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Renewables - Smart Grids: The Future Is Now

Renewables - Smart Grids: The Future Is Now | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Now it's time for Smart Grids. Wind power is generated in North West Europe; solar energy increases from all over Europe. Why do we need Smart Grids? Because all this electricity needs to be transported to big cities like London, Paris and Rotterdam. Electricity: from far and much megawatts, to little and locally.
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Technologies will work with the electrical grid to respond digitally to our quickly changing electric demand.


Climate fight won’t wait for Paris: We need to collaborate now.

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Tanja's curator insight, June 4, 2015 11:08 AM

Technologies will work with the electrical grid to respond digitally to our quickly changing electric demand.

 

Climate fight won’t wait for Paris: We need to collaborate now.

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Industrial water: get ready for less and more efficient use

Industrial water: get ready for less and more efficient use | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
It's time for the industry to take responsibility for sustainable use of industrial water. Let's start to reduce, reuse and recover all industrial (waste) water.
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Climate risks

Industries around the world are facing different risks because of climate change:

Scarcity of water
Industries can not produce without water. But the availability of water is getting more riskier day by day. Using less water and recycle what has been used, are essential.floodings
The risks of flooding are becoming urgent. Water risk management is essential.

Water management in the industry is a whole new, exciting dimension. There are quite a lot of great examples in the world to decrease your water footprint. Let’s take a look at a few case studies.

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Tanja's curator insight, June 4, 2015 11:09 AM

Climate risks

 

Water management in the industry is a whole new, exciting dimension. There are quite a lot of great examples in the world to decrease your water footprint. Let’s take a look at a few case studies.

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Japan first to clean ocean plastics with Boyan Slat

Japan first to clean ocean plastics with Boyan Slat | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Boyan Slat, the young inventor and founder of the Ocean Cleanup signed an agreement with the mayor of the Japanese island Tsushima to clean the ocean plastics with his floatable installation. Japan is the first country who takes responsibility to clean their ocean.
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The Ocean Cleanup consists long floating arms that will spam 2000 meters which will catch most of the plastic waste. Micro plastics cannot be filtered out by the arms.

 

The first installation of Slat will be operational for at least two years.

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Tanja's curator insight, June 4, 2015 11:10 AM

The Ocean Cleanup consists long floating arms that will spam 2000 meters which will catch most of the plastic waste. Micro plastics cannot be filtered out by the arms.

 

The first installation of Slat will be operational for at least two years.

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Shell is going to drill in the Arctic

Shell is going to drill in the Arctic | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The government of the United States has just been approved the drilling of oil giant Shell in the pristine Arctic. Shell will bring the climate and beautiful wildlife in the ocean in great danger.
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Too risky

Experts explain apparent that drilling in the Arctic is incredibly dangerous and too risky for our fragile environment. The nearest Coast Guard base is more than 1,500 kilometers away. If something goes wrong, and Shell itself admits that this is possible, there is literally no one who can do something about it.

 

It happened before

If we judged the worst oil spills in history only by gallons leaked, the Exxon Valdez disaster -- which occurred 26 years ago today -- would not make the list.

However, adding in environmental impacts and clean-up efforts, it's still recognized as one of most damaging spills to date.

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McDonald's eliminates deforestation

McDonald's eliminates deforestation | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
McDonald's just released a new commitment to eliminate deforestation from its global supply chains.
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About 223,000 involved people have protested against the deforestation strategy of MacDonald's.


And it worked! They have seen the light.

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About 223,000 involved people have protested against the deforestation strategy of MacDonald's.

 

And it worked! They have seen the light.

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European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled. From wast to raw materials. The benefits are more jobs and a healthier environment.
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It's great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

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It's great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

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Stop evaporation, start covering the water reservoirs

Stop evaporation, start covering the water reservoirs | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
California's water demand remains insatiable. But what about the water that's already there? What about the water that is destined to evaporate? Why don't we cover the reservoirs?
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Impact

Desalination may offer a long-term aid to California’s growing water demand but offers few, if any, short term (2-10 years) benefits to outweigh its cost and environmental impact. California needs an immediate fix to close the evaporative tap and the HydroOrb Floating Ball Cover deserves serious consideration. The introduction of the recycled floating ball solution fits perfectly within the movement to a circular economy.

