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Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World'

Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World' | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies and projects in developing countries, Climate News Network reported today. Leader of the conservative party, Solberg won the election in September.
She hasn’t publicly discussed the specific companies and projects the country might invest in, but there are already high hopes.
“If Norway actually does this, it will be an unprecedented shift in the global investment community and also for tangible action on climate change,” said Samantha Smith, head of the global climate and energy initiative at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Financial analysts predict that other nations will follow Norway’s lead and also invest in renewable energy projects. Pension funds in Denmark and the Netherlands already support the renewables sector.

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Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

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3 reasons why Tesla can scale where others have failed

3 reasons why Tesla can scale where others have failed | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Tesla rocked the automotive world last month with news that it plans to build a 5 GW lithium ion battery plant in the United States. That’s huge: 5 GW is equivalent to all of the world’s current battery production, so, Tesla will basically double global battery manufacturing.

This alone is not staggering; companies and industries scale rapidly all the time. What makes Tesla’s announcement so important is that it comes just a few years after battery companies such as A123 and Valence Technology filed for bankruptcy; big corporates such as Bosch and Dow Chemical left the industry, and electric car manufacturers Fisker and Bright Automotive closed their doors.

The battery business is a tough place to make money: capital is expensive, engineering costs are high, supplier qualification periods are long, supply chain economics are tight, and there never seems to be enough electric vehicle demand to get to production capacity. There are plenty of reasons why so many battery companies have struggled. And, since batteries are a sizable chunk of the cost of an electric vehicle (EV), EV manufacturers tend to flounder alongside their battery suppliers.

So, why can Tesla scale in an industry that was considered all but dead in the United States just a few years ago?

3 Reasons:

1.  Know and own your most expensive part

Tesla made the early decision to assemble its own battery packs. It struck a deal with Panasonic to buy small cylindrical battery cells and then assembled the cells and develop the thermal management system, software, electronics, and mechanical enclosure, on its own.

Around a quarter of the cost of a battery pack is in those non-cell components that Tesla is assembling. As volumes rise and designs mature, Tesla is able to directly benefit from any cost optimization.

Integrating a new third party battery pack into a vehicle can take at least 9 months of engineering time and resources. There are often communication hiccups between the battery management system and the vehicle system. Because Tesla designs its vehicles from the ground-up, it is able to optimize the battery pack with the vehicle design, thereby eliminating the time and resources involved in battery integration.

2. Don’t aim for radical technology disruption

New battery cell technology takes years of R&D and testing. Often results that are groundbreaking on a lab scale are not corroborated when the technology is scaled to production. It is very hard to scale new battery technology and maintain the performance, quality, and safety targets.

The Panasonic 18650 cells, which Tesla purchases, are standard small cells, about the size of those used in laptop computers. They are used widely across multiple industries and are already at production capacity. Tesla therefore benefits from volume pricing and logistics security. It has not had to go through the painful process of scaling a new technology and manufacturing plant to production capacity.

Now, Tesla is reported to be working on a second-generation cell design with Panasonic, but this will hit production after the company has already established its brand and has the flexibility to test a new product. Unlike its competitors, Tesla opted for a known technology that was already produced at volume, which lowered their technology risk, allowed volume pricing early on, and reduced the risk of supply chain disruptions.

3. Secure patient capital with a long-term view

The electric vehicle market is no place to make a quick buck. Although the market is growing, it takes five to eight years for most battery and vehicle platforms to see profitability. Indeed, it took Tesla 10 years.

Many investors in battery companies have had unrealistic expectations that stifled organic growth. Fisker Automotive, A123 and others received upwards of $130 million each in loans from the DOE to support their production. Many hailed these funds as the gateway to manufacture and get to market. However, these loans were chump change in such a capital-intensive industry. Fisker needed closer to $2 billion to be successful.

