Thu.Apr 08, 2021

Climate accountability reaches the CFO suite

GreenBiz

Climate accountability reaches the CFO suite. Emily Chasan. Thu, 04/08/2021 - 02:00. Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. It started with intangibles.

Seaspiracy inspires grocery store to stop selling fish

Inhabitat - Innovation

"Seaspiracy" is trying to save the oceans, and the new Netflix documentary and movement is making strides

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Who are your climate justice advisors?

GreenBiz

Who are your climate justice advisors? Heather Clancy. Thu, 04/08/2021 - 02:00.

Warming in deepest parts of the Great Lakes could be irreversible

Inhabitat - Innovation

New research published in the journal Nature Communications shows that the deepest parts of the Great Lakes are warming up

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

World’s first dedicated clean hydrogen investment fund launches

Envirotec Magazine

Hydrogen fuel dispenser at a transport refueling station in Aachen, Germany in January 2020 (image credit: Alexander Kirch / Shutterstock.com). A unique private infrastructure fund dedicated to delivering clean hydrogen infrastructure projects at scale has been launched.

Understanding NFTs and energy consumption

Inhabitat - Innovation

Non-fungible tokens (or NFTs) are the newest players in the cryptocurrency market, and their environmental impact may surprise you

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Artist Hugo McCloud spotlights waste with art made of plastic bags

Inhabitat - Innovation

Artist Hugo McCloud, known for using unusual medium choices such as aluminum sheeting, tar paper, scrap metal and solder, spent his quarantine in Mexico, layering together tiny pieces of plastic bag waste

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Magna drives pickup truck electrification with new eBeam technology

Charged

Magna has introduced a scalable electric drop-in replacement for traditional beam axles. The new eBeam integrates with an electric or hybrid powertrain and offers a structure-oriented design to support high-payload vehicles, with matching power for continuous-duty usage.

Generating energy from footsteps: Technology introduced at rail station in a UK first

Envirotec Magazine

Leighton Buzzard station has installed two of the Pavegen walkways: (Left to right) Jack Bowers (CBC), Cllr Steve Dixon (CBC), Martin Heeley (Ringway Jacobs), Hannah Bartram (ADEPT), Cllr Ian Dalgarno (CBC), Laurence Kemball-Cook (Pavegen), and Sanjay Patel (Ringway Jacobs).

VW to enable bidirectional charging on all EVs on its MEB platform starting next year

Charged

Bidirectional charging is the technology of the hour. It enables vehicle-to-grid—or should we say, vehicle-to-anything (V2X)—applications, which promise to greatly facilitate the integration of EVs and renewable energy into the grid, to offer opportunities for fleets to offset their electrification costs, and to allow other handy capabilities, such as backup power.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Swedish EV maker declares intent to develop “a truly climate neutral car by 2030”

Envirotec Magazine

Following a lead set by firms in industries like food and fashion, Polestar has produced a product sustainability declaration. Swedish performance EV firm Polestar has declared a “moonshot goal” to create “the first truly climate neutral car by 2030.”.

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An 'elite minority' is responsible for most aviation pollution, and should be penalised for it, says NGO

Eco-Business

A small minority of frequent flyers dominate air travel in almost all countries with high aviation emissions, according to analysis in a new report by climate charity, Possible, which recommends that airlines impose a frequent flyer levy

Reactor supply assists team developing catalysts for biomass transformation

Envirotec Magazine

Asynt high pressure reactor ‘in use’ at the Centrale Lille Institute Labs.

Loop Energy to provide fuel cell range extenders for Rheintal electric trucks

Charged

Loop Energy and Rheintal-Transporte have announced an agreement for the development and supply of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell range extension solutions for electric trucks in Europe. As a part of the agreement, Rheintal will use Loop’s eFlow fuel cell modules to expand the range of electric trucks.

Utility offering funds for charitable organisations to improve their local water environment.

Envirotec Magazine

The River Esk flows under Wha House Bridge in Upper Eskdale, Cumbria (image credit: Mick Knapton ). United Utilities has launched a new grant scheme aimed at helping charities to improve their local river catchment for the benefit of the community.

In Malaysia, the fate of a peat forest relies on a powerful state official

Eco-Business

Malaysia's Selangor state wants to allow a 'mixed development project' on 931 hectares of forest reserve, which has drawn widespread opposition from indigenous people, environmental organisations, and a former environment minister

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Potting resin receives WRAS approval for contact with drinking water

Envirotec Magazine

A two-component potting compound from WEVO-CHEMIE GmbH has now been granted drinking water approval by the internationally recognised Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) and can therefore be used in the production of drinking water filters and for protecting electrical and electronic components used in the fields of drinking and process water.

