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‘Race against time’

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams has warned that Jamaica and many other states in the region are in a race against time to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal Number Seven for affordable and clean energy. Williams issued the warning yesterday as she delivered the main address at the launch

2019-11-16T08:39:01-06:00Tags: |

How citizens can become agents of environmental change

If you like to walk in the woods, raft a river, dig in a garden or look at butterflies, you could become an agent of change. Science and policy may not be enough to solve complex environmental challenges ranging from species extinction to water pollution, but actively engaged citizens could tip the balance, according to

2019-11-15T08:03:17-06:00Tags: |

‘Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa’

Under the theme 'Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa', the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) opened today at the Olive Convention Centre in the coastal city of Durban in South Africa. The Conference focuses on greening the economy in Africa; advancing the circular economy; the development

2019-11-15T02:57:50-06:00Tags: |

Labs push for sustainability

Scientific labs produce a ton of waste: plastic pipette tips and the plastic racks that hold them, plastic foam coolers that house chemicals and cells, surplus solvents that expire in storage. They also rack up big energy bills: special freezers keep experiments cold, high-tech vents keep air clean, and dedicated machines keep equipment sterile. But

2019-11-13T18:33:30-06:00Tags: |

Silicon Valley Slumps in Sustainability Supremacy

The world’s largest concentration of tech companies sees limited leadership in the sustainability realm, according to a new report from the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE). Excepting certain large multinationals, companies in Silicon Valley have a ways to go before catching up with the national average in terms of sustainable strategy and reporting. For

2019-11-12T14:51:20-06:00Tags: |

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new benchmark in the field of solar fuels, after

2019-11-11T18:45:42-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Use of Wild Species is Key..

In our increasingly developed, tech-focused and industrialized world, it may be a surprise to learn that billions of people globally still rely on wild species for their nutrition, health and well-being. Wild species provide half of the world’s seafood and a significant proportion of timber and energy, particularly in developing countries. They remain a major

2019-11-11T02:35:58-06:00Tags: |

Students take lead on environmental initiatives

“Stanford is a living lab of sustainability,” said President Marc Tessier Lavigne in a statement within the 2018-19 annual Sustainability at Stanford report. As the University continues to work towards its commitments to environmentalism, such as the project to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2021 and make Stanford a zero-waste campus by 2030, students remain

2019-11-07T07:33:20-06:00Tags: |

Tata and Rockefeller launch India-focused clean energy microgrid unit

Two giants in financing and Indian power are collaborating on a clean energy microgrid operation they claim will deliver power to five million Indian households with 10,000 grids over the next decade. Tata Power, one of India’s heavyweight distribution companies and solar power developers, has tapped The Rockefeller Foundation to launch TP Renewable Microgrid Ltd.

2019-11-06T09:58:27-06:00Tags: |

Should this tree have the same rights as you?

In 26 February 2019, a lake became human. For years, Lake Erie – the southernmost of the Great Lakes – has been in ecological crisis. Invasive species are rampant. Biodiversity is crashing. Each summer, blue-green algae blooms in volumes visible from space, creating toxic “dead zones”; the algae is nourished by fertiliser and slurry pollution

How garbage from landfills is advancing UC’s clean energy future

Under a recently-signed deal with Anaergia Inc., a global technology leader in organic waste to renewable energy solutions, UC is expanding its shift away from natural gas to biogas, a form of renewable energy that actually cuts greenhouse gas emissions. The university has agreed to purchase approximately $42M worth of renewable biogas from Anaergia over

2019-11-01T07:05:07-06:00Tags: |

Understanding the drivers of a shift to sustainable diets

One of the 21st century's greatest challenges is to develop diets that are both sustainable for the planet and good for our bodies. An IIASA-led study explored the major drivers of widespread shifts to sustainable diets using a newly developed computational model of population-wide behavioral dynamics. High meat consumption -- especially of red and processed

2019-11-01T07:12:51-06:00Tags: |

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new benchmark in the field of solar fuels, after

2019-10-31T08:48:31-06:00Tags: |