Climate Change

The Climate Bear Commeth

If declining alternative energy prices are the hammer on fossil fuels, then the onset of climate change is the anvil.   This week, two stories came up showing the world’s climate changing for the much worse. First, Lake Mead dropped to it lowest levels ever.  It is currently at 37% of it’s normal depth and fed by the already

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Continues its Divestment from Oil

The Gates Foundation continues their disposal of fossil fuel equities.  Between September and December, 2015, the Foundation “sold its $187m stake in BP.”  This move follows a prior stock sale by the foundation to liquidate their entire $824 M holding in ExxonMobil. This matters because as recently as October, Bill Gates is on the record against divestment

Effects of Global Warming on Humans – Based on the 2015 IPCC AR5

Originally published on Planetsave.com Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic,

In Spain, Solar Storage Costs More Than Nuclear Spillage

Originally published on Planetsave.com Storing solar energy in a battery in Spain is more criminal than spilling radioactive waste. That’s the implied message written between the lines of a recently drafted law poised for fast-track approval by the government of Spain. Proposed fines for residential and SME use of solar energy self-consumption will be as

Is Sustainable Responsible Investing (SRI) More Than an Ethical Decision?

With cash-strapped and debt-ridden governments, sustainable development experts are turning to private SRI investors to address the gap in social and environmental initiative spending. A UN paper titled Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Development estimates that approximately US$5 trillion to US$7 trillion per year will be required to address sustainable development needs, with an additional US$44

How The Market Created Lobster Mac And Cheese

The Canadian lobster industry has experienced price volatility in recent years due to an unexpectedly high volume of lobster. In Canada, environmental regulation was so successful at protecting the stock of lobster that the supply well exceeded historical landings. This unanticipated influx of product to the market along with lack-lustre demand dragged prices so low that the

Sustainable Development – What It Really Means

Sustainable development is a holistic approach to decision-making and considers not only the economics of an action but also the social and environmental effects. It can sometimes be misconstrued as just environmental sustainability but it seeks to balance these three pillars. To ensure present and future needs are met, sustainable development emphasises the consideration of

Measuring the Worldwide Surge in Investments in Renewable Energy Technologies (and Infographic)

What’s happening worldwide with regard to investments in renewable energy? Well, according to the latest results of United Nations Environment Programme’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 Report”, created by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the global investments in renewable energy have grown 17%, resulting

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How Much Will Carbon Cost? – The Million Dollar Question

Policy makers and corporate executives alike are interested in quantifying just how much a tonne of carbon dioxide will cost in the future. While it’s intuitive why policy makers, tasked with securing the long-term welfare of a country, are interested in CO­2’s dollar value, large corporations are also spending money on predicting the future. Why

Faith-Based Energy Efficiency Aids Climate & Poverty

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Helping the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized is a central tenet in the Christian gospel. The command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) has inspired organizations like Christian Aid to help the poor, Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter for the vulnerable, and World Vision to support children in need. And, in North Carolina’s

Canada Launches World Premier Carbon Capture & Storage Site

Canada’s Boundary Dam power station just helped the world reach a historic milestone along the way to achieving a low-carbon future. With SaskPower’s announcement of the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) system completion, the International Energy Agency (IEA) offered congratulations. Saskatchewan, Canada, is the site of the 110MW retrofit of SaskPower’s Boundary

Netherlands Investing €20bn to Fight Rising Sea Level

Recently unveiling a multi-billion-euro, multi-decade plan to counter rising sea levels, the Netherlands is investing proactively to mitigate risks from global climate change. Surging seawater is the biggest environmental threat to this European nation, much of which lies below sea level. Environmental Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, presenting the plan to parliament, called it “a

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the New Climate Economy

The U.S. has targeted a 17 percent reduction in carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2020. World Resources Institute (WRI) has identified many real-world examples where government policies and sustained technological progress are creating opportunities to achieve this goal and succeed beyond. According to WRI’s latest report, Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy, emerging

How Carbon Emission Reduction Can Pay For Itself

Health care savings can greatly defray costs of reducing carbon emissions, experts at MIT report. But just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of carbon reduction policies? Researchers looked at three U.S. policies achieving the same carbon reductions. They found that the savings on health care spending

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