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Union of Concerned Scientists Answers Questions about Hurricane Matthew and Climate Change

Frequently Asked Questions about Hurricane Matthew and Climate Change

Q: Did climate change cause this hurricane?

A: In general, hurricanes just happen. They need warm water, moist air and converging winds to form. But, a number of studies have found that warmer ocean temperatures are fueling stronger North Atlantic hurricanes. The number of North Atlantic Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes has roughly doubled since the 1970s. In the case of Matthew, ocean waters were at record high temperatures. The oceans have absorbed most of the extra energy from global warming and the North Atlantic has warmed more than other oceans—0.7°C since the 1980s.

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USGBC Empowers Zero Waste Industry: USGBC & USZWBC join forces

USGBC logoThis summer the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) stepped into Zero Waste WE Consciousness with an empowering announcement!

On July 1, 2016, the USGBC issued a LEED Interpretation allowing documentation for a facility certified by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) to stand in for several LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) prerequisites and credits. The USGBC's aim is to reduce the burden for buildings pursuing both certifications.

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Why We Withdrew Funds from Our 401k to Invest in Solar

My 25 year veteran tax accountant looked at me with incredulous eyes when I said I wanted to withdraw $20,000 from my 401k to invest in a solar array for our house. She told me even to withdraw funds simply to be able to invest in another fund rarely pays off, because of the tax consequences. I looked at her and said; “This time I think it will work out for us”. She only shook her head. “As your tax accountant, I advise against it.” 

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Avoiding the Red when Going Green

 

All waste removal service prices are set to increase, but recycling services will offer buyers the most cost-effective and eco-friendly option

Over the past decade, environmentalists have pressured waste collection firms to become more eco-friendly amid increasing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Waste haulers have, in turn, been able to generate more revenue from the emerging recycled material market created from advances and initiatives to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” However, the cost of going green has recently jumped for many waste collection firms, and the added expense has often been passed down the line to buyers.

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Let’s make sure the Clean Power Plan provides opportunity for rural, low-income communities

Used under creative commons license from usdagov.This month marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama and the EPA’s regulation to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. While the Clean Power Plan focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it also includes a program to make sure all communities benefit from a clean energy transition. This program—the Clean Energy Incentive Program—is currently open for comment, providing an important opportunity to shape the environmental justice and rural implications of the Clean Power Plan.

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Our energy independence must be based on science

As the effects of burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) continue to overheat the climate with the ‘greenhouse’ effect, policy-makers shifted to favoring what appeared to be the least damaging of these alternatives, natural gas.  As the effects of burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) continue to overheat the climate with the ‘greenhouse’ effect, policy-makers shifted to favoring what appeared to be the least damaging of these alternatives, natural gas.  Combustion of natural gas releases a fraction of the atmospheric carbon generated by burning oil and coal.

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Marsh, Climate, and Energy

It is a tribute to the limitations of our habits of thought, strongly supported by conventional politics, that in the flurry of concern over the harsh impacts of climate on Georgia’s tidal marsh, there’s virtually no discussion of the causes of climate change.

It is a tribute to the limitations of our habits of thought, strongly supported by conventional politics, that in the flurry of concern over the harsh impacts of climate on Georgia’s tidal marsh, there’s virtually no discussion of the causes of climate change.

The jury is in, substantiated by the vast majority of climate scientists – it’s the greenhouse gases (GHGs), folks!

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America is Accelerating in Race for Fuel Efficiency

America’s drive for cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, SUVs and trucks is approaching a major signpost, and it looks like we’re picking up speed.

A government report expected any day will provide a snapshot of our historic progress, while illustrating the potential for even greater pocketbook savings for motorists—if only we keep a foot on the pedal.  Keeping our vehicle standards strong will bring ever cleaner and healthier air—and a more stable climate for our planet.

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EPA Moves Forward As Harvard Recognizes Billions of “Hidden” Clean Power Plan Benefits

Clean Power Plan moves forwardDespite the setback delivered by the Supreme Court’s stay, action around the Clean Power Plan continues. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic regulation is on the verge of another public input period and is also the focus of a recent Harvard study.

What’s more, EPA has a new proposal out and an upcoming public comment period related to the voluntary early-action piece of the Clean Power Plan, known as the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). After hearing from stakeholders during a previous public comment period that ended in mid-December 2015, EPA has made some significant changes to the proposed CEIP. Most importantly, EPA has expanded the range of projects eligible for CEIP participation to include solar projects implemented to serve low-income communities

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