New study underscores the need to make rare earth metal use more sustainable

New study underscores the need to make rare earth metal use more sustainable

The supply of rare earth metals necessary for building solar panels and wind turbines might not be able to keep pace with growing global demand spurred by the growth in renewable energy technology. We don’t recycle these metals and their extraction is rife with human rights abuses. As Phys reported, a new study, commissioned and […]

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One cool thing: Sweden leads global transition to a low-carbon future

One cool thing: Sweden leads global transition to a low-carbon future

According to the International Energy Agency, Sweden is the global leader in building a low-carbon economy, with the lowest share of fossil fuels in its primary energy supply among all IEA member countries, and the second-lowest carbon-intensive economy. Sweden has been successful in its energy transformation through market-based policies that focus on energy efficiency and […]

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Starbucks to power 360 Texas stores through solar energy

Starbucks to power 360 Texas stores through solar energy

Yesterday, Starbucks, Cypress Creek Renewables, and U.S. Bank announced that they are teaming up on a portfolio of solar farms across Texas. As a part of the deal, two solar farms developed, built and now operated by Cypress Creek, one of the nation’s leading solar companies, are providing enough energy for the equivalent of 360 […]

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Chicago Becomes Largest City to Commit to Renewable Energy

Chicago Becomes Largest City to Commit to Renewable Energy

In one of his final acts as Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel ushered through the city council a resolution to commit the city to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, ten years earlier than the state of Illinois requires, and making it the largest city in the U.S. to do so.

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Renewables + electrification can get us most of the way to decarbonization

Renewables + electrification can get us most of the way to decarbonization

While some don’t believe that this is achievable, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewables and electrification alone can achieve 75% of global emissions reductions goals.

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Amazon not keeping its renewable energy commitments

Amazon not keeping its renewable energy commitments

In 2014, Amazon made a much-applauded announcement that it would power the entire company off of renewable energy. However, recent investigations by Greenpeace and Gizmodo have revealed that Amazon isn’t making good on its commitment.

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