7 crucial tools to accelerate energy efficiency

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Meeting extraordinary climate challenges head-on requires an all-hands-on-deck effort to transform our energy future and lower our dependence on fossil fuels. At the heart of this challenge lies an opportunity to improve the places where most people spend 90 percent of our time — buildings.

‘Cocoa for generations’: Mars to launch new sustainability strategy

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Confectionery giant’s plan to put smallholder farmers at the center of its ambitious strategy broadly welcomed by peers and suppliers.

Emmi Roth adds 1,600 solar panels to Platteville, Wis., cheese plant

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Emmi Roth, a Fitchburg, Wis.-based producer of specialty cheese, announced the completion of a solar panel installation at its Platteville, Wis., plant. The installation comprises 1,602 JA 330-watt panels on the roof of the cheese production facility.

In the desert Southwest, young leaders are reimagining what a climate conference can be

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A dispatch from the fourth annual youth-led Uplift Climate Conference in New Mexico.

D.C. considers a bill committing to 100 percent renewable energy

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Washington, D.C., will consider a climate bill aimed at increasing its clean energy goals by as much as 50 percent, making its standards among the strongest in the country, according to ThinkProgress. D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh announced the bill on Monday, also hailing its first-of-its kind standard for building efficiency.

Here’s what you need to know about carbon pricing

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As the world weighs strategies for keeping climate change in check, more and more countries, communities and businesses are embedding the cost of carbon into the goods and services that produce it.

Opinion: For people working to protect nature, cities can no longer be an afterthought

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Urban areas present an interesting challenge — and a big opportunity — for groups that traditionally focus on saving pristine places.

Erik Loomis: Why labor and environmental movements split—and how they can come back together

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Unions and greens have had a very public divorce—but rethinking their relationship is now more critical than ever

What’s Causing Antarctica’s Ocean to Heat Up? New Study Points to 2 Human Sources

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With help from floating data-collectors, a new study reveals the impact greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion are having on the Southern Ocean.

Global Climate Action of Regions, States and Businesses

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In this report, we evaluate individual climate mitigation commitments made by nearly 6,000 cities, states, and regions representing 7 percent of the global population and more than 2,000 companies with a combined revenue of over 21 trillion USD – nearly the size of the U.S. economy. This report quantifies for the first time the combined impact of these actors’ recorded and quantifiable greenhouse gas mitigation pledges on global greenhouse emissions in 2030, focusing on 9 high-emitting countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United States – and the European Union. The individual efforts of the evaluated states, cities and businesses, however, represent only a snapshot of the full picture of non-state and subnational climate action occurring globally. We also evaluate international cooperative initiatives, where regions, states, cities, and businesses – frequently in partnership with national governments and civil society – collectively commit to climate goals.