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Water in the Anthropocene: Who Owns The Commons?

Water in the Anthropocene is a 3-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle.... http://vimeo.com/66087863

Evidence is growing that our global footprint is now so significant we have driven Earth into a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.

Human activities such as damming and agriculture are changing the global water cycle in significant ways.

The data visualisation was commissioned by the Global Water Systems Project for a major international conference (Water in the Anthropocene, Bonn, Germany, 21-24 May, 2013...

http://www.gwsp.org/fileadmin/documents_news/Bonn_Water_Declaration_final.pdf

 

August 1, 2013 Scientific American
GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGES GROW WORSE BUT NATIONS HAVE FEW ANSWERS http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/08/01/global-water-shortages/

 

August 3, 2013 Guardian
THE WATER COMPANIES AND THE FOUL STENCH OF EXPLOITATION: The privatisation of water is a story of greed, incompetence and fleecing the public http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/03/water-industry-exploitation-pollution

 

Water Justice
THE GLOBAL WATER GRAB: A PRIMER http://www.tni.org/primer/global-water-grab-primer

 

GLOBAL WATER CRISIS: UN's WATER AGENDA AT RISK OF BEING HIJACKED BY BIG BUSINESS http://sco.lt/4vQUin

 

August 3, 2013 Guardian Environment
REVEALED: HOW UK PRIVATE WATER COMPANIES ARE POLLUTING BRITAIN'S RIVERS AND BEACHES. Utilities face 'pitiful' fines despite huge profits, with sewage spills cited as causing particular distress... http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/03/water-companies-polluting-rivers-beaches

 

 

June 3, 2013 Forest News
Q&A: WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THE WORLD/S COMMON RESOURCES? http://blog.cifor.org/16672/qa-who-owns-the-rights-to-the-worlds-common-resources/#.Ub6-u-swOic

 

 

June 9, 2013 InterPressService

Zimbabwe, Africa
MAKING A BUSINESS OUT OF WATER RATIONING  http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/making-a-business-out-of-water-rationing/

 

March 32, 2012 Climate Central
WATER, WATER, NOWHERE  http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/image-of-the-day-water-water-nowhere

 

 

 

June 15, 2013 NPR

WATER WARS: WHO CONTROLS THE FLOW? http://www.npr.org/2013/06/15/192034094/rivers-run-through-controversies-over-who-owns-the-water?ft=1&f=1025

 

June 7, 2013 GreenBiz
WHY CORPORATE WATER MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO CHANGE http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/06/07/why-corporate-water-management-needs-change

 

July 9, 2013 Earth Policy Institute
PLAN B UPDATES: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WELLS GO DRY? http://www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2013/update115

 

MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE AS SHOCKING REPORT REVEALS SCALE OF WATER CONTAMINATION http://sco.lt/5Gpafx

 

CONTEMPORARY CORPORATE AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/75KXLd

 

 

July 6, 2013 The Guardian, John Vidal
GLOBAL THREAT TO FOOD SUPPLY AS WATER WELLS DRY UP, WARNS TOP ENVIRONMENT EXPERT http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/food-supply-threat-water-wells-dry-up

 

July 6, 2013 Guardian
THE REAL THREAT TO OUR FUTURE IS PEAK WATER http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/water-supplies-shrinking-threat-to-food

 

 

March 20, 2008 Treehugger
AN EXPLANATION OF THE WATER CYCLE (WITH PICTURES AND DIAGRAMS) http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/an-explanation-of-the-water-cycle-with-pictures-and-diagrams.html

 

 

May 23, 2013 Guardian Environment

WORLD ON COURSE TO RUN OUT OF WATER, WARNS UN SEC. BAN KI-MOON http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/22/world-run-out-water-ban-ki-moon1

 

May 24, 2013 Yale Environment 360

MAJORITY OF EARTHS POPULATION FACE WATER SHORTAGES BY MID CENTURY http://e360.yale.edu/digest/majority_of_earths_population__faces_water_shortages_by_mid-century/3854/

 

May 22, 2013 Terra Daily
SOURCE OF LIFE RUNNING OUT: WATER SCIENTISTS http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Source_of_life_running_out_water_scientists_999.html

