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Three Steps Toward Clean Technology Business Success in Brazil

Brazil has long been at the forefront of the clean technology revolution. With an abundance of raw materials and a large potential wind market, Brazil has seen a 19 percent increase in renewable energy capacity over the past five years according to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2013 Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race report.

5 lessons for businesses from 2014

These hard realities highlight why corporate purpose will be paramount in the new year.

New world record for solar PV panel power output announced by Trina Solar

Trina Solar’s Honey Plus multi-crystalline silicon PV module reached a new power output record of 324.5Wp, which has been independently certified by TUV Rheinland.

2014: The year water rose to the top of public consciousness

Increased awareness of the water crisis was reflected in corporate strategies, technological innovations and partnerships this year.

U.S. department of energy announces 22 new projects to improve energy efficiency

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.

Five ways to achieve your New Year's resolutions

Only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Check out our guide to sustainable, realistic resolutions... and how to keep them!

How zero deforestation became a global goal

The New York Declaration in September catalyzed political and corporate action, firmly moving deforestation into the mainstream.

Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell engine makes the list of top 10 best engines of 2014

Hyundai Motor’s zero-emission fuel cell engine, which debuted on the 2015 Tucson, has been recognized as the first engine of its kind in the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines by Wards Auto World.

Sustainable food: the top five stories of 2014

From the seriously calorific doughnut burger to the rise of veganism and future of food security, here’s what readers were most hungry for.

Analysis of the concentrated solar thermal power market – parabolic trough, tower, fresnel and dish sterling

This research study analyzes the market size of Concentrated Solar Power, in terms of volume (MW installed) and revenue (USD million).

Why the LEED Dynamic Plaque is the way to go

USGBC's latest initiative has real potential to ignite the next wave of green building practice.

2015: 'Let’s ask the right questions about corporate compensation'

Judith Samuelson argues that 2015 should be the year that we rethink the role of executive compensation in reforming the purpose of the corporation.

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Here’s some exciting news from the number crunchers here at NRDC: Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June.

Climate report reveals which companies have been naughty or nice

From Exxon Mobil and BP to China's biggest energy firms, who's reining in their greenhouse gas footprint and who's still ramping up?

Japan to build a floating solar pv power plant

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced this week that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by the two companies, will develop and operate a 13.4-megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services.

Top 10 sustainability campaigns of 2014

Pressuring Lego to part ways with Shell, putting a stop to the gendered marketing of toys and fighting for the survival of bees: these are the 10 campaigns that have taken 2014 by storm.

Enel Moves Hybrid Renewables Forward Again with World's First Biomass and Geothermal Project

Italy’s Enel Green Power is entrenching itself as a global leader in hybrid renewables engineering and construction with another announcement of a global first. In November, the company revealed that it would build a €15 million, 5-MW biomass plant to boost the Cornia 2 geothermal plant’s 13-MW capacity in Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Tuscany, as “the first plant in the world to use biomass to heat geothermal steam and boost the energy efficiency and output of the geothermal cycle.”

Apple, IKEA, Walmart: 12 leaders in on-site renewables

From rooftop solar for mega-retailers to wind farms powering massive data centers, these companies lead the pack when it comes to clean energy.

The beauty of building integrated solar pv – BIPV

In February 2014, Hanergy was selected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the 50 smartest companies in the world.

2015: the beginning of the end for climate sceptics

Now an agreement has been struck between China and the US on carbon emissions, we can be optimistic about the coming year.

Solar and Wind Provide 70 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in November 2014

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind energy and solar power combined provided over 70 percent (71.82%) of the 873 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service in November 2014.

Battery storage technology is going to play a large role in the future of the u.s. power grid

Battery storage technologies are like a Swiss Army knife for the grid.

As prices fall, renewables must edge coal in emerging nations

Developing nations need cheap, reliable energy or they will turn to coal. But the solutions to ensure a low-carbon future already exist.

A sea of possibilities: how tech is transforming tuna fishing

Technology advances in tuna catching are a boon for commercial fishing – but without more regulation, they could end up killing off the stock and, ultimately, the industry.

Belfast Ecovillage: Largest Community-Initiated Solar Installation in Maine

Back in 2008, a dedicated group of people were creating a vision for a multigenerational community that would be an innovative housing option for rural Midcoast Maine. The result was Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, a 36-unit community with clustered homes on 42-acres, that use 90 percent less energy for space.

