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New Map Shows the World's Ecosystems in Unprecedented Detail

New Map Shows the World's Ecosystems in Unprecedented Detail | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

Ecology has always been a bit doughy compared to subject like physics, chemistry, and hell, even biology. But cut ecologists some slack. The places they study, like alpine prairies, peat bogs, or oases, are the diametric opposite of controlled lab settings. So how do you bring hard data to the study of life on our soft planet? A new map.


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Foods of non-animal origin: what are the risks?

Foods of non-animal origin: what are the risks? | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

Foods of non-animal origin – such as fruit, vegetables, cereals, and spices – are an important part of our daily diet. Usually these types of food are associated with healthy eating and do not pose any health concerns. However, sometimes their consumption causes mild to severe illnesses.


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The Guardian view on climate change and social disruption: how one form of chaos breeds another

The Guardian view on climate change and social disruption: how one form of chaos breeds another | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

So the phenomenon of the climate refugee is not new. What is new is that, this time, the problem is of human making. Families are being driven from their land and livelihoods by changes effectively engineered by human action: the profligate burning within the last two centuries, of fossil fuels buried in the 60m years of the carboniferous period. 


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European grain yield stagnation related to climate change

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After changes in government policy and farm practices, European grain yields leveled off. Stanford's Frances C. Moore says climate trends account for 10 percent of that stagnation.


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

This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste! ~ Brenna Fischer | Adaptation to environmental changes | 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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Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments

Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments | Adaptation to environmental changes | 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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Doubt that renewables are a genuine investment opportunity? Look again....

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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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Blue chips unite to drive renewable energy revolution

Blue chips unite to drive renewable energy revolution | Adaptation to environmental changes | 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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This article adds more detail to what we've shared before.

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

This Supermarket Runs on Its Own Food Waste! ~ Brenna Fischer | Adaptation to environmental changes | 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.

 ~

Relephant:

All supermarkets should do this!

 ~

 

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IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’ | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

The negative effects of climate change are already beginning to be felt in every part of the world and yet countries are ill-prepared for the potentially immense impacts on food security, water supplies and human health, a major report has concluded.

 

In the most comprehensive study yet into the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that global warming could undermine economic growth and increase poverty.

 

The IPCC found that the negative impacts of climate change have already extended beyond any potential benefits of rising temperatures and that they will worsen if global-average temperatures continue to rise by the expected lower limit of 2C by 2100 – and will become potentially catastrophic if temperatures rise higher than 4C.

 

In a blunt and often pessimistic assessment of climate-change impacts – the fifth assessment since 1990 – the IPCC scientists give a stark warning about what the world should expect if global temperatures continue to rise as predicted without mitigation or adaptation. “In recent decades, changes in climate have caused impacts on natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans,” says the report Climate Change 2014 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, formally released early this morning by the IPCC after a final editorial meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

 

“Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger,” the report states.

 

Scientists in Britain said it is the clearest warning yet of what could happen if the world continues to prevaricate over cuts in emissions.  “Climate change is happening, there are big risks for everyone and no place in the world is immune from them,” said Professor Neil Adger of Exeter University, one of the many lead authors of the report.

 

Nearly 2,000 experts from around the world contributed to the report, written by 436 authors and edited by 309 lead authors and review editors of the IPCC’s working group II. It was by far the most detailed investigation to date of the global impacts of climate change – extending from oceans to mountains and from the poles to the equator.

 

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Adapting for Tomorrow pt. 4 of 7

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Climate Change Adaption in Nepal

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Fighting Climate Change with Sustainable Banking Principles The Strategy of building and extending

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Mieux gérer l'eau pour éviter la pénurie en 2030

Mieux gérer l'eau pour éviter la pénurie en 2030 | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

Selon l'ONU, 20% des réserves souterraines sont surexploitées. Sans un changement radical de la gestion de l'eau, planète fera face à une grave pénurie.


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Taiwan Info - Bientôt un habillage sonore pour le métro de Taipei

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Killer olive grove disease could spread to Spain

Killer olive grove disease could spread to Spain | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

A killer disease that has already wiped out a million olive trees in Italy could be on its way to Spain.


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European grain yield stagnation related to climate change

European grain yield stagnation related to climate change | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

After changes in government policy and farm practices, European grain yields leveled off. Stanford's Frances C. Moore says climate trends account for 10 percent of that stagnation.


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How a Keystone XL-size pipeline project is moving ahead without U.S. review

How a Keystone XL-size pipeline project is moving ahead without U.S. review | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it
A new lawsuit argues that the State Department is obligated to insist that Enbridge's plans for expanded capacity across Minnesota undergo environmental review. 
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California Water Supply, Drought | infographic

California Water Supply, Drought | infographic | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

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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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 17, 2014 7:34 AM

These response strategies challenge our innovation and efficiency. Survival is on the line.

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A world without water - FT.com

A world without water - FT.com | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it
“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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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:20 AM

Comprehensive article from the Financial Times covering the increasing water problems corporations deal with.

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How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it
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Climate plan aims to help ecosystems adapt to change

Climate plan aims to help ecosystems adapt to change | Adaptation to environmental changes | Scoop.it

"It is clear from current trends and future projections that we are now committed to a certain amount of changes and impacts, making climate adaptation planning a critical part of responding to this complex challenge."


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Dr. David Evans Speaks About Climate Change and Adaptation

After speaking to the 2010 Noblis sponsored Weather Camp, Noblis Director for The Center for Sustainability Dr. David Evans spoke to the Noblis Network regar...
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Winning Strategies For Business Sustainability

Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer for Booz & Company Tom Stewart on the hidden risks and hidden opportunities associated with living in a carbon-constrai...
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