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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

March 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, recently released a report that warns about the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.  The report explains about impacts the world is already experiencing due to climate change, such as melting ice caps, collapsing sea ice in the Arctic, water supplies coming [...]

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

Greenland — a vast store of ice three kilometers tall at its center and the final remnant of the Northern Hemisphere’s great glaciers of the last ice age has now begun what is likely an unstoppable rush to the sea. For according to a new report in Nature Climate Change, the last stable region of glacial [...]

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

In an unusual policy intervention, U.S. scientists say evidence that the world is warming is as conclusive as the link between smoking and lung cancer.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, released a report on Tuesday that reiterates what many in the scientific community have already said. “The science linking human activities [...]

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

During May of last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) crossed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history.  This year, we are already seeing numbers over the 400 ppm threshold.  Atmospheric carbon dioxide usually peaks in May, and if levels continue to rise in the next few months, April or May [...]

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

March 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

According to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), U.S. wind power topped 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30% of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25% of total electricity production. In nine [...]

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

March 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Residential

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), more Americans used public transit last year than in any year since 1956.  Americans used public transportation for a total of 10.7 billion trips in 2013, which is an increase of 37.2% since 1995. The study also found that use of public transit isn’t [...]

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

March 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, the number of US solar installations continues to grow as costs continues to decline.  Compared to 2012, solar installations increased 41% in 2013, totaling 4,751 megawatts of solar PV installed during 2013 alone.  Solar was the second-largest source of new [...]

NYSERDA Launches Networking Website Targeting Clean-Energy Technology Projects

February 27th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Renewable Energy

NYSERDA Launches Networking Website Targeting Clean-Energy Technology Projects

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has introduced a new website, www.cleantechnyconnect.com, which provides a free networking forum for individuals and businesses in New York’s clean-energy sector.  The purpose of the website is to “encourage collaboration between individuals and businesses in New York’s clean-tech sector and to connect them with resources to help [...]

Your Stories: FitzLimo Goes Green

January 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Your Stories

Your Stories: FitzLimo Goes Green

FitzLimo, a transportation company located in Geneva, New York, is working to reduce their carbon footprint and encourages other businesses to take action, too. “All of our diesel vehicles are currently running on Biodiesel fuel which has over 75% less emissions,” explains Derek Whitney, a representative for the company.  Because FitzLimo is located in a [...]

Solarize Madison featured in Climate Smart Communities Webinar

October 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Residential

Solarize Madison featured in Climate Smart Communities Webinar

The next NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Climate Smart Communities webinar will take place Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM with a presentation entitled “Advancing Solar Power with NY-Sun”. The NY-Sun Initiative will invest $800 million through 2015 to expand solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment, advance solar-power technology, and reduce solar balance-of-system costs, including installation. [...]

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