Better bananas: Chiquita settles lawsuit over green marketing, but the legal battle isn't over

A Seattle nonprofit alleges that Chiquita banana suppliers – certified sustainable by the Rainforest Alliance – pollute water supplies in Guatemala, but the banana giant stands by its record.

3 charts explain why the oil crash won't hurt utilities

Plunging oil prices may be felt at the gas pump, but they won’t impact power companies or the value of energy efficiency.

How about a ‘not-so-fast' track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

If approved, the trade agreement would create the world’s largest free-trade zone. But it also could threaten our ability to meet global climate targets.

Germany to Help Finance Chile’s First Solar-Thermal Power Plant

Germany will provide funds to build Chile’s first solar-thermal power plant, a $1.2 billion project, as the Latin American nation expands its sources of renewable energy.

Why W Hotels, GM and a craft brewer are swapping trash in Austin

The Texas hipster enclave hopes to help companies make money — and create jobs — by putting a price on their junk.

How technology can prevent food waste in developing countries

Fresh produce worth £4.4bn is lost every year in India alone due to poor refrigeration, yet big business has not taken action

Deforestation threatens species richness in streams

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is under immense pressure to convert suitable areas into arable land in order to ensure a continued food supply for its people. Accordingly, China is among the top countries in the world in terms of the extent and intensity of land use change. Deforestation may change the water surface runoff conditions, leading to a negative impact on the occurrence of microorganisms in rivers and streams.

Panera Bread extends commitment to animal welfare

The restaurant chain is methodically eliminating antibiotics, feeds that contain animal by-products, and inhumane confinement practices.

New technology using bacteria from dung helps coffee farmers to purify water

Organic biodigesters provide pure water, biogas and fertiliser, but costing the benefit for farmers is a complex ask.

Researchers' recipe: Cook farm waste into energy

Researchers are studying how to make biofuels from farm waste, especially 'wet' waste, such as corn husks, tomato vines and manure, that is typically difficult to use. They have developed a fairly simple procedure, pressure cooking, to transport waste and produce energy from it. Cooking farm waste yields compact, easily transportable material that will not degrade and can be used in energy-producing plants, they say.

New conversion process turns biomass 'waste' into lucrative chemical products

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions that convert lignin into valuable chemical commodities.

Need to talk to a climate denier? Here’s how

Discussing climate change is a challenge. Columbia University and ecoAmerica offer 10 tips for effectively getting your point across.

Europe’s largest battery storage project becomes operational in the UK

S&C Electric Company, a global energy storage integration company, today announced that Europe’s largest battery storage project has been officially opened by Amber Rudd, minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, England.

Buyers’ training: teaching children to be good consumers

Financial literacy, included in the National Curriculum for the first time, is predicted to change spending and saving behaviour

Japan's Prime Minister Re-Election Risks Undercutting Clean Energy Push

Shinzo Abe’s re-election as prime minister risks undercutting Japan’s commitment to clean energy at a time when incentives are under review and the nation’s utilities say they can’t accommodate capacity already planned.

7 ways Lima climate talks set the stage for Paris 2015 action

From financial frameworks to the role of cities in global climate talks, the COP20 UN meeting laid the groundwork for a new international pact.

Quantum delivers hydrogen fueling station for a retail dispensing system

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTWW), a global leader in natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, in partnership with Linde North America, announced the first hydrogen dispensing system that measures hydrogen mass with connectivity to retail interface and user friendly payment features.

Eight unbelievable solutions to future water shortages

From growing glaciers to making rain with lasers, what are the innovative technologies that could help us tackle the global water crisis?

Renewable Energy Matchmaking: Newest Key to Reaching 2020 Sustainability Goals

As corporations look for both environmentally and economically sustainable ways to reach their 2020 CSR goals by taking advantage of “low cost/no cost” efficiency options, a compelling solution is renewable energy “matchmaking.”

Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

3 ways to (finally) sell people on recycling

Recycling has been a linchpin of the environmental movement for decades — but it takes more than a few new bins to get people to play along.

Smart buoy system converts wave energy into low cost clean energy

The energy is the waves of the world’s oceans is sufficient to support a large percentage of our power requirements not just for hundreds of years but actually for ever.

Will new EU food labelling rules change your purchasing decisions on palm oil?

