Good Clean News: High Speed Rail Breaks Ground, Cool Data, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO California: Groundbreaking Marks Beginning Of High-Speed Rail In America

OO Boston-Power Aims to Rival Tesla With Gigawatt Battery Factories

OO Massachusetts Awards $18 Million for Microgrids, Energy Resiliency – microgrid money starts to snowball in the US Northeast.

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Source: slate.com

OO General Motors Is Taking On Tesla With $30K Chevy Bolt EV – coming to market in 2017.

OO How Georgia Became the Biggest Electric Vehicle Market in the U.S. – tax incentives, carpool lane access, and cheap electricity helped.

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Smart glass changes to 4 different tints, depending on incoming sunlight, to reduce glare and heat, thereby saving energy on lighting and cooling in buildings. Credit: View

OO US Company, View, Raises Another $75 Million for Smart Windows – which can greatly reduce energy use in buildings.

OO South Korea Launches World’s Second-Largest Carbon Trading Market – second only to the European Union’s cap-and-trade program.

OO Iceland’s Verne Global Lands $98 Million for Efficient Data Centers – plenty of clean geothermal power, a cool place for hot computers: Iceland is a natural data center hot spot.

OO Denmark Sets World Record For Wind Power Production – in 2014 when it got nearly 40% of its overall electricity from wind.

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

OO Majority Of U.S Coal, Canadian Tar Sands Must Stay Underground To Meet Climate Goals says a new analysis.
“One lesson of this work is unmistakably obvious: when you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Says activist Bill McKibben

OO Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal From Fossil Fuel Investments

Informed Leadership:

OO US President Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation

OO EPA Moves to Count Methane Emissions from Fracking – proposes a new rule to require energy companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions from their fracking and natural gas operations.

OO EPA to Create CO2-Slashing Plan for States That Won’t

OO Florida: Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Ban Fracking
Citing Health And Environmental Concerns

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Smog over the Forbidden City in Beijing, China . Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via wikimedia commons.

OO China Says It Will Make It Easier To Sue Polluters – for environmental groups, a big step given how bad pollution is there.

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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