Saturday, May 31, 2014

Video - Solar Roadways: Crowdfunding

This is the story of the creators of the solar roadway. They provide a long list of issues that can be resolved with solar roadways. They present their prototype and review their grassroots operation. They also make their pitch for a novel crowd-funding program that has already surpassed their goal of $1 million by raising more than $1.5 million.

Video - Solar Roadways: The Concept Explained

Solar Roadways is a revolutionary concept that embeds smart solar panels (made largely out of recycled materials) into roads. This concept will not only generate power, it will light roads and melt any snow and ice. Through embedded LEDs it can provide safer travel by providing warnings to drivers as necessary. It will also bury conduits for all forms of data cables and clean storm water. Most importantly, for a modest investment of under $5 billion, it will provide jobs and substantially reduce our footprint from burning fossil fuels.

Video - The White House's Climate Assessment Explained

Referencing the White House's Climate Assessment, Dr. John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor, says that climate change "is not a distant threat, it is affecting the American people already."

Depending on where you are in the US, summers are longer and hotter, we are seeing more wildfires and allergies as well as heatwaves, extreme precipitation events, storm surges, draught and other impacts on agriculture. To learn more about President Obama's climate action place click here.

Video - Solar Sphere: A Revolutionary Sun Tracking Technology

The Future is not Green it is Transparent. This highly efficient, low carbon, sun harvesting concept has proven to be far more effective than traditional solar panels. This short video explains the concept of the solar sphere which can diffuse light for better electricity generation. The sphere is called the Rawlemon after its inventor, a German architect working in Barcelona Spain. Sun is the greatest technology source on Earth, however, for optimal energy solar panels must turn to track the sun as it moves through the sky. This glass sphere concept can track the sun without moving.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Infographic - Sustainable Business Risk Management

Fossil Fuels are a Clear and Present Danger

Fossil fuels are the primary cause of climate change. This is not some distant concern it is with us today and destined to get worse -- far worse-- if we do not address our addiction to petrochemicals. The scientific evidence is clear and overwhelming, unless we stop burning fossil fuels soon climate change will radically undermine life on Earth.

The impacts of global warming are the most studied phenomena in the history of the world. A recent White House report written by hundreds of scientists confirms and the work of the thousands of scientists that contributed to the UN's IPCC AR5 report. Both studies come to the same conclusions as reams of previous research.

Thousands of scientists from diverse disciplines are virtually unanimous in their shared conviction that climate change is a clear and present danger. We need to appreciate that by burning fossil fuels we are jeopardizing the basic things we require for our survival, namely our air, water and food.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Environmental Leader's Insider Knowledge Report (2014)

For the fourth year in a row, Environmental Leader and Enviance Inc. have published Environmental Leader's complimentary Insider Knowledge Report. This 140 page report contains the knowledge and expertise of over 100 industry experts (There is an author index in the back of the report). It offers tips and lessons learned from corporate environmental, sustainability and energy decision-makers. Readers are afforded the opportunity to learn from industry experts including their mistakes, their tactics and their achievements. Taken together this report can enable readers to develop and execute their own successful initiatives.

Executives from Bridgestone, Waste Management, Dell, Owens Corning, TD Bank, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and more than 100 other enterprises contributed to this report.

Solar Innovation in Energy Generation and Transportation

As far as solar power is concerned innovation is far more than just a buzzword. There are a vast number of innovations that are driving solar growth and contributing to the industry's bright future.

One novel approach involves using the sun's energy to manufacture solar panels.

Perhaps the most revolutionary applications involve solar powered transportation. Sun powered vehicles can significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

The number of solar innovations run the gamut from pragmatic to fantastic. Some fascinating solar powered concepts not only reduce our footprint but help to clean up the environment. One example is the solar sponge which can harvest and sequester carbon from the air.