Changes to EU legislation on food labelling mean that from December 13 2014, a new set of rules will apply to how companies label their products. This includes palm oil, an ingredient found in 50% of supermarket products.

Threatened by Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuel Companies Highlight Their Role in Alleviating Poverty

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Peabody Energy Corp. and Glencore Plc have increasingly taken to portraying themselves as champions of the world’s poor. Billions of people in developing countries, they say, need access to cheap oil, natural gas and coal to pull themselves from poverty into the middle class.

Hundreds of cities follow Rio’s approach to reducing emissions

Cities around the world are adopting the new GPC standard hoping to replicate Rio's success in measuring emissions and setting reductions goals.

International law stays silent on the responsibility for climate change

Climate change affects everything from public health to migration patterns. So why has the legal response to a global problem been so weak?

Flying on Green Energy

The biofuel industry celebrated a few important milestones this summer, one of which was the first commercial international flight that used a drop-in replacement for jet fuel, called renewable farnesane.

Tourism poses a threat to dolphins in the Balearic Islands

The rise in tourism, fishing and sea transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands is compromising the wellbeing of a small population of common bottlenose dolphins living in coastal waters off the Pityusic Islands. This is the conclusion of a study which has, for the first time, counted these mammals in summer and spring, which are crucial seasons for them.

Why companies, cities must be part of a new U.N. climate deal

A wild thought: Could mayors and multinationals officially sign and commit to the implementation of a new treaty?

New technology from Caltech could harvest more of the sun’s energy

As solar panels become less expensive and capable of generating more power, solar energy is becoming a more commercially viable alternative source of electricity. However, the photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity can only absorb and use a small fraction of that light, and that means a significant amount of solar energy goes untapped. A new technology represents a first step toward harnessing that lost energy.

Luxury brands: higher standards or just a higher mark-up?

Buying expensive clothes is often suggested as an ethical option, with the idea being that designer brands somehow use their profit margins to benefit their workforce. However, a high price tag is no guarantee of ethical practices.

Upstart manufacturer turns fiber waste into building materials

Whole Foods and Google already use its ECOR technology. Noble Environmental Technologies is now mainstreaming it, with the help of ex-IKEA execs.

Hypersolar achieves breakthrough in splitting water into renewable hydrogen fuel

HyperSolar, Inc. the developer of technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it had reached 1.25 volts (V), an important milestone achievement in its effort to split water molecules for the production of renewable hydrogen fuel.

Chemicals are everywhere. Can a new business model make their use greener?

Chemicals are used to make just about everything, and more companies – such as Coca-Cola, Ikea and GM – are starting to lease them instead of buy them. But does this new business model reduce environmental impact or just boost profits?

US Solar Jumps 41 Percent with Residential Surpassing 300 Megawatts

More than 300 megawatts of residential power systems were installed in the quarter and have “become a remarkably consistent, growing market,” Shayle Kann, senior vice president of GTM Research, said in a statement. “By the end of this year there will be more than 600,000 homes outfitted with solar, and we see no signs of a slowdown next year.”

Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

Large-scale storage of low-pressure, gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications offers several advantages over above-ground storage, says a recent study.

The thorny problems of selling organic food

The market for organics is growing, and so is consumer knowledge. Can farmers and sellers keep up with expectations and still turn a profit?

University of Toronto researcher developing spray-on solar power technology that may change everything

"My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof".

Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage rates are very low and the new power plants are very efficient.

Forschungszentrum jülich researchers discover new method to study light captured in a solar cell

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick.

See Microsoft's in-office urban farming experiment

When corporate dining meets ultra-techie vertical gardens.

How do you put a price on water? Try algorithms

A water pricing company, Ecolab, has created an algorithm to help companies make financially accurate decisions about how to efficiently use water.

Marine Power May Suffer More Casualties After Siemens Tidal Sale

The downfall of two leading marine- energy developers is damping hope that the emerging industry, which has already lost almost $1 billion, will ever get the technology to market.

Two Leading Renewable Energy Companies Agree to Combine

NextEra Energy Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HEI)—two companies with substantial renewable energy resources—agreed on Dec. 3 to combine in a transaction valued at roughly $4.3 billion.

Eco-innovation: going beyond creating technology for technology's sake

Sustainable innovations often arise from combining and understanding existing technologies.

