Vegetarian to reduce your footprint?

Vegetarian to reduce your footprint?Is a vegetarian way of consuming really reducing your footprint? Researchers concluded that a plant-based diet is the most effective way to contribute to the climate issue.

They listed four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint:

  1. eating a plant-based diet
  2. avoiding air travel
  3. living car free
  4. having smaller families

For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. Read More

UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

UN Climate Center GCECA located in the Netherlands

Climate Adaption best practices

The United Nations Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), which is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen.

The international knowledge center will advise countries, companies and organizations on how to deal with climate change. Read More

4 major US cities prepared for rising sea levels

Houston, one of the 4 cities that decreases emissions in order to stop global warming

Houston, one of the 4 cities that decreases emissions in order to stop climate change

4 major US cities, New York, Houston, Miami and San Francisco, have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. 

With the federal government casting off the task of emissions reduction, initiatives are now on cities and states to make up the shortfall. This is what the cities are doing to stave off the threat of climate change. Read More

Flood resilience project Alexandria

Flooding Alexandria

Damage of water flood in Alexandria after heavy rainfall

A new approach, the Anticipatory Flood Management (AFMA), will be used to make the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria better prepared for severe flooding. 

Dutch-based educational institute IHE Delft will lead a project.

The project will serve as an example for many other cities in the Arab region to make the switch from responding to anticipating to a disastrous flood. Read More

South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

South Asia population in danger because of heat waves

In 2015, a heat wave killed thousands of people in Pakistan

If the global warming continues, heat waves will make parts of South Asia in a hell by the end of this century.

A combination of extreme heat and high humidity will take dangerous forms for residents in dense populations in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

This is predicted by American scientists in the scientific magazine Science Advances. Read More

MoS2 Nanopores Desalination

MoS2 Nanopores

Tiny holes called nanopores, is specially designed to let high volumes of water through but keep salt and other contaminates out

MoS2 Nanopores, developed by the University of Illinois, seems to be an energy-efficient technique for removing salt from seawater. The material, a nanometer-thick sheet of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) riddled with tiny holes called nanopores, is specially designed to let high volumes of water through but keep salt and other contaminates out, a process called desalination. Read More

Threat to the climate? – Our brains!

Threat to the climate? - Our brains!

We install LED lights in our house and then we step with a clear conscience in the aircraft for a holiday in Thailand.

Our brains and hearts are the biggest obstacles towards more sustainability. Technology is not the issue.

That concludes Scientias in an interview with the Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Read More

More rain, less snow on Arctic

More rain, less snow on Arctic

According to climate researchers, more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. Moreover, oceans are getting hotter, and they’re also losing oxygen

According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.

The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. Read More

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

Shell produced a report on global warming called ‘Climate of Concern’ in 1986. In 1991 they made the video documentary for the public. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees.

But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels. 

Already in the eighties, Shell understood that climate change would affect its own operations. In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

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New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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Climate Change Quiz

Climate Change Quiz

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Quiz

Do you understand global warming? This quiz from the Guardian is a real challenge. What do you know about climate change? 

According to a new analysis, which country has the most ambitious pledge at COP21? In this Quiz, you will find the answers. Please share in your network. Read More

New drainage tech: the downpipe

New drainage tech: the downpipe

Working of the capacity down pipe (1, empty; 2, filling-up; 3, over-flowing; 4; full; 5, drained)

A case study in Manchester with different solutions for water infiltration and retention systems, showed that soak-aways and infiltration trenches are generally less preferred than capacity down pipes, ponds and filter strips.

And this wateringpipe – the capacity downpipe (CDP) – works even better.

It has a very low footprint, can be integrated in water storage systems and retention. And … it is inexpensive. Read More

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation

Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority that could see the firm’s technology applied in the UAE in a new feasibility study.

The Hyperloop concept is based on the idea of people traveling in autonomous pods from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes (typically a ~2 hour drive). Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil Search Yemen Field Flare

Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.

