Island nations’ leading role in renewable energy – Al Jazeera English

Island communities are innovative and can make the most of scarce resources while having a global impact.

Source: Island nations’ leading role in renewable energy – Al Jazeera English

Island nations’ leading role in renewable energy

Island communities are innovative and can make the most of scarce resources while having a global impact.

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Many people don't yet realise that renewables are winning against fossil fuels. Coal, oil and natural gas are on the way out and their decline is irreversible, write Nasheed and Kennedy [Getty Images]
Many people don’t yet realise that renewables are winning against fossil fuels. Coal, oil and natural gas are on the way out and their decline is irreversible, write Nasheed and Kennedy [Getty Images]

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@MohamedNasheed

Mohamed Nasheed was the first democratically elected President of the Maldives.

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@dannyksfun

Danny Kennedy is a leading clean energy entrepreneur and co-founder of the global solar company Sungevity.

In November, government representatives all across the world meet again to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. The centre of contention will now shift from political jockeying between nations, to the energy war between renewables and fossil fuel.

While last year’s COP21 was full of promise for a new direction in global climate politics and a rapid uptake of clean energy technology, the world is looking for tangible actions.

As the world’s biggest polluters, the announcement of ratifications by the United States and China around the G20 is a big deal, but so are the examples being set by some of the world’s tiniest nations.

Building World’s Largest Platform for Sustainable Solutions

“It empowers business leaders and entrepreneurs to take leadership in this new landscape which demands solutions to global challenges.”

Source: Building World’s Largest Platform for Sustainable Solutions

Building World’s Largest Platform for Sustainable Solutions
Sustainia and the UN Global Compact announced Monday a unique global partnership that is committed to building the world’s biggest interactive platform for sustainable solutions. The Global Solutions Platform aims to inspire global companies to develop new products, business models and partnerships that can help reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable solutions can be found in every corner of the globe. From solar-powered water purification to sneakers made from plastic waste, they all make our world a cleaner, greener and fairer place. Unfortunately, they are fragmented and often poorly understood.

In response to this challenge, UN Global Compact and Sustainia have announced a new strategic partnership which is committed to creating the world’s biggest virtual showroom, putting sustainable solutions just one click away.

Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Studies suggest that regenerating soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change

Source: Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Due to a lack of water armers abandoned their village in Iran; the soil is cracked and the water reserves dry due to years of overuse.
 Cracked soil by a village in Iran abandoned by farmers because water reserves ran dry due to overuse. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

It’s getting hot out there. Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice cover in the Arctic sea just hit a new low, at 525,000 square miles less than normal. And apparently we’re not doing much to stop it: according to Professor Kevin Anderson, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists, we’ve already blown our chances of keeping global warming below the “safe” threshold of 1.5 degrees.

Fantasy art: the future of energy and water technology – in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian #solutions

A selection of finalists from a biennial public art contest held by the Land Art Generator Initiative

Source: Fantasy art: the future of energy and water technology – in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

 Fantasy art: the future of energy and water technology – in pictures

Pod Cars: Climate Solution or Pipe Dream? | InsideClimate News

In Malmo, Sweden, just over the water from the Copenhagen climate talks, international transportation experts were discussing another aspect of climate change — sustainable transportation. More specifically, the third annual Transport and Climate Change conference focused on personal rapid transit (PRT). Sometimes called “pod cars,” PRT refers to a transportation network of small shuttles that carry five to six people and run on either an elevated electrical track or are suspended from a wire like a gondola. The first PRT system in the world is set to be unveiled to the public at London’s Heathrow airport this spring after years of testing. Shortly thereafter, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi will unveil phase one of its PRT system, which will be a primary mode of transportation in the city.

Source: Pod Cars: Climate Solution or Pipe Dream? | InsideClimate News

The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think – The Ecologist

Hydrogen made from renewable electricity is already fuelling vehicles at affordable prices, writes DAVID THORPE. But now the ‘green’ fuel is set to go from niche to mainstream – powering not just cars, trucks and buses, but storing surplus renewable energy on sunny and windy days, then to be burnt in gas turbines or fuel cells to supply the grid with reliable power on demand.

Source: The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think – The Ecologist

Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval – EcoWatch

Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval

Source: Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval – EcoWatch

The Iowa Utilities Board approved the nation’s largest wind energy project, which will power 800,000 homes once completed.

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The 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project should be completed by the end of 2019.

“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone,” said Bill Fehrman, the CEO of the utility behind the project.

Four ways technology will change how we commute in the future | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

From self driving cars to streetlight sensors, we highlight some of the grand ideas for urban transportation from cities across the US

Source: Four ways technology will change how we commute in the future | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

 

Olli, a 12-passenger self-driving shuttle, uses the cognitive computing ability of IBM Watson and is being trialled in cities across the US.
 Olli, a 12-passenger self-driving shuttle, uses the cognitive computing ability of IBM Watson and is being trialled in cities across the US. Photograph: Local Motors

Columbus, Ohio, is a mid-size city known primarily as the home of Ohio State University, not as a hub of cutting edge technology for public transportation. But that is exactly what this city of 790,000 people plans to be.

By 2019, residents of Columbus could see autonomous shuttles cruising the Easton commercial district, motion-sensitive LED streetlights that also provide free Wi-Fi internet to the residential neighborhood of Linden, and 175 smart traffic signals that aim to ease traffic jams and speed first-responders’ paths through the city. Residents will also be able to use one app to plan and pay for trips that require multiple types of public transportation.

Columbus’s smart city evolution is taking shape thanks to $40m in federal funds the city recently won as part of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The challenge drew applications from 78 cities.

The Pipe for Santa Monica Pier desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of…

Source: The Pipe for Santa Monica Pier desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

 

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

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Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal – EcoWatch

Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal

Source: Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal – EcoWatch

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This surpasses the record set in May of a $29.90 per MWh bid in Dubai for an 800 megawatt (MW) solar project.

“This is the lowest price ever seen, for any renewable technology,” an analyst told Bloomberg. The low price is possible due to the rapid fall in cost of solar technology and the 12 MW solar plant’s location in the ideal conditions of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows – BBC News

The amount of household rubbish being rejected for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.

Source: Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows – BBC News

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The amount of household rubbish being rejected for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.

A BBC Freedom of Information request found councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tons of waste in 2014-15 – up from about 184,000 tons in 2011-12.

But Department for Environment data shows total recycled waste rose from 10.7m to 11m tons a year in the period.

Sweden’s Green Port; Yangtze Porpoises & Leftover Cafes – Al Jazeera English

A port reducing shipping emissions; saving China’s Yangtze porpoise; and a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ junk food cafe goes global.

Source: Sweden’s Green Port; Yangtze Porpoises & Leftover Cafes – Al Jazeera English

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Gothenburg’s Green Port

Ninety percent of world trade is transported by ships at sea. Traditionally this has been considered a greener method of transport than road or air, but toxic pollution from ships kills tens of thousands of people every year.

The Port of Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s busiest shipping hub, is pioneering a number of methods to mitigate the effects of pollution from ships.

From plugging ships into onshore green energy supplies so they do not have to burn fuel whilst in dock, to pioneering a new ‘sniffer’ technique which monitors passing ships’ sulphur emissions.

UK Cohousing Network

Find out about cohousing in the UK and join the network! Find a group, read our resources, and be a part of it.

Source: UK Cohousing Network

Cohousing in a nutshell

Cohousing communities are created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home but residents come together to manage their community and share activities. Cohousing is a way of combating the alienation and isolation many experience today, recreating the neighbourly support of the past. This can happen anywhere, in your street or starting a new community using empty homes or building new.