Day: July 1, 2020

Facebook to build $800 million data center in DeKalb

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Facebook plans to build an $800 million data center in DeKalb that will rely solely on renewable energy and create about 100 jobs.

Aclima and Google release a new air quality data set for researchers to investigate California pollution

Read the full story at Techcrunch.

As part of the Collision from Home conference, Aclima chief executive Davida Herzl released a new data set made in conjunction with Google.

Free to the scientific community, the data is the culmination of four years of data collection and aggregation resulting in 42 million air quality measurements throughout the state of California.

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How a Ruling on Gay and Transgender Rights May Help the Climate

Read the full story in the New York Times’ Climate Fwd newsletter.

Did the Supreme Court just give a boost to climate lawsuits?

This month, the court declared that a major piece of civil rights legislation protects gay and transgender people from discrimination at work. That landmark case, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, rested on the meaning of a broad statute, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars workplace discrimination because of sex and other factors.

Neil M. Gorsuch, the conservative justice who wrote for the majority in the 6-to-3 ruling, said that the definition of sex in that broadly conceived law includes being gay or transgender, even if those who drafted the original legislation did not foresee that specific question.

“The limits of the drafters’ imagination supply no reason to ignore the law’s demands,” Justice Gorsuch wrote.

What does that have to do with climate change? Potentially a lot, according to Ann E. Carlson, an expert on climate change law at the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote a blog post that said the decision “provides potent ammunition” for using the Clean Air Act to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Post-COVID Recovery: An Agenda for Resilience, Development and Equality

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Increased uptake of renewables, energy efficiency and related energy-transition measures represent far-sighted investment amid the crisis set off by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of short-term stimulus and recovery plans, the energy transition provides a crucial link to medium- and long-term global climate and sustainability goals.

This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) offers practical advice on key investment and policy decisions for the crucial post-COVID recovery. It is rooted in the comprehensive long-term energy transformation strategy provided by IRENA’s first Global Renewables Outlook.

Webinar: Recipe for Resilience: Reducing Risk in Your Food and Beverage Supply Chain

July 8, 2020, 1 pm CDT
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It’s no secret that COVID-19 disrupted the global food supply chain and is causing shortages across industries. Food and beverage organizations must take a hard look at their current supply chain strategies and work to proactively mitigate supply chain risk across the organization, from suppliers and employees to logistics and inventory. During this webinar, we’ll walk through best practices for building a resilient supply chain and monitoring risk for the future.

In this webinar you will learn best practices for:

  • Evaluating your supply chain, including suppliers and sourcing 
  • Managing demand planning, inventory and warehouse management
  • Proactively monitoring supply chain risks and disruptions

pv magazine video: The pressing need for sustainability in solar

Read the full story from PV Magazine.

The solar industry faces many challenges in its move to become truly sustainable and that goal is imperative, rather than being simply a luxury, if the sector is to achieve terawatt scale. pv magazine’s first Sustainability Roundtable took place on June 10 and included discussion as to why sustainability matters in PV and which business, regulatory and technological approaches can be applied to achieve truly “green” solar power. A video of the event can be streamed online.

Global pollution estimates reveal surprises, opportunity

Read the full story from Washington University in St. Louis.

Using recent satellite observations, ground monitoring and computational modeling, researchers have released a survey of global pollution rates. There are a couple of surprises, for worse, but also, for better.

What Kind of Bee Is That Bee? Exotic Bee ID Website Expanded

Read the full story from the USDA.

Exotic Bee ID, a website created through a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Utah State University (USU) to help identify non-native bees in the United States, has been expanded to include more information and species.

Secrets for circular supply chain partnerships from Interface and Aquafil

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

It’s an enviable alliance that has outlasted most marriages. For two decades, Interface and Aquafil have worked together to close the loop on carpeting, an example that other companies have followed.

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