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The Future of the Car Industry Looks Electric

The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035.

Bringing Renewables to Scale Requires Aligning Policy Goals with Markets

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Looking forward, the dynamics of today’s electricity industry look a lot like the auto industry. You have your traditional players, who have been doing this for a long time, being challenged by tech-enabled upstarts coming out of an entirely different sector, with offerings that are quite compelling. The Tesla-EV parallel cannot be denied.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development ‘Means Business’ Tackling Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent; disrupting national economies, affecting lives, communities and costing business dearly. We are all experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, from changing weather patterns to rising sea level and more extreme weather events.

Reflections on the Future of Renewables and the Grid

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — From the standpoint of utilities, renewables are the new kids on the block, that they knew very little about until they moved in. The same can be said of many renewable providers.

Climate Business Solutions Market Accelerates to $1Tn Annually

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Between now and 2030, the climate commitments made following the Paris Agreement are expected to realize over $23 trillion in investment potential in 21 emerging markets. Apart from the governments, more than a thousand large businesses have made ambitious climate commitments, and are putting their pledges into action by investing in low-carbon solutions.

Challenges Face the Large-Scale Incorporation of Renewables into US Power Markets

 
(3BL Media/Justmeans) —“Renewables and power markets are on a collision course.” So said Prajit Ghosh, head of Americas Power and Renewables Research at Wood Mackenzie in kicking off the GTM: U.S. Power & Renewables Summit in Austin, Texas this week.

Global Agri-Business Alliance Calls On Private Sector Members to Halve Their Food Waste

(3BL Media/Justmeans) A third of the food produced globally is never eaten. It’s a problem that costs the global economy an estimated $940 billion. Lost and wasted food also contributes to climate change, generating about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and consuming around 25 percent of water used in agriculture.

Is the UK’s Surge into Offshore Wind a Glimpse of Things to Come?

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — It’s a great example of how regulation can lead to innovation. When the UK government took the surprising move of first ending subsides for onshore wind and then banning new development outright, it raised howls of protest from environmental groups, among others, as a step backwards in the march to a clean energy future.

Few could have anticipated that, only a short time later, the UK would become the world leader in offshore wind. A precipitous drop in costs, along with a strong determination to not lose ground on the renewables front, has led to a point where the Hornsea project, capable of powering one million homes, has come in at a cost of £57.50 ($76) per MW, a price that is competitive with natural gas in the US.

Danish Oil and Natural Gas (DONG), which is now, as a sign of the times, changing its name to Ørsted, in honor of Hans Christian Ørsted, the Danish physicist who first discovered the relationship between magnetic fields and electric currents, the principle at the heart of wind turbines, was instrumental in achieving these prices. Their Hornsea project 2, will cover some 185 square miles.

There is a great deal of excitement around these developments. Paula Cocazza waxes poetic in a Guardian story Wild is the Wind, suggesting that wind power is, “the resource that could power the world.”

General Mills Works To Make the Cocoa Sector More Sustainable

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result.

Climate Change Disaster: Only Two Penguin Chicks Survive as Colony Starves To Death

(3BL Media/Justmeans) In parts of the Antarctic peninsula, sea ice cover has reduced by over 60% in 30 years; and this has affected the Adélie penguins who are a vital part of the Antarctic food chain.

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