Students Shine a Spotlight on Geothermal Energy and Discover Career Pathways

The consensus among advocates of geothermal energy seems to be that geothermal energy is a great alternative resource, but not enough people know what it is. Student competitors in the 2014 National Geothermal Student Competition were faced with the fundamental challenge of addressing this issue.

China agrees to enhance its role in global climate change mitigation: Turning the massive 'coal ship' around won’t be easy, experts say

A rapid process of urbanization and an expanding middle class with increasingly western tastes will keep energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in China at high levels over the next 20 years. However, changes are unfolding in China that offer promise and opportunities for cutting emissions and for promoting sustainable energy and climate policies.

Will falling gas prices kill the electric car?

Oil prices have been in a continuous downward slide for months now, but last week’s OPEC meeting sent the market into turmoil. The price of oil has rebounded a little this week, but is still sitting at its lowest levels since 2010($67.67 at the time of writing this post).

3 reasons why universities are betting big on renewable energy

Universities know green power is a good deal. They are also taking the lead because they have to: Their stakeholders demand it.

Viewpoints on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Abridged

Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed carbon rules for existing power plants amassed more than 1.6 million remarks before the public comment period ended on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of what states, regulators, industry groups, and environmental alliances told the agency about its Clean Power Plan.

German Fossil Fuel Giant Jumps on Renewables Bandwagon

Germany’s biggest utility E.ON — long a pillar of the country’s fossil fuel and nuclear industry — dropped a bombshell on Europe’s business world with the announcement that the multinational was exiting the conventional energy market in favor of a new business model based on renewables, intelligent grid systems, energy management and other services. Indeed, the company seems finally to have drawn the logical consequences from the Energiewende, Germany’s renewable energy transition, after years of resisting the ambitious transformation of the nation’s energy supply.

Toward a low-cost 'artificial leaf' that produces clean hydrogen fuel

For years, scientists have been pursuing 'artificial leaf' technology, a green approach to making hydrogen fuel that copies plants' ability to convert sunlight into a form of energy they can use. Now, one team reports progress toward a stand-alone system that lends itself to large-scale, low-cost production. They created a nanowire mesh design.

Megadosing the environment? How toxic waste from drug manufacture can create problems

We’ve all heard about the pollution of our waterways from drug and cosmetic residues in our sewage and wastewater. But what about the waste discharged from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, especially the growing number of factories in places like India and China?

STW and thermal energy partners (TEP) use their twotechnologies to create fresh water and clean energy

In the agreement TEP and STW will combine their respective technologies to provide a reliable package of sustainable water & renewable power to municipalities and industrial customers. Delivering water & power together effectively with zero impact to the environment is a welcome relief to those that see water scarcity along with lack of reliable electricity as a large problem in the United States today.

Science won't win over the climate change sceptics - we need stories

You don’t have to be a climate policy expert to be inspired by stories. People respond better to climate change solutions than a bitter argument about its causes.

Soitec Announces 46 Percent Efficient Solar Cell

Concentrating photovoltaic system manufacturer and solar developer Soitec, in conjunction with CEA-Leti both of France along with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany, announced that they have achieved a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide used for energy storage products

Researchers have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.

Gas and Coal To Replace Hydropower in Brazil, Pollution to Follow

The Brazilian government is seeking to award contracts in an auction tomorrow for natural gas- and coal-fueled power plants, reversing a drive that previously favored renewable-energy projects. It would lead to the first new thermal plants in three years, after the government scaled back such projects and awarded wind contracts starting in 2009 and solar energy earlier this year.

Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

With high levels of equality, low unemployment and sophisticated social services, Norway, Denmark and Sweden represent models many strive to emulate, but they are not the northern utopias they seem

Between the lines of the CDP's global water report

Companies must stop treating water risk like carbon. Insight from this annual survey shows what corporations are missing, and where there's hope.

U.S air force unveils non tactical plug-in electric and hybrid vehicle fleet

The Air Force unveiled the Federal Government’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles at Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Friday, Nov.

Buying secondhand: an alternative to rampant consumerism of Black Friday

With three men arrested in Tesco and a woman hit by a falling television, there’s a safer more sustainable alternative to Black Friday.

World's largest motorcycle maker revs up a garden factory

Hero MotoCorp's LEED Platinum facility — designed by William McDonough + Partners — is the first of many to be built in India.

Sustainability could play leading role in the film industry

Movie studios are making an impact behind the scenes with a range of sustainable productions practices.

