Lessons from the international success around the ozone hole

Imagery and language matter The satellite animation of the changing atmosphere over the Antarctic first shown in 1985 appeared to show a growing “ozone hole”. This was a scientifically imprecise description of the thinning that was concentrated at both poles, but the metaphor – of the roof over our home planet being punctured – captured the public imagination and, most …

Optimizing Restoration Can Deliver an Eightfold Increase in Cost-Effectiveness

A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution presents a novel approach to identify optimal priority areas for restoration, considering multiple criteria such as biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and reduction of costs. In a context of multiple local, national and global targets for ecosystem restoration, the study presents a flexible tool capable of increasing restoration cost-effectiveness by up to eight …

Capturing carbon in concrete

Concrete is the most abundant man-made material on earth. There’s a good chance you’re standing on it right now, and it’s holding up the buildings around you. But concrete has an emissions problem. Its essential ingredient, cement, has a huge carbon footprint. Cement is the glue that makes concrete strong, but the process of making cement requires superheating calcium carbonate, or …

Renewables (non-hydro) to power 72% of Germany by 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, 6 Nov 2018 In 2017, onshore wind power capacity accounted for the largest share of installed capacity in Germany with 24.1%, followed by coal with 22.1% and then solar PV with 20.2%. All up, non-hydro renewables contributed over half (51.6%) of Germany’s total installed power capacity in 2017. Looking forward, GlobalData sees Germany focusing on expanding …

Just how much more land, water, air and climate saving are Impossible Burgers?

Brown’s vision for Impossible Foods is so much grander than simply making a meat substitute. In the company’s Sustainability Report from 2017 they write: “Americans consume about 10 billion pounds of ground beef per year. The average American eats three hamburgers every week— nearly 50 billion burgers per year and about half of this is consumed in restaurants. In order to supply …

Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050

Robert Walton,  Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050, on Utility Dive, Sept. 26, 2018 A diverse group of transportation stakeholders launched a new campaign pressing for significant advances in efficiency and vehicular systems, with a goal of slashing transportation energy consumption 50% by 2050, while simultaneously improving mobility. Recommendations include improving efficiency for all vehicle types, …

6th IPCC Report Says World Is Headed For Existential Crisis. A WWII style rapid shift is needed.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hailed as an up-and-coming progressive champion, has spoken about the need for a World War II-style commitment to fighting global warming. The Democratic Party in 2016 included similar language in its official platform. By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, September 27th, 2018 b The International Panel On Climate Change will meet in Inchon, Korea, the first week in October. Its mission will …

Zero Over Time Process Drives Existing Portfolios Toward Net Zero Energy

RMI, September 12, 2018 , By Matt Jungclaus Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings are gaining interest from building owners, tenants, and landlords alike. RMI’s latest report, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time for Building Portfolios, outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap …