RBS will cease financing new coal stations, Arctic oil, or oil sands projects

May 29, 2018 by  
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Several oil and gas projects will no longer receive financing from Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Reuters reported . The bank said it won’t offer project-specific finance for Arctic oil and oil sands projects, new coal -fired power stations, new thermal coal mines, or unsustainable peatland or vegetation clearance projects. RBS Director of Sustainable Banking Kirsty Britz said, “The RBS of 2018 is very different to the bank we were a few years ago. If we’re going to support our customers in the long run, then it means addressing the challenge of climate change and the risks and opportunities it presents.” The changes are part of RBS’s tighter restrictions on finance and general lending for what Reuters described as “high-carbon energy projects.” In addition to the projects listed above, RBS said it won’t provide finance for “ mining companies generating more than 40 percent of their revenues from thermal coal” and “ power companies generating more than 40 percent of their electricity from coal.” In the past, the threshold for both types of companies was 65 percent. Related: The World Bank will stop funding oil and gas projects after 2019 RBS quoted Sonia Hierzig of ShareAction , a responsible investment charity, as saying the energy financing policies “make RBS the bank with the strongest energy sector policies out of the top five UK banks…RBS would now rank 8th in our climate ranking of the 15 largest European banks, up from 11th previously.” The bank said they’ve funded “more British renewable energy projects than any other UK bank for the last six years running.” They also said they obtain 90 percent of electricity in the UK and Ireland via renewable energy and, since 2014, have seen a 39 percent drop in their carbon dioxide emissions . + Royal Bank of Scotland Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos (1)

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100% electric passenger, vehicle and cargo ferry could help decarbonize sea travel

May 29, 2018 by  
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Many ferries are powered by polluting diesel, but the European Union-funded E-ferry could offer a cleaner alternative: a medium-sized ferry able to transport trucks, cars, passengers and cargo with zero greenhouse gas emissions. While this isn’t the first zero-emission ferry, the team behind the project says the new ferry will be able to cover longer distances — traveling 22 nautical miles between charges. E-ferry’s goal is to “apply an extremely energy efficient design concept and demonstrate a 100 percent electric , emission-free, medium-sized ferry” able to travel without polluting, according to the project website. The European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) announced the project will be soon set sail and operate in the Baltic Sea to connect the island of Ærø to the Denmark mainland. The ferry, dubbed Ellen, will travel the Søby-Fynshav and Søby-Faaborg routes, which are 10.7 and 9.6 nautical miles, respectively. Related: 173 countries agree to slash shipping industry emissions in historic deal Ellen could be equipped with “the largest battery pack ever installed in a vessel,” according to the project website, and boasts a battery capacity of 4.3 megawatt-hours. The website says , “The peak charging power of the E-ferry battery pack and its shore charging connection will be up to four megawatts.” The vessel will have two 750 kilowatt (kW) propulsion motors and two 250 kW thruster motors. It can carry 31 cars or five trucks, and 147 passengers in the winter and 198 in the summer. It will weigh around 650 tons. The E-ferry will be built with what the team described as new lightweight materials: “different kinds of carbon composites” as well as more traditional aluminum materials. The team aims for 10 or more E-ferries operating by 2020, and 100 or more by 2030 to save 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year by 2020 and 100,000 to 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide yearly by 2030. E-ferry is supported by the Horizon 2020 initiative. + E-ferry + CORDIS Image via Depositphotos

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From garbage to garden: How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

March 13, 2015 by  
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The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a city of about 60,000 people in Northern Alberta, is now producing lettuce and herbs via a process called containerized aquaponics–which will soon be totally powered with gasified garbage from the local landfill. Read the rest of From garbage to garden: How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , Climate Change , food , food security , fort macmurray , Gardening , gasification , gasifier , oil , oil sands , tar sands

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Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

February 9, 2015 by  
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It seems that being an anti-tar sands activist in the United States is getting to be a riskier business, as those opposed to the Canadian oil development have been getting unexpected visits from the FBI. The Globe and Mail reports that federal agents have been calling, texting, and even visiting the workplaces of people who were involved in protests a few years ago that delayed northbound shipments of equipment to the tar sands. As of the time of publishing this article, nobody knows exactly why it’s happening. Read the rest of Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activists , fbi , investigating , keystone xl , megaload , oil , oil sands , oilsands , pipeline , protest , tar sands , tarsands , visiting

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2015 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Although some consider Valentine’s Day to be a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love —it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day . Read the rest of How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basics of feng shui , feng shui , feng shui 101 , feng shui and romance , feng shui lessons , feng shui tips , feng shui to find love , feng shui valentine’s day , feng shui your bedroom , love and feng shui

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Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever?

February 9, 2015 by  
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Killer whales in the entertainment industry have been the source of heated controversy for some time. In Washington state, lawmakers are now discussing the possibility of implementing a ban on the capture of the majestic sea creatures for the purpose of entertainment. More than half of the approximately 455 orcas captured for entertainment originated in Washington state, so a ban like this would send a dramatic message to water parks like SeaWorld , where killer whales are a popular (and highly criticized) attraction. Read the rest of Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: captive killer whales for entertainment , capturing killer whales , capturing wild orcas , killer whales captive , orcas captured in Washington state , orcas in captivity for entertainment , Washington state killer whales , Washington state laws

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Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

February 9, 2015 by  
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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

February 4, 2015 by  
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If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate’s recent vote in favor of Keystone XL , the EPA just handed him what could be the defining argument against building the controversial pipeline. In a letter to the State Department, the EPA explains in detail how a staggering 1.37 billion metric tons of additional greenhouse gases will be released if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , crude oil , emissions , environmental destruction , environmental impact , epa , global warming , greenhouse gases , keystone , keystone xl , obama , oil prices , oil sands , pipeline , state department , tar sands , Veto

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

September 30, 2014 by  
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Canada’s Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000 scholarship for her idea, which involves using sand filters to accelerate the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids. Read the rest of Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Stockholm Junior Water Prize , 5th grade science , biodegrade oil sands , Canadian teen , environmental hazard , Google , Google Science Fair , hayley todesco , oil sands , oil sands tailings , oil spill , oilsands , sand filters , tailing ponds

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Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

May 27, 2014 by  
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When U.S. journalist Emily Atkin flew into Fort McMurray, Alberta, to “see the tar sands,” her Canadian border control interview left her uncomfortable enough to investigate the experiences of others in the environmental journalism field. Her findings on the state of play in Canada left her with a distinct impression of obfuscation and control at a governmental level. Read the rest of Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: access to information , Alberta , canada , censorship , Emily Atkin , environmental issues , Fort McMurray , government control , journalism , oil sands , science , tar sands

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