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has had no such illusions. In 2007, he spent his last $20 million to keep Tesla afloat, even when he was rumored to be living off of personal loans from friends. His strategy in fundraising was to set expectations on par with automotive industry standards, where everything – especially new technologies takes time, lots of time. Patience allowed Tesla to grow steadily with the market’s growth and bequeathed it the time it needed to optimize its production.

Shortly after Tesla announced its plans to build a 5 GW factory, the company opened up its patents to competitors, allowing any other car company to use the Tesla technology. These patents specify Tesla’s batteries, so Tesla was in effect catalyzing more demand for their batteries. This was another smart move, which simultaneously scales the electric vehicle ecosystem alongside the company’s own topline growth. Indeed, 5 GW may just be the beginning.

Mira Inbar is a business development consultant, specializing in bringing new technologies to market in the energy and advanced materials sectors. She was one of the founding member’s of Dow Chemical’s lithium ion battery business.

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Sustainability's Mystery Metrics

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How unjustified fears are holding back business.

Articles have been published recently making the case that for all of it's importance to corporate strategy, sustainability isn't valued yet by corporate investors and that the disconnect comes from a lack of clear metrics to report. While it may be true that a difference in reporting will better connect financial stakeholders to sustainability's value if you drill down you'll find that the underlying assumptions are a little silly and a lot counterproductive.

Tuesday's very well received post "The Sentence that Defines Your Sustainability Program" was all about metrics. For that reason you may expect agreement here with those articles, but internal value and value to in the eyes of investors are very different things. The case will be made that there are lots of critical business functions that add value but suffer from difficult and dis-uniform metrics.
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Green start-ups challenged to develop green business plans for chance to win $680,000

The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge challenges the innovators to submit their sustainable business plans. This contest is seeking CO2 reducing ideas from sustainable entrepreneurs. Entrants for the Green Challenge can win $680,000.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is the largest annual worldwide competition for sustainable entrepreneurs who can instigate change. It is an effort of the Dutch Postcode Lottery to bring smart and innovative green products and services to the mass market and thereby helping to combat climate change. The competition aims to identify a product or a service that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is capable of being brought to the market within two years. People from all over the world can (free of costs) submit their sustainable business plan until June 3, at www.greenchallenge.info. This year the Dutch Postcode Lottery organizes the eighth edition of the Green Challenge.

“Climate change presents a challenge for us all. The world needs help embracing a more sustainable way of life. One bright idea can make a big difference,” says Marieke van Schaijk, managing director of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. “We started the Green Challenge to promote the invention of great new green products and services. Simple, yet effective ideas that have a massive impact, can be executed rapidly and are ready to speed up the transition towards a low carbon economy. The answers to the issues of our time are already in front of us. But it takes brilliant and innovative entrepreneurs to raise those answers and get then out into the world.”

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Blue chips unite to drive renewable energy revolution

Blue chips unite to drive renewable energy revolution | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A group of 12 leading companies have signed up to the Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles in an effort to better communicate their expectations of the renewables marketplace. - edie news centre

Key targets

The Buyers' Principles include six criteria to help companies achieve their targets in renewable energy. These include:

1) Greater choice in procuring renewable energy 
2) Cost competitiveness between traditional and renewable energy rates 
3) Access to long-term, fixed-price renewables 
4) Access to new projects to help drive emissions reductions beyond 'business as usual'
5) Streamlined third-party financing 
6) Opportunities to work with utilities to expand buyer choice


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Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities headed for imminent water supply collapse; wave of drought refugees now inevitable

Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities headed for imminent water supply collapse; wave of drought refugees now inevitable | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it


Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities headed for imminent water supply collapse; wave of drought refugees now inevitable.

One bizarre trait that strongly characterizes modern human civilization is a widespread inability to plan ahead. On every issue imaginable -- debt spending, fossil fuels, health care costs, resource extraction and so on -- our citizens and political leaders demonstrate near-retarded cognitive function by failing to see where their actions might lead. (And it's almost as if they're proud to be so stupid, too.)

