Energy

With record heat waves globally and extreme flooding affecting Europe and China, now is a pivotal moment to interrogate the interplay of technology and the environment, including the role of artificial intelligence (AI). What would it take to make AI “greener”? On the one hand, we first need to collectively recognize tangible costs to the creation and use of AI
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The Biden administration has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help Puerto Rico transition to a greener and more resilient energy future, but it’s on the verge of making a multibillion-dollar mistake. Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, many residents and environmental advocates have called for new clean energy sources for the island. Currently Puerto
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Petroleum pump jacks are pictured in the Kern River oil field in Bakersfield, California. Jonathan Alcorn | Reuters The head of the world’s leading energy authority has said that some countries had failed to adopt a helpful position to calm soaring oil and gas prices, criticizing “artificial tightness” in energy markets. “[A] factor I would
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This article was originally published on Ensia. For many of us, March 2020 marked a pivot point in our lives, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, we have heard the term “wet market” thrown around in science and in the news, as a wet market in Wuhan, China is
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Voters in the U.S. are “pissed” about inflation and the Democrats are going to have a difficult time at next year’s midterm elections, celebrity investor Kevin O’Leary told CNBC on Tuesday. “People are pissed,” he told CNBC’s “Capital Connection.” “They’re pissed about inflation, I don’t have a better word than saying that.” “They’re unhappy. My employees are
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There will be many types of “turkey” on Thanksgiving tables across the country this year. With the rise of plant-based products and the people who identify as following plant-based diets, turkeyless turkey, like tofurkey, is bound to have a resurgence. According to Forbes, an estimated 4.5 million plant-based turkeys will be served Thursday. Elsewhere, meat
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This article originally appeared in our Circularity Weekly newsletter.  As most players in the apparel industry shift away from brick-and-mortar retail, Shilla Kim-Parker is doubling down on the importance of small stores for communities and mom-and-pop shop-owners. Coming from a family of Black, small business owners, Kim-Parker launched Thrilling in 2018 to support Black, Indigenous
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This week’s run time is 40:16. WEEK IN REVIEW (5:25) FEATURES Style and substance: Going circular in the Netherlands:  (19:40) GreenBiz Senior Writer CJ Clouse chats about why there’s a burgeoning startup scene cropping up around circular fashion in Amsterdam, which she explored in person in August. With interview highlights from Bert van Son, founder
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Date/Time: December 7, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) Earning investors’ trust and taking a multi-stakeholder approach is table stakes for companies today. However, Edelman’s upcoming 2021 Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors reveals that there is skepticism amongst investors around environmental, social-impact and governance (ESG) practices and a push for greater climate action and
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Kemmerer, Wyoming, is a frontier coal town. It was organized in 1897 by coal miners and still employs people in the coal and natural gas industries today. Photo courtesy TerraPower TerraPower, a start-up co-founded by Bill Gates to revolutionize designs for nuclear reactors, has picked Kemmerer, Wyoming, as the preferred location for its first demonstration
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This article was adapted from Climate Tech Weekly, a free newsletter focused on climate technologies. My biggest geek-out moment during the COP26 gathering in Glasgow, Scotland, last week came in the central train station, where I had the opportunity to briefly tour a 30-year-old passenger train retrofitted to run on hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion
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For the first-time, some of the world’s most influential circular economy actors have come together to urge businesses to consider new ways of designing, producing and consuming goods — and their role in scaling change to meet climate targets. The U.N. Climate Change Conference, COP26, is hailed as a “make-or-break” moment for the world, one
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In theory, the circular economy offers an elegant alternative to the siloed, short-sighted and waste-ridden reputation of the building industry — an industry that accounts for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions by some estimates. This lens provides a compelling opportunity to expand the ecosystem around the design, construction, operation, renewal and repurposing of
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This week’s run time is ???. WEEK IN REVIEW (10:20) FEATURES Amazon’s climate plan in Europe (19:55) Zak Watts, director of sustainability for the giant retailer and tech company’s European operations, discusses how Amazon’s global sustainability agenda, the Climate Pledge, is playing out far from its Seattle headquarters. What does circularity have to with climate?
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This post originally appeared on WRI. The world’s forests face a dire threat. Each year, 15 million to 22 million acres of forests are permanently cleared and many millions more are degraded. But many decisions affecting forests happen from miles away: cities are home to government officials who set land policy, businesses that sell and
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Members of the environmental group MilieuDefensie celebrate the verdict of the Dutch environmental organisation’s case against Royal Dutch Shell Plc, outside the Palace of Justice courthouse in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Shell was ordered by a Dutch court to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned, dealing a blow to
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This article was originally published on YES! Magazine and allows reprints 48 hours after publication. Milwaukee’s proposed 25-story Ascent tower sounds like a conventional housing project. Scheduled to open in September 2022, it offers 250-plus apartments with views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. But one thing sets it apart from other housing towers in
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LONDON — Climate is the “ultimate systemic risk” and represents “the biggest single opportunity the insurance industry has ever seen,” according to the CEO of the centuries-old insurance market Lloyd’s. In an interview with CNBC, John Neal, who heads up the British company, attempted to paint a picture of how his sector would operate going
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Former US President Barack Obama has delivered a rousing speech to delegates at the COP26 Climate Summit this afternoon, urging young people to use their voice, votes, and purchasing power to encourage family members, governments, and businesses to act to tackle the climate crisis. “You are right to be frustrated,” he told an audience in
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Electrifying transportation won’t be about making a grand and mighty “jump.” Many communities don’t have the resources to pull that off. The widespread implementation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and other low-emission infrastructure promises to be ongoing and iterative. What’s more, it demands collaboration across sectors. A one-time fix is impossible for two reasons: First,
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Glasgow, Scotland – COP26 is at the halfway point, and I’ve only hit the ground here in this delightful city a few days ago, soaking up the human warmth amid the cold and soggy clime. And while we don’t yet know where the negotiators will end up on a host of critical issues — and
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Adapted from “A New Way To Wealth: The Power Of Doing More With Less,” by Bruce Piasecki, published this month. High on the COP26 agenda is the future of our planet and the billions of people who live here. But there is a central critical issue that will be ignored. First some praise. With President
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LONDON — There is reason for cautious optimism when it comes to negotiations at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland, according to the United Nations’ climate chief. The pivotal conference, which the U.K. is hosting between Oct. 31 and Nov. 12, has seen a number of high-profile announcements in its first week. India’s
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden react during the “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment” session during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 2, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell | Reuters GLASGOW, Scotland — Climate campaigners and environmental activists have sharply criticized the organization of the COP26
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This week’s run time is 40:26. WEEK IN REVIEW (10:00) FEATURES More voices from VERGE 21 (25:30) Replaying keynote conversation highlights from our four-day online event this week. Find coverage of VERGE 21 here. This week’s feature includes: Renee Lertzman, founder on Project InsideOut — On the hope/despair binary and why leaders should let themselves
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