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Why communicating on climate is so hard

GreenBiz

To meet climate goals, we need to tell better stories. Here’s how.

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EV battery transport: How to overcome the challenges

Charged

Sponsored by LabelMaster. The EV market is booming, with the number of EVs on the road expected to hit 125 million by 2030. But the rapidly growing EV market has brought with it complex supply chain challenges associated with transporting the large format lithium-ion batteries that power them. And these challenges only increase depending on the size and condition of the battery.

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Volkswagen’s Plan Electric: A Step in the Right Direction?

Green Living Guy

Volkswagen (VW) gone plan electric. For it recently announced its ambitious plan to become a leader in electric vehicles (EV) by investing billions of euros towards the development of EVs and related technologies. The company aims to produce 1.5 million electric cars annually by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This marks a significant […] The post Volkswagen’s Plan Electric: A Step in the Right Direction?

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Our Nation—and Its National Parks—Has a Smog Problem

NRDC onEarth

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules to address air pollution. But experts worry it’s not enough.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Vehicle-to-grid pilots soar, but where will they land?

GreenBiz

Bidirectional charging is needed for a stable grid, but its ability to scale is trapped in the pilot stage.

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Scottish seaweed sparks idea to boost electric vehicle batteries

Envirotec Magazine

Materials from Scottish-grown seaweed could help to improve the life-span and charge time of lithium-ion batteries used for the likes of electric vehicles, with a new first-of-its-kind prototype already being tested by expert researchers. The team from Marine Biopolymers and The University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry recently received funding from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to explore the use of tailored alginates – a naturally-occurring material found in brown

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Public Land Grab: Senate Bill Gifts Miners Pass to Pollute

NRDC onEarth

Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) and Jim Risch (R-ID) have introduced legislation that makes it easier for mining companies and others to acquire rights to federal land and to be able to use them as dumping grounds and worse. The legislation reverses over 150 years of legal precedent and lifts one of the few substantive requirements of America’s antiquated and regressive general mining law.

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Agroforestry is the regenerative technique getting overlooked in the US

GreenBiz

Propagate is one of the only startups in the U.S. working to combine agriculture and forestry to create productive and sustainable land use practices.

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Odour complaints and how to handle them

Envirotec Magazine

Odour sampling and surveying is the first step to getting on top of the problem. Odour management expert Silsoe Odours explores how to understand, handle and prevent odour complaints. Unpleasant odours can impact the health and well-being of those who live and work nearby. Facilities that emit odours will often have an odour condition in their operating permit.

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Hazelwood battery charges up for first time at site of former coal generator

Renew Economy

Hazelwood battery charges up for first time at site of former brown coal generator in the Latrobe Valley. The post Hazelwood battery charges up for first time at site of former coal generator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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State Action on Clean Vehicles is More Crucial Than Ever

NRDC onEarth

EPA’s recent announcement to cut tailpipe pollution for light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles is an important step, but the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT), Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II), and Heavy-Duty Omnibus (HDO) rules are still critical policies to achieving our climate goals and should be adopted by states.

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Behind the world's largest pilot for reusable bags

GreenBiz

The latest initiative from the Beyond the Bag Consortium will reach three states and more than 150 stores, including mom-and-pop shops alongside some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., such as CVS Health, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kroger.

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Nominations are open for the AEMT awards

Envirotec Magazine

Until 8th September, nominees are welcomed for the latest round of the awards of the Association of Electrical & Mechanical Trades (AEMT). The following seven categories make up the 2023 awards programme: • Product of the Year – sponsored by Plant & Works Engineering • Project of the Year – sponsored by EMIR Software • Service Centre of the Year – sponsored by ABB • Supplier of the Year – sponsored by Drives & Controls • Contribution to Skills & Training Award – sponsored by Sulz

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Solar is a runaway global success, and Australia is showing the way forward

Renew Economy

The current growth rates of solar alone will see the global energy sector decarbonised by mid-century. The post Solar is a runaway global success, and Australia is showing the way forward 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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The Bill That Could Connect California to Sun, Wind, and Savings Across the West

NRDC onEarth

A bill in the California State Legislature that would start a fully integrated western electricity grid will be heard in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee next week.

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'Staggering': US on cusp of 600 GW clean energy boom

GreenBiz

A BloombergNEF report predicts the U.S. renewables project pipeline is set for a record-breaking surge in development, as Google announces a major new solar partnership.

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Organic coagulant helps reduce sludge for egg product supplier

Envirotec Magazine

Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) has been specified to supply its water treatment chemical solution, Hydrex 6861, to egg product supplier D Wise, based in Malpas, Cheshire. This has allowed the company to reduce the amount of sludge by-product formed during its manufacturing processes – and the costs to remove it from site. It has also improved its water treatment efficiency, resulting in an estimated and significant £50k of annual savings.

