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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.

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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.

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The trend of direct agreements with private sector project developers and state governments in India to set up large-scale solar power projects continues as Adani Enterprises has been selected to set up India’s largest solar energy park.

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Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government of Rajasthan to set up a 10 GW solar power park over the next 10 years.

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Turner Construction‘s 2014 Green Building Market Barometer shows that interest in alternative green building rating systems is up a massive 250% in two years.

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The US Green Building Council‘s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program has been the de facto standard in building certification since the middle of the last decade.

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The monthly Renewables MMI® registered a value of 62 in February, on par with January's value.

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Renewable energy raw materials largely canceled each other out this month as some saw big gains and others big losses. The sector keeps holding around a low level of both production and consumption.

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President Barack Obama ’s fiscal 2016 budget plan would pour billions of dollars into climate-change and renewable-energy technologies, and repeal nearly $50 billion in tax breaks for the oil, natural-gas and coal industries.

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The budget proposal, released Monday, underscores an intensifying push by Obama on his climate agenda, which he hopes to cement as a presidential legacy in his final two years in office.

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US President Barack Obama was recently in India at the country’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26, but as expected, he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed and announced new business initiatives for the two nations.

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Renewable energy, infrastructure development including rails and ports, American exports to India, nuclear energy and defense were some of the focus areas of the talks held between the two leaders and their respective trade delegations. The US President made it clear during many points in his visit that US companies want to help India in its pursuit of clean energy sources.

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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.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the world's largest democracy is ready to expand its use of renewable energy as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, a signal that his government is moving toward joining an international deal on global warming.

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After a meeting with US President Barack Obama in New Delhi, the prime minister said that his nation along with all others has an obligation to act on reducing the fossil-fuel emissions blamed for damaging the climate.

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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.”

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