EPA's Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions

The news about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants just got even better: the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) can save the power industry and its customers — us — as much as $2 to $4 billion in 2020 and $6 to 9 billion in 2030, while cleaning our air and modernizing the electricity sector.

Is this what a renewables revolution feels like?

Here are the three signs that we're about to leave fossil fuels in the dust.

EPA’s Proposed Revisions to Ozone Standards to Cost up to $15B Annually

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday proposed to revise the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) and sought comments on a level as strict as 60 ppb.

Matched 'hybrid' systems may hold key to wider use of renewable energy

The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to 'match' different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, researchers say in a new report.

Mondelēz to measure sustainability of its coffee farmers

The world’s second biggest coffee company will evaluate its Coffee Made Happy program to understand the impact on farmers on the ground.

Local people may be the key to scaling back wildlife crime

Law enforcement has been largely ineffective in slowing the global wildlife trade. What’s really needed, say experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is more participation by local communities in wildlife conservation efforts. The plight of the pangolin – the world’s only mammal with scales – is a case in point.

Lighting a dark city. no smoke but mirrors and concentrated solar

It is hard to say how much you would spend or to what ends you would go to see a little sunlight if you lived in a town that receives no direct sun.

Aquaponics startups offer local, organic produce to urban populations

Aquaponics offers the ability to produce both fish and plants, like tilapia and kale, year-round and deliver them to supermarkets on the day they are harvested. But can it be scaled up?

Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows

Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state. Scientists have taken a first broad look at the impacts of mines across the country and found that mining can damage fish habitats miles downstream, and even in streams not directly connected to the mines.

Seven tips for a healthier and more sustainable Thanksgiving

You want to know how to have a seriously sustainable Thanksgiving celebration this year? Look no further.

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong

As I was recently dulling blades while chopping switchgrass for some experiments, I started thinking whether the “high yield perennial grasses on marginal land” paradigm makes any sense for biofuels. There are many positives about using perennial grasses. They are low maintenance, high yield, require low additional nutrients, and have broad growing ranges.

Damage caused by geothermal probes is rare

Soil settlements or upheavals and resulting cracks in monuments, floodings, or dried-up wells: Reports about damage caused by geothermal probes have made the population feel insecure. In fact, the probability of damage occurring in Baden-Württemberg is lower than 0.002% per year.

Companies take note: Consumers trust climate change warnings

Scientists aren't mincing words about the potential ill effects of climate change, and consumers are listening. Businesses should follow suit.

Sustainability in the electronics industry: 'We're trying to improve conditions for people and the planet'

Tim Mohin, chairman of the electronics industry citizenship coalition, talks about collaborating with competitors to clean up supply chains and improve working conditions in the electronics business.

EPA Abandons Renewable Fuel Standard Rulemaking for 2014

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.

NRG plans to slash CO2 emissions 90 percent by 2050

NRG Energy today will announce new long-term sustainability targets, which include slashing carbon-dioxide emissions from 2014 levels 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

Honda invests heavily in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure

The Japanese car makers have become infatuated with hydrogen fuel cell powered cars. Earlier this week, Honda unveiled it’s new fuel cell concept car, the FCV (pictured above), pointing the way to all-new Honda fuel cell vehicles slated for launch first in Japan by March 2016 followed by launches in the U.S. and Europe.

Is China's GMO corn ban protecting consumers or protecting markets?

As China closes its markets to many types of US corn, questions arise about the costs and benefits of genetically modified food.

China's new 'Great Wall' not so great, experts say

China's second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country's mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain -- and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes, experts report in a new article.

China’s Latest Energy Plan Calls for Coal Consumption Cap

China on Wednesday issued a key energy strategy that sets obligatory 2020 targets for renewables and nuclear power use and urges increased natural gas consumption—but which also caps coal consumption.

Why we must change course to feed the world in 2050

In order to feed a growing population we need to focus on reducing biofuel production and food waste and spoilage, while supporting small-scale farmers. Waterless toilets turn human waste into energy and fertiliser

Waterless toilets turn human waste into energy and fertiliser

A number of innovative projects have set out to capture the valuable nutrients available in human faeces and make a profit from poo.

Australia Residents Protest Wind Turbines as Government Upholds Fossil Use

Tony Hill moved from inner-city Canberra to a tree-filled valley five years ago to find serenity in the nearby Australian bush. Now he fears his idyllic vista will soon be marred by 50-storey-high wind turbines.

