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Reduce vs. Single-Use: Environment

The vast majority of LCA studies of food service ware show that reusables are better for the environment than single-use products and packaging.

Source : Upstream

June 7, 2021

Bladeless wind turbine generates electricity by vibrating with air movements

It's a promising technology still in its infancy. When people think of wind power, most imagine rows of giant turbines stretching across wide expanses of land. David Yáñez envisions something else entirely.

Source : Yale Climate Connections

May 25, 2021

Our new research shows that a total area of forests equivalent to the size of France have regrown in the last 20 years.

Nearly 59 million hectares of forests – an area larger than mainland France– has regrown since 2000, according to new analysis from Trillion Trees. This area of forest has the potential to store the equivalent of 5.9 Gt of CO2e – more than the annual emissions of the United States

Source : Trilliontrees

May 12, 2021

Nature is critical to slowing climate change, but it can only do so if we help it first

No matter how many solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars are built between now and 2030, the world won’t meet its increasingly ambitious climate targets without a lot of help from forests, fields and oceans.

Source : Inside Climate News

May 5, 2021

Denmark is building an “energy island,” the latest step after decades of being ahead of the curve.

The artificial island would receive electricity from surrounding offshore wind farms, store some of it in batteries, and send most of it to population centers in Denmark and other countries through undersea power lines.

Source : Inside Climate News

April 30, 2021

Denmark is building an “energy island,” the latest step after decades of being ahead of the curve.

The artificial island would receive electricity from surrounding offshore wind farms, store some of it in batteries, and send most of it to population centers in Denmark and other countries through undersea power lines.

Source : Inside Climate News

April 30, 2021

Watching Climate Change at Work

An updated Google Earth feature shows climate change in action over the last four decades. Launched in collaboration with U.S. and European government agencies, Google Earth Timelapse contains 37 years worth of changes to Earth’s surface, many related to the climate crisis. In the Amazon, for example, the tool shows large swaths of forest traded for cattle ranches and soybean farms. In Greenland and Antarctica, users can see miles-long glaciers quickly melting away. Wildfire smoke fills the skies above Alberta, Canada; the coast of the Bahamas is devastated by a hurricane; and the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan loses 90 percent of its surface area in a matter of decades. The tool also shows how landscapes have changed as humans have demanded more energy. The user can witness fracking well pads popping up on the North Dakota landscape and mountaintop mining turning West Virginia forests from green to brown. But the timelapses also show society’s transition to cleaner energy, with millions of solar panels appearing across rural China and outside of Abu Dhabi, and strings of wind turbines dotting California’s landscape and Jordan’s mountaintops.

Source : Inside Climate News

April 19, 2021

The battery invented 120 years before its time

At the turn of the 20th Century, Thomas Edison invented a battery with the unusual quirk of producing hydrogen. Now, 120 years later, the battery is coming into its own.

Source : BBC Future Planet

April 1, 2021

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green

In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai

Source : The Guardian

March 29, 2021

The Best Protection For Forests? The People Who Live In Them.

Indigenous and tribal peoples play a critical role as guardians of forest ecosystems, a United Nations report finds.

Source : Inside Climate News

Forest governance by indigenous and tribal peoples. An opportunity for climate action in Latin America and the Caribbean

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March 26, 2021

Climate Change : The trouble with trees

Planting trees is unfortunately not the silver bullet solution you are looking for.

Source : The Economist

March 23, 2021

Swiss Re announces ambitious climate targets including phase-out of coal by 2040

Swiss Re has announced new measures to support the transition to a net-zero economy, encompassing both asset management and underwriting as well as its own operations.

Source : Climate action

March 16, 2021

Swiss Re announces ambitious climate targets including phase-out of coal by 2040

Swiss Re has announced new measures to support the transition to a net-zero economy, encompassing both asset management and underwriting as well as its own operations.

Source : Climate action

March 16, 2021

A Clean Energy Milestone: Renewables Pulled Ahead of Coal in 2020

Low costs of wind and solar power helped renewables pass coal in electricity generation; gas remains the leader.

Source : Inside Climate News

Une première à Genève : Les toitures solaires végétalisées

Les panneaux photovoltaïques cohabitent avec la végétalisation afin de produire de l’énergie verte tout en protégeant les bâtiments. Le Grand JD nous emmène sur les toitures de l’HEPIA - Haute École du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève - où cette aventure commence. Ce projet est financé grâce au Fonds Vitale Environnement, alimenté par les Genevois·es ayant choisi Electricité Vitale Vert.

