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Environment Magazine - The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Climate Change by Gerald T. Gardner and Paul C. Stern (Updated on December 15, 2009) The U.S. Congress, presidential candidates, lobbyists, and political commentators have focused much of their attention lately on the need for policies to limit the United States’ contribution to climate change. Misawa Homes Unveils Home with PV Wall Panels for Year-Round Power Generation Copyright Misawa Home Hokkaido Co. Misawa Homes Co., a major Japanese housing manufacturer, opened an eco-friendly model house in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido in May 2011, with photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the exterior walls, aiming to consistently generate electricity throughout the year. In this region, where temperatures fluctuate over 50 degrees Celsius over the course of the year and high levels of snow accumulate in the winter, most households require heating more than half the year. Because heavy accumulations of snow make it almost impossible for rooftop PV panels to generate any electricity, Misawa Homes designed a house with PV panels on the side in November 2010, and completed the prototype in May 2011.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013 Renewable Energy: World Invests $244 billion in 2012, Geographic Shift to Developing Countries. Installed capacity continues to grow as solar prices drop 30-40%, new wind installations surge For only the second time since 2006, global investments in renewable energy in 2012 failed to top the year before, falling 12% mainly due to dramatically lower solar prices and weakened US and EU markets. There was a continuing upward trend in developing countries in 2012, with investments in the South topping $112 billion vs $132 billion in developed countries - a dramatic change from 2007, when developed economies invested 2.5 times more in renewables (excluding large hydro) than developing countries, a gap that has closed to just 18%. The main issue holding back investment last year was instability in the policy regime for renewable energy in important developed-economy markets.

Eco Friendly Living Tips from Green House Wind turbines sit atop new houses that utilize 20% renewable energy on Nov. 25, 2009, in Croydon, England. The United Kingdom ranked first among 12 large economies for energy efficiency, according to a scorecard released Thursday by the private American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The United States ranked ninth, right behind China. Why Apple Bought 36,000 Acres Of Forest As Apple invests in tech startups and new data centers, now it's also spending money on trees. The tech giant just helped buy 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina through a partnership with the nonprofit The Conservation Fund. Why invest in trees? Accelerators Data Centers Designed to demonstrate best energy management strategies and cost effective infrastructure improvements in small, medium and large sized data centers Energy Data Designed to demonstrate low-cost, standardized approaches for providing energy data for the purpose of whole building energy performance benchmarking. Energy Savings Performance Contracting

Are we about to throw away $25 trillion in waste? The average car lies idle for 90% of the day. The average power drill is used for 30 minutes of its entire life. Landfill dumps are full. Israel Energy Forum The Israel Energy Forum (IEF), is the leading advocacy group in Israel the field of energy. The IEF strives to secure a sustainable energy future for Israel. The IEF conducts original research in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainable energy policies, as well as promoting relevant legislation, and fostering policy debate and analysis, whilst encouraging dialogue between the various stakeholders involved in the energy market in Israel. As Israel confronts increasing demand for energy, it faces new challenges in shaping and developing its energy market, in light of its newly-found offshore natural gas deposits.

Who We Are - UNEP DTU PARTNERSHIP UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre (URC)) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. As a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre, UNEP DTU Partnership is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme. Through in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, the Partnership assists developing countries in a transition towards more low carbon development paths, and supports integration of climate-resilience in national development. UNEP DTU Partnership comprises two Centres: Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. It is located in Denmark at the UN City in Copenhagen and boasts of a team of more than 60 scientists and economists from 20 countries.

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy. Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration of the extractive, ‘linear’ economy of today, or will it enable the transition towards a society in which value creation is increasingly decoupled from finite resource consumption? A new report, Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, finds that pairing circular economy principles with the information generated by intelligent devices creates a fertile ground for innovation that could enable this decoupling, and lead to broad social benefits. The report was produced by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as part of Project MainStream, a global, multi-industry initiative that aims to accelerate business-driven innovations to help scale the circular economy. “Digital technologies are driving a profound transformation of our economy. Read the full news release

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential - download the infographics Visit our websites The go-to online location for news and insight on the circular economy and related subjects. Go to website An online festival that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, industry, makers, learners and doers to explore and respond to the changing economy.