Capital Creation, Not Extraction - Digital Economy. Ecovative - Wood Made Without Trees. Ecovative Design - Insulation. Search- Mushroom Material. Six to seven times cheaper to power cars by renewables than oil: BNP Paribas. Electric cars powered by new wind and solar projects will get six to seven times more power than petrol cars for the same capital cost, according to French bank BNP Paraibas.
When Tax Accountants Lobby for Sustainability. The current economic system isn’t being leveraged to drive sustainability at the environmental, social and governance levels in companies today.
We need a simple, global scoring system so B2B and B2C customers can quickly assess the sustainability impact of any financial decision. An assessment, scoring & reporting system could be rolled out first at a voluntary and then mandatory at the national level for transparency, with a 5-10 year plan to add tax and tariff advantages for companies that obtain higher levels of environmental, social and governance benefits for society. This system of advantages for companies creating sustainability benefits could be integrated via national tax, VAT or preferential access and tariffs in Regional Trade agreements. This could be regulated by local governments, national governments or trade blocks.
The benefit would be internationally comparable sustainability performance, aligning private and public incentives to respond to the climate action imperative.
RECYCLE Energy saving etc. 60 Minutes Australia: Shock and poor (2017) part two. Irish Teenager Invents Magnetic Liquid Trap That Can Remove 90% of Microplastics From Water. Teenager wins Google Science award for genius invention that could cheaply remove most microplastics from the ocean Because microplastics are so small — some as tiny as grains of sand — scientists have had a hard time figuring out to remove them from the soil and the sea.
Now, an Irish teenager has come up with a promising solution for this seemingly impossible task — a magnetic liquid that attracts microplastics to itself. 18-year-old Fionn Ferreira was kayaking one day when he spotted a rock covered in oil from a recent spill. Clinging to the oil were a bunch of tiny pieces of plastic. “It got me thinking,” Ferreira told Business Insider. Plastic and oil are nonpolar, making them likely to stick together in nature Ferreira wondered if the effect could be recreated using ferrofluid, a magnetic, oil-based liquid invented by NASA in 1963 to keep rocket fuel moving in zero gravity. Massive Forest Restoration Could Greatly Slow Global Warming. We have heard for years that planting trees can help save the world from global warming.
That mantra was mostly a statement of faith, however. Now the data finally exist to show that if the right species of trees are planted in the right soil types across the planet, the emerging forests could capture 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide in the next 40 to 100 years. That's two thirds of all the CO2 humans have generated since the industrial revolution.
"Forest restoration is by far our most powerful planetary solution today," says Tom Crowther, a professor of global ecosystem ecology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and an author of a study published Thursday in Science that generated the eye-opening number. The study team analyzed almost 80,000 satellite photo measurements of tree cover worldwide and combined them with enormous global databases about soil and climate conditions, evaluating one hectare at a time. [Podcast & Article] Warren Buffett Backs Tiny Homes Movement.
Renewables 2019. Market analysis and forecast from 2019 to 2024 "Renewables are already the world's second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals" Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA.
Golden Age Of Renewables Will Happen During Next Five Years, Says IEA. Clean Power Published on October 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley October 21st, 2019 by Steve Hanley The latest report from the International Energy Agency — Renewables 2019 — claims the world will see a 50% increase in renewable energy between now and 2025 thanks to rapidly falling prices for solar and wind.
“The world’s total renewable-based power capacity will grow by 50% between 2019 and 2024,” the IEA says in a press release. “This increase of 1,200 gigawatts — equivalent to the current total power capacity of the United States — is driven by cost reductions and concerted government policy efforts. Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, tells The Guardian, “This is a pivotal time for renewable energy. Much of the growth in 2019 has been driven by solar PV, which has benefited from “rapid expansion in the European Union,” a stronger Indian market, and an “installation boom” in Vietnam, according to the report. Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water.
The ongoing transition from coal to natural gas and renewables in the U.S. electricity sector is dramatically reducing the industry's water use, a new Duke University study finds.
"While most attention has been focused on the climate and air quality benefits of switching from coal, this new study shows that the transition to natural gas—and even more so, to renewable energy sources—has resulted in saving billions of gallons of water," said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.