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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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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LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity connected mini grids

SolarCity – started in 2006 in California – fulfills all consumer renewable energy needs. From power generation to storage and transportation.

As an aggregator, they offer a full service lease construction:

  • Solar panels for the energy
  • Tesla batteries for the energy storage at your house
  • 24/7 monitoring the house energy balance
  • Energy shifting algorithms to exchange the energy in your neighborhood

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Help, we face monsoons: rivers are rising fast

Help, we face monsoons: rivers are rising fast

The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times

Will we keep our feet dry? Rivers are rising fast!

Since May 31th, it’s awfully raining in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It looks like the monsoons we know from South East Asia. 

The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times. A water level of more than 14 meters above sea level is not usual for this time of year. Read More

Are fossils lucrative for investors?

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G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions

Are fossils still lucrative for investors? Does the divestment campaign have a material effect on the industry that they are attacking, and thus the transition to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions? Read More

Climate deal Paris a success

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We should be grateful to them, because without them, Paris would not have been such a success.

The Paris Climate Agreement will change the world into a green era. Already, smart investors ignore the fossil industry.

They started to move because of the brutal pressure from activists 350.org and their divestment movement.

A portrait of the most successful climate campaign ever. Read More

MultiNationals reduce 15% emissions

MultiNationals

These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces

These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.

Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.” 

MultiNationals and carbon pricing

Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.

Read about the actions they are taking. Read More

Climate summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030

 

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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More

Green energy is cheaper than fossils

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If we continue on the InAction scenario, we will pay 1.8 trillion dollars more

The Paris climate summit has entered its next round. Now leaders from all over the world are trying to agree to limit the global warming.

Enough reason for us to examine what climate change actions actually do cost in hard money.

And guess what: it is even cheaper than fossils! Read More

Insights with the Smart Energy Connector

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When something is wrong with an energy meter, the SEC shows this in an alarm screen and you will get an automatic email

The Smart Energy Connector (SEC) is a very easy and sophisticated energy registration system for businesses. This plug&play system gives insights where, how much and how much energy is being used at any moment. Read More

It is time to close coal power plants

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

In the fight against CO2 emissions, it is now time to close coal power plants In Europe. Investments in renewables and storage are crucial. 

Coal plants are big polluters.

The commissioning of new coal plants in Europe, is the main cause of the fact that the CO2 emissions has increased rather than decreased.

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Climate Summit Paris: remarkable step but not enough

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It’s already a historic climate summit. Delegates from 196 countries have to reach an agreement on combating global warming after 2020. The last major climate summit, Copenhagen in 2009, failed because there should be a comprehensive agreement.

More than 150 countries have applied on the eve of the climate conference in Paris in late November with plans and initiatives to stop the global warming.

But all these plans will not be enough to stay below the safe 2 degrees Celsius.

However, they slow down the warm-up, and they make sure that the 2-degree-target in the near future will be feasible without large investments. Read More

Bill Gates boosts $2bn to accelerate renewable breakthroughs

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There is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables

Bill Gates intents to double his investments in green energy technology and research to limit global warming.

In his interview with the Financial Times, Gates told the journalist that he would double his investments in renewables to 2020. Read More

The solar revolution by Bloomberg

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The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fast, but not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming.

A new report from Bloomberg, looking ahead to the next 25 years of renewables, has been containing something new. But for who want to know the highlights. Here they come. 

  • The costs of a power plant based on solar panels, will be halve, the next 25 years

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10 steps for industries to reduce your carbon footprint

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  • During the climate summit in New York hundreds of initiatives were announced to tackle carbon emissions
  • And the G7 world power nations agreed on increasing global warming with maximum 1 degrees Celsius comparing with 1990.

But all the agreements need the support of businesses and industries. So: What can your business or industry do to reduce your carbon footprint?  Read More

Antarctica: Glaciers are melting dangerously fast

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Satellite images taken between 2002 and 2010 showed that glaciers remained about the same size. But since 2009 it is different.

Glaciers in parts of the Antarctic that was thought to remain stable since 2009, have been melting dangerously fast. A group of researchers wrote this in the journal Science, published yesterday.

According to the scientists, the water level is increasing to dangerous levels for the coasts from New York to Shanghai.

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Change Climate Change. 60 minutes next saturday

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Close the lights, saturday March 28th

Close your lights for 1 hour, next Saturday, March 28th, at 8:30 pm local time. Saturday it is Earth Hour, a worldwide moment for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Please join.

Close your lights and use your power. Where ever you are in the world.

One hour no power. Join the activism against global warming, pollution, climate change, science awareness and extreme weather. Read More

Polar Bear is looking for ice

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Global warming decreases the polar cap

A polar bear surveys the scene in Spitsbergen, northern Norway.

The wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein has released the image to mark Polar Bear Day, which aims to raise awareness about carbon emissions and Global Warming.

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Who rescues pacific islands from global warming?

Vanuatu

In this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year.

It is difficult to say whether monster cyclone Pam is a direct result of climate change. What is certain, is that the condition of low-lying island nations in the Pacific Ocean is awkward.

Four days after cyclone ‘Pam’ hit Vanuatu, much remains unclear. About the damages, and the number of victims.

Fact is that in this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year. Read More

California is Preparing for Sea-Level Extremes

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

Sea-level rise is a dynamic phenomenon. Historical experience indicates that sea level rise occurs in spurts. In the next several decades, California’s greatest coastal impacts are likely to be caused when an El Niño event, large storms, and high tides coming together. Read More