There's no better example of this than the city of Las Vegas, Nevada -- a city of 600,000 people who almost universally depend on one lake for their water.

And that lake is running dry at an alarming rate, after which there will be no more water for Las Vegas.

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Planning ahead, beyond their term, is not on a politician's agenda. Here are some pretty bad examples.

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Sad statistics: 25 Alarming Global Warming Facts

Sad statistics: 25 Alarming Global Warming Facts | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Global warming is among the most alarming environmental issues that the world faces today. This phenomenon does not simply involve the significant rise in the earth’s temperature but a lot more. The adverse effects of global warming have become more and more apparent since the dawn of the 20th century, with more hurricanes and tropical storms causing massive destruction in different areas around the world, more animal species losing their habitats and becoming extinct, and more people dying because of too much heat. Here are 25 alarming global warming statistics.

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Sad statistics: 25 Alarming Global Warming Facts

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Elon Musk is giving up Tesla’s patents for free (and no, he’s not insane)

Elon Musk is giving up Tesla’s patents for free (and no, he’s not insane) | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it


In a blog post today, titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced that the company is opening up its patents so other automakers can use its technology.

“Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters,” Musk began. “That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”

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Business has always been done in the spirit of 'competition'. The spirit of sharing and advancement will make the difference needed.

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California Water Supply, Drought | infographic

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California is suffering from a third year of drought, with near-record-low reservoirs, mountain snowpack, soil moisture, and river runoff. As a direct result, far less water than usual is available for cities, farms, and natural ecosystems. There are far-reaching effects that will intensify if dry conditions persist. Several response strategies are available that will provide both near-term relief and long-term benefits. This report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute examines the significant potential contributions available from four priority opportunities: improved urban and agricultural water efficiency, reuse and recycling of water, and increased capture of local rain water.

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Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue

Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of discussion on climate change; it seems almost pervasive these days. The media report extreme weather events, animal extinction (think polar bears floating off to sea), health problems, and the political push and pull around the issue.  The problem is also prevalent in popular culture, with magazines running special issues, movies showing the end of our days, and video games that presenting post-apocalyptic scenarios.  Yet, we have very little consensus about how to deal with it. Robert Redford recently wrote a blog post calling for more storytelling on “complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change.”

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 12, 2:59 PM

If you are committed to positive change happening on any complicated social issue, stories can help. And here's a terrific post by Roxanne Bauer discussing how storytelling makes a difference -- and its limitations, too.


Years ago I coached the top global expert on grizzly bears. Her lament: "We scientists keep doing the same thing over and over again (sharing data and danger) and expecting different results. I think storytelling may be the answer to bring about needed change."


She is so right. Her stories about the importance of, decline of, and what to do about supporting grizzly bears got standing ovations.


This is not so much an article about "Yes we can". It's understanding more about how stories work on making complex issues less intimidating, and how they overcome the limitations of technical language where eyes glaze over.


I particularly like Bauer's statement that stories can/should address the underlying consequences of an issue that hit home for people. She's got good examples to make her point.


To change the world, get your storytelling game on. Let's remember what doesn't work/hasn't worked and share stories to experience different results.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Climate change is NOT a Story!

 

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World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’

World first: Australian solar plant has generated “supercritical” steam that rivals fossil fuels’ | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels.


A solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3400 psi) and 570°C (1,058°F). CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and it’s a HUGE step for solar thermal energy.


"It's like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources," Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director, said.


The Energy Centre uses a field of more than 600 mirrors (known as heliostats) which are all directed at two towers housing solar receivers and turbines, Gizmag reports.


This supercritical steam is used to drive the world’s most advanced power plant turbines, but previously it’s only been possible to produce it by burning fossil fuels such as coal or gas.


"Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result,” Dr Wonhas explained.


Currently, commercial solar thermal or concentrating solar power power plants only operate a “subcritical” levels, using less pressurised steam. This means that they’ve never been able to match the output or efficiency of the world’s best fossil fuel power plants - until now.


