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Watch the year's biggest climate stories in 2 minutes

Watch the year's biggest climate stories in 2 minutes | Green Living | Scoop.it
A year of extreme weather, climate denial, and some hope.
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41 Eco-Friendly Tips to Save Cash

41 Eco-Friendly Tips to Save Cash | Green Living | Scoop.it
It's super easy to help the planet while saving cash. Check out our huge list of ways to go green on a budget—turns out it is easy being green, after all!

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EON split boosts Germany's push into renewable energy

EON split boosts Germany's push into renewable energy | Green Living | Scoop.it
The company's move to spin off its fossil-fuel plants marks key point in nation's transition to green energy sources under Merkel's guidance

 

EON's plan to spin off its fossil-fuel plants marks a watershed moment in Germany's renewables push that will likely bolster the country's already leading position in green energy.

EON's announcement is the culmination of a push to wind, solar and other alternative energy forms that the German government began 14 years ago with subsidies to reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels for power production. That plan gained added momentum in 2011 with a decision to close the country's nuclear reactors following the Fukushima accident in Japan.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's bold move is beginning to pay off, with Europe's largest economy for the first time getting more electricity from renewables this year than any other source. About a quarter of Germany's power comes from green energy, compared with 6.2 per cent in the US and 4.8 per cent in France.

"We are in the midst of a giant transformation process of our energy system," Deputy Environment Minister Jochen Flasbarth said. "Renewables are the increasingly dominant factor in the German energy mix. EON's decision is a piece of the puzzle."

The government intends to go further, setting goals to increase the use of alternative energy sources to as much as 45 per cent of all power generated by 2035 and boost that figure to 80 per cent by 2050. Germany, where the eastern countryside is already dotted with thousands of wind turbines, plans to do that in part by expanding large-scale offshore wind plants that can produce reliably because the breeze is steadier at sea.

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Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years | Green Living | Scoop.it
Denmark made a bold move this week that could cement its reputation as the global leader in clean energy and climate change action.

According to Motherboard, the Danish government announced that the country will work towards the goal of getting rid of coal power within 10 years, instead of their previous goal of 15 years. “I have asked my office to investigate what could be done to stop burning coal in just 10 years,” Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Rasmus Petersen told The Copenhagen Post. “It would obviously have to be accomplished along with industry, and I am not sure how to achieve the objective, but I do want to investigate it.”

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UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm | Green Living | Scoop.it

UK-based solar farm operator Primrose Solar is teaming up with solar company Solarcentury to build the world's most environmentally-friendly solar farm.

They build a 48 MWp solar farm on the Southwick Estate in Fareham, Portsmouth. The farm will produce enough clean electricity to power 11,000 homes, but that’s not the whole of the good news story. The companies are taking a holistic approach to the project with the aim of making it the greenest ground-mounted solar farm in the world. They plan to achieve this by incorporating such environmentally friendly features as a full ecological site survey and using solar and biodiesel generators during construction.

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We Didn't Believe It. So We Fact-Checked It (Twice). Now Let's Talk About How To Take It Worldwide.

We Didn't Believe It. So We Fact-Checked It (Twice). Now Let's Talk About How To Take It Worldwide. | Green Living | Scoop.it
100% renewable energy isn't a dream.(RT @Greenpeace: 100% renewable energy isn't a dream: via http://t.co/jn8KWgXPh3 via @Upworthy #Climate2014 http://t.co/Sheslb1VzP)...

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United Nations and Leading Investors Launch Coalition to Decarbonize Institutional Investment Worldwide at UN Summit - UNEP

United Nations and Leading Investors Launch Coalition to Decarbonize Institutional Investment Worldwide at UN Summit - UNEP | Green Living | Scoop.it
Commitment to decarbonize $100 billion of investment

