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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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40 Eco-Apps that Put Technology to Work for the Environment

Technology may not be a panacea to solve the climate crisis, but green applications (eco-apps) are helping to drive awareness and foster responsible action. There was a time when eco-apps did little more than provide lists of so-called “green” products and services. Now green-themed apps have turned mobile devices into portals for environmental education and sustainable action. The smartphone market…

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The Carbon Disclosure Project helps cities report and reduce carbon emissions.

Carbon Disclosure Project Launches Program for Cities to Report Carbon Emisssions

Over the past decade the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has built the largest database in the world of primary corporate greenhouse gas emissions information reported by 3000 organizations from 60 countries. The information is gathered on behalf of 534 institutional investors managing a total of more than $64 trillion in assets. Through this program of voluntary information gathering and disclosure,…

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Volcanic geothermal energy provides significant amounts of power in Iceland, New Zealand and the Philippines. Some analysts believe that the U.S. has enough geothermal capacity to provide 20 percent or more of electricity needs. Pictured: The Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in the Philippines

EarthTalk: Harnessing Volcanic Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there any way to harness volcanic energy to meet our electricity and other power needs? – Antonio Lopez, Chino, CA The short answer is yes: Heat generated by underground volcanic activity can and has been harnessed for electricity for…

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New York Universities Receive “Gold Star”: Government Nods to Universities’ Support of Sustainability

Two universities in New York, Ithaca College and Hamilton College, have received the federal government’s version of a “gold star.”  Ithaca College has been awarded two Energy Star certifications for residence halls Clarke and Hood and a platinum LEED award (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) established by the U.S. Green Building Council, for a business building on campus.  Hamilton…

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Yahoo! Pursues New Climate Strategy for Data Centers

Yahoo announces a change in direction in its policy of buying carbon credits to offset their energy-consuming server farms. Instead of buying carbon offsets, Yahoo plans to build a high-tech data center using more renewable energy.