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Greenhouse Gases a Growing Factor in Coastal Flooding

The recent ‘king–tide’ (extreme high-tide) flooding was an eye-opening event to witness. According to official reports, these were the highest waters on our coast ever recorded in the absence of a hurricane.

In addition to heavy rains there were other factors, and one of particular significance. Besides moderate offshore winds that were blowing landward, as coastal development continues, there are increasing areas of pavement and other impervious surfaces that shed storm-water into low-lying areas.


Atlanta’s Commute is Driving Climate Change Home

Atlanta drivers face the worst commutes in the entire country. With both population and suburban sprawl on the rise, it’s not going to get better without active change.

The City of Atlanta and its transportation woes are synonymous. Almost three quarters of city residents responding to a recent Atlanta Regional Commission poll rated traffic as “the biggest problem facing residents in the metro Atlanta area.”

And the city isn’t simply time-crazed. Atlanta drivers spend more hours commuting than residents of any other U.S. city. This is partly due to poor city infrastructure. Georgia spends less dollars per resident on transportation than almost any other state.

And our cars are pumping carbon dioxide at an alarming rate. Dr. Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Management Analyst, watches the numbers, such as vehicle miles travelled (VMTs), every day. It’s his job to take climate science and apply it to citywide policy.


Growing the economy while tackling climate change

Marilyn Brown, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Institute of Technology

Since the Industrial Revolution, the atmosphere has been the world’s principal repository for carbon pollution, providing a free-for-all approach to waste management that has resulted in global climate change with serious consequences for human and environmental health.

Responding to the need for action, two major climate milestones occurred this summer.


Don’t reverse progress toward healthier school lunches

Don’t reverse progress toward healthier school lunches

As parents, you trust your family pediatrician to help you make informed choices about your children's health — not politicians or special interests. That's why when developing the first meaningful improvements to school meals in 30 years, we turned to the people who care the most for kids, including pediatricians and other respected health, nutrition and school meal professionals.


NEXTGEN Climate Calls on Candidates and Elected Officials to Lay Out a Plan to Achieve More Than 50% Clean Energy by 2030

Transition to Clean Energy Economy Will Prevent Climate Disaster, Strengthen Economy and Create Jobs

NextGen Climate Founder and President Tom Steyer called on candidates and elected officials to tackle climate change head-on and lay out a plan to power our country with more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and put us on a path to a completely clean energy economy by 2050.  


AEE: EPA Can Use Advanced Energy to Hold Down Costs for States That Do Not Submit Plans for Carbon Reduction

Under Clean Power Plan, Utilizing Market-Based Credit Trading Would Allow Power Plant Owners To Meet Targets through Advanced Energy Measures that Reduce Emissions at Low Costs in States Where EPA Imposes a Federal Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's backstop plan for states that fail to craft their own strategies to comply with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan can make full and effective use of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies to lower the costs of reducing carbon emissions, according to Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association.


Supreme Court Mercury Decision Not a Real Game Changer

Supreme Court Mercury Decision Not a Real Game ChangerIn a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States sent the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule back to a lower court for review. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion, which hinged on an interpretation of administrative law requirements and did not overturn EPA’s ability to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants.


Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewables

Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewables - See more at: new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly damaged. The study says, “The total amount lost in rangelands is the equivalent of approximately five million animal unit months…” and ”The amount of biomass lost in croplands is the equivalent of 120.2 million bushels of wheat…”.


Is Renewable Energy Right for My Business?

Is Renewable Energy Right for My Business? License Some rights reserved by Wayne National ForestUtilities are a huge expense for any business, however they are also an area with the biggest potential for cost-savings. When planning energy consumption for your business, it’s important to weigh up the short- and long-term costs facing your organization, especially when considering the relative pros and cons of renewable energy.

Although the crude oil price crash in 2014 brought massive relief to business energy costs, the unavoidable truth is that sustainable energy is the future. But is now the right time to invest in renewable energy for your business? Let’s take a look.


Water Rates - The Price is NOT Right

Water Rates - The Price is NOT RightThere are lot of good reasons to adopt the use of alternate water sources such as rainwater collection, grey water recycling, and various other conservation measures.  Return on investment is one of the most talked about reasons.  At Ecovie, we have seen many cases where residential clients install a potable rainwater system because they do not have access to cheap municipal water. Furthermore a well is not always feasible, and trucking tankers of water in (while feasible in emergencies) costs a fortune.  In these cases, the ROI of a rainwater system is very easy to justify.  In other cases, the alternate costs of stormwater management, cost of running municipal lines, and other factors put together make for a compelling ROI justification.


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