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What was once expensive and unique is becoming mainstream. A transformation shift is underway in how business can tackle our most pressing problems

Video: Business Profitability and Climate Change

Andrew Winston is an environmental strategist and author of The Big Pivot, a book advocating a “green-shift” in business priorities, away from short-term profits toward long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. In this YouTube video from the Big Think channel, Winston speaks of the need for a transformative shift in business. A shift toward meeting the challenges we all face in the 21st century:…

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A testament to Sweden's environmental leadership: bicycles are a principal means of transportation

EarthTalk: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? – Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that Sweden came out on top…

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Renewable energy a major source of new generating capacity in the United States

Renewable Energy Provides More Than 40 Percent of New Generating Capacity

According to data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro account for 40.61 percent of all new electrical energy capacity put into service in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2014. Only natural gas provided more new capacity during…

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The McKenzie utility scale solar power plant. One of many helping emission reductions across the U.S.

Solar Energy: Quantifying Emissions Reduction

Blymyer Unveils Major Gains in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Alameda, California-based Blymyer Engineers, an industrial, civil and commercial engineering firm established in 1961, has been actively involved in designing and building PV solar installation for more than a decade. With commercial and utility scale facilities in their portfolio across the U.S., engineers at Blymyer decided to crunch the numbers, adding…

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SolarCity to Offer Solar Home Loans, Forms New Project Fund

SolarCity is now offering homeowners loans to install PV systems. The downstream solar company also announced it is setting up a new project fund with Honda.

Renewables sources of energy, including solar, provide 100 percent of all new generating capacity in the U.S. in July

Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources. Those sources include 379 megawatts (MW) from wind energy, 21 MW of solar power and 5 MW of hydropower. July follows on…

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Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund

Germany’s is the first national GCF commitment, with Chancellor Merkel pledging the funds during the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin last week. Some 35 national ministers met in Berlin for the two-day conference, paving the way forward toward a new global climate treaty.