How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

January 3, 2017 by  
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The Fed does not influence the opportunity cost of carbon — and whether companies account for it — it does influence the opportunity cost of financial capital.

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Trump, COP22 and asking the hard questions on climate change

November 21, 2016 by  
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Why Paris was just the beginning — and a Trump presidency can’t be the end — for global climate action.

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The new green grid: utilities deploy ‘virtual power plants’

November 21, 2016 by  
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How companies in the U.S. and Europe are helping utilities supply targeted areas with renewable electricity.

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BONE Structure breaks ground on first net-zero residential project in California

June 13, 2016 by  
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Thanks to the off-site manufacturing process, the house is easy to outfit with all the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems , which can be inserted into precut openings. An air-tight envelope ensures stable interior temperatures, with insulation panels clipped into place between steel columns and polyurethane foam insulation. Related: Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013 The Jacobson Residence is only the beginning for BONE Structure. The firm plans to replicate the concept and build 50 new homes in California in 2016. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in visiting the Stanford house, the property will be available for tour on June, 24, 25 and 26. + BONE Structure

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Blind "bird man" of Uruguay recognizes 3000 unique bird songs

June 13, 2016 by  
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In the warmer seasons and biomes of the Earth, birds envelop the sonic landscape with uniquely composed songs and calls that identify the species present, even if unseen. Bioacoustics and ornithological expert Juan Pablo Culasso has so refined his ability to recognize these sounds that he is now able to differentiate between 720 species of birds by ear. 29-year-old Culasso was born blind, though able to sense changes in light, and has always relied on his ears to explore the world around him. Culasso also possesses the rare gift of absolute, or perfect, pitch, which enables him to identify a particular note simply by hearing it. Through his unique abilities, Culasso can identify over 3,000 unique bird sounds. Perfect pitch is less about the ear than it is about the brain’s capacity for identification and interpretation. “It’s not that these people hear more, they hear the same as anyone else,” says Alicia Munyo, head of the phonology department at Republica University in Montevideo, Uruguay. “It’s that their brain has a great capacity to interpret sounds and their nuances, much more than normal people do.” Culasso recalls his perfect pitch in childhood, in which he could identify the musical note for sounds made by stones tossed into the water. His father introduced his young son to the world of birds by reading aloud encyclopedia articles that were accompanied by audio cassettes of bird sounds. Related: Shocking study reveals 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic Culasso, encouraged by field work with an ornithologist, began recording bird sounds as a teenager. “At that moment, I felt as if I had been doing this forever without knowing it. I fell in love with that task,” he says. Culasso has used his skills to produce nature documentaries, assist scientific studies, and in 2014, was granted a $45,000 prize from Nat Geo TV. Most of this money was invested in audio equipment, so that Culasso can better complete his work. He also recently completed a two month expedition in Antarctica. “I keep adding sounds to my list,” he says. “In Antarctica, I recorded sea lions, seals and a melting iceberg.” Via Phys.org Images via Juan Pablo Culasso  and Flickr

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Beautifully renovated Lisbon home integrates indoor and outdoor life

June 13, 2016 by  
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The architects completely restored the three-story structure, including an attic, two exterior patios and a large terrace on the middle floor, transforming it into a comfortable single-family home. They brought new life to the beautiful detailing and rustic quality of the structure, but have also reorganized and adapted the spaces to better suit the needs of a modern family. Related: Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013 The entry area provides access to both the upper and lower floors, the latter of which houses the service areas and parking. The main living spaces, together with the dining room and kitchen, are located on the first floor and have direct access to the central terrace. The top floor accommodates three bedrooms, while the attic is meant to be used as an open-plan play area. + Fragmentos de Arquitectura Photos by Francisco Nogueira

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Sodexo: Why the time for climate action is now

April 21, 2016 by  
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The Paris Agreement was just the beginning of a corporate shift. The food services giant shares next steps amid this week’s signing event.

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GE phase-out marks the beginning of the end for CFL bulbs

February 3, 2016 by  
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Is this the beginning of the end for CFL bulbs? Even though it has held the title for many years, the best pick for an inexpensive and energy efficient light bulb is no longer the compact fluorescent bulb, . General Electric is following the trend of consumers opting for LED bulbs and has decided to phase out CFL bulbs completely by the end of the year. Read the rest of GE phase-out marks the beginning of the end for CFL bulbs

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Why full Scope 3 reporting may not be right for every company

March 20, 2012 by  
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There are some who believe that companies should be expected to report on all 15 categories of Scope 3 emissions. Kathrin Winkler believes that restraint and judgment need to be exercised in reporting. Here's why.

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Zipcar founder: Sharing cars is just the beginning

March 20, 2012 by  
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Sharing cars is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for resource sharing, says Zipcar founder Robin Chase. People are already sharing their couches and beds with strangers. What's next?

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