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Germans Take to the Streets, Urge Government to Do More to Phase Out Coal Use

Germans took to the streets in Berlin, Hamburg and other major German cities late last month urging their government to ramp up efforts to eliminate coal use. The demonstrations took place as a national commission charged with charting a path towards eliminating coal met for the first time in Berlin, Deutsche Welle reported. Successfully transitioning from fossil fuel and nuclear…

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Why Germany Owns 1/3 of the World`s Photovoltaics

According to Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016 (EPIA, 2011), about 36 percent of the total worldwide photovoltaic capacity is installed in Germany. Apart from Italy at 18 percent, the rest of the world is far behind. The United States is sitting at a mediocre 5th place with 6 percent of the total capacity. Why is it that Germany…

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Companies begin to see sustainability efforts as key to their bottom line

New CDP Report Points to the Growth of Corporate Sustainability

The CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012 indicates that there has been an increase in corporate sustainability around the world. The CDP assesses corporate risks and opportunities on behalf of 655 institutional investors with $78 trillion in assets. The CDP harnesses the power of market forces to collect information from companies about their GHG emissions, water usage and other environmental impacts. The CDP…

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After Fukushima is the sun setting on nuclear energy?

Nuclear Power One Year after the Fukushima Disaster

The March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan sent shock waves that are still being felt around the world. The fallout from this tragic event is driving countries away from nuclear power and increasing GHG intensive coal-fired energy production. This abandonment of nuclear energy could add a billion tonnes…

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