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China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From Climate Change

President Xi Jinping wants to establish “China’s new world order.” It doesn’t include the U.S.
In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy, build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change.
source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-climate-change-xi-jinping_us_5919c109e4b0fe039b3646ca?4y5

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California’s colorful despite drought

Sara Aminzadeh calls it out for Popular Resistance:
As the drought continues, Californians are stepping up to conserve water, and collectively exceeded Gov. Brown’s 25 percent reduction mandate in June 2015. Nonetheless, water-intensive lawns and other hallmarks of an English garden-style landscape still remain a huge draw on our state’s dwindling water supply.

Outdoor watering accounts for about half of residential […]

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Warren Buffett Wants To Build The Nation’s Largest Wind Farm

His company, MidAmerican Energy, has pledged $3.6 billion toward the project.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/warren-buffet-wind-energy-farm-iowa_us_570ff429e4b0018f9cb96e8e

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Green graves

Grist reports on greening your funeral:
As the sole species responsible for filling the oceans with plastic, pumping the atmosphere full of pollution, clear cutting the world’s forests, and bringing about what could be the sixth great mass extinction, it’s perhaps fitting that when we die, we turn our own corpses into toxic flesh bags that ensure ecological […]

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Community Supported Fisheries

Community Supported Fisheries are a different way to buy local fish. But they don’t address the issues of overfishing and resource depletion.
Community-supported fisheries bring the benefits of community-supported agriculture to the seas. Customers support their local economies, while receiving the freshest of seafood.
Mark Tognazzini has been fishing his whole life. On California’s Central Coast, fishing […]

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Goats recycle Christmas trees

CNN reports:
Wedged between train tracks in an industrial corner of San Francisco, a herd of goats is dining on piles of old Christmas trees.
They aren’t picky about the type — fir, pine or spruce — but the newest tree is automatically deemed the most delicious, and anything sprayed with flame retardant is shunned.

The goats belong […]

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Better deliveries to urban crowds

The Guardian reports:
“I call it the rolling deckchair,” says Johan Erlandsson as his six-wheeled cargo bike, the Velove Armadillo, glides down the cobbled pedestrian streets of central Gothenburg. Stretching 14ft long but only 34 inches wide, the sleek machine is crafted from red-coated aluminium with a pedal-assisted electric drive and a trailer that is low […]

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Pastured eggs score with consumers

NYTimes reports:
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — A decade ago, a couple running a dairy business in Northern California visited a Mennonite farm where the owner had used a flock of laying hens to teach his children business principles and instill values like responsibility and care for nature.
They returned home and bought 150 hens for their boys, […]

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Unattractive fruit finds appreciation

The NYTimes reports:
EMERYVILLE, Calif. — The eggplants are crooked and a little long-necked, contorted enough that they would probably lose in a beauty pageant against rounder or more symmetrical aubergines.
In the field where they were grown or in the supermarkets for which they were once destined, they would presumably have been discarded. Not because they […]

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Reuse materials to reduce waste

Environmental News Service reports:
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 12, 2015 (ENS) – The newly formed National Materials Marketplace brings together more than 20 major companies with operations in the United States to avoid waste by making use of undervalued materials.
Led by the Corporate Eco Forum, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Business […]

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Recycling stumbles on changes in waste

As consumers buy different products and packaging changes, the waste being recycled isn’t what it used to be. The Washington Post story is here:
Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to […]

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Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?

It would be almost three hours until Tesla’s big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gundersen had the inside scoop:
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gundersen said, that would cost about 2¢ per kilowatt hour to use, putting the […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Unveils Groundbreaking Eco-Resort in Belize

When Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t starring in award-winning movies, he’s working to save the planet. He sits on the boards of several environmental nonprofits, is well known for his generous contributions to environmental causes, lends his voice as narration in powerful environmental films and was recently appointed as UN Messenger for Peace by UN Secretary-General Ban […]

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Celebrate Earth Day with We Are Neutral!

By Kelsey Pena

April 22nd marks one of the most important days in environmental sustainability, promotion, and awareness, and this Earth Day, Gainesville based We Are Neutral is hosting its first annual Earth Day Celebration at First Magnitude Brewing Company. With programs that now span the globe, including the “Women Who Plant” initiative, a program which […]

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Obama Is About To Announce A Big Job Creation Move For The Solar Industry

President Obama is scheduled to announce new initiatives to help bolster the country’s solar workforce on Friday, including a goal to add 75,000 solar workers by 2020, and a new program aimed at providing solar training to veterans.
The goal to add to the nation’s solar workforce adds to the President’s last commitment to solar training, […]

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Frog Song’s Leap of Faith is Paying Off

Amy Van Scoik is living every parent’s dream. She has a child who actually eats her vegetables without a fuss.
In fact, Van Scoik’s 2-year-old daughter, Jade, goes one step further by choosing the carrots she eats. She’ll point out a carrot stalk in the ground, have her mother pluck it from the soil and rinse […]

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Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House. Seriously.

If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help.
The search giant, valued at $370 billion, is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million, both companies announced Thursday. Combined with a new financing structure from […]

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Consumers shift food buys

I’ve been waiting for the ag system to collapse under its own weight and bad practices. Sounds like the food industry may go first. Here’s Tom Philpott in Mother Jones:
Not long ago, the great processed-food companies like Kraft and Kellogg’s towered over the US food landscape like the high hat that adorned the head of […]

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In the Energy Wars, It’s Solar Power: 1, Fossil Fuels: 0. For Now

According to a new survey from The Solar Foundation, the U.S. solar industry is expanding at a breakneck pace—so quickly that it’s a major driver of the nation’s economy. One out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. since 2013 was part of the solar industry—representing 1.3 percent of all new jobs. According […]

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Google and Apple harness wind and sun in huge green energy deals to power Silicon Valley campuses

Two rival Silicon Valley tech giants are planting green roots close to home, unveiling two massive renewable energy projects that will burnish their trendsetting images and save them money down the road.
Apple disclosed an $848 million deal Tuesday that will lay down solar panels in a remote Monterey County valley along the San Andreas Fault. […]

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