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How AI chatbots are transforming the sustainability profession

GreenBiz

We put ChatGPT and five other bots to real-world tests. The results were impressive, but how will it affect your job?

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River diversions may cause microplastics to remain longer on land and in streams before reaching oceans

Envirotec Magazine

The research seemed to highlight strong links between the degree of urbanisation in the river catchment and observed river microplastic concentrations. Diverting streams and rivers to irrigate crops or provide drinking water may significantly extend the time microplastics spend in river catchments before they flow into oceans, a new study appears to reveal.

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How a one-time actor went from playing David Bowie to advancing EVs at DNV

GreenBiz

J.R. Killigrew, head of EV business development for North America at DNV, on the confidence to master career pivots, why relationship building is key to his role and emerging opportunities in the fast-growing EV space.

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Government must commit to fair jobs transition in net zero plans, says new CCC report

Envirotec Magazine

A new briefing from the Climate Change Committee (published on 24 May) calls for more decisive efforts to tailor the government’s skills and jobs strategy to ensure the majority of workers are not left behind by the transition to net zero. By committing to the Net Zero target, the UK has already embarked on a transition that will materially transform much of the economy, says the CCC; “it is an opportunity for growth in high-quality jobs, distributing opportunities across UK regions.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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2 proposed EPA rules aim to significantly reduce emissions from power plants and cars

GreenBiz

Here’s how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is leading and lagging in climate regulatory design.

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Aerial thermal imaging identifies leaky homes in Leeds

Envirotec Magazine

The aerial heat map of Leeds An aerial thermal imaging technique has been deployed for the first time in the UK over Leeds, in a bid to inform efforts to make the city’s homes healthier, greener, and cheaper to live in. According to the Leeds Climate Commission, around a quarter of the city’s carbon footprint comes from the energy used to heat and power residential buildings.

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California Pesticide Bills on the Move—Again

NRDC onEarth

The California Assembly passed two bills that would help address widespread contamination of the state’s environment with pesticides like neurotoxic neonics.

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Why solar panels should be reused, and not shredded for bricks and concrete

Renew Economy

Solar experts call for better approach to sustainable solar, including “bespoke” technology to recycle panels and reuse their valuable components. The post Why solar panels should be reused, and not shredded for bricks and concrete appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Vast Advances Utility-Scale Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant as Worley Commences Engineering

altenergymag

Basic engineering of Vast’s 30MW VS1 Port Augusta CSP Project to be completed by July with groundbreaking slated for 2024

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Graph of the Day: Solar is creating fastest energy change in history

Renew Economy

By far the fastest energy change in history is underway, with around 400 GW of new solar and wind capacity to be added in 2023. The post Graph of the Day: Solar is creating fastest energy change in history appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

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

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Durakool announces HVDC switching contactors

Charged

Durakool, a UK-based provider of switching solutions, has introduced a new series of ceramic high-voltage direct current (HVDC) switching contactors to provide battery isolation in EVs. Durakool’s CHV line of ceramic contactors can switch high-voltage DC up to 1,500 VDC for EV, battery storage and solar panel applications, and can also be integrated into agricultural equipment.

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Concrete poured at Flat Rocks wind farm as turbine parts hit the road

Renew Economy

Delivery underway of massive Vestas wind turbine components for Enel Green Power's first Australian project at WA's Flat Rocks. The post Concrete poured at Flat Rocks wind farm as turbine parts hit the road appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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WAE Technologies debuts scalable structural battery pack

Charged

Fortescue’s WAE Technologies has introduced a structural EV battery pack for low-volume vehicle applications. Designed for niche markets, the Cell2Pack design aims to improve EV structural stiffness, reduce weight and increase the overall range at low production volumes. WAE Technologies debuts structural battery pack from Charged EVs on Vimeo.

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SolarEdge Introduces Solar-Attached EV Management Solution for the Commercial and Industrial Segment

altenergymag

The new software-based solution, which further expands SolarEdge`s growing suite of C&I-focused products and software, manages and optimizes the EV charging process for sites that require dynamic load management and have large quantities of EVs, such as apartment buildings, workplaces and public charging locations.

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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 Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Octopus to add huge solar and battery storage project to Queensland wind farm

Renew Economy

Octopus adds big solar and battery project to its existing wind farm in Queensland. The post Octopus to add huge solar and battery storage project to Queensland wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Brief: Institutional impact in the green transition, sourcing substitute teachers, coping with copper shortages, currency guarantees, thriving farmers

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! ? Join The Call. The next call in ImpactAlpha’s “Muni Impact” series, “How asset allocators are driving racial equity. The post The Brief: Institutional impact in the green transition, sourcing substitute teachers, coping with copper shortages, currency guarantees, thriving farmers appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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How smashing transmission monopoly could slash $13 billion from grid costs

Renew Economy

Report finds energy users are paying dearly for the lack of contestability in Australia's transmission market, to the tune of $13 billion. The post How smashing transmission monopoly could slash $13 billion from grid costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Fugro to deploy SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoys to support Denmark’s 2030 offshore wind target

altenergymag

Energinet has awarded Fugro a new contract to provide floating wind lidar measurements for five offshore wind projects in Denmark. Fugro will install and operate ten SEAWATCH® Wind Lidar Buoys across three main locations, namely the Kattegat Sea, Baltic Sea, and North Sea.

