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Charitable Foundations Pledge $4 Billion for Global Climate Action

Announced at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, the $4 billion pledged is to be invested in advancing deployment of low- and zero-carbon solutions.

California Is the First State To Require Solar On New Houses

The California Energy Commission recently adopted building standards requiring solar photovoltaic systems on new homes starting in 2020. The new standards, the first in the nation to require solar, are expected to increase the cost of a new home by $9,500, which is around half the cost of installing solar PV systems on existing homes. But they will reduce energy…

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Stem to Roll Out AI-Powered Battery Energy Storage at Eight Kilroy REIT Properties in California

Leading commercial real estate developers and owners are only just beginning to latch on to the financial, and broader social and environmental, benefits they can realize by investing in intelligent battery energy storage systems, the costs of which are falling fast.

Follow the money: Transparency in politics

California State Bill Would Bring Transparency To Political Campaigns

Follow the money California elections mean candidates spent big money trying to get elected. Governor Gray Davis and his opponents spent over $130 million in the 2002 governor’s election. Davis spent almost $78 million, the most money spent by a politician in a non-presidential race. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised $23.6 million during his first year in office, double what Davis…

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Lake Tahoe: A Victim of Climate Change?

U.S. Leaders Raise the Bar on GHG Emissions Cuts

There has been a flurry of activity regarding efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions this week and month. Pres. Obama is zeroing in on achieving UN climate treaty emissions cuts as he makes his way to the annual G20 summit in China, while U.S. state and Canadian provincial leaders took actions to further reduce carbon emissions and boost renewable energy use.

Comparison of California carbon emissions by sector from 2008-2011

Head Start Towards 2020: California Reduces CO2 Emissions for Third Year in a Row

California’s CO2 emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, putting the state in a good position for meeting its target of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARP) and as mandated by California AB32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). Since businesses began reporting data in 2008, emissions have steadily…

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The first cap-and-trade carbon credit auction under California's Global Solutions Act is deemed a success

Cap-and-Trade a Reality in California

The concept of a cap-and-trade CO2 throttling system is not new, or without widespread support.  However it has been slow to catch on with the Federal government, and slightly faster with state governments. The system is widely used in Europe, as are many global warming driven initiatives. There is no price for the right to pollute in the U.S., except…

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