Can Big Chemical end plastics pollution?

January 22, 2019 by  
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Dow, BASF, ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips and DSM have pledged to fight plastic waste across the value chain.

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An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown

November 16, 2018 by  
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An 80-year-old warehouse has been elegantly remade into the chic Paramount House Hotel, a boutique property that champions sustainable practices in more ways than one. Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture , the adaptive reuse project in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia houses 29 unique rooms as well as a sun-soaked lobby that weaves original architectural features together with contemporary elements. In addition to the sensitive renovation of the historic building, the architects also used locally sourced materials wherever possible and installed a 7-kW photovoltaic solar array on the roof deck to supplement the building’s energy needs. Named after the Paramount House (formerly Paramount Pictures Studio) next door, the Paramount House Hotel was completed over the course of four years and opened to guests this year. In addition to capturing the raw industrial qualities of the 1930s brick corner warehouse into the redesign , the architects also took cues from the art deco styles of the surrounding former film district from dressing the interiors to reimagining the exteriors. Most notably, the architects added a copper, chevron-patterned screen that crowns the brick building and provides solar shading. Within the restored brick and timber shell, Breathe Architecture inserted structural and architectural metalwork, concrete, recycled timber floorboards, low-VOC finishes, locally designed tiles and furnishings that are entirely made in Australia. A former film vault was transformed into the welcoming reception lodge. Each of the suites includes an external terrace carefully placed for shading and natural ventilation. Related: Old Sydney warehouse is transformed into an industrial-chic home “Contextually responsive to its Sydney location, it is about expressing everything that was old and true, honest and raw, about the existing warehouse,” the architecture firm explained in the project statement. “It captures the spirit and excitement of the golden era of film. Staying there, you truly feel at home.” + Breathe Architecture Images by Tom Ross and Katherine Lu

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Chevron admits "there’s no debate about climate science" in court hearing

March 23, 2018 by  
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“From Chevron’s perspective there’s no debate about climate science ,” attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a courtroom this week. In a case pitting Big Oil companies against the cities of San Francisco and Oakland , which allege the fossil fuel corporations should pay for actions like sea walls to deal with the impacts of climate change , Chevron’s attorney acknowledged that manmade climate change is real. Don’t get too excited, though. According to Boutrous, it may be real, but it isn’t Chevron’s fault – it’s yours. United States District Judge William Alsup called for a two-part climate change tutorial  earlier this month to help educate all the parties involved in the lawsuit on climate change. During this tutorial,  Science Magazine and The Verge reported that Chevron agreed with the existing scientific consensus. The tutorial wasn’t an echo of the famous Scopes trial, according to Alsup. Science Magazine said he told the audience, “This will not be withering cross-examinations and so forth. This will be numbers and diagrams, and if you get bored you can just leave.” Prominent scientists spoke for San Francisco and Oakland, but Boutrous was the sole speaker for the oil industry — and he said, “Chevron accepts what the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] has reached consensus on concerning science and climate change.” Related: Federal court orders first hearing on the science of climate change Boutrous did emphasize parts of the IPCC’s fifth climate science assessment report regarding uncertainties, according to Science Magazine, such as challenges over predictions of sea level rise in particular parts of the planet or modeling Antarctic ice’s response to increasing temperatures. Even if Chevron does agree on the science, they don’t seem to agree a lawsuit is the correct way to tackle climate change — Boutrous described it as a global issue necessitating global action. Chevron spokesperson Sean Comey told The Verge the company “welcomes meaningful efforts to address the issue of climate change, but litigation is not an appropriate tool for accomplishing that objective.” He also claims that Chevron is no more to blame for climate change than anyone else. “Anyone in the world could be brought in in the case, including the plaintiffs themselves,” he said. Which gets to the crux of the argument: Chevron claims that burning fossil fuels is to blame, so it rests on the shoulders of those driving cars or heating their homes with coal to stop climate change. But the plaintiffs argue that, like the cigarette companies in the past, companies like Chevron knew about the impact of their product on the environment and chose to continue pushing it. Science Magazine said Exxon, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and ConocoPhillips, the other oil companies involved, stayed away from the tutorial as they have questioned Alsup’s jurisdiction to hear the case. Alsup afforded them two weeks to disagree with what Boutrous had to say, or he’ll assume they’re in agreement. Via The Verge and Science Magazine Images via Depositphotos and Pixabay

