CIP21 in Paris offers humanity an opportunity to turn back from the brink

COP21 Will Change the Course of History

On November 30th, the world will come together in Paris for the start of the most important climate talks ever. After more than two decades of negotiations, the expectations are high and global leaders appear to be ready to sign a comprehensive climate deal that will spur unprecedented emissions reductions. If all goes as planned, the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of United Nations…

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Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

Next week delegates. ministers, heads-of-state and civil socity meet in Paris at COP21 in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Data recently released from the MET Office in the UK projects average global surface temperatures in 2015 are set to reach the threshold of 1 degree Celsius, halfway to the limit of “acceptable”…

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IRENA RE Climate Change graphic

IRENA: RE, Energy Efficiency Would Limit Climate Warming Below 2C Tipping Point

Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.

Researchers Richard Lunt and Yimu Zhao test cutting edge transparent solar cells at their Michigan State University lab

EarthTalk: Beyond Traditional PV Solar Panels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon?                                    — Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy….

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The new energy economy is growing exponentially

We are in the Midst of an Energy Revolution

As the future for renewable energy continues to get brighter, the prospects for fossil fuel are looking increasingly grim. Financial markets are reflecting the growing value of renewables and coming to terms with the declining value of fossil fuels. Almost a dozen stock exchanges around the world now require sustainability risk disclosure from listed companies. A total of 2.6 trillion has been diverted from fossil fuels to date. Cities, investors…

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Fractious final round of negotiations in Bonn end with some progress, some roadblocks on the road to Paris and COP21

Bonn Climate Talks End: Next Stop Paris and COP21

The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn last week. As crunch time descends upon negotiators, the issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have done the least to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the greatest impacts and indeed already are. As a condition…

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Recycled steel benefits industry and the environment

How Recycled Steel Helps the Planet

Recycling at all levels is beneficial to the environment, but nowhere are the benefits more pronounced than with the recycling of a steel. The recycling rate for steel is a staggering 88 percent, according to industry site steel.org, making it the most recycled product on the planet. A lot of this can be attributed to steel’s strength, which does not…

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