 

WATER SECURITY THREATS: GLOBAL WATER SYSTEM PROJECT - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE May 21-24 2013, Bonn, Germany http://www.gwsp.org/

 

May 23, 2013 - Mens News Daily
THE COLORADO RIVER, THE HIGH PLAINS AQUIFER AND THE ENTIRE WESTERN HALF OF THE U.S. ARE RAPIDLY DRYING UP    http://michaelsnyder.mensnewsdaily.com/2013/05/the-colorado-river-the-high-plains-aquifer-and-the-entire-western-half-of-the-u-s-are-rapidly-drying-up/

 

SOLUTIONS TO WORLD WATER CRISIS REQUIRES INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION http://sco.lt/7CpAwL

 

May 23, 2013 Environment News Service
U.S. GROUND WATER CONSUMPTION ACCELERATING http://ens-newswire.com/2013/05/23/u-s-groundwater-consumption-accelerating/

 

May 22, 2013 Business Insider:
AMERICA'S WATER PROBLEM IS WAY WORSE THAN EVERYBODY THINKS  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drought-water-scarcity-2013-5

 

July 27, 2013 DW World
CANADA'S TAR SANDS OIL LEAVING MASSIVE POLLUTION ON ENVIRONMENT AND WATER http://www.dw.de/canadas-tar-sands-oil-a-blight-on-keystone/a-16971880

 

 

 

July 12, 2013 Slate
YOU ARE PAYING 300 TIMES MORE FOR BOTTLED WATER THAN TAP WATER http://ow.ly/mX2oR

 

 

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VIDEO Yale Environment 360
*** WHEN THE WATER ENDS: AFRICA'S CLIMATE CONFLICTS http://e360.yale.edu/feature/when_the_water_ends_africas_climate_conflicts/2331/

 

 

 

June 10, 2013
EGYPT FOREIGN MINISTER TO ETHIOPIA FOR "LIFE OR DEATH" WATER TALKS http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Egypt_FM_to_Ethiopia_for_life_or_death_water_talks_999.html

 

June 10, SF Gate
EGYPT WARNS ALL OPTIONS OPEN FOR ETHIOPIA NILE DAM http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Egypt-warns-all-options-open-for-Ethiopia-Nile-dam-4590927.php

 

June 9, 2013 Inter Press Service
ZIMBABWE: MAKING A BUSINESS OUT OF WATER RATIONING - WATER CRISIS WORSENING ZIMBABWE http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/making-a-business-out-of-water-rationing/

 

28,000 RIVERS WIPED OFF THE MAP OF CHINA http://sco.lt/7paeFV

 

 

DESTRUCTIVE DAMS : BIG MONEY DRIVES EXTINCTION

Indigenous Communities, EcoSystems, Forests Devastated - http://sco.lt/6zxQWX

 

 

 

January 30, 2013 World Resources Institute
5 SOBERING REALITIES ABOUT GLOBAL WATER SECURITY http://insights.wri.org/aqueduct/2013/01/5-sobering-realities-about-global-water-security-0

 

December 27, 2011 EcoGreen4Us

CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT WATER AND FORESTS? http://www.ecogreen4us.com/stories/environment-stories/live-without-water-forest/

 

May 3, 2013 Mongabay
WIDELY USED INSECTICIDE CONTAMINATING WATER SUPPLIES, TRIGGERING WILDLIFE DIE-OFF IN EUROPE http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0503-gen-imidacloprid-europe.html

 

March 22, 2013 Environment America
REPORT: WASTING OUR WATERWAYS 2012

INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES CONTINUE TO DUMP MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO AMERICA'S RIVERS, STREAMS, LAKES AND OCEAN WATERS http://www.environmentamerica.org/reports/ame/wasting-our-waterways-2012

 

PHARMACEUTICAL POLLUTION IN OUR STREAMS, RIVERS AND DRINKING WATER  http://sco.lt/7XBO1R

 

DUMPING PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE IN THE DEEP SEA Deep Sea News http://deepseanews.com/2008/04/dumping-pharmaceutical-waste-in-the-deep-sea/

 

 

THE FRESH WATER PROJECT - IMPORTANT FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/78onVh

 

Convention on Biological Diversity

May 22, 2013 UNITED NATIONS - INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY - WATER AND BIODIVERSITY 2013  http://www.cbd.int/idb/2013/

 

 

BONN WATER DECLARATION - WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE:

The water community assembled in Bonn for the Global Water System Project Conference Water in the Anthropocene to make a set of core recommendations to institutions and individuals focused on science, governance, management and decision-making relevant to water resources on Earth.

