Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

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Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that Q2 investment spiked 33 percent from Q1 and is up 9 percent compared to Q2 last year. Renewable energy investment topped $63 billion — making this the strongest second quarter since 2012 when investment reached $69.6 billion. The all-time record quarter for clean energy investment was 2011′s Q2, which amounted to $78 billion.

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The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

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It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a devastating drought, but a new report is putting actual numbers on the problem, and the results are not good. This year alone, California stands to lose over 17,000 jobs and $2.2 billion dollars in revenue because of the water shortage. And while mother nature is partially responsible, the report reveals that local governments and farmers carry more than just a little of the blame.

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La Luge is a Flexible Holiday Home Nestled in the Countryside of Quebec

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Foster & Partners' Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin's Old Reichstag Parliament Building

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Titan 1: The Fastest, Tallest Print, High Res SLA 3D Printer on the Market is Now Available

by , 07/16/14

3D printing has the potential to become a staple in green living. It can reduce packaging waste, allows for the reuse of printing materials, and enables designers and architects the ability to test prototypes before building, which can help decrease the amount of waste created by redesigns. So how can 3D printing do all of this? Consumers can print goods in their own homes, eliminating the waste generated by packaging and shipping. It also reduces the amount of fuel used to transport and deliver goods due to the fact that blueprints for desired items are available online, or are created by the consumer. With the Titan 1, these items can be created more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

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Have You Seen the 19th Century Log Cabins Twitter Installed at its San Francisco Headquarters?

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Employees at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters now have a chance to tap their creativity inside repurposed 19th century log cabins. Olle Lundberg Design helped the tech company install two homesteader cabins salvaged from historic ranches in Montana. The cabins now reside in an open area in the headquarters, and they’ll serve as a creativity-inducing dining area.

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Atlanta's 'Emerald Necklace' Beltline Was a Grad Student's Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

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DIY Summer Craft Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

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Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

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On June 6th, Fred Heutte’s presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Natural Gas Advisory Committee blew away idea of abundant, cheap natural gas like a compressor station blow-down. Through the use of diagrams from places like the Energy Information Administration, Heutte dismisses conventional claims of energy independence; low-cost and production growth of shale gas up to and beyond 2040; liquified natural gas export terminals; and shale gas replacement of coal and oil for both transport and electricity generation.

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Hulger Launches First Drop Top Lamp Shade to Match Energy-Efficient Plumen Light Bulbs

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Design brand Hulger just introduced the latest addition to their award-winning, energy-efficient lighting family: the Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade (A). Made from mouth-blown glass, the Drop Top is Hulger’s first lampshade designed with the Plumen 001 in mind. The tinted and transparent shade flares out in an A-line shape to flatter the pear-shaped Plumen 001 bulb and direct light downwards. The shades can be purchased separately in one of three colors–amber, black, or white.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

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It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But surely this clever ape can figure out how to tap our watery planet’s vast oceans? We can’t drink saltwater, of course, but doesn’t desalination offer tantalizing potential? We already do it in some of the world’s driest spots, but in general, it’s still an expensive proposition, fraught with environmental disaster. But even as we humans struggle to meet the freshwater challenge in a sustainable way, nature is busy doing it. Every day, tide in and tide out, fueled by sunshine and emitting nothing more than sea salt. How do they do it? Find out in todays entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

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Park Slope's New Solar Panel-Clad Residential Building Puts Its Best Facade Forward

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A brand new building with a shiny solar facade has popped up in the Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designed by McMahon Studio, this cool structure features a 7KW photovoltaic-clad front that brings a futuristic new aesthetic to the traditionally brick and brownstone neighborhood. While there’s no denying that this building is a nice piece of architecture eye-candy, we can’t help but question how sustainable this “super green” condo actually is. As you may know, there’s a reason why solar panels are placed on roofs and not on building facades, and it has to do with exposure and efficiency. And in a city like New York where shadows from trees and tall buildings are pretty much a given, McMahon’s eco-friendly claim may not be all it’s cracked up to be. So is this building really green?

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Here's Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC's Public Transit System

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This week, the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission will be hosting a series of meetings that include expert panels and public input sessions that will allow New Yorkers to give their ideas on how to improve the city’s mass transit system into the 21st Century. The commission was established at the request of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in order to study the region’s mass transit system to prepare for climate change, increased ridership and changing demographics.

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Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by…

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA's east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were…

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Artist Builds Gorgeous 200-Sq.Ft. House Out of 25,000 Pounds of Salvaged Redwood in Hawaii

Artist Builds Gorgeous 200-Sq.Ft. House Out of 25,000 Pounds of…

Nelson has built everything from adorable wooden car campers to airy, multi-story treehouses. Completed just last week and made from salvaged materials, his 200-square-foot house was…

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Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Energy to Model S EVs in June

Tesla Superchargers Delivered Over One Gigawatt Hour of Energy to…

Tesla Motors passed an important milestone in June as its rapidly expanding Supercharger network delivered more than one gigawatt hour of energy (GWh) to Model S electric vehicles -…

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Singapore's 55,000-Seat SportsHub Stadium is the Largest Dome Ever Built!

Singapore's 55,000-Seat SportsHub Stadium is the Largest Dome Ever…

The stadium features a retractable roof that spans 1,017 feet. The dome’s key characteristic is that it uses one-third of the steel weight per square meter compared to other large…

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Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

Melting Arctic Ice Opens New Shipping Channel for Petroleum Products

In a move that blatantly disregards the impacts of climate change, shipping companies are taking advantage of melting Arctic ice to cut transportation times for petroleum products.…

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