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from government, finance, business and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions on climate change to the Summit. In response, a group of leading institutional investors - including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe - have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of US$100 billion of institutional investment worldwide. Institutional investors are owners of large segments of the global economy. Therefore, it is expected that having a critical mass of them decarbonize their portfolios will send a strong and unequivocal signal to carbon-intensive companies that carbon-efficiency is now center-stage.
Co-founded by the UNEP and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the fourth National pension fund of Sweden AP4, Europe's largest asset manager Amundi and CDP, the most important mechanism for climate disclosure worldwide, the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) was announced today by AP4 CEO Mats Andersson during UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon's Climate Summit.
A growing number of investors from around the world recognize that GHG emissions are an unprecedented threat to economic stability and, therefore, to their portfolios and ultimate beneficiaries. In response, the PDC will convene a critical mass of investors committed to measuring and disclosing the carbon footprint of a minimum of $500 billion of investment. Subsequently investors will commit to the PDC to substantially reduce their carbon footprint with an intermediate target of $100 billion by December 2015. As a result investors who join the Coalition will lessen their carbon exposure with regards to current annual emissions and potential emissions from current fossil fuel reserves...

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from government, finance, business and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions on climate change to the Summit. In response, a group of leading institutional investors - including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe - have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of US$100 billion of institutional investment worldwide. Institutional investors are owners of large segments of the global economy. Therefore, it is expected that having a critical mass of them decarbonize their portfolios will send a strong and unequivocal signal to carbon-intensive companies that carbon-efficiency is now center-stage.

Co-founded by the UNEP and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the fourth National pension fund of Sweden AP4, Europe's largest asset manager Amundi and CDP, the most important mechanism for climate disclosure worldwide, the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) was announced today by AP4 CEO Mats Andersson during UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon's Climate Summit.

A growing number of investors from around the world recognize that GHG emissions are an unprecedented threat to economic stability and, therefore, to their portfolios and ultimate beneficiaries. In response, the PDC will convene a critical mass of investors committed to measuring and disclosing the carbon footprint of a minimum of $500 billion of investment. Subsequently investors will commit to the PDC to substantially reduce their carbon footprint with an intermediate target of $100 billion by December 2015. As a result investors who join the Coalition will lessen their carbon exposure with regards to current annual emissions and potential emissions from current fossil fuel reserves.

- See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=10991&l=en#sthash.ekWHxlgQ.dpufUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from government, finance, business and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions on climate change to the Summit. In response, a group of leading institutional investors - including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe - have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of US$100 billion of institutional investment worldwide. Institutional investors are owners of large segments of the global economy. Therefore, it is expected that having a critical mass of them decarbonize their portfolios will send a strong and unequivocal signal to carbon-intensive companies that carbon-efficiency is now center-stage.

Co-founded by the UNEP and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the fourth National pension fund of Sweden AP4, Europe's largest asset manager Amundi and CDP, the most important mechanism for climate disclosure worldwide, the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) was announced today by AP4 CEO Mats Andersson during UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon's Climate Summit.

A growing number of investors from around the world recognize that GHG emissions are an unprecedented threat to economic stability and, therefore, to their portfolios and ultimate beneficiaries. In response, the PDC will convene a critical mass of investors committed to measuring and disclosing the carbon footprint of a minimum of $500 billion of investment. Subsequently investors will commit to the PDC to substantially reduce their carbon footprint with an intermediate target of $100 billion by December 2015. As a result investors who join the Coalition will lessen their carbon exposure with regards to current annual emissions and potential emissions from current fossil fuel reserves.

- See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=10991&l=en#sthash.ekWHxlgQ.dpuf
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Inside the huge solar farm that powers the iCloud

Inside the huge solar farm that powers the iCloud | Green Living | Scoop.it
Lisa Jackson on Apple's wide-ranging plan to green its act.

This story was originally published by the Guardian. The article was reported by the Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg, and the video was produced by Climate Desk's James West.

The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in charge of the company's environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.

The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.

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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers | Green Living | Scoop.it

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 2014 5:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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Toyota supply pact with Tesla for RAV4 EV battery pack to expire in 2014

Toyota supply pact with Tesla for RAV4 EV battery pack to expire in 2014 | Green Living | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors' supply agreement with Toyota Motor for the battery pack in the RAV4 electric vehicle will expire in 2014, putting in question whether Toyota will continue with the lightly-selling utility.