The declaration was issued by the Lord Mayor of Bonn during the closing ceremony of the conference and was signed by the participants.

http://www.gwsp.org/fileadmin/documents_news/Bonn_Water_Declaration_final.pdf

 

 

 

SCIENTIST ACCUSE MINISTERS OF PUTTING UK SEAS AND MARINE LIFE IN PERIL FOR CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL FISHING PROFITS http://sco.lt/7bJyNd

 

 

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, May 26, 2013 11:39 PM

The planet has plenty of water to go around (except in places with limited ground water).  Producing more clean water should be mostly the same as cleaning our dirty water.  And doing that mostly requires clean energy.  

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UNBELIEVABLE, UNACCEPTABLE, OUTRAGEOUS:  OIL, COAL CHEMICAL & ASH SPILLS WRECKING OUR ENVIRONMENT & WATER http://sco.lt/81P9DF



 - ▶ MASSIVE DESERTIFICATION, EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES COMING WITH GLOBAL WARMING, THREATENING CIVILIZATION http://sco.lt/7nU397


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                                            WATER POLITICS BLOG
Tracking geopolitical water issues before they boil over into political unrest or interstate competition http://www.waterpolitics.com/blog/

 

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August 28, 2013 Sourceable, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc.

Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Efficacité énergétique. Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Pour faire la différence dans votre organisation, économiser et faire un geste concret pour l'environnement, tout en réduisant le gaspillage et les excès.
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Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

For two straight years — 2015 and 2016 — atmospheric carbon dioxide has climbed by more than 3 parts per million.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

It’s the biggest jump ever observed at the agency’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii, where the measurements were recorded. Similar observations have been recorded at stations all over the world, said Pieter Tans, who leads the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group at NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year, Tans added. 

 

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"All signs have suggested that we’re now living in a permanently post-400 parts per million world. In September 2016, the time of year when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are usually at their lowest, scientists observed that the monthly average concentration still remained above this threshold. And now, the new NOAA measurements further indicate that carbon dioxide levels are only continuing to grow — and they’re rising at breakneck speed."
 
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Which 'science' will be right after all? It'll be empirical, right in your face...

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#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour"

#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour" | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
“La tour Eiffel, le Vatican ou encore l'Acropole ont éteint leurs lumières samedi à l'occasion de l'opération "Une heure pour la planète" (Earth Hour), une vaste mobilisation aux quatre coins du monde contre le réchauffement climatique.”
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"Nous avons lancé Earth Hour en 2007 pour montrer aux dirigeants que les citoyens se préoccupaient du changement climatique. Ce moment symbolique est aujourd'hui un mouvement mondial, rappelant combien le poids des citoyens compte," souligne Siddarth Das, directeur d'Earth Hour.
 
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Evidence mounts on health, productivity benefits of sustainable work spaces

Evidence mounts on health, productivity benefits of sustainable work spaces | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
New research has added fuel to the notion that working in a green-certified building improves productivity, job performance, and occupant well-being.
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New studies, led by Harvard University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, found that workers in high-performing green buildings showed higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick-building symptoms, and higher sleep quality scores than workers in high-performing buildings lacking green certification. Thermal conditions and lighting influenced employee perception of their space and their cognitive function, one of the researchers says in a Society for Human Resource Management article.
 
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Philosophie par temps chaud

Philosophie par temps chaud | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

À propos de : Olivier Godard, La justice climatique mondiale, La Découverte, 2015.