Here is a list of solar innovations in energy generation and transportation:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Webinar - Best Practices For Sustainability Benchmarking

The webinar "Best Practices For Sustainability Benchmarking" will take place on Wednesday, June, 18th 2014 from 11am - 12 noon (EST), 8am - 9am (PST) or 4.00pm - 5.00pm (UK). Most aspects of sustainability programs are new. And owners of the program can often be walking through new territory without a map. The range of initiatives is broad: implementing renewable energy contracts to achieve zero carbon emissions from your data centers, designing a strategic marketing umbrella prior to the launch of commercial sustainability propositions, organizing your team or benchmarking how you allocate your budget across dozens of activities. Sustainability leaders need benchmarks to get the balance right in their activities and spending.

Infographic - Climate Change is Everyone's Business

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Haglöfs' Sustainability Report 2013

Haglöfs is a leading sustainable brand that is based in Sweden. They have seen strong growth in the last five years and they recorded a sales volume of SEK 690 million in 2012. Haglöfs is owned by ASICS Corporation since 2010.

As a responsible company they are concerned about the environment, labor and human rights. Such issues have been parameters throughout Haglöfs’ modern development. The Company has acknowledged that its operations have an effect on the environment – both positive and negative.

In 2008, Haglöfs made a strategic decision to integrate sustainability into its business development. The decision was based on two objectives working in tandem – to ensure long-term profitable growth and at the same time to contribute towards a sustainable society. Since then, Haglöfs’ business concept and vision have contained a clear definition of the Company’s position on sustainability issues. Haglöfs has also formulated a number of sustainability targets, the current ones applying to the period 2013-2015.

Rise Initiative: Helping Businesses and Investors Manage the Risks Associated with Climate Change

On Monday May 19th, the United Nations (UN) launched an initiative that helps businesses to manage the risks associated with climate change. After a decade of record breaking economic losses and disruption due to climate change, risk management is an increasingly high priority issue for businesses all around the world. This UN initiative is called RISE and it shows the current and future effects of climate change. The idea is that by laying out current and future threats it can businesses to plan for disasters and invest wisely.

Those who are contributing to the RISE Project include the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Economist Intelligence Unit, Florida International University, Principles for Responsible Investment, AECOM and global insurance broker Willis.

Monday, May 26, 2014

UNEP's NCD Roadmap: Implementing the Four Commitments of the Natural Capital Declaration

In May, 2013, the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) released a plan for financial leadership in natural capital. The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) Roadmap is titled "Implementing the Four Commitments of the Natural Capital Declaration." The Roadmap marks the start of Phase ll of the NCD.

The core objectives of Phase ll of the NCD are to

1. Stimulate Financial Institutions that have signed up to the NCD to show progress towards implementing the NCD commitments.

2. Develop practical tools and metrics to integrate natural capital in all asset calsses and rlevant financial products.

3. Increase the number of signatories so as to build a greater level of acknowledgement within the financial sector about the materiality of natural capital.

Course - CSR Masterclass

The two day CSR Masterclass course trains present and future professionals and decision-makers to:

1. Understand the different aspects of CSR with the aim to make it practical in different strategic and operational environments in emerging markets, especially the BRIC countries
2. Master CSR best practice, sustainable development decision-making tools and analytical instruments used or likely to be used by institutions across the world
3. Promote CSR skills of individuals therefore make the concept even more widespread than it is today

UNEP's Natural Capital Declaration (NCD)

To help advance global sustainability efforts, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) in 2011. This initiative seeks to responsibly manage the Earths biodiversity by attaching a price to the elements of the natural world. It takes the form of a commitment intended for the financial sector which seeks to integrate financial capital criteria into financial products and services. See the text of the NCD below:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Event - Sustainable Brands 2014

Sustainable Brands (SB) 2014 will take place on June 2 - 5 in San Diego, California. Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role of brands in shaping a flourishing future. The Sustainable Brands Conference is ground zero for sustainability, brand and innovation professionals who come together from around the world to be inspired, engaged and equipped to succeed by building the better brands of tomorrow, while building a network of like-minded colleagues who can help.

