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How changing climate affects the US
Changes in climate are already negatively impacting the environment in the U.S., according to the third edition of the EPA report "Climate Change Indicators in the United States."
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New class of solar sensitive nanoparticles makes cheaper solar cells
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A new class of solar sensitive nanoparticless have been tested that could eventually lead to the development of cheaper and more flexible solar cells. The newly designed solar sensitive nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots are stable, solid, light-sensitive nanoparticles that will help make flexible and cheaper outdoor solar cells compared to the ones sold currently.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

Chile solar power plant is now Latin America's largest
The giant Atacama Desert cradling solar panels is a beautiful image. Find the middle of Chile's Atacama Desert and take a look: the largest solar PV plant in Latin America has come online. SunEdison has established the 100MW Amanecer solar power plant in this vast desert of Chili. The plant is projected to produce 270 GWh of electricity per year. This means 125,000 homes will be able to count on solar energy.
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New efforts ramp up building's response to disasters
By Michael J. Berens
World leaders may be waffling on what to do about climate change, but the building industry is marshaling its resources to tackle the problem head on. Builders, their professional associations and trade media are joining forces with state and local governments to address ways to make buildings more resilient and resistant to catastrophic loss due to natural disasters. No longer content to take a wait-and-see attitude, state and local governments in high-risk areas are taking preventative steps, enacting codes and regulations to strengthen buildings against weather-related damages.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Drexel University releases Green Globes vs. LEED cost comparison study
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The Green Building Initiative has announced a recent study completed by Drexel University professor Jeffrey Beard that shows GBI's Green Globes certification process is significantly less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than LEED certification.
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    Wind energy in 2013 was equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road (ClimateProgress)
Solar power gains momentum after long struggle in Texas (The Dallas Morning News)
Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy (By Don Rosato)

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