Hurricane Florence could cause dangerous floods of toxic sludge and animal waste

September 12, 2018 by  
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Torrential rains are not the only thing Hurricane Florence will bring once it hits landfall. The massive storm is expected to dump record amounts of rain in the southeastern United States — rain that could overflow toxic chemical waste and animal manure sites along the coast, increasing danger to both public health and the environment. One toxic waste site in North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to the incoming storm. Two years ago, the state tasked Duke Energy Corp. with cleaning up coal-ash ponds in the area following a major spill, because the ponds posed serious hazards to nearby communities. Close to 40,000 tons of toxic waste was dumped near the town of Eden, North Carolina. State officials ordered the company to clean up the ponds by the summer of 2019. Although Duke Energy Corp. has started the cleanup process, it is nowhere near the finish line. The company is currently in the middle of cleaning up the sites and will not be finished by the time Hurricane Florence rolls in. Given the condition of the ponds, excess rain from the hurricane could lead to overflow, dumping the waste into the surrounding environment. Related: Climate change is expected to bring more intense storms like Hurricane Florence North Carolina is also home to lagoons that contain manure from the state’s hog and poultry industries. Hurricane Florence could overwhelm these lagoons with massive amounts of rain, which would dump the animal waste into surrounding waterways. If that happens, the state would be facing a major environmental disaster. That is, of course, if Florence stays on its current path and hits North Carolina. Hurricane Florence is growing in both strength and size as it prepares to make landfall. If the storm continues at its current pace, it could be the strongest hurricane to reach the Carolinas in the last 30 years. With Florence getting closer every day, about 1 million residents have already evacuated. Via Bloomberg Images via NASA and NOAA

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Making it happen — the road ahead

June 29, 2018 by  
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Last December, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to commit to 100% renewable fuel sources for public and private ground transportation, with a target of 2045 (and a pledge to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewables by 2035). This was not only historic, but an incredibly ambitious proclamation by the state’s four mayors.

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SHOCKA — the story of energy in Hawaii

June 29, 2018 by  
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A short, high-energy rock musical number with choreography from Honolulu Theatre for Youth — a professional theatre production. An inspiring case study of how partners nationally and locally can work together to integrate arts and educational messages to inspire multi-generational solutions as the islands transition to 100% clean energy.

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Bridge to Hawaii’s future — lessons from the next generation

June 29, 2018 by  
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Hawaii is pursuing a clean energy future that is fast approaching. Those who will carry the renewable electricity torch are just steps away from assuming the responsibility of leading in this industry. The reach of renewables development in Hawaii is broad — from policy to technology and social equity to fragile island ecologies — and tomorrow’s leaders will have a lot to address. So, what is being done to equip future generations with the tools necessary to seamlessly fold into the face-paced, technology-centric clean energy transformation?

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VERGE Talk: Seeing is believing — visualizing solutions to Hawaii’s energy challenges

June 27, 2018 by  
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One of the top data visualization experts in the country demonstrates what happens when you take Hawaii’s expansive energy data sets and present them simply and elegantly to help the state’s commissioners and policymakers make more informed decisions about models to achieve its clean energy goals.

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VERGE Accelerate: Transit X

June 27, 2018 by  
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This fast-paced start-up competition provides entrepreneurs in energy, transportation, buildings, water and cybersecurity the opportunity to pitch to the VERGE audience. Industry experts provide commentary and audience votes determine the winner.

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VERGE Accelerate: VH Hydroponics

June 27, 2018 by  
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This fast-paced start-up competition provides entrepreneurs in energy, transportation, buildings, water and cybersecurity the opportunity to pitch to the VERGE audience. Industry experts provide commentary and audience votes determine the winner.

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VERGE Accelerate: Shifted Energy

June 27, 2018 by  
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This fast-paced start-up competition provides entrepreneurs in energy, transportation, buildings, water and cybersecurity the opportunity to pitch to the VERGE audience. Industry experts provide commentary and audience votes determine the winner.

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Meet the company that singlehandedly halved one country’s CO2 emissions

March 27, 2018 by  
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Something is right in the state of Denmark.

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Joel Makower, GreenBiz Group: The state of green business

February 15, 2018 by  
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The eleventh annual State of Green Business report examines the key trends affecting sustainable business, provides an assessment of the key metrics of company performance on natural capital and other resource issues, and offers a look into the state of the sustainability profession.

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