Sustainability

Red Angry Bird Goes Green On International Day Of Happiness

Today’s the official International Day of Happiness, say the Angry Birds. Around the world on March 20 every year, the International Day of Happiness acknowledges that happiness and well-being are universal goals and aspirations in the lives of all people. It thus underlines the importance of recognizing these goals in public policy throughout the world. […]

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Geothermal Energy Definition

Finding a correct geothermal energy definition on the Internet can lead to a variety of interesting information concerning this renewable energy source. For basics, I begin with a sampling of definitions. Here is an excellent one from V. Ryan at TechnologyStudent: “The term Geothermal originates from two Geek words ‘GEO’ and ‘THERM’. The Greek word ‘geo’

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Brazil’s Distributed Electricity Generation Program Takes Effect This Week

Originally published on CleanTechnica A historic net metering revision for distributed electricity is now in play in Brazil. Planned revisions to Brazil’s net metering program for small-scale distributed electricity generation systems came into force today. These changes were approved in November 2015 by Brazil’s energy regulator National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). The change was described at the

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SolarCity To Deploy Tesla Energy Batteries For 52 MWh Of Evening Electricity Storage On Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi

Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system Originally published on CleanTechnica According to Pacific Business News, Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system which is being developed for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi. The Tesla Energy batteries will supply a 52

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Renault-Nissan Video On Record-Breaking EV Shuttles For COP21

Originally published on EV Obsession. In Paris, Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing official transport for the United Nation’s COP21. It is the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference, with 200 EVs to transport delegates. 200 pure electric cars quietly, silently transporting people emissions-free to the annual summit that runs from November 30 to December 11. Now,

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Lower Austria Claims 100% Renewable Electricity

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Lower Austria, the largest of Austria’s nine states, has announced it now generates 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Located on the Danube River, Europe’s second largest river,  has considerably aided this claim, as some 63% of the region’s electricity generation comes from hydroelectric mechanisms that are located on the river. Lower

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Sign Spain’s Petition: Don’t Tax the Sun! ¡NO al impuesto al SOL!

In a great show of unified civil disapproval of Spain’s recently proposed “solar tax” law, over 188,000 citizens have signed an online petition against it in less than one week. Penalizing grid-connected solar installations of up to 15kW using battery storage systems, Spain’s new solar tax would be from €8.9 (US$10) per kilowatt for residential

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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC SYR Data

Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic, and infrastructure assets to

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Climate Change-Induced Collapse of Civilization by 2040 Reports UK Foreign Office

Releasing this exclusive freely in the public interest, best-selling author Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is offering a unique view of the critically significant impact that climate change is having on our lives, our livelihoods, and even our likelihood of survival on this planet. Dr Nafeez Ahmed is an international security scholar and investigative journalist, currently serving as a

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Sixth Mass Extinction Has Arrived, Confirms Stanford

Declaring that the sixth mass extinction has arrived, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich confirms that species are disappearing off the face of Earth faster now than at any time since the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Calling for “fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat before the window of opportunity closes,” Ehrlich and his team

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Suriname Tribes Adopt Amazon Rainforest Conservation

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Taking action to conserve nearly half of Suriname, native tribes have joined in the efforts to protect the Amazon Biome. Declaring an indigenous conservation corridor spanning 72,000 square kilometers (27,799 square miles) of southern Suriname, the Trio and Wayana Communities of Suriname presented a declaration of cooperation to the National Assembly

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In Spain, Solar Energy Storage is Worse Than Nuclear Spillage

Storing solar energy in a battery in Spain is more criminal than spilling radioactive waste. That’s the implied message written between the lines of a recently drafted law poised for fast-track approval by the government of Spain. Proposed fines for residential and SME use of solar energy self-consumption will be as high as €60 million

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ITC 5-Year Extension Promoted in “New Energy for America Act”

Originally published on SolarLove.org Announcing its support for legislation extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it will provide a big boost to the US economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change. Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), the

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World Environment Day–Save The Planet!

Seven billion dreams. One Planet. Consume with care. Those are the messages of today, which is World Environment Day everywhere. It’s the biggest day for positive environmental action! The United Nations declares this day every year to energize worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Stakeholders in over 100 countries celebrate through public outreach every June 5. This

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IKEA Commits €600 Million To Wind And Solar, €400 Million To Climate Action

Originally published on RenewEconomy by Sophie Vorrath Swedish furniture giant IKEA has announced it will dedicate €600 million to investment in renewable energy, as part of a €1 billion climate change funding plan. In an announcement made to coincide with Thursday’s climate meeting in Bonn, IKEA Group said the majority of the €600 million figure

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What Causes Global Warming?

Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is

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IRENA 5-Year 100% Renewables Plan for “The Land of God”

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org A new IRENA report provides a 5-year plan for using Djibouti’s abundant renewable energy sources to solve the nation’s serious concerns regarding rising energy demand, limited energy security, and rampant unemployment. Astonishingly, IRENA claims that by 2020, 100% of Djibouti’s energy demand can be met through renewables. The economic renaissance that

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IKEA Sustainability Brings Largest Solar Rooftop In Kansas

Reinforcing its long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in solar technology, IKEA officially plugged-in the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas. The huge solar array will support the recently opened 359,000 square-foot IKEA Merriam and its 1,200 parking spaces soaking up the rays on 19 acres along the eastern side of I-35 eight miles southwest

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Enterprise 50M Tree Pledge Marks 10 Years & 10M Trees

(Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com) With funding from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation is once again planting 1 million trees throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe this year. This is the tenth year in a row for Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) reforestation initiative, marking the tenth anniversary of its 50 Million

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The Future of Solar Electricity: Grid-Connected vs Off-Grid

(Originally published on SolarLove.org) The future in which power company customers transitioning to solar electricity generation can choose to either maintain grid connection or cost-effectively generate off-grid has arrived. The implications of this reality, however, are only just beginning to dawn. Rising on the horizon of a new solar energy era, concerns for stranded assets

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Bosch Building DC Microgrid at Honda Plant in California

With a proposed award from the California Energy Commission, Robert Bosch LLC plans to demonstrate the effectiveness of its renewable-based microgrid platform. The project aims to highlight the benefits and viability of a commercial-scale direct-current (DC) building grid, in comparison with conventional alternating-current (AC) grids. The DC building grid will consist of rooftop solar PV

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