Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wetland Resources has set the ambitious goal of planting one million trees in ten years. Their plan is to plant Bald cypress and Water Tupelo trees in the Central Wetlands in Violet. In addition to being hurricane resistant, these trees also absorb water which reduces the impact of storm surges. The trees are grown in waste water from the city of Hammond and they have a 1000 year lifespan.
A 2013 Green Market Oracle article asked whether Apple's sustainability efforts where too little too late. It would appear that the answer to that question is apparently not.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Energy Show, presented by SEAI, is an annual two-day business exhibition showcasing the leading sustainable energy technologies and practices. Entry to the Show is free to business professionals.
The Energy Show is the flagship event for professionals in the energy sector. This two day event is a business only exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.
All but the willfully ignorant understand that the economic costs of inaction far outweigh the costs of engagement. We have seen a number of studies which suggest the longer we wait the more it will cost.
The idea of a carbon budget was first introduced by a group known as the Nobel Laureates Symposium. In 2009 this group of scientists, including 20 Nobel Prize winners, signed a memorandum calling for a carbon budget that set limits on global emissions for 2020 and 2050.
Since the dawn of the industrial revolution we have emitted around 531 billion metric tons of carbon from the burning of fossil fuels, cutting down forests and making cement. A 2013 UN report estimated that we can burn no more than a total of 840 billion tons of carbon to have a 50 percent chance of keeping temperature increases within the upper threshold limit.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Canada offers an energy policy case study. Rather than best practices, this is a cautionary tale of energy mismanagement on a national scale. Not only are fossil fuels the primary contributors to climate change, they are also increasingly less profitable.The combination of low oil prices and an impending low carbon regulatory regime make fossil fuels a very risky and volatile resource in 2015 and beyond. This is especially true of Alberta's vast tar sands reserves which are some of the most dirty and expensive fossil fuels on the planet.
The trend of warmer weather continues adding to 30 consecutive years of above average temperatures. The globally-averaged land surface temperature during this past December to February was 2.63 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, tying with 2007 as the highest for that period since instrument records began in 1880.
The report indicates that the demand for water is slated to skyrocket 55 percent by 2050 while 20 percent of global groundwater is already over exploited.
The report urges the international community to devote an entire sustainable development goal to water itself – from issues of water governance and quality to wastewater management and the prevention of natural disasters.
The Internet has been a key driver of collaboration and social media has played a pivotal role helping people and organizations to share constructive solutions.
Al Gore is among those who think that the Internet could play a salient role in the war against climate change. In a recent speech at the South by Southwest Interactive conference the former US vice president called on people to use the power of the social media. Gore advised people to use the Internet to organize their efforts for a healthy environment and to call out politicians who deny climate change.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Fraud, bribery, extortion and embezzlement may be rampant but they are antithetical to the new form of capitalism that is beginning to take shape. Although socially responsible business is not new concept, we are developing more sophistication methods that allow us to better articulate the mechanics of an ethical enterprise. We are also creating a wealth of tools that are giving us the ability to measure and assess such efforts. The growth of sustainability, social business and cause marketing is providing a wealth of data that translates into a best practices regime.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals in renewable energy finance. The event draws an especially senior audience, comprising of senior decision makers, financiers and professionals in the renewable energy finance field.
In person collaborative conversation not only leads to a better understanding of business challenges and opportunities, it also amplifies productivity and improves business outcomes as well. Extraordinary results occur when organizations and their ecosystem partners come together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from each other. Find inspiration, tools and partnerships to drive business success and positive impact. Participate in the thought-provoking breakout sessions, facilitated discussion groups and plenaries and learn:
Renewable Energy World Europe, co-located with POWER-GEN Europe, offers the largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition for the European electricity and power technology sector.
Attracting over 12,000 professionals, the combination of conferences and exhibitions across the entire spectrum of power generation is unique and is serving the vital move towards integrating the traditional fossil fuel and fast-growing renewable generation sectors.
