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A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker's 2018 State of the Union Address, the new bioeconomy strategy is part of the Commission's drive to boost jobs, growth and investment in the EU. It aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources

2018-10-15T08:03:04+00:00 Tags: |

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major city to announce plans to shift to 100 percent renewable energy sources for electricity. The plan stands out in a state that in recent years has been more inclined to roll back clean energy

2018-10-15T08:11:21+00:00 Tags: |

The rise of renewable energy will change everything

An electric vehicle cruising down the highway, a solar panel installed on a neighbor’s rooftop, a wind turbine turning in the breeze: These are just a few of the powerful symbols that represent the blossoming renewable energy economy. There’s little doubt that the world is on the cusp of a new era of energy generation

2018-10-13T08:14:51+00:00 Tags: |

Role of “natural factors” on recent climate change underestimated, research shows

Pioneering new research has given a new perspective on the crucial role that ‘natural factors’ play in global warming. The study, by Dr Indrani Roy at the University of Exeter, suggests that the natural phenomena such as solar eleven-year cycles and strong volcanic explosions play important roles in recent climate change which has been ‘underestimated’.

2018-10-12T09:42:08+00:00 Tags: |

Can Asia make sustainable palm oil?

Palm oil is the most widely consumed, yet one of the most contentious, vegetable oils on the planet. This high-yielding and versatile food commodity pervades half the items on our supermarket shelves, but not without a cost: deforestation and degradation of critical ecosystems, climate change and abuses of labor and human rights. As demand continues

2018-10-11T08:30:04+00:00 Tags: |

Renewable energy is growing too slow to meet climate goals

The world needs to ramp up adoption of renewable energy, especially beyond the electric power sector — or else it will fall behind in the battle against climate change, the International Energy Agency said on Sunday. In a new report, the Paris-based policy adviser forecasts that renewable energy sources will provide 30 percent of the

2018-10-12T03:20:59+00:00 Tags: |

Keeping food out of landfills

You probably throw out more food than you realize. Food waste makes up 21.6 percent of municipal waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “This is not a good use of landfill space,” said Michael Chajes, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-chair of the University of Delaware’s Sustainability Task Force. “There are

2018-10-10T08:16:42+00:00 Tags: |

Nobel Prize in Economics 2018 Integrating innovation and climate with economic growth

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to William D. Nordhaus, Yale University, New Haven, USA "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis" and Paul M. Romer, NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA "for integrating technological

2018-10-09T08:07:33+00:00 Tags: |

Consumers willing to pay more for sustainably brewed beer

More and more breweries are investing in practices to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases. Will it pay off? A study by Indiana University researchers suggests it may. Drawing on survey research, they find that a majority of U.S. beer drinkers would be willing to pay more for beer produced with sustainable practices. On average,

2018-10-09T08:23:03+00:00 Tags: |

Turning Green Into Green: How Sustainability Benefits Your Bottom Line

The ever-increasing awareness of how manufacturing, consumption and commerce affect the environment continues to offer exciting new opportunities in the business world. Companies that have environmentally focused strategies are making genuine connections with customers, which translates into success with traditional business measures. But it's not easy. In theory, every company has the ability to prioritize sustainability and make more

2018-10-08T07:41:20+00:00 Tags: |

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues warning report

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC approved by governments INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 8 Oct Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting

2018-10-08T07:32:23+00:00 Tags: |

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy

Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world's largest renewable energy projects that pairs wind and solar to create a hybrid power source. It's a rare combination now, but one that's expected to become more common because of its potential to cut costs while providing

2018-10-07T07:26:38+00:00 Tags: |

Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use. These advances have been presented in four scientific articles this year, with the most recent being published in the highly ranked journal Energy & Environmental

2018-10-03T18:20:21+00:00 Tags: |

Liquid metal discovery to make toxic water safe and drinkable

UNSW and RMIT researchers have discovered a revolutionary and cheap way to make filters that can turn water contaminated with heavy metals into safe drinking water in a matter of minutes. Recent UNSW SHARP hire Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh and his former colleagues at RMIT showed that nano-filters made of aluminium oxide could be cheaply produced

2018-10-05T05:24:34+00:00 Tags: |

Dane County working to become a national leader in renewable energy

Ten years ago, no one would have predicted that the price of solar energy would drop 75 to 85 percent, or wind energy 66 percent — suddenly making solar and wind cheaper than coal when utilities need to purchase more power. Or that Dane County’s government operations would stumble into “100 percent renewable energy” — creating more energy than

2018-10-02T12:19:19+00:00 Tags: |

The 10 worst sustainable business practices

I recently teamed up on a panel with Kim Stackhouse-Lawson (director, sustainability, JBS USA; and chair of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and Carlos Saviani (VP, markets and food, World Wildlife Fund) to assist in establishing a sustainability initiative in the food supply chain facilitated by the Context Network. We were asked to feature

2018-10-01T08:04:01+00:00 Tags: |

Study: Emissions from most diesel cars in Europe greatly exceed laboratory testing levels

In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen was found to have illegally cheated federal emissions tests in the United States, by intentionally programming emissions control devices to turn on only during laboratory testing. The devices enabled more than 11 million passenger vehicles to meet U.S. emissions standards in the laboratory despite producing emissions up to

2018-09-30T08:24:25+00:00 Tags: |

The Honnold Foundation Fights Injustice with Renewable Energy

SEATTLE — There are 1.3 billion people worldwide who lack access to energy. As the demand for energy increases, more and more fossil fuels will be required to meet these needs. There has been a shift in focus to renewable energy in order to help meet the energy needs of billions worldwide. Alex Honnold is

2018-09-27T09:07:49+00:00 Tags: |

Nigeria: Achieving electrification with smart micro-grids

An exclusive interview with Professor Xiongwei Liu, from Entrust Microgrid of the Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK, explores smart micro-grids based on hybrid DC/AC networks, for environments with renewables.  Prof. Liu will be speaking on this topic in more detail at the Future Energy Nigeria conference and exhibition, taking place 13-14 November in Lagos. What

2018-09-27T09:03:11+00:00 Tags: |

Why Young and Smart Greenpreneurs are the Future of Sustainable Development

Young people – a growing population segment in developing countries – are intrepid innovators and entrepreneurs who can help solve pressing climate and development challenges today. Believing in the potential of the youth, the Seoul-based Global Green Growth Initiative (GGGI), in partnership with Student Energy and Youth Climate Lab, has developed a new platform for

2018-09-26T08:23:45+00:00 Tags: |