Steve Bourne

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These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First

by nbcmach July 14, 2017 Earth & Energy 26104<p>Tereza Pultarova, Live Science Contributor<p>Energy-Neutral<p>A tech startup on a mission to make modern …

Clean Energy

To curb climate change, we need to protect and expand U.S. forest

<b>(Mark Muir )</b><p>We have a major opportunity to make progress on climate change by restoring degraded U.S. forests and soils<p>William Moomaw<p>May 12, 2017 1:31pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>Forests have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing carbon for more …

This book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising.

A chat with Paul Hawken about his ambitious effort to “map, measure, and model” global warming solutions.<p>By now, the looming dangers of climate change are clear to anyone who’s been paying attention, covered extensively in both academic literature and the popular press.<p>But what about solutions?<p>For …

Fossil Fuels

Can coastal cities innovate their way out of sea level rise?

The Dutch are attempting to "climate-proof" their port city of Rotterdam by changing its relationship with water. Other delta cities around the world …

Climate Change

Offshore wind, clever concrete and fake meat: the top climate change innovations

Trump’s climate plans have sparked anger and upset – but businesses are finding alternative solutions. <b>Oliver Milman</b> runs down today’s best climate innovations<p>People in the US and beyond concerned about climate change may be alarmed at the Trump administration’s policies and attitudes – but there …

Innovation

New electricity tariff offers 80pc discount for night-time usage

Homeowners are to be incentivised to run washing machines and other power-hungry devices at night under a new tariff which steeply discounts the cost of offpeak electricity.<p>Supplier Green Energy UK said that the plan will give customers more control over their bills by encouraging them to use power …

An Indian Chemical Plant Has Figured Out How to Turn Its Carbon Emissions Into Baking Soda

This could solve a lot of problems.<p>A chemical plant in India is the first in the world to run a new system for capturing carbon emissions and …

Carbon Emissions

Costa Rica ran almost entirely on renewable energy in 2016

Costa Rica ended 2016 on a particularly green note.<p>The Central American nation ran entirely on renewable energy for more than 250 days last year, the …

Renewable Energy

Michael Bloomberg and Mark Carney: How to make a profit from defeating climate change

Given the right information, investors will deliver the best climate solutions<p>From rising sea levels to more severe storms and more intense droughts, climate change will present serious risks to, and create major opportunities for, nearly every industry. Citizens, consumers, businesses, …

Mark Carney

Will the 2016 election change our thinking on cities?

Acting locally in the wake of national upheaval<p>In the past week, one of the most astute post-election explainers was an essay on Cracked using examples from three movies—<i>The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Braveheart</i>—to help explain why the 2016 election was not about Republicans vs. Democrats, but really …

Government

Civic Innovation In The Age Of Trump: Effective, Scalable, Exportable Ideas

Even before the election, Washington gridlock meant that U.S. cities often had to be the source of big ideas. Now that they’re on their own, here’s a grab bag of new ideas they can use.<p>These days, government innovation is just as likely to happen at the city level as at the state or federal level. …

Smart Cities

7 Solutions to the Climate Crisis

It's no secret—here in the U.S., there's an election coming up. It's soon. It's a big decision for American voters. And it's a big deal.<p>It's also not …

Energy Efficiency

The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to New York City

If you love to eat, New York City is your town.From fine dining (complete with tasting menus that cost about as much as my mortgage) to ethnic …

As Our Cities Grow Hotter, How Will We Adapt?

