Help Families “Cool Their World” with ENERGY STAR Tools and Tips

Learn how to reduce your energy bills in summer by visiting the new ENERGY STAR@Home Interactive Tool, which includes tips for saving energy inside and around the home.

The Flash-based interactive tool provides a cartoon graphic of a typical home. Clicking on any room provides details on actions that homeowners or renters can take to reduce their energy use and save money. The tips offer suggestions to help families save energy outside the home, in the attic, bedroom, bathroom, home office, living room, kitchen, dining room, and basement.

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Climate Action Team Reports to the Governor and Legislature [California]

Report by the California Environmental Protection Agency about climate change and global warming causes and projections in California and worldwide and California actions to address climate change. Also includes the draft report, public comments regarding the draft report, and related documents. From the California Energy Commission.

Burning Our Money to Warm the Planet: Canada’s Ineffective Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Burning Our Money to Warm the Planet: Canada’s Ineffective Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (PDF; 285 KB)
Source: C.D. Howe Institute: Commentary (via the Heartland Institute)
“Since 1990 Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have not stopped them from rising by 25 percent. As long as the government relies primarily on information and subsidies to encourage voluntary action and fails to establish emission charges or aggressive regulatory controls, emissions will continue to rise.” [Source: DocuTicker]

New Report Details Safer Chemicals Use by Six Major Companies

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NEW YORK, June 29, 2006 – The report, by the nonprofit Clean Production Action, profiles the toxics-reduction efforts by Avalon Natural Products, Dell Inc., H&M, Herman Miller, Interface, and Kaiser Permanente.

Taqueria Chain Donates Guac Sales to Green Agriculture Group

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DENVER, Colo., June 30, 2006 – This past Wednesday, Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. donated 100% of its guacamole sales (up to $50,000) to the Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization focused on building ecologically stable agricultural systems.

Ford Drops Focus on Hybrids, Shifts to Biofuels

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In a sharp shift of strategy, Ford Motor Co. plans to focus less on hybrid technology and more on a wider range of alternatives to traditional gasoline-powered engines, Ford Chief Executive Bill Ford told employees of the automaker.