The calls for divestment are growing and getting louder. There is evidence that this call was heard by World Leaders assembled for COP20 in Lima Peru. Reference to phasing out fossil fuels was found in a draft resolution. The final draft explicitly mentions "zero fossil fuel emissions by 2050."
One of the most beautiful divestment actions took on a Saturday evening, the Saturday before Advent, environmentalists gathered at Sergels Torg in Stockholm, Sweden. The dancers carried white umbrellas – whilst dancing they fluttered round & round, up & down, back & forward like a clear waterfall in the dark.From all sides the crowd closed in upon the dancers with black umbrellas, closed in around them like a dark sea. Until there was no white light left to be seen. Until the white umbrellas dove out from below and aimed their spotlights toward our demand: DIVESTERA
An introduction video of the Fossielvrij movement in the Netherlands. Divesting public money away from oil, coal and gas companies is needed for a quick energy transition to keep climate change below 2 degrees.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
As a followup to the People's Climate March in NYC, an estimated 15 000 people came together on 10 December 2014 during the COP20 Climate Talks in Lima Peru. Together they called for action, for their families, their livelihoods and the planet. These protests send a clear message to world leaders. People are demanding a global climate agreement at COP21 scheduled to take place in Paris next year.
The People's Climate March was a historic achievement in 2014. The world came together in New York but also in hundreds of related events around the world. As world leaders assembled in New York City for a landmark summit on climate change, they let it be known that citizens of the world demand action on the climate crisis. As explained by 350.org, the People's Climate March, "is turning point - a huge step forward in our calls for climate justice." Now as never before those calling for action on climate issues are part of a "big, beautiful, unified movement" that is demanding a brighter and more just future for everyone.
Watch all the inspiring victories that NRDC Members and activists helped win in 2014. Click here to see how you can help the NRDC with next year's victories.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Enbridge is a $57 billion company that is no stranger to oil spills. Early in 2014 a W5 report showed how Enbridge's Line 9 had a host of unreported spills, alarming communities. According to the report, the 830 km Line 9 pipeline runs between Sarnia Ontario and Terrebonne Quebec has had at least 35 unreported spills.
Enbridge is best known for their role in the largest and most expensive inland oil spill in US history. The 2010 event in Michigan spilled more than 800,000-gallons (3.8 million litres or 20,000 barrels) of diluted oil-sands bitumen, contaminating a 48-km stretch of the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup was hampered by the fact that the tar sands crude sank to the bottom of the river. The cleanup costs alone were at least $1.2 billion excluding the reimbursement to those who were impacted.
The guide is designed as a follow-up to CRED's 2009 guide The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public and draws from a range of social science fields including psychology, anthropology, communications, and behavioral economics.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Features of a Green Retirement Retirement Residence (PARC Retirement Living)
Summerhill PARC in North Vancouver was the first retirement residence built by PARC Retirement Living. As builders they are committed to quality retirement residences that incorporate green building practices and architectural beauty, as well as meeting top standards for safety and durability.
The white paper from Dual Citizen LLC supports this finding through six cases where strategic communications and better information campaigns have a role to play in supporting investment, cleantech entrepreneurship and policy development that advances green economic growth.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The importance of sustainability to investors was borne out in two statistics that emerged from the study. The first is that 88 percent of the investors surveyed see sustainability as an opportunity to establish a competitive advantage. The second is that 78 percent of investors see sustainability as a differentiator in determining industry leaders.
However, more than 9 out of 10 (91%) of surveyed investors think companies could do a better job of communicating sustainability to investors. Further, 88 percent indicated that companies should pay greater attention to sustainability in company valuations.
According to Betzwood Associates, Green buildings can decrease carbon emissions by 35 percent, energy consumption by 50 percent, water use by 35 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
As reported by Energy Manager Today, Congress appropriated $1.93 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This represents an increase of nearly $25 million from the previous year.
After the House voted in support of a 1.1 trillion government funding bill, the Senate followed suit and passed the bill on Saturday night (December 13) with a vote of 56 to 40. To avoid a government shutdown, Republicans demanded some non-germane amendments that amount to big gifts for themselves and their friends in the oil industry and on Wall Street.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Lima draft agreement that included mention of a world free from fossil fuel emissions by 2050. A final global climate agreement is scheduled to be signed in 2015 at COP21 in Paris. Prior to the Lima agreement there were agreements by the US and China and the European Union to cut greenhouse emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
While some dismissed the outcome as an ineffectual compromise, others hailed the agreement as an important step forward. Once again the UN climate talks were marred by wealthy nation's reluctance to assume the financial burdens of emissions reductions in poorer countries.