Katy Schneider, the former deputy mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, lives near Eastern Parkway, which forms one strand of her city’s necklace of green. Spending time on the leafy boulevard can make Louisville seem deceptively lush and shady, even when midsummer heat bakes the downtown. But about five …

Climate Change

A new type of politics could help prevent climate disaster | Andrew Simms

A UK cross-party initiative addresses the appetite and mechanics for the cooperation needed to help us live within Earth’s limits<p>China and the US’s announcement that they will join the Paris climate accord comes at a time when the UK’s own climate and energy policies appear at best in disarray, and …

You'll Want to Bookmark Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti al Pomodoro Recipe

The famed actress ate it once a week.<p>Audrey Hepburn played many roles over the course of her life: actress, dancer, philanthropist. But home cook isn't a word used to describe her very often. Maybe it should be.<p>In <i>Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit</i><i>,</i> Hepburn's son Sean Hepburn Ferrer describes his …

Rising sea levels caused by global warming could be good news for coral reefs

Global warming could do at least as much to protect the world’s coral reefs as it will to damage them, new research from Australia suggests.<p>Climate change has long been believed to be disastrous for the fragile marine environments, but fresh modelling has predicted that oceanic changes caused by …

Alaskan village votes to relocate over global warming

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Alaskan village of Shishmaref voted this week to surrender to global warming and move its ancestral home.<p>The Tuesday vote was close. Eighty-nine people voted to move Shishmaref to the Alaska mainland while 78 voted to stay and fight the rising tide, said Donna Barr, secretary of the …

The NY Times Got It Wrong: Renewable Energy Is Key to Fighting Climate Change

By Noah Long and Kevin Steinberger<p>Renewable energy is one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against climate change and there is every …

Renewable Energy

Parking Garages Poised For Big Makeover in Autonomous Age

<i>Created by</i> Car and Driver <i>for Toyota</i><p>Back in January, Tesla Motors introduced “Summon,” a feature that allows many of its newer vehicles to park themselves. Using a smartphone or key fob, car owners can remotely command their vehicles to open garage doors, enter, park themselves and shut down. When …

Living on water: Are waterborne cities more resistant to climate change?

<b>(CNN) —</b> By the year 2050 about 70% of the world's population of 10 billion people will be living in cities, according to the United Nations.<p>The question is, will there be enough land to go around?<p>Not according to Jason Pomeroy -- founder of Singapore-based green architecture firm Pomeroy Studio -- …

Insurance Industry

A New Climate Change Documentary Focuses On Solutions, Not Doom

But instills a healthy amount of fear, too<p>Despite the shrillness of climate deniers in today’s political and media circuses, it’s fair to say that most regular citizens--and nearly all of the global scientific community--know that our planet’s climate is changing, and that those changes are already …

India attempts to set record by planting 50 million trees in 24 hours

More than 800,000 volunteers took part in a mass tree-planting exercise in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh earlier this week, attempting to plant 50 million trees in 24 hours<p>Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told volunteers assembled in the city of Kannauj: “The world has …

Uttar Pradesh

New York as a Daytrip: The Big Apple from Ireland in 24 hours

New York Minute<p>New York is now doable as a daytrip from Dublin. But is it worth it? David Walsh takes a flying visit.<p>Just how quick is a 'New York …

My New York: A Foodie Tour with One of the City’s Best Chefs

Before Danny Bowien asked her to spearhead the opening of the East Coast outpost of his award-winning restaurant, Mission Chinese, (including …

Support for Cities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

When I became Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) three years ago, I could have only imagined the work that would be taking place to fight climate change in cities around the world today. In my time as Chair, C40 has grown to a network of 85 of the world's megacities representing …

Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Stone

For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from an electric power plant have been captured, pumped underground and solidified—the first step toward …

Climate Change

Unique Canadian plant aims to help tackle global warming problem

The project is a plant in British Columbia that sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with the ambitious goal of turning the gas into fuel. Given …

Bill Gates

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

“We need density but we also need connections to nature,” said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley, at an event at the University of the …

The Definitive Sex and the City Guide to New York

<i>Sex and the City</i> will forever be associated with Manolo Blahniks, cosmopolitans, and the island of Manhattan. New York has been said to be the fifth character in the series, which premiered 18 years ago today, and it’s hard to imagine Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha—with their $400 strappy …