Wednesday, November 30, 2016

India now claims the number three spot in utility-scale solar power

This happened after the Kamuthi solar plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was connected to the power grid. The 648-megawatt Kamuthi plant is considered the world's largest solar project in a single location after leapfrogging the world's second largest solar plant, the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which has a capacity of 550 megawatts.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Canada’s first tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy now powering 500 homes

The 1,000-tonne heavy and five storeys tall two-megawatt turbine has been successfully connected to the power grid in Nova Scotia and now is providing energy to hundreds of homes. It has a subsea gravity base that allows it to sit on the sea floor under its own weight at the eastern end of the bay in the Minas Passage, a five-kilometre-wide channel near Parrsboro, N.S.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Climate change as century’s greatest threat to human health

Impact of climate change on human health became a subject of serious research. In 2009, prior to Copenhagen climate change conference, prestigious medical journal The Lancet published an article, which stated that “climate change is potentially the biggest global health threat in the 21st century”.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

COP22 in Marakech pledged to move ahead with implementation of Paris Agreement

In the Marrakech Action Proclamation Parties to UNFCCC confirmed heir “commitment” to the “full implementation” of the Paris Agreement and called for “the highest political commitment to combat climate change” and “strong solidarity with those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change”. In the Proclamation, developed countries reaffirmed their $100 billion mobilization goal per year by 2020 to support climate action by developing countries.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Acceleration of energy efficiency implementation in industry as solution to climate and competitiveness challenges

The world's manufacturing industry is responsible for about one-third of total GHG emissions and includes the highest carbon-emitting sectors - the production of iron and steel, aluminum, chemicals and cement. A report published by The World Bank Group A Greener Path to Competitiveness provides recommendations and guidance on how companies and countries can stay competitive while implementing more climate-friendly technologies and strategies.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Volcano eruption mitigated sea level rise by quarter of an inch per decade


The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, which sent tens of millions of tons of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere and caused reflection of solar heat and cooling ocean temperatures, has masked the worsening effects of industrial pollution on global sea levels.

Monday, November 7, 2016

UNEP report: world is still heading for temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4 °C this century

World must urgently take actions to reduce roughly a further quarter off predicted 2030 global greenhouse emissions to have any chance of minimizing dangerous climate change, says just released UNEP's annual Emissions Gap report. The report states that 2030 emissions are expected to reach 54 to 56 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent – far above the level of 42 needed for limiting global warming to 2°C this century.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Vancouver is leading the way towards zero emission buildings

Vancouver's Zero Emissions Building Plan, approved by City Council in July, is to fundamentally shift building practice in Vancouver within next 10-15 years. The Plan includes detailed actions to ensure the majority of new buildings in Vancouver use 100% renewable energy and have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and that all new buildings achieve these outcomes by 2030.