Thu.Feb 18, 2021

The 'last mile' of consumer sustainability behavior

GreenBiz

The 'last mile' of consumer sustainability behavior. Mike De Socio. Thu, 02/18/2021 - 00:05. These days, it’s hard to argue that sustainability is a niche consumer interest. A vast majority of consumers worldwide believe we need to consume less, according to research by GlobeScan.

Natural Gas And Wind Freeze Up When The Going Gets Tough

Jim Conca

Texas’ energy mix of mostly gas and wind did not do well with this week’s extreme cold snap. Gas used for heating increased dramatically, removing much of it from generating electricity, some pipelines froze up and couldn’t deliver, and there just isn’t enough pipeline capacity to begin with.

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Why SPACs will be key to the sustainability revolution

GreenBiz

Why SPACs will be key to the sustainability revolution. Andrew Shapiro. Thu, 02/18/2021 - 02:11. Technology and finance have complementary histories of innovation, from the royal charters that launched the first global explorers to the early stock markets that fueled the industrial era.

Climate change pushes US weather to extremes

Inhabitat - Innovation

The current deadly cold weather across the U.S. is climate change in action

This wallet can tell you about its carbon impact

GreenBiz

This wallet can tell you about its carbon impact. Heather Clancy. Thu, 02/18/2021 - 01:00. For more essays by Heather Clancy, sign up for VERGE Weekly , one of our free newsletters.

Foldable prefab cabin offers endless possibilities

Inhabitat - Innovation

Brette Haus has created an incredibly versatile tiny cabin that can unfold and be installed within only three hours

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From the boardroom to Wall Street, ESG is crucial for financial resilience

GreenBiz

From the boardroom to Wall Street, ESG is crucial for financial resilience. Julia Travers. Thu, 02/18/2021 - 00:45. The ongoing shift to center ESG is driven by multiple forces.

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Tourists could spread COVID-19 to gorillas in East Africa

Inhabitat - Innovation

Maskless, selfie-taking tourists could become a source of disease transmission, a new study says

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Traffic Evaporation: What Really Happens When Road Space is Reallocated from Cars?

The City Fix

Road development throughout the 20th century was based primarily on the premise that more infrastructure eases traffic. But evidence shows that road building, instead of reducing congestion, actually increases traffic.

Biodiverse green roof wins Grands Prix du Design award for MYTO Design

Inhabitat - Innovation

Atop a luxury home in Westmount, Montréal, MYTO Design d’espaces vivants created a biodiverse green rooftop dedicated to wellness

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas

GreenTechMedia

Last summer a record-setting heat wave in California caused rolling blackouts throughout the state. This week, a record-setting freeze knocked out power for millions of people in Texas and the Midwest.

ZHA unveils solar-powered student residences for HKUST

Inhabitat - Innovation

The residence halls incorporate sustainable design features in line with the university’s pledge to transition the Clear Water Bay campus to carbon-neutral operations

Vestas Ventures Makes First Investment With Wooden Tower Stake

GreenTechMedia

Wind turbine market leader Vestas has revealed the first investment made by its venture fund with a stake in Swedish wooden wind tower start-up Modvion. Modvion builds wind towers from sections of specially prepared wood laminate panels.

Air pollution is killing thousands more people than Covid in the world's biggest cities

Eco-Business

In Delhi, filthy air killed five times more people than Covid-19 in 2020, a year when lockdowns helped improve air quality in many cities

Wind and Solar Defied the 2020 Economic Contraction in the US

GreenTechMedia

Amid a historic economic contraction, renewable resources grew to account for a fifth of electricity produced in 2020, according to newly released data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of clean energy, utility and natural gas companies.

Tesla may get $1.2 billion worth of German subsidies

Charged

The European Commission recently approved a multinational project to support battery innovation , which will involve 42 companies, including several automakers. One of those automakers is Tesla, which may receive a cool billion euros ($1.2

Building a smart and resilient grid moves up the to-do list after Texas power failures

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Feb. 18 – The claim that frozen wind turbines caused Texas’ harrowing power outages turned out to be all hat, no cattle. The post Building a smart and resilient grid moves up the to-do list after Texas power failures appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Sustainability Guide for Healthcare Facilities: 5 Ways to Get Started

Green Business Bureau

Sustainable Healthcare. With public health and climate change both at the forefront of global issues, right now is an opportune time for hospitals and healthcare facilities to shift towards a more sustainable way of operation.

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Top ways to generate revenue from last year’s leads

Solar Power World

By Gregg Hicks, VP, Modernize Now that the new year is well underway, many solar professionals are refocusing their marketing efforts for 2021. Just because 2020 has ended doesn’t mean you have to start over with your marketing.

