The Signals Brief

By Geoversiv | A resilience intelligence news magazine, curated by Geoversiv and Citizens’ Climate Education, in support of the climate-smart finance effort ResilienceIntel.org

Corporations Already Purchased Record Clean Energy Volumes in 2018, and It’s Not an Anomaly

A new report from Bloomberg NEF shows that corporations have already purchased 7.2GW of clean energy globally in 2018 through July, shattering the …

Renewable Energy

Analyst: Renewable energy will be 'effectively free' by 2030

Analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS believe that by 2030, we could all be living without much of a carbon footprint — at least at home. The analysts believe that the cost of renewable energy will continue to dive heading into the next decade, and that by 2030, costs will be so low they will …

Renewable Energy

Three of California's largest-ever wildfires are burning at same time

California's deadly wildfire season continues, and one staggering data point illustrates just how serious things are: Three of the state's top 10 …

Top 10

Forget Trump — coal seeks new life in high tech

Randy Atkins is trying to make coal great again, but not how President Trump has promised.<p><b>The intrigue</b>: Atkins’ company, Ramaco Carbon, is working to …

Fossil Fuels

A Particle Accelerator Between Your Fingertips

Normally, when you think of particle accelerators you think of very large structures that are made of lots of shiny metal, wires hanging from the ceiling and are normally located in remote locations. But imagine an accelerator that you could hold in your hand, or even just in-between your …

Physics

California’s fire tornado is what climate change looks like

For weeks now, the world has been in the grips of a global heat wave — one of the most destructive and unusually hot summers in human history. And we …

Weather

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

<b>Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.</b><p>Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.<p>But organic photovoltaics, made …

Clean Energy

Ordering ban on pesticide, court says Trump’s EPA broke law

Before Scott Pruitt was forced to resign in disgrace from Donald Trump’s cabinet, the far-right EPA chief was often seen as ruthlessly effective in …

Pesticides

Heatwaves are going to cause people around the world to start dying in record numbers by 2080

Mounting science is painting a very bleak picture of a future of soaring temperatures, and the accompanying death toll those soaring temperatures will demand.<p>New research has given us the first solid prediction of how more heatwaves like the one that's struck Europe this year will affect future …

Climate Change

Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms | The Wider Image | Reuters

Advertisement<p>From ground level, Australia's drought looks like a featureless, brown dustbowl, but from the air it transforms into an artistry of colour and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun.<p>Circular dry plough tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell …

Painting

Unsurvivable Heatwaves Could Strike Heart Of China By End Of Century

The most populous region of the biggest polluter on Earth – China’s northern plain – will become uninhabitable in places if climate change is not curbed.<p><i>This story</i> <i>was produced and originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the</i> <i>Climate Desk</i> <i>collaboration.</i><p>The deadliest place …

Climate Change

Highest-value climate action is economy-wide

The global crisis in climate disruption is deepening. Droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires are taking an increasing toll on human beings, …

Climate

Food Price Shocks Signal Need for Macro-Resilient Finance

Wildfires, floods, storms, and droughts, are putting unprecedented pressure on food crops, threatening to destabilize commodities markets that …

Economics

We Can’t Hide From Global Warming’s Consequences

Over the past few months, heat records have broken worldwide.<p>In early July, the temperature in Ouargla, Algeria, reached 51.3°C (124.34°F), the …

Climate Change

The Global Heatwave Is About to Hit Your Wallet

Commodity producers are having a summer to remember, for all the wrong reasons.<p>A heatwave across swathes of North America, Europe and Asia, coupled …

Natural Gas

Living Planet: Climate change and agriculture

Live TV<p>Media Center<br>• All media content<p>Environment | 16h ago | 05:33 mins.<p>Listen to audio 05:33<p>Now live<p>05:33 mins.<p>Climate change means that in many …

Alex Jones

Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years

<b>The prospect of the Gulf Stream slowing down and even stopping altogether has worried many experts in recent years.</b><p>Some believed that this would cause a rapid cooling around the world with resulting global chaos.<p>But a new study finds the Gulf Stream go-slow will have a significant impact on …

Global Warming

Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer

In the town of Sodankyla, Finland, the thermometer on July 17 registered a record-breaking 90 degrees, a remarkable figure given that Sodankyla is 59 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in a region known for winter snowmobiling and an abundance of reindeer.<p>This is a hot, strange and dangerous …

Climate Change

These stunning buildings are Norway’s next generation environmental architecture – net energy positive from construction to demolition

The Spark is a re-imagined data center of the future - forming both brain and a central circulatory system in local communities.Snøhetta<p>Climate conscious architecture has been around for some time, but renowned Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta is upping the bar – designing buildings that …

Green Living

South Australia on track to meet 75% renewables target Liberals promised to scrap

We must transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy ... And we need to do it sensibly. Dan van Holst Pellekaan<p>South Australia’s energy minister says the state is on track to have 75% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 – the target set by the former Labor premier Jay …

Fossil Fuels

Amazing solar panel device is now open source

Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Chinese-Canadian mechanical and electrical engineer Eden Full Goh described what inspired her to develop a …

Solar Panels

California hit with two heat waves in less than a month. Here's why it matters.

Historic heat records fell in California earlier this month. Yet, two weeks later, another mass of warm air has returned to the southern part of the …

Climate Change

Liquid metal feeds Stanford's new high-voltage flow battery

Flow batteries have the potential to help store energy on a large scale, and might be particularly useful to back up renewable energy sources, but …

Clean Energy

SiliconX: Scientists hail new alloy as missing ingredient for next-gen batteries

For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising material in the world of lithium-ion batteries. The primary reason for this is that …

Surprise! California cracked down on carbon and its economy is still booming

The predictions were dire in 2006 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill audaciously committing the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 in order to combat global warming.<p>Assembly Bill 32 would be a “job killer,” the state Chamber of Commerce declared. Businesses would flee the …

Fossil Fuels

Six business benefits of setting science-based targets

<b>By Dexter Galvin, Global Director of Corporates and Supply Chains, CDP</b><p>Science-based targets are undeniably good for the planet.<p>By assisting companies …

Readiness for Future of Production Report 2018 - Reports - World Economic Forum

Production has traditionally been an engine for growth, prosperity and innovation in countries around the world. Many advanced economies today, such …

Harvesting Enough Solar Energy for Later May Require Using Tiny Gold Balls

This is a big win for those who study tiny balls of gold.<p>Spiky, nanoscale gold spheres, similar in shape to a pufferfish — and powered by nothing …

Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.<p>The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas …

Fossil Fuels