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How Artificial Intelligence Creates Smarter Buildings

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“Artificial intelligence or AI involves a computer’s ability to adapt to a situation and create a unique solution that was not directly programmed. The energy industry has been tapping into the innovative world of AI to learn how to improve processes, ensure energy resiliency and to enhance the customer experience, among other pertinent goals,” Chris Buzby writes on the Constellation Energy Resources blog.

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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline

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Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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EU Gathers Evidence to Prevent Food Waste

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Each year around 20 percent of food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. Meanwhile, some 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal, including meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent, every second day. There are many ways to prevent food waste.

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EU Gathers Evidence to Prevent Food Waste

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Each year around 20 percent of food produced in the European Union is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. Meanwhile, some 43 million EU residents cannot afford a quality meal, including meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent, every second day.

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Hotter, Drier UK Launches ‘Love Water’ Campaign

Parched fields in Somerset, England, August 6, 2018 (Photo by Steve Keiretsu) Creative commons license via Flickr.

The United Kingdom is famous for its rain, which has inspired poets as well as weather forecasters, but now the British public is being asked to help the country protect its water resources for future generations. The campaign was launched July 31 by more than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators with the slogan “Love Water.”

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Microfinance Borrowers Gain Access to Impact Capital

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From its head office in Zurich, the international impact asset manager responsAbility Investments has closed a US$175 million securitization of loans to microfinance institutions and those that finance small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets. Some 30,000 small businesses and 5.6 million microfinance borrowers will benefit.

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Hungry, Desperate Migrants Flee Climate Pressure Cooker

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Migration and climate have always been connected throughout human history, but today the impacts of the human-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the UN International Organization for Migration.

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