Monday, June 30, 2014

Webinar - Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency

The complimentary webinar titled Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency, took place on Thursday, June 26, 2014. This one hour energy management webinar was presented by IBM, Frost & Sullivan and Energy Manager Today.

Keeping up with energy needs in a changing world is an incredible challenge. We are contending with environmental, health, safety concerns, market viability, economic needs and demands, as well as a growing population and warming planet. These global energy concerns translate to business needs and engineering challenges. The entire energy sector is challenged to do better and innovate across the value chain.

This means that we not only need to bring new energy technology to market (natural gas, small modular reactors, alternative energy sources), but we also need to bring more efficiency and discipline to the design, delivery, maintenance and operation of this technology.

Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy and Efficiency (IEA)

According to a report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage can stave off climate change and provide significant economic benefits.

The report titled, “Energy Technology Perspectives.” indicates that these measures could generate net savings of $71 trillion” by 2050. Such actions could also keep global average temperatures within the internationally agreed upon upper threshold limit of 2°C (3.6°F).

Paulson Calls for Climate Action including a Carbon Tax

Henry Paulson, is one of several prominent people behind the report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.

Paulson is a Republican who was secretary of treasury under George Bush, he describes climate change as something that everybody must face regardless of their political allegiances. "[I]t’s going to be increasingly be difficult for anybody, regardless of party, to say there isn’t a problem," Paulson said. He goes on to say that we must act as we really have no choice, "the cost of inaction is quite high, because it's - it's actual radical risk taking."

"We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked,” Paulson wrote. “I feel as if I’m watching as we fly in slow motion on a collision course toward a giant mountain. We can see the crash coming, and yet we’re sitting on our hands rather than altering course."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Course - DIY Solar Installation

The DIY Solar (Photovoltaic) Micro-FIT Installation weekend course, will take place on Saturday July 5 to Sunday Jul 6, 2014 at The Living City Campus at Kortright, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario.

This course offers participants both the theory and hands-on knowledge and skills sets to install a Micro-FIT solar system on your own roof. Discover how you can reap a better return on investment on a micro-fit installation potential payback less than 7 years and a ROI of greater than 10% for 20 years.

Course - GRI Certification on G4 Reporting Framework in New Delhi and Bangalor

Insight Associates, announces a 2 day GRI certified training course on G4 Reporting Framework.
The certified course will cover diverse aspects of sustainability reporting including leading practices, interactive case studies, discussions and challenges related to sustainability reporting.  The training course has been designed based on global methodologies adapted to Indian needs.

Event - Nearer to Zero

The Nearer to Zero event will take place on July 8, 2014 in London, UK. The Zero Carbon Hub, in collaboration with the City of Westminster are hosting a Nearer to Zero event which will showcase the latest information on the low and zero carbon agenda within a London setting, across residential, commercial and retrofit sectors.

The eagerly awaited End of Term Report on the Performance Gap will be launched by Stephen Williams, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Event - Intersolar North America

The Intersolar North America conference will take place on July 7 - 9, 2014 and the exhibit will occur on July 8 - 10, 2014. The conference will be held at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco and the exhibition is located next door. Intersolar North America is the most-attended Solar Exhibition in the United States.

This year's conference is set to reach a new level by covering the latest innovations, from PV and energy storage to solar heating & cooling technologies.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Video - UN Report on the Business Risks from Climate Change

This video is derived from an UN report reviews the risks faced by businesses around the world from climate change.

Video - The Risky Business report (Michael Bloomberg)

The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report, "Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States."

Video - Overview of the Risky Business report

The US economy faces significant risks from unmitigated climate change. The Risky Business report presents a new approach to understanding these risks for key US business sectors, and provides business leaders with a framework for measuring and mitigating their own exposure to climate risk.

For more information click here.

