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Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery

Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

Ikea Group, owner of 366 Ikea stores worldwide, will make deliveries via electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020 according to a statement, converting to what it calls "zero emissions home deliveries" worldwide by 2025. Ikea Group will also provide access to charging stations for electric vehicles across 30 markets at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020. The company aims to eventually become "climate positive" by 2030, according to a June press release, which the company defines as "reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of Ikea products and operations in absolute terms."


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In 2017, the Ikea supply chain contributed 26 million tons of CO2 emissions, or about 0.1% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent sustainability report. The company originally announced in June the first phase of the electric delivery conversion would take place by 2025, and with this announcement, it is picking up the pace on this one element of a massive global supply chain.

Ikea has been making incremental moves toward a more sustainable operation for years, taking the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to heart and vowing to contribute to the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
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Remarkable step forward by Ikea! It is critical for companies to look at emissions throughout the supply chain in order to accurately gauge progress or highlight failures.

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Energy: new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency | News | European Parliament

Energy: new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency | News | European Parliament | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals.


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On November 13, the European Parliament (EP) announced its approval of new targets for renewables and energy efficiency rates to be achieved by 2030. 

For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

According to the press release, “by 2030, energy efficiency in the [European Union (EU)] has to have improved by 32.5%, whereas the share of energy from renewables should be at least 32% of the EU’s gross final consumption.” Highlighting the crucial role of second generation biofuels rather than first generation biofuels which lead to land use changes, the EP declared that the latter will no longer count towards the EU energy goals from 2030. Starting in 2019, the plan is to phase out first generation biofuels gradually until it reaches zero. 

By December 31, 2019, member states will be required to present a ten-year national energy and climate plan, which outlines the national measures that will be taken.
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Banks, Insurers Must Have Credible Plans for Climate Change-BoE - The New York Times

Banks, Insurers Must Have Credible Plans for Climate Change-BoE - The New York Times | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Britain's banks and insurers must come up with credible plans for protecting themselves against risks from climate change and may need to hold more capital, the Bank of England said on Monday.
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"Financial risks from climate change will be minimised if there is an orderly market transition to a low-carbon world, but the window for an orderly transition is finite and closing," the central bank said in a policy proposal document. Governor Mark Carney, who has put climate change issues on the BoE’s regulatory radar, said last month that lenders had failed to grasp the scale of the challenge.

Separately, the Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates asset managers and trading platforms in Britain, published a discussion paper on managing climate change risks. The FCA wants to ensure competition and growth in green investments that provide environmental benefits and will look at how to improve investor information on climate risks faced by a company listing on the stock market.
 
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Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery

Ikea moves up the timeline for 'zero emissions' in last-mile delivery | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

Ikea Group, owner of 366 Ikea stores worldwide, will make deliveries via electric vehicles in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020 according to a statement, converting to what it calls "zero emissions home deliveries" worldwide by 2025. Ikea Group will also provide access to charging stations for electric vehicles across 30 markets at stores, offices and distribution centers by 2020. The company aims to eventually become "climate positive" by 2030, according to a June press release, which the company defines as "reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of Ikea products and operations in absolute terms."


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In 2017, the Ikea supply chain contributed 26 million tons of CO2 emissions, or about 0.1% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent sustainability report. The company originally announced in June the first phase of the electric delivery conversion would take place by 2025, and with this announcement, it is picking up the pace on this one element of a massive global supply chain.

Ikea has been making incremental moves toward a more sustainable operation for years, taking the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to heart and vowing to contribute to the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement.
 
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Remarkable step forward by Ikea! It is critical for companies to look at emissions throughout the supply chain in order to accurately gauge progress or highlight failures.

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Il nous reste deux ans pour agir contre le changement climatique, avertit l'ONU - Sciencesetavenir.fr

Il nous reste deux ans pour agir contre le changement climatique, avertit l'ONU - Sciencesetavenir.fr | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Il nous reste deux ans pour agir contre le changement climatique, selon l'ONU.
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"Il est impératif que la société civile - jeunes, groupes de femmes, secteur privé, communautés religieuses, scientifiques et mouvements écologiques dans le monde - demande des comptes aux dirigeants", a insisté le secrétaire général des Nations unies. En dressant un tableau noir des menaces pesant sur la chaîne alimentaire et l'accès à l'eau, M. Guterres a martelé que le monde faisait "face à une menace existentielle directe" et au "plus grand défi" de l'époque. 
 "Le changement climatique va plus vite que nous", a-t-il relevé. "Nous avons les outils pour rendre nos actions efficaces mais nous manquons - même après l'accord de Paris - de leadership et d'ambition pour faire ce que nous devons faire", a-t-il déploré. Ainsi, "nous devons arrêter la déforestation, restaurer les forêts détériorées et changer notre manière de cultiver". Il faut aussi revoir "la manière de chauffer, de refroidir et d'éclairer nos bâtiments pour gaspiller moins d'énergie".
 