Toyota sells the RAV4 primarily in California with a base price of $49,800. The agreement calls for Toyota buying the powertrains and batteries for about 2,500 RAV4 EVs from Tesla. The 41.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack on the RAV4 gives it an EPA rated range of 103 miles, the second-longest all-electric range of any vehicle on the market behind Tesla's own Model S.Toyota and Tesla struck the agreement not long after Akio Toyoda, the chief executive officer of Toyota, agreed to invest $50 million in Tesla.

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#CityofLife, March 2014

"Bionic City® and the International Society of Biourbanism co-hosted a tweet-up on March 19th 2014. Led by design scientist Melissa Sterry (@MelissaSterry) and ISB Research Director Dr. Stefano Serafini (@StefanoSerafi11), the session discussed bio-inspired cities and related subjects.


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How can cities be designed for sustainable living?

How can cities be designed for sustainable living? | Green Living | Scoop.it
How can cities be designed for sustainable living?

 

A new interactive exhibition from the Guardian, 'Our Urban Future', explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place. The exhibition at The Crystal in London's Docklands seeks to challenge and reinvent the way we think about cities and gives visitors the chance to learn how they can make a contribution to sustainable living.

Scroll through the gallery showcasing snippets from the exhibition, and read responses on how cities can be designed for sustainable living and share what you think urban environments will look like in future...

 

Visit the link for a slideshow of exhibition highlights, including:

The immersive Forces of Change theatre: a global view of the challenges and opportunities that climate change, demographic change and urbanisation raise.The Creating Cities game: exploring issues around city management and urban planning.The Go Electric Zone: the challenges and solutions to balancing energy supply, demand and storage.The Water is Life Zone: harvested rainwater is used to shed light on desalination, purity and resources.The ‘Future Life’ film gallery: how London, New York and Copenhagen look forward to 2050, and envisioning how our cities could develop if sustainable solutions are embraced.
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Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic)

Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic) | Green Living | Scoop.it

Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.

One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 2, 2014 10:17 AM

Interesting infographic from Lauren Moss.  This graphic makes a strong case for solar power. It's about time Hawaii integrated more solar power into the grid.  With the adoption of "smart meters" and better grid management, we can lessen our dependence on imported oil for power generation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Energy Recovery Offers Savings to Gas Industry | Alternative Energy Stocks

Energy Recovery Offers Savings to Gas Industry | Alternative Energy Stocks | Green Living | Scoop.it

In early December 2014, Energy Recovery (ERII:  Nasdaq) staged an analyst and investor event in New York City principally to introduce its most recent technology innovation, VorTeq.  The product is a hydraulic fracturing solution for the gas industry.  Unlike its other products, the VorTeq is a colossal apparatus requiring a semi-tractor to transport it into place as a replacement for the ‘missiles’ now found at natural gas well sites.


In the current configuration, high pressure pumps are used to drive a blend of fracturing sand, water and chemicals down into the well hole.  Pump components, including somewhat fragile valves, are at risk of damage when exposed to the highly corrosive fracturing mix.  To avoid costly down time for pump repair, fracturing service providers keep a bank of replacement pumps at hand.
  
Energy Recovery proposes to lease its VorTeq solution as a replacement for the standard missiles.  The VorTeq is an energy exchanger, which of course is Energy Recovery’s signature technology and knowhow.  Using the VorTeq  instead of the standard missile allows the energy from water driven by the high pressure pumps to be transferred to the fracturing mixture without letting the fracturing mixture come in contact with  fragile pump components.  The point of energy exchange is made in a cylinder-shaped device composed of a few components, all machined from high performance tungsten carbide.  Importantly, using the VorTeq instead of the conventional missile requires no other equipment modification.

