Saturday, November 30, 2019

Event - Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will take place on January 29-31, 2020 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. The special focus will be Sustainability Lessons in the Global South: Priorities, Opportunities, and Risks. Much of the sustainability literature focuses on the Global North and on issues salient to policy makers in developed countries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. By contrast, comparatively little is written on environmental issues in the Global South, which is rich in sustainability experiences and lessons learned in natural resource conservation, and where many of the challenges are being faced on a daily basis with limited financial and human capital resources.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Alternatives to Black Friday

What are the alternatives to Black Friday and why do we need an alternative? Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Millions of shoppers will flock to retail outlets as part of an annual consumer frenzy. Shoppers are willing to wait in line and compete with other bargain hungry Americans for the chance to save a few bucks. It is a ritual that is sewn into the American psyche, like apple pie and honest Abe. The problem is that this day comes with a massive environmental footprint.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Gratitude and Learning to Live in Harmony with the Natural World

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States and people across the nation are celebrating by coming together to give thanks. This is the holiday long weekend when people get together to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. Thanksgiving traces its origin to a 1621 feast the Wampanoag people shared with Pilgrim settlers. The Pilgrims survived their first winter in the new world thanks to the goodwill of the Wampanoag. After almost 400 years we still have not learned to live in harmony with nature, and like the Pilgrims our very survival is at stake.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Four Fossil Fuel Divestment Narratives and their Constituencies

There are four major overlapping justifications for fossil fuel divestment. These four overlapping narratives are existential, moral, justice and economic. Each one of these four arguments has its own constituencies.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

We Need Alternatives to Traditional Air Travel

It is for good reason that Greta Thunberg's much publicized efforts to avoid travel by air have made headlines. She has put the spotlight on the climate impacts associated with air travel. Emissions in the transportation sector are significant and aircraft are particularly carbon intensive. It is clear that current international standards are inadequate.  The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards fall far short of meeting the objectives laid out in the Paris Climate agreement (ie keeping temperatures below the upper threshold limit of 1.5 - 2 degrees C).

Monday, November 25, 2019

Event - CES Paris 2020

CES Paris will take place in June, 2020. There will be more than 300 people attending this event including more than 70 corporates and 65 speakers. The second edition of CES Europe participants will discuss the increasingly sophisticated array of options, spread and share best practice and network with solutions provider and thought leaders.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Event - International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation (ICEPR’20) Call for Papers

The 10th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation (ICEPR’20) will take place on August 19, 2020 - August 21, 2020 in Prague , Czech Republic.The Conference Proceedings will be published with an ISSN and ISBN, indexed in Scopus and Google Scholar, and archived permanently in Portico.

ICEPR’20 aims to become the leading annual conference in fields related to environmental pollution and remediation. The goal of ICEPR’20 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the relevant fields and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Decarbonization through Electrification in the Transportation Sector

The transportation sector is the largest source of emissions in the U.S. and the second biggest source of GHGs globally. Reducing transportation emissions is an essential part of keeping temperatures below critical thresholds (1.5 - 2 C). The key to reducing emissions in this sector is scaling up zero carbon transportation

Driven by e-commerce and business travel the transportation sector has passed the energy sector as the largest source of American emissions. This sector is responsible for 27 percent of emissions in the U.S. and 23 percent globally.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Transportation Sector Emissions and Climate Change

Transportation is a massive and growing problem contributing to the climate crisis. As a large and increasing source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) we will need to see significant changes if we are to keep emissions from pushing us past the internationally agreed upon upper temperature limits (1.5-2C above preindustrial norms).  Emissions from the transportation sector account for between a quarter and a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ending Fossil Fuels is Necessary but it Won't be Easy

The fossil fuel industry stands in the way of climate action and they are not going away without a fight.  We know what must be done but due to manipulation and obfuscation we do not have sufficient public awareness or bipartisan political will. Ending fossil fuels starts with reigning in the trillions of dollars of subsidies governments provide to the dirty energy industry.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The New Face of Climate Denial

For years the fossil fuel industry worked to undermine climate action now they have adopted two new approaches to climate denial. 

