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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

January 12, 2017
2016 Efficiency Standards to Create $75B in Savings
NRDC

It was a big year for appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) releasing 11 new or updated standards in 2016, ranging from battery chargers and pool pumps to ceiling fans and portable air conditioners.

January 11, 2017
Smog-Filtering Scarf Makes Biking Through Cities Easier
Inverse

For people who live in cities with higher levels of air pollution, even daily commutes can be an unhealthy hassle. To combat this problem, French startup Wair has created a smog-filtering scarf to keep people protected.

France’s Low-Carbon Revolution Takes Shape
edie.net

With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation aimed at transforming the way it interacts with the environment.

CA Lawmaker Wants Statewide Solar Mandate
Courthouse News

A California lawmaker wants to take a new San Francisco clean-energy law statewide and require all new commercial and residential building projects to include solar panels.

Dean Hay Talks Green Infrastructure in Detroit
Model D Media

Dean Hay is director of Green Infrastructure at The Greening of Detroit, a group dedicated to increasing the amount of trees and green spaces as well as jobs and education opportunities throughout the city of Detroit.

Orlando in Step With Paris Climate Accord
Orlando Sentinel

The city of Orlando is leading the way in Florida, with a commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 90 percent from 2007 levels, and supply half its citywide electricity needs through clean energy, like wind and solar, by 2040.

January 10, 2017
The Future of Transit is Electric
UITP

More and more cities in Europe and around the world are turning to electric buses (or ‘e-buses’) in an effort to go green according to the new and extensive ‘ZeEUS eBus Report’.

A Strategy to Mitigate Transport Emissions
World Bank

While achieving the ambitious targets set at COP21 in Paris will require us to tackle transport emissions from all angles, our analysis suggests that we need to pay special attention to urban transport and freight.

January 9, 2017
To Solve Air Pollution, Ban Diesel
Treehugger

A mere 64 years after its landmark coal-caused smog, London recently was having another air pollution event. And what are they doing about it? Not much at all.

January 8, 2017
Total Decarbonization of Transport is Possible
Transport & Environment

A total decarbonisation of the transport sector is possible. So says the findings of a 10-year German government-led project to find practical ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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