Good US Clean Energy Report Card, New Cooling Mirror, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO 2014 Report Card: All US States Remain Strong on Consumer Clean Energy Policies

OO Solar And Wind Energy Start To Win On Price Vs. Conventional Fuels

OO US Poll: 67% Of Americans Would Pay Higher Prices To Cut Power Plant Emissions

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OO World Bank To Focus Future Investment On Clean Energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty.

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Report Maps Out “80 by 50” Decarbonization Plan for US reports Bobby Magill at Climate Central. No technological or economic barrier stands in the way of the U.S. eliminating 80% of its carbon emissions by 2050, says the United Nation’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. Report. Political will is the only barrier.

OO Germany May Shut Down Eight More Coal Power Plants, the draft of a new law shows, as the country reaches for ambitious climate goals.

OO Amazon Commits to Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Use – now THAT’s something to smile about!

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Stanford Engineers Invent High-Tech Cooling Mirror For Buildings notesthe Stanford Report, to beam heat away into space.

The new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting virtually all sunlight to reduce incoming heat.

By redistributing heat, it cuts emissions that would otherwise arise from using air conditionars. What a win!

OO Largest US Independent Power Producer Targets A 90% Cut
in Carbon Emissions by 2050
and 50% by 2030.

OO Ex DOE Official: Critics of the Clean Energy Loan Program Were Proved Wrong

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OO Google, IKEA, And SunEdison Bought A Lot Of Wind Power Recently

OO Hawaii to Test Smart Water Heaters as Grid Resources

OO China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

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OO A Shift in Lighting: LED Bulbs Fall Below $8

OO Africa: World’s First Rural Paying Minigrid is emerging, guaranteeing solar energy generating households a fair market price.

OO Green Climate Fund Nears $7 Billion after U.S. pledges $3 billion.

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Green Beef? A new San Francisco restaurant will carefully source its ingredients, as in beef from ranches that practice “carbon farming”, a technique that uses cattle to increase carbon storage in soils.

OO New Restaurant To Pioneer Ways Food Industry Can Fight Climate Change

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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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