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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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Glad to see influential people who know how to tell a story get involved.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 12, 2014 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.


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Climate change is NOT a Story!

 

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3 developments that could help the world stay below a dangerous global warming threshold

3 developments that could help the world stay below a dangerous global warming threshold | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.

The recent streak of record-breaking temperatures has shown that climate change is not waiting for the world to take decisive action.

But the adoption of the Paris Agreement was a clear signal that the world is ready to take climate change seriously. 175 countries signed and 15 of these ratified the climate deal during the signing ceremony.

Now there is every indication the agreement could enter into force this year.

Many countries, led by the two biggest emitters, China and the United States, have signaled their intent to ratify by the end of 2016, leaving just four countries and 1.72% of global emissions needed for it to become official.

There can be no doubt that the window of opportunity to limit global warming to below 1.5℃, a key target of the 2015 Paris agreement, is closing fast. But there are encouraging signs around the world that this can still be done, even if there is still a very long way to go. Here are three of the most positive developments that will help the world reach its target. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Investment Firms Plan 600 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects In Africa

Investment Firms Plan 600 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects In Africa | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

More foreign investors are being attracted to the emerging renewable energy markets in Africa.

Private equity company Denham Capital and renewable energy company GreenWish Partners have signed an agreement to finance and develop renewable energy projects across Africa. The cumulative capacity of these projects will be 600 MW.

The two companies will target sub-Saharan countries and markets where renewable energy projects are competitive without subsidies. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis

Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

This isn’t something oil markets are planning for, and it’s easy to see why. Plug-in cars make up just one-tenth of 1 percent of the global car market today. They’re a rarity on the streets of most countries and still cost significantly more than similar gasoline burners. OPEC maintains that electric vehicles (EVs) will make up just 1 percent of cars in 2040. Last year ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance told me EVs won’t have a material impact for another 50 years—probably not in his lifetime.

But here’s what we know: In the next few years, Tesla, Chevy, and Nissan plan to start selling long-range electric cars in the $30,000 range. Other carmakers and tech companies are investing billions on dozens of new models. By 2020, some of these will cost less and perform better than their gasoline counterparts. The aim would be to match the success of Tesla’s Model S, which now outsells its competitors in the large luxury class in the U.S. The question then is how much oil demand will these cars displace? And when will the reduced demand be enough to tip the scales and cause the next oil crisis? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Major shifts are happening, we're about to witness what humans are capable of once they put their minds together for change.

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Follow the sun

Follow the sun | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Solar power is reshaping energy production in the developing world.

RAED KHADER, a Jordanian driver, has an alarming habit of thumbing his mobile phone while at the wheel—albeit on a straight road cutting across the desert. But after scrolling back through almost two years of photos, he finds a picture that tickles him: of camels against a sandy backdrop. Today that same spot outside Ma’an, a poverty-stricken city in south Jordan, is crawling with workers in the final stages of installing five square kilometres (almost two square miles) of solar panels.

He is enraptured by the photovoltaic (PV) modules that shimmer in the desert sunshine. “It’s amazing. I love it. It’s good to see my country develop its own source of energy,” he says. “We have such good sun here. It’s free. Why don’t we use more of it?” In his enthusiasm, he has convinced his daughter to become one of the first Jordanian women to study for a solar-energy engineering degree. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Solar is breaking through in a big way. Worries about #climate change or working in its favor.

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This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste

This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
RegenVillages, which is a spin-off company of Stanford University, is working on a pilot development of 25 homes in Almere, Netherlands, beginning this summer, with the aim of integrating local energy production (using biogas, solar, geothermal, and other modalities), along with intensive food production methods (vertical farming, aquaponics and aeroponics, permaculture, and others) and 'closed-loop' waste-to-resource systems, along with intelligent water and energy management systems. Read more: click on image or title.
 

 

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Getting ready for the #population boom and working with limited #resources.

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Intriguing idea that could lead to food and resource self-sufficiency for many areas of the world. Hopefully, this concept will spur our local, state, and federal government to get serious about self-sufficiency.  We should be able to care for ourselves without being dependent on unfriendly governments to supply us with raw materials and fuel.
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How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech

How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

These days, the word “smart” is being applied to anything with a processor or a sensor and a connection to a network of some sort. You can argue that having some processing power for information and the ability to communicate with something makes a device “smart” – or at least a lot smarter than it was before.

