealistic than the idea of a modern world powered 100 percent on solar energy is the idea that extracting every last bit of fossil energy is sustainable, good for the long-term economy or a habitable planet. Building a new energy economy is fraught with many challenges….

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graphene may bring huge breakthroughs in many areas of human society

Graphene May Herald Green Miracles

Graphene may provide technological solutions to a host of issues including the climate crisis. It is as hard as diamond, in fact, it is two hundred times stronger than steel, yet lighter than a feather, making it both ultra-light and durable. This, inexpensive tough new material is also as flexible as rubber and it can heal itself when it is…

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Infographic: The Cost of Renewable Energy

What’s the true cost of renewable energy? The environmental and societal benefits of adopting a clean energy path are clear. As the true costs of continued reliance on fossil fuels, including the “doubling-down” of exploiting dirtier, more dangerous and harder to access fossil energy like tar sands, oil shale and mountaintop removal, the one clear added benefit of renewable energy is…

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Across the United States rooftop solar power is reaching grid parity

EarthTalk: Rooftop Solar Reaches Grid Parity

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? –Lester Milstein, Boston,…

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Amazon is a leader in building a sustainable operation, but still has room to improve

How Sustainable is Amazon?

Amazon sustainability – Amazon is the leading online retailer, and while they appear to be making strides to lessen their environmental impacts, they are vulnerable to a wide range of criticisms. From products to packaging and shipping initiatives, Amazon appears to be getting greener. According to Adobe Holiday Data Amazon is the top retailer of holiday gifts in terms of…

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