Climate scientist Michael Mann says focusing on individual behavior is the fossil fuel industry's latest climate denial tactic. “[T]here is an attempt being made by them to deflect attention away from finding policy solutions to global warming towards promoting individual behaviour changes that affect people’s diets, travel choices and other personal behaviour,” said Mann. “This is a deflection campaign and a lot of well-meaning people have been taken in by it.”

Monday, November 18, 2019

Ten Types of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is an emissions free source of power production that can both improve air quality and mitigate against climate change. For these and other reasons clean energy is vital to the future of life on the Earth. Interest in renewables continues to grow and this is driving a green jobs boom. Solar and wind investments have been steadily increasing, as have investments in other forms of emissions free power. While government policies are an obstacle, even the Trump administration cannot stop the market appeal associated with declining costs (including batteries).  With each passing year 100% renewable energy becomes more feasible. Here is a summary of ten types of renewable energy. The first eight are easy can you guess the final two?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Event - Ener-Rev

Ener-Rev will take place on April 21, 2020 at the Intercontinental Marceau Hotel, Paris. France is the second largest European economy and home of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and is now a key European player in the renewable energy space. With a mature onshore wind sector, a fast-evolving solar market and a high potential in biomass and offshore wind, the French renewable energy market presents a unique business opportunity for international companies and investors.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Event - E-TALIA Summit: Call for Sponsors and Speakers

The E-TALIA Summit will take place April 28 & 29, 2020, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Milan. More than 300 people are expected to attend. With more than 25 hours of content and more than 80 speakers this will be an important clean energy event.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Global Warming is Still Real Even if it is Cold Where You Are

Cold temperatures and snowfalls confuse some people and cause them to question the veracity of global warming. However, climate change is a function of global average temperatures over protracted periods of time. A cold snap or a snowstorm is not proof one way or the other. 

We need to understand the difference between weather and climate. A good way to illustrate this point is by pointing to the global average temperatures for October. Even though it was cooler in much of North America, the Arctic and almost all of Europe, Middle East, Australia, parts of the Antarctic, southern Africa, and northeastern China, had far-above average temperatures. The result is that the average temperature in October 2019 was hottest month of October on record.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Governments Engaging in Climate Denial While their Citizens Suffer from the Effects of Climate Change

Politicians who fail to act on climate change should be held responsible. At the very least they are guilty of dereliction of duty and very likely the day will come when they are charged with ecocide. Governments large and small are making irrational decisions that fly in the face of both science and common sense. This is clearly evident in Italy, Australia and the U.S. All three countries are experiencing the effects of climate change in real time yet are opting to do nothing about it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Another Heat Record Falls in October

After a string of heat records, we saw another all time global average heat record set for the month of October.  According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, October 2019 beat out October 2015 for the dubious distinction. This is the fifth month in a row that has broken or almost broken heat records. October is the 418th consecutive month with above average temperatures, it follows the hottest September and the hottest summer that included the hottest month ever recorded (July). Eight of the ten warmest years have occurred in the last decade, the five warmest years have all occurred in the past five years and all of the warmest years have come since 2015. We keep breaking new temperature records and 2019 is on track to do it again.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Renewable Energy is Vital to our Future

Renewable energy is a central part of wider efforts to combat both climate action and ecological degradation. Renewables are a natural form of energy derived from sunlight, wind, waves, geothermal heat and tides. Common sources of renewable energy are hydropower, solar, wind, and geothermal. We must replace energy generated by fossil fuels with sustainable power sources. This is one of the most serious challenges humanity has ever faced and our failure to make this transition will augur a catastrophe.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Event - CIREC Week 2019

CIREC Week will take place on March 31 - April 01, 2020 in Santiago Chile.This leading renewable energy congress meets South America’s first regional O&M congress. Bringing together Chile’s renewable value chain with a regional community of asset owners to create “the must attend event” in the region. Over 300 attendees and 120 speakers and more than 80 expert leaders will be at CIREC Week 2019.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Webinar - Clean Energy and a Green New Deal for Alberta

