Renewables: how Puerto Rico could turn a crisis into an opportunity

Many of us these days are horrified at the situation Puerto Rico is currently witnessing. An island with a population of 3.5 million people, it currently has very little electricity or water access. 

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How to go solar with these two super tools

Years ago when Google Earth was launched, we were all amazed at the levels of details provided. It was just very impressive. Now Google does it again with a most interesting feature: Google Project Sunroof.

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Good news from Brazil, and no it is not the Olympics

Last week the Brazilian Senate ratified the Paris Agreement, making it one step closer to make this major climate change mitigation effort a reality. Brazil is the sixth world biggest carbon emitter and the biggest to ratify to date. 

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G7 Nations to decarbonize their economies

Now these are great news but there is a major catch, or perhaps two… The first one the date : by 2100, as in 85 years… The second one, they didn’t say even how they would cut emissions. 

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Book review : Making Sustainability Stick, by Kevin Wilhelm

I am currently reading a great deal for my Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainable Business. And last month I read a great book containing a huge amount of information on how to implement sustainability measures in your company or organization.

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Citigroup to invest 100 billion in cleantech

Yes, you read that right, it’s billion, with a B, like a thousand million… Now this is further proof that cleantech and renewables DO make sense financially. Otherwise, why would such a bank invests so much in them ?

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United States and China sign new climate deal

Hailed as a ” game changer “ by Grist or Climate Progress, the climate change deal signed by the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China is a new step in the fight against global warming.

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China and USA unveil drastic actions on climate

USA-China-collaboration-climate-changeAs Al Gore pointed out on Twitter, both the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China unveiled huge efforts to curb greenhouse gases emissions on the same week, or rather on two consecutive days.

About the US, Climate Progress has this to say : ” On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from America’s existing power plants. “

The Climate Progress article continues, stating that it is ” the most significant step taken by any U.S. president to address climate change.No less !

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US renewables are pursuing their rise

To a new study quoted in Cleantechies, renewable energy sources should represent 16 percent of the electricity consumption in the United States in 2018, much earlier than previously thought. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) projections believed such levels would be reach only in 2040 (!) Currently renewables represent already 13 percent of the total electricity consumed … Read more

The American success story of tire recycling

Dumped tires USAHere is an impressive environmental success story that took place in the United States. According to Mother Nature Network, up to 90 percent of the two to three billion tires dumped in the USA have been recycled over the past few decades.

To MNN : ” In 2011, 197 million scrap tires were recycled or repurposed, a number that’s growing. The biggest category is tire-derived fuel, (…) but more than 500,000 tons (26.2 percent) became ground rubber and playground walkways “

In the full article there is a link to a great story from Maryland, where 1.2 million old tires were dumped in a wetland. After having them removed, Nature got back to its original state.

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Global Forest Watch to fight deforestation

Deforestation is a large driver of increasing greenhouse gases emissions and an important environmental issue as every minute of every day the equivalent of 50 football fields of trees are being cut down. But this could change soon. The World Resources Institute, Google, USAid, and UNEP, and many more institutions and companies have teamed up … Read more

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