Dans La justice climatique mondiale, Olivier Godard montre l’apport considérable de la philosophie politique aux débats en cours sur le changement climatique. Ce petit livre est l’un des premiers à avoir été écrit en français sur la justice climatique, et il est sans doute celui qui présente le mieux les débats sur le sujet dans la littérature anglophone. Il permet d’aborder un champ de recherche philosophique qui prend, tout comme le sujet qu’elle étudie, chaque année plus d’ampleur. Son auteur présente les grandes lignes des débats politiques et philosophiques sur la justice climatique mondiale, ainsi que les questions difficiles de justice distributive soulevées par le changement climatique.


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Notre responsabilité envers les victimes du changement climatique relève-t-elle d’un devoir de justice ou d’un simple devoir d’assistance ? Dans cet ouvrage de synthèse, Olivier Godard restitue les principaux débats sur la justice climatique, tout en assumant certaines positions controversées.
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10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr

10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La COP21, qui s'est tenue en décembre à Paris, s'est fixée pour objectif de maintenir le réchauffement climatique à moins de 2°C. Si cela n'était pas fait, les conséquences pourraient être dramatiques, comme le montrent ces 10 exemples concrets. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition
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Risques sanitaires, augmentation de la pauvreté, espèces et lieux menacées... Les exemples de l'impact du réchauffement climatique sont nombreux:
1. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition 
2. Miami, Tokyo, Amsterdam envahies par les eaux 
3. Des records de chaleur 
4. 250 millions de réfugiés climatiques en 2050 
5. Explosion de la pauvreté d’ici à 2030 
6. Recrudescence des maladies
7. Animaux : une espèce sur six pourrait disparaître 
8. Disparition de la Grande Barrière de Corail 
9. Bientôt plus de vins de Bordeaux et de la vallée du Rhône 
10. Forte augmentation des turbulences en avion
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Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian

Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean

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Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as “off the charts”. Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year. 

“The warning signals are getting louder,” said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report. “[These developments] also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger.”
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Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air

Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La pollution de l'air, qui nuit à la santé de 85% des habitants des villes en Europe, provoque près de 500.000 décès prématurés sur le continent chaque année, a indiqué mercredi l'Agence européenne pour l'environnement.

L'Agence, basée à Copenhague, a expliqué dans un rapport annuel que la situation s'améliorait, mais encore trop lentement.

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"Les réductions d'émission ont permis d'améliorer la qualité de l'air en Europe, mais pas assez pour éviter des dégâts inacceptables sur la santé humaine et l'environnement", a affirmé dans un communiqué son directeur, Hans Bruyninckx. La pollution atmosphérique reste la première cause environnementale de décès prématurés, au nombre de 467.000 en 2013 dans 41 pays européens. Dans l'UE le nombre est estimé à 430.000.
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World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities

World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

MARRAKECH, November 11, 2016―The World Bank and the US state of California are joining forces to support low carbon city efforts in China and other countries. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today during the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP22), the World Bank and California committed to cooperate on sharing knowledge and good practice with territories and cities on low carbon development strategies to help them meet their Paris Agreement commitments.


At COP22, World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities.

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“This is an exciting new platform that will enable us to build from California’s experience in driving down emissions and to extend it to cities in China and beyond,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. “We need partnerships like this if we are going to deliver on the ambitions of Paris.” 

 As an early mover on climate policy, California passed a landmark bill to reduce emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. It has committed – through the Under2 Coalition agreement – to reduce its emissions to 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels, or to less than 2 metric tons per capita, by 2050. Since 2000, the state has reduced its overall carbon footprint even as its population grew and economy boomed, proving that economic growth does not have to be accompanied by an increase in emissions. “The California-World Bank MOU is part of a unique partnership with the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities and the Under2 Coalition to promote sustainable cities in China, California, and beyond,” said Ken Alex, Director and Senior Advisor, Governor’s Office, California.
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Pour chaque tonne d'émissions de CO2, trois mètres carrés de glace s'évaporent | Climat

Pour chaque tonne d'émissions de CO2, trois mètres carrés de glace s'évaporent | Climat | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs ont déterminé que pour chaque tonne de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) émise dans l'atmosphère, le réchauffement qui en résulte entraîne la fonte de trois mètres carrés de glace arctique.

Cette étude, publiée jeudi dans la revue Science, cherche à sensibiliser le public à la responsabilité individuelle au changement climatique. Elle vise aussi à corriger les modèles climatiques actuels, qui selon plusieurs études sous-estiment les pertes de glaces.