Event - Gulf Environment Forum (GEF)

The Gulf Environment Forum (GEF) will take place on May 27 - 29, 2014 in Saudi Arabia. It covers all industry sectors, from renewable energy and energy efficiency to waste management and environmental technologies. Launched in 2010, GEF has grown in popularity and prestige over the years to assert its position as Saudi Arabia’s flagship environmental event.

Held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and under the initiative of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, GEF 2014 combines an international exhibition with a strategic conference as well as a prestigious awards ceremony.

Event - Revisioning Sustainability Conference: Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems

Revisioning Sustainability Conference: Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems, will take place on June 22-25, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. This Conference will explore real world examples of innovative food systems sustainability programs that embody whole-systems regeneration in practice. There will be a number of topics that are of great value to the business community including sustainable purchasing.

Video - Watch Climate Scientist Escape After he Falls Into a Himalayan Crevasse

Dr John All was conducting research on climate change when he fell into a crevasse on the 23,379 foot Mount Himlung in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. After a 70 foot fall, he crawled for six hours with a broken arm and ribs to extricate himself from certain death. After scaling the wall and getting out of the crevasse he had to crawl for another three hours to reach his tent where he was rescued the following morning.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Video - Aeriel View of Balken Flooding

Video - Senator Markey Calls out Republican Climate Deniers for their Fossil Fuel Advocacy and their Obstructionism on Climate Change

The Democratic Senator for Massachusetts Ed Markey laments the collapse of the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill. Had Republicans not opposed it, it would have cut carbon pollution and created jobs. He explains that the bill collapsed because Republicans tied the vote on Shaheen-Portman to three measures designed to support the fossil fuel industry:

Video - Former Mexican President Blames Republicans for their resistance to Combating Climate Change

According to former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the GOP is a major impediment in the fight against climate change. Speaking at the Harvard Business school in April, Calderón said that Republicans in Congress are like Chinese coal plants in that they are both adversaries in the fight against climate change. He called Republicans, "The most serious problem is in the United States Congress." "If you are a Republican, it's like a formal requirement to be a nonbeliever in climate change. And that's bad," Calderón said.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Webinar - California Cap and Trade Program: Everything Businesses Need to Know

The one hour complimentary webinar on California's Cap and Trade Program will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 2pm EDT. It will provide an in-depth look at how California's carbon market works and show you what you need to know to craft a cogent compliance strategy.

As part of California’s Assembly Bill 32, the California cap-and-trade program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. By placing a hard cap on emissions and setting up a market based mechanism, California has placed a price on carbon emissions covered by the program.

Companies covered by the cap-and-trade program must purchase California Carbon Allowances (CCAs) to cover their emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Companies can also use offset credits as a lower cost alternative to CCAs for compliance.

The Costs of Climate Change Induced Flooding

A growing number of climate change related events are coalescing to contribute to very costly flooding.

The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the Island nation's history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we saw "Biblical flooding" in Colorado and most recently, the Balkans are suffering under a massive deluge. Even countries in the Middle East have been inundated by anomalous heavy precipitation in recent times.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Response to UNEP's Natural Capital Declaration

This is a response to UNEP's Natural Capital Declaration (NCD). It is titled Valuing Natural Capital in a Perfect World. The NCD is a commitment proposed by the United Nations Finance Initiative (UNEP F1) and its partners in late 2011. The Declaration was circulated to financial institutions to gain their signature and support with the aim of taking the Declaration to the Rio+20 conference in summer 2012.

Taking the commitment seriously will require fundamental changes in the intent and nature of investment activities in order to:

Graphs - Global Cost of Flooding


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reducing Fossil Fuel Use: The Longer We Wait the More it will Cost

Ongoing fossil fuel use has prevented us from decreasing greenhouse gases and this is increasing the cost of cutting carbon emissions. The sooner we act to decrease fossil fuel use the more we will save, the longer we wait the more it will cost.

