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Sun Salutation | Image via www.sunsaluteforsolaraid.comSolar Salute

Yoga enthusiasts from all over the world are being asked to partake in a Mass Sun Salute to bring attention to and support clean energy in Africa. This global event, sponsored by SolarAid, plans to gather as many yogis and solar supporters as possible on June 21st, the summer solstice, to perform this well-known series of poses. (Link)

Promising Pledge

Yesterday morning, the World Bank and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group made a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Bank, these cities account for eight percent of the global population, twelve percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and twenty-one percent of the global gross domestic product. (Link)

Premium Package

It’s a known fact that packaging can be extremely wasteful. Now more than ever, manufactures and retailers are creating environmentally-friendly packaging using recyclable materials. (Link)

Hangzhou’s Bike Hike

Recently, Hangzhou, China launched a 50,000-bike bike share program, with 2,050 bike stations throughout the city. This is massive in comparison to other bike share programs around the world. There are an average of 240,000 trips a day using these bikes and plans to have 175,000 bikes by 2020. (Link)

$ Solar < $ Fossil Fuels

Well, not yet. New technology, called thin-film solar, could be cheap enough to compete with the retail price of electricity. Once this technology is a little bit more efficient, clean energy will have more of a chance to take on top energy competitors. (Link)

American Car Manufacturing Fracturing

With soaring gas prices, many Americans are insisting on more fuel-efficient cars. However, it seems as though U.S. automakers are having trouble supplying the demand. (Link)