Nonetheless the agreement contains support for "vulnerable" developing nations from wealthy countries. Most importantly it continues to seek an "ambitious agreement" in 2015 that reflect the "differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities" of each nation. National targets for emissions reductions are to go beyond their "current undertaking."
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Agenda includes full day of sessions and expert presenters The agenda includes a morning keynote presentation, a number of expert plenary sessions, and ample opportunity to network with fellow members of the industry.
Toronto Green Homes Summit
The Toronto Summit will focus on residential construction, covering both single-family homes (including townhouses and various attached styles) and multifamily projects up to the midrise level (up to 12 storeys).
Watershed Health is everyone’s concern. Our watersheds are in great need of resuscitation and this year Land&Water Summit will concentrate on learning about ways to improve watershed health.
Event - Energy and Climate Change: National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
For climate change, this is time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. 2015 will be a year of decisions – particularly at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.
The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change will develop and advance partnerships that focus on transitioning the world to a new "low carbon" and "climate resilient" energy system. It will emphasize putting ideas into action - moving forward on policy and practice.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The first place Fossil of the Day in Lima at the UN Climate Talks goes to Australia, Belgium, Ireland and Austria for not contributing to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). After a string of encouraging initial contributions to the GCF, it seems a few free-riders within Annex 2 believe they are off the hook on this one. That translates into several billions of dollars missing in the fund’s coffer.
Oil prices are already low and they continue to decline as more downward pressure is expected. On Friday December 12th the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast a decline in demand for 2015 and they further predicted that healthy non-OPEC supply gains were poised to aggravate a global oil glut. The current outlook for global oil demand for 2015 was cut from 230,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 0.9 million bpd.
Friday, December 12, 2014
In addition to the offenses which include unsafe operating procedures Noble Inc. also tried to cover-up their illegal actions. According to the court ruling, Noble, “actively took steps to conceal its use of illegal [systems]”, and “knowingly made false entries” concealing problems from the authorities. Noble also admitted to illegally discharging bilge water from the Discoverer.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and many of her colleagues were particularly displeased with two attached riders that would significantly increase the ceiling for political donations from wealthy patrons while scaling back the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform act designed to reign-in the kind of Wall Street activity that sparked the financial crisis of 2008.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
As it is only one atom thick, graphene is the thinnest known material, a million times thinner than a human hair and hundreds of thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper. To put this in context, three million sheets of graphene would be only one millimeter high. A very small amount of this revolutionary material is required to cover a huge area (one gram could cover an entire football field). It weighs only 0.16 milligrams per cubic centimeter and the cost is negligible at a few hundred dollars per kilo.
At this session participants can learn details about their Master in Environmental Studies (MES) program and Doctorate in Environmental (PhD) programs and speak to professors and current students.
It is widely understood that fossil fuels are the leading cause of climate change. With this in mind negotiators at the UN Climate Talks have proposed a new draft text that addresses the deleterious impacts of the fossil fuel industry.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Carbon accounting is about more than just the environment or counting units, it's about building a more sustainable business. Carbon accounting is also about a smarter way of doing business. Whether it's lifting brand value, reducing costs or improving compliance, there's never been a better time to start thinking about measuring your carbon footprint.
This capability hinges on the discovery that graphene, a form of carbon graphite, allows positively charged hydrogen atoms or protons to pass through it despite being completely impermeable to all other gases. The collected hydrogen could then be used to power fuel cells.
Graphene was first discovered in 2004 at the UK's University of Manchester by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, a discovery which earned them the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In a press release Musim Mas announced its new sustainability policy, which, it said, “re-affirms its commitment to bring benefits to the community, respect the rights of smallholders to develop or conserve their land, while maintaining a strict guideline of No Deforestation, No Peatland Development and No Exploitation.”
In 2010 BP's Deepwater Horizon exploded killing 11 people and spewing almost 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The environmental effects of this spill are being felt to this day.
A study published in October showed how there is a 1,235 square mile ring of coagulated oil residue on the ocean floor.
Another study published in March found that the BP oil spill has caused morphological abnormalities including heart deformities potentially leading to heart failure in several large predatory fish including Atlantic Bluefin tuna, Yellowfin tuna and Amberjacks.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Russia's annexation of Crimea and ongoing destabilization of the Ukraine has resulted in the cancellation of the $29 billion, 63 billion cubic meter South Stream gas pipeline project. Gazprom confirmed that the pipeline is being diverted through Turkey and Greece, instead of going through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Austria.