Cities are the greatest hope for our planet

If we design cities like ecosystems, they would have the potential to address many of our most pressing issues.

Chinese solar energy company claims a record new efficiency for solar pv cells

Trina Solar Limited, today announced that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set new world records for high efficiency p-type and n-type silicon solar cells.

Thinking outside the box: unwrapping a massive packaging problem

As online purchases increase, packaging grows. Several companies are working to reduce waste and find green alternatives.

Using sewage sludge to obtain bioenergy

Researchers have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The usage of sewage sludge to fertilize energy crops could be an opportunity to release residues since these plantations are not intended for food industry.

Researchers find graphene/nanotube hybrid benefits flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

The Rice lab of materials scientist Jun Lou created the new cathode, one of the two electrodes in batteries, from nanotubes that are seamlessly bonded to graphene and replaces the expensive and brittle platinum-based materials often used in earlier versions.

3 reasons the food industry sends so much to the dumpster

Food waste plagues manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants differently.

Coming to a mall near you: a green alternative to Home Depot

Three decades after he transformed home organization, Container Store co-founder Garrett Boone is putting his money behind TreeHouse, a green home improvement retailer. But is the market ready?

Wind Tax Credit Under Attack as Congress Split on Lapsed Breaks

The new era in Congress may mean trouble for some old tax breaks. The wind energy tax credit, championed by environmentalists, Democrats, a few Republicans and companies including General Electric Co. and Siemens AG, may be imperiled as its most important backers in Congress lose clout.

3 ways sustainability managers can expand their influence

The job prospects in this field have never been better. Here's an action plan to make an impact in your company at every level.

The world’s largest solar clean energy producing railway bridge – London, England

Largest Solar Clean Energy Producing Railway Bridge ( Solar Thermal Magazine) – As solar photovoltaic or solar pv for short , technology becomes more efficient and less expensive there is more and more competition for usable and appropriate space to install the supporting structure, panels, wiring and inverter systems.

Coke and other firms make the business case for aiding world's poorest

At the Net Impact Conference in Minnesota, global corporations described how their programs to improve daily life for people at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ may also help spur economic growth, improve supply chains and increase market share.

Netherlands Installs World's First Solar Bike Path

The world’s first solar bike lane is soon to be available for use in the Netherlands! The bike path that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer is a 70-meter stretch of solar-powered roadway set to open for the public this week.

Enlighted turns smart lighting into a service

The startup has organized at least $1 billion in financing for networked LEDs and sensors that can drive substantial energy savings. Thirteen top economists analyze the obama administration’s main climate policy

Thirteen top economists analyze the obama administration’s main climate policy

The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, released in June 2014 and seeking public comments until December 1, aims to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent (below 2005 levels) by 2030. Under the rule, states are required to develop plans to meet specific standards devised by the EPA.

Two thirds of world's largest companies exposed to serious water risks

Severe droughts in São Paulo and California shatter the misguided belief in a limitless supply of water, and business is starting to feel the effects.

Fossil Fuels Reap $550 Billion in Subsidies, Hindering Renewables Investment

Oil, coal and gas received more than four times the $120 billion paid out in subsidy for renewables including wind, solar and biofuels, the Paris-based institution said today in its annual World Energy Outlook.

Net Impact: 6 ways to be a sustainability superhero

Mustering the courage to embrace leadership, break boundaries and drive transformational change in the workplaces and the world is more urgent than ever.

U.S. and China Agree to Increase Nationwide Carbon Reduction Targets

President Barack Obama set a new target to cut U.S. carbon emissions between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Chinese leader Xi Jinping, meanwhile, said his country is committing to peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, and that it would also boost its share of non-fossil fuel energy to around 20% by 2030.

Are 'dirty industries' polluting government regulations?

A federal office meant to advocate for small firms has been hijacked by big business, according to a government watchdog, weakening regulations in the process.

New materials for more powerful solar cells

Applying a thin film of metallic oxide significantly boosts the performance of solar panel cells. Researchers have developed a new class of materials comprising elements such as bismuth, iron, chromium, and oxygen. These 'multiferroic' materials absorb solar radiation and possess unique electrical and magnetic properties.

