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The ‘London Sari-Suit’ - Championing Its Artisans

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – This year’s London Design Festival from 19 to 25 September falls during London Fashion Week, so what better way to celebrate both than with the exhibition, ‘Transformation’, which unveils the ‘London Sari Suit’, created by the award winning, London-based designer Neishaa Gharat.

Towards Nine Billion: Do We Face the Future with Hope or Fear?

Guest blog by Joss Tantram

Global Real Estate Giant Adopts UN’s Sustainability Agenda

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction waste, to ensuring that timber, cement, steel and glass sourcing does not lead to natural resource depletion, the environmental challenges surrounding the global real estate industry are many.

E-government Key to Implementing Sustainable Development Goals: UN Survey

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – E-government refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve effectiveness of the government and public sector organizations. Three primary domains of e-government include e-administration to improve government processes, e-citizens to connect with the people, and e-society to build external interactions.

Rio 2016 Committee Supports Small Businesses to Boost Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Olympic Games Organizing Committee in Rio wants to create a record for holding the most sustainable Olympic Games ever. According to CEBDS, the Brazilian partner organization of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Games are helping to accelerate the spread of sustainable business processes in Brazil.

Making Sense of Energy Storage

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There’s no question that a wave of renewable power generation is sweeping this country, and just about every other country around the world. But there are a number of questions surrounding it. Will there be enough power to meet our needs? Can we afford to eliminate nuclear power? How can a transient power source take the place of steady “baseline” power that is being served today be conventional sources? At the center of all these questions lies the promise of energy storage. Storage can certainly transform the erratic contributions of wind and solar into an unflagging, continuous stream. But what kind of storage should we use? How much do we need? And perhaps most commonly, how much will it cost and how long will it take?

The storage question is certainly a dynamic one, as new analyses and new technologies become available. There are, and will likely continue to be differences of opinion about a lot of this, in part because of lot of it depends on things that are still unknown.

That being said, let’s see if make some sense of things. It’s kind of like a really messy room. We may not be able to fully clean it up right now. But if we can at least start putting things into piles, it will start to look less messy.

First question, how badly do we need storage?

What Will the Brexit Shakeup Mean for UK Climate Policy?

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The vote to exit the EU has certainly shaken things up in Britain. No one can say where this decision will eventually lead. One question on many peoples’ minds is what will the implications be on climate change?

Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, acted on her very first day to change the title of the former Department of Energy and Climate Change into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. That was obviously a change she considered important. But what does it mean exactly?

The initial reaction among environmental groups was near-panic. Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth UK, said, “This is shocking news. Less than a day into the job, and it appears that the new Prime Minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face.”

Politically, the move was not well liked, either. According to BBC News, Ed Miliband, a former Climate and Energy Secretary and ex-Labour leader, tweeted: "DECC abolition just plain stupid. Climate not even mentioned in new dept title. Matters because depts shape priorities shape outcomes."

Furthermore, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas called the move "deeply worrying." She considered the move to be downgrading the issue by throwing it “into the basement of another Whitehall department,” as opposed to giving it a seat “at the Cabinet table.”

GM Expands Its Commitment to Renewables

GM Global Renwable Manager Rob Threlkeld at Rochester Array(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week General Motors unveiled a new 466 kW solar array at its Rochester Operations plant in Rochester, New York. The array is expected to provide 570,420 kWh of electricity per year. According to Plant Manager Neal Evans, that’s approximately 3% of what the plant uses. The array is located in a parking lot which is no longer needed since the operation has downsized.

Why Brexit Could Be a Terrible Idea for the Environment

The U.K.’s departure from the EU could increase pollution, decrease recycling and foster eco-unfriendly competition.

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