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Minnesota co-op breaks ground on first major storage projects in state | Catherine Morehouse | UtilityDive.com

Minnesota co-op breaks ground on first major storage projects in state | Catherine Morehouse | UtilityDive.com | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

The Connexus projects join a larger trend of solar-plus-storage installations popping up across the country as the price of the resources decreases and utilities seek emissions-free alternatives to natural gas plants.

Battery storage is anticipated to reach 557 MW by the end of 2018 and near 1 GW by 2019, according to GTM Research.

Minnesota has been at the forefront of community solar laws in recent years, building 246 MW of privately developed community solar, thanks in part to a highly anticipated regulatory decision by Minnesota lawmakers in 2015.


 

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"The holy grail for renewable energy is to have storage you can dispatch at any time," said Ellen Anderson, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Solar-plus-storage could be more cost effective than natural gas peaker plants in Minnesota as soon as this year, a study from the University of Minnesota concluded in 2017. The report also cited a study by Connexus that found a majority of its members "were willing to pay up to 5% more for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy."
 
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Canicule, ouragans, maladies... 12 signes qui montrent que le réchauffement climatique s'intensifie

Canicule, ouragans, maladies... 12 signes qui montrent que le réchauffement climatique s'intensifie | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
VIDEO. C'est un fait : le réchauffement de la planète s’est accéléré sous l’effet de la combustion d’énergies fossiles.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Le 1er août dernier, un document signé par 450 scientifiques a de nouveau alerté sur les niveaux records des gaz à effet de serre dans le monde pour l'année 2017. Comme le confirme le rapport de l'Agence nationale océanique et atmosphérique (NOAA) et la société américaine des météorologistes, une kyrielle d'indicateurs montre que le réchauffement de la planète s'est accéléré sous l'effet de la combustion d'énergies fossiles.
 
Et aujourd'hui, en 2018, la multiplication des signes fait craindre le pire.  Entre l'extinction de certaines espèces, des îles telles les Maldives qui pourraient disparaître, les épisodes caniculaires, les feux de forêt et les ouragans de grande intensité qui semblent se multiplier... l'alarme a bel et bien sonné.
 
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Record-breaking heat waves are rippling... - The Years Project

Record-breaking heat waves are rippling... - The Years Project | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Record-breaking heat waves are rippling across the planet, bringing death and destruction in their wake. #YEARSproject
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Été 2018 - Moment critique: Les changements climatiques laissent maintenant des traces sur toute la planète.  Ce vidéo montre des vagues de chaleur qui battent tous les records font rage sur la planète, entraînant la mort et la destruction dans leur sillage.

Summer 2018 - Critical moment: Climate change is now leaving traces all over the planet.  This video shows Record-breaking heat waves are rippling across the planet, bringing death and destruction in their wake. 

Allons-nous réagir?

Will we react?
 
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A/C Cools Us In A Warmer World But Dirties Air, Harms Health

A/C Cools Us In A Warmer World But Dirties Air, Harms Health | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Using more A/C to adapt to climate change solves one problem but worsens another.
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Last year was one of the hottest years on record and extremely hot days are becoming more intense and frequent worldwide. The NRDC study shows that while using air conditioning to adapt to increasingly warmer weather will relieve exposures to extreme heat, this response will harm public health if we continue to rely on fossil fuels to meet our cooling needs. 
We need to move towards cleaner energy sources, expanded energy efficiency measures, and more energy conservation to mitigate the dangerous effects of climate change.
 
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Peak demand, demand response create 20% energy bill savings for Enel's latest Ontario C&I customer

Peak demand, demand response create 20% energy bill savings for Enel's latest Ontario C&I customer | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Enel X, the innovation and digitalisation arm of European utility Enel, is following up an initial 1MWh commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage project in Ontario, Canada, with a significantly scaled-up second project.
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Ontario food packaging company Amhil North America will host the 2.3MW/4.7MWh lithium-ion battery system at a facility in Mississauga.

