Earth Day Network Blog Updates

What Is the Heat Island Effect?

Have you ever noticed that urban areas often feel hotter than their more rural surroundings? The culprit? The heat island effect.

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Virtual Net-Metering Comes to DC

In the midst of a nightmarish government shutdown, the city of Washington DC finally has some good news: the DC city council voted unanimously to allow virtual net-metering.

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A Billion Acts of Green: Buy Local Produce

September was a big month for A Billion Acts of Green, the world’s largest environmental service campaign. We introduced a new action—Reduce Your Ecological Footprint—encouraging our followers to take our Ecological Footprint Quiz. The quiz assesses your impact on the planet by asking you what kind of food you eat, where you live, what kind of transportation you use, etc. At the end of the quiz, you can get helpful suggestions about how to reduce your ecological footprint and live more sustainably. Read More

The Future of Green: Record-Breaking Solar Cells


**This is the fifth installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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New IPCC Report Serves as a Call to Action

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its highly-anticipated Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change. The report—considered the world’s most authoritative scientific assessment of climate change—confirmed and built upon what many of us already knew: climate change is real, it’s happening right now, and we are virtually certain that humans are the primary cause.

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A Look at the Better Buildings Initiative

According to the Department of Energy, “last year, commercial and industrial buildings used roughly 50% of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion.” In response, the Obama Administration has come up with a solution intended to “catalyze revolutionary change in energy across U.S. buildings:” the Better Buildings Initiative.

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Director of Mexican Conservation Org. Wins UNEP Award

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, Director of long-standing Earth Day Network partner Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, was selected to receive one of the 2013 Champions of the Earth awards, the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) highest environmental distinction.

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Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants Released

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an updated draft of its proposal to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. The plan—a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—represents a significant step forward in the fight against climate change.

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Obama Administration Defends Carbon Pollution Limits for Power Plants

In a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, the Obama administration defended its Climate Action Plan against criticism from the GOP and the coal industry. The hearing focused on the administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

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What Does It Mean to "Green" Your Home?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about greener and more energy-efficient buildings. But what exactly does this mean for your average homeowner? And what are the best ways for people to “green” their homes?

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