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May rain brings relief to Georgia farmers

May’s warm, wet conditions brought relief to the parched areas of the state, and Georgians can expect more of the same in June.

The rain was welcomed by farmers, but so much rain in such a short period of time delayed planting in some areas and caused erosion and flash-flooding problems.

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Building a Sustainable ‘Highway of the Future’

  John Robinson of Mobile, Alabama, parks his car on a solar road surface in front of a “solar tree” at the West Point, Georgia, visitors center on Interstate 85. New technologies for green, sustainable highways are being tested near the Georgia-Alabama border. © The Pew Charitable Trusts

Just past the Alabama border, in a bit of rural Georgia filled with manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses, there’s an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 where new technologies are being tested for what could be a green highway of the future.

The long-term goal is to build the world’s first sustainable road, a highway that could create its own clean, renewable energy and generate income by selling power to utility companies, while producing no stormwater runoff or other pollution and eliminating traffic deaths.

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Interface Unveils Prototype Carpet Tile to Inspire New Approaches to Address Climate Change

Showcasing the private sector's power to create a climate fit for life, Interface unveiled a first-of-its-kind prototype carbon negative carpet tile. Interface's "Proof Positive" tile proves that with new approaches to materials sourcing and manufacturing, it is possible to make a product with the potential to reverse global warming. After the tile is made, there is less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than if it had not been manufactured in the first place.

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John Noel Announces for GA Public Service Commission

John Noel announces for Georgia Public Service CommissionJohn Noel, a 20 year resident of Atlanta, small business owner, and former member of the Georgia Legislature, officially announced his campaign for Georgia Public Service Commission today in Decatur. Surrounded by dozens of supporters, John spoke about his experience in energy consulting and environmental protection.

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Investors Send Strong Signal to Southern Company: Align Operations with Low-Carbon Future

 Photo Credit: John S. Quarterman - Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ In an important climate-related vote today, 46% of its shareholders asked The Southern Company (SO) to report on how it plans to align its business operations with a 2 degrees Celsius global warming scenario, up from 34% last year. The shareholder proposal was filed by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ and 8 co-filers from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. This vote underscores shareholders’ growing concern that fossil fuel-heavy energy and utility companies such as Southern – the second largest greenhouse gas emitters in the country – face short- and long-term risks from climate disruptions, but lack public-facing disclosure of business plans for resiliency in a carbon-constrained future.

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