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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
In his 1992 book “Earth in the Balance,” Gore compared talk of adapting to climate change to laziness that would distract from necessary efforts.
But in his 2013 book “The Future,” Gore writes bluntly: “I was wrong.” He talks about how coping with rising seas and temperatures is just as important as trying to prevent global warming by cutting emissions.
Like Gore, governmental officials across the globe aren’t saying everyone should just give up on efforts to reduce pollution. They’re saying that as they work on curbing carbon, they also have to deal with a reality that’s already here.