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The City of Seattle took a crucial step toward its long-term goal of carbon neutrality when it enacted a new Commercial Energy Code on September 16, 2013. The new code, which ensures that builders prepare for a time when “solar panels can be rolled out onto roofs like yoga mats," solidifies Seattle's position as a national leader in charting the course for a carbon-neutral building sector. Read More »
Highlights this week: Rapid ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica may occur sooner than expected, causing higher sea level rise in the 21st century. . . Three Republican EPA administrators make powerful call for climate action. . . Huge potential climate cost of our tablets and smart phones. . . Brain-eating parasites, really?!. . . Disclosure of building energy information in Philly and DC. . . EVs are hot, and ride-sharing is in hot water. . . Boston and Portland among the least car-reliant American cities. . . A leapfrog future for microgrids in developing countries? . . . Commercial PACE rocks out. Read More »
Highlights this week: Deadly heat pervades much of US, NYC has longest heat wave in over a decade, and DC swelters through a record-setting 138 hot hours in a row. . . Coal to increase by 50 percent globally without policies to cut fossil fuel use. . . Arctic melt to cost more than $60 trillion globally. . . It’s lobster-eat-lobster in the Gulf of Maine. . . Minneapolis City Council considers whether to break ties with Xcel Energy and create a municipal electric utility. . . Solar-skinned buildings on the rise thanks to an EU directive. . . Sao Paulo intends to go big on renewable energy. . . Saudi Arabia to invest $109 billion to generate one-third of its power from renewable energy by 2032. Read More »
Highlights this week: Two studies link fracking to seismic activity. . . The World Bank will (mostly) stop financing coal plants. . . Second warmest June on record for the planet. . . State renewable portfolio standards are surviving (and even thriving!). . . California high speed rail will go a long way toward carbon neutrality. . . New BMW electric car to hit US markets in 2014. . . Seattle light rail ridership exceeding expectations. . . A glowing review for GM’s relatively affordable Spark EV. Read More »
Highlights this week: Study reveals devastating health impacts of air pollution in China. . .Google holds a fundraiser for major climate denier US Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). . .Great Barrier Reef health has declined by 50 percent since 1985. . . People of color more likely to live in high-risk heat-island conditions. . .Britain officially opened the largest offshore wind array in the world. . .SolarWorld to lay off 100 workers in Hillsboro, OR. . .Barry Goldwater, Jr. is fighting for solar power in AZ. . .Price of EV batteries down 40% since 2010. . .CT's Green Bank created new $50 million capital investment fund for solar leasing. . .RMI says distributed power generation is a good hedge against zombie apocalypse, really. Read More »