The word smart is also being applied to cities now – so what does it mean to be a smart city, or at least a smarter one? Broadly speaking, it means an information and communication infrastructure (sometimes acronymed as ICT) that allows smart devices (like smartphones, automobiles, thermostats, water meters) to connect to smart infrastructure (problem reporting, traffic signals and information, parking systems, the electric grid, billing systems) to improve quality of life and productivity in cities.

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The combination of #devices, #technology, #internet, #bigData and #AI is creating totally new entities, such as #SmartCities. What exactly makes a city 'smart?

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New York Plans to Make Fighting Climate Change Good Business

New York Plans to Make Fighting Climate Change Good Business | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to apply market forces to utilities to transform the way electricity is produced, transmitted and consumed.

A governor wants to lead on green energy. The state’s utilities are nervously falling in line. Young entrepreneurs are buzzing, determined to be part of the generation that finally solves climate change.

To most ears, that might sound like California, where all those things and more are happening. But it also describes New York.

New York?

The state may not leap to mind as being in the vanguard of the green economy. But under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the most populous state in the Northeast is in a close race with its counterpart in the West in setting ambitious climate goals. And in some ways, New York may be on the verge of pulling ahead of California. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A major shift is going on world wide. #ClimateChange is finally being taken serious and governments and leaders are getting nervous.

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“In the case of climate change, denial is not a survival strategy,” Mr. Cuomo said at Columbia University in October. “Climate change is a reality, and not to address it is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens.”
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The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction

The Psychology of Climate Change Inaction | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A team of psychologists, biologists, and economists lays out a plan of action.

For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and ow, a diverse team of scientists has an answer: Basically, human psychology is ill-suited to comprehend and deal with what’s going on with the environment.“Why has it been so difficult to elicit substantive actions to alleviate this climate disruption?” writes a team of scientists led by Stanford University psychologist Lee Ross. In part, the answer lies with businesses and politicians who are more concerned with short-term gains than long-term sustainability, but thatdanger of global warming hasn’t translated into government action, much less a public that accepts climate change as reality. N’s only part of the problem. “Some specific features of the climate change threat combine with certain aspects of human psychology to make the challenge of collective national and international action an especially daunting one,” the researchers write. Read more: click image or title.

 

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"One surprisingly powerful way to combat those problems: creating social norms. In one 2007 experiment, psychologists found that distributing flyers with the message “the majority of your neighbors are undertaking energy-saving actions every day” worked to encourage conservation better than distributing flyers emphasizing environmental impacts. In that vein, television shows that address climate change, even obliquely, could foster a norm of environmental responsibility."
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7 Public Speaking Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Must Master

7 Public Speaking Fundamentals Entrepreneurs Must Master | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

One day you may deliver a speech to potential investors, clients or your peers at an industry conference. Are you ready?

Public speaking is often associated with a kind of grandiosity, as if you need to be a guest of honor at a formal event, to employ what we think of as “public speaking skills.” In reality, though, public speaking skills are used all the time, in multiple contexts. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be tapping into many of those contexts.

For example, you’ll be giving presentations to potential investors and clients. You’ll be doling out numbers and giving updates to your team. You might even be an interviewee in the media or a speaker for a major event. Whether you plan on speaking publicly on a regular basis or not, you’ll need to prepare yourself to speak as an entrepreneur, using these seven important public speaking fundamentals: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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What is resilience?

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Over the past decades, few concepts have gained such prominence as resilience. There has been an explosion of research and policies into ways to promote resilient systems, but the content has often lacked a clear definition of what resilience actually means, let alone how to apply resilience thinking.

 

Planetary boundaries
One of the most significant attempts to provide scientific guidelines for improved stewardship of the planet is the planetary boundaries concept. It was first presented in 2009 by a group of 28 renowned international scientists. They argued that if humanity stays within these nine boundaries we can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing them could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. In 2015, an updated version was presented. The new study warned that four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed as a result of human activity: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen).Two of these, climate change and biosphere integrity, are what the scientists call "core boundaries". Significantly altering either of these "core boundaries" would drive the Earth System into a new state.

The concept has been criticized for not being well adapted to policy although it was first and foremost designed to advance Earth System science. However, it can be used as a framework to guide the formulation of new Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Resilience starts from the belief that humans and nature are strongly coupled to the point that they should be conceived as one social-ecological system.

