5 Million Reasons for Communities to Lower Their Energy Use.The Georgetown University Energy Prize challenges small- and medium-sized communities to develop creative ways to cut their energy consumption, helping put America on a path to a more energy-efficient future. To take home the ultimate prize -- $5 million for local energy efficiency programs -- communities will have to engage their residents, utilities, schools and local governments and think outside the box to create innovative, replicable solutions for lowering their energy use in homes and municipal buildings.
Since President Obama launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011, more than 110 organizations representing over 2 billion square feet of commercial and industrial space have joined the initiative. These leading organizations committed to reduce their portfolio-wide energy use by 20 percent by 2020, and they are well on the way to meeting their goal -- improving their energy intensity by an average of more than 2.5 percent. Those energy savings equate to 8.5 trillion BTUs and $58 million in savings.
Video produced by Tim McDonnell, Climate Desk. The United Nations climate chief has urged global financial institutions to triple their investments in clean energy to reach the $1 trillion a year mark that would help avert a ...
Climate change poses serious threat to Britain's peat bogs Imperial College London British peats will shrink away in the face of climate change and disappear from many regions of the UK, a team of leading experts has found.
CNN Robert Redford: Take the path to clean energy CNN (CNN) -- I've been in Georgia for the last few weeks, where I'm filming a movie about two out-of-shape geezers who take on the long walk of the Appalachian Trial -- the Blue Ridge Mountains, the...
Shoppers stick to ethical principles despite financial pressures The Guardian When money is tight, you might expect food shoppers to ease up on their principles. Pay extra for sustainability credentials?
Come on, folks. The U.S. has a lot of coastline, too, but Scotland is light years ahead of us in developing tidal energy. A huge new project will be sponsored by the Scottish government to make Scotland the potential equivalent of Saudi Arabia when it comes to renewable energy. The project will create the largest tidal turbine energy project in Europe.
The project will be located at Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish mainland, according to BBC News. A nine megawatt demonstration project will be developed in stages. The next goal is to build an 86 megawatt system that would power about 42,000 homes by 2020. The ultimate goal is to install 400 submerged turbines at the site, generating a total of 398 megawatts of power. This could be twenty percent of power in the UK.
Food security expert Professor John Porter, who specialises in crop and ecosystem services, has been newly appointed to the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) as Professor of Agriculture and Climate Change.
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