Water risks threaten billions in electric sales, farm products

Conflicts between industry and agriculture for limited water supplies has serious consequences for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

RES Americas announces largest energy storage projects in north america

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. , a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in North America, is pleased to announce two grid-scale energy storage projects outside of Chicago that, once completed in 2015, will be the largest, fully commercial energy storage projects in North America.

From pumpkins to policies: engaging in sustainable food behaviour

Hooked on Halloween, Pumpkin Rescue tried to engage the public in sustainable food behaviour, but with the festivities over, can it deliver long-term change?

US Named Global Leader in Wind Production as Industry Fights for Tax Credit Extension

While China boasts the most installed wind capacity, the U.S. can now push that statement aside and claim the throne for what arguably matters most — wind energy production. According to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. is now the global leader in wind energy production, has been since 2008. While China has 50 percent more installed wind energy capacity, U.S. wind delivers 20 percent more electricity to the grid.

Solutions Project: Power the planet with 100 percent renewables

No single source is a magic bullet, but a patchwork may be the answer, said leaders of this bold effort at VERGE.

Your brain on climate change: why the threat produces apathy, not action

Many people aren’t responding to mounting evidence of the huge impacts of climate change. Neuroscience helps explain why – and the key role that businesses can play in responding rationally.

From Module Cleaning Robots to Flying Drones: Japan’s Growing Solar O&M Market

Japan has installed almost 11 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in just two years after the introduction of the feed-in tariff (FIT) program. This amount is equivalent to twice as much as the cumulative capacity installed over the two decades before the FIT. Besides over 16.5 GW of installed PV capacity, Japan has close to 70 GW of reserved PV capacity under the FIT as of July 2014.

Can sports make sustainability mainstream?

The global reach of sports is something sustainability advocates can only dream of — and it could help environmental engagement move from exception to societal norm.

Hydrogen engine center acquires tina energy systems

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. (OTCBB: HYEG.PK), announced today that they have entered into an agreement of terms for the acquisition of assets of TINA Technologies, with the goal of producing the world’s first fully integrated “renewable hydrogen-energy system” designed for 24/7 global electrical production.

Lunch from a lab? A Brooklyn company builds a better burger

For Modern Meadow, a food startup making synthetic meat, the biggest challenge may be convincing consumers that great meat can come from a laboratory.

The electricity grid gets a value chain

Energy technologies can offer more value—to customers and the grid—by adopting this framework.

Health Canada finally publishes findings from wind turbine noise and health study

Today, Health Canada has finally published the long awaited findings from the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study. Launched in 2012, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, this study explored the relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and the health effects reported by, and measured in, people living near wind turbines.

Comparing the Costs of Biomass Conversion and Offshore Wind

A new report compares the equivalent total consumer cost of converting existing coal-fired power stations to run on biomass to replacing a proportion of power generation from biomass conversions with an equivalent level of generation from offshore wind. It finds that the biomass conversion scenario is considerably cheaper.

Sustainability, astrobiology illuminate future of life in the universe and civilization on Earth

Two astrophysicists argue that questions about the future of life on Earth and beyond may soon be resolvable scientifically, thanks to new data about the Earth and about other planets in our galaxy, and by combining the earth-based science of sustainability with the space-oriented field of astrobiology.

Why low-impact diets are the next big opportunity

Understanding the environmental impact of what we eat is becoming increasingly necessary.

Federal Court Tosses Antitrust Suit Against Chinese Solar Companies

A federal court in Michigan on Oct. 31 dismissed the $950 million antitrust suit filed against three Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturers by bankrupt firm Energy Conversion Devices (ECD).

Managing top predators: culling brings its own set of problems

Conflict between humans and other so-called 'apex' predators is a source of heated debate in Australia. Three of Australia’s top predators – dingoes, saltwater crocodiles and great white sharks – are protected species under various acts. But all three are also subject to varying degrees of control designed to protect human lives and livelihoods.

Are seaweed snacks the future as the tide turns on meat consumption?

From seaweed burgers to craft beer, a number of start-ups recognise protein potential of seaweed as growing demand for meat puts increasing pressure on resources.

It's alive! Weird tales from nature spawn a biotech company

Rolf Müller and his wife, Judy Müller-Cohn, founded Biomatrica, a privately held San Diego company that makes a range of biostabilization products for industry, academia and the medical field. They are both molecular biologists and had been studying the tardigrade closely.