How Better Recycling Can Minimize Waste and Boost the Economy

Making Every Day Earth Day:
How Better Recycling Can Minimize Waste and Boost the Economy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
406 Dirksen Senate Office Building
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U.N. Report States Climate Mitigation Must Start Now

On April 13, Working Group III (WGIII) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report on what can be done to mitigate climate change across sectors. Four years of research and analysis culminated in a week-long meeting in Berlin, during which scientists from developing and industrialized nations discussed mitigation strategies and goals. The 2,000-page report avoids recommending specific policy goals, but instead focuses on providing policy options for different levels of government (nations, regions, cities…) and economic sectors. This publication is the third and final part of the IPCC's fifth assessment report (AR5), an update to the fourth assessment report published in 2007. The Working Group I report found that climate change is unequivocal, and is caused by humans, while the Working Group II report detailed the risks of climate change to society.

The Silicon Prairie: Wind Energy in Iowa Fueling Investment

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA) sitting on a wind turbine in IowaWhat do Google, Facebook and Microsoft Corp. all have in common?

They’ve all invested in building large data centers in Iowa, in order to harness the state’s vast wind energy resources, which currently provide over 25 percent of its electricity needs. Google has spent $1.5 billion in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Facebook is putting down $300 million in Altoona, which is expected to increase to $1 billion; and Microsoft has invested almost $900 million in West Des Moines. West Des Moines is expecting another project with a taxable value of $255 million and the creation of 84 jobs, from a company that has not yet been revealed.

About EESI

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely climate change information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

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