New US$1 billion palm oil finance scheme links procurement volumes to forest conservation projects

Eco-Business

The more palm oil they buy, the more they contribute to a US$1 billion fund that aims to protect 500,000 hectares of forest. Consumer goods giants PepsiCo, Nestle, and P&G are working with Wilmar on the venture, called Rimba Collective

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PET plastic recycler receives planning permission for first UK plant

Envirotec Magazine

PET plastic bottles collected at a recycling plant. Specialist PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycler Enviroo has had its planning application approved for its first plastic recycling facility in the UK.

Hastings on Hudson Goes Drive Electric Earth Day!

Green Living Guy

From the Hasting on Hudson Village web site with the following description: National Drive Electric Day, April 17, 9:30-11:30am, in person (no registration required) Come check out the new affordable EVs on the market in your price range, and learn about recent rebates and discounts.

EVgo Continues Growth Momentum with 10 New EV Fast Charging Stations Installed in 10 Days

altenergymag

Fast Growth for Fast Charging Network, with 38 New Fast Charging Stalls at Latest Ten Sites Across 6 States and D.C.

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Global wind industry to deploy 1 TW of new capacity through 2030

Renewable Energy World

Research firm Wood Mackenzie says it anticipates the global wind power industry will install 1 TW of new capacity between 2021 and 2030.

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NREL Announces Winners of the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize

altenergymag

Two Winners To Share $75,000 Prize Pool

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Climate change cannot be abated without effective carbon pricing

Eco-Business

The full potential of the private sector needs to be unleashed to raise the capital needed to fight climate change. This can only be done if carbon is priced high enough to establish the business case for decarbonisation, writes Georg Kell

TWELVE CLIMATE INNOVATORS CHOSEN AS 2021 BNEF PIONEERS

altenergymag

Game-changing companies recognized for their leadership in transformative technologies

Closer Look at Next-Gen Lithium-Metal Batteries

GreenTech Gazette

For years, the talk of the use of batteries to power just about everything we use has focused on the development of lithium batteries. However, a new ‘next generation’ lithium-metal battery developed by GM could be a complete game-changer.

Egyptian startup funds put North African tech innovation on the map

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 8 – A pair of Cairo-based venture capital funds are supporting entrepreneurs tackling transportation, financial services, market inefficiencies and other regional. The post Egyptian startup funds put North African tech innovation on the map appeared first on Impact Alpha.

How U.S. ‘Risk-Takers’ Took a Gamble on Somalia’s Oil — Then Vanished

DeSmogBlog

A few days into the New Year, armed Somali intelligence officials were seen escorting guests into three bullet-proof cars at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International airport.

Indonesia's map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts

Eco-Business

Indigenous groups have criticised Indonesia's One Map policy, saying that the project excludes their land and can lead to even more conflicts

New found freedom: WWOOFing as a digital nomad

Low Impact

Are you a remote worker dreaming of pastures new? WWOOFer Imogen shares how her experience of WWOOFing as a digital nomad enabled her to combine making a living with meaningful volunteering.

Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

Renewable Energy World

By Diane Kim , USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences ; Ignacio Navarrete , USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences , and Jessica Dutton , USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea.

Stakeholder-economy coalition presses White House for ‘new rules’ for American capitalism

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Apr. 8 – More than 50 business leaders and investor groups are calling on the Biden-Harris administration to implement new rules and incentives. The post Stakeholder-economy coalition presses White House for ‘new rules’ for American capitalism appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Global Coal Use is Falling But Not Fast Enough to Tackle Climate Change

DeSmogBlog

Despite drops in energy usage during the pandemic, coal power use only declined by four percent in 2020, according to a new report. While coal used for power generation dropped 20 percent in both the U.S. and the European Union last year, the same is not happening in China.

Spruce Power Partners with sonnen to Offer Energy Storage Upgrades, Develop Virtual Power Plants

altenergymag

Following its expansion into home power solutions, Spruce collaborates with sonnen to bring safe, long-lasting home batteries to solar customers

From Ladakh to Everest, risk of floods from glacial lakes grows

Eco-Business

Scientists say shrinking glaciers and bigger meltwater lakes are growing dangers for people and landscapes across the Himalayan region, with more monitoring needed to avert future tragedies

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