This example of sustainable development is converting 22 miles of abandoned rail lines to a network of streetcars, light rail, trails and affordable housing.
The chapter, which includes trade in green products and services, has no teeth.
In the next five years, the goal is for next generation power electronics to be cost-competive, affecting everything from electric cars to a smart grid.
Masdar has launched a blogging competition on sustainable development - the winner gets a free trip to Sustainability Week in Abu Dhabi in January.
Three cities in Colorado voted for a moratorium on fracking, and progressive candidates won in Washington, where they can halt a coal export terminal by denying a permit.
The attorney who advocated for the JOBS Act is disappointed with SEC's proposed rules that would allow anyone to invest in businesses through crowdfunding.
Usually vastly outspent by fossil fuel interests, the environmental community are top contributors to several key votes in the 2013 election.
Japan is the latest country to sign an organic trade agreement with the US, and the first in Asia. As of January 1, 2014 certified organic products can move freely between the US and Japan, growing markets, organic jobs across the supply chain and organic farming acreage in both countries. It makes it much easier and cheaper for organic producers to export – it relieves them from having to get organic certification separately in both countries while ensuring the organic integrity of products. The result is higher profits for producers and lower retail prices. Green tea, sake and mushrooms are currently the most popular organic exports from Japan to the US, according to the USDA. The US exports $80 million worth of organic products to Japan each year – much more than it imports. US organic exports to Japan include soybeans, cauliflower, nuts and processed products such as frozen meals. USDA estimates this agreement could more than triple those sales to $250 million a year over the next 10 years, reports Associated Press. Equivalency agreements are signed after assessments conclude that both countries have “equivalent” programs for organic certification in terms of what it takes to get certified, managed and enforced. Although programs may not be identical, they achieve the same objectives and maintain the high-quality standards important to the integrity of both programs. Under the agreement, Japan’s Ministry […]
Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its second try at carbon regulations for new power plants, after going back to the drawing board last year. These would be the first rules that address carbon dioxide as a pollutant – ordered by the Supreme Court years ago under the Clean Air Act, but since then the subject of endless lawsuits andlegislation from the fossil fuel lobby – all of which EPA won. The fight now begins again. EPA’s proposed rules only limit carbon pollution from new power plants – rules for existing power plants, which are way more important, come out by next June. Under the rules, new coal plants can’t emit more than 1100 pounds of carbon per megawatt-hour. They have the option of meeting somewhat tighter limits if they choose to average emissions over multiple years, giving them more operational flexibility. New large natural gas-fired plants are limited to emitting 1,000 pounds of carbon per megawatt-hour and small plants have a 1100 pound limit. All these standards do is ensure that new power plants are built with current best technology, the same requirement for all industries except the power sector – which produces 40% of US carbon emissions, the nation’s biggest source. Plants can even phase in technologies, says EPA. While the EPA places limits on emissions of arsenic, mercury and […]
Many programs now inspire innovation through online collaboration and crowdsourcing, such as LAUNCH for sustainable materials.