How Marsh and McLennan, Allianz and other insurers are responding to climate change risks

February 12, 2019 by  
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New payout triggers, alongside new policy types and coverage related to the complex transition many industries face.

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Could wind power offshore soon prove cheaper than on land?

February 12, 2019 by  
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The plummeting costs of offshore wind plus strict onshore planning rules are blowing in this direction in the U.K., a new report says.

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Built to last: The business case for living buildings in 2019

February 12, 2019 by  
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And four value propositions that have incentivized companies and organizations such as NRDC, Etsy and Google to complete them.

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The perfect match: businesses and the SDGs

February 12, 2019 by  
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How sustainability and inclusivity are driving the business models of the future.

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Pig tales: An omnivore’s quest for sustainable meat

October 17, 2015 by  
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Unwinding the complex pork supply chain reveals an array of sustainability issues — including a dangerous addiction to antibiotics.

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How She Leads: Kathleen Shaver, Cisco

August 31, 2015 by  
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She helped Mattel win the respect of Greenpeace. Now the policy expert is zeroing in on the complex high-tech supply chain.

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Business planning in an ever more complex world

June 22, 2015 by  
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Businesses should engage in the complex social and political issues lapping at their doors such as inequity and climate negotiations. Here’s how.

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Business planning in an ever more complex world

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Businesses should engage in the complex social and political issues lapping at their doors such as inequity and climate negotiations. Here’s how.

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10 Proposed residential complexes with eco friendly apartments

September 5, 2011 by  
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Nitesh Seth: Residential complex promising sustainable apartments Increased concerns over environmental protection and optimum utilization of resources has led to the evolution of the concept of sustainable development. Today’s conscious world cares for the protection of the environment and the resources, which has led to an evolution of the concept of sustainable development. Increased study on the future of resources and ill effects of fast paced development has made people aware of the terms like ozone depletion, harmful effects of CFC, and carbon emissions on the environment. People of the present era, seriously consider the environmental factors before being a part of any developmental process and this change in approach has led to the proposal of residential complexes promising sustainable apartments which intensely focus on the use of sustainable materials, water storage and recycling, solar power, energy efficiency, and renewables, waste management. It formulates into optimum utilization of resources. Here is an overview of 10 proposed residential complexes promising sustainable apartments: 1. David Baker + Partners Architects design sustainable residential complex for Oakland They have proposed a new design spreading across seven-and-a-half acres in the southern end of Oakland. This design is prepared keeping in view the highest level of sustainability. They have proposed the use of solar panels on large scale which will meet the demands of hot water of each building of the complex. 2. KEO designs solar-powered residential complex for Palm Jabel Ali KEO designers have designed an architectural complex which would take care of luxury along with sustainability. The design has 25 residential buildings with all modern facilities from luxurious bedrooms to fitness centers and swimming pools. The terrace is enveloped by solar panels to meet the energy requirements of the complex. 3. K66’s sustainable design adds value to Ljublana’s existing urban fabric Sardar vuja architects have formulated a sustainable design for the K66 site in Ljublana, Slovenia. They are concentrating on building facade constructed from reusable material. They have plans for using solar panel to utilize the solar energy. They are also using reflective materials for thermal stabilization of the complex. The design also has superior ventilation system ensuring fit atmosphere inside the complex. 4. Team+ to build sustainable residential building in Denmark A collaboration of skilled architects Team+ are working on a zero-energy residential concept in Aalborg, Denmark. They are employing the concepts of modern science, to make a maximum use of sunlight as well as protecting the complex from unnecessary heat. 5. Kezhma Island: A sustainable complex for the World Island Diseno earle have designed a next gen-structure which would be a sustainable residential complex at a modest price. This design focuses on making the use of water and solar energy to meet the energy requirements of the complex. 6. World’s tallest residential tower to be built in Mumbai Lodha developers of Mumbai have proposed a model more than 450 meters tall offering 300+ exclusive flats with all modern facilities. This proposed model aims at full utilization of solar energy for power and thermal stabilization of the complex. There model also focuses on water harvesting and waste recycling. 7. OMA stacks buildings to create a sustainable apartment complex The office of metropolitan architecture is focusing on ecofriendly residential model with high level of sustainability. Their design proposes terrace farms to minimize the loss of plantation on the ground. They are also focusing on the use of solar panels, ventilation systems for the interior of the complex. 8. LAR designs sustainable residential/office complex for Mexico LAR has proposed a sustainable design of residential complex for Mexico.The model is inspired by pyramid. The designers proposed vegetation on all terraces which would meet the cooling requirements of the complex.The design also focuses on rain water and solar energy harvesting. 9. DWP Architects’ Everrich 2 Apartments complex aims to be self-sustaining DWP architects have proposed design which aims to be self sustaining. The design proposes sky gardens, green roofs, and shading treatments that will make the complex energy efficient. 10. Modern residential complex in Bucktown to get power from wind turbines Ecologic lofts has proposed self sustaining model with energy efficient lighting systems, rooftop gardens, water and waste recycling units. The most important feature of this model is the use of kinetics from the wind to meet the energy requirements of the complex.

