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Why Does Green California Pump the Dirtiest Oil in the U.S.?

Why Does Green California Pump the Dirtiest Oil in the U.S.? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
California may be a leader in climate policies, but much of its abundant oil reserves are nearly as carbon-intensive to extract and refine as Alberta tar sands crude. Many experts now say that reform of the state’s methods of producing oil is long overdue.
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NOAA grant to CSUCI enables Oxnard School District students to explore the Santa Barbara Channel

NOAA grant to CSUCI enables Oxnard School District students to explore the Santa Barbara Channel | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The nearly $60,000 award will allow Oxnard middle school students to be paired with CSUCI professors and undergraduate students to learn about coastal science.
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Target to transform supply chain as part of climate and energy initiatives | SCM | Supply Chain Digital

Target to transform supply chain as part of climate and energy initiatives | SCM | Supply Chain Digital | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Target has long been committed to making our business more sustainable, which leads to a stronger, cleaner supply chain and operations, and a healthier environment for our team members and guests,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target.

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An example to follow. What do you think?

 

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Tesla's Model 3 'production hell' is testing Elon Musk's fix-as-you-go carmaking model

Tesla's Model 3 'production hell' is testing Elon Musk's fix-as-you-go carmaking model | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla's Elon Musk is struggling with production for the new Model 3 electric sedan.
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Opinion | My company’s carbon footprint is the size of a small country. We need to act.

Opinion | My company’s carbon footprint is the size of a small country. We need to act. | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
First, investment in operating sustainably delivers cost savings. Mars is already capitalizing on the falling prices of renewable energy and the long-term cost savings of clean technology. This has helped to reduce the carbon emissions of our 150 factories around the world by 25 percent. We are already using enough renewable energy to make all our M&M’s. In fact, we now purchase enough renewable energy to fuel our entire operations in five countries and plan to make that 11 countries in 2018. All of this is delivered at the same cost, or lower, as fossil fuel.

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The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country's environment

The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country's environment | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Weeks after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test, the ground is still rumbling. Two small earthquakes have occurred since then.
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Tropical forests may be carbon sources, not sinks

Tropical forests may be carbon sources, not sinks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Combination of satellite images and on-the-ground data enables more complete tracking of forest carbon flows.
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Plague claims 20 lives in Madagascar amid warnings over rapid rise in cases

Plague claims 20 lives in Madagascar amid warnings over rapid rise in cases | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Government bans public gatherings in country’s capital as World Health Organization sounds alarm over sharp increase in infections of deadly disease
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How a Dam Building Boom Is Transforming the Brazilian Amazon

How a Dam Building Boom Is Transforming the Brazilian Amazon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Brazil is in the midst of a hydropower construction boom that is inundating large areas of rainforest and driving indigenous people from their lands — all while failing to fully develop the country’s vast potential for solar and wind energy.

 
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Hydroid demonstrates underwater launch of Aerovironment's Blackwing UAV

Hydroid demonstrates underwater launch of Aerovironment's Blackwing UAV | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Hydroid, Inc. teamed with L3 Aerospace Systems, Sparton Corporation and AeroVironment, Inc. to successfully demonstrate the latest unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities, including the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at ANTX in Newport, RI last month. Outfitted with L3’s Rio Nino signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection payload and a Sparton Hammerhead canister containing an …
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Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions | Sustainable Brands

Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Reducing deforestation and other unsustainable land use practices is imperative and could help capture as much as a sixth of the carbon necessary to reach global climate targets, according to the UN-endorsed Bonn agreement on deforestation. Corporations, particularly those with vested interests in forest resources and rely heavily on agriculture and forestry, stand to gain considerably by reducing impacts, a move which would also positively affect climate. As these companies set objectives to align with science-based goals, a formal methodology is needed to guide them towards embedding land use-generated emissions in their corporate and product footprints.