Renewable Energy World Europe and POWER-GEN Europe deliver the industry’s most influential decision makers under one roof.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
A new documentary exposes how the fossil fuel industry is flexing their corporate might and enlisting devious spin doctors to delay responsible political action on climate change. This film exposes the ways in which science is undermined by pseudo science to advance corporate profits at the expensive of people's well being. Many of these tactics are the same ones used by the tobacco industry to convince the public that cigarettes don't cause cancer or that nicotine is not addictive. These manipulative techniques are now being used to undermine the science of climate change. While the science of climate change is clear, public attitudes are divided. This is because of deceptive campaigns financed by the oil industry. The Merchants of doubt is a documentary from Robert Kenner, the same filmmaker who made the Oscar nominated film Food Inc.
Merchants of Doubt, which was produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, rolled out in select cities on March 6 and nationwide on March 13. Click here to find out more or get the latest updates.
At Ceres 25th Anniversary Conference Nike's Hannah Jones talks about the role innovation plays in Nike's sustainability strategies and how the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability has influenced the company's journey.
As the world continues to warm the kind of devastation that we saw recently in Vanuatu will become more frequent. Half of the quarter million people that live on the 80 islands that make up the South Pacific state have been left homeless. The Category 5 cyclone known as Pam brandished winds of 185 mph flattening buildings and washing away roads and bridges. So far 16 people are known to have been killed by this extreme weather event. The absence of clean water, sanitation and food could extract a far more deadly toll.
As the primary source of climate change causing emissions most of the known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. If we want to have a chance of staving off the worst impacts of climate change we have to radically reduce our emissions. We must keep temperatures from rising above the upper threshold limit of 2 decrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. Our current trajectory is rapidly burning through our carbon budget and pushing us towards a 4 to 6 degree temperature increase. The only sane response is to stop ongoing exploration for new reserves and limit the extraction of known reserves.
Click here to sign the Keep it in the ground petition.
Friday, March 20, 2015
- Mahatma Gandhi
Concerns about climate change, the demise of coal and the rise of renewable energy are making the fossil fuel industry nervous. While the fossil fuel industry initially dismissed the divestment movement, the growing strength of the movement give them reason to be fearful. The fossil fuel industry has a lot of skin in the game, in 2013 alone they spent $670 billion looking for more coal, oil and gas reserves. All of this will be worthless as we begin to seriously decrease our consumption of fossil fuels.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wind Vision report, wind power currently supplies 4.5 percent of US energy by 2016 that will rise to 7 percent. Wind energy has declined in price by almost 60 percent in the last five years and the DoE report predicts that it will be "directly competitive" by 2025.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The science is clear and there have been a vast number of warnings coming from a wide variety of sources including, AGU, IEA, IPCC, PwC, World Bank, and the World Meteorological Organization stating that our current trajectory is catastrophic. Now even those responsible for the problem are coming forward with warnings of their own.
In a February 2015 report titled, "Energy Outlook 2035," BP says that to keep carbon dioxide emissions within upper threshold limits the world must take coordinated action.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Two dozen brewers from across the US have signed the climate declaration in which they pledge to reduce their GHGs. They are also promising to advocat for strong political leadership on climate change. One of those companies is Guinness, this is particularly prescient as it is the most popular been on St. Patrick's day. Around five and a half million pints of Guinness will be consumed on this day, that represents between one third and one half of all beer consumed on March 17th.
The GSI site selection was done by OpenSparkz in consort with Mayo County Council Enterprise and Investment Unit. OpenSparkz and partner companies will develop a technology hub within the Castlebar facility to be called the "Global Sustainability Centre. " The facility is expected to generate more than 250 new jobs.
Although Ireland's green economy is booming, it has not achieved the recognition it deserves. According to the The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI), produced by private US-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, Ireland's performance exceeds its perception. The GGEI ranked 60 countries on how they are developing more environmentally friendly economies, both in terms of actual performance and expert perception of their performance.Ireland occupies the top spot on the Good Country Index which measures how much each country contributes to the planet. Ireland ranked 9th on the list of 58 countries in the Climate Change Performance Index.
Monday, March 16, 2015
This course enables participants to learn techniques to structure and analyze renewable energy projects to optimize financing.