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Green Builder Magazine Celebrates Ingersoll Rand as an Eco-Leader for Second Consecutive Year

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DAVIDSON, N.C., Aug. 11, 2016 /3BL Media/  Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, is recognized on Green Builder Magazine’s annual list of Eco-Leaders for a second consecutive year.

Companies recognized as Eco-Leaders proactively strive to make the world a better place to live through innovations in conservation, waste reduction and reduced carbon emissions.

North America to Generate 50% of Its Energy from Clean Sources by 2025

Climate partnership commits three countries to producing half of their power from wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, and clean coal.
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Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto met this week in Ottawa to sign an agreement that will increase the three countries’ production of clean energy from 37% to 50% by 2025.  The agreement will allow clean energy sales across borders and connect the countries’ energy grids. 

Proposed Emergency Funding Increase in Preparation for Fire Season

As the American West braces for another extreme fire season, Senate attempts to clear the way for recovery funding.
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Proliferating drought and climate change have parched large portions of the continent, dramatically increasing the risk of wildfire.  The 2016 fire season is expected to be even worse than 2015, during which nearly 7 million acres burned in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  

Plagued by Plunging Profits, Shell Creates Renewable Energy Division

Some industry stalwarts, like Exxon, are in outright denial. Others, like coal king Peabody Energy, can’t help but feel acute pain as their once-impenetrable fortresses crumble. Others, like Shell, are investing in the future.
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Europe’s largest oil company, Shell, sees the writing on the wall. The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate has determined that it is not going to rely only on dirty fossil fuels for its livelihood. Rather, it’s going to catch a wave on the market tide and invest in the burgeoning clean energy revolution.

The decision was made shortly after London-based economists warned international oil companies that they must transform their business models and determine a way to mitigate the risk of ‘stranded assets’, or face a “short, brutal end within 10 years."

Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Mitigate Risks from Climate Change

Individuals and organizations are joining together to advocate for keeping coal, oil, and gas in the ground, demanding that our global society break free from fossil fuels to mitigate the risks of climate change.
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Climate activist Bill McKibben led the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline and won.  Now, he is building the Break Free movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground.  His efforts are yielding meaningful results—from the United Kingdom to South Africa, Australia to Brazil, the movement is disrupting fossil fuel projects, encouraging mass divestment, and setting the stage for “the rapid, just transition from the fossil fuel economy of the past to the 100% renewable and clean energy future that climate justice demands.”

The Race Is On: Who Will Win When Smart Meets Solar?

The Solar and Smart Home technologies are quickly converging, opening up watershed growth opportunities for companies in these sectors.
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The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to reach $59 billion by 2020, are two of the building industry’s hottest growth sectors. 

One of the main drivers for this meteoric growth is the unprecedented transition from a high-consumption and low automation market to low-consumption & high automation market.  This transition is fundamentally altering the performance of our built environment and the way that we interact with it.

Smart Home Evolution: Connected and Solar

Will the convergence of solar and smart home technology offer game-changing levels of control, independence, and peace of mind to homeowners?
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Solar and smart home technology are consistently, month after month, two of the hottest topic areas of interest to Green Builder Media’s readers.  And it’s no wonder—with the extensive and rapid innovation occurring in both sectors, there is a lot to be excited about.

China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.
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Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions. 

Earth Day Reflections: Are We Green Yet?

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.
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Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by.  As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability. 

The Post-Oil Era: Led by Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabian state-owned oil empire plans to divest from its own oil resources, with the ultimate goal of weaning the country off its dependency on fossil fuels.
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Saudi Arabia sees the writing on the wall—the end of the oil era is near.  The kingdom is planning accordingly, creating the world’s largest sovereign fund to manage its massive amounts of wealth, the goal of which is to diversify the country’s financial holdings.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF), masterminded by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (second in line to the throne), will control more than $2 trillion, generated by the sale of shares in Saudi Aramco’s parent company.  

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