Hawaii’s energy transition needs local entrepreneurs to thrive

June 21, 2017 by  
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The state is home to nationally recognized startup incubators that are hoping to hatch innovations in both technologies and business models.

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Singapore’s jaw-dropping new airport has the world’s largest indoor waterfall

June 21, 2017 by  
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Air travel is usually a nightmare, but Singapore’s new Jewel Changi Airport extension is taking the sting out of the experience with a lush jungle and the world’s largest indoor waterfall. The 131-foot-tall waterfall, conceived by water design firm WET and Safdie Architects , will be the centerpiece of “Forest Valley,” a lush indoor garden nestled under a large glass dome. The waterfall, dubbed the Rain Vortex, will be housed in a huge glass toroid, and will fall though the hole in the middle of the structure. At night, choreographed light shows will make the waterfall glow, illuminating the interior in an array of different colors. Related: World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan The architects and engineers conducted a series of airflow studies on the glass dome in order to prevent the buildup of humid air that would naturally occur around this amount of falling water. The team came up with a solution that alters the way turbulence affects the surrounding air. Several built models helped determine the behavior of the design. The 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore‘s main airport is expected to wow travelers with an environment unlike any other. It is currently under construction, expecting completion in early 2019. + WET Design + Safdie Architects Via Archdaily

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How midsize cloud player Akamai buys clean power

June 21, 2017 by  
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Direct access to renewable electricity no longer is limited to corporate giants. Smaller operators are starting to buy solar and wind using innovative procurement strategies.

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This app helps corporate buyers evaluate solar and wind projects

June 21, 2017 by  
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New service from the Business Renewables Center simplifies the comparison of contracts, including virtual power purchase agreements.

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A bipartisan price on carbon? Here’s what to watch for

June 20, 2017 by  
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The recently formed Climate Leadership Council has signed big founding backers like General Motors, PepsiCo and ExxonMobile in its bid to advance a “carbon dividend” model.

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South Korea to throw out any plans for new nuclear reactors

June 20, 2017 by  
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South Korea currently obtains around 30 percent of its energy from nuclear power , but with the election of a new president the country seems ready to shift away from that energy source to something a bit safer. President Moon Jae-In – who campaigned on a platform of phasing out nuclear energy – says he will toss out plans to build new reactors and won’t extend the lifespan of existing ones in the country. The 2011 Fukushima disaster in nearby Japan incited concern in South Korea, as many of the country’s nuclear plants were then getting old. According to the country’s new president, many of the plants are located dangerously near residential areas. He said a nuclear meltdown could result in unimaginable consequences. Add to that corruption scandals over state nuclear energy agencies during the last few years and public unease over several earthquakes in South Korea in 2016, since an earthquake sparked the Fukushima meltdown. Related: Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power Moon echoed these fears when he said, “South Korea is not safe from the risk of earthquake, and a nuclear accident caused by a quake can have such a devastating impact.” South Korea is running 25 nuclear reactors right now. Many of them will expire between 2020 and 2030, leaving the decision to extend several of them or not in Moon’s hands during his 2017 to 2022 term. He campaigned on the idea of shutting down every single one – although that task could take decades. As he decommissioned the Kori-1, South Korea’s first nuclear reactor, Moon said in a speech, “We will dump our atomic-centric power supply and open the door to the post-nuclear era.” He’d like to move towards what he described as more environmentally-friendly and safer energy sources like solar power and wind power . He’s also pledged to promote a post-coal energy policy . During his campaign he said he’d abandon coal to help curb air pollution . Among the member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), South Korea is home to the highest levels of small air particles. The country currently obtains around 40 percent of power from coal. Via Phys.org Images via IAEA Imagebank on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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The 5 keys to successful stakeholder engagement

June 20, 2017 by  
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Finding the formula for stakeholder engagement and disclosure can be tough — unless you follow these simple rules.

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Carbon pricing, sustainable seafood, lumens as a service

June 20, 2017 by  
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The latest crop of reports you need to read (or at least scan).

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Iconic New York beach gets climate-resilient boardwalk

June 20, 2017 by  
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It cost $70 million per mile to replace the Rockaway Beach dunes and walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy five years ago, a project emblematic of forward-thinking coastal development.

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Why Starbucks brewed up a green bond

June 20, 2017 by  
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“We have a long-term interest in having a sustainable source of coffee,” said Starbucks Treasurer Drew Wolff, “but we don’t always get it right.”Money talks, however, and increasingly, the power of global capital markets is reinforcing corporate sustainability efforts. 

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