Essentially Energy Recovery is transferring the point of risk from the fracturing service provider’s pumps to the VorTeq.  When queried about the risk of damage to the VorTeq components, the Company’s engineers expressed high confidence that the VorTeq is better able to withstand contact with the abrasive fracturing mixtures.  Tungsten carbide is among the most durable materials available.  Furthermore, the components of the VorTeq are machined to nanoscale, making it impossible for grains of fracturing sands to slip between the few moving parts in the VorTeq device.  If this proves out in the field, Energy Recovery will have brought a vital new technology to the gas industry.

Management spent much of the meeting with analysts explaining the economic proposition for its potential new customers of VorTeq.  On average a fracturing pump fleet costs about $4.1 million to maintain each each.  This is based on an average 2,000 pump hours per year.  Instead of buying a missile, the fracturing services company would lease a VorTeq from Energy Recovery for $1.6 million per year.  Pump maintenance costs are expected to immediately decline to about $1.5 million per year, bringing total costs down to $3.1 million.  Savings for the year to the fracturing operations would be $1.0 million, arising from maintenance cost reduction. 

The Company believes that the $1.0 million in savings for this hypothetical pump fleet will be compelling enough to get fracturing service companies to make the change.  Additional savings could be realized from the reduction in total pumps required to performance the same work.  Energy Recovery is apparently not relying on this economic benefit in its sales pitch as this is a reduction in capital cost rather than an operating cost savings.  Nonetheless, it does not appear that Energy Recovery is ignoring interest among their potential customers in reducing capital costs.  The Company intends to offer the VorTeq to fracturing service providers through an operating lease rather than a direct sale.  This would replace the usual capital requirement for the purchase of missiles that typically cost $750,000 each.

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In Chicago, Ban says aviation body’s work vital to UN efforts on health, security, climate change

In Chicago, Ban says aviation body’s work vital to UN efforts on health, security, climate change | Green Living | Scoop.it
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) helps the United Nations address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during a ceremony in Chicago celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention.



“In 2014, we are facing new threats that never could have been imagined when ICAO was founded,” Mr. Ban said. “Then, as now, we know that we can only overcome these threats through a collective, international response.”

The Secretary-General’s address to an Extraordinary Session of ICAO’s Permanent Council was part of a day of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on International Aviation, better known as the Chicago Convention after the city where United States city where it was signed in 1944.

The Convention, which established ICAO, a specialized UN agency tasked with coordinating and regulating international air travel, sets rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety, and undertakes compliance audits, performs studies and analyses.

In his remarks, Mr. Ban spotlighted cooperation between the UN and ICAO on major global challenges, specifically in the health, security and environmental fields.

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power | Green Living | Scoop.it
Perfect reflection could help boost the efficiency of concentrated solar power installations, as well as lasers and biological sensors.

Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror – and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team’s “perfect mirror” is capable of reflecting any type of wave — light, sound, or water — with absolutely zero distortion, so it could provide a huge boost to concentrated solar power installations, which use mirrors to focus concentrated beams of sunlight onto a specific area.

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China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests | Green Living | Scoop.it
Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts

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Climate Summit Programme #Climate2014


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Dr Lendy Spires Foundation's curator insight, September 19, 2014 7:46 PM

 

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.

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2014 CLIMATE SUMMIT - Climate Change Will Impact Us All : Climate Week Sept 22-28, 2014

2014 CLIMATE SUMMIT - Climate Change Will Impact Us All : Climate Week Sept 22-28, 2014 | Green Living | Scoop.it

Truthout, September 22, 2014
UN REPORT:  HUMAN-CAUSED DISRUPTION IS "SEVERE, PERVASIVE, IRREVERSIBLE" http://sco.lt/68UVMn

 

                                                   WATCH
                         300 YEARS OF FOSSIL FUELS IN 300 SECONDS
                                             http://sco.lt/7lDG6b

 

 


400, 000 ON SUNDAY ALONE HIT THE STREETS IN NYC
THE TIDE IS TURNING: THE PEOPLE ARE IN THE STREETS AND THE POWERFUL ARE LISTENING: MAJOR DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT UNDER WAY (MORE BELOW)

                                                   WATCH

FULL COVERAGE, INTERVIEWS WITH LEADERS OF PEOPLE'S MARCH AND WALL STREET MARCHES http://ow.ly/BNxKS

 