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Video - Healing Walk Against the Tar Sands

On June 27th to 29th, 2014, the final Tar Sands Healing Walk will take place in Alberta, Canada. This 14-kilometre spiritual walk travels through lands impacted by tar sands extraction sites. The intent of the walk is to raise awareness about the deleterious impacts that the tar sands have had on the land and the people.

For more information click here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Last Tar Sands Healing Walk

The Tar Sands Healing Walk, is a 14-kilometre spiritual walk through lands impacted by tar sands extraction sites in northern Alberta. The intent of the walk is to raise awareness about the deleterious impacts that the tar sands have had on the land and the people. Organizers have announced that this is the final Athabasca region Healing Walk.

The first Healing Walk took place in 2010 when people from the Athabasca region gathered together to pray for the land, the people, and the future. In 2013, the walk was joined by over 500 people from across Turtle Island and other parts of the world. The final healing walk will take place on June 27th to 29th, 2014.

The healing walk is a non-aggressive plea for justice and honor, an attempt to defend the land against those who would destroy it for material gain, and an effort to stop the deaths of people who are suffering from the toxic affects of oil exploitation.

Economic Benefits of Cutting Carbon (World Bank Report)

According to a new World Bank report policies aimed cutting carbon would proffer tremendous economic benefits. Combating climate change could generate annual GDP growth of between $1.8 trillion and $2.6 trillion by 2030.  This is the finding in a study called “Climate-Smart Development."

To realize this level of ambitious growth, the European Union, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the US would need to adopt three sets of policies for clean transportation and energy efficiency.

Not only would this contribute to meaningful economic growth, it would take us almost one third (30 percent) of the way towards keeping global average temperatures within the internationally agreed upon upper threshold limit of 2°C (3.6°F).

Such policies would preempt 94,000 premature pollution-related deaths.  These policies would also reduce carbon emissions by 8.5 billion metric tons and save nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of energy (the equivalent to taking 2 billion cars off the road).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Economic Benefits of Combating Climate Change (IIED)

Scientists led by Professor Martin Parry (a former co-chair of the IPCC) in a 2013 report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) calculated that the benefit of combating climate change amounts to $615 to $830 trillion.

This is the finding in the IIED report titled, Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change: a review of the UNFCCC and other recent estimates. It concludes that the costs of costs will be even greater if we factor the full range of climate impacts. According to the study these costs could go as high as $1240 trillion with no adaptation. However, with appropriate adaptation efforts the costs are about $890 trillion.

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Economic Costs of Combating Climate Change (IPCC)

According to the third U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, keeping temperatures within the internationally agreed upon upper threshold limit of 2°C (3.6°F) would have a negligible impact on growth compared to the powerfully destructive impacts of unchecked climate change.

The third of four IPCC reports released in April indicated that addressing climate change would have a net effect on growth of 0.06 percent per year. This cost to economic growth does not factor the economic benefits of avoiding climate catastrophe.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hottest May Ever and the 29th Consecutive Year of Above Average Temperatures

May was the hottest month in recorded US history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) land and ocean temperatures in May 2014 were the hottest combined average temperatures every recorded for the month.

Four of the five warmest months of May on record have occurred in the last five years. Global sea level temperatures tied the highest departure from average for any month on record.

May 2014 marked the 39th consecutive May and 351st consecutive month (more than 29 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for May took place in 1976.

New Report on the Costs of Delaying Action on Climate Change

The cost of inaction on climate change is explored in a new report from Bloomberg titled "Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States." The report explains how a warmer world will lead to cataclysmic storms, floods, droughts and fires which will cost lives, destroy property and disrupt businesses. The report was prepared by a bipartisan group of three former Treasury Secretaries (Hank Paulson, Robert Rubin and George Schultz), the former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and the billionaire investor Thomas Steyer.

