Canadian woman becomes first person diagnosed as suffering from ‘climate change’

Read the full story at The Hill.

A Canadian woman could be the first patient to be diagnosed as suffering from “climate change” after doctors said heatwaves and poor air quality brought on acute breathing problems.

Kyle Merritt, an emergency room doctor in Nelson, British Columbia who was responsible for the diagnosis, told Glacier Media that it was the first time in a decade he had determined a patient’s cause of suffering to be climate change.

Emissions Gap Report 2021

Download the document and read the addendum released today.

With climate change intensifying and scientists warning that humanity is running out of time to limit global warming to 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels, 2021 has been a fraught year for the planet. The Emissions Gap Report 2021: The Heat Is On is the 12th edition in an annual series that provides an overview of the difference between where greenhouse emissions are predicted to be in 2030 and where they should be to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Meet the next generation of carbon campuses

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

From Net Zero Teesside in the United Kingdom to Houston’s Carbon Capture Hub, a new generation of carbon campuses — where carbon dioxide emissions are captured, used in products and stored underground — is coming online.

Using shared pipelines and other transportation networks, carbon hub facilities are cropping up near industrial centers. Their mission: connect emitters to CO2 conversion centers (where emissions will be recycled into usable products) and then to storage infrastructure such as injection wells.

Illinois American Water invests in solar field west of Champaign

Read the full story in the News-Gazette.

The solar field you may have noticed on Champaign County Road 1700 N belongs to Illinois American Water Co., and the utility is projecting it will help reduce its annual energy costs.

Global rule maker created for ESG disclosure standards

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The supervisor for global accounting rules announced Wednesday the creation of a board to draw up corporate disclosure standards for environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, including carbon emissions.

The launch of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow responds to rising pressure from investors, lawmakers and other stakeholders for consistent, standardized rules for ESG disclosure. Currently, CFOs aiming to adopt ESG disclosure standards must choose from more than 15 competing sustainability reporting frameworks that vary in detail and scope.

The ISSB “standards will form a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures,” according Erkki Liikanen, chair of the trustees for the IFRS Foundation, which oversees the International Accounting Standards Board. “They can be used on a standalone basis or integrated into jurisdictional requirements to serve broader stakeholder or other public policy needs,” he said at Glasgow, noting “overwhelming demand for global sustainability standards.”

New tech recovers pure silicon from end-of-life solar cells

Read the full story at pv magazine.

The technique is reported to be able to deliver recycled silicon with a purity of up to 99.9984%.

Webinar: Applying open-source tools to unlock data and optimize building operations

Nov 18, 2021, 11 am
Register here.

Join SERDP and ESTCP for a webinar featuring DoD-funded research efforts to optimize building operations through improved energy data management and analysis. William Livingood (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) will discuss open-source tools that help installation energy managers analyze smart meter data to make informed decisions, reduce energy waste and meet DoD mandates. Then, Chris Battisti (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center) will present his team’s work to improve communication and interpretation of energy data across different organizations by using standardized semantic metadata for DoD buildings.

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Citizens are alarmed by the climate crisis, but most believe they are already doing more to preserve the planet than anyone else, including their government, and few are willing to make significant lifestyle changes, an international survey has found.

“The widespread awareness of the importance of the climate crisis illustrated in this study has yet to be coupled with a proportionate willingness to act,” the survey of 10 countries including the US, UK, France and Germany, observed.

Humans did not cause woolly mammoths to go extinct — climate change did

Read the full story from St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

Humans did not cause woolly mammoths to go extinct — climate change did. For five million years, woolly mammoths roamed the earth until they vanished for good nearly 4,000 years ago — and scientists have finally proved why. The hairy cousins of today’s elephants lived alongside early humans and were a regular staple of their diet — their skeletons were used to build shelters, harpoons were carved from their giant tusks, artwork featuring them is daubed on cave walls, and 30,000 years ago, the oldest known musical instrument, a flute, was made out of a mammoth bone.

Melbourne’s iconic trams testing the recycling knowledge of locals

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Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You program was lucky enough to be selected for the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, giving us the opportunity to spotlight the platform on Melbourne’s iconic trams and invite locals to rethink recycling. The program is part of Yarra Trams’ commitment to increasing the environmental, social, and economic contributions that Melbourne’s tram network makes to the city.