Guardian Environment, George Mobiot, September 11, 2014
 ▶ STOPPING CLIMATE MELTDOWN NEEDS THE POLITICAL COURAGE THAT SAVED THE OZONE LAYER http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2014/sep/11/stopping-climate-meltdown-needs-the-political-courage-that-saved-the-ozone-layer

 

                                 Union of Concerned Scientists
                                      GLOBAL WARMING 101
                                  The Causes, The Remedies
       http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/global_warming_101/

 

 

Guardian Environment, September 18, 2014
 ▶ INVESTORS CALL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DEAL. Ahead of a UN climate summit in New York next week, Institutional investors managing £15tn of assets have called for an ambitious global climate deal to give them certainty to invest in clean technology. ...the investors are also calling on governments to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, an estimated £370bn worldwide a year, five times the £60bn paid in renewables subsidies. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/investors-call-for-climate-change-deal

 

                                                   WATCH

HEIRS OF BILLIONAIRE OIL TYCOON JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JOIN GROWING FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT http://ow.ly/BNxEL


                                                     VIDEO
ARCHIBISHOP DESMOND TUTU CALLS FOR END OF FOSSIL FUEL ERA: "It's Time to 'Move Beyond the Fossil Fuel Era'" http://ow.ly/BNBN0

 

Common Dreams, September 16, 2014
 ▶ AIMING AT ROOTS OF CLIMATE CHAOS, #FLOODWALLSTREET TARGETS CAPITALISM ITSELF http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/16/aiming-roots-climate-chaos-flood-wall-street-targets-capitalism-itself

 

                                           FLOOD WALL STREET

                                     Alternet, September 19, 2014
 ▶ DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SAVE THE EARTH?  AFTER THE CLIMATE MARCH, FLOOD WALL STREET http://www.alternet.org/occupy-wall-street/want-save-earth-nevermind-climate-march-flood-wall-street

 

▶ CALIFORNIA DROUGHT - WORST IN RECORDED HISTORY http://sco.lt/4rmrQn

 

 

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                                   2014 CLIMATE WEEK

                                                  EVENTS

                      NEW YORK CITY, SEPTEMBER 22 - 28


- ▶ ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH AND POPE FRANCIS SPEAK OUT http://sco.lt/57JX0L

 

 

                        UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE SUMMIT

                                       September 23, 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.  He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.

http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/


CLIMATE SUMMIT LIVE @Climate2014Live

Official UN account, tweeting headline climate action announcements during the UN Climate Summit 23 September 2014 https://twitter.com/Climate2014Live

 

The Climate Group, September 13, 2014
 ▶ UN RELEASES FULL LIST OF THE 125 WORLD LEADERS WHO WILL BE ATTENDING CLIMATE SUMMIT http://www.theclimategroup.org/what-we-do/news-and-blogs/un-releases-full-list-of-the-126-world-leaders-who-will-be-attending-climate-summit/

 

Common Dream, September 10, 2014
 ▶ GROUPS SLAM 'CORPORATE TAKEOVER' OF UN CLIMATE SUMMIT, CALL FOR SYSTEM CHANGE. Critics charge that this and other UN climate meetings have devolved into platforms for corporations, while civil society participation and protests are excluded and forcibly silenced.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/10/groups-slam-corporate-takeover-un-climate-summit-call-system-change

 

                              

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                CLIMATE WEEK NEW YORK CITY, September 22-28 2014

                                                     EVENTS


THE CLIMATE GROUP #CWNYC

The Climate Group, this year with CDP, is proud to convene the sixth Climate Week NYC, from September 22-28. Climate Week NYC is also the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit. We will be home to around 100 events, activities and high-profile meetings taking place across NYC. http://www.climateweeknyc.org/

@ClimateGroup

@ClimateW eekNYC

@ClimateReality

#ClimateHope

@ClimateSociety

 

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"THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS A WATER CRISIS"