4.5 GW of pumped-storage hydro could save UK up to £690 million annually

Renewable Energy World

A new study by independent researchers from Imperial College London has found that just 4.5 GW of new long duration pumped hydro storage, with 90 GWh of storage, could save up to £690 million per year in energy system costs by 2050, as the UK transitions to a net-zero carbon emission system.

How impact investors can challenge three fallacies of legacy finance

Impact Alpha

In The Price of Inequality, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz notes the moments in history when people rise up to say something. The post How impact investors can challenge three fallacies of legacy finance appeared first on Impact Alpha. Policy Corner

New Sustainable Energy Factbook shows 2020 was ‘blockbuster’ year for renewables in America

Renewable Energy World

Faced with COVID-19 pandemic and sharp economic contraction, the U.S. clean energy sectors showed strong resilience in 2020, continuing a decade-long growth trend, BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) find in their annual joint report.

Carlyle Group secures ESG-linked credit tied to board diversity goals

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, February 18 — Carlyle Group has secured a $4.1 billion line of credit from a consortium led by Bank of America. The post Carlyle Group secures ESG-linked credit tied to board diversity goals appeared first on Impact Alpha. Dealflow ESG Innovative Finance Return on Inclusion

90 MW community solar plus energy storage to be completed in New York by 2025

Renewable Energy World

This week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to help local governments and state agencies build 40 distributed solar systems that will bring renewable energy to surrounding communities.

DFC backs women’s health startup Kasha Global

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, February 18 — Rwanda-based Kasha Global operates an e-commerce platform to improve low-income women’s access to menstrual care products, contraceptives, pharmaceuticals and. The post DFC backs women’s health startup Kasha Global appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Consultation-Rigging Trolls Get Council’s Goat Over Bridge Closures

Forbes Green Tech

Experts discovered the existence of thousands of fake profiles created to skew the results of a public consultation into the closure to motor vehicles of five Newcastle upon Tyne bridges.

Statkraft and Aquila Capital sign 5-year PPA for 50MW Spanish park

Renewable Energy World

Renewable energy firm Statkraft and Aquila Capital, the German real asset investment manager, have signed their first PPA in Spain for the Albeniz solar plant located in Andalusia on behalf of Aquila’s client.

Getting the social cost of carbon right

Eco-Business

US President Joe Biden's administration must put a high enough price on carbon pollution to encourage the scale and urgency of action needed to meet the commitments that it has made to Americans and the rest of the world. The future of the planet depends on it

Investors put $300 million into Adjuvant Capital as global health innovation shines

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Feb. 18 – Solutions to infectious diseases are attracting capital from catalytic and commercial investors. All it took was a global pandemic. Adjuvant. The post Investors put $300 million into Adjuvant Capital as global health innovation shines appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Considerations for People Looking to Live More Sustainably

Green Living Guy

People looking to live more sustainably are strongly drawn to ethically-sourced materials, green brands, and environmentally-friendly products/services to help them make this lifestyle transition. Overwhelmed by all the marketing lingo and different options for green products?

New report outlines cooperation between utilities and school districts to finance electric school buses

Charged

A new report from the United States Public Interest Research Group (US-PIRG) outlines ways that utility companies and school districts can come together to deploy electric school buses across the country.

Traffic To Rooftop Solar Websites Surges As Texans Seek Freedom From Grid

Forbes Green Tech

Sunrun?, the largest residential solar installer in the U.S., said online search traffic to its website from Texas has increased by 350% this week. Green Tech /green-tech Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Consumer Tech /consumer-tech business business

India glacier disaster: In a warming world, is there no less lethal a way to power development?

Eco-Business

On Sunday morning, 7 Feb, as most of the working class in India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand went about their chores, the glacier-fed Rishi Ganga river started rising

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Prepare For Gridlock If Future For Autonomous Vehicles Is Plentiful Cheap Journeys

Forbes Green Tech

Make motoring even cheaper than it is today, and people will consume even more of it. Green Tech /green-tech Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Lifestyle /lifestyle Cars & Bikes /cars-bikes industry industry

Grim toll from Indonesia’s abandoned mines may get even worse: Report

Eco-Business

The proliferation of abandoned mining pits throughout Indonesia has led to the deaths of 168 people, mostly children, from 2014 to 2020, a new report warned

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Micatu’s Optical Sensors Bridge the Measurement Gap to Grid Modernization

altenergymag

Accurate, modular, and affordable optical sensing technology platform provides greater visibility of distribution grid, allowing utilities to safely integrate renewables

Fire at Oil and Gas Waste Site Raises Safety Concerns Around Possible Radioactive Accidents

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 12 mins On the evening of February 1, a fire erupted at a West Virginia facility that processes radioactive oilfield waste generated from nearby fracking operations, injuring two workers.

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