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Une tonne de CO2 représente un vol entre New York et une destination européenne, ou un parcours de 4000 km en voiture, précise Dirk Notz, un climatologue de l'Institut Max Planck de Météorologie à Hambourg en Allemagne, un des deux co-auteurs de l'étude.

Au cours des 40 dernières années, les glaces de l'Arctique ont vu leur superficie se réduire de moitié en été, et elles pourraient disparaître totalement pendant cette saison d'ici le milieu du siècle sans une réduction rapide des émissions de CO2.
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World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN | Fiona Harvey | The Guardian

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN | Fiona Harvey | The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) said that pledges put forward to cut emissions would see temperatures rise by 3C above pre-industrial levels, far above the the 2C of the Paris climate agreement, which comes into force on Friday.

At least a quarter must be cut from emissions by the end of the next decade, compared with current trends, the UN said.

The report found that emissions by 2030 were likely to reach about 54 to 56 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year, a long way astray of the 42 gigatonnes a year likely to be the level at which warming exceeds 2C.


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Erik Solheim, chief of Unep, said the world was “moving in the right direction” on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change, but that measures should be taken urgently to avoid the need for much more drastic cuts in emissions in future. “If we don’t start taking additional action now, we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy.” 
 He warned in particular that people would start being displaced from their homes by the effects of climate change, suffering from drought, hunger, disease and conflicts arising from these afflictions. Mass migration as a result of climate change is hard to separate from other causes of migration, but is predicted to become a much greater problem.
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The clock is ticking...

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Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’

Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’ | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Miaomiao Lake Village is just one of the new communities built to accommodate the world’s largest environmental migration project. But residents are struggling to adapt.
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China calls them “ecological migrants”: 329,000 people whom the government had relocated from lands distressed by climate change, industrialization, poor policies and human activity to 161 hastily built villages. They were the fifth wave in an environmental and poverty alleviation program that has resettled 1.14 million residents of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a territory of dunes and mosques and camels along the ancient Silk Road.
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More Than Two Dozen Alaskan Native Villages Face Relocation | Dahr Jamail | Truth-Out.org

More Than Two Dozen Alaskan Native Villages Face Relocation | Dahr Jamail | Truth-Out.org | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

When President Barack Obama visited the tiny northern Alaskan coastal village of Kotzebue in 2015, it brought international attention to the fact that this Native community was directly threatened by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).

The ground around the village is being eroded by intensifying storms, melting ice and rising sea levels. "What's happening here is America's wake-up call," Obama said during his visit. "It should be the world's wake-up call."

Twelve years prior to that, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) had released a report explaining that 6,600 miles of Alaska's coastline were already subject to severe flooding and erosion, with 86 percent of Alaska Native villages already being impacted by flooding and erosion at that time.

"Of the nine villages we were directed to review, four -- Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok and Shishmaref -- are in imminent danger from flooding and erosion and are planning to relocate," stated the GAO report from 2003. "While the remaining five are in various stages of responding to these problems."

Now, 12 years later, the problem has grown worse, and the attention and funding necessary to move villages away from the coast has grown all the more urgent.


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"Yet it's not just the far north that's impacted: The Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta, a vast lowland area of southwestern Alaska that encompasses 75,000 square miles and contains just over 24,000 people, is becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding due to sea level rise, erosion, flooding from rivers and storms. It, too, is on the proverbial chopping block as ACD impacts continue to increase and "climigration" likely becomes commonplace across that region as well."
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How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record

How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
2016 is the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say.
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Human-induced climate change has made it at least 160 times more likely that three consecutive years after 2000 would be record-setting, according to Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. His findings show that if human-induced climate change was not part of the equation, the amount of warming in 2016 would have less than one-in-a-million odds of occurring.
 
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UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth

UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Even as global political climates change, businesses are uniquely equipped to deliver innovative climate and efficiency solutions on a large scale, says Peter Harris, of UPS.


