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Clean energy industry faces economic headwinds

Aug 1, 2023
Inflation and rising interest rates are making it harder for some projects to get off the ground.
A ship carries wind turbine components to the Port of New Bedford.
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Carbon accountants help firms keep their climate pledges

Jun 21, 2023
Before companies can cut emissions, they first have to measure their carbon footprint. The new service is in high demand.
“Electricity usage and refrigerant leakage ... are the two main sources of emissions,” says Cooper Elsworth of Watershed, Sweetgreen's carbon accountant. Sweetgreen plans to become carbon neutral this decade.
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The United Nations has a new fundraising strategy: you

May 10, 2023
The intergovernmental group’s crowdfunding campaign aims to avert a potential environmental disaster in the Red Sea.
The United Nations logo. The organization hopes the public will provide part of the $129 million it needs to avert a potential environmental disaster in the Red Sea.
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Tiremakers are test-driving new plant-based sources for rubber

May 6, 2021
The industry's push to diversify its supply of natural rubber is spurring research into desert shrubs and dandelions.
The new generation of plant-based tires could hit the road in about five years, one expert estimates.
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Aging oil tanker in Yemen raises concern about catastrophe in the Red Sea

Jul 23, 2020
Observers worry that the ship — a "pawn" in Yemen’s civil war — could spill its oil and affect fisheries and drinking water.
A 2019 view of the Yemeni port of Hodeida, near where the FSO Safer is moored. Observers say the ship poses risk to the area.
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In buildings closed by virus, stagnant water can become dangerous

May 27, 2020
Flushing toilets while buildings are empty is essential to safeguard plumbing systems from harmful bacteria.
Maintenance crews flush toilets and run sinks daily in schools and other closed buildings.
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