Scientists warn of the social and environmental risks tied to the energy transition

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To meet the most ambitious 1.5º C climate goal requires a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and mass use of renewables. However, new international research by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that green energy projects can be as socially and environmentally conflictive as fossil fuel projects. While renewable energies are often portrayed as being environmentally sustainable, this new study cautions about the risks associated with the green energy transition, arguing for an integrated approach that redesigns energy systems in favor of social equity and environmental sustainability. The research, which analyzes protests over 649 energy projects, has been recently published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.


The study, authored by an international group of researchers with a large presence of the ICTA-UAB and led by Dr. Leah Temper, from McGill University, draws on data from the

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New Self-Cleaning Water Bottle – Chugg uses UV-C Technology to Lead the Way for Microbial Safety & Environmental Sustainability.

Chugg’s goal is to improve accessibility for water challenged communities and outdoor enthusiasts around the world.

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With the goal of making clean water technology accessible, Chugg is using easy to use UV-C technology to keep your water free of harmful contaminants and germs. Based in California, Chugg is a purpose-driven family business helping bring clean water to our country’s most hard-hit communities.

Clean water is a basic necessity, yet millions of people worldwide lack access, including in the USA. Over 2 million Americans don’t have access to clean water. With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting lower-income communities, the water issue has grown exponentially worse and, in some cases, is just an afterthought. Thus Chugg was born with a strong conviction to help fight the clean water issue and provide clean water for all.

While Chugg’s goal is big, they have decided to start close to home.

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The ASX ‘clean tech’ small caps to watch as environmental risk rises up the corporate agenda

A new report has highlighted the importance of environmental risks to business and ways in which organisations can better protect their bottom line using new data-driven technology.

Commissioned by clean tech company Envirosuite (ASX:EVS) the report authored by Frost & Sullivan revealed that half of businesses in a survey have experienced dramatic or significant impact from environmental factors over the past three years.

One example given in the report was in South Korea, where the government forced the temporary closure of the country’s coal-fired power plants in the 2019 winter because of the risk of air pollution in major cities.

The report said around $US44 trillion ($59.7 trillion) of economic value generation, equivalent to half the world’s gross domestic product – is moderately or highly dependent on nature.

For the first time, environmental risk factors dominated the list of top five long-term global business risks in the World Economic Forum’s

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Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Accenture Form Strategic Partnership to Leverage Science and Technology to Address Major Societal, Economic, and Environmental Challenges

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris) have entered into a five-year strategic partnership to co-develop solutions in response to the major social, economic, and environmental challenges that humanity faces. A central aspect of the partnership is the creation of an academic and research chair that aims to foster the development of innovative technologies in response to these challenges.

The partnership is being led by Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO of Accenture in Europe; Olivier Girard, CEO of Accenture in France and Benelux; Eric Labaye, president of Institut Polytechnique de Paris; and Jean-Paul Cottet, executive director of the École Polytechnique Foundation.

Building on IP Paris Interdisciplinary Research Centers, the academic and research chair — known as the “Chair of Technology for Change” — seeks to promote industry transformation and the emergence of innovative business models to foster environmental and social sustainability. It aims to accelerate

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Environmental Monitoring Market Review: Long-Term Opportunity Vs. Short-Term Challenges: General Electric, Emerson Electric, Siemens

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Nov 21, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI with title “Global Environmental Monitoring Market Research Report 2015-2025” is designed covering micro level of analysis by manufacturers and key business segments. The Global Environmental Monitoring Market survey analysis offers energetic visions to conclude and study market size, market hopes, and competitive surroundings. The research is derived through primary and secondary statistics sources and it comprises both qualitative and quantitative detailing. Some of the key players profiled in the study are Agilent Technologies, Danaher, Honeywell International, Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific, TE Connectivity, General Electric, Emerson Electric, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated & Merck KGaA.

