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How Forests Near and Far Benefit People in Cities

A New Yorker may not think about the forested Catskills Mountain Range upstate as she pours a glass of water. Londoners probably don’t consider the Amazon rainforest as they watch the rain falling on city parks. And folks in Addis Ababa are probably not thinking about the Congo Basin as they eat injera, an Ethiopian staple made from the grain teff. And yet, forests near and far affect these urbanites’ daily lives far more than most people realize.

Source : World Resources Institute

November 30, 2022

Envisioning the Battery Data Genome, a central data hub for battery innovation

Back in the 1990s, researchers undertook the Human Genome Project, a 13-year journey designed to enable a new era of innovation in medicine. By assembling and sharing vast amounts of data to uncover the secrets behind the genetic determinants of disease, this project transformed the medical industry and led to innumerable breakthroughs. Now, researchers are extending that model of innovation to battery science with an eye on impact at a global scale.

Source : Argonne US National Laboratory

October 14, 2022

‘Decarbonisation is too expensive’ – how to sell climate change action to bean counters

The three most prevalent myths about tackling climate change allege that transitioning to renewable energy jacks up household bills, requires massive amounts of government subsidy and creates mass unemployment. These concerns are all (thankfully) false.

Source : The Conversation

October 7, 2022

‘This is what a river should look like’: Dutch rewilding project turns back the clock 500 years

Europe’s largest river restoration is making changes across the entire landscape, bringing benefits to wildlife and people

Source : The Guardian

September 22, 2022

Lithium: Storing more clean power with less pollution

Lithium mining is much cleaner than coal mining.

Source : Yale Climate Connections

September 19, 2022

Switching to renewable energy could save trillions - study

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world as much as $12tn (£10.2tn) by 2050, an Oxford University study says.

Source : BBC

September 15, 2022

36 Countries Are Gaining More Trees than They’re Losing

We know that deforestation is an ongoing, devastating problem — satellite data has been tracking it closely for years. But another question has remained more elusive: How much new forest is growing? Thanks to new data from researchers at the University of Maryland and WRI, we now have an answer: Tree cover — lots of it —is cropping up all over the globe.  All told, 130.9 million hectares of land gained tree cover globally between 2000 and 2020, according to the study. Put together, that's an area larger than Peru.

Source : World Resources Institute

August 23, 2022

Electrifying transportation reduces emissions AND saves massive amounts of energy

Electric vehicles are far more energy-efficient than traditional internal combustion vehicles.

Source : Yale Climate Connections

August 15, 2022

Inside Clean Energy: What’s Hotter than Solar Panels? Solar Windows.

Researchers and startups are moving forward with plans for windows that generate electricity.

Source : Inside Climate News

August 10, 2022

What to Know About Seagrass, the Ocean’s Overlooked Powerhouse

When most people think of coastal ecosystems, they think of mighty mangrove forests and colorful coral reefs. But these ecosystems are only the tip of the iceberg — there’s more beneath the surface, specifically seagrass. Seagrasses provide humans with countless goods and services — everything from food security to shoreline protection to clean water. They are found in almost every sea around the world, with more than 1 billion people living within 100 kilometers of seagrass meadows. Yet most people are unfamiliar with the many benefits these plants provide to humans and animals alike. Here, we answer key questions about seagrasses: What are they, where are they and why are they important? Let’s dive in.

Source : World Resources Institute

August 10, 2022

50 ‘Prêt à Voter’ proposals

The success of the green transition depends less on the development of new technologies, but rather on the creation of favourable conditions to increase the adoption of current solutions and benefit from their widespread implementation.

Source : Solar Impulse Foundation

July 1, 2022

Committing to climate-responsible finance sends “strong signal of hope to all”

A webinar on 20 May underscored the importance of the recently released landmark joint appeal, “Climate Responsible Finance—A Moral Imperative Towards Children,” signed by the World Council of Churches (WCC), United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, and New York Board of Rabbis.

Source : World Council of Churches - 2050Today member

June 22, 2022

Inside Clean Energy: Flow Batteries Could Be a Big Part of Our Energy Storage Future. So What’s a Flow Battery?

A battery project uses a technology that could be vital for meeting the need for long-duration energy storage.

Source : Inside Climate News

May 20, 2022

6 Things to Know About Direct Air Capture

While efforts to reduce GHG emissions should always take priority, meeting climate goals will also require carbon dioxide removal (CDR) — systems that remove carbon directly from the air — likely at the billion-tonne scale by mid-century. Carbon removal is needed not only to balance out residual emissions that cannot be or are not eliminated by 2050, but also to reduce the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the air, which is triggering increasingly devastating climate change impacts.