The commercial development of this technology is still a fair way off, but this is an important first step towards a more sustainable future.




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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, June 9, 1:50 AM

Supercritical water have properties between those of a gas and a liquid. Generating supercritical water is not an easy task as very high temperatures and pressures are required i.e. more than 374 °C and 218 atm.

 

Power plants can extract ten times more energy from supercritical water as compared to typical steam or hot water.

 

Icelandic scientists previously tried to generate supercritical water from geothermal means http://sco.lt/7mbwvZ

 

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Технический прорыв в единстве с местными условиями?

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What you need to know about Solar Energy

What you need to know about Solar Energy | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Right now, you can install relatively cheap technology on your own roof and power your house, gadgets and even your car. For free! Sorcery? Not so much. The Earth receives more energy from our sun in about one hour than humans consume in an entire year. That's why solar power was the second leading source of new energy last year, and why companies like Google and IKEA are now in the solar panel business. However, many argue that the drawbacks -- cost, environmental pollution, etc. -- outweigh the benefits (free energy!). Getting onboard is also tricky with things like tax credits, the grid and the complexity of solar panel installation to consider. But that's why we're here, right?

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Solar energy is becoming more established. Many countries are offering rebates for installing solar. Check it out. It may be a good investment for you.

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This is why you should consider the sun!

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What you need to know about Solar Energy. #solarenergy #greentech

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China to spur water conservancy investment, venture capital, Asia Breaking News & Headlines - THE BUSINESS TIMES

China will speed up investment in major water conservancy projects to support the economy while expanding a venture capital fund for new industries, the cabinet said on Wednesday.

The government will focus on strategic water saving and water supply projects, especially in the less developed central and western regions, the cabinet said in a statement after a regular meeting.

"This will help increase the effective investment demand and support related industries and promote stable economic growth,"it said.

It also said the central government would increase the size of its venture capital fund to support new industries and establish a fund to support start-up businesses and small firms.



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Water is a major commodity. China is strategically preparing its economy, and also supporting startups.

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The 10 Social & Tech Trends that could Shape the Next Decade

The 10 Social & Tech Trends that could Shape the Next Decade | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A decade ago the idea of driverless fully electric cars, digital currencies and deep sea mining seemed like science fiction.

It is testament to the rapid pace of social, economic and technological change that we are witnessing that these concepts no longer seem impossible with Bitcoin trading at values that are best described as outlandish and the UN giving licenses away for companies to mine the sea beds. As such, a revolution is under way, where gadgets, large and small, are changing our society. And this stuff is not make-believe any more. In less than a decade, many of these trends will be embedded in our daily lives.

These revolutionary changes equate to great opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses, and they can prosper from it if they are the first to spot and adapt to these major global societal and transformative forces, which I call “Mega Trends.” The knowledge of these Mega Trends is only a first step towards understanding your future opportunities.

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The 10 Social & Tech Trends that could Shape the Next Decade.

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Predicting trends and acting upon that with a clear vision is makes all the difference in this competitive world. This article only gives general ideas and trends, but it's good to sit down and look at your options.

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This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste! ~ Brenna Fischer

This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste! ~ Brenna Fischer | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
It seems the UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, has figured out a way to power themselves entirely by their own food waste.

Though turning food waste into energy is nothing new, the fact that a huge chain like Sainsbury’s is using it exclusively to power their store, is huge! They have succeeded in producing zero operational waste going to the landfills.

According to BBC News, the head of Sainsbury’s sustainability department, Paul Crewe, said:

“Sainsbury’s sends absolutely no waste to landfill and we’re always looking for new ways to re-use and recycle.” 

How are they doing it?

Here’s the break-down:

First, if it’s still good for human consumption, the produce that hasn’t been purchased by the end of the day gets marked down (smart, right? I don’t know why stores don’t do this already). After that’s done, anything left over is picked up by charitable organizations and re-distributed.