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Resilience starts from the belief that humans and nature are strongly coupled to the point that they should be conceived as one social-ecological system.

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U.S. Solar Market Insight

U.S. Solar Market Insight | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Information on the size, ranking and generated capacity of the U.S. solar industry. Latest report: 2015 Year-in-Review, released March 9, 2016

 

Key Figures

  • The U.S. installed 7,260 MWdc of solar PV in 2015, the largest annual total ever and 16% above 2014.
  • Residential PV was once again the fastest-growing sector in U.S. solar, installing over 2 GWdc for the first time and growing 66% over 2014.
  • Utility PV also had a record year with over 4 GWdc installed, up 6% over 2014, with nearly 20 GWdc still in development.
  • Thirteen states installed over 100 MWdc of solar each in 2015, up from nine in 2014.
  • 110 MW ac of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity came on-line in late 2015, when SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes project began sending electricity to the grid.
  • For the first time ever, solar beat out natural gas capacity additions, with solar supplying 29.4% of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line in the U.S. in 2015.
  • Cumulative solar PV installations surpassed 25 GWdc by the end of the year, up from just 2 GWdc at the end of 2010. Cumulative CSP capacity now stands at 1.8 GWac.
  • GTM Research forecasts that 16 GWdc of new PV installations will come on-line in 2016, up 120% over 2015. Utility PV is expected to drive the majority of demand, accounting for nearly three-fourths of new installations.

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Warren Buffett Is Wrong About Climate Change

Warren Buffett Is Wrong About Climate Change | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

And here's why it matters.

Warren Buffett doesn't want you to know how his empire is preparing to deal with the disastrous effects of climate change. In fact, he said in a letter released Saturday, he isn't exactly sure this whole "climate change" thing is real, anyway.

In his annual letter to investors in his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, the billionaire investor fought back against a proposed shareholder resolution demanding his insurance subsidiaries measure and disclose the risks that climate change poses to their business and how the company is responding to the threat. Buffett compared fears over climate change to the brouhaha around apocalyptic Y2K predictions.

 

 

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#Buffett represents big business, not exactly the concerns of the people and their governments. Interesting article to fill you in on how and why the #corporate world looks at #climatechange

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Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

Two Superpowers We Wish We Had | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2016 Annual Letter.

At some point today, you’ll probably do one or all of these things: Flip a switch for light. Take fresh food from a refrigerator. Turn a dial to make your home warmer or cooler. Press a button on your laptop to go online.

You probably won’t think twice about any of these actions, but you will actually be doing something extraordinary. You will be using a superpower—your access to energy.

Does that sound ridiculous?

Just imagine, for a minute, life without energy.

You don’t have a way to run a laptop, mobile phone, TV, or video games. You don’t have lights, heat, air conditioning, or even the Internet to read this letter.

About 1.3 billion people—18 percent of the world’s population—don’t need to imagine. That’s what life is like for them every day.

You can see this fact for yourself in this photograph of Africa at night taken from space. Read more: click image or title. Scroll down to Energy.



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This 'Energy' article by Bill Gates is an excellent way to look at our situation regarding how we use energy and what needs to be done to break the #CO2 cycle.

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Study suggests wind, solar power options in Arctic

Study suggests wind, solar power options in Arctic | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Some Nunavut communities could cut their fossil fuel use by up to half with renewable energy that wouldn't cost any more than the aging diesel generators they now use, a new study has concluded.

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#Renewable #Energy works anywhere.

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China is driving global renewable energy growth, in 6 graphs

China is driving global renewable energy growth, in 6 graphs | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Every year, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century — mercifully abbreviated as REN21 — puts out a massive Global Status Report on renewable energy. It is an energy nerd's dream, packed with the latest data on clean energy around the world.

When such reports are released, we here at Vox are legally obligated to do a charts post, lest we be fined by the Explainer Authorities. So let's get to it.

 

One of the more interesting themes this year is just how clearly China is pushing the developing world into the lead on renewables. Let's tell the story in graphs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#China needs to catch up and clean up its dirty cities. And it really is making a huge effort. Amazing.

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Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.

Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S. | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.

Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the industry group based in Abu Dhabi. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A major shift is happening thanks to #green and #clean #energy worldwide.

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Oil and gas producers by contrast have slashed 351,410 jobs worldwide since prices began to slide in the middle of 2014, according to Houston-based Graves & Co.

