Source: CleanTechnica - The VW bus was thoroughly refinished and refurbished by the Dangerz, a couple who took the bus from scrapyard fodder to a solar-panel equipped, trans-continental adventure-mobile that saw them drive from Alaska to Costa Rica.
Source: RTCC - The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Source: RTCC - It is very likely that an El Niño will take place by the end of the year, the UNs World Meteorological Organisation has said, strengthening scientists predictions that 2014 could be one of the hottest years on record.
Source: RTCC - Carbon capture and storage is a vital but unloved technology, disliked by green groups and unneeded by fossil fuel companies, and will need both to progress. The technology illustrates the equal importance of having influential support and lobbying, as well as a compelling message and market.
Source: Politico - West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin shot a bullet through the cap-and-trade bill, while Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has delivered 71 floor speeches calling for action on global warming. But even they can come together to find common ground on climate change, the two Democratic senators say.
Source: Eco-Business - Tall enough to fit Changi Airports control tower, and wide enough to house four A380 planes parked wing to wing, the Singapore Sports Hub is an iconic addition to the countrys skyline. Viewed from a distance, the $1.33 billion facility - with its large dome shape and the impressive array of solar panels surrounding it - is not only a visual feast but an architectural feat built with sustainability in mind.
Source: The Guardian - Vital parts of UK infrastructure are being neglected, with potentially severe impacts on national competitiveness and quality of life, according to a new study by engineers. Energy networks, transport, waste and water are all at risk, while flood defences are falling well behind where they need to be.
Source: The Age - Parliamentary debate has started on the coalition government's second attempt to axe the carbon tax, with Labor saying the move is based on 10 "whoppers". Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government had mounted a "hysterical" and "mendacious" campaign against measures to curb emissions.
Source: The Guardian - "Dont shoot the messenger, so the saying goes. But what if that message warns we might want to rethink that whole fossil fuel burning thing pretty quick because it could seriously alter civilization and the natural world for centuries to come, and not in a good way?
Source: MedAct - he British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so. The motion, passed at the annual meeting of the BMA in Harrogate, calls on the BMA to transfer their investments from energy companies whose primary business relies upon fossil fuels to those providing renewable energy sources.
Source: Bloomberg - President Barack Obama derided climate-change skeptics as a fringe element as he highlighted his record on the environment and cutting greenhouse gas emissions before a conservation group.Obama yesterday indirectly criticized congressional Republicans, who he said view climate change as a liberal plot.
Source: timesunion.com - Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by three men with vast business experience.
Source: Bloomberg - Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.
Source: CleanTechnica - Indian homeowners who install solar energy systems may soon have tax breaks made available to them to help lower their burden, based on recent reports. The countrys Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently put forward a proposal for the introduction of tax incentives for residential rooftop solar installations. The Ministry of Finance is expected to reach a decision on the proposal sometime before the end of the summer.
Source: CleanTechnica - A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
Source: Reuters - Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year.
Source: The Star - Canadians can expect more floods, storms and other damaging extreme weather events as global warming inevitably gets worse, says a federal government report that also says governments are lagging in efforts to adapt to this climate change shift.
Source: Nature World News - Climate change might worsen air pollution, researchers at Stanford said. The team estimates that by the end of this century around 55 percent of the world's population will witness frequent air stagnation events.
Source: The Energy Collective - There is an amazing op-ed in Sundays New York Times, The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession.
Source: RTCC - The UNs sustainable development goals (SDGs) will fail unless governments and businesses find an extra US$ 2.5 trillion a year to support them. -