April 5th, 2014


The UN’s New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change

The United Nations’ latest report on climate change contains plenty of dire warnings about the adverse impact “human interference with the climate system” is having on everything from sea levels to crop yields to violent conflicts. But the primary message of the study isn’t, as John Kerry suggested on Sunday, for countries to collectively reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Instead, the subtext appears to be this: Climate change is happening and will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. As a result, we need to adapt to a warming planet—to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with increasing temperatures—rather than focusing solely on curbing warming in the first place. And it’s businesses and local governments, rather than the international community, that can lead the way.

“The really big breakthrough in this report is the new idea of thinking about managing climate change,” Chris Field, the co-chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study, said this week, adding that governments, companies, and communities are already experimenting with “climate-change adaptation.”

Read more. [Image: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

Reblogged from The Atlantic
July 16th, 2013
Reblogged from X Files
July 14th, 2013

Five Surprising Facts About Energy Poverty

Business as usual “will not remotely suffice” to meet goals of clean and universal energy, says a World Bank-led report.

July 11th, 2013
Reblogged from X Files
July 4th, 2013


130 years of global temperature data, converted to music

Global temperature averages over the years, converted to notes on the cello. It’s one of the more haunting songs you’ve ever heard, for many reasons.

Looks like we’re gonna need to switch to a viola pretty soon.

(via io9)

Reblogged from Climate Adaptation
June 29th, 2013
June 28th, 2013


World Bank: You can’t fight poverty without tackling climate change
The international lending institution says we must shield the world’s poorest from the effects of severe weather — and one way to do that is by supporting renewables.

Reblogged from Mother Nature Network
June 27th, 2013



ElectriCity — Ultramodern Electric Bus Service Launching In Gothenburg In 2015 | Clean Technica

Buses that are silent, energy efficient, and don’t release exhaust — sounds good, doesn’t it? Just such a bus service is now in development in the Swedish city of Gothenburg — it’s currently set to launch in 2015. The new “ultramodern” bus service will be entirely electric and powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Interesting that this is happening in the city where I live and from the company which I used to work for more than a decade back.

The major challenge with making a system like this work is realizing we are talking about a whole system which require collaboration with cities, innovators, manufacturers and service providers. One major obstacles for these kinds of solutions is that many institutions are hesitant to, or are not capable of collaborating in a deep enough why to pull it off. It might be collaborating around technical issues that might be the challenge must most often it is the business model that have to be shared and designed between different actors that is the main challenge. Most organizations are defined around one business model and is not designed to become a small part of one more complex model.

Reblogged from futuramb's crumbs
June 26th, 2013


Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would look like. The University Heights, Rhode Island store removed all foods that are reliant upon the important pollinators, and it leaves a pretty slim selection; 52% of the produce department’s offerings would be pulled from shelves without bees around to help.”

(via inhabitat)

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
June 23rd, 2013