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We Can’t Have Sea Level Rise the Only Thing Raising All Boats

Climate change is a unique opportunity to raise all boats. It could be the alien presence Ronald Reagan fantasized could unit humanity and tear down national borders. It is the existential threat that could push nations beyond their limits. It could be all of these things but instead it is being turned into a social experiment that increasingly can’t pass the smell test.

How to Support Renewables in Europe

The development of green energy in the EU is taking place in a highly inefficient way, with much of the renewable energy sources built in the least productive locations, writes Jakub Kucera, economic analyst at RSJ, a Prague-based investment company. To address this problem, an EU-wide support scheme could be envisaged, but that also has many drawbacks, notes Kucera.

3 Insider Clues that Demand Response is the Key to a Clean Energy Future in California and Beyond

California is at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. Innovative policies have helped make the state number one in solar installations and clean tech, and meet the 33 percent renewable energy goal early. This has provided the courage to set a course for half of the Golden state’s electricity to be renewably-sourced by 2030. Show More Summary

LEED Earth Project Pioneers: Bolivia’s First LEED Building Reimagines Resource Efficiency

The first LEED-certified building in the country, the Edificio CAF Bolivia, is a three-story office building with a focus on efficient resource utilization. USGBC’s mission is to bring the environmental and human health benefits of green buildings to all, and it is committed to accelerating the adoption of LEED in new and existing markets.

Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions

Three years ago when Shell released their New Lens Scenarios, the two views of the future looked out far beyond previous scenarios, taking in the period from 2050-2100. This offered the opportunity for both scenarios to explore ways in which the world might reach a point of net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, down from some 40 billion tonnes per annum at the moment.

Spotlight on Award Winners: Advanced Micro Devices 25×20 Energy Efficiency Initiative

“This is an ambitious, cross-organizational approach to problem solving. The life cycle product footprint for carbon emissions reduction is demonstrable. AMD demonstrated real world advancements in this space.” –Environmental LeaderShow More Summary

VW Will Pay Record $14.7 Billion in Emissions Cheat Scandal

Volkswagen has agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion after cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers by installing “defeat devices” in almost half a million diesel cars.

Proposed Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Would Reduce Diesel Consumption

Proposed fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards would increase fuel economy and reduce diesel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Unlike light-duty vehicles, which have been subject to fuel economy standards since the 1970s, the first phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle standards was recently implemented, starting with model year 2014.

Corporate environmental contributions: Greenwashing or worse?

Ken Silverstein posted a thought-provoking piece on titled Being ‘Good Neighbors’ And Staying Out Of Print Motivates Companies To Be Environmental Stewards. The following quote stimulated me to provide a slightly different...Show More Summary

The World May Be Starved For Healthy Foods but the US is Wasting a lot of its Food

The world may be starving for healthy foods. But here in the United States, we sure do toss a lot of it away, prompting our federal government to set a goal of reducing such waste by half by 2030.

The $2.1 Trillion Revenue Opportunity for ICT Companies

Information and communication technologies (ICT) companies could realize $2.1 trillion in new annual revenue by 2030 from services that promote the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, according to a report by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Accenture Strategy. Show More Summary

Recycling Program Expands to Manufacturing, Industrial Customers

Kimberly-Clark Professional has expanded its recycling program to manufacturing and other industrial environments, enabling these customers to divert non-hazardous waste, such as nitrile gloves and apparel, from landfills. RightCycle is a large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste. Show More Summary

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all 

16 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary garbage pickups. That may […]

Steel trade is trending: Now a main point in the US conversation on #GlobalTrade

Steel trade may not be hash-tagged on social media as much as Steph or LeBron, but American steelmakers are hitting shots from almost every spot on the floor as they take aim against what they steadfastly maintain are illegally traded steel imports. Show More Summary

Z-Wave Labs IoT Startup Accelerator Call for 2016 Applications: Submit Plus Have a Chance to Be Featured at CES 2017

21 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, today announces the opening of applications for the 2016 Z-Wave Labs competition. Launched in 2015, the Z-Wave IoT accelerator-style program gives winners with an innovative idea in IoT product or service design access to the large Z-Wave Alliance ecosystem, partners and resources as […]

TODAY’S STUDY: The Numbers Behind The Diablo Canyon Shutdown

A Cost Effective and Reliable Zero Carbon Replacement Strategy for Diablo Canyon Power Plant James H. Caldwell, V. John White, Liz Anthony, PhD, William Perea Marcus, JBS Energy, Inc, June 2016 (Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, June 27: Dems Platform Calls For More Climate Change Science; SolarCity Could Become Tesla; What The Wind Industry Has Built

Dems Platform Calls For More Climate Change Science Democrats adopt climate change science investigation in platform Devin Henry, June 27, 2016 (The Hill) “Members of the Democratic National Committee’s platform panel have formally endorsed...Show More Summary

The U.S. Navy’s Less Than Great ‘Green’ Fleet Development

The U.S. Federal Government strongly supports green energy policies to displace fossil fuels. Is the Navy’s recent ‘Great Green Fleet’ initiative a sound and cost-effective action towards significantly reducing U.S. fossil fuels consumption and associated carbon emissions compared to existing alternatives?

The Days of Separately Managed Electricity Systems Are Over: Balance, Flexibility Key in Transition to Lower-Carbon World

The days of separately managed generation, transmission and distribution are over, writes Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. According to Davis, the energy systems of the future will need to integrate the entire value chain from generation to consumption. The key to managing these increasingly complex systems is balance and flexibility.

“Paris Climate Agreement Requires Huge Economic Turnaround in Europe”

The targets agreed to at the Paris climate summit in late 2015 imply a radical change to our economies, a new report by consultancy CE Delft shows. CO2-prices will need to rise to €250/ton in 2050 (compared to some €6 per ton now) and most of the existing industrial installations and infrastructure will need to be replaced. Show More Summary

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