In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!

The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.

The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More

COP climate resilience insights

COP climate pledges global warming

COP climate pledges global warming

COP 21 report overview

The historic Paris Agreement on climate change sets the course for a fundamental transformation of the global economy over the next decades.
The Agreement’s overarching goal of limiting global average temperature rise to “well below 2°C” will entail profound changes in the global energy system.

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Future urban water security

Future urban water security for cities

The next few decades will be the most rapid period of urban growth in human history, with 2.6 billion additional urban dwellers expected by 2050 (UNPD, 2011). All pleople will need water, but surprisingly little is known globally about where large cities obtain their water or the implication of this infrastructure for the global hydrologic cycle.

More than 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year – a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly

Traditionally, cities, facing increased demand for water, along with variable supply, have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects such as dams and reservoirs.

This is termed ‘supply-side’ management. According to Robert Brears in his blog, this supply-side management is out dated.

Its costly in economic, environmental and political terms.  Read More

Investing in renewables interesting

Investing in renewables interesting

Smart Grid projects Europe including investments 2014

Investing in renewables is increasingly interesting. The rise of renewable energy seems unstoppable.

In 2015, 50% of all energy was already renewable energy. Worldwide! And figures are growing. investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy.

Even the Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and invests in clean energy. Read More

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

What will be the climate damage with Trump?

Trump may disrupt the transition towards renewables, but he can not reverse it. The revolution to clean energy is irreversible.

With Trump as the new president, the world is worrying about the climate damage, he will cause.

Still we hear an increasingly interviews with relativizations.

Jan Rotmans, professor transition science and international authority in the field of transition and sustainability, gave his reaction. Read More

Zurich nr 1 sustainable cities

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top 100 2016

Zurich leads the ranking sustainable cities top100 2016

Zurich leads the list of the Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016 top 100. Second in the 2016 list is Singapore.

The third place, which isn’t bad at all, is for Stockholm. 

The new ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index explores the three demands of social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s major cities. Read More

Reduce risks storming water

Flood, industry, risk management, climate change, stormwater, hurricanes

The US President has declared a federal disaster for the storms and floods that struck 8 counties of Iowa during late August 2016.

Storming Water costs lives and a lot of money. Last winter, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in just eight council areas in the USA were flooded, a survey has revealed.

In October, the US President has declared a federal disaster for storming water and floods that struck 8 countries during late August 2016

The research for the Local Government Association found that councils were still helping flood-hit homes recover.

Councils are encouraging people to check if they are at risk of flooding this year, to sign up to flood warnings and make sure their homes are prepared. Read More

Climate greatest risk to world’s economy

Climate biggest risk world economy, World Economic Forum reports

geopolitical instability is exposing businesses to cancelled projects, revoked licenses, interrupted production, damaged assets and restricted movement of funds across borders.

Failure of tackling climate change is the biggest risk to the global economy.

This is the conclusion of the World Economic Forum in its Global Risk Report 2016.

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A complete circular building

Thomas Rau created a real circular building

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular.

Energy Company Liander did it.

We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building. Read More

20% of the world’s population will migrate by sea-level rise

Sea-level rising: populations at risk

Even if global warming is capped at 2C, 20% of the world’s population will have to migrate away from coasts swamped by rising oceans. 

Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C, 20% of the world’s population will be to migrate to higher area’s because of rising sea levels.

Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh and cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged because of melting polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Read More

LSP fits global energy demands

LSP fits world energy demands

Using robots to lay down concrete made from moon soil around the entirety of the moon’s equator — 400 km wide by 11,000 km long — the power generated through the solar array would then be transferred along power cables to microwave power transmission antennas which would then beam the electricity to receiving stations located around the Pacific Rim.

LSP – Lunar Solar Power – can provide an unlimited power supply sent back to the earth in microwaves.

Why are international politicians the big holdout on this unlimited green power resource?

Could it be because the oil industry keeps paying off all the politicians? Read More