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When you turn your lights on, do you ever wonder where that power comes from? How about when you are cooking dinner or making your morning coffee? What about when you are heating your home on a cold winter night? We often take our lifestyle based on a convenient and abundant supply of energy for granted. We switch our appliances on; drive our cars, use computers and cellphones without giving it a second thought. We use energy every day because it’s essential to our modern way of life. But do you ever wonder where the energy comes from?

Las Vegas Project Shows Power of Solar Panels

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The desert-bound city of Las Vegas enjoys average highs of 41⁰C on July days, but drops to a positively frigid 35⁰C in September.  So you can imagine the demands on the regional power grid from air conditioning alone. With a population of just under 2 million – not including the tourists – southern Nevada demands a lot of electricity. We spoke with Chris Brophy, Vice President of Corporate Sustainabilty for MGM Resorts International to see what they’re doing to offset the energy demand on the grid.

Carnival Corporation Multi-Year Fuel Conservation Program Expected to Save More Than One Billion Gallons of Fuel and Reduce Carbon Emissions by 12 Billion Kilograms by End of 2014

Fleet of over 100 ships will see 24 percent improvement in fuel efficiency from 2007 through 2014 Broad, multi-year strategy to conserve onboard energy usage and reduce fuel consumption will save $2.5 billion in fuel costs by the end of 2014
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MIAMI, January 28, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, today released the results of its multi-year Fleet Fuel Conservation Program that by the end of 2014 will have saved more than one billion gallons of fuel and reduced fleet carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms over a seven year period.

Biochar-ging Ahead to Engage Citizens in Combating Climate Change

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What is biochar? Why is it so promising and exciting?
Biochar is charcoal derived from organic waste that conditions soil, increasing plant and tree growth. Increased growth of healthy foliage in turn helps to create a greener and healthier city. In addition, when mixed with soil, biochar sequesters carbon and enables increased infiltration of storm water run-off, which also helps to combat climate change.
 

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal.
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India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.
 
"On a full moon night, if street lights are put off for two, three hours, will it not be service to the environment? Won't you enjoy the full moon night?" Narendra Modi said in September, adding: "We have forgotten to live with nature." He urged kids to switch off fans, lights, or appliances when not in use and turn off tap water when brushing teeth.
 

6 Questions About What's Next for Keystone XL as U.S. Senate Votes

Despite looming Senate vote to force approval, U.S.-Canada pipeline faces multiple challenges.
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A U.S. Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, slated for Tuesday, won't resolve the seemingly endless pipeline saga that has engulfed Barack Obama's presidency.
 
Even if the Senate passes a bill to force approval of the $8 billion U.S.-Canadian pipeline, as the U.S. House of Representatives did for the ninth time last week, that won't end debate and begin the project's construction. Not even close.
 

Foundations' Joint Competition Inspires Amazing STEM-based Youth Projects

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What happens when you encourage students nationwide to compete for STEM-focused grants to address environmental problems in their local communities, what happens?
 
The results of a recent Captain Planet Foundation environmental youth competition highlight some pretty amazing examples of creative, solution-based projects from students in communities from the west’s high desert to the central plains to the Great Lakes!
 

Chief Councillor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation on First Nations and Energy Development in Canada

Posted by David Braun of National Geographic
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Located in the North Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation has found itself at the center of Canada’s energy and international commerce debate.
 

Free Webinar: Industry Experts on Managing Food Waste

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting the Best Practices and Solutions for Addressing Food Waste Webinar, in partnership with The Dow Chemical Company, City of Phoenix, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Houston Advanced Research Center.

Guest Post: GM Bike Share – Reducing Emissions, Increasing Productivity

The General Motors Warren Technical Center is on pace to reduce overall emissions while increasing worker productivity and contributing to the bottom line thanks to a new bike sharing program on its…
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In August, General Motors became the first U.S. automaker to provide a bike share program to its employees when it partnered with Zagster, a leading provider of bike share programs. The new program has brought a convenient, fun and cost effective way for GM employees to get on, off – but mostly around – the Warren Technical Center campus.

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