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UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar

A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning perm ... MORE added: Mar. 31 15

Turns out the world’s first “clean coal” plant, in Saskatchewan, is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers

The world’s first “clean coal” plant — that is, the first full-size coal-fired power plant ever to capture & store the majority of its CO2 emissions — is located in, of all places, Saskatchewan. According to the first financial analysis done on the proj ... MORE added: Mar. 31 15

France Mandates Solar Roofs for Commercial Zones

Recently passed legislation in France has mandated that the roofs of all new buildings in commercial areas must be so-called green roofs, which are at least partially covered in either solar modules or with living plants. ... MORE added: Apr. 01 15
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

CREW has been joining up with members of KW GREEN DRINKS - ongoing, the first Tuesday of each month - Please JOIN US - 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Barley Works, Huether Hotel, Waterloo, and get caught up on the latest discussions ... MORE added: Mar. 04 15

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Protect our Pollinators - 6:30 pm (doors open 6:00 pm), Princess Twin Theatre, 46 King Street N., Waterloo

Our pollinators are in trouble! To draw attention to their plight, the Sierra Club of Canada is doing a cross-Canada tour. Join us for a free, public meeting to learn about pollinator health, pesticide use and environmental protection ... MORE added: Mar. 24 15
Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. FREE - DO THE MATH documentary & related presentation - Zion United Church, 215 Peel St., New Hamburg.

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. FREE - DO THE MATH documentary & related presentation - Zion United Church, 215 Peel St., New Hamburg.

View the film/documentary about the rising movement exploring one way of solving the climate crisis; presentation by Judy Paul from Divest Waterloo, an event sponsored by Zion United Church Ecoboosters group,Zion United Church New Hamburg. ... MORE added: Mar. 29 15
Saturday April 11th in Quebec City there will be a massive family-friendly march. We’ll be there and we invite you to join us!

Saturday April 11th in Quebec City there will be a massive family-friendly march. We’ll be there and we invite you to join us!

Act On Climate will be among the biggest marches to demand action on climate change in Canada’s history. It’s being organized by Quebec environmentalists, & supported by First Nations, citizens groups, labour, & students from across Canada. Will you? ... MORE added: Mar. 30 15
Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills OCAA’s latest report on how gov’t can save ON businesses & consumers $34 B (in next 20 years) & meet our carbon reduction commitments through cost-effective conservation & Quebec water power

Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills OCAA’s latest report on how gov’t can save ON businesses & consumers $34 B (in next 20 years) & meet our carbon reduction commitments through cost-effective conservation & Quebec water power

ON is in the midst of an energy revolution, but remains stubbornly committed to nuclear while most of Ontario's nuclear power plants are entering the end phase of their design life, the ON government continues to sink billions of dollars into extending ... MORE added: Mar. 30 15
Who says a better world is impossible?

Who says a better world is impossible?

Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the “can’t be done” refrain repeated over and over — especially in the only debate over global warming - The claim is both facile and false ... MORE added: Mar. 29 15
Saving $34 billion while pricing carbon - For more information, please read our new report: Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills.

Saving $34 billion while pricing carbon - For more information, please read our new report: Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills.

With scientists warning that we have already triggered a climate change avalanche that is only building up speed, the Ontario Government’s commitment to develop a climate plan with teeth has come not a moment too soon. ... MORE added: Mar. 26 15
Environmental sustainability can equal economic prosperity, Wynne says

Environmental sustainability can equal economic prosperity, Wynne says

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke about the province's role in prosperity and sustainability initiatives at a special noon-hour event at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo on Friday. ... MORE added: Mar. 29 15

D'Amato: Your money is a persuasive tool for change in the global warming debate

A couple of months ago, I had never heard of the fossil fuel divestment campaign. But today, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are pressuring pension funds, charitable foundations, governments and universities to stop investing in oil ... MORE added: Mar. 24 15
April 14 - 15, 2015 • ONTARIO POWER CONFERENCE - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

April 14 - 15, 2015 • ONTARIO POWER CONFERENCE - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

The power sector in Ontario has undergone significant change in the last year – from the merger of the OPA and IESO, to privatization plans for Hydro One, to the conversation surrounding consolidation of LDCs in the province - get the straight goods. ... MORE added: Mar. 18 15
Thursday, APRIL 16 Waterloo Blue Dot Screening: FORCE OF NATURE, 7:00 p.m. - Kitchener Public Library Main Branch

Thursday, APRIL 16 Waterloo Blue Dot Screening: FORCE OF NATURE, 7:00 p.m. - Kitchener Public Library Main Branch

Around the world over 110 nations recognize their citizen's right to live in a healthy environment. But not Canada. The Waterloo Region Blue Dot Movement will be screening "Force of Nature", the David Suzuki movie. FREE ... MORE added: Mar. 30 15
Friday, April 17 2PM - 3PM - WISE Public Lecture Series: A Practical Framework for the Implementation of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Concept - Location - UW Rm. CPH 4333 George Gross, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Eng, U of Illinois - FREE

Friday, April 17 2PM - 3PM - WISE Public Lecture Series: A Practical Framework for the Implementation of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Concept - Location - UW Rm. CPH 4333 George Gross, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Eng, U of Illinois - FREE

The major increases in oil prices and the rising environmental concerns are key drivers in the growing interest in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Car manufacturers world wide understand this trend quite well and are developing new models. ... MORE added: Mar. 16 15
Save the Arctic now or we’ll be sorry later - This year will be pivotal for the Arctic, one of Earth's most extraordinary and threatened regions.

Save the Arctic now or we’ll be sorry later - This year will be pivotal for the Arctic, one of Earth's most extraordinary and threatened regions.

The top of our planet is suffering effects of climate change more severely than elsewhere, with dramatic ecological and cultural consequences. Arctic sea ice has declined by about half in just 40 years, permafrost and the Greenland ice cap are rapidly ... MORE added: Mar. 24 15

Grid can be 70 percent renewable as soon as 2030

How can the integration of renewables into the global energy grid move forward to ensure the future of electricity? This is the question answered in DNV GL's most recent report - the result of interviews with more than 1,600 energy sector participants in ... MORE added: Mar. 20 15
Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask - Austin Brown - National Renewable Energy Lab

Everything you wanted to know about a kilowatt-hour but were afraid to ask - Austin Brown - National Renewable Energy Lab

“Even researchers who do this don’t really know what a kilowatt-hour is,” says Brown. “The only reason we have any bearing on it is because we pay our utility bills so we know that a kilowatt-hour costs a little over 10 cents. But in terms of how much ... MORE added: Mar. 21 15

Dow on its way to becoming largest U.S. corporate purchaser of wind energy

The Dow Chemical Company is working toward their energy plan by signing a long-term agreement with a new wind farm -- which will eventually supply Dow's Freeport Texas Manufacturing facility with 200 megawatts (MW) of energy. ... MORE added: Mar. 23 15

Bark beetles are killing forests — but they might be saving them, too

There is an eerie feel to this grove of lodgepole pines that I can’t quite put my finger on as entomologist Diana Six tromps ahead of me, hatchet in hand, scanning the southwestern Montana woods for her target. But as she digs the blade into a towering ... MORE added: Mar. 23 15