Category: Environment

Environment

Perry Defends ‘Getting Conversation Started’ on NOPR; Chatterjee Lists Options

Neil Chatterjee FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee on October 13 said the Commission has many tools available to address the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) from the Department of Energy (DOE) on grid resiliency and the 60-day comment period provides ample time to address the issues that have been before the Commission for some time. Chatterjee […]

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The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers

Akamai’s Texas wind power purchase shows it can be done October 17, 2017  |  By This blog post is part of a series from RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC), which streamlines and accelerates corporate purchasing of off-site, large-scale renewable energy. “The era of expensive renewables is over,” declared the executive director of the International Energy […]

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A timeline of Zinke’s crusade against methane rules

Here’s a newly-minted cabinet secretary charged with managing 20 percent of the American landscape on behalf of taxpayers and 567 Native American tribes – presented with an opportunity to save his stakeholders millions without lifting a finger. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, inexplicably, is rejecting this broad public relations win to instead go to bat for […]

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Seabrook Watchdog Group C-10 Gains Standing w/NRC on Plant’s Concrete Review

NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rules in favor of C-10:Citizens group gains standing in federal case on Seabrook’s concrete Newburyport, Mass. — The C-10 Research & Education Foundation (C-10), a non-profit group concerned with the safety of citizens surrounding Seabrook Station nuclear power plant, has been granted standing following its pro se petition to […]

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Peter Ndung’u Takes Us To The Heart of Lamu

 “I have a burning passion to share the world around me through imagery and storytelling” Peter Ndung’u.   A creative, visual storyteller and self-taught photographer born, raised and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Peter Ndung’u tells stories through his chosen medium and creative outlet of photography.  “Photography enables me to hone my craft, sharpen my eyes, […]

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Postscript to Trump’s order: Congress aims killing blow at American public lands

Bishop’s bill–in an Orwellian flourish, titled the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”–would bar the Antiquities Act from being used to protect landmarks, prehistoric structures and objects of “scientific interest,” switching the law’s scope to the vague term ‘‘object or objects of antiquity.”  Court rulings and more than a century of presidential practice have established that the Antiquities Act is broad and can protect large […]

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In Sundarbans, Climate Change is already taking away houses and farmland

Mongla is the starting point of tourist cruises into the Sundarbans forest, a UNESCO world heritage site. Rising sea levels and continuing soil erosion is making life difficult for people living on the banks of the Posur River. Many villagers I spoke to have already moved three to four times in the last few years. […]

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It’s Time To Boycott The Banks Funding Climate Disaster

By Alec Connon, 350 Seattle [embedded content] “We call on individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments to withdraw their money from these financial institutions until they divest from these pipeline companies who are violating our rights, our treaties and our sovereignty.” — Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs on behalf of the […]

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Trump’s EPA is making a reckless and damaging decision. Here’s what you need to know.

The decision by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revoke the Clean Power Plan – our only nationwide limit on carbon pollution from power plants – is Scott Pruitt’s latest reprehensible effort to tear down America’s public health and environmental safeguards. Pruitt announced today he will issue a proposed rule that, if implemented, would put an end […]

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Choosing to Ditch the Car Commute: What Helps Office Workers Decide

October 9, 2017  |  By Which is more valuable, a parking spot at work or help switching to a clean and healthy commute? That is the decision Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) employees in Boulder, Colorado, made ahead of their move to the newly opened Boulder Commons North Building in the Boulder Junction district. Known as […]

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Transforming the Real Estate Market: Scaling Net-Zero Energy Homes at No Additional Up-front Cost

October 5, 2017  |  By Download our new insight brief, R-PACE: A Game-Changer for NZE Homes, to learn more about the opportunities for state and municipal leaders and policymakers to adopt innovative residential PACE programs as a means to deliver high-performance, net-zero energy (NZE) homes at no additional up-front cost. The U.S. residential real estate […]

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MPG for Homes—The Quest for the Best

October 3, 2017  |  By An mpg-like rating for homes is here. For the first time in history, people can find out the expected energy use of any home in the U.S. This single piece of information conveys helpful insights including the expected cost of maintaining a home, the environmental impact of the home, and […]

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Report Release: Best Practices for Deploying EV Charging Stations

October 3, 2017  |  By Vehicle electrification is overwhelmingly beneficial for society as a whole—even for nondrivers. The world doesn’t need any more cost-benefit analyses; they’ve already been done, and they show as much. And we should not doubt that people will buy electric vehicles (EVs). Sales are accelerating so rapidly that Bloomberg New Energy […]

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