According to the report as much as $106 billion worth of existing coastal property in the US will fall below sea level by 2050. This oceans could engulf as much as $507 billion worth of property by 2100.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Graphic - Comparison of Water Used by Power Plants

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Course - Understanding Municipal Waste to Energy (MSW) Technology & Markets

This course takes place on July 24 - 25, 2014 in London, UK. It provides a comprehensive analysis of conversion technologies for municipal solid waste and the market growth opportunities for selling MSW energy products. The focuses on the sources and limitations of feedstocks available for waste to energy projects. It also gives the necessary background to compare and evaluate the conversion technologies available to create energy or energy carriers from waste. It will demystify the many terminologies and technologies used to describe the complex map of conversion pathways. Finally it will address the policy and investment drivers behind MSW to energy projects as well as describe the current market and future market opportunities, including key economic challenges and risks.

Workshop - Photovoltaic System Fundamentals

The Photovoltaic System Fundamentals workshop will take place on June 13 2014 - Jun 14 2014. This 1 1/2 day workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, materials and construction and engineering techniques needed to design and construct systems that convert solar resources into electricity with photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Participants will learn how to assess the solar resources available at a particular site and how to use that information to estimate the energy production and economics of a PV system. Participants will learn how to design and construct safe and reliable code compliant photovoltaic systems.

The workshop will address contemporary trends, products and policies and incentives. It will include lectures and power point presentations, site assessment and system design and construction activities, computer modeling, and exploration of numerous systems we have set up around the Department of Technology & Environmental Design at Appalachian State University.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Webinar - SEPA's Annual Utility Solar Survey

A one hour webinar reviewing SEPA's Annual Utility Solar Survey takes place on June 26th 2014 at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern.

Event - Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture 2014

The Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, will take place on July 14th & 15th, 2014, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati, Manila. Feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 will require transformational changes to our farming and agricultural systems, already under pressure from climate change and water scarcity. This year’s Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture is being held in partnership with WWF.

Event - PV America Solar Industry Conference and Exhibition

PV America is the Solar Industry’s Conference and Exhibition. It will take place on June 23 - 25, 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

This event is all about PV solar solutions with a regional focus. PV America brings together manufacturers and service providers with professionals interested in the technologies, innovations, research, and policy that is driving the PV industry today and into the future. This annual event offers a focused Expo, quality networking, professional development, and timely educational content and training.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Video - Naming Hurricanes After Climate Denying Policy Makers

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But a new naming system is being proposed that would call extreme storms after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy.

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Video - PutSolarOnIt National Day of Action

June 21 is the longest day of the year and in 2014 it is the date for the first National Day of Action known as PutSolarOnIt. On this day there is a social media blitz with organizations across the country staging events and coming together to show their support for solar power.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Rapid Growth of On-Site Solar Energy in the US

Led by home solar energy, there is a revolution in on-site renewable electricity generation underway in the U.S. The process of generating electricity from small energy sources is called by a number of names, including distributed generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy, distributed energy or district energy. These energy systems commonly employ small-scale power generation technologies, typically in the range of 1 kW to 10,000 kW.

Amplifyd: A Unique Crowdsourced Lobbying Platform

The Amplifyd crowdsourced lobbying platform was launched on June 10th. It supports several campaigns including those focused on environmental themes. Amplifyd is a social activism startup based in Berkeley, California that allows people to influence public policy. Their platform is the world's first technology-driven lobbying solution.

Amplfyd works by giving supporters the opportunity to purchase lobbying calls to elected officials while financially supporting the nonprofit at the same time. People can also generate income by becoming a caller.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling is an Invitation to Pollute

A US Supreme Court ruling earlier in June is a virtual green light for industrial polluters. The failure to hold polluters accountable sets a dangerous precedent. The ruling protects CTS electronics from assuming responsibility for its contamination of a North Carolina community.

The Environmental Protection Agency has verified that there are unsafe levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the air. TCE, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin, was among the chemicals used at the CTS facility.

White Paper - The CFO and Sustainability Reporting Chain

As requests for sustainability data increase, the sustainability reporting chain becomes more complex.

