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The U.S.' 13-percent share of global solar installations last year marked a 30-year high and the end of a historic 12 months.
Though country received large investments for utility-scale projects, the growth was largely brought on by middle-class homeowners who elected to go green. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association compiled data and graphics in a recent report to drive home what an important year it was for solar. Here are a few samples:
The December report had predicted 100,000 projects by the end of the year.
"We are on the cusp of an unprecedented shift in the U.S. solar market and, by extension, the entire electricity market," said Shayle Kann, vice president of GTM.
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Toxic Waste Will Continue to Grow for Decades Even if All U.S. Drilling and Fracking Halts Today, New Report Says
By Jessica Corbett
For more than three decades, the U.S. government has mismanaged toxic oil and gas waste containing carcinogens, heavy metals and radioactive materials, according to a new Earthworks report — and with the country on track to continue drilling and fracking for fossil fuels, the advocacy group warns of growing threats to the planet and public health.
Newly adopted guidelines set forth by the European Commission Tuesday aim to tackle climate change by way of the financial sector. The move comes to bolster the success of the Sustainable Action Plan published last year to reorient capital flows toward sustainable investment and manage financial risks from climate change, environmental degradation and social issues.