Energy

In 1918, German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch created a process to produce ammonia fertilizer that was cheap and effective. It’s still the most commonly used fertilizer on fields today. Pivot Bio and its CEO, Karsten Temme, are working on changing that.  The Haber-Bosch method pulls nitrogen from the air (a process called nitrogen-fixing)
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This article originally was published on WRI.org.  The start of the 2021 monsoon season was a promising time for India’s farmers and water users. Heavy rains in June and the beginning of July filled the country’s reservoirs in states such as Maharashtra and Telangana. Abundance of water was also good for the country’s thermal power
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In this article UBER PDG-GB A space for electric vehicle charging in London, U.K. Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images The CEO of major automotive retailer Pendragon has acknowledged the challenges facing the electric vehicle sector but believes that adoption rates will increase going forward. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Wednesday,
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This week brings part one of a two-part conclusion to my mini-series about pathways and obstacles to getting more people into electric vehicles (EVs). Learning new EV jargon, particularly related to EV charging, can be really daunting for most first-time buyers or lessees. Finding easily accessible, comprehensible information on the topic can be really difficult
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Date/Time: October 12, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Today, supply-chain and sustainability executives are being held to a higher degree of responsibility from both customers, regulatory officials and investors. A global study by Unilever found one in three customers purchasing from brands with perceived social or environmental impact. As a result, more companies are
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In the coming weeks, the world’s nations will converge under the auspices of the United Nations to address one of the most critical issues of our time — one that has existential implications for every living thing. The decisions made at that summit, and whose views dominate, could be momentous, with long-lasting impacts for companies,
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Climate change is rattling the world’s central bankers. With unprecedented heat and wildfires in the American West and southern Europe, and record floods racing through German towns and Chinese megacities in recent weeks, fears are growing among regulators of a coming cascade of climate-induced economic blows potentially more far-reaching and intractable than the financial crash
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This week’s run time is 31:41. WEEK IN REVIEW (6:10) FEATURES COP26 (20:00) This week, several high-profile environmental groups called for COP26 to be postponed, over potential inequity of access by developing names. James Murray, editor in chief of BusinessGreen, chats about what’s in store — at least for now.  *Music in this episode: ”Curiousity,” “Old
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This story originally was published Sept. 12, 2011. On that sunny September Tuesday, as the planes hit their targets, I was sitting in a windowless conference room about 130 miles away, inside a Sheraton Hotel sandwiched between Terminals A and B at Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Connecticut. I was part of a
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This story originally appeared in Eos and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Nitrogen use efficiency, an indicator that describes how much fertilizer reaches a harvested crop, has decreased by 22 percent since 1961, according to new findings by an international
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In this article NES.N-CH The CEO of consumer goods giant Nestle told CNBC Thursday that sustainability concerns among its younger customers were “off the charts” and a major influence on purchasing decisions. “If you win their hearts and minds, I mean, this is the future growth of the business,” Mark Schneider, a founding member of
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The CFS and MIT teams working on the magnet. Credit: Gretchen Ertl, CFS/MIT-PSFC, 2021 Fusion took a key step forward in its movement from the lab to commercial viability with the successful test of a key technology — a very powerful magnet that uses very little energy. Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s
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The Jones family has a simple mantra: “There’s no need to boast about doing good, just do good.” That mindset has guided four generations of family leadership at Seaman Paper as it quietly grew from a small paper mill in Massachusetts to a global company, employing 1,000, with sustainability as a top priority. As of
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In the Conshohocken borough of Pennsylvania, IKEA is buying back furniture from customers. At least until later this month. The buyback program, part of the company’s effort to become a circular business by 2030, is a pilot that started Aug. 30 and will run until Sept. 19. “This means transforming the current linear business model
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Longtime market bull Tom Lee is predicting a profitable period for investors in September. According to Lee, the S&P 500 is positioned to surge more than 100 points this month. However, he warns the positive momentum has an expiration date. “We could have a really strong rally in September,” the Fundstrat Global Advisors’ co-founder and
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Fungi-focused food startups are starting to sprout almost overnight. New producers are finding innovative ways to supply the growing market for alternative proteins, alongside plant-based burgers, sausages and “chicken” nugget substitutes made from soy, pea or other proteins. Fermenting the root-like spores of specific mushrooms (using the same, age-old process that creates beer and bread)
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What comes up for you when reading this statement: “We are extremely excited to expand our joint venture with Chevron to construct and operate 10 new, intensely carbon-negative renewable natural gas projects on dairy farms across the country and continue to reimagine waste,” Bob Powell, CEO and founder of Brightmark, told me.  Excitement about seeing
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Have you owned a printer?  If so, you’ve likely noticed printers’ peculiar business model. The machine itself is often extraordinarily cheap. The ink cartridges, on the other hand, are jaw-droppingly expensive. Of course, you need that ink to use the machine. Bada bing bada boom, the printer manufacturer locks you into being a loyal customer. 
