Scotland’s latest wind farm will help fund 500 new affordable homes

April 20, 2017 by  
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Scotland’s Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind to boost their mission. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, and selling the power to the National Grid, the charitable organization hopes to generate enough revenue to build 500 affordable homes over the next 25 years. Dubbed Fishermen Three, the 7.5-megawatt project at Hoprigshiels in Cockburnspath is a joint effort between BHA and the equally philanthropic Community Energy Scotland . The latter’s share of the revenue will enable it to help communities across Scotland leverage their own renewable energy initiatives. “The idea for the wind farm came when BHA realized that we had to be innovative in order to solve the dilemma of how to keep building new homes for social rental, which are so badly needed in this area, at a time when funding for new housing through traditional channels was in decline,” Helen Forsyth, chief executive of BHA, said in a statement. “The wind farm will provide BHA with a reliable, predictable, low-maintenance source of income that will allow us to build a steady stream of new affordable homes at a time when services are all too often being cut.” Related: 6 reasons the clean energy revolution doesn’t need Trump’s blessing Nicholas Gubbins, chief executive of CES, said that the United Kingdom’s energy system is shifting, but with changes come fresh opportunities. “We want to make sure that communities are at the forefront of the opportunities that this will create for new low-carbon energy developments,” he added. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, agrees that renewables are the way of the future. He said, “Locally owned renewables in areas such as the Borders have the potential to help drive social, economic and environmental change at a local level.” Via the Guardian Photos by Unsplash

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Scientists discover Antarctica is covered in rivers

April 20, 2017 by  
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For decades, scientists have known that summertime brings liquid meltwater to Antarctica’s ice sheets. But until now, they’ve had no idea just how extensive the continent’s network of rivers, streams, ponds, and waterfalls really is. A new analysis by scientists at  Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found that warmer months cause far more extensive melting than previously thought. That could be a problem as global temperatures continue to rise. Surface water can damage the ice shelves , weakening them and causing them to collapse into the ocean. Some of the channels identified in this survey allow meltwater to run harmlessly off into the sea, but in other areas, standing water can be a huge problem. In 2002, more than 2,000 lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf drained through the ice into the ocean below, causing the entire area to rapidly disintegrate. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc The presence of water on the frozen continent does not yet appear to be the cause of widespread problems—but there’s also the possibility that warmer temperatures are causing sub-surface ice melt. Unfortunately, that phenomenon has been researched in far less detail, so it’s unclear exactly what effect it will have on the ice and rising sea levels in the future. Via Phys.org Images via NASA and Wikimedia Commons

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Steve Pullins of Hitachi on technology, social innovation and things that matter

September 30, 2016 by  
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A 20+ year sustainability executive talks about the intersection of technology and sustainability in the context of social innovation and the opportunities that microgrids provide to accelerate corporates and community resilience.

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How credit stacking can grow money on trees

August 11, 2016 by  
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Exploring the opportunities to generate cash flow for family forests using conservation payments.

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4 keys to getting down to business on the Paris climate deal

July 19, 2016 by  
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Responding to climate risk and seizing the opportunities surrounding clean energy are two vital next steps.

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GreenBiz HackCast: Turning Big Data into Sustainability Solutions

November 6, 2012 by  
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In this free, hour long “HackCast,” you’ll gain more insight into hackathons, VERGE, and the opportunities for programmers, cities, large companies, and entrepreneurs. You’ll hear from two companies and one city official on the data challenges they’ll be presenting at Hack City (and for which developer teams will be competing for cash prizes).).

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Solar Decathlon Highlights Green Power’s Opportunities, Challenges

September 23, 2011 by  
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The biennial contest in Washington, D.C., which is kicking off today on the National Mall, holds lessons for the solar and building industries as well as students.

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Next Generation Sustainability Reporting, and Getting Up to Speed Today

February 3, 2011 by  
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A packed house at the State of Green Business Forum discussed the opportunities, challenges and questions raised by comprehensive sustainability forum, while also looking to the future of integrated financial and sustainablity reporting.

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Understanding Water-Related Risks and Opportunities

December 8, 2010 by  
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Concerns about the world’s most precious resource — water — are growing, and businesses are increasingly taking note.

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Today on Planet 100: The Top 5 Opportunities in Green (Video)

October 4, 2010 by  
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