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Some of Apple's solar panels

On the eve of Earth Day 2014, Apple has uncharacteristically released a new video, ‘Better’, promoting (and it does comes across like one of its ads) the tech giant’s current sustainability efforts.¬†Apple CEO Tim Cook narrates the new video, highlighting the company’s renewable energy, recycling, and energy efficiency initiatives. In addition, the company has issued [...]

IPCC: World Must Urgently Transition To Clean Sources Of Energy

by John Johnston April 14, 2014
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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says humanity will have to at least treble its output of clean energy by 2050, to have a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Low-carbon energy sources currently account for about 30% of the world’s electricity, mostly hydroelectric and nuclear power. With the [...]

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World Will Have To Eat Less Meat And Dairy To Fight Climate Change: Study

by John Johnston April 2, 2014
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The growing world population will have to reduce its meat and dairy consumption to keep global warming from rising above the “safe” 2 degrees Celsius already agreed to by governments, a study from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has concluded. The study has been published in the journal Climatic Change. Although emissions from burning [...]

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Elon Musk Explains Why Lithium-Ion Battery Packs Are Sustainable

by John Johnston March 30, 2014
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In this video from December 2013, which Lenz Blog unearthed from YouTube, SolarCity Chair and Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk explains why he thinks the large-scale manufacturing of lithium-ion battery packs is going to be sustainable. Lithium-ion batteries are currently used in many products, including in electric cars and for solar power storage. [...]

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13 of 14 Warmest Years On Record Occurred In 21st Century: UN

by John Johnston March 27, 2014
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Global warming trend continues with floods, droughts and extreme weather events around the world

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Exxon Mobil To Reveal How Much Of Its Carbon Assets Could Become Worthless

by John Johnston March 25, 2014
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After sustained pressure from shareholder groups, Exxon Mobil has indicated it will reveal just how much of its oil, coal, and gas reserves could become worthless if governments around the world finally agree to restrict carbon emissions, NewScientist has reported. We’ve previously discussed the fact that the world will have to leave the majority of [...]

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Hillary Clinton Urges ‘Mass Movement’ For Climate Change Action

by John Johnston March 23, 2014
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Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative panel at Arizona State University, has said that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political action on climate change. Clinton stated that climate change is not “just some ancillary issue” and will determine the quality of life for [...]

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Norway To Invest More Of Its $920B Sovereign Wealth Fund In Renewables

by John Johnston March 18, 2014
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At a staggering $920 billion, Norway has the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erona Solberg has flagged that the country is planning to invest more of that national wealth in renewable energy, RenewEconomy has reported. Norway’s immense sovereign wealth fund has largely been accrued from its fossil fuel industry. [...]

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100% Renewables Viable And Affordable For US, Finds Stanford Research

by John Johnston March 9, 2014
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Contrary to the claims of many naysayers, a Stanford University research team led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson has developed a thorough plan for the development of 100% renewable electricity in every state in the US, using currently available technology. The research concluded that powering the United States with 100% renewable energy by 2050 is [...]

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Two-Thirds Of People In EU Say Climate Action Will Boost Economy: Poll

by John Johnston March 3, 2014
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A new European Commission poll has found that the ongoing economic crisis across Europe has not dissuaded people from supporting action on climate change in the region. The poll found that at least two-thirds of people in EU member states said that transforming the economy by reducing carbon emissions and developing clean technologies would lift [...]

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