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(Technical) clothing does not make a mountaineer or a sportsperson. And while the year of COVID-19, with its lockdowns and restrictions on movement, reminded us as never before how important outdoor activities are to our mental and physical wellbeing, the practice of these activities has an oft-overlooked downside: The environmental impact caused by the production and life-cycle
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Date/Time: October 14, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Climate action is a planetary necessity and also a strategic organizational imperative. If progress doesn’t measure up, organizations can face consequences, including investor, employee and community activism — as well as increased operational and financial risk. Sustainability professionals are developing and operationalizing resilience and adaptation strategies
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This week’s run time is 31:14. Week in Review (4:00) FEATURES How well do ESG funds align with the Paris Agreement (20:00) More than half of the investments funds marketed with some sort of climate twist contained securities that aren’t in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a recent analysis by InfluenceMap.
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Adapted from GreenFin Weekly, a free newsletter. Subscribe here. BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN: The first time I spent Christmas with my future husband’s family, his mother Mila gave me a beautiful wool shawl she had knitted by hand. This was roughly 20 years ago, long before talk of a circular economy, but that shawl was as
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As Congress debates billions of dollars in new infrastructure investments, advocates are touting the social and economic benefits of building new high-voltage transmission lines, clean energy plants and electric vehicle charging stations, along with fixing aging roads and bridges. But when it’s time to break ground, will people accept these new projects in their communities?
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A member of a rescue team walks a flooded street in Laplace, Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 30, 2021. Marco Bello | Reuters From Hurricane Ida to California wildfires, experts are pointing to signs of climate change. Research shows individual investors are taking notice. A recent survey conducted by professional services company
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I was gobsmacked by the response to my recent attempt to define what “system change” actually means. Not necessarily by the number of responses, although there were plenty, but by the depth and breadth of many of them: paragraph after annotated paragraph, with multiple links and attachments. Some of it was over my head, a mélange
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This article originally appeared on Environmental Health News. Two American manufacturers unveiled a new recipe Thursday for PFAS and plastics-free packaging for everything from burgers to salads, in a bid to make takeout food more sustainable and safer for consumers. While the companies — Zume and Solenis — are not the first to design a grease-resistant, PFAS-free food
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The science is unequivocal; in order to curb the worst impacts of climate change, we must transition off dirty energy immediately. But with extreme weather becoming the norm across the United States, communities and companies are in need of backup power solutions that can be deployed today.  Here’s the rub: The cheapest and most available
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This article originally appeared on Circulate News. Steel is not infinitely recycled. For instance, much of the high-grade steels recovered from vehicles are downcycled into a lower-price material and mostly reused in lower-grade applications, such as buildings and infrastructures. Indeed, not aware of the quality of the steel they collect, recyclers mix steel grades, producing a
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Week in Review (4:00) FEATURES The intersection of ESG and environmental justice (21:10) Olivia Knight, racial justice initiative management for shareholder advocacy nonprofit As You Sow, chats about its new assessment of S&P 500 companies centered on racial and environmental justice. *Music in this episode: “Curiosity,” “As I Was Saying,” “Sad Marimba Planet” and “Southside” Stay
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Small talk needs a new conversation starter. As weather events batter people, property and productivity from sea to rising sea, the physical reality of the connection between weather and climate change has become inescapable. From the freeze in Texas to the floods in Europe to the California wildfire smoke seeping into my apartment as I
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High voltage power lines in Pinole, California, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Carbon dioxide emissions from the global electric power sector surged past pre-pandemic levels to record highs in the first half of 2021, according to new research by London-based environmental think tank Ember. Electricity demand and emissions are
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