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Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles

Montreal wants a complete ban on plastic water bottles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
But local bottled water reps complain their healthy beverage is being singled out.
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Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route

Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court threw out a challenge Friday to a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though a majority of judges agreed the landowners who sued should have won their case.…
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Environmentalists and other opponents of the pipeline have highlighted the potential for extraction and transport of crude from Canada’s tar sands to contaminate water, pollute air, and harm wildlife. But the congressional republicans, the oil industry, and other pipeline backers argue that Keystone will lead to jobs and increase oil independence as well as strengthen bonds with Canada.  Er...or maybe we should say would lead to perhaps 2,000-3,000 temporary jobs for perhaps 2 years.

 

“Boosting American-made energy results in more American jobs and improved international relations," said Rep. Leonard Lance. "This is a winning combination for our Nation’s economy, our national security and a centerpiece in our relationship with our ally, Canada.”

 

Rep. Adam Smith had a different take: “Rather than focusing on Keystone XL, we should be working on bigger picture investments in clean energy and energy efficient technologies that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels that hurt our environment.”

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Quebec-California partnership blazes trail for carbon trading

Quebec-California partnership blazes trail for carbon trading | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The program adopts market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and may serve as a prototype for other governments
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A year after the launch of its cap-and-trade program, California formally linked its emissions trading scheme with Quebec’s—enabling carbon allowances and offset credits to be exchanged between participants in the two jurisdictions. The linkage, which marks the first agreement in North America that allows for the trading of greenhouse gas emissions across borders, is designed to escalate the price on the amount of carbon businesses can emit.

There is a “potential for this market to serve as an example for other North American subnational jurisdictions to follow if it can prove to be successful,” said Robin Fraser, a Toronto-based analyst with the International Emissions Trading Association.

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Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House

Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Zero E House was designed by Neil Burford and Alex Pearson of Joseph Thurrott Architects of Dundee, Scotland.

The architects envisioned a home constructed of timber, zinc, and polycarbonate cladding, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural walls. CLT –which has been used in Europe for a decade or so, but has yet to see widespread use in North America — is an engineered mass timber product that bears little resemblance to traditional wood. It is composed of dense, solid panels of wood engineered for strength through layers of laminations that meet (and in some cases exceed) the performance of reinforced concrete, but with less ecological impact.

These walls, combined with hemp fiber insulation, form the tight, highly insulated building envelope necessary to keep heating and cooling costs to an absolute minimum, as per Passive House strategy, while putting less demand on the home’s renewable energy systems in order to achieve net zero status...


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Stung by Keystone reversal, Canadian province doubles down on renewable energy

Stung by Keystone reversal, Canadian province doubles down on renewable energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
After getting a “major wake-up call” from the U.S. government in its rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the leader of the Canadian province of Alberta announced an aggressive climate-change plan Sunday that sets emission limits for the oil sands and begins the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources.
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Wow.  To be sure a press conference is not a policy and words are much cheaper than action.  But for the first time in a decade, the central government ministries and provincial offices in Canada (save for Quebec, which has been pushing this for a while) seem to actually be taking climate change seriously.

 

Let's congratulate our Canadian friends for taking this action.

 

Fingers crossed that this isn't just a collection of empty promises. 

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Jack Gerard's American Petroleum Institute

Jack Gerard's American Petroleum Institute | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible.  (At least according to the American Petroleum Institute.)  Let's take a look at the...
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Ahhhhhhh....the power of deep-pocketed lobbying.  The good ol' American Way!

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Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House

Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The Zero E House was designed by Neil Burford and Alex Pearson of Joseph Thurrott Architects of Dundee, Scotland.

The architects envisioned a home constructed of timber, zinc, and polycarbonate cladding, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural walls. CLT –which has been used in Europe for a decade or so, but has yet to see widespread use in North America — is an engineered mass timber product that bears little resemblance to traditional wood. It is composed of dense, solid panels of wood engineered for strength through layers of laminations that meet (and in some cases exceed) the performance of reinforced concrete, but with less ecological impact.

These walls, combined with hemp fiber insulation, form the tight, highly insulated building envelope necessary to keep heating and cooling costs to an absolute minimum, as per Passive House strategy, while putting less demand on the home’s renewable energy systems in order to achieve net zero status...


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