Understanding how to streamline your sustainability reporting chain is essential for keeping pace with these new demands.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Named the Best Corporate Citizen in 2014

Bristol-Myers Squibb has earned top honors for being a responsible corporate citizen. Their history of CSR and sustainability alongside their anti-AIDS efforts has distinguished them from their peers. According to the 15th annual Corporate Responsibility Magazine listing, Bristol-Myers Squibb was ranked as the number one corporate citizen of 2014 followed by Johnson & Johnson, Gap, Microsoft, Mattel Weyerhaeuser, Ecolab, Intel, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney. To create the rankings, the magazine assessed 298 data points in seven categories (environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, corporate governance, financial performance and philanthropy).

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Canadian Government Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline Despite Widespread Opposition

The contentious regulatory process for Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which began in May 2010, was finally approved by the government of Canada on Tuesday June 17th. The National Energy Board (NEB) has given the green light to the $7 billion pipeline project that would ferry tar sands bitumen from Bruderheim, Alta., to Kitimat, B.C.

The project is subject to 209 conditions recommended by the Joint Review Panel in In December 2013. However, the panel's independence is questionable given that they approved the project even though 1,159 people spoke against the pipeline at community hearings while only two spoke for it.

Quebec Government Sues MM&A for Oil Train Disaster in Lac-Mégantic

The Lac-Mégantic crude oil train disaster is not only tragic for the 47 people who lost their lives, it is a costly environmental calamity that decimated a significant part of the small town. The government of Quebec is the latest to add its name to those seeking compensation from the now insolvent Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MM&A) railroad company. MM&A along with 3 employees are also facing criminal charges in the case.

On Monday June 16 the government said it is seeking $409 million from the MM&A for expenses associated with the tragedy. According to June 13 claim by Quebec's justice ministry the province has already spent $126 million in public funds. They expect to spend an additional $283 million. Justice is seeking compensation so that Quebec taxpayers are not left to foot the bill.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time Lapse of Global Warming 2010 - 2099

Source: PolicyMic

Managing Materiality, Risk and Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainability Reporting

For those engaged in sustainability reporting materiality is an impediment. This free eight page mini-report from the Ethical Corporation can help to manage materiality, risk and stakeholder engagement.

This report offers insights from pioneers in reporting and it specifically addresses how they developed a matrix that works for their business. This short read provides key insights from sustainability leaders on their approach to the materiality challenge and how you can translate it for use in your organization.  

Environmental Legislation in Ontario in the Wake of the Liberal Majority

A number of environmental bills have been stalled by the provincial election in Ontario and opposition from the Progressive Conservatives. The June 12 provincial elections saw Ontario dodge a bullet by resisting the Progressive Conservatives. Led by Kathleen Wynne the Liberals managed to win a majority. Wynne assumed the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. She was more progressive and green focused than her scandal laden predecessor Dalton McGuinty. The leader of the Ontario NDP brought down the minority Liberal government due to her refusal to support the budget. While Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives were predictably reluctant to support environmental legislation.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Graphic - Artic Sea Ice 1979 - 2013

Source: Think Progress

Course - Wind Power Finance School

Wind Power Finance School from Green Power Academy will take place on June 30 to July 4, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  This intensive and demanding week long course provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of wind farm financing, including modelling, structuring, risk mitigation and value analysis.

Course - Wind Power Planning, Development & Operations

The Wind Power Planning, Development & Operations (2-module school) from Green Power Academy will take place from June 23 to 27, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

These 2 courses combine to provide a comprehensive understanding of the technological, project delivery and operational aspects of wind power projects, from resource assessment through to optimization.

The US and China Working Together on Climate Change

The US and China have well earned reputations as the global leaders in greenhouse gas emissions so the fact that the two nations are working together to combat climate change is very significant. Together their combined emissions account for around 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. However, the leaders of both nations are making prodigious strides in efforts to reduce their footprints.