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California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy

California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Imagine a California future where fossil fuels are never used to generate electricity. That's a proposal lawmakers are considering now. What would it take to hit that goal?
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Bye to 'Whole Paycheck'? New owner Amazon slashes Whole Foods prices

Bye to 'Whole Paycheck'? New owner Amazon slashes Whole Foods prices | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Amazon.com Inc. completed its $13.7-billion purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc. on Monday and immediately slashed prices by up to 43% for some of the grocery chain’s bestselling products.
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CCI Toolbox | The ESA Climate Data Toolbox

CCI Toolbox | The ESA Climate Data Toolbox | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
CCI Toolbox - The European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Data Toolbox
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Records fall across region amid heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast for World Series

Records fall across region amid heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast for World Series | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New heat records were set across Southern California as temperatures soared in advance of Tuesday’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium.
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Google parent company sends up solar-powered balloons to bring internet service to Puerto Rico 

Google parent company sends up solar-powered balloons to bring internet service to Puerto Rico  | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two of the search giant's “Project Loon” balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access.
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Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials | Sustainable Brands

Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The Technology sector dominated the ranking, outperforming all other industry groups analyzed. On the other end of the spectrum, Oil & Gas, Steel, Business Services and Building Materials received the lowest scores, reflecting a compliance-only focus, instead of the proactive, due-diligence-based strategies implemented by the top five leading companies: Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and Royal Philips. This is consistent with last year’s report, demonstrating a greater need for transparency in these sectors.

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Asda, Co-op Collaborate to Streamline Supply Chain Sustainability Data | Sustainable Brands

Asda, Co-op Collaborate to Streamline Supply Chain Sustainability Data | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Both Asda and the Co-op have experience using 2degrees platforms and have witnessed the myriad of benefits they deliver to suppliers. Earlier this year, the Co-op helped launch 2degrees’s Manufacture 2030, a global platform designed to help companies cut costs, reduce risk and minimize environmental impact through better supply chain and cross-industry collaboration. The collaboration with Asda is the next logical step in delivering on Manufacture 2030’s objectives.

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Elon Musk and Puerto Rico’s governor want to rebuild the island’s grid the Tesla way

Elon Musk and Puerto Rico’s governor want to rebuild the island’s grid the Tesla way | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Elon Musk is ready to tackle rebuilding Puerto Rico's electrical grid. Tesla has already implemented systemwide solar and battery projects on islands like Kauai in Hawaii and another American Samoa. When Scott Stapf of the consulting firm The Hastings Group tweeted to the Tesla founder that the damage to the island's  grid after Hurrican
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Musk: Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid

Musk: Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla has already done similar battery and solar power projects with other islands.
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Vice President Pence Touts “Success” in Gutting Public Health and Safety Protections

Vice President Pence Touts “Success” in Gutting Public Health and Safety Protections | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Today, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech touting the Trump administration’s efforts to delay, undermine and cut science-based safeguards. Unfortunately, the administration has ignored science and the public interest in its rush to deregulate, leaving Americans, especially low-income communities and communities of color who often face the greatest threats, at risk, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS.
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Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build base on moon

Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build base on moon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Musk says project codenamed BFR would also allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour

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L.L. Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

L.L. Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The new ad is part of the company's new 'Be an Outsider' campaign.
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How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together

How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Whilst climate change has disruptive and sometimes devastating consequences, confronting it has great potential for job creation. Good jobs. Decent jobs that provide livelihood, protection and dignity. The kinds of jobs that ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. The ILO calls these "green jobs."

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, September 2, 9:28 PM
We must learn to recognize these opportunities and design strategic environmental policies driven by a decent work agenda. There is an urgent need for green employment policies in: 

1) Prevention—before disasters occur 
2) Mitigation—transitioning to clean energy 
3) Adaptation—waste recycling, and reusing of materials such as plastic. 

This process of change at work will require the combined efforts of governments and of employers and workers through social dialogue. Day by day, workplace practices, skills, product design and job profiles are being adjusted. Most automobile manufacturers produce more fuel-efficient (or electric) cars; farmers apply more climate-resilient growing methods with organic fertilizers; enterprises use more energy-efficient techniques. 

This new working dynamic makes a strong case for thinking in terms of processes to enable the greening of economies and production, rather than a dichotomy between unsustainable, dirty jobs being discontinued, and sustainable, clean ones being created.
 
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Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Area Gets High National Ranking For Sustainability

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Area Gets High National Ranking For Sustainability | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new survey of the top regions in America for sustainable growth efforts includes part of the South Coast. The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura area ranked
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