Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donates $20M to support environmental causes

September 20, 2017 by  
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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) just announced their biggest portfolio of environmental grants ever given. LDF is giving $20 million to organizations working for conservation , climate solutions, and indigenous rights , to name a few. DiCaprio made the announcement yesterday during the Yale Climate Conference hosted by John Kerry , former Secretary of State. LDF CEO Terry Tamminen said, “With a lack of political leadership, and continued evidence that climate change is growing worse with record-breaking heat waves and storms , we believe we need to do as much as we can now, before it is too late.” LDF will give over 100 organizations grants across six categories: wildlife and land conservation; marine life and ocean conservation; indigenous rights; climate change; innovation, technology , and media; and LDF’s California program, targeted to help local communities transition to sustainable infrastructure, energy , and food . Related: Leonardo DiCaprio launches a new fund to save the lions In his speech at yesterday’s conference, DiCaprio called for people to get involved in tackling climate change. He said people can do three simple things: first, vote in the midterm elections next year for candidates who believe climate change is one of the most important issues the United States must address. Second, buy from environmentally friendly companies, and boycott those funding climate deniers or offering products that hurt the environment. Third, support charities and non-governmental organizations working for climate solutions. DiCaprio said, “I still believe that the United States has the potential to lead the world on this issue. We can only hope that the President begins to see it too…Time is up. The current events are a global wake-up call that must be heard all the way from you, to the private sector, to Washington, D.C. It is too late for any of us to be too timid or too ignorant or too silent. We must all take action together now.” + Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Via the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Images via screenshot

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London’s sewer-dwelling ‘fatberg’ will be converted into biofuel

September 20, 2017 by  
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IT’s not the only monster lurking in the sewers. Beneath the streets of London lies the now-notorious “fatberg,” a congealed mass of grease, oil, wet wipes and sanitary products that weighs as much as 11 double-decker buses. Thames Water Utilities has confirmed that the 820-foot-long fatberg will be removed from its subterranean lair and converted into biofuel . “It may be a monster, but the Whitechapel fatberg deserves a second chance,” said Thames Water waste network manager Alex Saunders. “We’ve therefore teamed up with leading waste to power firm Argent Energy to transform what was once an evil, gut-wrenching, rancid blob into pure green fuel.” Fatbergs appear when its necessary ingredients (fat, sanitary products, grease, etc.) are flushed down the toilet or the kitchen sink. They then meet and stick together. The notorious fatberg of London came together under Whitechapel Road and has damaged the area’s Victorian-era sewage system. Only about one-third of the mass has been removed for processing. The Museum of London hopes to receive part of the fatberg, which is heavy and solid, for display. “The discovery of this fatberg highlights one of the many issues London has to deal with as it grows and evolves,” said Sharon Ament, Director at the Museum of London. “Our year-long season, City Now City Future, explores what the future holds for people living in urban environments.” Related: Startup is developing kelp farms in the open ocean to make carbon-neutral biofuel Although this is not the first fatberg discovered, its conversion into fuel is breaking new ground. “It’s the perfect solution for the environment and our customers as we work towards our target to self-generate 33 per cent of the electricity we use from renewable sources by 2020,” said Saunders. “It also means the Whitechapel fatberg will get a new lease of life as renewable, biodegradable fuel powering an engine instead of causing the misery of sewer flooding. Even though they are our worst enemy, and we want them dead completely, bringing fatbergs back to life when we do find them in the form of biodiesel is a far better solution for everyone.” Via Alphr Images via Alphr

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It’s critical to go ‘all in’ on climate optimism

August 11, 2017 by  
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The debate about communicating apocalyptic climate risks misses the point: The only way to combat their terror is by committing fully to climate action.

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Stephen Hawking says Trump’s Paris decision could induce irreversible climate change

July 4, 2017 by  
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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking could very well be the world’s most famous scientist. He’s also one of the more outspoken ones, and recently talked with the BBC on his views about President Donald Trump and his potentially disastrous decision to yank America out of the 2015 Paris Agreement . Not one to mince words, Hawking warned of the consequences of such a choice: irreversible climate change . Hawking described climate change as one of the greatest dangers humanity faces today. But he said we still have time to prevent it if we take action. Trump’s utter lack of climate action is worrying for the entire planet and future generations, according to the scientist. Related: Stephen Hawking: Humans must leave Earth within 100 years to survive Hawking told the BBC, “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus , with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.” Climate change could one day transform Earth into a hothouse planet. Hawking said Trump’s denial of the phenomenon “will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet.” The BBC said the renowned scientist was pessimistic about our ability to solve our environmental dilemmas, and our future might only be safeguarded by leaving the planet. He said, “I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space .” Hawking recently said in the BBC documentary Expedition New Earth we have to colonize Mars within the next 100 years if we want to survive. Via the BBC Images via Lwp Kommunikáció on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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11-year-old boy invents device to save children from dying in hot cars

