Episode 86: Mining’s $16 billion problem; resilient cities rise

July 28, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, why mayors are appointing chief resilience officers, cap-and-trade makes a comeback and biomimicry turns 20.

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Why ‘cap and trade’ is still the main way to price emissions

July 26, 2017 by  
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California has extended its system to price carbon, an initiative that has inspired significant emissions cuts, after building bipartisan support. So far, the idea has sprung up in 50 jurisdictions around the world.

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Ontario greenhouses could lose $10M because of new cap-and-trade rules

July 6, 2017 by  
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Ontario , Canada has 2,900 acres of greenhouses that export over $1 billion of cucumbers, tomatoes, and green peppers to the United States. But greenhouse growers are saying they’ll suffer under the province’s new climate action plan. Their industry doesn’t only produce carbon dioxide (CO2) but consumes it as part of plants ‘ photosynthesis process, but unlike in British Columbia and Alberta, Ontario growers won’t receive a rebate for the carbon consumption, which could cost them around $10 million in 2017. In January Ontario put in place cap-and-trade rules in an effort to combat climate change . But greenhouse growers say the rules are unfair to them, since they consume CO2 instead of just emitting it. They’ll be charged $18 per metric ton of carbon. Related: Wind-powered vertical Skyfarms are the future of sustainable agriculture Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers chair George Gilvesy told Financial Post, “We aren’t happy at all. We are using CO2 and the plants need CO2. Cap-and-trade is very bad policy . We are competing against the U.S. and Mexico, who do not have a carbon tax .” What would they prefer instead? A rebate, such as that given to growers in Alberta and British Columbia. Lawmakers in those provinces recognize greenhouses consume CO2 and offer a carbon tax rebate. BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association executive director Linda Delli Santi said British Columbia’s carbon tax used to cost her five-acre greenhouse $50,000 yearly and helped put it out of business. So growers successfully lobbied the government for a rebate. British Columbia’s then finance minister Michael de Jong said at the time, “Greenhouse growers are distinct from most others in that they need carbon dioxide and purposely produce it because it is essential for plant growth.” Ontario environment ministry spokesperson Gary Wheeler said the province knows greenhouses will be an important source of local food as the climate changes. He told Financial Post, “Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan has committed up to $115 million to support the retrofit of agricultural facilities, including greenhouses. The investment will help the industry expand the use of innovative technologies and practices to reduce emissions .” Via Financial Post Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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California cap-and-trade: A booming success in disguise

August 10, 2016 by  
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Despite a recent auction that left many emissions permits unsold, the California cap and trade system has been a big success, helping the state reduce emissions back to just about 1990 levels while growing its economy.

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Building materials that tap into nature’s elegant, and harmless, designs

August 10, 2016 by  
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Find out how biomimicry is a source of inspiration for the future of sustainable design.

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

May 29, 2014 by  
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President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American history. The president will use his executive authority under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 20 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation would create cap-and-trade programs across the country that would make industry pay for their pollution. Read the rest of Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “energy efficiency” , “wind power” , cap and trade , carbon , Climate Change , coal , coal-fired power plants , epa , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , obama , Pollution , regulation , solar

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Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute)

August 30, 2012 by  
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Industrial Chimney photo from Shutterstock Carbon trading markets are controversial since they allows companies to essentially ‘pay to pollute’ . However, Australia has just announced that it plans to link its carbon trading scheme with the EU’s, enabling firms to use European permits from mid-2015 to emit carbon dioxide (CO2). Despite opposition to such ‘cap-and-trade’ schemes, the carbon market is viewed by many as a significant step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally. Read the rest of Australia to Join EU Carbon Emission Market (Allowing Companies to Pay to Pollute) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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6th Graders Invent Smart Milk Pitcher that Detects Spoilage

August 30, 2012 by  
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Across the globe, nearly 40% of all food produced is lost to waste and spoilage.  Now, thanks to a group of ingenious elementary school students, at least one item in the fridge can let us know when it’s ready to buy the (dairy) farm. The 6th grade class of P.S. 126/Manhattan Academy of Technology has designed a milk jug that alerts consumers when its contents have spoiled, and the team has already won awards for their innovative design. Read the rest of 6th Graders Invent Smart Milk Pitcher that Detects Spoilage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 6th grade , California , first lego league global innovation competition , harry freedman , hau-yu chu , manhattan , milk , pH , pitcher , ps 126/manhattan academy of technology , washington d.c. , x-prize

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