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Climate News: A Trifecta of Global Agreements

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 20, 2016 10:28:58 AM

It has been a good month for the climate, as countries from around the globe have signed three watershed climate change agreements.

Over the past few weeks, major steps have been taken to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of our changing climate.

Much to the relief of climate advocates around the world, the Paris Agreement has now been ratified by nearly 100 countries, representing almost 65% of global emissions, bringing the agreement into full legal force.  Through the agreement, 190 countries have pledged to limit global warming, reduce carbon emissions, adopt clean technologies, and assist poor countries that have been impacted by climate change. 

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Will the Other Bill McKibbens Please Stand Up?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 26, 2016 2:19:18 PM

Its time for everyday climate heroes in the building industry to lead by example.

WHY IS THERE ONLY ONE BILL MCKIBBEN? If you’re holding a conference on saving the world, who comes to mind as a keynote speaker? Bill McKibben. If you wrote a book about living more simply, who will sing its praises on the back cover? Bill McKibben.
You might start to think that Bill McKibben the only person on Earth who has anything wise, or prescient, or quotable to say about saving ourselves from ourselves. That’s not true, of course.

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Slashing Emissions from Fossil Fuels Burned in Buildings

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 20, 2016 3:13:58 PM

By Merrian Borgeson and Pierre Delforge

The “decarbonization” of America’s building is critical to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, the amount scientists believe is necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. California, long a national and world leader in fighting climate change, is already beginning to take a look at how to reduce the carbon pollution from fuels burned inside buildings for space and water heating.

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Codes and Climate

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 8, 2016 11:51:50 AM

Codes are designed to keep homeowners and building occupants safe and protected. They play a critical role in protecting the environment as well.

The connection between codes and the climate may, at first blush, seem oblique. However, the two are intricately connected. Codes are designed to make homes and buildings stronger, safer, healthier, and more durable.  They’re designed to improve performance and energy savings.  And in so doing, codes play a pivotal role not just in protecting lives, but the planet as well.

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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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