“The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector,” said Adnan Amin, director-general of Irena, which is based in Abu Dhabi. “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this to continue as the case for renewables strengthens and countries move to achieve climate targets.”
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Climate change could trigger tropical evacuations, researchers advise

Climate change could trigger tropical evacuations, researchers advise | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Global warming by just 2 degrees Celsius is likely to force some tropical plant, animal and human populations to relocate hundreds of miles from their current homes this century, according to research published today in the journal Scientific Reports. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#GlobalWarming is becoming a huge reality. The discussion is not about the legitimacy of the claims, but if it can be reversed still.

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There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming

There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Global green bond issuance reached a record high at $21.7 billion so far this year, up 78% from the same period in 2015. And this is only going to get hotter.

Summer is coming and green bonds are blooming.

Issuers of such bonds promise to use the proceeds on environmentally friendly projects. There are no hard and fast parameters for what a green bond can fund, but they cover areas like renewable energy, deforestation, green buildings, clean transportation and water treatment.

"An increasing number of investors find the concept fun, a win-win, a kind of no-brainer,"... Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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There's a great shift happening toward #green investing. The public obviously wants it and financial institutions are following. the trend.

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"There's significant momentum on the heels of adopting the climate agreement in Paris at end of 2015," Henry Shilling, a senior vice president at Moody's, told Business Insider. "It requires capital reallocation to meet those commitments — which involves trillions of dollars in renewable energy and low carbon investments — and green bonds play an important role." 

Moody's expected green bonds volume to reach $50 billion this year. We've already seen an uptick in the first quarter and if that trend persists, issuance could beat Moody's projections and hit a new high at $70 billion by the end of 2016, Shilling said.
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There Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year

There Will Be More New Jobs in Solar Than Oil by the End of the Year | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
If the current pace holds, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the end of 2016, according to job site Indeed.

Indeed just released this startling info on energy jobs.

The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs to cope with decreasing revenues, and one knock-on effect has been the drop in oil job postings.

Conversely, however, if the current pace of postings hold, solar would become the largest market for energy jobs by the fourth quarter of 2016, according to numbers tabulated by Indeed, the world’s highest traffic job site. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Energy markets are shifting towards an increasing share for #renewable energy. The oil industry is struggling.

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Tyler Blackburn's curator insight, May 19, 11:35 AM
With low oil prices and a huge demand for renewable energies, the solar industry is trending to account for more new jobs in the energy sector then oil. With the low oil prices and government incentives to go green, a good news story for climate change points towards jobs in renewable energy.
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Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets

Tesla’s bioweapon mode is a stroke of genius for developing markets | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Tesla today shared details of how effective its particulate filters are. Spoiler alert: They are so good, not only do they clean up the air inside the car, they make the world outside the car cleaner, too.

It may not be obvious why this matters: The company is aiming squarely at a very specific type of customer, which may be the company’s way into markets like China and India.

Let’s be frank for a second: Cabin air filters are nothing new; they’ve been rolled out in luxury cars since the late 1970s, and across a broader number of vehicles from the mid 1980s onward. HEPA filters in cars are more novel, not least because for this level of filtration to work, the car must be pretty air-tight to begin with, which traditionally hasn’t been a priority in automotive design.

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U.S. Can Meet Paris Climate Goals (With or Without the Supreme Court)

U.S. Can Meet Paris Climate Goals (With or Without the Supreme Court) | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
States, cities and businesses are the real drivers of change.

As world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, some have expressed concern that as they implement their commitments, the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Their concern is understandable, but it’s important to recognize: The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. Here’s why. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Michael #Bloomberg and many other mayors support the Clean Act and will move ahead, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. The population votes in that direction as well. Great statement and article from Bloomberg.

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Electric Cars 'Cheaper' than Petrol, Diesel Rrivals in 6 Years

Electric Cars 'Cheaper' than Petrol, Diesel Rrivals in 6 Years | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

NEWS: Improved technology and falling costs are moving electric car sales into the fast lane as manufacturers are now able to achieve significant economies of scale.

Within six years, the cost of owning an electric car will be cheaper than purchasing and running a petrol or diesel model. 

That’s the conclusion of a report on the fast-expanding electric car market by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The report says that even if petrol or diesel driven cars improve their fuel efficiency over the coming years, the cost of owning an electric car – buying it and running it – will be below that of conventional vehicles by 2022.