The opportunity in Ontario is defined mainly through application of the Global Adjustment Charge, levied onto electricity consumers to pay for decarbonisation and grid upgrades. These are levied at a higher rate on businesses than households, meaning there is an appeal for C&I customers, if not residential, to use energy storage. Similar to demand charges in the US, the GAC is calculated for C&I consumers from their use of grid power at times of peak demand. The less grid power used, the lower the charge, hence a business case exists to use batteries – and potentially low carbon generation – to lower dependence on the grid.
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BYD: Stationary storage will follow EVs in gaining public confidence

BYD: Stationary storage will follow EVs in gaining public confidence | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
BYD has just opened a gigawatt-scale lithium battery factory in Qinghai Province, a few days after a senior company representative told Energy-Storage.news that, like electric vehicles (EVs), it is only a matter of time before lithium batteries for stationary storage reach mainstream acceptance.
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The Chinese battery, energy storage system and electric vehicle manufacturer, which describes itself as a “new energy company” in press materials, is aiming to reach 60GWh annual production of batteries by 2020. The newest factory, in the Western Chinese province, is a 24GWh facility, expected to be completed during 2019. It is the company's third factory in China. It was not clear from BYD releases how much of the new factory's capacity if any will be utilised for stationary energy storage.
 
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Oil Industry Copes With Climate Impacts As Permafrost Thaws | Elizabeth Harball | NPR.org

Oil Industry Copes With Climate Impacts As Permafrost Thaws | Elizabeth Harball | NPR.org | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

Oil operations in Alaska are specially designed for freezing conditions. But as the climate changes, the state is warming twice as fast as the rest of the country. That poses a challenge for the oil industry, and a boon for Alaska businesses that are creating products to help it cope.

Brian Shumaker is one such entrepreneur who knows how tricky it can be to operate in the Arctic, where he once did some engineering work for oil companies.

"Imagine for a moment you've just landed in a helicopter out on the tundra," he says, "you're about a hundred miles from anywhere, and it's costing you a dollar a second to be here."

Companies must build hundreds of miles of ice roads — roads literally made of ice — to move the massive equipment used for oil exploration. But state regulators don't allow that construction to start until the fragile tundra is sufficiently frozen. And scientists report that freeze-up is happening up to two months later than it did in the 1980s.

Seeing an opportunity, Shumaker figured out a way to help oil companies pinpoint exactly when the ground is freezing.

 

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"It is ironic, and it's challenging for a state that is so dependent on resource extraction but is also really feeling the impacts of climate change," says Josh Kindred, who until recently represented many oil companies with the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Alaska's economy leans heavily on oil money. For Kindred and many other Alaskans, the idea of stopping the state's oil production to address climate change is unthinkable. So the industry keeps finding ways to adapt.
 
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Every Canadian Unknowingly Gives $100 a Year to Big Oil, Study Reveals

Every Canadian Unknowingly Gives $100 a Year to Big Oil, Study Reveals | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

While paying near record-high gasoline prices, Canadians will be thrilled to know every woman, man, and child in Canada also “donates” around $100 ($77 USD) to profitable, and often foreign-owned, oil and gas companies. That donation, in the form of federal and provincial subsidies, amounted to an average $3.67 billion ($2.84 billion USD) annually in 2015 and 2016. That makes Canadians the most generous among the G7 nations, a new study reveals.

 
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The study documents how much support each G7 country doles out to oil, gas, and coal industries. Using this data Motherboard calculated that government support for oil and gas production averaged $100 per Canadian in 2015 and in 2016—or $400 ($308 USD) for a family of four. That’s far more generous than larger economies like the US and Japan that gave the industry $60 ($46 USD) and $50 ($39 USD) per person respectively.
 
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A rising tide: Energy efficiency now employs 2.25 million Americans

A rising tide: Energy efficiency now employs 2.25 million Americans | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Looking for a job or smart investment? The energy efficiency field is an increasingly good bet for workers and financiers. Here’s why: new data show it employed 2.25 million Americans last year — more than the combined total of jobs to produce coal, oil, gas, and electricity (including renewables).
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“Over the last three years, the most surprising finding has been the sustained growth of energy efficiency jobs,” the groups said in releasing their report, noting a 3% increase from 2016 to 2017. Their release said the efficiency sector has “flattened electricity demand, driven greenhouse gas reductions, made American manufacturers more competitive and created millions of jobs.”
 
