2018

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Russian Uranium One Deal And Hillary Clinton In The News Again

Jim Conca

Senator Chuck Grassley (R- IA) wants to resurrect the sale of Uranium One to Russia that occurred under Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State, and thinks something fishy is going on with the FBI and one of their former contractors. But this deal never was much of a scandal.

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The Future(s) of Fossil Fuels

Mr. Sustainability

Fossil fuels, a vision of the future or something our children will see in history books? Part I. What is up with the world? The energy markets, broadly taken to be fossil fuels and renewables, have seen significant changes over the past years. While it is expected fossil fuel demand will rise, the broad consensus amongst most outlooks is that the growth will eventually plateau due to energy efficiency and developments in renewables.

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The Role Of Managed Retreat In Adapting To Sea Level Rise

Energy Innovation

Energy Innovation partners with the independent nonprofit Aspen Global Change Institute to provide climate and energy research updates. The research synopsis below comes from Katharine J. Mach and Miyuki Hino of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a full list of AGCI’s quarterly research updates covering recent climate change research on clean energy pathways is available online at [link].

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How Long Do Solar Panels Really Last?

Sunrun

The Life Expectancy of Solar Panels When you’re considering investing in a solar installation, wondering how long home solar panels last is a question that inevitably pops up. To put your mind at ease studies have proven solar panels can last anywhere between 25 to 30 years — or sometimes more.1 However, this doesn’t mean the panels on your roof will stop producing electricity after a couple of decades.

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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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Bringing Climate Change Solutions Home

Mosaic

The Earth’s climate is changing. 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming trends are clear and “extremely likely” due to human activities, most prominently the rising emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of fossil fuels. CO2 is a powerful greenhouse gas that blocks heat from escaping into the atmosphere, and the dramatic increase in our use of carbonaceous fossil fuels like coal and oil since the 19th century has increased atmospheric concentrations of CO2 from 2

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5 Simple Ways Small Businesses Can Help Protect the Planet

Living Green Technology

While many established corporations have taken the lead in going green, small businesses tend to focus more on growth—especially when they’re first starting out. But the benefits of going green relate to more than just making the environment better; they also contribute significantly to business growth. Studies show that many talented individuals want to work for businesses that put purpose before profit.

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Italian scientist combines climate research with art

Climate-KIC

Climate scientists, ecologists and activists can sometimes dismiss climate art as inaccurate or even useless. Andreco who works both as a scientist and an artist feels different. “Artwork can change the perception of the environmental problem” he writes, backing the idea that culture is at the heart of system change as it directly influences individual […].

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Leveraging AMI data for utility value

Bidgely

Summary. Disaggregation offers a huge value by lowering risk and improving cost effectiveness of DSM programs, if it can be unlocked. In a world of increasing distributed energy resources and local grid constraints, grid planning can be made more precise, granular and actionable with disaggregation. New revenue generation, marketing and customer support are also promising use cases.

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The Scale of the Climate Catastrophe Will Depend on What Businesses Do Over the Next Decade

Andrew Winston

(Hi all. In the last couple of months the scientific and policy worlds have issued some dire reports. The IPCC released its assessment on whether, and how, the world could hold warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (and the dire consequences of not doing so). And over Thanksgiving, the US National Climate Assessment came out. I wrote this last month about what businesses should be doing in the wake of the IPCC report.

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Floods, Water Quality in Central Texas/NC/FL and Crowdfunding A Solution.

Varuna

In the last few months flood related water quality issues have ravaged Austin (more below), North Carolina , Florida , and many other states/countries outside the US. Turbidity has been an issue due to flood carrying debris and taking the impurities in the water to levels higher than the water cleaning and filtration systems in these cities/regions can handle.

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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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Which Is Safer For Transporting Crude Oil: Rail, Truck, Pipeline Or Boat?

Jim Conca

News of increased crude oil transportation by rail from Canada has raised this question again. The short answer is: truck worse than train worse than pipeline worse than boat. But it depends on your definition of worse - human deaths, property destruction or environmental impact. You choose.

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Is Data the new Oil?

Mr. Sustainability

This article is taken from two sources: the Economist and Forbes, For the original Economist article, click here. For the original Forbes article, click here. The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data (by the Economist) A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow.

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Resist disastrous planned obsolescence by making old iPhones sexy again

Treehugger - Technology

Fight Apple’s annual seduction dance by buying a perfectly restored iPhone from a company rallying against thoughtless consumerism and e-waste.

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Will Solar Panels Work During a Power Outage?

Sunrun

Power Outages are Increasing at an Alarming Rate Power outages and blackouts were unfortunately common last year, affecting millions of people1 in the path of severe storms and wildfires. On the East coast, 60 mph winds cut power to more than 1 million customers - toppling 4,000 power lines - and on the West coast a raging fire in California forced utility companies to shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands.2 The bad news is that these are only two examples of disasters and blackouts in 2

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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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OIl Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real In Court Case

CleanTechies

A new court case has given oil companies the opportunity to admit, on the record in open court, that climate change is real. Learn the implications of this for climate, business, and investing.

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UPDATE: Impossible Foods Adds $114m in New Financing, Bringing Total to Nearly $400m

AFN Sustainable Protein

* First Published August 1, 2017. Updated April 4, 2018 to reflect new financing.” Plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods has added a $114 million convertible note to its ample coffers. The additional financing comes from existing investor Singapore state fund Temasek along with Chinese private equity firm Sailing Capital. . The company closed $75 million in Series E funding in August 2017, with Temasek leading the round.