If we want to keep temperature increases below the internationally agreed upon upper threshold limit of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that we will need to see $44 trillion in investments through 2050 to decarbonize the energy sector. This represents an increase of 22 percent over their estimates of $36 trillion two years ago.

According to recent IEA reports coal use is outpacing the growth of renewable energy and the demand for crude oil is expected to be higher than originally forecast in the second half of this year.

Factoring Climate Risks for Business

The business community must understand the benefits of engaging climate change and the costs of failing to act. The sooner we factor climate risks the lower the ultimate price tag.

Businesses that are reluctant to assume the costs of mitigation and adaptation need to appreciate the costs associated with delays. According to some estimates, in the last two years alone delays in engaging climate change have cost us $8 trillion. The longer we wait the higher the price tag. BSR says that climate change will cost us $4 trillion by 2030 while the IEA estimates that we can save $115 trillion in fuel costs by 2050.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Global Fire Map (May 1 - 10, 2014)

Here is a NASA map that show wild fires around the world for the first 10 days of May based on satellite data. Scientists indicate that climate change is increasing heat and drought thereby worsening wildfires. We are losing forests at an alarming rate, it is estimated that we have already lost half of the world's forests. Forests are known to provide a wealth of benefits including habit for a number of life forms, carbon sequestration, oxygen production and precipitation.

Infographic - Sea Level Rise

Balken Flooding and the Costs of Climate Change

Much of the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia) is under water and hundreds of thousands of buildings are inundated across the region. Some of the worst flooding ever experienced in the area has killed almost 50 people and triggered more than three thousand landslides.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated and millions of people are affected. People all across the region are cut off with no water, food, power or communications. The floods are exposing some of the more than one hundred thousand mines and driving the biggest mass migration in the Balkans since the war in the 1990s. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Course - Alternative Energy for Water and Wastewater Operations

The one day course Alternative Energy for Water and Wastewater Operations will take place on May 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Learn about materials and devices used in alternative energy systems, conversion, storage and generation, from photovoltaics and fuel cells to super capacitors, in this introductory course.

Developed as an introduction to the rapidly growing field of non-conventional (non-hydrocarbon based) energy sources, this course will present information on the materials and devices used in alternative energy systems, conversion, storage and generation.

Sustainability as Both Sexy and Spiritual

There are powerfully compelling elements to sustainability which have been largely ignored. Part of making the transition to a greener way of life involves embedding a more responsible world view into our individual psyches and collective cultures. To get there we need to foster interest in ecology so that it is seen as both desirable and sacred.

Sustainability needs a new language that is more accessible and more compelling to the average person. Business, government, and other organizations are making strides advancing sustainability but we need wider involvement and faster growth. Although we are seeing increasing levels of environmental activism, we need to expand the message to reach a larger circle of people.

How Conservative Principles can Encourage Republicans to Combat Climate Change

If we are ever to pass climate and energy legislation in the US we must find a way of reaching Republicans. Here is a reedited, amended and expanded article that was originally published in Global Warming is Real on May 15.

We will never be able to pass climate and energy legislation in the US without engaging conservatives. So it is crucial that we understand their opposition to the science of climate and develop strategies that are consistent with their ideological bent. Although modern-day Republicans are well known for being anti-environment, it has not always been this way. Historically, some of the most environmentally oriented Presidents have been Republicans.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Event - Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action

Summit 2014 Banner
"I challenge you to bring to the Summit bold pledges. Innovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Event - Eco-Fair 2014: The Environmental Business Event

The fifth annual Eco-Fair will take place on May 22, 2014, Yorkshire, UK. The 2014 event is expected to attract 1,000 visitors. This event can help with savings, best practice, and new technology.

Event - Responsible Business Summit

The Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Summit will take place on May 19 - 20 in London, UK. This event is Europe’s largest corporate sustainability gathering, it will bring together more than 300 senior executives and showcase sustainable innovation.


