Why Google, and the business world, are embracing the circular economy

June 19, 2019 by  
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Google, and others, are realizing the economic power of the circular economy.

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The rise of seatech — a new world wide web

June 19, 2019 by  
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IoT, big data, blockchain and biotech are powering a wave of sustainable seafood.

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Stay home from work to save the planet, study says

May 23, 2019 by  
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Need an excuse to stay home from work? How about new research findings that a shorter work week is essential to combating climate change ? European think tank Autonomy recommends that employees in the U.K. work far fewer hours in order to avoid a climate crisis. In fact, the think tank recommends people work only nine hours per week! Although a nine-hour work week might sound too good to be true, there are many experts who are pushing for a four-day work week as a compromise. After the economic recession in 2008, Utah became the first state in the U.S. to experiment with a mandatory four-day work week — and found many benefits. The newest findings are based on greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to decarbonize the economy. Autonomy is careful to say that a reduced work week is only one out of many ingredients that should go into a comprehensive and urgent plan to reduce carbon emissions. Related: 9 ways to introduce nature into your dull workspace “Becoming a green, sustainable society will require a number of strategies — a shorter working week being just one of them,” Autonomy director Will Stonge told The Guardian. “This paper and the other nascent research in the field should give us plenty of food for thought when we consider how urgent a Green New Deal is and what it should look like.” The benefits of working reduced hours include both environmental and social impacts. With a shorter work week, fewer people would commute, which would significantly reduce transportation-related carbon emissions and improve air quality . According to the report, a “1 percent decrease in working hours could lead to a 1.46 percent decrease in carbon footprint.” Additionally, fewer workers would also mean fewer goods produced and resources used, which would ultimately be more sustainable than our current rate of over-consumption. Being overworked also encourages unsustainable habits by stressed and rushed employees, such as driving instead of walking or buying ready-made meals packaged with single-use plastic instead of cooking. Evidence also suggests that working shorter hours would improve employees’ mental health and well-being without losing productivity. Employees would have more time to exercise, cook, relax and build social ties, enabling improved focus while on the job. Employers likely aren’t going to buy the argument for a nine-hour work week any time soon, but the report confirms similar findings that “the climate crisis calls for an unprecedented decrease in the economic activity that causes GHG emissions,” or in other words, the “necessity to be lazy” — or at the very least a reconsideration of how industrial societies have defined lazy. Via The Guardian Image via Freddie Marriage

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Sharing power: renewables, resilience and redefining beauty

June 28, 2018 by  
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On average, the poorest 20% pay the most for electricity — that’s 10% of total household income. Community power and community storage will transform access to affordable clean energy for low-income households, if we deploy equitable project finance models that scale with the market instead of depending on subsidies. Leaders from around the world discuss new project development and finance models that are transforming the economic and energy landscape in their communities.

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Day 3 Welcome: Senator Hirono

June 28, 2018 by  
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Kicking off the third day with a message from special guest, Senator Hirono.

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Planning for a resilient Hawaii

June 28, 2018 by  
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Energy innovation, infrastructure investments, and emerging technology are integral to Hawaii’s future energy capability.

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We are 100: voices from our collective journey to 100% renewable energy

June 28, 2018 by  
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Hawaii is the first state in the nation with 100% renewable energy targets for both for electricity and ground transportation. But what does that mean for everyday residents and businesses in the islands? What is their role in our journey to 100%?

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How zero-deforestation agendas affect heavily forested nations

March 5, 2018 by  
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Companies interested in cleaning up their supply chains must find better ways of accommodating the economic aspirations of communities in forest-rich developing countries.

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A mix of energy sources advance Hawaii’s renewables goal

August 21, 2017 by  
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Once Hawaii publicized its goal to be powered entirely by renewable energy by 2045, the state’s options to get there expanded greatly. “We saw a slew of different solutions that can help Hawaii get to its renewables goal,” said Luis Salaveria, director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). That includes the renewables mix of hydro, wind and solar, as well as the technology to get power on the grid. 

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Why Hawaii is leading us to 100% renewable energy

May 31, 2016 by  
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As an island state heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs, Hawaii is uniquely vulnerable to things like volatile electricity prices, rising sea levels and supply chain disruptions.Luis Salaveria, Director of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, spoke at VERGE 2015 in San Jose about how Hawaii’s challenges act as an impetus for the state to become a leader in the evolution toward a renewably powered future.

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