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Corporations = World’s Fifth Largest Economy Commit to Climate Pledge

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graphic courtesy of Forbes 500

The U.S. government just announced the American businesses that have committed to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge as of October 19. The 81 companies represent more than $3 trillion in annual revenue. If they were a nation, they would have the world’s 5th largest GDP, behind only the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany according to World Bank data. Half of the largest businesses in the U.S. have joined the movement. Continue reading Corporations = World’s Fifth Largest Economy Commit to Climate Pledge

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Scotland reaches solar goal 5 years early – PV record broken in U.S.

photo courtesy of ecocongregationscotland.org
photo courtesy of ecocongregationscotland.org

The installation pace of renewable energy generated by photovoltaic (PV) solar power has rapidly accelerated and that’s not surprising. Not only is solar electricity good for the environment, its installation costs are dropping rapidly. Now solar’s total generation costs in some parts of the world are almost as low as traditional dirty electricity sources, even without accounting for solar’s lower-pollution economic benefits. Additionally, solar electricity is not subject to fuel cost increases and can provide the benefits of distributed generation. Continue reading Scotland reaches solar goal 5 years early – PV record broken in U.S.

A little less traffic = big improvements in Paris & Hong Kong

photo courtesy of PBS.org
photo courtesy of PBS.org

Paris banned cars on some of its streets for a day and its quality of life improved significantly. On September 27 the City of Light held its first “car-free day” (well sort of car-free day) as part of the worldwide car-free movement that began in the 1990s. Continue reading A little less traffic = big improvements in Paris & Hong Kong

Sustainability advocate wins MacArthur “Genius” Award

photo courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation
photo courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

An environmental advocate who works to make hospital practices more environmentally friendly has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The honor, colloquially known as the MacArthur Genius Award, provides a $625,000 stipend and was given to only 24 people in the world this year. Continue reading Sustainability advocate wins MacArthur “Genius” Award