Economy & Business

"On Edge of Paradise, Coachella Workers Live in Grim Conditions"

"THERMAL – At one end of Avenue 54, a road slicing through some of the most fertile land in the United States, resides the California of the popular imagination: a place of Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners overlooking the infinity pool.

Source: California Watch, 10/25/2011

"Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages"

As the natural gas drilling boom based on "fracking" has spread across the U.S. from Texas to New York, ordinary householders have signed more than a million leases allowing companies to drill on their land. But bankers and real estate executives are now starting to ask what happens if they lend money for a piece of land that ends up storing huge amounts of toxic drilling wastewater.

Ian Urbina reports for the New York Times October 19, 2011.

Source: NY Times, 10/21/2011

"Investors Worth $20 Trillion Urge Legally-Binding Climate Treaty"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- Hundreds of the world's largest investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, today encouraged governments and international policy makers to take new legally-enforceable steps to combat climate change at the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa."

Source: ENS, 10/20/2011

"U.S. Solar Panel Makers Say China Violated Trade Rules"

"Seven American makers of solar panels filed a broad trade case in Washington against the Chinese solar industry on Wednesday, accusing it of using billions of dollars in government subsidies to help gain sales in the American market.

The companies also accused China of dumping solar panels in the United States for less than it costs to manufacture and ship them.

Source: NY Times, 10/20/2011
November 7, 2011

E3 2011: The Latest in Renewable Energy Innovation, at the U of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment

E3 (Energy, Economy and Environment) is the Upper Midwest's premier renewable energy conference. This year’s E3 conference showcases current technologies, environmental benefits and market opportunities in renewable energy, specifically focusing on renewable energy success stories from corporations and individuals around the world, as well as within the University of Minnesota.

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