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Community Solar Power Market Set to Explode

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There has long been a huge gap in the solar market: the gap between large, utility-scale solar projects (“the grid”) and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle space has […]

100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

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I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting.

EU: All Airlines Must Pay for Their Carbon Emissions

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It was decided many moons ago that the countries of the world would work together to stop global warming and climate change, by reducing their carbon emissions, in sync. Well, if you haven’t heard, that hasn’t come about. However, the EU has done a tremendous job of reducing its emissions in various sectors. One sector […]

Grassroots Campaign to Get More Progressives in Office

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  I was recently contacted by some folks from a great campaign to get a lot more progressives elected to office around the U.S. The campaign is called 2,012 for 2012. It’s an exciting project and has been doing much better than originally planned. Here’s more: 2,012 for 2012 (Grassroots Movement to Get Good Politicians Elected) […]

Boston Bike-Sharing Still Rockin’ — To Increase 50%

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    Last I wrote about Boston’s new bike-sharing program, Hubway, it was about how popular the service was. (Oh yeah, and I shared a test ride blog from someone at Boston University.) Well, the rockin’ and rollin’ on Hubway bicycles has continued. In four months, 140,000 rides were taken via Hubway. Even compared to […]

Denmark Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

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Not quite Scotland’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025, but still a highly ambitious one (relative to other countries), Denmark’s newest renewable energy target proposals aim to have wind supplying it with half of its electricity by 2020, and renewable energy supplying it with ALL of its energy by 2050. And all of its power and heat would come from renewables by 2035.

Occupy Oakland March 100,000?

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Initial reports of Occupy Oakland’s General Strike March last week had the number of protesters at 3,000-10,000, max. But where did the number come from? Oakland’s Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan (7,000) and some mainstream media agencies that weren’t even there. The actual number of protesters is now said to be much higher.

Detroit Rising

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One of my favorite bloggers out there, Peter Sinclair, recently found this great video on the green uprising in Detroit. You have to watch it. It’s great, fun, inspiring.

Help Fund DIY Global Village Construction Set

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Back in May, I wrote about Open Source Ecology’s DIY Global Village Construction Set. It’s a wicked cool idea of a handful of DIYers, farmers, and engineers, led by Marcin Jakubowski, to help create:

“A world where every community has access to an open source Fab[rication] Lab which can produce all the things that one currently finds at a Walmart cost-effectively, quickly, on demand from local resources.”

Scotland — Home to World’s 1st Online Urban Green Space Map?

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I recently read a headline saying that Scotland had made the “World’s First Urban Green Space Map.” Now, while that sounds pretty cool, I’m not sure if I caught what’s first about it. As you may or may not know, my master’s degree was in city planning — making urban green space maps is nothing new in the field. Even making online, interactive versions of the maps like this one is not at all unheard of. My only thought is that it might be the first national-scale map of its kind….