Saturday, February 16, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 16 February 2013

Energy and Climate - State of the Union: More Investments in Clean Energy, Less Carbon Pollution
In this combination photo, Doug Hamrick, left, shovels snow off of his family's roof in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and Katie Cramer, right, looks over the front of her destroyed house in Dexter, Michigan, on Friday, March 16, 2012, after a tornado touched down on Thursday night.

February 13, 2013 - In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Barack Obama promised last night to protect all Americans—as well as future generations of Americans—by investing in clean energy and climate policies that will both protect public health and contribute to America’s economic resurgence. He forcefully declared: read more>>> - #1 online destination for solar panels & wind power!

Hubs for a new economy
February, 2013 - The Green Economy Coalition has partnered with the New Economics Foundation, Stakeholder Forum, Development Alternatives and the African Centre for a Green Economy to support two new hubs for new economy thinking in South Africa and India.

Over the next two years, Development Alternatives and the African Centre for a Green Economy will be gathering diverse organisations together to explore alternative economic ideas, share learning at a national and local level, and support experimental projects and activities which demonstrate new economic principles in action.

The project builds on the Coalition’s series of national dialogues and our work with partners to map the global transition to new and green economies all over the world. read more>>>

Where Do Green Jobs and Growing Latino Populations Overlap?
February 10, 2013 - In a new report using data from the 2010 Census and Brookings Institution, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) identified the five top areas in America where Latinos are poised to fill growing roles in the burgeoning sustainable economy.

According to the report, the “bright green” metro areas are:

Knoxville, Tennessee
McAllen, Texas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Angeles, California

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Greens back smart green economic direction
11 Feb 2013 - The Green Party today welcomed Greenpeace's report that sets out a smart new economic direction for New Zealand - one that creates good jobs while protecting the environment.

Greenpeace today released its report entitled The Future is Here: New Jobs, New Prosperity and a New Clean Economy detailing an economic plan that shifts New Zealand's energy production to be 100% renewable by 2025, protects New Zealand's '100% Pure' brand, and grows exports and jobs in clean energy.

"Greenpeace has set out a credible plan to grow jobs while protecting our environment," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman. read more>>>

SCE ramping up energy capacity in Los Angeles
February 15, 2013 - Southern California Edison (SCE) received approval this week to boost generation capacity in the greater Los Angeles area.

The lengthy California Public Utilities Commission decision green lights the siting of an additional 1,400 to 1,800 MW of power in the region. The ruling mandates SCE to source between 1,000 and 1,200 MW of any new generation from gas-fired power. Another 200 MW of generation must come from a combination of energy storage, distributed generation, demand response and energy-efficiency programs. The ruling dates back to a 2001 provision requiring the state's investor-owned utilities to uphold their electricity procurement responsibilities. read more>>>

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Climate Change’s Links to Conflict Draws UN Attention
Feb 15, 2013 - Imagine India in 2033. It has overtaken China as the most populous nation. Yet with 1.5 billion citizens to feed, it’s been three years since the last monsoon. Without rain, crops die and people starve.

The seeds of conflict take root.

This is one of the scenarios Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, presented today to members of the United Nations Security Council in New York to show the connection between climate change and global security challenges.

Either rich nations will find a way to supply needy nations suffering from damaging climate effects “or you will have all kinds of unrest and revolutions, with the export of angry and hungry people to the industrialized countries,” Schellnhuber said in an interview yesterday. read more>>>

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