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This article was adapted from Climate Tech Weekly, a free newsletter focused on climate technologies. The second most-read story on GreenBiz.com last year was one that was actually published almost four years ago: An investigative report about what happens to solar panels when they’ve clocked their time as energy-producing members of society and are ready to
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Cooling towers at the Tricastin Evolutionary Power Reactor nuclear power plant in France. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images A controversial EU plan to include nuclear and natural gas in its ranking of sustainable investments is confusing and could lead to further greenwashing, investors told CNBC. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU,
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This article is sponsored by Shell Energy. Large organizations in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector might allocate millions of dollars to their annual energy budgets. Many also struggle with disruptive outages, and there is also mounting pressure to reduce emissions from regulatory bodies, investors, customers and internal stakeholders alike. As a result, C&I leadership
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Bloomberg | Getty Images Investments related to cryptocurrencies and digital assets are the top threat to investors “by far,” according to new data from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). “Stories of ‘crypto millionaires’ attracted some investors to try their hand at investing in cryptocurrencies or crypto-related investments this year, and with them, many
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Ideally, governments should reduce emissions with carbon taxes and efficient regulations. But most governments are reluctant to regulate or tax all emitters, such as power plants, electric companies, or forest managers. That means some low-cost mitigation opportunities — such as replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas facilities, funding transmission lines to renewable energy sites,
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This article originally appeared in our Circularity Weekly newsletter. Subscribe here.  Happy new year, dear Circularity Weekly readers! I hope this [article] finds you healthy, happy and well-rested. To be honest, I personally find myself a bit slow moving in the first week of 2022, feeling more comfortable reflecting on the year past than assuredly facing
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An artist rendering of Oklo’s Aurora powerhouse Image credit: Gensler Federal regulators have denied the application from Silicon Valley nuclear power start-up Oklo to build and operate its advanced nuclear reactor, dubbed Aurora, in Idaho. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency filed the decision on Thursday and cited lack of sufficient information about potential accidents and safety
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This week’s run time is 38:08.  Bonus: For a list of the projects mentioned in Joel and Heather’s chit-chat, check out “2022: The year in preview.“ WEEK IN REVIEW (6:25) FEATURES Meet our new sustainability analyst (23:50) Dylan Siegler, most recently in corporate responsibility at Verizon and previously with NRG Energy, has joined the GreenBiz
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This article was adapted from Climate Tech Weekly, a free newsletter focused on climate technologies. While the rest of the incoming climate tech pitches tapered off dramatically during the year-end holiday, you can expect a smattering of consumer-catered introductions this week pegged to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.   One of the more notable
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As the Biden administration prepares to make the biggest investment in U.S. infrastructure in more than a decade, there’s much discussion about how systems like roads, bridges and electric power grids affect people’s daily lives. Here’s an angle that’s received less attention: Wildlife depends on infrastructure too. I’m studying how human-made structures affect salmon migration
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Happy 2022 and welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable, restful — and healthy! — holiday and are raring to face the next 52 weeks. We certainly are. Over the past year, GreenBiz Group has continued to grow, even amid the challenging climes, adding new events, reports and other offerings, and expanding our terrific
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This article was originally published on World Resources Institute. Existing and longstanding social and economic inequities result in climate change disproportionally endangering those least responsible for it. Globally, equitable climate action requires that the United States, as the biggest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, significantly cut domestic emissions while increasing its international finance commitments. Making
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This story was first published on Next City, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. Gardeners in Chicago have a secret weapon in their quest to grow the juiciest tomatoes or the tallest sunflowers — other people’s poop. The Metropolitan
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The European Union’s largest economy has a long history with das auto, for better and worse. Many foreign tourists in Germany have a speed-limit-free trip on the autobahn among their bucket list items, but even among Germans, car culture is strong. The home of the Porsche, Audi, and BMW was also the birthplace of the Volkswagen
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HSBC, Walmart and CDP are teaming up to unlock more financing for Walmart suppliers. The catch? The suppliers must set validated science-based targets for emissions reductions and meet certain performance thresholds in ongoing ESG disclosures to reporting organization CDP. The supplier financing program is part of Walmart’s Project Gigaton, the company’s initiative to avoid 1
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The COVID pandemic, horrific as it’s been, has been reasonably kind to the worlds of sustainable business and climate tech. Both enter 2022 on an upward, even hockey-stick growth trajectory, in large part the result of events and commitments that have taken place since the pandemic began in early 2020. And yet, such progress can
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In 2021, we are no strangers to the throes of climate change, with examples including the ongoing drought in the Western United States and recent flooding in Germany and Belgium. Flooding, particularly on coasts, threatens families and communities. In a recent study published in the academic journal Earth’s Future, researchers looked at the costs of
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Despite the numerous environmental obstacles thrown up by the previous administration, many U.S. cities have not only persevered in their efforts to combat climate change but they have made major strides forward, thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies and its groundbreaking American Cities Climate Challenge program. Created in 2018, the Climate Challenge, in partnership with NRDC, provided 25
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This is an excerpt from “Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the From Swamplands: Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs and the Improbable World of Peat,” by Edward Struzik Copyright 2021 by the author. Reproduced by permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C. In 1991, the Johnson and Johnson Company introduced a peat-based sanitary pad that
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