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International energy efficiency scorecard

The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30% by 2030. This new goal is 5% above the current energy efficiency target of 25% for the same period. The EU also says that its current goal of 20% by 2020 can be reached if all member nations implement the agreed-to climate change mitigation [...]

Beef Production Has 10 Times Environmental Impact Of Other Meat

by John Johnston July 21, 2014
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As if we needed yet another reason to eat less beef, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that out of the 5 main sources of animal protein in the United States (beef, pork, poultry, eggs, dairy), beef production has by far the largest environmental impact. The study [...]

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World Now Generates 22% Of Electricity From Renewables, And Rising

by John Johnston July 14, 2014
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An estimated 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013, according to a renewables global status report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The overall figure is expected to increase in coming years, as investment in renewable energy increases worldwide, and costs decrease in key [...]

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Renewables Generated One-Third Of Germany’s Power In First Half Of 2014

by John Johnston July 9, 2014
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Approximately 31% of Germany’s electricity came from renewable energy during the first half of 2014, thanks to growing renewable development and good weather conditions for solar and wind power generation, according to a new report from the Fraunhofer Institute. For the first time in Germany, energy from renewable sources made up a larger portion of [...]

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Obama Admin Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon Emissions 30% By 2030

by John Johnston June 2, 2014
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The Obama Administration is aiming to cut carbon emissions from power plants 30% by 2030. A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will set specific targets for carbon dioxide reductions by state. It’s poised to be the most significant step taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions.  The new EPA rule will limit emissions from [...]

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Cosmetics Brands To Remove Polluting Plastic Microbeads From Products

by John Johnston May 26, 2014
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Cosmetics companies in the UK have pledged to remove polluting plastic microbeads from products. At the same time, across the Atlantic, the California Assembly has just passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law that bans the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing the tiny plastic microbeads. As we’ve previously reported, it has been revealed [...]

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Apple Now 73% Powered By Clean Energy, 100% Of Data Centers

by John Johnston April 21, 2014
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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 [...]

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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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