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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Groups against Keystone crude oil pipeline fight 24 hour deadline

Groups against Keystone crude oil pipeline fight 24 hour deadline
The Keystone project is the planned pipeline that will run through 1,700 miles of space, from Alberta, Canada to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast.

Groups fighting the Keystone Pipeline will march to the Senate today to deliver thousands of messages to stop it from voting for the project's continuation, following an earlier denial from United States President Barack Obama.

The Keystone project is the planned pipeline that will run through 1,700 miles of space, from Alberta, Canada to refineries in the Texas Gulf Coast. Its purpose is to transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to those refineries. It will take about $7 billion to build.

Last month, United States President Barack Obama denied the project. But the same month, a bill authored by Senators John Hoeven, Richard Luger and David Vitter was filed in the Senate to authorize project owner TransCanada to proceed.

According to the environment groups, the Senate could vote as early as today to overturn Mr. Obama's rejection of Keystone XL last month.

The signature drive is a nationwide effort to get half a million signatures to be sent to U.S. Senators. The campaign began on 12 noon of Monday and will last 24 hours.

A broad coalition of environment groups which includes The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters and Friends of the Earth, among others is seeking signatures. Each has devoted space on its own Web page for the signature campaign.

Seven hours into the petition drive, Sierra Club announced having reached the goal of sending the Senate over 500,000 messages opposing Keystone.

"If approved and built, this pipeline, Keystone XL, would carry one of the most carbon-intensive sources of oil on the planet," a message from the Climate Reality Project signed by Al Gore states.

Defenders

Defenders of Keystone argue that the project will provide jobs, while some suggest that an inclusive strategy of utilizing varied energy resources will benefit the U.S. in a time when renewables are still only emerging as a major energy source. (See a related exclusive EcoSeed story here).

But groups like Friends of the Earth are quick to emphasize the costs. "The pipeline would endanger people all along its path, while benefiting Big Oil alone. Every single oil industry claim about positive economic impacts has been proven false by independent review."

Mr. Gore, meanwhile, said stopping the pipeline and the fuel that it will carry is the same as caring about the climate.

"After extensive research, the E.P.A. estimates that annual carbon pollution from the Keystone XL pipeline could be at least 82 percent higher than average crude refined in America - if not more. That's the same amount of pollution as adding 4.8 million cars to our roads: an additional 27 million metric tons of carbon pollution," Mr. Gore said.

The signature campaign will last until 12 noon, Tuesday. At 3:00 p.m., environmental groups will deliver boxes containing the 500,000 plus signatures directly to Senators Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, in Washington D.C. (Eric Dorente)



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