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Climate change extremes impact hydro power

Rainfall pattern changes, a long-predicted impact of climate change, are being globally observed. Dry regions are becoming drier as wet regions become wetter. At both extremes, hydro schemes designed around a predicted annual rainfall now experience greater financial and operational risk.[1] When rain accumulation can no longer be predicted, even within a significant range, serious […]
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City of Orlando to consider replacing single-use plastic at events

A policy soon to be reviewed by Orlando City Council would reduce the use of single-use plastics and styrofoam products at large-scale events. Styrofoam and other plastics currently make up about 30 percent of the landfill volume in the United States. These products are NOT biodegradable meaning that a single use cup or tray can […]
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Renewable energy likely to surpass coal as a power source

A clean energy transition is now in-progress. In some months this year, coal’s 240 remaining gigawatts are expected to generate less electricity than the renewable energy from wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal sources. Over the next two years, renewable energy is projected to be the fastest-growing source for power generation. Years from now, it […]

Plants vs. plastic in food service and packaging

Innovative, plant-based materials are a proven Solid Waste Management (SWM) strategy. The sustainable alternatives disintegrate rather than accumulate in landfills. They can be composted rather than hauled for disposal. Plant-based materials won’t be seen on beaches or in the ocean where, by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish.[1] These six plants have been […]
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3,600 U.S. organizations pledge to support Paris Agreement goals

In late 2015, 196 international states convened in Paris, France to negotiate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreement. By early 2019, 195 UNFCCC members had signed the Paris Agreement (PA). Although the United States may officially withdraw, organizations representing a $9 trillion slice of the U.S. economy have pledged to help […]
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Four new paths open to Net Zero

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. LEED certification verifies building design, construction, operations and maintenance to ensure they are resource-efficient, healthy, and cost-effective. Worldwide, 1.85 million square feet of construction space are certified every day.[1] This month, a four-faceted LEED […]
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The Walt Disney Company seeks resource resiliency

In its 94th year, the Walt Disney Company earned $59.4 billion in FY 2018 and $55.1 billion in FY 2017.[1] While achieving those earnings, the company committed to diverting 60% of waste from landfills and incineration. In 2017, 46% of operational waste was diverted from Theme Parks, Resorts, ESPN, Studios, and office locations. At existing […]
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Climate Change: A Growing Storm

In early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)[1] reported that global energy-related CO2 emissions have risen 21% in the past 12 years. The report, which referenced 6,000 works, concluded that nations must make substantial changes to limit their carbon emissions. The nearly 100 scientists who authored the IPCC report noted that climate change […]
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Include wellness in your air travel plans

Have you ever been sick after a business trip? It happens to many travelers. You may be taking off for a 3-hour flight and hear a cough from several rows back. A few minutes later, the same person coughs again. It seems certain that millions of those germs will make their way through the aircraft, […]