Paris climate summit may take longer than planned as world leaders attempt to get it right

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For the past 10 days, world leaders have been meeting outside Paris to discuss the fate of the environment as we know it. The participating nations came to the table with preconceived strategies for regulating carbon emissions within their own borders, and negotiations are ongoing to draft an international agreement. A rough draft ( PDF ), issued on Wednesday, met with harsh criticism from climate scientists and conservationists who feel the parameters aren’t aggressive enough to save the Earth from its untimely demise. Leaders are aiming to have a final draft by Friday – that’s tomorrow – but it may take a little longer. Read the rest of Paris climate summit may take longer than planned as world leaders attempt to get it right

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The new Global Solar Council launches out of COP21

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The UN COP21 climate talks are the most comprehensive thus far and are showing that countries are actually preparing to take action on climate change. The solar industry is posed to be part of the answer and is increasingly working together to do so. On December 7th, the industry announced the launch of the Global Solar Council (GSC) in an attempt to share best practices and bring the solar power industry together at an international level. “The GSC believes that solar power is already one of the cheapest forms of electricity globally, a cost-effective means of fighting climate change, and the most versatile form of electricity generation,” said Trina Solar. That company’s CEO Jifan Gao was named one of the co-chairs of the GSC. The Chairman of the GSC is Bruce Douglas, chief operating officer of SolarPower Europe. “Today the solar power sector has united to fight climate change,” Douglas said. “There is consensus that solar power will become the principal source of electricity generation. It has a hugely important role to play in the international efforts to ultimately eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector.” The GSC will work with developed nations as well as emerging nations. Emerging nations are quickly becoming one of the biggest markets for solar in the world, recently their investments in solar outweighed those of developed nations. Solar power will be imperative to avoiding a greater than 2 degrees Celsius increase in global temperature, according to the GSC. + COP21

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The beautiful Bolt electric motorcyle can be ridden like a bicycle

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Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

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The past two weeks, we’ve heard a lot from world leaders in Paris about a global strategy to address climate change. The talks have been full of scrutiny surrounding carbon emissions, fossil fuel usage, clean energy projects, and conservation. As President Obama pressures government leaders of less developed nations to clamp down on emissions and invest more in renewable energy, many will be looking to the United States to see what kind of progress has been made toward a cleaner future. Renewable energy is on the rise in some states, while other regions still cling to dirty fossil fuels. Here’s a deeper look into who is doing it right, who is lagging behind, and what the future looks like in the American energy scene. Read the rest of Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

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