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USDA Invests $300 Million to Boost Small Business, Rural Renewables, Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new REAP and EECLP funding in Texas, where nine small and rural businesses have been awarded more than $10 million in grants and loans to install renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.

Renewables Could Meet Most of U.S. Power Needs, Cut GHG Emissions 78%

Renewable resources could meet most of U.S. electricity needs at costs comparable to today’s even as demand for electrical power increases. National greenhouse gas emissions could be slashed 78% by doing so, according to a new study from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

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Enviro News Wrap: Solar Impulse Across America; Australia Sees Climate as Threat Multipier; Canadian Oil Fouls Arkansas Neighborhood, and more…

 GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: A solar powered plane called Solar Impulse will soon fly across the United States, showing off the abilities of renewable energy technology. A Stanford study shows Americans want better preparedness for for climate-induced extreme weather and rising seas. The Australian Defense Department now characterizes climate…

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Renewable Energy Key Vehicle on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Roadmap

The drive to forge equitable, sustainable “green” economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report,” and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Renewable Energy Scorecard.”