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Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool

Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Compost is a perfect organic source which helps conserve water, according to the University of California. For example: if governments add compost to sandy soil, the soil will hold more water, making urban water management easier at a sustainable way.
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Dry areas like California can implement compost as a water preserver on a much bigger scale.


And there are more advantages for (house) farmers. Green and food waste compost improves soil structure, knocks back weed growth and bolsters food production.

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Is New York saved from the rising sea level?

Is New York saved from the rising sea level? | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
New York's actions how te respond to major climate disasters like the rising sea level and future hurricanes.
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The New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery estimates that Sandy destroyed or damaged upwards of 300,000 homes (including apartments), the bulk of them within New York City.



Also damaged were hundreds of thousands of businesses, major mass-transit tunnels and track beds, and more than 2,000 miles of roadway.


Total damages for the state are estimated at $32 billion!

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Oceans are economic superpowers | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands

Oceans are economic superpowers | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The economical value of the oceans is analyzed by the University of Queensland and the Boston Consulting Group, as the seventh largest economy in the world. The oceans are representing a value of 23,8 trillion dollars. Listed just below the UK and over Brazil. This result has been presented in the report 'Reviving the Ocean Economy', commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund.
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The richness of the oceans are decreasing rapidly. Destruction of seabeds and mangrove forests, the disappearance of coral and climate change are to blame.

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Rice Starks to Electricity

Rice Starks to Electricity | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The gap between electricity supply and demand in Curaçao is increasing. Still the Island is relying on imported electricity, diesel and other fossil fuels.

Mr. Doerga (Alesie) has been a trader in rice on the Island for years. He recognized the possibilities of rice residues for biomass power generation and electricity.
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Since 2010, Doerga is pressing the rice stalks into pellets which can be sold for stoves, heaters or the pellets can be fired in power plants for electricity.

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Wood pellet-fired cooking stove conserves fuel and saves lives

Wood pellet-fired cooking stove conserves fuel and saves lives | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
A partner of the Dutch Milling Group in Vietnam produces over 10.000 kg wood pellets a week. Together, they have developed a wood pellet-fired cooking stove in order to get the cooking process of thousands of people in Vietnam clean and safe.
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As you know, burning wood smells awful, the CO2 in the air is increasing every year and millions of children get killed as a result of firewood smoke fumes.

Not with this wood pellet cooking stove. It’s a clean, safe, efficient and even a cheaper solution than using coal.

 

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Charitable funds must move their money out of fossil fuels

Charitable funds must move their money out of fossil fuels | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Sign the petition to Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and chair of the Wellcome Trust:
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UN General Bin Ki-Moon:

“We are the first generation that can end poverty and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impact of climate change.

Future generations will judge us harshly if we fail to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities.”

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IKEA will spend 1 billion euro in Climate Change Solutions

IKEA will spend 1 billion euro in Climate Change Solutions | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The next five years furniture giant IKEA will spend 1 billion euros to the development of renewable energy and other measures to help tackle climate change.
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Energy Neutral

Last month, IKEA opened a third wind plants in Sweden. With this wind power plant, the company is now operating completely energy neutral in the countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

 

In Canada, IKEA operated already energy neutral. The construction of wind plants are also planned in the US and Poland.

 

Their goal is to operate worldwide energy neutral In 2020.

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Energy Neutral

Last month, IKEA opened a third wind plants in Sweden. With this wind power plant, the company is now operating completely energy neutral in the countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

 

In Canada, IKEA operated already energy neutral. The construction of wind plants are also planned in the US and Poland.

 

Their goal is to operate worldwide energy neutral In 2020.

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Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof

Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof. Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.
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This Dutch Delta Program is much more than keeping the feet of all Dutch people dry.

 

Gradually, the Dutch are developing new knowledge in all related sectors. Other Delta areas in the world will have profit from their expertise because the Dutch Delta is one of the safest in the world.   

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This Dutch Delta Program is much more than keeping the feet of all Dutch people dry.

 

Gradually, the Dutch are developing new knowledge in all related sectors. Other Delta areas in the world will have profit from their expertise because the Dutch Delta is one of the safest in the world.   

