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Sustainable practices for food security reduces GHG emissions

Sustainable methods of agriculture and farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12 percent per calorie produced, according to a new study from an international research organization. Agriculture and land use change account for around one-third of total human GHG emissions in the last ten years, specifically, through crop cultivation, animal production, and deforestation....

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Alstom, EDF test out carbon capture unit

Alstom, along with integrated energy company EDF, has started testing their carbon capture demonstration unit in Le Havre, France. Engineers from the Research and Development teams of Alstom and EDF are running the tests to confirm the predicted quantity of energy and amine solvent needed to operate such a unit. The goal is to find out if the process is worthwhile from a cost and an environmental standpoint. As of this...

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Coca-Cola, W.W.F-partnership set new environmental goals

The Coca-Cola Company and the World Wildlife Fund are renewing their partnership, setting further environmental goals for the beverage company to reach. Coca-Cola and W.W.F. are jointly developing new 2020 environmental sustainability goals that will encompass the nearly 300 bottling partners of Coca-Cola in around 200 countries. The environmental sustainability goals focus on sustainable management of water, energy,...

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How B.P.I. is financing low-carbon projects

The benefits of going green are not lost in businesses, organizations, and multinational companies. What makes transitioning into something greener difficult is the lack of funding to do so. Financing institutions such as banks are the first ones that people turn to when in need of a lift, however some of them, if not most, do not bank on things such as climate change, global warming, or renewable energy...

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Mitsubishi Electric reduces carbon emissions from production, products

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions from their manufacturing operations to 920,000 tons during the 2013 fiscal year. The company has released their Environmental Report 2013, detailing their progress under their 7th Environmental Plan (Fiscal 2013-2015). The 2013 report covers their activities during the fiscal period starting April 1, 2012 and ending on March 31, 2013. Under the plan, Mitsubishi Electric focused on red...

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U.N. online platform to help scientists and climate change experts

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has initialized the very first online platform to help scientists and climate change experts calculate data regarding forest health. The online platform, called GlobAllomeTree, makes use of allometric equations which can be used to assess different forest services such as timber production, as well as bioenergy strategies which include forest volume, biomass, and forest...

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World Bank approves $47.1 million loan for waste management system in Azerbaijan

The World Bank has approved a $47.1 million loan as additional financing for a waste disposal project in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. The $47.1 million additional loan will be used to finance the Integrated Solid Waste Management Project which aims to support the full rehabilitation of Baku’s main waste disposal site in the hopes to extend its lifetime by up to 20 years. Specifically, the loan will be used to remediate...

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The Shipping Industry’s Responsibility: Clean up the Emissions

Eugen Maersk. That name may not ring any bells with you right now, but you’d soon know it if she happened to be bearing down on you – at 397 metres long (more than four football pitches) and weighing 156,907 tonnes at full capacity (that’s more than 900 adult blue whales), this container ship would do some damage! When she’s travelling at top speed, she will take more than 4 miles to come to a complete stop...

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AT&T harnessing sun power for mobile devices in NYC

If you find yourself on the streets of New York with a rapidly discharging phone, you can charge it the clean and green way with AT&T’s Street Charge project. The telecom giant has partnered with solar technology company Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa in a pilot initiative that provides free solar mobile charging station in locations across all five boroughs. The solar mobile charging...

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I.E.A. Report: Natural gas share to increase in global energy mix

The demand for natural gas will increase by 2.4 percent per year from 2012 to 2018, found a new report done by the International Energy Agency. The I.E.A.’s “Medium-Term Gas Market Report” sees the demand for natural gas increasing by 15.6 percent in 2018 to a total of 3,962 billion cubic metres. This figure represents an increase 1.7 times that of the current global liquid natural gas trade, and an increase of 535 bcm that...

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