Source : World Resources Institute

May 11, 2022

Glass dismissed: wine goes green with paper bottle drive

While glass bottles have been part of the wine-drinking tradition for centuries, making the material requires huge amounts of energy at a time when companies are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. Recycling rates for glass are also poor.

Source : The Guardian

May 5, 2022

4 Solutions to End Deforestation by 2030

The world loses 3-4 million hectares of primary tropical forest every year. When they disappear, so do the benefits they provide — everything from carbon storage to biodiversity protection. But there are solutions. Forest expert Frances Seymour lays out four ways to end deforestation in the next decade.

Source : World Resources Institute

April 21, 2022

Climate Change Poses a Huge Threat to Railroads. Environmental Engineers Have Ideas for How to Combat That

Solutions that work in concert with nature could help address climate risks, experts say, but barriers remain to widespread adoption by the railroad industry.

Source : Inside Climate News

April 9, 2022

Can Rights of Nature Laws Make a Difference? In Ecuador, They Already Are

The court’s ruling cheered environmentalists and sent shock waves through the mining industry, which now must prove that projects don’t harm ecosystems or endanger species.

Source : Inside Climate News

February 21, 2022

Does renewable energy threaten efforts to conserve biodiversity on land?

The world is facing a climate and ecological crisis. The two planetary crises occasionally pull in the same direction: restoring faltering coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves and saltmarshes, sequester carbon, buffer against more frequent extreme weather events and provide for nature.

Source : Carbon Brief

February 5, 2022

Oyster shells recycled from New Orleans restaurants are rebuilding Louisiana’s coastal reefs

A short video from Local Motives shows how the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is revitalizing coastal ecosystems

Source : Yale Climate Connections

January 28, 2022

Setting the standard for reusable packaging

"Using very conservative estimates, we found that reuse can save at least 50 percent of climate emissions," Juska wrote via email following an interview for this story. "But, if standards are in place so that cities and companies can align and create more efficiencies, reuse can save up to 80 percent of climate emissions compared to single-use." (For comparison, increasing recycled content only saves 15 percent or less, Juska noted.)

Source : GreenBiz

January 28, 2022

Inside Clean Energy: As Efficiency Rises, Solar Power Needs Fewer Acres to Pack the Same Punch

Research shows a big improvement in generating capacity per acre of solar panels, with implications for how much land is needed for an energy transition.

Source : Inside Climate News

January 27, 2022

Love meat too much for Veganuary? Try Regenuary instead

Proponents say the ‘regenerative farming’ eating challenge encourages consumption of more sustainable animal products – but is it just greenwash?

Source : The Guardian

January 20, 2022

Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. But the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean.

Source : Yale Environment 360

December 17, 2021

Nuclear Fusion: Why the Race to Harness the Power of the Sun Just Sped Up

Tiny proportion of world’s land surface hosts carbon-rich forests and peatlands that would not recover before 2050 if lost

Source : Inside Climate News

December 10, 2021

The Clean Energy Transition Enters Hyperdrive

Researchers argue that the shift to carbon-free energy is gaining momentum, largely because of economic benefits.

Source : Inside Climate News

November 25, 2021

The most important number you've never heard of

As the impacts of climate change add up, economists are trying to figure out what the true cost of a tonne of carbon really is.

Source : BBC Future

November 19, 2021

‘Green steel’: Swedish company ships first batch made without using coal

Hybrit sends steel made with hydrogen production process to Volvo, which plans to use it in prototype vehicles and components

Source : The Guardian

August 23, 2021

CHANGING TRENDS IN FOOD: DISCOVERING AND UTILISING ALTERNATIVE CROPS

Communities have been adding new foods to their diets and changing their consumption habits for centuries. Yet current diets rely heavily on three staple crops, and this can have implications for health and the environment. As a result, there is a need to make better use of the wide variety of crops available to us, some of which have been cultivated and consumed by communities for centuries, and explore how they can be incorporated into modern diets worldwide in an equitable and sustainable way.

Source : The Economist Intelligence Unit

July 2, 2021

Millions of tons of plastic are trashed every year. But what if we used it to pave our roads?

Roads in which waste plastic is melted down and mixed with paving materials are becoming more common around the world. Although for now they remain a niche technology, experts say the roads could become one of a diverse array of uses for discarded plastic.

Source : TED - Explore ideas worth spreading

June 21, 2021

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

Seizing the Urban Opportunity

How national governments can recover from COVID-19, secure shared prosperity, and tackle the climate crisis through cities.

Source : Coalition for Urban Transitions

March 17, 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

The new use for abandoned oil rigs

As offshore oil and gas platforms come to the end of their working lives, the remarkable ecosystems beneath the waves come into their own.

Source : BBC Future Planet

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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