How best to tackle Western alienation? An ambitious, made-in-Canada Green New Deal. By investing in clean tech industries and renewable power - like Alberta’s burgeoning solar sector - we’ll create millions of good jobs in the energy provinces.
Want to know how we’ll make it happen?  Join our webinar on Wednesday, November 13, and we’ll let you in on our strategy for turning the Climate Majority into a Green New Deal that leaves no one behind.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Air Travel and Climate Change

Air travel is a major source of climate change causing greenhouse gases. Every day, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization provides service to more than 44,000 flights and 2.7 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace. As reported by Vox, airlines carried 4.3 billion passengers in 2018, an increase of 38 million compared to the year before.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Booming Green Economy: The Number of Renewable Energy Jobs Crush Fossil Fuels

Renewable energy is on the rise and the sun is setting on fossil fuels. The economic dominance of the old energy industry is coming to an end and a new economic powerhouse is gaining ground. Demand for coal has collapsed and oil and gas are sure to follow. Led by renewable energy the green economy now provides many more jobs than the fossil fuel industry.  IRENA reports that there were 11 million people employed in renewable energy last year. The report also says transitioning away from fossil fuels towards renewables makes good economic sense. This includes $160 trillion in savings associated with the green economy.

IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera indicated that nations are transitioning away from dirty energy to clean power. “Increasingly, countries envisage a domestic renewable energy industry taking the place of unsustainable fossil-based industries,” La Camera said.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Renewable Energy is Driving the Green Jobs Boom

Clean energy offers many benefits not the least of which are jobs.  The number of good paying green jobs keeps growing and renewable energy jobs are the leading the way. Renewable energy technologies employ millions of people around the world. Over the last few years the renewable energy sector has grown by an average of almost a million jobs each year.

According to a 2019 International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) report there were 11 million jobs in renewables last year. In 2018 IRENA reported that there were almost 10 million renewable energy jobs in 2017. That is up from 8.3 million the year before. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

What we Need to Combat Environmental Degradation and Climate Change

The Earth's biodiversity is dying as the ecological web of life is breaking down. We have already witnessed significant decreases in the number of birds and insects including pollinators like bees and the future for these and many other species is bleak unless we rapidly change course.

We are facing the end of civilization. We must not allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense that we are doing anywhere near enough to address the crises we created. We are not living up to our Paris emissions reduction targets and we are rapidly running out of time to reign in climate change.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Size of the Green Economy and the Growth of Renewable Energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that there are $160 trillion of savings associated with renewables and other climate actions. Led by renewable energy the green economy is growing by leaps and bounds yet it is still an undervalued opportunity.

Clean energy is benefiting from the mutually reinforcing factors of increasing demand and declining costs. Tremendous declines in the price of solar and battery storage make a compelling business case for renewables.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Lessons Learned from Power Outages in California and Quebec

Recent power outages in North America offer us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of reliable access to electricity. Extreme weather events are the leading cause of power outages. This includes storms that generate high winds and flooding, it is also due to drought that increase the likelihood of wildfires.

In October millions of people in California endured protracted power outages. This was due to  the largest ever voluntary blackout by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E). The utility shut down power as a preventative measure to reduce the likelihood of wildfires sparked by downed power lines. In recent years California has experienced an increase in wildfires due to climate related heat and drought.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Event - RECAM 2020

The fifth annual RECAM congress will take place on March 3-4, 2020 at the Hilton Panama Hotel in Panama City. The RECAM event unites Central America and the Caribbean’s clean energy markets on a mission to achieve resiliency, reliability, sustainability, and security through renewables. This event brings together senior executives and key decision-makers from local and international developers, EPCs, installers, and investors to develop new partnerships and advance your projects.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Green Jobs and Sustainability Focused Employment Opportunities

The green jobs boom comprises both the public and the private sectors. Current and future employment opportunities include urban growers, water quality technicians, clean car engineers, recyclers, natural scientists, and green builders.

Green jobs are in high demand and that demand will only increase. The number of green economy jobs has been growing for years. In 2013, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) said that 2.3 percent of private sector jobs or about 2,515,200 positions were related to the production of green goods and services. This includes everything from clean power production to green buildings and electric cars.