September 20, CLIMATE WEEK,

NEW YORK CITY TEACH IN

INTERNATIONAL WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE

On Sept. 20 as a part of the People’s Climate March in New York City, I and other colleagues from the international Waterkeeper Alliance we be holding a teach-in, The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis. We will come from all over the U.S. to tell a story about the link between climate and water, and we will offer our observations and recommendations on the next steps forward.
http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/15/climate-crisis-water-crisis/

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EARTH INSTITUTE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

                                   FULL LIST OF  @ClimateWeekNYC

                        EVENTS OUR SCIENTISTS ARE INVOLVED IN

            http://iri.columbia.edu/news/climate-week-2014-iri-events/

 

 

WALL STREET SPEAKS OUT

THE COMING CLIMATE CRASH:

LESSONS FROM THE 2008 RECESSION

                                                   http://sco.lt/5Ajv9d

 

Guardian Environment, September 16, 2014
 ▶ RISING SEA LEVELS A 'SLEEPING GIANT' THAT COULD COST $226bn, REPORT SAYS http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/17/rising-sea-levels-sleeping-giant-could-cost-226bn-australia

 

 ▶ HAS THE GREAT CLIMATE CHANGE MIGRATION ALREADY BEGUN?

http://www.theguardian.com/vital-signs/2014/sep/15/climate-change-refugees-un-storms-natural-disasters-sea-levels-environment

 

▶ CLIMATE CHANGE TO HALVE HABITAT FOR OVER 10,000 COMMON SPECIES http://sco.lt/8IiixN

 

Common Dreams, September 16, 2014
▶ THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING : CAPITALISM vs THE CLIMATE - Naomi Klein  http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/16/whether-we-engage-or-do-nothing-changes-everything

 

                                                  WATCH
                         Democracy Now, September 18, 2014
                                CAPITALISM vs. THE CLIMATE
Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/capitalism_vs_the_climate_naomi_klein


The Guardian Environment, September 05, 2014
 ▶ HOW HILLARY CLINTON'S STATE DEPARTMENT SOLD FRACKING TO THE WORLD. A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/10/how-hillary-clintons-state-department-sold-fracking-to-the-world

 

                               THE PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH
                                         What You Need to Know
              http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/12/the-peoples-climate-march/

 


▶ BIGGEST RALLY OVER CLIMATE CHANGE IN HISTORY, SEPTEMBER 21st, NEW YORK CITY http://www.alternet.org/activism/were-wrecking-planet-next-millennia-biggest-rally-over-climate-change-human-history-coming

 

                                             VIDEO REPORT

                            Democracy Now, September 18, 2014
 ▶ NAOMI KLEIN ON THE PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH AND THE GLOBAL GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT FIGHTING FOSSIL FUELS

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate

 

Guardian Environment, September 20, 2014
- ▶ CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GLOBAL EMERGENCY.  STOP WAITING FOR POLITICIANS TO SOUND THE ALARM. The truth about our planet is horrifying, but the true leaders aren’t the ones at the UN – they’re in the streets. This is why the People’s Climate March matters

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/20/climate-change-global-emergency-alarm

 

 

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                                   ARTICLES ON CLIMATE CHANGE


A WAKE-UP VIDEO

"EXTREME ICE"

Just How Fast Are We Melting? As It Happens

                                            http://sco.lt/8zIJfd



▶ GREENLAND'S ANTARCTIC MELTING:  CREATING A DIFFERENT CLIMATE THAN EARTH HAS EVER SEEN http://sco.lt/6Vpb2f


▶ OCEANS ACIDIFYING AT THE FASTEST RATE IN 300 MILLION YEARS. Rapidly Rising CO2 causing potential catastrophe http://sco.lt/94uFwf

 

▶ DEFORESTATION IS DESERTIFICATION: A DEADLY GAME FOR ALL LIFE  http://sco.lt/4rCFH7

 

Climate Central, September 15, 2014
▶ NASA RANKS THIS AUGUST 2014 AS WARMEST ON RECORD http://www.climatecentral.org/news/nasa-globe-warmest-august-18031


