Whether you are a fully signed up member of the Armageddon-is-just-around-the-corner-due-to –global-warming camp or a complete naysayer is, with all due respect to most of us in either camp, irrelevant.
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The point is those that form policies and pass laws on the whole a) accept climate change due to human activity is a real and present danger to the future of life on earth and b) have on the whole been totally incapable of taking any action that will have the impact they (mostly) agree is needed. The reason is not hard to see, the consequences are long term, the costs are short term, and politicians work very much in the here and now.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Illuminating Engineering Society are considering the developing biomass requirements for inclusion in their new, co-sponsored green building standard.
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Prior to the current biomass debate, the USGBC had a years-long internal feud over the use of wood as a building material and which organizations could certify wood as “sustainable” for LEED projects.
There is no assurance in India as to whether the nuclear deal “work around” Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached with US President Barack Obama this week will pass legal muster, since India’s parliament, based on international norms, passed a very stringent law earlier under a previous government.
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An agreement was signed on civil nuclear cooperation between the two nations in 2008, and India had to put in place a nuclear liability regime to pass international norms, which makes the supplier, in this case US firms providing the prospective nuclear plants’ technology, financially responsible for any mishaps. Now, both leaders have agreed to “bypassing” this major stumbling block by bringing in Indian insurance companies.
General contractors will have an easier time learning how to comply with federal and state environmental guidelines thanks to a new partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the private sector. The partnership is between the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), EPA and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) will allow for a significant upgrade to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance website, or CICA Center for short, association officials noted.
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“Getting a construction project underway is challenging enough without having to figure out which environmental rules apply and how to comply with them,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the AGC. “This revamped site will make it a lot easier for contractors to take the necessary steps to comply with all environmental regulations for their projects.”