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Sustainability is Important to Most American Food Shoppers, Survey Finds
March 28, 2014 08:10 AM - Phil Covington, Triple Pundit
A new survey of American consumers provides some potentially surprising findings that indicate American food shoppers are very mindful about what they place into their shopping carts, and it’s not just about price and taste. While food commercials on television constantly bombard Americans with offerings that focus on price-point and convenience, a 2014 survey by Cone Communications found that people care about where their food comes from and how it is produced.
EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Release New Rule to Protect Waterways
March 28, 2014 07:56 AM - Gina-Marie Cheeseman, Triple Pundit
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule this week to clarify which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. Two Supreme Court decisions, one in 2001 and the other in 2006, made determining which waterways are protected under the CWA confusing and complex. The proposed rule doesn't expand waterways protected under the CWA, but only clarifies which ones are protected.
Caribbean Island of Barbados To Get Waste-To-Energy Plant
March 26, 2014 08:06 AM - Gina-Marie Cheeseman, Triple Pundit
One day soon the Caribbean island of Barbados will have part of its electricity needs supplied by a waste-to-energy plant. Cahill Energy, based in Guernsey, announced the signing of an agreement with the government of Barbados on March 15 to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant.
U.S. Public Transit Reports Record Ridership
March 20, 2014 06:21 AM - Alexis Petru, Triple Pundit
Don't tell the public transit naysayers who maintain that Americans will never get out of their beloved automobiles: Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation last year — the highest annual ridership number in 57 years, according to the 2013 ridership report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). In fact, public transit rides rose by 1.1 percent in 2013, while miles driven only increased 0.3 percent.
Costa Rica May Keep Carbon Neutrality Goal
March 17, 2014 09:49 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
"Costa Rica opposition group says to scrap 2021 carbon neutrality target," reads the headline of a recent Reuters news article. Standing on its own, the headline is accurate. However, lacking context, it could be misleading, causing readers who don’t venture beyond the headline to conclude that Costa Rica will be dropping its goal of achieving carbon neutrality completely.
Big Ben May Get a Solar Face Lift
March 13, 2014 08:04 AM - Sara Lozanova, Triple Pundit
In an effort by the U.K. Parliament to reach the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 34 percent by 2020, the House of Commons is now looking to the parliamentary estate and considering installing solar panels on the face of Big Ben in London. Parliamentary passholders were submitting ideas for reducing carbon emissions and boosting energy efficiency on the estate, when the solar idea was suggested.
Is There a Sustainable Big Mac in Your Future?
March 12, 2014 07:58 AM - RP Siegel, Triple Pundit
Giant corporations like McDonald's and Walmart cast a long shadow across the planet with the enormous amount of resources that they use, process, consume and sell. McDonald's flips and bags 70 million hamburgers every day and is responsible for a full 2 percent of the world's beef consumption. So when you consider the impact that beef production has on the environment, particularly with regard to climate change, a move by them to sustainable beef could be a really big deal.
Un nuevo informe muestra que 2013 fue excepcional, un año récord para la energía solar en los EE.UU., con 4,751 megavatios (MW) de nueva energía fotovoltaica (PV) de capacidad instalada, un incremento, año tras año, del 41 por ciento, con otros 410 MW de energía solar concentrada (CSP) que entrarán en funcionamiento. Un registro de 2,106 MW de capacidad de energía solar instalada solamente en el cuarto trimestre, que asciende al 44 por ciento del total anual.
DOE Sets New Commercial Refrigeration Energy Efficiency Standards
March 7, 2014 08:01 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
Following through on President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) on Feb. 28 issued new energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. Over the ensuing 30 years, it's projected that the new standards will reduce carbon pollution by 142 million tons — the equivalent of that produced by generating electricity for 14.3 million U.S. homes — while also saving businesses as much as $11.7 billion on energy bills.
2013 Marks Record Year for Solar Power in US
March 6, 2014 08:07 AM - Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit
A new report shows that 2013 was another banner, record-setting year for solar energy in the U.S., with 4,751 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed—a year-over-year increase of 41 percent—with another 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) coming online. A record 2,106 MW of solar power capacity was installed in the fourth quarter alone, amounting to 44 percent of the annual total. That bests the old quarterly record by 60 percent.