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Oil Prices Hit Multi-Month Lows

Oil Prices Hit Multi-Month Lows | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Oil prices have hit a multi-month low as bearish sentiment takes over markets and OPEC considers reimplementing a production cut deal
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The recent multi-month Oil prices lows seem to be the result of a confluence of factors all point in a bearish direction. 

On top of U.S. oil production surges (The EIA reported that production skyrocketed to 11.6 million barrels per day in the U.S.), there are 10 other important factors that were identified by Oilprice.com: 

1. Russia could benefit from OPEC+ cut. (Russia’s oil production is at a post-Soviet record high) 

2. OPEC+ increase would be third reversal. (Saudi Arabia increased production in 2015, 2016 and again this year) 

3. Chevron considers Venezuela exit. 

4. Natural gas prices up sharply. 

5. Keystone XL construction blocked by court. (Imperial Oil gives FID to oil sands project. Imperial Oil gave the go-ahead to a $2.6 billion bitumen project in Alberta, the first new oil sands project to receive a final investment decision since 2013.) 

6. Shale companies to pivot back to Permian. (The potential plans to add rigs back into the field suggests that the lull in the Permian could be nearing an end) 

7. Enbridge pipeline at risk after elections. (The aging 65-year-old pipeline, with a capacity of 540,000 bpd, presents an environmental risk to the Great Lakes and Michigan’s waterways, Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer has argued.) 

8. Wind and solar cheaper than coal. (Renewable energy has been gaining ground at the expense of coal for some time, but a new study estimates that wind and solar are not just cheaper than new coal plants, but actually cheaper than simply running existing coal plants.) 

9. Saudi think tank explores non-OPEC world. (A Saudi think tank is undertaking a research study to explore the ramifications of a hypothetical scenario in which OPEC fell apart or was disbanded.) 

10. China’s oil imports still strong. (China imported a record volume of oil in October, dispelling fears that the Chinese economy is slowing down.)

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United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions

United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

United Airlines said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next few decades to help reduce its carbon footprint and its dependence on fossil fuels. The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters. Fuel costs account for a major portion of airlines' expenses, and rising oil prices over the past year have eaten in to industry profits, sending carriers scrambling to mitigate the impact.

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The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. 

 "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters.
 
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Remarkable initiative by United Airlines! Best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN secretary general. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental resources and the shift to less efficient energy sources.
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Energy shift, Riding blind and Sink Costs

For the “first time in human history”, the new report (commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary General) says, capitalist economies are “shifting to energy sources that are less energy efficient.” Producing usable energy (“exergy”) to keep powering “both basic and non-basic human activities” in industrial civilisation “will require more, not less, effort”. 

At the same time, our hunger for energy is driving what the paper refers to as “sink costs.” The greater our energy and material use, the more waste we generate, and so the greater the environmental costs. Though they can be ignored for a while, eventually those environmental costs translate directly into economic costs as it becomes more and more difficult to ignore their impacts on our societies.

These crises are part of the same fundamental transition. The new era is characterised by inefficient fossil fuel production and escalating costs of climate change. Conventional capitalist economic thinking can no longer explain, predict or solve the workings of the global economy in this new age.

Those are the implications of a new background paper prepared by a team of Finnish scientists who were asked to provide research that would feed into the drafting of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which will be released in 2019.
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As Planet Warms, Advocates Urge U.S. To Set Rules To Protect Workers From Heat | Katie Lawrie | NPR.org

As Planet Warms, Advocates Urge U.S. To Set Rules To Protect Workers From Heat | Katie Lawrie | NPR.org | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

Two years ago, James Klenk of Freehold, N.J. suffered a heat stroke and went into renal failure after several days sorting and unloading heavy boxes in the back of a UPS truck. He had been a driver for UPS for 14 years and almost died that day.

Klenk is one of countless workers across the country enduring symptoms of heat stress. High temperatures can pose health threats on a daily basis, including confusion, fatigue, and dehydration. More extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and organ failure, depending on a worker's environment and how quickly treatment is administered.