▶ WE'RE ON THE BRINK OF THE WORST DROUGHT IN 1,000 YEARS

http://sco.lt/74mbHF


▶ ARCTIC RELEASING VAST AMOUNTS OF ENORMOUS METHANE PLUMES DIRECTLY INTO EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE http://sco.lt/61P213

 

                    PRICING CARBON, CARBON STORAGE, OFFSETS

               Failed Strategies That Won't Save The Climate or Planet

                                       http://sco.lt/7UBKIj


WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

The Global Water Crisis

                                                  http://sco.lt/5odgG1

 


Alternet, September 14, 2014

 ▶ WE'RE WRECKING THE PLANET FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIA: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

 

 ▶ ECOCIDE : A Crime Against All Life : The Global Assault on Our Environment, Health and Biosphere http://sco.lt/8R3EGX

 

 

▶ OBAMA'S 'ALL OF THE ABOVE' DRILL, BABY DRILL ENERGY POLICY MAY KILL US ALL http://sco.lt/8MBIdF

 

                      THE SHALE GAS 'FRACKING' REVOLUTION

                          AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE 

                                           http://sco.lt/8qklOr

 

                                                      --- WATCH ---

               "THE DIRTY TRUTH" TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION -

                          THE DIRTIEST OIL ON EARTH

                                               http://sco.lt/6OpdeT


                            COAL BURNING EXACTS A LETHAL PRICE

                                            http://sco.lt/8wLmKX


                    SOLAR ON A ROLL :  TAKES OFF WORLDWIDE

                                           http://sco.lt/7T2vmT




                                                       WATCH

                    HUMANITY'S DESTRUCTION OF EARTH'S CLIMATE

                                         IN NINETY SECONDS 

                                           http://sco.lt/5FjShF



                           THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM.

      DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"

                                          http://sco.lt/5nT3OT



▶ INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION HEADED FOR 'IRREVERSIBLE COLLAPSE'.  UN NASA-FUNDED STUDY http://sco.lt/68UVMn               ;


                                          THE ONLY WAY OUT:

              CHINA TO PRIORITIZE ENVIRONMENT OVER ECONOMY &

                              DEVELOPMENT IN REVISED LAW

                                             http://sco.lt/51P1sH


                                              ENOUGHNESS

              WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

                                                http://sco.lt/6EFbPt


▶ WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE:  THREE REASONS WE WON'T SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE WITHOUT IT http://sco.lt/83NaQj

 


▶ CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE EFFECT OF

UNBRIDLED DESTRUCTION OF OUR PLANETS' BIOSPHERE

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining/Oil Companies Devastate Environment, Leaving a Biological, Chemical Wasteland

http://sco.lt/7PekZl


-▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT?

                                     http://sco.lt/72Hsf3

 

- ▶ NO TO BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING:  CONSERVING OUR BIODIVERSITY IS BECOMING DEPENDENT ON IT DESTRUCTION http://sco.lt/6ZjXGr

 

 ▶  HOW OUR WARMING PLANET INCREASES CHANCES OF WIDE ARRAY OF EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES - THREATENING CIVILIZATION http://grist.org/climate-energy/were-already-sick-of-climate-change-and-getting-sicker/

 

▶ MASSIVE DESERTIFICATION, MASS EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES COMING WITH GLOBAL WARMING AND OUR MELTING WORLD http://sco.lt/7KDmGv



 YES Magazine, January 3, 2014

▶  WHAT IF WINSTON CHURCHILL WERE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE? http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-to-eat-like-our-lives-depend-on-it/winston-churchill-leading-fight-climate-change

 

                        THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US

                                                http://sco.lt/6lPJeT

 

 

                                                       VIDEO

-▶ FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING DEPENDENCY AND POVERTY ON A GLOBAL SCALE http://sco.lt/4l725B

 

 

- ▶ CORPORATE "INVERSIONS" AVOID U.S. TAXES AND REGULATIONS

HOW FINANCIAL DEREGULATION IS DESTROYING SOCIETY, AS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER AND THE ENVIRONMENT GOES TO HELL  http://sco.lt/6VPFoH