The increased sale of electrically-powered cars is seen as an important element in the fight against climate change.

CO2 emissions from vehicles fuelled by petrol and diesel cause a build-up of greenhouse gases and, especially in cities, pollution from exhausts causes serious damage to health. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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El futuro está en los coches eléctricos, pronto subiré una entrada sobre el nuevo fantástico Tesla
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Clean energy goes mainstream | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe

Clean energy goes mainstream | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In the past, plunging gas and oil prices hurt the clean energy sector, making conservation less compelling, alternative technologies less competitive, and new investment rare.

But in this cycle, it’s all changed. Despite the dramatic fall in oil and gas prices over the past year, bankers, venture capitalists, governments, and traditional energy companies continue to pour money into clean energy products and projects, from massive wind and solar farms to energy efficient technologies to small hydroelectricity projects.

Global investments in clean energy hit a record $329 billion last year, up 4 percent from 2014, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research unit of Bloomberg LP, the financial news and information company. US investments in the sector jumped to $56 billion last year, up 7.6 percent compared with 2014.

These impressive figures are perhaps the clearest sign that clean energy has turned the corner, no longer just a boutique industry with small, experimental companies, but rather a rapidly maturing sector that is going big time, fast. Instead of startups with possibility, the bulk of the money — nearly two-thirds of global clean energy investment — is going to utility-scale projects, particularly solar and wind installations that can generate power for tens of thousands of homes.

 

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Still, some perspective is needed. About 70 percent of all energy supply investments across the globe are related to fossil fuels, including extracting oil and gas, distributing petroleum products to consumers, and constructing power plants fired by oil, gas, or coal, according to the US Energy Department. Clean energy accounts for just under 20 percent of global energy investments, double that of the share in 2000, according to the Energy Department. (The remaining investment goes into electricity distribution and transmission grids.) “It’s all about clean energy scaling up,” said David Lincoln, founder of and general partner at Element Partners, a Pennsylvania investment firm focused on clean energy companies. “Right now, it can be a bumpy ride for many clean tech players [because of lower oil prices], but the sector has a very bright future.”
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Still, some perspective is needed. About 70 percent of all energy supply investments across the globe are related to fossil fuels, including extracting oil and gas, distributing petroleum products to consumers, and constructing power plants fired by oil, gas, or coal, according to the US Energy Department. Clean energy accounts for just under 20 percent of global energy investments, double that of the share in 2000, according to the Energy Department. (The remaining investment goes into electricity distribution and transmission grids.) “It’s all about clean energy scaling up,” said David Lincoln, founder of and general partner at Element Partners, a Pennsylvania investment firm focused on clean energy companies. “Right now, it can be a bumpy ride for many clean tech players [because of lower oil prices], but the sector has a very bright future.”
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US agency reaches 'holy grail' of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates

US agency reaches 'holy grail' of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E

A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (Arpa-E) – a branch of the Department of Energy – says it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.

Ellen Williams, Arpa-E’s director, said: “I think we have reached some holy grails in batteries – just in the sense of demonstrating that we can create a totally new approach to battery technology, make it work, make it commercially viable, and get it out there to let it do its thing,”

If that’s the case, Arpa-E has come out ahead of Gates and Musk in the multi-billion-dollar race to build the next generation battery for power companies and home storage.

Arpa-E was founded in 2009 under Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan to fund early stage research into the generation and storage of energy.

Such projects, or so-called moonshots, were widely seen as too risky for regular investors, but – if they succeed – could potentially be game-changing. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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We need these breakthroughs in the #energy sector and renewal in how energy gets stored and transferred in teh #grid. This article provides a good overview of the announcement that was made this week.

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MIT creates solar cells lightweight enough to be placed on any surface

MIT creates solar cells lightweight enough to be placed on any surface | Investing in Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

MIT researchers are putting lots of effort and time into creating solar panels that are smaller, lighter, and more efficient to help harness energy from the sun. In working on solar panels, the scientists have created a thin, flexible and lightweight solar panel that could be placed on just about any surface. To highlight just how thin and flexible the solar panel is, the researchers laid the solar cell on the surface of a soap bubble without popping the bubble. Read more: click image or title.



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#Technology keeps on evolving. Creating #renewable #energy is becoming very exciting.

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