Source : SIG

Une première à Genève : Les toitures solaires végétalisées

Les panneaux photovoltaïques cohabitent avec la végétalisation afin de produire de l’énergie verte tout en protégeant les bâtiments. Le Grand JD nous emmène sur les toitures de l’HEPIA - Haute École du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève - où cette aventure commence. Ce projet est financé grâce au Fonds Vitale Environnement, alimenté par les Genevois·es ayant choisi Electricité Vitale Vert.

Source : SIG

Video game industry levels up on climate change

Want to capture the attention of millions of young people and raise awareness about the climate emergency? Then talk to the video gaming industry.

Levelling up, going faster, scoring higher and taking on the impossible is not just what it takes to achieve gaming stardom. They are exactly what it will take to confront urgent global challenges.

A recent report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyses the impact of the Playing for the Planet Alliance, an initiative that taps the power of the gaming industry to encourage action on climate change. Supported by UNEP, GRID-Arendal and Playmob, the alliance brings together 29 major gaming companies, which can reach over 1.2 billion players.

Source : UNEP

Heavy-Duty Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Pilot Launched By New Flyer & Li-Cycle

The future of electric vehicles is batteries, batteries, batteries. That means a lot of mining for nickel, lithium, cobalt, and other minerals. Indeed, with the enormous growth in demand expected in the electric vehicle industry in the coming years, there’s concern about securing enough battery supplies to meet demand. One solution that will increase as the industry grows and EVs on the road get older is battery recycling.

Source : Clean Technica

These companies are seeking to turn carbon into value

As more companies set aggressive decarbonization and net-zero goals, the role of technologies and processes that draw down excess levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and help sequester those emissions by using it as a feedstock for another product is in the spotlight.

Source : GreenBiz

As Big Energy Gains, Can Europe’s Community Renewables Compete?

Local wind and solar cooperatives have been instrumental in fostering Europe’s renewable energy growth. Now, as multinational corporations play an ever-larger role in efforts to decarbonize Europe’s economy, the EU is looking to bolster these grassroots clean-energy initiatives.

Source : Yale Environment 360

Prato: The Italian town turning rags into new clothes

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. But a small town in Italy called Prato has built its fortune on transforming old scraps into new clothes, particularly knitwear and wool..

Source : BBC

Le bois joue un rôle fondamental dans la transition énergétique - Entretien avec Thomas Büchi (Charpente Concept)

Thomas Büchi a créé Charpente Concept en 1991, premier bureau spécialisé en ingénierie du bois à Genève. Il est à l’origine de nombreux bâtiments emblématiques en bois (la Halle 7 de Palexpo, le Palais de l’équilibre, le refuge du Goûter, la « broken chair », etc.) et plaide pour une meilleure utilisation de celui-ci dans la construction. D’un seul employé il y a trente ans, sa société en compte aujourd’hui 33 et possède six agences réparties entre la Suisse et la France.

Source : Genie.ch

The futuristic cargo ship made of wood

The shipping industry's climate impact is large and growing, but a team in Costa Rica is making way for a clean shipping revolution with a cargo ship made of wood.

Source : BBC Future Planet

A Chinese chemical company captures and reuses 6,000 tons of a super-polluting greenhouse gas

A Chinese industrial gas company is working to reduce its emissions of nitrous oxide—a climate super-pollutant far more powerful at warming the climate than carbon dioxide—by capturing and reusing waste gas from its chemical plants. It's a significant step for an industry that emits climate-warming emissions equal to 20 million cars every year.

Source : InsideClimate News

Morgan Stanley commits to reach Net-Zero financed emissions by 2050

Banking giant announces commitment to providing financing, expertise and leadership to support the transition to a low-carbon world.

Source : Climate Action

Get to net-zero by mid-century? Even some global oil and gas giants think it can be done

The world must get to net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century, and can make it happen at a price that is relatively small in global terms—$1 trillion to $2 trillion per year—according to a new report from a think tank that includes BP, Shell and other big businesses. While researchers have long called for net-zero emissions by mid-century, the message could be better received coming from oil majors.

Source : insideclimatenews

Airbus Hopes to Be Flying Hydrogen-Powered Jetliners With Zero Carbon Emissions by 2035

The company says it is studying three designs for commercial air travel, but a host of complex problems remain related to producing “clean” hydrogen fuel.

Source : Insideclimate News

New investor guide to negative emission technologies and land use

Corporate demand for forest-related carbon removal could generate $800bn in annual revenues by 2050, worth a market capitalisation of $1.2 trillion today, surpassing the current market capitalisation of oil & gas majors - new study commissioned by UN-supported investor body finds

Source : UNPRI

12 cities have made a pledge to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of their commitment to accelerating a green and just recovery from COVID-19.

12 cities have made a pledge to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of their commitment to accelerating a green and just recovery from COVID-19.

Source : Climate Action

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