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The wind industry in the United States is booming in 2014; it installed more in the first 9 months than it did during the whole of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA expects that 2014 will also finish strongly for the wind industry, and 2015 will be even more positive, [...]

US Can Almost Quadruple its Renewable Energy During Next 15 Years

by John Johnston October 21, 2014
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The United States can almost quadruple its renewable energy during the next 15 years, to reach 23% by 2030, a Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study has found. In contrast, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that the United Sates sets a goal of just 12% renewable energy by 2030. Further, the USC [...]

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LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize: ‘Greatest Benefit to Humankind’

by John Johnston October 8, 2014
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The 2014 Noble Prize in Physics has been won by the three scientists responsible for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. The Nobel Prize statement emphasised that the invention has enabled bright, energy-saving, environmentally friendly white light sources. It also noted that this particular award is in the spirit of the prize because it [...]

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Munich Aiming for 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

by John Johnston October 1, 2014
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The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. Overall, Europe has a target [...]

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DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History, or Be Vilified By It’

by John Johnston September 24, 2014
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Why is it that celebrities are often the ones to represent “concerned citizens” in front of the United Nations? No doubt because it does tend to bring a lot of attention to the important and pressing issues represented, such as climate change and gender equality – to name just two very recent examples. In any case, famous [...]

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Heirs of Rockefeller Oil Fortune to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

by John Johnston September 22, 2014
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In a momentous and hugely symbolic move, the heirs of John D Rockefeller’s oil fortune, built form Standard Oil, have announced that they are divesting their funds from fossil fuel interests. The family will add the weight of its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement that [...]

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China’s Coal Imports Dropping, May Leave Australian Coal Stranded

by John Johnston September 17, 2014
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It appears that China’s expansion of coal consumption is coming to an end. China has previously “declared war on pollution,” and if recent actions are anything to go by, it’s finally getting serious. According to a report  from Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International, China’s coal consumption dropped (1.8%) for the first time this century, in the [...]

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New Zealand Political Parties Propose Cleantech Push, 100% Renewables

by John Johnston September 16, 2014
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Ahead of the upcoming election in New Zealand, several major political parties have proposed significantly increased clean technology investments, and renewable energy targets. The Green Party, which has been polling around 14% in the MMP proportional representation political system, has proposed a target of 100% renewable energy by 2030. Thanks to an unusually large amount of [...]

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World Greenhouse Gas Levels Increase at Fastest Rate in 30 Years

by John Johnston September 10, 2014
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Between 2012 and 2013, carbon dioxide emissions were higher than in any other year since 1984, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said in its latest report (pdf) this week. The WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows there has been an atmospheric CO2 increase of 2.9 parts per million during that period, which is the biggest [...]

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Hillary Clinton Wants US to Become a Clean Energy Superpower

by John Johnston September 8, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidency, has asserted that the United States could become “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Clinton, speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, also emphasized that clean energy development will have a positive effect on [...]

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