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Plastic Bag Revolt Halves Nationwide Use to 450m
Friday, July 17 2009
Nation
The UK has cut in half it's plastic bag usage in three years, meeting a voluntary goal provided by the government.
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Better buildings soon? Energy and climate bill would set national energy codes
Thursday, June 04 2009
Nation
The Waxman-Markey climate cap and trade bill currently in the House of Representatives would include a provision for national energy codes that would mandate that new buildings be built up to certain efficiency standards.
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China Begins Its Transition to a Clean-Energy Economy
Thursday, June 04 2009
Nation
Set in a bit of a political tone, this is the most comprehensive look at what China is doing to reduce it's emissions. There are some very impressive feats on here. I would recommend skipping the intro and conclusion and reading through the things it is doing (like a 40% tax on vehicles with over 4 liter engines or a 10% reduction in the energy intensity of the economy in 3 years).
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DOE to Award $256M to Improve the Energy Efficiency of the US Economy
Tuesday, June 02 2009
Nation
The US Department of Energy intends to use $256 million to support Combined Heat and Power systems, Waste Energy Recovery systems, efficient industrial equipment, and improved efficiency in information and communication technology, among other things.
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The future’s made of straw
Friday, May 29 2009
Community
North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire is to become the first local authority in the UK to use straw bales to construct social housing. The homes will cost less than the average home and provide three times the required insulation, meaning these homes won't need heating systems.
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US Unveils $4bn Plan To Upgrade Public Housing As Part Of Green Jobs Project
Wednesday, May 27 2009
Nation
The US has revealed a project upgrade windows, insulation, and lighting in low income public housing projects as a part of the administration's green jobs creation strategy.
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Empire State Building Gets Eco-makeover
Tuesday, May 26 2009
City
The Empire State Building is getting $20 million in energy improvements as a part of a $500 million total building upgrade project. These upgrades will cut energy usage by 40% over the next 15 years and pay for itself in under 5 years. It is aiming for a LEED Gold certification as a result of the upgrades.
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House OKs $6.4 billion to make schools greener
Thursday, May 14 2009
Nation
The US House of Representatives approved a modernization bill that includes $6.4 billion dollars to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing schools by reducing energy consumption and installing clean energy systems.
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