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Ultimately, investing in technologies that increase the sustainability of operations is a smart business move. It serves as a combination of risk mitigation and opportunity creation. And, if you are able to demonstrate strong leadership, tangible brand benefits including increased cost savings, enhanced customer engagement and higher employee retention rates will follow. Our world needs more companies that are committed to being at the forefront of technology investments that spur sustainable outcomes, and who work with other leaders to use innovation as a tool for addressing critical environmental challenges.
 
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How New York City Gets Its Electricity

How New York City Gets Its Electricity | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The power grid was established in the country nearly 135 years ago in Lower Manhattan. Now the state is preparing for a major overhaul of the system.
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A surprising portion of the system is idle except for the hottest days of the year, when already bottlenecked transmission lines into the New York City area reach their physical limit. “We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid. It’s like a mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing, Mr. Kauffman added, and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”
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Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles

Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Donald Trump says he wants to create American jobs, but he is cool to the idea of renewable energy, which he claims is “too expensive.” Don’t tell that to the US military, however…
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Last year, the Navy broke ground on a 4 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi and the Army completed a large 30 MW solar array at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen first hand how human and economic resources are wasted to protect fossil fuel assets. After serving, they are also finding jobs in the solar industry. As it turns out, solar power has become cheaper than fossil fuels and solar jobs have been flying through the roof — a dozen or so times faster than overall US job growth.
 
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C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele...

C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele... | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Speaking at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, Mayors from cities across the United States have urged president-elect Donald Trump to recognize the real and urgent threat that climate chang
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“The science hasn’t changed. The urgency hasn’t changed,” said Mayor of Boston and C40 Vice Chair Martin J. Walsh, speaking from Boston. “As mayors of cities at the frontlines of climate change, we have a continued responsibility to carry forward solutions – even more so today than yesterday.”
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How energy efficiency will reshape power markets 

How energy efficiency will reshape power markets  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The fossil fuel industry has been obsessed by its battles with renewable energy – wind and solar in particular – as it struggles to prop up its disintegrating business model.

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Energy efficiency has long been held by its enthusiasts as the most obvious lever to reduce emissions, and save costs. A megawatt hour of electricity not used is the cheapest form of abatement, they say, and have even coined a term – the “negawatt” – to market the idea. But try as they might – and despite the almost immediate returns on investment from energy efficiency – the idea never really captured the attention of the public or politicians. 

And the powerful fossil fuel generators in Australia used their regulatory influence to ensure that any major initiatives were quietly jettisoned. In Europe, however, the opposite has occurred, and Citigroup says the combination of EU-wide energy efficiency targets, its renewable energy policies and the emergence of ultra efficient appliances and zero carbon homes will have a big impact on power markets. In effect, the combined impact will be to significantly reduce demand to the point that fossil fuel generators will largely lose their pricing power. 

 “Say goodbye to power prices fully driven by fuel prices,” the Citigroup analysts write in a new report (and no, we are not allowed to provide a link). “Renewable output is set to continue growing as demand falls,” the report says. “This will squeeze the market share of conventional power companies, making thermal power, which is today the price setter, a marginal contributor to power price formation.
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« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires

« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

La petite île de Ta'u, perdue au milieu du Pacifique , était jusqu'ici connue pour être le berceau du peuple polynésien, tout comme les autres îles des Samoa américaines. Ce petit territoire volcanique est maintenant sous le feu des projecteurs de Tesla et SolarCity, qui l'ont choisie il y a plusieurs mois pour y mener un projet commun : rendre l'île quasiment autonome grâce aux énergies renouvelables. 


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L'énergie solaire offre ainsi une alternative économique au diesel en fournissant « près de 100 % des besoins énergétiques de l'île ». L'hôpital local, les écoles secondaires et primaires, les pompiers, les postes de police et les entreprises locales en bénéficient. Le système solaire de micro-grilles (1,4 mégawatt de capacité de production pour les panneaux et 6 mégawattheures de stockage de batterie pour les Powerpacks) a été installé en seulement un an. 
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Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think

Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The president-elect is a political novice whose energy plan doesn’t account for the economic reality of coal and renewable energy

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Whatever happens in the US over the next four years, technologies such as wind and solar will continue getting cheaper until they beat out fossil fuels; battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles will keep getting better until they render internal combustion engines old fashioned. So the world will continue its inevitable transition to clean energy and transportation, just at a slower rate than if the US were fully committed to leading the process.  