1) Critical Issues – tackling your biggest priorities in 2014 such as; integrating sustainability into corporate strategy, business innovation, meaningful stakeholder engagement and more.

Event - Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference

The 2nd annual Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference will take place on Thursday, June 5 - 6, 2014, at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario. Last year, nearly two hundred inspired thought leaders, decision makers, sustainability practitioners, and educators gathered for the first Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference.

Event - World Waste to Energy City Summit

The World Waste to Energy City Summit will take place on May 21 - 22, 2014 in London, UK. This event will provide two days of interactive debate and networking. Presented by Rethink events, this summit will will once again bring together the leading players in the advanced waste to energy sector with the most active funders in the market.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Video - Bob Inglis Explains how Conservative Principles can Combat Climate Change

In this Ted X video Bob Inglis tells the story of how he progressed from a climate denier to a climate action advocate. What makes his story unique is that his solutions to climate change rely on the core principles of conservatism.

Video - Southern California's Firenadoes are Spawned by Climate Change Induced Drought

In Southern California, climate change induced drought is fueling strong winds which are fanning wildfires and spawning what is known as "firenadoes." Also known as fire whirls these spiraling column shaped vortexes of flames look like something out of an apocalyptic vision.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Climate Change Induced Wildfires Burn Out of Control in Southern California

One hundred and twenty five thousand people have been evacuated and businesses, schools and amusement parks have been shut down in Southern California due to the threat from wildfires. Many homes have been destroyed and millions of dollars of damage has been reported so far. The devastating spate of fires have also spawned what is being called "firenados", a surreal twister made of flame. The Fire Department is fighting the flames and has deployed water-bombers.

Local officials have indicated that there is a connection between California's wildfires and climate change. According to scientists, climate change has lengthening the fire season in California by several days per year. The Western wildfire season is now 78 days longer than it was in the mid-1980s. This year, due to worsening drought, the season effectively never stopped.

Wildfires in San Diego County, have forced the closure of schools, widespread evacuations and the devastation of approximately 10,000 acres which has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Triple digit temperatures are compounding the problem. The 102-degree reading in Oxnard, is the hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of May and just shy of the all time record for the area. Other areas in Southern California have also broken records.

The 400 acre Poinsettia Fire near Carlsbad has already claimed at least one victim and the Tomahawk fire that broke out on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base north of San Diego has destroyed more than 100 acres prompting evacuation of military housing and a naval weapons station.

On a brighter note crews have made substantial headway against the Bernardo Fire allowing people to go back to their homes. The Bernardo fire has burnt more than 1,500 acres. A total of 18,400 people were evacuated in and around San Marcos, north of San Diego. A total of 3 million people live in the area.

Los Angeles Oil Spill and the Problem of Leaky Pipelines

On Thursday May 15, a street in Los Angeles was awash with oil due to a ruptured valve at the Atwater Village district pump station. A geyser of crude oil spewed 40 feet into the air and spilled almost 20,000 gallons of oil before it was finally stopped.

The Los Angeles spill is but the latest in a spate of petrochemical accidents that appear to be plaguing the nation with increasing frequency. In the context of the debate over the Keystone XL, the problem of leaking fossil fuel pipelines have garnered national attention.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Infographic - Breakdown of Greenhouse Gases

The Theory of Natural Warming is Dead

Recent studies have put the final nails into the coffin of natural warming theories. While Republicans and other conservatives hold on to natural warming theories the way NRA members cling to their guns, recent science has utterly dispelled the viability of this myth.

While it is impossible to refute the observation that the earth has warmed since 1880, it is not uncommon to hear Republicans say that while global temperatures may be warming, it is not attributable to human activity.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Infographic - Fracking Accidents

Visualizing Sea Level Rises from Climate Change

New websites are helping people to visualize sea level rises which is one of the most prominent features of global warming.

