Legal: Lawsuit filed for falured to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to growing threats to marine life

SAN FRANCISCO – The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the …

Multilateral Development Banks’ climate financing – $81 billion in 2015: where is it all going?

August 17th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica A total of $81 billion in climate financing was mobilised for projects being funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks, according to a new report. According to the new report, the 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance, the total $81 billion dedicated to financing climate change mitigation …

6 key water quality threats; meanwhile, water treatment costs have risen by 50% in a third of large cities around the world

By Natasha Geiling, 27 July 2016, Cross-posted from Climate Progress CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening to seriously undermine the availability of clean drinking water in many of the world’s major cities. According to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Vancouver pursues claim that “almost any building can recover heat from wastewater to reduce natural gas consumption by 30-100%”

By Glenn Meyers August 10th, 2016  Under the aegis of its Renewable City Strategy, the city of Vancouver has committed to generate 100% of its energy from renewable sources before 2050. In implementing this renewable energy goal, International Wastewater Systems (IWS) has announced a series of wastewater heat recovery projects will be installed in Vancouver. The installations will be launched in partnership with …

What do wind development trends mean for health, jobs, cities and transportation?

The Wind Vision Report  takes America’s current installed wind power capacity across all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, and distributed) as its baseline—a capacity that has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030report—and assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the …

Meteorologists: yes, 1000-year rainfall events really are becoming more common

Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in his email newsletter Monday: If you think you’ve heard something like this before, you’re probably right. In fact, 1,000-year rainfall events are occurring frequently enough now that we can start to categorize them. There’s the “rapid onset” 1,000-year events, like what happened this weekend in Maryland and last month’s extreme rainfall in West Virginia, …

Rising percentage of energy from solar is saving lives

Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “We find that a U.S. electric system in which solar plays a major role–supplying 14% of demand in 2030, …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …