Earth Day Network Blog Updates
When the EPA announced last month its intention to regulate the carbon emissions from new fossil fuel power plants, the fossil fuel industry claimed that the emissions standards were largely out-of-reach for coal-fired power plants. In order for a new coal power plant to be built in the US, it would need to install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to cut its emissions down to 1,110 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour—a reduction of about 60%.Read More
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
**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.
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.Read More
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.Read More