Month: September 2016

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