Does that matter? I’ll leave the last words to President-elect Trump. In 2009, ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, he was a co-signatory to a letter to Obama which pointed out that clean energy technologies would “spur economic growth, create new energy jobs and increase our energy security”. The letter concluded by saying: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
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#Trump is full of controversies, here is another article making that point. 

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Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’

Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’ | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
President-elect Trump has vowed to cancel the Paris climate accord, jeopardizing what scientists say is a critical 3.6-degree irreversible temperature target.
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If Mr. Trump makes good on his campaign promises, experts in climate change policy warn, that legacy would unravel quickly. The world, then, may have no way to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming, including rising sea levels, extreme droughts and food shortages, and more powerful floods and storms. 

Mr. Trump has already vowed to “cancel” last year’s Paris climate agreement, which commits more than 190 countries to reduce their emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution, and to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s domestic climate change regulations. 

 “If Trump steps back from that, it makes it much less likely that the world will ever meet that target, and essentially ensures we will head into the danger zone,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which produces global reports on the state of climate science.
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Les entreprises américaines ouvrent la voie dans la lutte contre le changement climatique

Les entreprises américaines ouvrent la voie dans la lutte contre le changement climatique | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

L'entrée en vigueur de l'accord de Paris est un succès remarquable. Personne ne s'attendait à un développement si rapide.Si les marchés et les entreprises se nourrissent de certitudes, comme le dit l'adage, ils devraient se réjouir des dernières évolutions de la lutte contre le changement climatique. Car il est tout à fait clair aujourd'hui que la transition vers une économie bas-carbone est en train de se produire, et très vite.



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"L'entrée en vigueur de l'accord de Paris est un succès remarquable. Personne ne s'attendait à un développement si rapide. Mais c'est maintenant qu'on entre dans la partie la plus importante : l'action. 

L'efficacité de la mise en œuvre de l'accord de Paris dépendra non seulement des gouvernements mais aussi de la communauté scientifique, des employés, des investisseurs et des entreprises. 

Le secteur privé aura un rôle absolument essentiel à jouer pour surmonter ce qui me semble être le défi de long terme le plus important auquel le monde est confronté. Les entreprises américaines l'ont bien compris, et elles sont prêtes à montrer le chemin."
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A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change | Akshat Rathi | Quartz.com

A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change | Akshat Rathi | Quartz.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

A short news clip from a New Zealand paper published in 1912 has gone viral as an example of an early news story to make the connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change.

It wasn’t, however, the first article to suggest that our love for coal was wreaking destruction on our environment that would lead to climate change. The theory—now widely accepted as scientific reality—was mentioned in the news media as early as 1883, and was discussed in scientific circles much earlier than that.


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It wasn’t, however, the first article to suggest that our love for coal was wreaking destruction on our environment that would lead to climate change. The theory—now widely accepted as scientific reality—was mentioned in the news media as early as 1883, and was discussed in scientific circles much earlier than that.
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Hidden Connections | TakePart

Hidden Connections is a thought-provoking digital mini-documentary that explores the human consequences of climate change, specifically its little-know
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In the new mini-documentary Hidden Connections, TakePart and the Thomson Reuters Foundation examine the link between two seemingly unrelated issues: climate change and child marriage. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to the effects of climate change. Nearly 30 percent of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Through the stories of two young girls, this film reveals how these issues are intertwined, illustrating how increased flooding from global warming is affecting social norms and women's progress in the country.
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Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains

Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
51% supply chain executives said they consider developing a "green" supply chain to be a current strategic priority, reports Industry Today. Although 36% said they intend to incorporate sustainability into operations, only 22% plan to act over the next 3 years.

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"In addition to the increased communication and visibility benefits gained from pushing sustainability down the supply chain, customers are increasingly prizing green brands. 

Perhaps more importantly, though, lack of environmental or social controls on the supply chain could be considered a risk now as consumers punish companies that are not up to standards. So whether it's to meet rising standards or improve brand value, beginning the sustainability process now — even with small steps — can prove beneficial in the long run."
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Consumers are 'punishing' companies that are not up to standards; are you working towards a greener and more sustainable supply chain in your business?