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Future Perfect: Non-edible crops as biofuel sources

September 5, 2011 by  
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Abhishek Talreja: Jatropha Plantation A Non Edible Plant There is an increasing concern about the unavailability or reduction in the reserves of fossil fuels, these days. Bio diesel is increasing being thought of as an option for petrodiesel. Biofuels are fuels that can be made from any living things or waste. Asia, Europe, and America are already using and producing biogases. Soapnut and Jatrophas are the two plants which are non-edible and are oil bearing. More and more non-edible sources of oil are being searched so that the food chain is not affected by the production of oil. 1. Bio fuel from Pongamia Pinnata Also known as the Karanja, this a medium sized tree usually grown for shadow or for its ornamental properties. Its oil is non-edible oil that is extracted from the seeds of this tree. The leaves are used as fodder and manure. This oil has medicinal properties and is also used for manufacturing soaps. 2. Crambe: New Renewable Oil Like other non food crops, the crambe plant is also easy to grow and affordable too. This plant is used to produce industrial grade oil that can be made into a renewable fuel similar to the gas that comes from petroleum. Now the exciting part is that this can be transported in the existing pipelines and can be used for automotive and aviation purposes too. 3. Hemp Could Be the Perfect Source for Biodiesel These days industrial hemp is being considered one of the better sources of biodiesel. The first reason being that these are thrown away seeds which are used to produce oil. The second point being that you can grow hemp in very low quality infertile soil. The hemp grown for biodiesel is the industrial variety and should not be mixed with the one used for drugs etc. 4. Jatropha The oil produced from this plant which is usually found in dry regions can be easily mixed with petroleum-diesel. This oil as also been mixed with algae to test commercial flights. But, it still needs to be tested on a large scale. Now if we were to replace 10% of the world’s total demand for distillate we would have to produce 122 million tons of distillate from Jatropha. This would require 836 million hectares of land which is far greater than the present agricultural land. 5. Switchgrass as a biofuel Switchgrass is a plant that is easily transformed into a biofuel. All you need is cutting, baling and thereafter grounding into big pallets. These are just like charcoal briquettes and give out immense heat. The concept The basic idea behind biofuels is to use waste products like straw from flax, wheat from barley or other non food crops to create fuel, whose sources are fast depleting now. Since fuel that was earlier being derived from food crops such as sugar cane or corn, was causing shortages of these foods, the focus of today’s research is to find non food sources only. A process called pyrolysis, has been developed by Dr. Mahinpey, which uses extreme temperatures between 400 and 600 degree Celsius on plants to extract oil. Research is underway so that better and more efficient sources of fuel can be found. The advantages The key advantage of biodiesel is that it is not a toxic fuel, it is biodegradable and is also non flammable. The second being that it can be used in its pure form or can also be mixed with traditional petroleum fuels without much refinement. Its biodegradability ensures that the world will be cleaner place in the future. The impact These days biofuels derived from biomass are increasingly being used as replacement for fossil fuels which pollute the environment and are fast depleting as well. Research is also being done on third generation biofuel sources like algae, which have higher potential to produce higher quantities of fuel at a lower cost.

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