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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.13.15

April 13, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Cap-and-trade deal between Ontario and Quebec shift climate policy (via The Globe and Mail)

UK sees biggest drop in emissions since 1990 (via Climate Central)

Fossil fuel-free funds outperformed conventional ones, shows analysis (via The Guardian)

Southwest Power Pool: Carbon regulation compliance will cost billions annually (via Utility Dive)

Cutting California emissions by 40 percent: A blueprint for climate leadership (via TriplePundit)

COAL 

China’s coal imports drop by nearly half (via The Hill)

Coal ash pollution more extensive in South Carolina than first reported (via The State)

RENEWABLES 

Politics, red tape “turning EU clean… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.10.15

April 10, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Climate change seen bringing more fires, less snow to Yellowstone (via Reuters)

Wisconsin state agency bans employees from working on climate issues while on the job (via New York Times)

Oregon teens’ climate lawsuit against Gov. Brown: Five key questions (via The Oregonian)

EMISSIONS 

Carbon markets could soon cover half of North America’s population (via CleanTechnica)

RENEWABLES 

Clean energy spending drops 15% to reach lowest level since 2013 (via Bloomberg)

South Africa stands out in subdued Q1 for clean energy investment (via Bloomberg)

Modest wave of VC funding rolls in for cleantech (via Greentech Media)

Indian state fires gun on 2GW solar auction (via PV Magazine) 

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.9.15

April 9, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Japan to pledge 20% CO2 cut by 2030 (via The Guardian)

China’s pollution assault boosting solar, electric vehicles (via Renewable Energy World)

Power plant rules could unite states on climate action (via Climate Central)

Research group says joining RGGI would give Virginia a low-cost way to comply with EPA power plant rule (via ClimateWire)

Climate group launches initiative for carbon tax in Washington State (via Oregon Public Broadcasting)

COAL 

Japan’s new coal plants threaten emissions cuts (via Bloomberg)

Sierra Club targets half of U.S. coal-fired plants (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

Global solar PV demand predicted to top 51GW in 2015 (via PV Tech)

Brazil plans $6.5 billion fund to spur 8GW of renewable energy for heavy industriesContinue reading >

Renewable Portfolio Standards Under Attack Across America

April 8, 2015

Note: This post was originally published on The Energy Collective

By Silvio Marcacci

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Fossil fuel funded efforts are underway to undermine or end renewable portfolio standards (RPS) across the United States.

In 2014, as in past years, these efforts largely failed. While 14 RPS-related bills became law across 12 states, only Ohio enacted legislation to roll back its long-term clean energy targets.

But will 2015 turn out to be different? Even in states where clean energy is an economic engine, legislators have introduced bills to scale back renewable energy targets, and the first outright repeal has been signed into law.

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.8.15

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

“Climate change gas arrived” warns Marshall Islands foreign minister (via RTCC)

Virus disease in wheat predicted to increase with a changing climate (via Global Change Biology)

At the macro level, most Americans believe climate change is real but on the micro level, they are confused (via ClimateWire)

How flood insurance could drive Americans from coasts (via Climate Central)

How the White House and health sector are tacking climate threats (via EcoAffect)

EMISSIONS 

Top academics ask world’s universities to divest from fossil fuels (via The Guardian)

RENEWABLES 

Australia terminates PV dumping case with no duties (via PV Tech)

Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.7.15

April 7, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

CLIMATE 

Canada glaciers to shrink 70% by 2100 (via The Guardian)

Modi says India to strike own path in climate battle (via Reuters)

Researchers map climate opinions by county, Congressional map (via The Hill)

White House to explore how climate change makes you sick (via Washington Post)

New York just quietly raided its climate program, and environmentalists are worried (via Climate Progress)

ENERGY POLICY 

U.S. remained world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas in 2014 (via U.S. EIA)

Survey: Customers want prepaid utility options (via Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES 

Brazil eyes solar as drought squeezes… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.6.15

April 6, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Fossil fuels under fire: Divestment push picks up steam (via Yahoo! Finance)

Midwest regulators to FERC: Clean Power Plan is too much, too soon (via Utility Dive)

Experts urge regional approach to EPA climate rules (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL

Another big blow for big coal: Solar PPAs coming to China (via CleanTechnica)

Rate hikes on coal power jolt Nebraska’s power edge (via Omaha World-Herald)

RENEWABLES 

Japan could triple power from renewables by 2030, shows study (via Bloomberg)

Mexico cuts renewable energy target for 2018 (via CleanTechnica)

Brazil announces huge 350MW floating solar power… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.3.15

April 3, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

EMISSIONS 

Ontario plans cap-and-trade system (via The Hill)

MISO, SPP stakeholders developing trading plan to comply with EPA carbon rule (via RTO Insider)

RENEWABLES 

Spain got 47% of its electricity from renewables in March (via Climate Progress)

Four facts you should know about the Caribbean solar market (via Greentech Media)

GWEC flags Latin American wind-power potential and challenges (via Recharge News)

Has renewable energy finally ended the great clean energy stagnation? (via Energy Collective)

Hydropower could be risky bet in warming world (via Climate Central) 

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.2.15

April 2, 2015

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. 

ENVIRONMENT 

Tree cover loss spikes in Russia and Canada, remains high globally (via WRI Insights)

Wildfires are wiping out Canada and Russia’s boreal forests (via Climate Progress)

Extreme weather on the rise (via Center for American Progress)

California imposes first mandatory water restrictions with drought (via New York Times)

Bleak California snowpack “obliterates” record low (via Climate Central)

How Oregon’s drought got started and what it means for you (via Oregon)

RENEWABLES 

Global solar PV additions to rise 30% to 57.3GW in 2015 (via Recharge News)

Global wind market to grow 25% in next five years (via… Continue reading >

The best email marketing platforms for mission-driven organizations

April 1, 2015

Note: This post was originally published on Applied Intuition, Visceral’s blog

By Dana Jensen

You’ve heard it before, email marketing is a must for any mission-driven organization seeking to engage supporters consistently. Whether you are new to email marketing or a veteran looking to improve your email marketing efforts, this post will help you find the best email marketing platform that fits your unique needs.

Choosing a platform

The sheer number of platforms that exist for email marketing can be overwhelming.  Common capabilities that all of these platforms offer are:

Customizable email templates that allow you to design an email in line with your branding and communication strategy. Analytics to track open rates, click-through rates and overall newsletter success Responsive for mobile devices and tablets Integration with your social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ Personalization with your contact’s name in the subject… Continue reading >

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