This issue is highlighted by recent research indicating that the melting glaciers in Antarctica have hit an irreversible tipping point.

Sea level rises have also been predicted by scientists all around the world including the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, most comprehensive scientific summary of climate change to date.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Criminal Charges Leveled Against those Responsible for the Lac Megantic Disaster

Charges have finally been laid in the July 6, 2013 death of 47 people caused by a runaway train carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Prosecutors have laid criminal negligence charges against the railway and three employees connected to the disaster, including the train’s lone engineer. The trio were arrested on Monday May 12, and they were formally charged on Tuesday May 13.

Antarctic Glaciers Pass the Point of No Return

A recent report concludes that Antarctica's ice sheet has reached a tipping point from which it will not be able to recover. Scientists predict that the glaciers in the western part of Antarctica will melt and raise sea levels by four feet or 1.2 meters. These sea level rises will displace tens of millions of people from coastal areas around the world.

As explained by NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot, the glacial retreat "appears unstoppable." Rignot is the lead author of a joint NASA-University of California Irvine paper that used 40 years of satellite data and aircraft studies to come to the conclusion that Antarctic glaciers are now "past the point of no return."

The rate at which the area's ice is melting has increased 77 percent since 1973. According to researchers the melting is being precipitated by warmer ocean currents which have begun a chain reaction. Although first observed around glaciers in the Amundsen Sea-area, the effect is expected to spread to other Antarctic glaciers.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Building Project Carbon Calculator (Free Tool)

This free easy to use online calculator can assess the whole life embodied carbon of building projects. The tool is called "ShapedEarth" and it does not require particular GHG expertise and can be used by anybody wanting to create beautiful and meaningful “low-carbon” buildings. ShapedEarth is powered by the Low-Carbon Building Method 3.0 (, a simplified methodology built on PAS2050 and in line with GHG accounting best practices for carrying out lifecycle assessments. Here is the five step process:

Rubio's Opportunistic Denial of Climate Change is both Ignorant and Shameful

On Sunday May 11, Marco Rubio the Republican senator from Florida said that he does not believe that humans are causing climate change, nor does he believe that lawmakers can do anything about it.

Given the state he represents, it is hard to understand how Rubio can deny the veracity of climate change. Climate change is destined to hit Florida harder than most states in the future and its effects are already being felt in that state today. This is what makes Rubio's climate denial so utterly ignorant. It is not only anti-science, Rubio's statements defy common sense.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Seminar - Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Water Sector

This event will take place on June, 11th, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. The seminar is titled Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Water Sector it will address both incentives and innovation.

This facilitated interactive seminar will review key challenges and consider their viability, leading to the production of a summary of conclusions and recommendations.

For more information or to register click here.

Event - Energy Management Forum

The Energy Management Forum will take place on May 14, 2014, at Faversham House / Birmingham, UK. This forum is a timely and must attend event for anyone looking to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Event - International Conference and Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring

CEM 2014 The 11th International Conference and exhibition on Emissions monitoring will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from the 14th – 16th May 2014.

Since its inaugural meeting in 1997 the CEM conferences have been held in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Czech Republic and now it comes to the historic city of Istanbul where East meets West.

The CEM event brings together the International emissions monitoring community to network, trade ideas and discuss technology, methods, applications, legislation and standardisation relevant to all atmospheric pollutants which include particulates, SO2, NOx VOC, trace elements and greenhouse gases.

Event - Water Industry Innovation Conference

The Water Industry Innovation Conference will take place on May 13, 2014 in Birmingham, UK. This event will address the role of innovation and collaboration in AMP6. This will include the shift to TOTEX in investment planning, addressing the barriers to leveraging innovation, case studies of successful innovation delivery and game-changing technologies and approaches.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

President Obama Talks about Solar Power and Energy Efficiency at Walmart on May 9

On Friday May 9th, President Obama went to Walmart to promote his new plans to combat climate change through solar energy and energy efficiency. The president outlined 300 "private and public sector commitments" designed to create jobs and reduce carbon pollution.

