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SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Toyota hybrid exceeds 7 million mark in global sales

Toyota hybrid exceeds 7 million mark in global sales

The cumulative global sales of Toyota Motor Corporation’s hybrid vehicle have ex...

Suzlon eyes 2,000 MW of wind energy projects in India over next five years

Suzlon eyes 2,000 MW of wind energy projects in India over next five years

India-based wind turbine maker Suzlon has expressed its intent to build 2,000 me...

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could overtake all other sources of electricity by 2050, according t...

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

Business

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, opens self-powered sewage works

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, opens self-powered sewage works

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Consuming two years development time and a whopping £34 million investment, Yorkshire’s first self-powered sewage works site has been unveiled in Brad...

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Technology

New polymer materials developed for better solar cells

New polymer materials developed for better solar cells

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed new materials for more efficien...

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Politics

U.N. chief welcomes $9.3 billion pledge for Green Climate Fund

U.N. chief welcomes $9.3 billion pledge for Green Climate Fund

Friday, 21 November 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed over $9.3 billion in pledges made by Governments for the Green Climate Fund. The $9.3 billion pl...

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Living Green

How to reduce your pooch’s carbon paw print

How to reduce your pooch’s carbon paw print

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

With an increasing number of people becoming environmentally conscious, there is little wonder that several measures are being taken to bring down the...

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Renewables

IKEA purchases second U.S. wind farm to provide clean energy to their stores

IKEA purchases second U.S. wind farm to provide clean energy to their stores

Friday, 21 November 2014

The IKEA Group has purchased the 165-megawatt Cameron Wind Farm in Cameron County, Texas, from Apex Clean Energy. The Cameron Wind Farm is expected to...

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Low-Carbon

Green energy in business – Five tips for the office

Green energy in business – Five tips for the office

Friday, 21 November 2014

Make your office and employees eco-friendly with simple-to-implement advice on creating a green workplace from the energy experts at Project Lower. As...

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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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Climate skepticism rises as economies fall – UConn study

As people start to feel the burden of an economic crunch, they're more likely to become skeptical of climate change.

According to Lyle Scruggs, an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, the recent Great Recession has resulted in an American public that is skeptical about climate change, a shift in opinion related to concerns over the economy.

"Many people believe that part of the solution to climate change is suppression of economic activity," pointed out Mr. Scruggs. When confronted with a desire to boost the economy, he continues, people seem to convince themselves that climate change might not be happening.

Mr. Scruggs and University of Connecticut political science graduate student Salil Benegal studied information drawn from a number of national and international public opinion surveys dating to the late 1980's to draw a correlation between people's economic worries and their belief in climate change.

They found significant drops in public climate change beliefs in the late 2000's.

One study cited was a 2008 Gallup poll where between 60 and 65 percent of people agreed with statements of the opinion that global warming is imminent, not exaggerated, and that the theory is agreed upon by scientists.

By 2010, the poll showed that only 50 percent now agreed with the same statements.

The authors found a strong relationship between jobs and people's prioritization of climate change. When unemployment was at 4.5 percent, 60 percent of those surveyed said climate change had already begun happening. When unemployment reached 10 percent, that number dropped to 50 percent.

The researchers speculate that cognitive dissonance, which arises when people experience conflicting thoughts and behaviors, could explain the pattern. As many see economic growth to be in conflict with economic growth, admitting climate change is real but should be ignored in favor of economic growth would lead to an internal philosophical clash.

According to Mr. Scruggs, with the economy bouncing back and the unemployment rate shrinking, it would be possible to see an increase in belief in global warming.



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