July 4, 2017 by  
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Children dying in overheated cars is one of those preventable tragedies that just shouldn’t happen, and an 11-year-old boy in Texas decided to do something about it. Bishop Curry heard about a six-month-old who died in his hometown after being left inside a hot vehicle. A few hours later he had come up with his initial design for Oasis, a cooling device he hopes will one day save lives. Oasis started as a design for a fan that could be placed on a headrest. When the interior temperature of a car reached a certain level, the fan would immediately switch on to blow cool air on a child in a car seat. Curry’s father, Bishop Curry IV, told CBS News the device draws on GPS technology to determine when the vehicle is stopped. “It then detects if a child is in that car seat, and if the car is heating up. If all of those things are taking place it blows cold air on the child through an internal cooling system.” Related: 13-year-old Maanasa Mendu invents groundbreaking clean energy device that costs just $5 But 11-year-old Bishop also wanted to include a means for the child to be rescued in his design. If the fan does turn on, an antenna in Oasis will use Wi-Fi to notify the parents. Should they fail to respond, the device will then inform local authorities, using GPS to provide the child’s location. Curry IV is an engineer with Toyota , and has pitched the idea to the company. They were super impressed, so they footed the bill to send both father and son to a conference to pitch the idea to car seat manufacturers. Several have indicated interest, and Curry IV started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year to raise money for legal and manufacturing fees. He recently posted an update saying they’ve turned in paperwork to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and are waiting to hear back. So far the GoFundMe campaign has raised over $45,000 of a $20,000 goal. You can donate here . + Help Bishop End Hot Car Deaths on GoFundMe Via Bishop B. Curry IV on GoFundMe and CBS News Images via screenshot ( 1 , 2 )

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We have just 3 years to ward off climate change – new report

June 29, 2017 by  
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The year 2020 could be a huge turning point for our planet. According to a new report, if we don’t limit carbon emissions by that date, we won’t meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement . That leaves just three years – but six leaders and scientists laid out a six-point plan for meeting the most pressing deadline in human history – regardless of who’s in the White House. Christiana Figueres, convener of Mission 2020 and Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change between 2010 and 2016, led the group who wrote a piece for Nature outlining their vision for how we can lower emissions and meet the Paris goals. They targeted six sectors: energy , finance, land, infrastructure , transport, and industry. They said their goals may be “idealistic at best, unrealistic at worst” but they feel setting high goals will inspire people to innovate to meet them. Related: How former NYC mayor Bloomberg is filling Trump’s climate change vacuum For example, the authors said at least 30 percent of global power supply needs to be sourced from renewable energy . It’s not impossible, considering we obtained 23.7 percent of electricity from renewables in 2015. They highlight low carbon practices for the other sectors too, like reducing deforestation and increasing use of clean vehicles . The authors also laid out three steps to avoid delaying. First, base policies and action plans on science . Second, scale up existing solutions quickly. And third, be optimistic. “There will always be those who hide their heads in the sand and ignore the global risks of climate change ,” said the authors. “But there are many more of us committed to overcoming this inertia. Let us stay optimistic and act boldly together.” Numerous scientists, politicians, business leaders, analysts, and faith leaders co-signed the Nature article, such as California governor Jerry Brown and climate scientist Michael Mann . + Mission 2020 Via Nature Images via Wikimedia Commons and David Nuescheler on Unsplash

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Episode 78: The Paris pullout, investor power and the era of remanufacturing

June 2, 2017 by  
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This week: Investors mobilize for climate action … why companies are turning a new leaf on deforestation …and why the hottest business trends are circular.

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Why businesses should lead on climate action

March 3, 2017 by  
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Sponsored: Corporations with a global view are taking seriously their role as leaders in climate action.

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John de Graaf: Buying less is more for social sustainability

March 3, 2017 by  
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The “Affluenza” director discusses decoupling economic growth from consumption and reaching out across the political aisle.

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RMI scales community solar across the U.S.

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How the organization enabled PPAs at prices 40 percent below median bids and plans to unlock a 5-30 GW market by 2020.

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