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The Sustainability Maturity Curve

by PE International AG  (Nov. 20, 2014)

For businesses, sustainability is not a destination, but a continuous journey. To help companies and managers to understand the topic and why they should be interested in it, PE International uses the concept of the sustainability maturity curve. It’s a concept that emerged through discussions at our Product Sustainability Round Table back ...

Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap. Harnessing Domestic Energy Resources to Build a Reliable, Affordable, and Climate - Compatible Electricity System

by Worldwatch Institute  (Nov. 25, 2014)

Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity, bringing barriers to advances in economic opportunity, health, ...

Energy support measures and their impact on innovation in the renewable energy sector in Europe

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Governments support energy production and consumption in order to meet social, economic and environmental objectives, and they have been doing so for decades. In times of economic crisis, public budgets and household incomes come under pressure. At the same time, countries need to kick‑start their economies by creating new employment ...

Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Dec. 10, 2014)

Climate change threatens to compromise transport services that are indispensable for Europe's economy and society Transport remains a critical support system for the smooth functioning of our societies and economies. It facilitates accessibility of services that are vital for business and for the quality of life of citizens. It also enables ...

Position paper: Accounting for peatland hotspots in the new climate agreement

by Wetlands International  (Nov. 28, 2014)

Introduction Peatlands (~organic soils) worldwide store twice as much carbon as all forest biomass, although they cover only a tenth of the land. The drainage of peatlands, for forestry and agriculture, leads to the oxidation of this carbon and increases their vulnerability to peat fires, leading to huge emissions of greenhouse gases. Hotspots ...

Questions and Answers on the UN climate change conference in Lima

by Europa Press Room  (Nov. 28, 2014)

1. Why another climate change conference? Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC[1]) and the Kyoto Protocol[2] meet once a year at high level to discuss how to advance international action to combat climate change. Peru is hosting this year's conference from 1 to 12 December in Lima. It will be the UNFCCC's 20th ...

Air quality in Europe - 2014 report

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Nov. 19, 2014)

Despite considerable improvements in the past decades, Europe is still far from achieving levels of air quality that do not pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death in Europe; it increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases and has several environmental ...

Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

by CSP Today - part of the FC Business Intelligence Ltd group  (Nov. 11, 2014)

A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...

Digital Dilemma: Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

by Worldwatch Institute  (Nov. 10, 2014)

With resource-saving notions like “the paperless office” and “telecommuting,” the digital age holds great environmental promise. But have digital technologies really helped to improve global sustainability? In the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, Richard Worthington, ...

Climate Change 2014; Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) - The Synthesis Report (SYR) Longer Report

by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  (Nov. 2, 2014)

The Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 (AR4). The SYR synthesizes the main findings of the AR5 (IPCC) based on contributions from Working ...

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