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Norway divests roughly $350 million out of Duke Energy Stock

Early in September, Norway's sovereign wealth fund divested out of Duke Energy. In a divestment that was forewarned about but still a large hit to Duke Energy and its shareholders, the signal is clear. Energy companies who are not coming up to speed on clean energy are becoming a liability instead of a trusted solid stock as in generations past.

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$6.3 Billion in Clean Energy Investments Spurring Local Economies throughout North Carolina

2016 RTI International report confirms clean energy investments doubled over past two years; rural communities benefiting most

Clean energy, which includes renewable energy and energy efficiency, is a good investment for the state of North Carolina with $1.64 in revenues returned to state and local governments for every $1 of state incentive claimed, a report released from RTI International confirms.

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Three-year Heat Wave Continues Unabated

The methane - electricity link offers a doable chance – probably the only one – to avert climate tipping point

NASA reported this week that the ongoing, three-year record global heatwave continues, with August tying July as the hottest month ever recorded

This is particularly disturbing because scientists thought the soaring global heat would subside as El Nino ended in June.  The 2016 global average temperature is pressing quite near the climate tipping point as explained by NASA and AP.

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Cree SmartCast PoE Chosen by mindSHIFT Cloud Services Facility

Cree LED's in the offices of mindshift in Long Island, N.Y. SmartCast PoE is an intuitively simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) for buildings through better light. The system embeds intelligence to make buildings more efficient and people more productive, while delivering far better light for less energy than ordinary LED lighting systems.

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NC Town Links People, Nature

The Ararat River Restoration and Green Way Project in Mount Airy generates an estimated $500,000 annually for the city's economy. (Mount Airy)Much attention has been paid to revitalizing downtowns in North Carolina by adding storefronts and parking garages. But one town has learned that they can build up their community with the natural landscape that was there to begin with.

Since 2002, the town of Mount Airy has worked with Resource Institute to develop the Ararat Greenway and Stream Restoration project, which loops around downtown Mount Airy for seven miles.

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