What’s keeping Agilent Technologies, Danaher, Honeywell International, Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific, TE Connectivity, General Electric, Emerson Electric, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated & Merck KGaA Ahead in the Market? Benchmark yourself with the

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Investors including Microsoft’s climate fund back hyperlocal environmental monitoring tech developer Aclima

Mitigating the effects of climate change and pollution is a global problem, but it’s one that requires local solutions.

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While that seems like common sense, most communities around the world don’t have tools that can monitor emissions and pollutants at the granular levels they need to develop plans that can address these pollutants.

Aclima, a decade-old startup founded by Davida Herzl, is looking to solve that problem and has raised $40 million in new funding from strategic and institutional venture capital investors to accelerate its growth.

“We’ve built a platform that enables hyperlocal measurement. We measure all the greenhouse gases as well as regulated air pollutants. We deploy sensor networks that combine mobile sensing where we use fleets of vehicles as a roving network. And we bring that all together and bring that into a back end,” Herzl said. 

The networks of air quality monitoring technology that exists

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Findings could inform design of environmental technologies behind water purification processes and electric energy storage — ScienceDaily

A research team led by Northwestern University engineers and Argonne National Laboratory researchers have uncovered new findings into the role of ionic interaction within graphene and water. The insights could inform the design of new energy-efficient electrodes for batteries or provide the backbone ionic materials for neuromorphic computing applications.

Known for possessing extraordinary properties, from mechanical strength to electronic conductivity to wetting transparency, graphene plays an important role in many environmental and energy applications, such as water desalination, electrochemical energy storage, and energy harvesting. Water-mediated electrostatic interactions drive the chemical processes behind these technologies, making the ability to quantify the interactions between graphene, ions, and charged molecules vitally important in order to design more efficient and effective iterations.

“Every time you have interactions with ions in matter, the medium is very important. Water plays a vital role in mediating interactions between ions, molecules, and interfaces, which lead to a variety

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Solving one environmental problem could create another — ScienceDaily

Humans must reduce carbon dioxide and aerosol pollution simultaneously to avoid weakening the ocean’s ability to keep the planet cool, new research shows.

Aerosol pollution refers to particles in the air emitted by vehicles and factories that burn fossil fuels. This pollution contributes to asthma, bronchitis, and long-term irritation of the respiratory tract, which can lead to cancer.

“The conundrum,” explained UC Riverside climate scientist and study co-author Robert Allen, “is that aerosols cause poor air quality and lead to premature deaths. However, these particles have a net cooling impact on the climate, so when you cut them that leads to a net warming effect.”

Much research has examined aerosol impacts on air quality and land surface temperatures. Less explored is the way aerosols might impact the oceans, which is the focus of a UC Riverside study now published in the journal Science Advances.

The research team created detailed

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Fossil cranium suggests environmental conditions drove rapid changes — ScienceDaily

Males of the extinct human species Paranthropus robustus were thought to be substantially larger than females — much like the size differences seen in modern-day primates such as gorillas, orangutans and baboons. But a new fossil discovery in South Africa instead suggests that P. robustus evolved rapidly during a turbulent period of local climate change about 2 million years ago, resulting in anatomical changes that previously were attributed to sex.

An international research team including anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis reported their discovery from the fossil-rich Drimolen cave system northwest of Johannesburg in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution on Nov. 9.

“This is the type of phenomenon that can be hard to document in the fossil record, especially with respect to early human evolution,” said David Strait, professor of biological anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

The remarkably well-preserved fossil described in the paper was

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Enbridge Sets New Environmental, Social and Governance Goals for the Future

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CALGARY, Alberta, November 6, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) today announced expanded environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and targets[1] related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and diversity and inclusion as well as increasing transparency and accountability of our ESG priorities and results. Setting goals in areas core to our business and stakeholders is just one of the ways Enbridge is further integrating ESG into strategy, operations and decision-making.

“Sustainability is integral to our ability to safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want,” said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge. “How well we perform as a steward of our environment, a safe operator of essential energy infrastructure, and as a diverse and inclusive employer is inextricably linked to our business

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