Breathing Easier, Verizon’s Solar Investment, and More!

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OO Verizon Announces $40 Million Solar Energy Investment

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Check it out here, right now!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Cutting Carbon Pollution: Health Savings Outweigh Costs says yet another study.

OO Thanks To The Clean Air Act,
We Breathe 3 Million Fewer Tons Of Toxins Each Year

OO Major Court Ruling Clears The Way To Let Renewables Into The Grid

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Large fossil fuel buring power plants may be headed towards extinction as distributed clean energy prices continue to drop, says a new economic analysis. Wikipedia

UBS Analysts: ‘Large-Scale Power Stations Could Be on a Path to Extinction’ reports Giles Parkinson at GreenTechMedia. Leading investment bank UBS says the payback time for unsubsidized investment in electric vehicles paired with rooftop solar and battery storage will be as low as six to eight years by 2020, potentially triggering a massive shift in the energy industry.

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Pairing rooftop solar with battery storage is key, says the UBS analysis.

“It’s time to join the revolution,” UBS wrote in a note to clients, a pointed rejoinder to those governments and corporates that believe centralized fossil-fuel generation will continue dominate for decades to come.

By 2030, according to UBS analysts, this combination will deliver a payback time of around three years. Right now, the payback is probably around twelve years, enough to encourage the interest of early adopters.

OO Soon, Europe Might Not Need Any New Power Plants

OO Amory Lovins: As Economists Argue, Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper – says the reputable energy expert and founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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OO Africa Will Add More Renewable Energy In 2014
Than In The Last 14 Years Combined as renewables get cheaper, Africa takes advantage.

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OO South Africa, Kenya And Ethiopia Lead Africa Clean Energy Drive

OO Architects From 124 Countries Make ‘Zero-Carbon Cities’ Pledge

OO China’s ‘War On Pollution’ Sees Coal Drop For First Time In Century

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Chinese have been bicycling to work for decades, so it’s no surprise they lead the world in bike sharing. Wikipedia

China Races Ahead Of The Pack As Bike Sharing Goes Viral reports Flavia Krause-Jackson at Bloomberg News. By putting millions of cyclists on the road, bike-sharing is reshaping the design of cities by connecting mass transit, removing cars from centers and creating new infrastructure. Hangzhou and Wuhan in China are the global leaders; India’s megacities are struggling to take off, and the U.S. is playing catch-up.

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Good Trends in Funding Clean Technology writes Rob Day at GreenTechMedia. There are lots of success stories, and this is expected: as prices fall for upstream technologies in subsectors like solar, LEDs, batteries — and especially when they are increasingly married to IT-based capabilities around networked intelligence — the value propositions are made very attractive to end consumers.

Financing mechanism are becoming more innovative and family and corporate investors increasingly attracted to clean technology and energy. Finally, entrepreneurs are adapting to what venture capitalists want: things that can be marketed quickly, cheaply.

OO Show Me The Money: How Sustainability Creates Revenue At Bloomberg – New product opportunities result from making sustainability ‘quantitative, consumable and actionable.’

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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