In 1972, and again in 1986, and in 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set a specific standard to prevent heat stress in workers and hold employers accountable. OSHA, however, has yet to do so.

 

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Climate change is projected to make an "already bad situation worse" for those working in excessive heat, according to a recent report and petition spearheaded by Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group. Both NASA and the American Meteorological Society predict we can expect both more intense and more frequent heat events across the country in coming decades, with huge implications for both indoor and outdoor workers.

Since the early 1990s, heat-related illnesses have killed hundreds and seriously injured hundreds of thousands of workers, according to figures compiled by the federal government.

Though rising temperatures affect workers from a range of sectors, agriculture and construction workers are particularly vulnerable to injury. By combining projections from the group Climate Central with census data, Public Citizen concluded that, by 2050, more than one million agriculture and construction workers will experience 30 days or more of dangerous heat per year.
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HSBC warns that Earth is running out of resources to sustain life | Jeremy Berke | BusinessInsider.com

HSBC warns that Earth is running out of resources to sustain life | Jeremy Berke | BusinessInsider.com | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

One of the world's largest banks says the planet is running out of resources and warns that neither governments nor companies are prepared for climate change.

The world spent its entire natural resource budget for the year by August 1, a group of analysts at HSBC said in a note that cited research from the Global Footprint Network (GFN).

That means that the world's citizens used up all the planet's resources for the year in just seven months, according to GFN's analysis.

"In our opinion, these findings and events show that many businesses and governments are not adequately prepared for climate impacts, nor are they using natural resources efficiently," the HSBC analysts said in the note.


 

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Many banks and asset managers have started factoring climate risks into their decision-making — a move spurred in part by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But it's far less common to see multinational banks sound the alarm about climate change so explicitly in their equity research.

HSBC's note also warned about extreme events resulting from heat, including the wildfires in Scandinavia and broken temperature records around the world. "As scientists work on attribution analysis for specific events — the general consensus is that climate change is making these events more likely to occur and more severe," HSBC said.
 
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Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. Why Isn’t the Media Talking About Climate Change?

https://democracynow.org - Major corporate broadcast networks reported on July’s 2-week global heat wave at least 127 times, but mentioned climate change only once!

 
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Major U.S. broadcast networks reported on July’s 2-week global heat wave at least 127 times, but mentioned climate change only once. That’s according to a report by Media Matters, which tracked coverage of the extreme weather by ABC, CBS and NBC. We host a panel discussion on the media’s role in the climate change crisis, the fossil fuel industry and global warming-fueled extreme weather across the globe. 

Democracynow.org speaks with Nathaniel Rich, writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His piece “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” was published August 1 in a special edition of The New York Times Magazine dedicated to climate change. 

Rob Nixon, author of “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor,” and Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist and director of climate science for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists are also adding their insights on this important matter. 

While we can see multiple and simultaneous examples of extreme weather fueled by climate change across the globe, why Isn’t the Media Talking not much About Climate Change?
 
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Tesla Expects "Enormous" Growth in Solar

Tesla Expects "Enormous" Growth in Solar | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Here's how Tesla expects to go from declining to surging solar deployments.
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Tesla wants to make sure it delivers when it comes to quality and the customer experience before it ramps up production and deliveries of its solar roof. "We are working to enhance the product design and manufacturing process of the solar roof in order to improve the customer experience while reducing manufacturing cost and achieving high levels of quality," Tesla said in the first-quarter update. 

Tesla chief technology officer J.B. Straubel is particularly optimistic: "No one should see us as stepping back from solar." Straubel said in an interview this week with USA Today. The CTO went on to explain that demand is off the charts, and the company is "aggressively ramping" its solar production capacity: "The growth ahead will be enormous." 

Do you think, like Tesla, that they are just a few quarters away from a big increase in solar production and sales? 

What are your views on this market and Tesla's share in North America?
 
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Trade war creates risk to capex projects, jobs - Petrochemical Update2

Trade war creates risk to capex projects, jobs - Petrochemical Update2 | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
There are 325 manufacturing projects under way in the U.S., representing an investment of more than $194 billion. If these projects are delayed or canceled, the 460,000 jobs they generated will disappear, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said. The U.S. listed $200 billion worth of additional products it intends to place tariffs on as soon as September. The move comes just days after the two countries imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of $34 billion on each other's goods. Chemicals
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The American Chemistry Council (ACC), joined with the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of American Railroads published a commentary in the Washington Examiner denouncing the new tariffs. 

