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By Carol Pierson Holding

“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think that nothing is going to get any better.” - Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

"Fantasy" of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Project Liberty is the first of three commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants opening this year.
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EMMETSBURG, Iowa—Despite its grand scale, the event that marked the opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week at times felt a bit like a homey church function.

Tons of Emissions from Power Plants Are Already Locked In, Study Says

Current methods for calculating global emissions fail to take current facilities into account.
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The world's existing power plants are on track to pour more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and current monitoring standards often fail to take these long-term emissions into account, according to new research from scientists at UC Irvine and Princeton University.
 
The paper, published Tuesday in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters, is the first to estimate the lifetime carbon emissions of power plants globally over multiple years.
 

DNV GL Earns Top-Ranking Voluntary Carbon Market Survey in 2014

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HOUSTON, Aug 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ – DNV GL is again ranked as the “best verification company” in the 2014 survey by Environmental Finance magazine, continuing its leadership position in the worldwide market for voluntary carbon offset projects and trading of carbon emissions credits. DNV GL also earned top honors in the 2013 survey.

“We are delighted and grateful for this recognition,” says Dave Knight, Director of USA & Canada Sustainability Services part of DNV GL Business Assurance. “It is particularly pleasing that this is based on the views of over 700 respondents.”

EPA Proposes Standards for New Landfills and Requests Input on Potential Emissions Reductions from Existing Landfills

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed update to the rule governing the standards of performance for municipal solid waste landfills under the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed update to the rule governing the standards of performance for municipal solid waste landfills under the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

Chinese Adviser’s Carbon Cap Remarks: Promising But Overblown?

Posted by Christina Nunez
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A top Chinese climate adviser signaled Tuesday that the country planned to set a new cap on carbon emissions by the end of the decade, which would be the first such effort from the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
 

New EPA Rule: A National Energy Plan - The Minute

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Critics of U.S. energy practices have long complained about the lack of a comprehensive national energy policy. Over the past few years, the Obama administration has put forth an “all of the above” plan, which includes nuclear, although no new nuclear plants are being built; “clean coal,” an energy source with a doubtful definition; and natural gas, sidestepping the controversy over fracking.

Save Some Green With Toyota, Lexus and Scion

Automobile Club of Southern California Releases its Green Car Guide Picks
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Los Angeles, Calif., May 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ – California drivers looking to save a buck are in luck!  Toyota, Lexus and Scion took three of the top ten spots in the 2014 Green Car Guide, published today by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The Toyota RAV4 EV and Lexus GS450h placed second and fourth, respectively, in the top five overall green vehicles.  The Scion iQ placed fourth in the top five “best value” vehicle category. 

Guest Post: The Drive to Meet Manufacturing Sustainability Commitments

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When you think about General Motors, you obviously think about vehicles.

But from a sustainability perspective, our manufacturing operations are fueling our journey to become a more sustainable company.

We’ve made great progress on that front since establishing our goals three years ago. In fact, we’ve met three of our commitments to sustainable manufacturing seven years ahead of schedule. This is a remarkable pace showing our dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our facilities worldwide.

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