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    Over 20 billionaires of the world unite to invest in clean energy

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    Hasn’t the world always waited for a headline like this? In this day and age where renewable energy is either underutilized or too expensive to generate, we turn to the rich and powerful to fund a population that gives back to the planet. Bill Gates has fronted a coalition with 20 billionaires from across the world to invest more in the research of clean energy. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition will include venture capitalists such as Vinod Khosla, hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, Indian industrialist Mukesh Ambani, Jack Ma of Alibaba and even Mark Zuckerberg.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 1, 2015
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    2015 will break the warmest year on the planet record

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    The World Meteorological Organization have stated that the global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to make the year the warmest ever. The cause of the same could be a combination of human-induced global warming and a strong El-Nino. The scientists believe that we will be crossing a crucial 1 degree Celsius mark, higher than the pre-industrial era. The last five years have consistently proven to be warm and collectively and the five-year temperature surge is likely to cause extreme weather events. The global average surface temperature was over 0.73 degrees Celsius, as compared to the 1961-1990 average of 14 degrees.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 30, 2015
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    In a world of shrinking forests, Peru creates 3.3 million acre national park in the Amazon

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    Imagine the creation of a national park that is 22 times the size of Chicago! Yes, that’s what just happened with the establishment of a 3.3 million acre national park in Peru’s Sierra del Divisor mountain range. This makes the Amazonian rainforest completely protected from any efforts to exploit the goodness of the riches it has to offer in terms of natural resources. The effort has been led by Chicago’s Field Museum and the Peruvian Government. The Field Museum invested the last fifteen years, studying the area and also discovered 20 species of formerly unknown flora and fauna. In addition to the various animal and plant life that is housed there, it also houses the Iskonawa group of people who have inhabited the lands for ages.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 25, 2015
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    New York City plants its 1 millionth tree

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    A million trees could be an aspirational number to live up to for most cities who pledge to add a tinge of green to their respective portfolios. However, New York City, a city that many would envision as a concrete jungle has managed to surpass all expectations and plant their millionth tree. Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in the company of NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and NY Restoration Project founder Bette Midler planted this hallmark tree. It is technically the 1,017,634th tree to be planted. The endeavor has already reached success a couple of years ahead of schedule and with more than a million trees already planted.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 24, 2015
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    Scotland’s plastic bag ban reduces 650 million bags in the landfill

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    Scotland have exemplified how possible it is for the world to cut down on the usage of plastic bags. Their endeavor took wings when shoppers were compelled to pay 5 pence per bag at stores. It goes without saying that there was not only a drop in the usage of plastic bags but a sharp one. Over 650 million fewer plastic bags were used across Scotland. The money earned from the 5 pence charges amounted to $10 million. This was given away to charitable institutions. Whoever would have thought that plastic brought so much good with it?

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 5, 2015
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    Panasonic develops most efficient solar panel ever, converts 22.5% sunlight

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    While the Teslas of the world are putting their best resources and brains forward to truly create a world with renewable energy, Panasonic has surprised many. The company has announced that their upcoming solar panels will be a lot more efficient. Their upcoming solar-power harnesser will offer an efficiency rating of 22.5 percent. The previous best was a record held by SolarCity, who have been ousted by 1.4 percent. While SolarCity’s 22.1 percent of sunlight converting technology seems to be coming our way by next year, we hope that Panasonic’s offering isn’t too far in the distant future.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 21, 2015
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    Sweden speeds towards being world’s first fossil fuel-free nation

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    Sweden has always been leading the charge of the green revolution with fellow Scandinavian nation, Norway. The country is not all set to comfortably settle in the position of the world’s first nation to be completely driven by renewable energy. The Ecologist reported the news that underlines the purpose of the $546 million investment by the country on creating renewable energy channels. Their climate change action is commendable. Solar energy alone has enjoyed a budget increase of up to 300 percent. “Sweden will become one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press event. “When European regulations do not go far enough Sweden will lead the way”.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 15, 2015
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    Clean energy is the new pledge of the Fortune 500

    Clean energy 1It all starts with the big players when it comes to trends in the business world. So it goes with inspiring clean energy and sustainable efforts to preserve the planet. Some of the largest American companies including Walmart, Salesforce, Nike and Starbucks have committed to using clean energy that is generated from solar and wind sources. Spearheaded by a non-profit group called The Climate Group and environment data firm CDP, the group of nine Fortune 500 companies pledged to join the RE100 campaign. The Climate Group had also hosted a week-long event in New York to focus on climate change around the same time.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 29, 2015
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    Norway’s payouts and Brazil’s efforts reduce amazon deforestation by 75 percent

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    Back in 2008, Norway, a country far away from all things amazon, decided to support Brazil’s rainforest with a payout of $1 billion to the latter. It’s been years and the Scandinavian nation is finally paying out its final $100 million to the Brazilian authorities with much pride and joy, all thanks to Brazil’s conservationists who have more than fulfilled their end of the bargain. The country has seen a reduction of amazon destruction rate by 75%. Brazilian farmers and rangers have saved more than 33,000 square miles of land, which equals nearly 14.3 million soccer fields, from being cut down. Since we’re talking numbers, the Norway-subsidized efforts in Brazil’s portion of the amazon has led to a reduction of 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is how much America would save by ridding its streets of cars for three years!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 29, 2015
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    Indian state makes solar plants mandatory for all new high-rises

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    The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has made it mandatory for all new high-rises to include a solar generation facility. The state has categorized all buildings above 4 floors as high rises. The rule will apply to all group development projects that contain over eight dwelling units. This will cover almost 90 percent of all residential and commercial establishments in buzzing cities such as Chennai and Coimbatore. Chennai has been a leading Indian state with a number of green initiatives spearheaded by the government. Back in 2001, they made rainwater harvesting mandatory for all buildings. The state has also managed to generate wind energy at a capacity of over 8,000 MW.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 18, 2015
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