2018

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

Treehugger - Technology

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

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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.

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.

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.

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. Uncertainties rain rampant however.

Review of Climate Policy Options

Low Carbon Prosperity

Evaluating regulations, subsidies, pricing mechanisms, and hybrid policies. Abstract: There is a growing recognition among businesses, policymakers, and the general public regarding the economic and societal risks of climate change. The latest, most urgent call to action from the IPCC has increased attention on policies to reduce CO2 emissions and enhance carbon sequestration.

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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. And this will continue.

Green Mortgages: Here’s What You Need to Know

Energy Refuge

A shelter is a basic human need. The need for housing continues to rise with the increase in population. The housing industry has undergone a huge transformation with advances in technology. This has enabled the provision of diverse services that improve the homeownership experience. Mortgage. The evolution of the industry has seen a commensurate rise in the cost of home ownership. The majority of the population cannot afford housing without the help of financial mechanisms.

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].

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative.is, VirtualGaia.com, 7Vortex.com; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Chief Storyteller, The Climate 4.0 Project

Join our amazing panelists, 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.

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. It’s why we never saw thousands of deaths predicted from Chernobyl and why nuclear workers have the same cancer rates as everyone else

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Greek island Tilos on its way to becoming fully powered by renewable energy

Treehugger - Technology

The tiny island has previously relied exclusively on fossil fuels. Technology

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. Sponsored Content Climate Change climate science oil companies oil industry spreadbetting

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. Click here to see a full list of electronics that we will recycle for you.

Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management

AutoGrid

Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management. Partnerships with local market players will bring AutoGrid Flex to regulated and deregulated electricity companies in Japan. As AutoGrid continues its strategic trajectory into international growth markets, it should come as no surprise that we’re scaling up our presence in Japan. Since 2016, the Japanese electricity market has undergone a massive transformation through deregulation.

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. A century ago, the resource in question was oil.

Crouching Heater, Hidden Pool Pump

Bidgely

This article originally appeared in the May 2-18 issue of Strategies, the magazine of the Association of Energy Services Professionals ( AESP.ORG ). Crouching Heater, Hidden Pool Pump. The unintended consequences of missing appliances when analyzing loads. Utilities collect and analyze energy usage data for various purposes such as fine tuning load predictions, designing demand side management programs, and improving rate allocation models.

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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. No large company seriously debates whether environmental and social issues affect the company’s bottom line.

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. Not enough resources to search for new business? Business leads are not easy to find and mastering the skill takes time.

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. In this post, we’ll keep the tips coming but with a focus on how to cultivate strong customer relationships.

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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. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that U.S.

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Blood Batteries - Cobalt And The Congo

Jim Conca

Cobalt is essential for our new technological world but, like blood diamonds, half of the Co supplies come from inhumane child labor practices, not the image sought after by people surfing the internet for free-range eggs on their iPhones. Vivienne Walt in Fortune outlines the issue

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. Technology

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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

Recycling mistakes you may be making

Living Green Technology

How well do you think you recycle—and how well do you actually recycle? For many people there’s a disconnect between the two. They think they’re doing a lot, but in actuality they could be doing so much better. For example, have you ever just thrown a cardboard box into the recycling bin because, well, it can be recycled right? Well of course it can—but you could be doing so much better just by taking a few seconds and breaking the box down.

These 6 Environmental Inventions 2018 Are Finally Here To Save Our Day!

Eco Friend

Environmental crises call for environmentally friendly inventions. Be it electronic gadgets, smart infrastructure/architecture, or delicious food – everything has welcomed green concepts and changes with open arms. After all, going… The post These 6 Environmental Inventions 2018 Are Finally Here To Save Our Day! appeared first on Eco Friend.

Recycling Solutions Summit

Green Technology

Recycling, one of the most important actions we all can do to protect our existence on the planet, is in crisis and recycling plants are shutting down. In the state of California alone, more than 450 recycling plants have shut down recently and thousands of cargo containers filled with U.S. recycling that were once ready to sell to China are now sitting idly and are likely going to be sent to the landfill. One of the primary reasons that U.S.

“Alexa, does my utility have a voice assistant?”

Bidgely

Forrester estimates that 50% of U.S. homes will have at least one smart speaker by 2022. The rapid growth of this medium is changing the way consumers seek and consume information. It’s imperative for utilities to reinforce their brand as a modern service provider. Further, it’s a powerful way to engage consumers, encourage energy behaviors, and offer new products and services.

Inside UPS’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

Andrew Winston

(Continuing to catch up on re-posting some articles I wrote over the last few months. ICYMI, UPS announced a milestone in electric vehicles -- cost parity for a delivery truck. It's clearly good news, but I suggest here that, when you consider all the ways EVs pay off for the company, the "breakeven" point was likely earlier. Companies can miss great investment opportunities with too narrow a definition of return on investment.).

5 Government Initiatives from Around the World That Are Helping Reduce the Impact of Climate Change

Green Tech Challenge

The effects of climate change are worsening as countries around the world experience more heat waves and unpredictable weather. The problem of global warming crosses geopolitical lines and boundaries, and thus must be addressed by humanity as a whole. While each country is doing its best to improve environmental efforts on a nationwide scale, it’s the sum of all these initiatives that will make a worldwide difference.

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

5 tips to get great customer reviews & referrals

Sighten

Everyone wants great reviews, testimonials, and referrals. But there’s a big difference between wanting these things and actually building them into your company’s process to ensure you get them. Referrals and positive reviews are tied to hugely positive outcomes for your business. Both significantly reduce customer acquisition cost (CAC), which results in faster and more profitable growth.

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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

Fairphone 2 is the world's first ethical, modular smartphone

Treehugger - Technology

If only we could buy it in North America. Technology

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?