Next, if it’s not fit for humans it moves onto the next stage and is turned into animal feed.

If the food waste makes it past these two stages without getting used, it’s picked up by Biffa—the waste management company—and taken to an anaerobic digestion plant.

Ok, so pay attention here, because this is really cool.

Biffa and Sainsbury have devised giant silos that act like human stomachs and actually break this food down into bio methane gas, and this gas can actually generate electricity!

Finally, in order to re-route the energy back to the store, Sainsbury has installed a 1.5km electricity cable that runs directly to the store. On top of that, if too much energy is created for the store to use, it all goes back onto the National Grid—talk about sustainability!

Fun fact: Sainsbury’s generates enough energy to power 2,500 homes each year.

Think of what we could do with that kind of energy production.

Hearing this news fills me with hope and excitement about where our future is headed. Knowing that these corporations are starting to move in the direction of sustainability speaks loudly of our voice as consumers.

Decisions at this level are based on what the costumer wants and, let’s face it, what they demand. It’s nice to see that we, as costumers, are starting to demand a better place to live.

I never liked the phrase, “The costumer is always right.” It implies the right to act like a jerk and skit responsibility, just because money is involved. However, it seems in this case we’ve finally decided to use our consumer-powers for good rather than evil.

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All supermarkets should do this!

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Support for carbon tax grows when revenue fuels renewable energy

Support for carbon tax grows when revenue fuels renewable energy | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A carbon tax with revenues used to fund renewable energy programs gained support from 60 percent of Americans, according to a University of Michigan poll.

That's the highest among tax options presented and one that crossed the political divide with majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents saying they would support the tax, according to the National Surveys on Energy and Environment.

The survey is a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.



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A world without water - FT.com

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“The marginal cost of water is rising around the world,” says Christopher Gasson, publisher of Global Water Intelligence. “Previously, water was treated as a free raw material. Now, companies are realising it can damage their brand, their credibility, their credit rating and their insurance costs. That applies to a computer chipmaker and a food company as much as a power generator or a petrochemicals company.”

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HP, Intel, GM and Walmart demand changes to renewable energy industry

Frustrated by a lack of renewable energy and a purchasing system that's too complicated, a dozen major US companies have joined an initiative to force the government and utilities to change.

Marty Spitzer, director of U.S. Climate and Renewable Energy Policy for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), said there is plenty of renewable energy demand from U.S. corporations, but there is not anywhere near enough supply. Additionally, setting up contracts for renewable energy is complex, time consuming and typically not achievable at the scale large corporations want."They want everyone in the utilities market to know they have significant...renewable energy goals and they're here for the long run," Spitzer said. "This isn't a passing fad."

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(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and tourism into turmoil.

That is a picture of what may happen to the United States economy in a world of unchecked global warming, according to a major new report released Tuesday by a coalition of senior political and economic figures from the left, right and center, including three Treasury secretaries stretching back to the Nixon administration.

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Global warming is happening. Corporations and lobbyists have been trying to prove the opposite. However, more and more evidence is unfolding. Top 'ex'-politicians are speaking out.

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The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design

The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

From the architect. The Gambier Island House is a weekend getaway for young Vancouver couple with two children. Peacefully perched atop a steep rocky cliff along the northeast coast of Gambier Island in British Columbia, its design is a contemporary version of a cabin in the woods, offering the basic pleasures of a modern home, while also touching lightly on the ground to minimize its environmental impact. Gambier functions entirely off the grid and is powered by independent sources for heat and electricity.

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Great example of a green home with minimal environmental impact. It can be beautiful, functional and amazing. There is much more to green building than putting a few solar panels on your roof.

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U.S. solar projects get lift from online tool

U.S. solar projects get lift from online tool | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

As environmental groups gear up for their first "put solar on it" national campaign, an online platform made its debut Tuesday that allows people to nominate local buildings throughout the United States for rooftop solar panels.