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Celebrating 20 years of Integrated Green Infrastructure

Green Roof Technology

Integrated Green Infrastructure That Lasts. Celebrating two projects with 20 years of integrated Green Infrastructure in the heart of Stuttgart, Germany. It is over 25 years when Jorg Breuning managed the Green Roof installation at the Zeppelin-Carré (left) in 1995 and the Kronen-Carré (right) in 1999 (picture above). Over 500,000 sf of green roofs nicely visible on Google Earth.

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Solarpunk: Speculative fiction for climate optimists

Climate-KIC

Solarpunk is a movement in literature, art, fashion, and activism that seeks to answer the question: “What does a sustainable civilisation look like—and how can we get there?” A 2008 article about sustainable marine transit published in the Republic of Bees appears to coin and define the term: “Solarpunk… conflates modern technology with older technology… […].

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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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Empowerment Journeys

Solar Sister

In our Journeys series, we brought you updates from Hilaria and Halima, two Solar Sister entrepreneurs from Tanzania. Today we launch Empowerment Journeys  — a dynamic visualization of Hilaria and Halima’s journey over the years, from their first solar light purchase to reaching thousands of people with clean energy products. Click here to see their journeys!

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Explaining the Business Case for Sustainability Again … and Again … and Again

Andrew Winston

[I posted this last month for my sustainability column for MIT Sloan Management Review. I was honestly a bit nervous about it. Was it just kvetching, or productive (or both)? One colleague said to me "omg, you sound fed up." Most responses have been very positive, but I'm eager to hear your take.]. The battle to get companies interested in sustainability is basically over.

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Green Startups: Make Your Business Grow

Green Tech Challenge

Lead Generation: Expand Your Network Effective lead generation and new prospects lies at the base of any long term successful business development. It is the process of attracting people to your product or service before converting them into customers. Expanding your network is a key factor for growing companies in order to reach out to new customers.

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The Ten Most Polluted Cities On Earth

Jim Conca

The most polluted cities in the world highlight the fact that pollution kills more people than anything else. Cairo tops the list. Los Angeles is the only US city on the list and comes in tenth. But this pollution also involves noise and light pollution for their role in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Is Data the New Oil?

Mr. Sustainability

This article is taken from two sources: the Economist and Forbes. The Economist argues that data is the new oil. Forbes argues that it is not. For the original Economist article, click here. For the original Forbes article, click here. The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data (by the Economist) A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow.

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Whatever happened to Jimmy Carter's solar panels: The sequel

Treehugger - Technology

Instead of an exciting adventure, we got a road not taken.

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How Much Maintenance is Required for Solar Panels?

Sunrun

How To Maintain Your Home Solar System Properly At SunrunTM , we strive to make solar energy accessible to everyone, regardless if you choose to lease or purchase — your solar system still needs proper caring. Maintaining the health of your solar panels will guarantee you the biggest energy savings possible over the next 25 to 30 years. How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

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OIl Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real In Court Case

CleanTechies

A new court case has given oil companies the opportunity to admit, on the record in open court, that climate change is real. Learn the implications of this for climate, business, and investing.

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Geltor Raises $18.2m for Animal-Free “Designer Collagen”

AFN Sustainable Protein

Geltor , a Californian startup using computational biology and fermentation techniques to produce collagen products without using animal byproducts, has raised $18.2 million in Series A funding. The startup, which has focused on the cosmetics industry for its first product line — the award-winning skincare ingredient N-Collage — is set to develop products for the nutraceutical, food and beverage industries too, such as gelatin, a form of collagen often found in sweets.

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Rooftop Vineyard

Green Roof Technology

Rooftop farming for educational and recreational purposes seems a fancy trend in North America. In 2002 Dipl.-Ing Markus Wittling was planning to elevate an entire vineyard on top of the Wine Museum in Cologne, Germany. The sloped green roof spans over the entire museum building of almost 20,000 square feet. It is likely the first vineyard on a roof and the first sloped rooftop farm in the world.

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Big Picture Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Mosaic

Many people decide to make energy efficiency home improvements because they want to save on their energy bills — but the good reasons definitely don’t stop there. Energy efficiency also delivers major benefits for the environment, your community, and society at large. Cleaner Air. The cleanest (and cheapest) kilowatt-hour of electricity is the one that never has to be generated.

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4 ways to cultivate strong relationships with your solar leads

Sighten

In the previous post in our solar sales series, we discussed how to use the techniques of storytelling and social proof to improve your solar pitch. By leveraging the way your customers relate to other people - and by using your solar proposal to layer in case studies and different examples of social proof - you can help prospects make buying decisions with confidence.

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Upcoming Living Green Technology Electronics Recycling Events in Seattle

Living Green Technology

Living Green Technology has some great Seattle electronics recycling events coming up this spring! We will be hosting these events in partnership with a variety of local organizations, ranging from local churches to hotels. These events are 100% free for the public to participate in and are a great way for you to get rid of any electronics that you no longer need.

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Your Zero-Carbon Gift Guide For Green Holidays 2018

Forbes Green Tech

You won't find any compromises in this gift guide. To make the cut, these gifts must be carbon negative—they mustremove more carbon pollution than they contribute to the atmosphere.

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Do Small Amounts Of Radiation Matter?

Jim Conca

We need some radiation to function well since that's how we evolved. A set of genes that deal with radiation defends against radiation and it takes a lot to harm us.

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