ACC said in a July 11 statement. “Unilateral actions that alienate long-standing U.S. allies and close off the U.S. market to the rest of the world are not a recipe for economic growth and prosperity and are very unlikely to change China’s unfair practices.”

The U.S. has already imposed 25% tariffs on several Chinese products, most of which are machines and industrial tools. The 25% tariff on steel is of concern because construction of new chemical and plant construction requires such massive amounts of the material, the groups said.
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Réchauffement climatique, le phénomène s’accélère - la Croix

Réchauffement climatique, le phénomène s’accélère - la Croix | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Les dernières études liées au climat le montrent : nous sommes entrés dans l’ère des tristes records. La grande crainte est celle d’un emballement du dérèglement climatique car certains phénomènes se renforcent les uns les autres.

Via M-Christine Lanne
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Les climatologues ne disent pas autre chose. « Les lieux où il fait bon vivre seront moins nombreux », note Jean Jouzel, évoquant avec une multiplication des événements extrêmes, une tension accrue sur l’eau et la sécurité alimentaire et des terres rendues inhabitables. Même en France, certaines modélisations sérieuses donnent le vertige. Au rythme actuel, les records de températures pourraient ainsi atteindre… 55 degrés dans le nord du pays et dans l’est, dès la seconde moitié du siècle. « Le monde de demain sera très différent de celui que nous connaissons. Et à relativement court terme,insiste Hervé Le Treut. Il sera bientôt trop tard pour dévier de notre trajectoire vouée à l’échec, et le temps presse », avaient alerté plusieurs milliers de scientifiques dans un vibrant appel lancé fin 2017, au moment de la COP23 à Bonn. « La Terre, rappelaient-ils, est notre seul foyer. »
 
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Un remarquable article qui fait un triste tour d'horizon sur le réchauffement climatique, son cortège de catastrophes (canicules, tempêtes, montée des eaux...) et ses possibles effets d'emballement. Avec les témoignages de trois grands observateurs que je connais bien : le professeur Dominique Bourg, de l'Université de Lausanne qui a guidé mes premiers pas dans le DD, et les 2 plus importants climatologues francais : Jean Jouzel et Hervé Le Treut

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Listening to James Hansen on Climate Change, Thirty Years Ago and Now

Listening to James Hansen on Climate Change, Thirty Years Ago and Now | Energy Matters | Scoop.it
Three decades ago, climate scientists made a series of predictions; for the most part these have proved to be spectacularly accurate. But, somehow, we have failed to act.
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"James Hansen told a Senate committee that “the greenhouse effect has been detected and is changing our climate now.” At the time, Hansen was the head of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and though his testimony was certainly not the first official warning about the “greenhouse effect”—a report to President Lyndon Johnson, in 1965, predicted “measurable and perhaps marked changes in climate” in the decades to follow—it was the first to receive national news coverage. "
 
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We examined 885 European cities' plans to tackle climate change – here's what we found

Climate change plans can bring broader benefits to cities, while helping avert disaster.
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Plans for mitigating the effects of climate change are generally straightforward: they look at ways to increase efficiency, transition to clean energy and improve heating, insulation and transport. In doing so, they are likely to result in financial savings or health benefits for the municipality, and the public. For example, more low-emission vehicles on the road doesn’t just mean less carbon emissions – it also means better air quality for the city’s residents.
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Carnegie raises AU$5.3 million for solar, battery and wave energy businesses

Carnegie raises AU$5.3 million for solar, battery and wave energy businesses | Energy Matters | Scoop.it

Australian firm Carnegie Clean Energy has raised AU$5.3 million (~US$4 million) to grow its solar PV, battery energy storage and wave energy businesses. Carnegie previously announced on 30 April 2018 that it had initiated a Share Purchase Plan which allowed all eligible Carnegie shareholders to purchase between AU$2,500 and AU$15,000 worth of shares in Carnegie at 3.0 cents per share.


 
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Carnegie said the funds raised would be used to move its wave and solar-hybrid businesses toward profitability, being used as working capital to deliver its existing projects, to further develop and convert its contract pipeline, develop its build, own and operate project pipeline and to pursue opportunities to expand its businesses either organically or through corporate transactions.
 
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