 

 

 

 


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                             AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

                                       The Natural Eye Project

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

                                                   WATCH

                                                   "HOME"

                                       Yann Arthus-Bertrand

                An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

                             Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 

                @pdjmoo CURATING THE FOLLOWING SCOOPIT's

 

▶  CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

▶  BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  CSR : CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health

▶  OUR OCEANS NEED US http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

▶   OUR FOOD, OUR HEALTH http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

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Leonardo DiCaprio tells UN climate change is real

Leonardo DiCaprio tells UN climate change is real | Green Living | Scoop.it
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio asks UN to stop pretending on climate change

"I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe that mankind has looked at climate change in that same way," DiCaprio told the UN Climate Summit. "As if pretending that climate change wasn't real would somehow make it go away, but I think we all know better than that now."

DiCaprio's remarks come days after the actor stood with thousands in New York City's People's Climate March on Sunday. The march brought in an estimated 400,000 people seeking to put an end to global warming.

"Every week we're seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here right now," DiCaprio added in his speech. "None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact."

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#FIRSTFLIGHT For Solar Impulse 2 on Monday June, 2

#FIRSTFLIGHT For Solar Impulse 2 on Monday June, 2 | Green Living | Scoop.it

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BREAKING NEWS from the Solar Impulse team: #FIRSTFLIGHT MONDAY June, 2 Solar Impulse 2 will be taking-off tomorrow for its maiden flight. It is a great moment for everyone who has built this revolutionary solar airplane. #Si2 has now been approved by the authorities, and is ready for this summer’s test flights.

 

PROJECT BADGES

All previous project badges remain available,
tracing each of Solar Impulse 1’s missions.
We’ve already done things that most specialists said were impossible — and we’re going to keep that pioneering spirit going. We have sponsors for the Round-the-World airplane, but not yet for our educational program, so every dollar counts. Your support will make a real difference.

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Designing Biologically Informed Systems, Ravensbourne, May 2014

Designing Biologically Informed Systems, Ravensbourne, May 2014 | Green Living | Scoop.it

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On May 20th 2014 Design Scientist and Futurist Melissa Sterry will be participating as a visiting lecturer and workshop host in Design Innovation at the design and media focused university Ravensbourne, at Greenwich Peninsula, South East London. Titled 'Designing Biologically Informed Systems: Biomimetic, Biotechnological and Biomorphic Design Solutions for Cities and Society' her talk will explore how biology can potentially inform and inspire systemic innovation in the cities and societies of the now, near and far future. What insights into tackling sustainability challenges including resource shortages and distribution, pollution and waste management, and resilience to extreme meteorological and geological events might we gain from leading-edge research and development in the fields of Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design? Sterry will present some of her own R&D projects, as well as those of peers and influential practitioners in bio-informed design worldwide. 

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Electronics Weekly News | Business | Electric Cars Taking Longer Than Expected, says Maxim

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The market for electric cars is taking longer to emerge than was anticipated, says analogue IC specialist Maxim.

“It has been slower to develop than originally hoped, than originally predicted,” says Kent Robinett, managing director of automotive solutions at Maxim.”

There is an element of disillusionment about Maxim’s hopes for the sector.

“I expect more than half of the electric cars will be hybrids,” added Robinett, “we don’t really think the EV (electric vehicle) will be the future.”

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Anatomy of a Smart City

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The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

 

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

 

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


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There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:10 AM

A stunning infographic which predicts how urban living will change in this century.  Our age is truly becoming "a century of smart cities."  Exciting times lie ahead.  Aloha, Russ.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

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Eco mindfulness for a finer tomorrow - a Conservational Perspective - Green Living 4 Live

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Today’s world is quick growing about techniques and technology. The Earth’s surroundings are consistently dynamical and therefore the Earth is claimed to own a bleak future. It is aforesaid to be attributable to scientific reasons and solid evidences. The adverse condition of nowadays surroundings is attributable to adverse human actions. Within the course of the... Read more »
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