Etsy commits to solar energy, more than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, and Iowa puts faith in wind energy. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:
Bringing solar to the Etsy community and running a carbon neutral marketplace
Etsy's mission is to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. They're working toward their mission and living their values by announcing two commitments that will set them on a path to reducing and ultimately eliminating our carbon impact: transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and growing a thriving, carbon neutral marketplace in the months, years and decades to come.
Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching energy bill that reflects significant changes in U.S. oil and natural gas production over the past decade and boosts alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.
More than half U.S. population lives amid dangerous air pollution, report warns
More than half of the U.S. population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned. A total of 166 million Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association, raising their risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart disease, reproductive problems and other ailments.
Iowa aims to advance wind energy portfolio with $3.6 billion project that's billed as the largest investment of its kind in state history. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, the state already has more than 3,000 utility-scale wind turbines in operation, putting Iowa in a leadership position nationwide.