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Polish farmers and families blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days

January 15, 2015 by  
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In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and other pastoral machinery for 400 days. Now, that victory is inspiring other Poles to fight back against the fracked gas industry. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Polish farmers and families blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agro-tourism , ban fracking , Biodiversity , Chevron , Climate Change , contamination , drilling , earth , ECO:nomics , economy , Environment , environmental assessment , Europe , families , farmers , farming , farms , forests , frack , fracked , fracking , gas , government , grassroots , Health , health issues , law , local , natural , natural resources , oil , Poland , political , politics , protected forests , Radunia River , regulations , resistance , rivers , shale boom , shale drilling , shale gas , silica sand , streams , tourism , u.s. , UNESCO , united states , Zurawlow

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Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

January 15, 2015 by  
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  Thanks to Google , residents of its hometown of Mountain View, California can now get around the city on electric shuttles—for free. Google provided funding and teamed up with Motiv Power Systems to add four new electric shuttle buses to the city’s fleet, which will help move people around the city more effectively. The buses are part of a two-year pilot program aimed at moving residents and visitors through the city in a way that reduces drive-alone traffic, while helping residents get around more effectively via a loop route. Read the rest of Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery pack , California , electric bus , electric motor , Google , Google electric shuttle , Google shuttle , green bus , green car , green transportation , Motiv Power Systems , mountain view

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Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

September 26, 2013 by  
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Royal Dutch Shell PLC recently joined Chevron in its abandonment of oil-shale projects in Colorado. After spending nearly $30 million in exploration, the company decided to leave the Western Slope shale rock deposits. They exited citing a shift in energy markets since they began their project in 1982. Read the rest of Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black sunday , Chevron , colorado , Exxon , fossil fuel , government subsidies , jet fuel , kelly op de weegh , natural gas , oil expploration , oil prices , oil shale , parachute , rockies , royal dutch shell plc , Utah , west slope , wyoming        

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A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas’ New Composite Building in Hong Kong

September 26, 2013 by  
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Instead of designing a swanky tower in an overcrowded neighborhood in Hong Kong , international architecture firm Aedas opted to create an apartment building that reinterprets Hong-Kong’s traditional architecture. Located in the Mongkok District, which has a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometer, the new tower features a lush living wall that enhances quality of life in the neighborhood. Read the rest of A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas’ New Composite Building in Hong Kong Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , aedas , Aedas Architects , Aedas Composite building , high-rise design , Hong Kong , Hong-Kong architecture , Hong-Kong skyscrapers , Hong-Kong towers , pixelated facades , skyscrapers , sustainable towers , vertical garden        

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Shareholders challenge Exxon, Chevron over climate risks

January 22, 2013 by  
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Companies are being pushed to reduce GHG emissions and increasing renewables via a series of resolutions.

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Green For All and University of Phoenix Host Academy for Green Businesses in Washington D.C.

September 25, 2012 by  
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On Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Green for All and University of Phoenix are teaming up to host a free workshop designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed in the green economy. During the academy, local business owners will learn about funding and incentives for green businesses, pitching their businesses, procurement, sustainability and networking with industry and community leaders. Industry leaders will be involved in panel discussions. Gilbert Campbell of Volt Energy will be the keynote speaker. Panelists may be available for interviews at the event. The event is free and open to the public but online registration is required to attend http://bit.ly/DC_GreenBiz

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San Francisco Bay Area Women of Wind Energy Presents CHEVRON TECH VENTURES

September 21, 2012 by  
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Come hear Alicia Boutan, Vice President Strategy, Planning and Business Development at Chevron Technology Ventures, talk about Chevron’s activities in the renewable energy space. Chevron is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the world, supplying 1,273 megawatts of installed electricity-generating capacity in Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2008, it commenced operations at Casper Wind in Wyoming. Chevron Technology Ventures developed and operates 3 solar projects in California and New Mexico. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and this will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues in the energy industry. Advance registration is required. REGISTER NOW!

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