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


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

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


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Bringing Climate Change Solutions Home


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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Leveraging AMI data for utility value


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. Leveraging AMI data for utility value.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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

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

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].

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.

OIl Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real In Court Case


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

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.

Solarpunk: Speculative fiction for climate optimists


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… […]. The post Solarpunk: Speculative fiction for climate optimists appeared first on Climate-KIC

Crouching Heater, Hidden Pool Pump


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.

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.

Massive Transformation of Japanese Electricity Market Calls for Flexible Energy Management


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.

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.

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


Resist disastrous planned obsolescence by making old iPhones sexy again

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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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How Long Do Solar Panels Really Last?


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.

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.

OIl Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real In Court Case

Clean Techies

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

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.

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.

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


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.).

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.

Rooftop Vineyard

Green Roof Technology

Rooftop farming for educational and recreational purposes seems a fancy trend in North America. In 2002 Dipl.-Ing Ing Markus Wittling was planning to elevate an entire vineyard on top of the Wine Museum in Cologne, Germany.

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

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

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If only we could buy it in North America. Technology

Big Picture Benefits of Energy Efficiency


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.