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Europe Shows the Way to Energy-Efficient Design

January 6th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

After the EU signed Kyoto, requiring it to reduce carbon emissions 8% below 1990 levels by 2012, many products and design changed there, diverging from US standards. Cars, for example, became smaller, lighter; and more fuel efficient. Even US automakers not known for efficiency make 62 MPG cars for Europe. Germany and Spain introduced Feed-in Tariffs that paid homeowners to make solar power on their roofs. But most interestingly, for Americans now considering energy efficient retrofits with a new "Cash for Caulkers" program being considered, a whole new industry was created by the need to supply new energy efficient building innovations. Energy efficient glass

China Requires Utilities to Buy All the Electricity Generated By Renewable Energy Companies

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

This weekend the main Chinese legislature adopted an amendment to the renewable energy law, requiring that utilities buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators. Power enterprises refusing to buy power produced by renewable energy generators would be fined up to an amount double that of the economic loss of the renewable energy company

Copenhagen: Not Enough…Tuvalu Gone, But Still Hope for NYC

December 19th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Copenhagen moved the process forward. Like the Kyoto Accord when it was first agreed to in 1997, it is not yet a legally binding treaty. The Kyoto accord only became legally binding in 2005, and only then because that was when Russia signed the agreement. The protocol had to be ratified by enough nations to account for at least 55% of greenhouse gas emissions in order to become a valid, binding treaty, and once Russia signed, that threshold was reached. And really it took from 1992, when the Rio agreement focused attention on the problem; till 2005 for it to become legal and binding. These things take time

The Fossil Party and the Future Party

December 6th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

One of the hardest parts of checking foreign news sources - to find out what others think of the emissions reductions targets their countries are bringing to Copenhagen - is deciphering the meaning of all those political parties' names. Who knows which side each of these is on, when it comes to climate change

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