Like other web giants, Google constantly experiments with new technologies to hedge its chances of stumbling across the next big thing. But one ambitious pet project has apparently turned into something much more, attracting the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy’s DARPA-inspired internal research arm.
For an island of only about 14,000 people Kodiak Alaska uses a lot of electricity. So it’s impressive that 99.7% its annual electricity needs are met by pollution free sources. And when the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) switched to full renewables use, it eliminated $7 million a year in fuel costs for diesel powered generators. KEA is now able to deliver power at a price that is lower than it was in 2001.
Thirteen giant companies joined the Obama administration’s Act on Climate initiative Monday, announcing at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment and more than 1,600 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy, the White House said.
The pledge from Coca-Cola, Walmart, Apple, Google, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and other big-name companies comes in advance of the United Nations climate talks in Paris at the end of the year, and is meant to demonstrate industry support for strong carbon reduction goals.
The next two years could be the hottest on record globally, says research from the UK’s Met Office.
It warns big changes could be under way in the climate system with greenhouse gases increasing the impact of natural trends.
The research shows that a major El Nino event is in play in the Pacific, which is expected to heat the world overall.
But it also reveals that summers in Europe might get cooler for a while as the rest of the globe warms.
The scientists confirm that in 2015 the Earth’s average surface temperature is running at, or near, record levels (0.68C above the 1961-1990 average).
Verto Homes was crowned ‘Overall Winner’ at Friday night’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA).
The Newquay-based developer also received the ‘Best Contribution towards the Creation of a Sustainable Energy Economy’ accolade, at a glittering awards ceremony which was held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay, on Friday, December 4.
Innovation for sustainability is quickly approaching mainstream attention. As many stakeholders re-evaluate their perception of business value, it is becoming clear that executives of all industries would be smart to upgrade the ways their teams measure, analyze and innovate along the entire range of benefits and costs for which they are responsible.
1. Use egg shells to increase soil fertility: Egg shells contain a number of minerals that are important for plant growth. Most notably calcium, which plays an important role in the strength and thickness in cell walls. Powdered egg shells contain over 39% calcium and .4% nitrogen. You may wish to rinse your egg shells and microwave them for two minutes in order to kill any pathogens such as salmonella. You will need to thoroughly grind up the egg shells so that they can be easily digested by worms and broken down.