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Texas flood death toll rises to 24

Texas flood death toll rises to 24 | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Persistent rain has resulted in the US state of Texas for more flooding. This past week certainly 24 people were killed by the storms and rising waters, reports Reuters.
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Also, neighboring Oklahoma State sighs under the continuing storm.

Seven people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of drenching rain there. Flooding also killed people in northern Mexico, bringing the total death toll to at least 43.

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Clean, phosphate-free water and recovering valuable nutrients

Clean, phosphate-free water and recovering valuable nutrients | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
Since the eighties clean water plants in the Netherlands, remove phosphate and nitrogen from wastewater. It's a win-win situation.
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It's a win-win situation.

the nutrients can be used in fertilizers and bring money init's cleaner, phosphate-free waterand it's important to recover useful materials

The phosphate is found in the human (and animal) urine.

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7 steps to write the perfect speech

7 steps to write the perfect speech | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
We make it a lot easier for you to write the speech that changes the life of your audience. And yours will change as a result. Follow these 7 steps and let us know what the impact was.
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For most of the people, getting started is the hardest part. Because you are wondering: 'What should my message be? Or even worse: What should I talk about?

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For most of the people, getting started is the hardest part. Because you are wondering: 'What should my message be? Or even worse: What should I talk about?

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Report shows: Sea level is rising fast

Report shows: Sea level is rising fast | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
A new study is showing that, in recent years, the sea level has been risen. Not just slowly but faster.
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Until now there seemed to be a contradictory: More melt water didn't lead to as many seawater.


The Nature report is of interest. Especially since giving crucial corrections for systematic errors in earlier satellite measurements of sea levels.

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Until now there seemed to be a contradictory: More melt water didn't lead to as many seawater.

 

The Nature report is of interest. Especially since giving crucial corrections for systematic errors in earlier satellite measurements of sea levels.

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Sea level rising is like the eye of the hurricane

Sea level rising is like the eye of the hurricane | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
It' was quiet about sea level rising and global warming. But a new report announces it will put at risk coastal infrastructure worth up to 226 billion dollars!
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Europe

Countries like the Netherlands, the UK and Germany, don’t have time for climate sceptics, they get on with the job of preparing their countries for climate change.

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Countries like the Netherlands, the UK and Germany, don’t have time for climate sceptics, they get on with the job of preparing their countries for climate change.

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The power grid gets climate proof

The power grid gets climate proof | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The short-term $1 billion resiliency plan, is the first step in what is expected to be the USA's most extensive effort to climate-proof an electric grid.
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Costs

The application proposed a $2.4 billion spending increase through 2016, of which $1 billion would go toward making the grid more resilient to future storms and flooding.

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Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, much of New York City was plunged into darkness. What can we learn from this big flooding in New York?
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10 lessons we have learned

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Reconsider costs

On average, every $1 spent to make infrastructure more resilient against pounding storms saves $4 in costs later on.

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Rice Starks to Electricity

Rice Starks to Electricity | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The gap between electricity supply and demand in Curaçao is increasing. Still the Island is relying on imported electricity, diesel and other fossil fuels.

Mr. Doerga (Alesie) has been a trader in rice on the Island for years. He recognized the possibilities of rice residues for biomass power generation and electricity.
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Since 2010, Doerga is pressing the rice stalks into pellets which can be sold for stoves, heaters or the pellets can be fired in power plants for electricity.

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Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands

Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations | Better World Solutions - The Netherlands | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
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Storage

According to a report from the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, one inch of rainwater hitting one acre of asphalt over an hour yields 27,000 gallons of water!

In many communities, this water flows into combined stormwater / sewer systems, which channel both sewage and rainwater together through underground pipes to central treatment facilities.

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Rice Starks to Electricity

Rice Starks to Electricity | This is real cradle to cradle: From Ocean Plastics to Carpets | Scoop.it
The gap between electricity supply and demand in Curaçao is increasing. Still the Island is relying on imported electricity, diesel and other fossil fuels.

Mr. Doerga (Alesie) has been a trader in rice on the Island for years. He recognized the possibilities of rice residues for biomass power generation and electricity.
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Doerga is avoiding extra greenhouse gas because of burning starks. Instead his company supplies green energy and makes extra money.

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