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Floods and Wildfires: The Reality of our Nation’s Future

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 25, 2016 9:21:02 AM

The increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and other natural disasters make a clear case for resilient building.

Last week, ominous skies in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains looked more like the Apocalypse than a typical sunny August afternoon.  Smoke, soot, and ash from the vicious Pilot and Blue Cut fires shrouded the valley, causing residents to flee their homes and schools and businesses to close.

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McKibben’s Let’s Win the War on Warming: A Must-Read on Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 18, 2016 9:27:18 AM

Every once in a while, a thoughtful piece of editorial is published that recalibrates the national dialogue about climate change. Sustainability activist Bill McKibben just wrote such an article, putting the war against global warming into perspective and calling for a massive WWII-scale mobilization that completely retools our national economy.

Climate activist Bill McKibben takes no prisoners.  He writes bold and impassioned editorial pieces that call out the major players in the fossil fuel economy.  He protests against pipelines and rallies like a rockstar.  He doesn’t hesitate to get arrested for causes that he believes in.  His perspective on global warming and the urgent need for climate action is powerful and persuasive. 

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Rio Raises the Bar on Climate Action

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 11, 2016 8:13:00 AM

With the goal of redefining the global zeitgeist, Rio tackles the issue of climate change head-on at opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics.

In some ways, it’s ironic that Rio tackled climate change head-on during its colorful opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games.  While riddled with massive environmental challenges, the Brazilians decided to take a stand for climate action in a way that larger countries with more to lose (yes, like the U.S.) might never have done.

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2015 Climate Data Show Frenzied Extremes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 4, 2016 1:42:16 PM

Across the board, from local weather patterns to global heating, the Earth is showing us her displeasure with business-as-usual.

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Green Builder Media Announces 2016 Eco-Leaders

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 4, 2016 8:07:21 AM

Each year, the Green Builder Media editorial team selects a handful of Eco Leaders, companies that are paving the way to a sustainable future with innovative products and forward-thinking business practices, and highlights them in Green Builder magazine.

Green Builder Media’s selected Eco Leaders are setting an example for other companies to follow, reducing their environmental footprint and improving the lives of a wide range of people through the development of enabling technologies, the advancement of the circular economy, the practice of resource conservation, and the continued reduction of carbon emissions. These visionary companies utilize renewable energy, extend the life cycle of their products, maintain a sustainable supply chain, and give back to their communities.

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Will You Vote for the Environment?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 28, 2016 10:07:08 AM

It’s hard to find words to describe this Presidential election, but there is no doubt that it comes down to two platforms of polar—and polarizing—opposites. When it comes to the climate, this election represents much more than the lesser of two evils—it may go a long way toward determining the fate of humans on this planet.

The last time a major political party nominated a Clinton for President, the world was very different.  Free trade, domestic crime, deficit reduction, and welfare reform were the critical issues then, and climate was all but ignored (only mentioned twice in the Democratic party’s 1996 platform). 

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Report: Fracking-Friendly Political Statements from Both Major Political Camps Could Cripple U.S. Efforts to Curb Climate Change

Posted by Dierdre Fulton, Common Dreams

Jul 23, 2016 9:19:23 PM

'Currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting U.S. climate goals impossible,' says Oil Change International.

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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 11, 2016 2:47:38 PM

Record heat and ‘Arctic Amplification’ is causing sea ice in the Arctic to melt at alarming rates.

Scientists have known for years that melting ice in the Artic is causing sea levels to rise.  What they recently discovered, however, is that a phenomenon called ‘Artic Amplification’—the exacerbation of melting ice caused by rising temperatures—has created large areas of dark, open water that quickly absorb warmth from the sun, causing the ice to melt even faster (in contrast, white frozen ice reflects sunlight back into space.) 

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North America to Generate 50% of its Energy from Clean Sources by 2025

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 30, 2016 8:31:03 AM

In an impressive show of solidarity and support for climate action, the United States, Canada, and Mexico announced a North American climate partnership that commits the three countries to producing half of their power from wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, and clean coal.

Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto met this week in Ottawa to sign an agreement that will increase the three countries’ production of clean energy from 37% to 50% by 2025.  The agreement will allow clean energy sales across borders and connect the countries’ energy grids. 

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Plagued by Plunging Profits, Shell Creates Renewable Energy Division

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 26, 2016 11:16:45 AM

The end of the fossil fuel era is near.  Some industry stalwarts, like Exxon, are in outright denial.  Others, like coal king Peabody Energy, can’t help but feel acute pain as their once-impenetrable fortresses crumble.  Others, like Shell, are investing in the future.

Europe’s largest oil company, Shell, sees the writing on the wall.  The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate has determined that it is not going to rely only on dirty fossil fuels for its livelihood.  Rather, it’s going to catch a wave on the market tide and invest in the burgeoning clean energy revolution. 

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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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China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 28, 2016 10:54:39 AM

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.

Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions. 

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Earth Day Reflections: Are we Green Yet?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 21, 2016 9:57:12 AM

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.

Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by.  As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability. 

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