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“World is changing:” AGL to replace Liddell with battery, hydrogen, wind and solar

Renew Economy

AGL says "world is changing" but even after closure of Liddell on Friday it will remain Australia's biggest carbon polluter despite pledge on batteries and green hydrogen. The post “World is changing:” AGL to replace Liddell with battery, hydrogen, wind and solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Auditor Calls for Canada’s Transparency on Logging Emissions

NRDC onEarth

Canada's Environment Commissioner found that the Government of Canada has failed to transparently report on the climate impact of industrial logging, with potentially sweeping ramifications for its forest policymaking.

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Earth Day and the polling of America, 2023

GreenBiz

Consumers express growing interest in purchasing greener products despite growing skepticism about environmental marketing claims. Can both be true?

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Conservation group calls for justice for the River Lugg

Envirotec Magazine

The Lugg at Hampton Bishop (image credit: Philip Halling, CC BY-SA 2.0 license ). Damaged stretch of river must be restored following successful prosecution by Natural England and Environment Agency, says Herefordshire Wildlife Trust On 20 April a court sentenced a landowner to prison for badly damaging a stretch of the River Lugg. This followed a successful investigation and prosecution by Natural England and the Environment Agency where the landowner pleaded guilty to carrying out work without

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Record wind and solar deliver lower prices, loosen coal and gas dominance over grid

Renew Economy

Record wind and solar generation helped loosen the vice like grip of fossil fuels over the grid and send prices down and emissions to new lows. The post Record wind and solar deliver lower prices, loosen coal and gas dominance over grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Canada must intervene to protect caribou in Ontario

NRDC onEarth

A year ago, environmental groups called out the caribou conservation agreement between Canada and Ontario as being the weakest in the country. Now, Canada's Environment Minister declares that Ontario is not effectively protecting critical caribou habitat.

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Who solves super wicked water problems?

GreenBiz

The recent UN water conference convened almost 10,000 people focused on addressing critical scarcity, quality and inequity issues, but whether they can turn intentional into action remains an open question.

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Tool aims to improve the assessment of chemical persistence in the environment

Envirotec Magazine

Consultancy firm Ricardo has developed a seemingly first of its kind Persistence Assessment Tool to provide manufacturers and importers of chemical substances and products, regulators, and the scientific community with support and guidance to undertake complex persistence assessments of chemicals in the environment. The tool has been developed by Ricardo and is sponsored by Concawe and the International Collaboration on Cosmetics Safety (ICCS), with support from the Cefic Long-Range Research Ini

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AGL shuts down first of last three units at Liddell, Australia’s oldest coal generator

Renew Economy

First of the last three units at Australia's oldest coal generator shut down on Monday morning. The post AGL shuts down first of last three units at Liddell, Australia’s oldest coal generator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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NRDC Analysis Charts Pathways to U.S. Climate Goals

NRDC onEarth

NRDC modeling finds that, by deploying five decarbonization strategies, the United States can affordably and feasibly achieve a net zero economy by 2050.

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From Microsoft to private equity: Lucas Joppa on normalizing the ‘planet economy’

GreenBiz

In his new role at private equity firm Haveli Investments, former Microsoft Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa seeks to make striving for net zero just a normal consideration for every business.

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Comment: England’s local planning authorities risk failure on new biodiversity rules through inadequate land survey tools

Envirotec Magazine

A site where AiDash’s system has performed habitat classification. The different colours and lines represent the habitats as identified. Satellite data and AI technology can perform essential ecological surveys to guide reporting and nature recovery strategies, says Software as a service (SaaS) AI firm AiDash From November 2023, local planning authorities (LPAs) in England must begin receiving, assessing, and reviewing planning applications with biodiversity baseline and biodiversity net g

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Australian renewables pioneer PacHydro rebrands, sees big demand for wind and solar

Renew Economy

Pacific Hydro rebrands in bid to reposition as Australia's leading renewables-only generator – and unveils plans including a new retail arm. The post Australian renewables pioneer PacHydro rebrands, sees big demand for wind and solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How Efficiency Will Help Get Us to Net Zero by 2050

NRDC onEarth

Efficiency will make our transition to a clean energy future cheaper and more cost-effective—and more comfortable, too.

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3 business reasons for a mind shift on microgrids

GreenBiz

Sponsored: Microgrids can provide the solution to the sustainability dilemma and offer other business benefits, learn why now is the time for on-site microgrids.

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Historic marshalling yard rejuvenated by biodiversity improvements

Envirotec Magazine

A former marshalling yard located in Feltham, London, owned by South Western Railway (SWR) has been rejuvenated as a result of the biodiversity improvement works that have been carried out in a joint project between SWR and Tilhill, a provider of nature-based solutions. As part of the development of a new train depot, SWR engaged Tilhill’s services to assist with their plan to improve a previously disused 30-acre reservation surrounding the site, home to rare acid grassland and other wildl