In addition to its global leadership in utility scale renewable energy projects, China has a stated goal of installing 8 gigawatts of distributed solar generation in 2014. The Chinese government has also set stringent restrictions on diesel emissions with the aim of eliminating trucks that produce significant amounts of things like nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide. Perhaps the most significant action taken by China involves its pledge to cut carbon pollution.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Event - European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

The 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition will take place from June 23 to 24, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. This is one of the top world leading events in the Biomass sector, combining a highly respected international Conference with an Industrial Exhibition.

Event - Meter Asset Management and Operations

Meter Asset Management and Operations from the SMi Group will take place on June 23 and 24, 2014 in London.

This conference will conference will provide practical insight on managing the meter assets already held by utilities and planning for the burst of activity and sizeable workforce increase required to deliver smart meters into consumers’ homes in a relatively short time frame.

Event - Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit 2014

Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit 2014, will take place on June 25-27, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This Summit offers attendees the chance to network, learn, and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to make investments into programs and activities that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

For more information or to register click here.

Event - Revisioning Sustainability Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems

This event will take place on June 22-25, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. At the Revisioning Sustainability Conference, explore real world examples of innovative food systems sustainability programs that embody whole-systems regeneration in practice. At this premiere gathering of food sustainability and permaculture professionals, we bring together campus and community leaders from permaculture initiatives, programs such as the Real Food Challenge, sustainable procurement professionals, progressive administrators, and student advocates from campuses nationwide, in order to collectively develop new ideas, strengthen existing networks, and gain tools that will aide in the cultivation of a truly regenerative world.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Event - Environmental and Clean Technology Conference 2014

The 8th Annual Environmental and Clean Technology Conference 2014 will take place on June 26, 2014 in Glasgow, UK. This event invites businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to the only conference dedicated to the environmental and clean technology sector in Scotland.

Video - Cause Marketing Forum 2014 Keynote Address

Here is the Keynote address from the Cause Marketing Forum 2014 conference that was held in Chicago. This theme was 'Innovating for Impact' a key success strategy of this year's nonprofit Golden Halo Award Winner: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. President and CEO John Lauck's keynote address was full of insights you can use to promote a culture of innovation whether you work for a company or cause.

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Video - 25 Years of Sustainability (Michael Geller)

In this video Michael Geller, President, Architect AIBC, FCIP, RPP, The Geller Group, discusses what we have learned about sustainability in the last 25 years. During this time we have moved from sustainability as a concept to sustainability as the prevailing standard for buildings, infrastructure and neighborhoods.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Report - Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios

Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios coverThis report titled, Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios, was created by Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP). It summarizes common themes in leading greenhouse gas reduction strategies for eight countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Implications of Curbing US Power Plant Emissions

The new rules curbing power plant emissions in the U.S. will have far reaching impacts both domestically and around the world. Curbing emissions from power plants is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which he announced in 2013. Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed standards to curb U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) from new power plants. On June 2nd of this year, the EPA announced it will restrict emissions including carbon, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent by 2030 from all power plants. The EPA guidelines also include plans to prepare the U.S. for the effects of climate change, including strengthening roads, bridges and shorelines.

To circumvent the obstinacy of Republicans, the President is using his executive authority and putting forward the new rules under the Clean Air Act. The historic announcement will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by almost one third (30 percent) from 2005 levels by 2030. Even more significantly, they may spur global action that enables us to secure a binding climate treaty in 2015.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Graphics: The Drought in California

Source: Think Progress

Report - Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector

Greenhouse gas emissions from the Canadian oil and gas sector-cover.png This 2014 report from Trottier Energy Futures Project looks at greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector. As a step on the road to developing low carbon scenarios for Canada, this report addresses the role of the oil and gas sector as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

The Canadian Energy Systems Simulator model has been chosen to provide estimates of current and future energy use and GHG emissions. This report is divided into two main sections examining GHG emissions from oil and gas production in Canada.