The new tool by Mosaic, a company that crowdsources funding for solar projects, allows users to click their "support" for any of 300,000 non-profit buildings — mostly churches, schools, libraries, museums. For every 50 clicks in a building's favor, Mosaic will donate $100 to the solar installation.

"This is a way for everyone in the country to contribute to solar in their communities," says Billy Parish, founder of Oakland, Calif.-based Mosaic. His platform, Mosaic Places, launches in advance of the first National Solar Day of Action on Saturday, the longest day of the year, when a coalition of 32 environmental groups plan grassroots events to promote solar power.


...In March, Mosaic expanded its initial portfolio, which offered a fixed 4.5% annual return to people in New York and California who invested at least $25 in commercial projects, to homeowners wanting to finance rooftop solar arrays. It lends homeowners money for their projects and collects small fees from both the loan and the installers.

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Crowdfunding, solar energy, crowdsourcing, all mixed online.

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12 things you didn’t know will change because of climate change | ideas.ted.com

12 things you didn’t know will change because of climate change | ideas.ted.com | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Forget floods and droughts. Here are just some of the unexpected ways in which your world is about to change beyond all recognition.
We are familiar, perhaps too much so, with the adverse effects of climate change upon our natural environment. Most every day we learn of increased erosion, acidification, and some unfortunate kind of caterpillar that will not survive the impending endless summer. But that’s not even the half of it.

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Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments

Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay.

Describing the company’s increasing investment in renewable energy at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas yesterday, Buffett had to rely on a deputy, Greg Abel, to remind him just how much they’d committed: $15 billion.

Without missing a beat, Buffett responded: “There’s another $15 billion ready to go, as far as I’m concerned.”

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Good news for the renewable energy sector. Money is starting to pour in from sources we never dreamed of.

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The Business Plan Team's curator insight, June 11, 6:31 AM

Doubt that renewables are a genuine investment opportunity? Look again....

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A fuel cell for home? A miniature power station for home use is based on a solid fuel cell

A fuel cell for home? A miniature power station for home use is based on a solid fuel cell | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

It converts chemical energy directly into electrical energy. Still, there hadn’t been a market breakthrough for the fuel cell. The systems were too complex. Now, Fraunhofer and Vaillant have developed a simple device for home use.

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Nice progress.

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Solar Roads Could Power An Entire Country |

Solar Roads Could Power An Entire Country | | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it


A small US-based company called Solar Roadways are developing a solar road surface that, if installed nationwide, has the potential to produce more renewable energy than the entire country uses. In fact, they’ve actually already developed a working prototype that’s been installed in a parking lot, and they’re now crowdsourcing funds in order to tweak the design and move towards production.

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Exciting. Let's buy some shares from this company!

Let's start donating to their crowdfunding campaign. What a way to get out of these economic and ecological problems.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 24, 9:56 AM

Wow! What is all that pavement started helping fight global warming instead of helping creating it?

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 25, 5:54 PM

This is incredibly creative. Let's make it happen.

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Darrin Jillson's curator insight, May 25, 8:01 PM

I love this idea. Just to be able to highlight dear walking on the road would be worth it. No paining lines on road. High speed internet and protected electric. We need to do this. 

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Elon Musk: 200 Gigafactories needed for electric car demand alone

Elon Musk: 200 Gigafactories needed for electric car demand alone | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Elon Musk sent a thrilling chill through the electric car, energy storage, and investment sectors when he announced Tesla would be building a Gigafactory for electric car battery production. Now he's saying we'll need 200 Gigafactories!

At the World Energy Innovation Forum in Fremont, California last week, Musk (as he often does) just casually made a statement that probably made a good portion of the eyes in the room open much wider. He said that we would need hundreds of Gigafactories. "Just to supply auto demand you need 200 Gigafactories," he said.

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We need more entrepreneurs like Elon Musk too to make a big dent in transforming this world.

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