Obama Administration commits more funding to the Green Climate Fund in order to fight climate change

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Program will receive more funding to aid in the fight against climate change With its time coming to an end, the Obama Administration has taken steps to increase the federal government’s investments in the Green Climate Fund. The fund is meant to provide financial aid to developing countries in order to assist them in their fight against climate change. Initially, the federal government had committed $500 million to the Green Climate Fund. Now, however, the Obama Administration has announced that it has doubled this investment, bringing its level of financial…

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Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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New rule could secure development of new solar energy systems

Obama administration announces new rule that will allow clean energy projects to be developed on public land While Donald Trump may have been elected the next President of the United States, Barack Obama will hold this office until January of 2017. As his term as president comes to a close, Obama intends to secure a brighter future for solar energy. The Obama administration has introduced a new rule that is designed to boost the development of solar energy projects, as well as other clean power projects, in California. California continues…

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Climate change is a public health issue, not just an environmental problem

Public health may be affected by the impact associated with a changing climate Climate change poses a significant threat to public health, according to the United States government. The White House has released a new report concerning the health impact the phenomenon could have on the country. The report notes that increasing health issues will be particularly prominent for pregnant women, children, and low-income people. The report predicts that death and illness from heat stroke, respiratory failure, and certain diseases will increase as the effects of climate change worsen. A…

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Offshore wind energy wins more support in the US

White House issues more financial support for offshore wind projects Offshore wind energy is beginning to gain more support in the United States. The Obama administration has been pushing for the expansion of clean power throughout the country recently and during a recent White House summit, the federal government offered more support for wind power. The Department of Energy has awarded $592,683 in competitive grants to organizations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The funds are meant to advance the offshore wind energy market and the development of…

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Obama administration launches new initiatives to support solar energy

$120 million in initiatives launched in support of renewable energy The Obama administration has announced a series of initiatives worth approximately $120 million that aim to improve the renewable energy space. The majority of these initiatives will focus on supporting the Department of Energy, which is working to develop programs that bring solar energy to homes and businesses throughout the country. The federal government has taken a strong interest in clean technology and renewable energy in an effort to combat climate change and move away from fossil-fuels. Low cost energy…

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Obama announces revised plan for combating climate change

A new Clean Power Plan will make bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than expected. U.S. President Barack Obama and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced a new Clean Power Plan on Monday, which calls for steeper carbon pollution cuts from American power plants, than has been previously expected, to help combat climate change. The plan will also grant states more time and expand their options to meet the new requirements. The new plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants by almost a third within 15 years.…

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New initiative aims to promote solar energy adoption

Federal government wants to make solar power more accessible The Obama Administration has announced several new measures that are meant to expand access to solar energy. While the country’s solar capacity is growing quickly, many people still do not have access to this form of clean power. Cost is one of the most significant barriers preventing the adoption f solar power. The federal government has plans to mitigate this barrier and make it easier for a wider range of consumers to make use of solar energy. Community solar projects to…

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Obama Administration provides more funding to renewable energy

$75 million in funding being made available to support artificial photosynthesis The Obama Administration has announced $75 million in funding  for the pursuit of artificial photosynthesis. Mimicking photosynthesis has become a popular topic in the science community, especially when it comes to energy. As renewable energy becomes a more important priority for the United States, finding ways to efficiently harvest power from the sun and use this energy for various purposes is gaining more support. JCAP will be using funding to pursue advances in artificial photosynthesis The funding will be…

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US invests $3 billion to fight climate change

United States pledges $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund Several countries have been growing more aggressive on the fight against climate change recently. Last week, the United States and China joined together to form one of the largest emissions agreements in history. The two countries are working together to lower emissions by a significant degree over the next few years. The United States has also revealed plans to invest in the Green Climate Fund, which uses money to assist developing countries combat the effects of climate change. New investment…

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New EPA rules focus on emissions reduction for power plants

EPA institutes new rules targeting the country’s power plants Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to tackle carbon emissions produced by the country’s power plants. The vast majority of the country’s electrical power is currently produced by power plants burning fossil-fuels. These facilities are responsible for a significant amount of emissions and the federal agency is keen to place a limit on the emissions that these power plants produce on a yearly basis. The EPA believes that more stringent regulation of these emissions will help the U.S.…

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New energy efficiency and sustainability standards could spark economic growth in the US

New standards aim to promote economic prosperity throughout the US Renewable energy has become synonymous with economic progress in the U.S. Much o the world revolves around the use of fossil-fuels, and this has created a problematic environmental situation that is expected to become quite costly in the coming years. While climate change itself is a controversial issue that many wish to avoid, the economic implications of a changing climate are not something that can be easily ignored. In the U.S., new standards regarding the mitigation of the effects of…

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US government funds research and development in renewable energy and clean technology

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$200 million to fund new renewable energy and clean technology institutions The Obama administration this week has announced that it is committing $200 million in funding that will be focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The funds are to be used to create three new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. These entities will be focused on the research and development of new renewable energy systems. These systems are meant to make use of innovative technologies that aim to lower the overall costs associated with clean power. New entities to promote…

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Electric vehicles may make progress in Obama second term

Electric vehicles may make progress in Obama second term

Electric vehicles attracting more interest from US government Barack Obama has won a second term as U.S. president, and that could be good news for electric and hydrogen powered vehicles. Over the past decade, the U.S. has begun growing more interested in the concept of clean transportation. For the majority of that 10 year period, lithium-ion batteries were considered the most viable option, but were only given a modest amount of support. Over the past two years, the auto industry has been highlighting the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells, claiming…

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Solar energy initiative granted final approval in the US

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Ambitious solar energy initiative wins approval from Obama administration Late last week, the Obama administration granted final approval for a plan that would open up approximately 285,000 acres of land in the Western U.S. for solar energy projects. The plan highlights 17 “solar zones,” swaths of land that are considered ideal for solar energy systems. The plan is part of the federal government’s initiative to “fast track” the country’s adoption of clean energy. The projects that will take root in the solar zones are to receive the support of the…

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China blocked from rooting wind farms in Oregon

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Obama administration bars China from bringing wind energy to Oregon China has established itself as a major force in the solar energy industry, but this is not the only clean energy sector in which the country holds a strong presence. Wind energy is often overlooked by others in China’s clean energy portfolio, but the country is beginning to make headlines for its ambitious projects. The problem is, these headlines revolve around a trade dispute between the U.S. and China regarding a wind farm locations in Oregon. Wind farms would have…

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