For more information click here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Graphic: Western Antarctic Ice Cap Passes Irreversible Tipping Point

Cantor's Loss to the Tea Party Kills Any Hope for Green Legislation

The defeat of Eric Cantor by Tea Party candidate David Brat in Virginia means that we can expect the deadlock in Congress to continue. This is particularly true with regard to energy, environment and climate legislation. While the GOP is well known for being anti-science and anti-environment, Tea Party Republicans are far more likely to be climate deniers than their mainstream Republican counterparts. Cantor is no friend of the environment but he has lost to someone that is far less likely to support even the most rudimentary green legislation.

When it comes to climate change there is a stark partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats, but the tendency towards denial is far more pronounced among Tea Party Republicans.

Graphics - East Coast Flooding: Miami and New York City

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Monetary Value of Toronto's Trees

There is growing interest in efforts to assign a price to nature and a new report quantifies the dollar value of trees in the city of Toronto. According to a report from the TD Bank released on Monday June 9, trees in Canada's largest city are worth about $700 each. Together Toronto's 10 million trees are valued at around $7 billion.

"Urban forests do more than beautify the scenery," the TD bank's chief economist Craig Alexander said. "They represent an important investment in environmental condition, human health and the overall quality of life."

Harper and Abbott United in their Love for Fossil Fuels and Opposition to Emissions Reduction

On Monday June 9, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott held a love fest in which they lauded each others support for dirty energy. Harper and Abbott's mutual admiration is grounded in fossil fuel powered economic growth and disdain for progressive positions on climate change. Neither Harper nor Abbott appeared to be aware of the plethora of scientific evidence warning us to divest from dirty energy, in fact the two men seemed to revel in their shared ignorance.

During their meeting in Ottawa, these two powerful fossil fuel advocates made it abundantly clear that they will use their respective offices to resist efforts to reign in climate change causing emissions.

Their mutual admiration can be traced to virtually identical policy positions which are focused on economic growth and jobs. At the center of this strategy they both see fossil fuels as the catalyst to supply jobs and grow their economies. Canada's dirty energy empire is grounded in the tar sands while under Abbott Australia is banking on coal. They both appear committed to expanding their development of fossil fuel resources even if that pushes the world beyond irreversible tipping points.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Course - The Renewable Energy Mini MBA

The  Renewable Energy Mini MBA 16-20-June-2014 Green Power Academy / London A premium 5-day Business School for Renewable Energy focusing on the technology, markets, commercialization, planning, finance & strategy.

Reflections on World Oceans Day 2014

Monday June 8th is World Oceans Day, the 2013/2014 two-year theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!” On this day people are celebrating the importance of our oceans, they are raising awareness and acting to protect them.

The importance of our oceans to the health of the planet cannot be overstated. The oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth. They are not only essential sources of food they are crucial to life on our entire planet. Most people do not realize that less than five percent of our oceans have been explored. So, there is much that we have yet to learn.

On this day we are all called to reflect on our relationship with the seas. We need to appreciate the forces that threaten them and we need to work together to advance solutions.

A Response to Critics of the Solar Roadways Concept

While there is an abundance of positive response to the Solar Roadways concept, there has also been an avalanche of negativity that completely misses the point. As reviewed in a recent Global Warming is Real article, the concept of embedding solar panels into American roadways represents a powerful new approach to green innovation and finance.

Without paying heed to the benefits, many critics are focused on what they perceive as the project’s technological imperfections. Among their comments, they suggest the surface of a roadway with embedded solar panels would not be able to handle the stresses placed upon it, or that vehicular traffic and debris would seriously inhibit the ability of such roads to harvest the sun’s energy. Other criticisms state that the concept is hardly new and therefore somehow less worthy of interest. Some lament that we should be using roofs rather than roads to collect solar power.

Still others rue the cost. The creators of the Solar Roadway project have estimated the cost of embedding solar panels on American highways to be under $5 billion, while others claim it will cost trillions of dollars.