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Unleashing the power of advanced motor testing: Flux, harmonics, test acceleration and electrical noise immunity (Webinar)

Charged

Join us for this exciting webinar as we unleash the power of cutting-edge electric motor testing! We’ll explore the latest advancements in flux analysis, harmonics investigation, accelerating testing and noise immunity strategies transforming motor performance analysis. Our expert speaker, Mitch Marks, will guide you through optimizing motor efficiency with magnetic flux analysis and the impact of harmonics.

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Study: Airlines to miss net zero goals unless demand is reduced

Business Green

New research suggests decarbonisation efforts could see airlines increase ticket prices - a trend likely to temper rising demand for flights

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Renewables ‘Set to Soar’ with 440 GW of New Installations in 2023: IEA

Energy Central

Renewable energy is “set to soar” to a record 440 gigawatts of new capacity this year, an eye-popping 107-GW increase over last year, with solar accounting for two-thirds of the total, the International Energy Agency reports in its annual Renewable Energy Market Update released June 1. The new installations will exceed the total power capacity of Germany and Spain combined, IEA.

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VNI West could give black coal plants a reason to “stay in the game,” analysis warns

Renew Economy

Controversial VNI West transmission project raises yet another red flag, this time over concerns the new preferred route will extend the life of NSW coal. The post VNI West could give black coal plants a reason to “stay in the game,” analysis warns appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Biden’s EJ Order Shows HEAL’s Reach, Gaps

Front And Centered

The Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act (SB 5141), our state’s landmark environmental justice (EJ) policy, is a significant step towards eliminating environmental health disparities. It is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Front and Centered coalition and frontline communities across Washington State. As one of the first policies of its kind in the country, HEAL has made strides in its two-year implementation journey, revealing both obstacles and new opportunities along the way.

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CleanCo gets extra $500 million to develop 2.3GW of new wind and solar projects

Renew Economy

CleanCo to switch from power purchase agreements to equity ownership with new funds to support another 2.3GW of wind and solar capacity. The post CleanCo gets extra $500 million to develop 2.3GW of new wind and solar projects appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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2.7M Hectares Lost, Nova Scotia at Ground Zero in ‘Unprecedented’ Early Wildfire Season

Energy Central

An “unprecedented” early start to Canada’s wildfire season had Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair declaring 2.7 million hectares of forest destroyed, with crews combatting blazes from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia and Nova Scotia battling the flames in three subdivisions built with insufficient water to fight fires. With 211 fires burning last Thursday.

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Energy Next: Talks you shouldn’t miss on the 2023 agenda

Renew Economy

Energy Next will host 20+ presentations on topics from EV’s, microgrids, and energy storage to VPPs and hydrogen. Here's some you should not miss. The post Energy Next: Talks you shouldn’t miss on the 2023 agenda appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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THE BIGGEST LOSER: Alberta Election Result Sets Smith's UCP Up for a Fall

Energy Central

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith may have recorded a win last week, in a provincial election where scarcely 1,300 voters in six out of 87 constituencies decided the outcome. But out here in the real world, this was an election that everyone lost. Like every political party leader anywhere who’s won a tight race in a first-past-the-post system, Smith is framing her.

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StarCharge to Showcase Innovative EV Charging and Energy Solutions at Smarter E Europe

altenergymag

As the demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, the need for efficient and reliable EV charging infrastructure becomes paramount.

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Swing Education raises $38 million to mitigate teacher shortage

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, June 5 – Public schools are scrambling to hire teachers. Some 150,000 openings were unfilled across the US in February as teachers. The post Swing Education raises $38 million to mitigate teacher shortage appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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SMMT: EVs hit almost 25,000 new registrations in May

Business Green

Battery electric vehicles' position as UK's second most popular power train consolidated by wave of May registrations - but zero emission shift must pick up speed, SMMT cautions

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Hurry, Canada, or we’ll miss out on the decarbonization revolution

Clean Energy Canada

Climate and energy were again high on the agenda at the recent G7 Summit following a record year of investment in clean energy. And with good reason: the member countries are home to 40 per cent of global GDP and a quarter of the world’s emissions, giving them enough collective economic clout to have a significant impact on the energy transition. As the seven members navigate this transition, one area has popped up a lot in emissions-related discussions over the last couple of years: heavy ind

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Biofuels in Shipping | DNV

Energy Central

Biofuels | DNV The use of biofuels in shipping is picking up. As the industry prepares to meet regulations requiring decarbonization, biofuels – in the form of methane, methanol or fuel oils – have been touted as a convenient way for shipping to achieve these goals. Since CO2 emitted from biofuels during combustion is regarded as potentially carbon-neutral as biomass is able to.

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Biden’s Executive Orders Prove HEAL’s Impact

Front And Centered

The Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act (SB 5141), our state’s landmark environmental justice (EJ) policy, is a significant step towards eliminating environmental health disparities. It is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Front and Centered coalition and frontline communities across Washington State. As one of the first policies of its kind in the country, HEAL has made strides in its two-year implementation journey, revealing both obstacles and new opportunities along the way.

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Carbon Market Principles | Morgan Chase

Energy Central

Carbon Market Principles | Morgan Chase To aid widespread deployment of climate solutions. Sectoral training It can also play a key role in speeding the development and commercialization of new technologies that are needed to further accelerate progress toward net-zero emissions Join the stakeholder group: Finance for the Green Economy.

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