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Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Mitigate Risks from Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 19, 2016 8:46:49 AM

Across the planet, individuals and organizations are joining together to advocate for keeping coal, oil, and gas in the ground, demanding that our global society break free from fossil fuels to mitigate the risks of climate change.

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The Race Is On: Who Will Win When Smart Meets Solar?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 12, 2016 9:24:49 AM

The Solar and Smart Home technologies are quickly converging, opening up watershed growth opportunities for companies in these sectors. But it also invites new players like metadata behemoths Google and Amazon into the space, who have a long history of disrupting industries. Who is poised to win?

The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to reach $59 billion by 2020, are two of the building industry’s hottest growth sectors. 

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Is Green Certification Really Necessary?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 10, 2016 3:39:15 PM

Programs such as LEED have been a good "entry point" for building more efficient buildings, but by following a cookbook of steps to cerfification, we may actually end up with buildings that are far less efficient than they could be if barriers to certification were lower (including cost and complexity).

Reprinted from Reinventing Green Building:

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Slideshow: The True Costs of Fracking

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 10, 2016 10:21:08 AM

The negative impacts of fracking far outweigh the short term benefits of cheap gas.

 

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Savage Irony: Alberta Wildfires in Tar Sands Town Tied to Global Warming

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 9, 2016 9:12:10 AM

The inferno roaring around the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta,has called attention to the dire impacts we can expect if fossil fuel projects proceed as planned.Photo: Wikimedia Commons

ENVIRONMENTALIST BILL MCKIBBEN, a vocal opponent of the proposed XL Pipeline—originating in the Tar Sands of Canada—has likened the extraction of those dirty fuels to a death blow for the planet, and he's not alone. The major concern is the release of buried methane in the extraction process, but that's just one straw on the climate change camel's back. There's also the burning of the extracted oil, the clearing and burning of forests and so on.

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