Video - Supporting Green Growth in the Business Community by the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is helping businesses capitalise on the global green economy - worth over £3 trillion worldwide. To find out more click here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Drawing Inspiration from Environmentalists who have Gone Before Us

As we continue to hope for the birth of a new era of environmental responsibility, we can draw inspiration from those who have gone before us and done so much to move us forward. Here are the abbreviated biographies of six environmentalists who invested their lives into the noblest of noble causes.

Judy Bonds

The anti-mountaintop removal mining activist, Judy Bonds, died in 2011 at the age of 58. Judy was an engaging speaker who inspired many people to get involved with efforts to protect mountains from mining. She was a powerful public speaker who had an awe inspiring capacity to rally people around the cause. One of her greatest accomplishments involved a 2010 march in which thousands protested in front of the White House for “Appalachia Rising.”

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Infographic - Sanitation and Water

Infographic - The Water Energy Nexus
Infographic - Water and Energy (World Bank) 
Infographic - Water Consumption in the US and in Developing World
Water Infographic: The Water Cycle
Infographic - Where Water Comes from and How we Use it

Infographic - Wastewater and Water Use

Great Canadian Environmental Novelist Farley Mowat Dead at 92

Farley Mowat, who died on May 6th at the age of 92, was an environmentalist who penned 40 novels that eloquently speak to the overarching value of the natural world. While climate scientists are absolutely essential to help us understand the workings of our world, storytellers like Mowat weaved a narrative that could transform people's world view.

Mowat was one of Canada's greatest raconteurs, he impacted the Canadian psyche as much as anyone ever has. His books are required reading in schools all across the country. Arguably no one has captured the spirit of what it means to be Canadian more than this man. However, Mowat's influence was not confined to Canada. The themes in his books have global appeal and his writings were translated into more than 20 languages.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Infographic - Wastewater and Water Use

Infographic - The Water Energy Nexus
Infographic - Water and Energy (World Bank) 
Infographic - Water Consumption in the US and in Developing World
Water Infographic: The Water Cycle
Infographic - Where Water Comes from and How we Use it

New Authoritative Report Chronicles US Climate Change

The most comprehensive US climate report to date indicates that the changing climate is a national problem that is already adversely impacting key sectors of the economy.

On May 6th, 2014, the Obama Administration released the Third US National Climate Assessment. The 841-page report documents more frequent and intense extreme weather events, (heat, downpours, floods, droughts), wildfires, melting ice, rising sea levels, ocean acidification and water scarcity. These impacts are already happening and they are expected to get far worse if we continue with business as usual.

This three-year public and peer reviewed research was conducted by a team of over 300 climate scientists and experts along with input from over 13 federal science agencies. The data was drawn from a wide range of sources including satellites, weather balloons and buoys. The report is a key part of the President's Climate Action Plan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Course - Solar PV Planning & Operations

Solar PV Planning & Operations will take place on May 12 - 14, 2014 at the Green Power Academy in London. The conference will provide a comprehensive, clear-language guide to solar resources, PV system technologies and other key project planning, economic and risk considerations.

Course Overview

During 2013, Solar PV overtook Wind Power to become the fastest growing renewable power source in terms of annual new capacity. As the cost of PV modules has plummeted, so the economics of solar PV have become attractive across a multitude of markets and with less and less dependence on unstable policy supports. PV has become regarded as a quick-to-deploy, cheap-to-operate and largely low-risk business, yet the truth is that projects do underperform and that – particularly as policy supports lessen – profitability carries risk. It is therefore becoming more vital than ever for those involved in the business of solar to understand where these risks arise and how to quantify them. Over the course of three intensive and time-efficient days, attendees will discover and quantify how resource assessment, technology choices and both plant and wider market operational issues vary, and how each impacts the business success (or failure) of solar PV projects.