Renewable Energy
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8/31/2016

Wind and solar generation increased by a record-breaking 24.8% during the first half of 2016 year-over-year, while coal generation fell 20.1% and nuclear remained flat, said nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign, citing a report from the Energy Information Administration. "The data thus far is swamping EIA's earlier forecast of just 9.5% growth by renewables in 2016," said SUN DAY Executive Director Ken Bossong.

8/31/2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will never be able to do away with wind energy, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "If he wants to do away with it, he'll have to get a bill through Congress, and he'll do it over my dead body," he said during an interview on Tuesday. Grassley touted the role of wind energy and the tax credit he championed in 1992 in securing America's energy independence and for its ability to create jobs and drive economic growth.

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Yahoo
8/31/2016

Synthetic biology startup Ginkgo Bioworks is using re-engineered yeasts to produce chemicals for the flavor, food and fragrance industries. It has designed a yeast that produces a rose scent for French fragrance manufacturer Robertet and will produce ingredients for products such as industrial lubricants, jet fuel and skin care products with California-based Amyris.

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synthetic biology, Amyris, Robertet
8/31/2016

Too many men associate "greenness" with femininity and deliberately pick less environmentally friendly options to assert their masculinity, researchers say. Green marketers who recognize this issue can mitigate it "through masculine affirmation and masculine branding," they say.

8/30/2016

A Greenpeace report argues that seafood suppliers still have plenty of work to do to ensure sustainable supply chains. Overconsumption and domestic and international labor violations are among the concerns.

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GreenBiz.com
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Greenpeace, Greenpeace
8/30/2016

Companies seeking renewable energy power purchase agreements should be more interested in how the deals in question would affect greenhouse gas emissions than what their total capacity is, writes Daniel Cohan, an assistant professor at Rice University. Cohan argues that building new wind and solar projects will have a greater impact than purchasing renewable energy credits.

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The Hill
8/30/2016

Texas, once synonymous with petroleum, is now a powerhouse in clean energy. That is a legacy of former Gov. George W. Bush, writes Michael Reilly.

8/30/2016

New fuels and technologies will help the aviation industry prosper without driving up climate emissions, says John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for United Technologies Corp. "I think the aviation industry recognizes it has a really powerful role to play in the future of sustainability," he says.

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Sustainable Brands
8/30/2016

Balfour Beatty will build the 960,000-square-foot North Block Phase of the Capitol Crossing Development in Washington, D.C. The entire eco-district will incorporate chimneys made of plants to filter garage exhaust, green roofs and a co-generation plant and will surpass LEED Platinum standards.

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Construction Dive
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LEED Platinum, Balfour Beatty
8/29/2016

Renewables from non-hydro sources, such as wind and solar, have generated a record-breaking amount of the US energy mix in every month so far this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report said non-hydro renewables generated at least 10% of the nation's total electricity needs in both March and April.

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Utility Dive