Environmental group sparks debate over B.C. cruise industry’s economic impact in Victoria | Globalnews.ca

Environmental group sparks debate over B.C. cruise industry’s economic impact in Victoria | Globalnews.ca

As businesses in Victoria, B.C., await the arrival of the first cruise ship in more than two years this weekend, an environmental group is arguing the industry’s economic impact is not worth the damage to the surrounding waters and communities.  An independent report commissioned by Stand.earth and released this week shows tourists arriving in the city from cruise ships spent $137.1 million in 2019, while non-cruise tourism — including those visiting Victoria by car or plane and staying in hotels — totalled $2.94 billion.  “The cruise industry is not the boon to Victoria that they sell themselves as,” said Anna Barford, the Canada shipping campaigner at Stand.earth.  Cruise ships that stop in Victoria are often stopping over on their way to longer-term stops in Alaska, giving passengers less than a day to visit and spend money in the B.C. capital.

Wildlife deaths caused by hair ties, surgical masks and other ordinary household items – ABC News

Wildlife deaths caused by hair ties, surgical masks and other ordinary household items – ABC News

We know that plastic bags, straws and microplastics have a deadly reputation when they wind up in the ocean, but there are other everyday items that are killing animals regularly without us noticing.  This story contains images that readers may find distressing.  Recently, a platypus was found dead in Warburton, 2 hours east of Melbourne, with an old hair tie wrapped around its neck.  Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy says platypuses are killed from hair ties more often than you might think.  “We are currently aware of one or two platypus deaths per year in Victoria caused by hair ties. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg,” he says.

Fallout from Bad ’70s Idea: Auto Tires in Ocean Reef

Fallout from Bad ’70s Idea: Auto Tires in Ocean Reef

It seemed like a good idea at the time. In the early 1970s, a group of fishermen organized a campaign to dump 2 million used auto tires into the Atlantic Ocean, about a mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., between two living coral reefs.  The goal was to build an artificial reef that would promote sea life. But it had the opposite effect: The mass of tires became an underwater blight.  William Nuckols, with Coastal America, the federal office that is helping coordinate a cleanup of the tires, says the original goal was a good one.  “The original intention,” Nuckols says, “was to try to provide a fish habitat and add to the natural coral reefs that were there.”

Supply Chain Visibility And Sustainability – A Chat With Sony’s Erik Lund

Supply Chain Visibility And Sustainability – A Chat With Sony’s Erik Lund

Supply Chain visibility and sustainability are two of the most important topics in supply chain today.  So when I came across Sony Visilion’s Head of IoT Tracking Erik Lund I knew I had to get him on the podcast.  Fortunately he was delighted to join and we had a great discussion about IoT tracking and the visibility implications of that, and we also talked about the sustainability implications of seeing the data associated with your shipments.  As usual, I learned loads, and I hope you do too…  Oh, and this is one of the first podcast episodes that I have created chapters for. If you find them useful, do let me know ([email protected]) and I’ll make the effort to do it more often!

ASSIST | UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

ASSIST | UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

To feed our growing global population, modern agriculture needs to boost food production. Meeting anticipated demand however will generate environmental damage, in turn undermining our future capacity to produce food.  Sustainable intensification of agriculture is one solution. This conceptual framework aspires to:  Increase food production per unit area, reduce the impact on the environment, sustain – or improve – the natural resource base on which agriculture depends for future generations strengthen resilience to future environmental change.  How to achieve this is the subject of much debate and the focus of the ASSIST (Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems) programme.

An Empire For Solar Discovery And Education In The Making?

An Empire For Solar Discovery And Education In The Making?

Solar photovoltaic energy represented more than 4% of the electricity generated in the United States in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.  In the automotive sector, announcements related to solar include Sunrun Inc. and Ford Motor Co.  partnering to create energy-charging solutions for the F-150 Lightning electric truck. Worksport Ltd. and its spring release of Terravis, a solar-paneled tonneau cover, using Perovskite panels by Greatcell Italy. And rumors that General Motors Co. is seeking more ways to integrate solar into its new line of vehicles.  “Solar accounted for 46% of all new electricity-generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2021, the third year in a row that solar made up the largest share of new capacity,” according to The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA).

Making your business more sustainable

Making your business more sustainable

There’s no denying that today’s customer expects more sustainability from the firms and organisations with whom they do business.  According to KPMG research, larger companies devote greater resources to ESG (environmental, social, and governance) initiatives. However, according to a YouGov and World Kinect Energy Services study, 40% of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) have no plan in place to become more sustainable, with 30% having no intention of doing so at all. This is due in part to the pandemic’s costs and consequences.

Gas and a cleaner future – Origin Beetaloo

Gas and a cleaner future – Origin Beetaloo

Natural gas supporting the development of renewables Natural gas is an important part of the global effort to reduce emissions, particularly as a partner to variable renewable energy – the fastest growing sources of power in power grids across the world. Natural gas generated power is important as it can respond quickly to changes in solar and wind supply, such as on cloudy or still days, therefore helping to maintain reliable electricity supply to customers. This certainty of supply is particularly important to manufacturers and other energy intensive industries. Other technologies that can play a role in firming variable renewables are pumped hydro and batteries.

Earth Day-Bay Day | Coastal Bend Bays Foundation

Earth Day-Bay Day | Coastal Bend Bays Foundation

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) is super excited to hold our 23rd annual Earth Day-Bay Day festival in person! Our goal is to provide education and outreach in a fun, family environment FREE for all Coastal Bend residents and others visiting our “Sparkling City by the Sea.” Since 1999, the CBBF has hosted this local event to help promote and encourage citizens to learn about our bays and estuaries, wetlands, native plants and animals, recycling, sustainability, conservation and other environmental issues through interactive activities and local exhibitors.

Greens promise to BAN petrol cars within 10 years | Daily

Greens promise to BAN petrol cars within 10 years | Daily

The Australian Greens have pledged to legalise marijuana, wipe student debt, make childcare free and ban petrol cars in an ambitious election agenda.  But the audacious plan – which would cost billions and change Australia as we know it – is mostly pie in the sky with the party only holding one seat in the House of Representatives.  In the latest Newspoll ahead of the May election the Greens have a primary vote of 10 per cent which is the same as their 2019 result.  Last week the Greens announced they would spend at least $66billion of taxpayers’ money to wipe all student debt and leader Adam Bandt is set to announce more big-spending plans in the coming weeks. 

News Release

News Release

American Electric Power’s 998-megawatt (MW) Traverse Wind Energy Center, the largest single wind farm built at one time in North America and one of the largest wind facilities worldwide, is now providing clean energy to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.  Traverse is expected to generate 3.8 million megawatt-hours annually for AEP’s Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The 356-turbine facility spans Blaine and Custer counties in north central Oklahoma.  Traverse is the third and final wind project to compose the North Central Energy Facilities, which provide 1,484 MW of clean energy and will save customers an estimated $3 billion in electricity costs over the next 30 years.

2022 Sustainability and Social Accountability Fashion Industry

2022 Sustainability and Social Accountability Fashion Industry

2022 will continue to bring increased focus on sustainability and social accountability requirements and practices for the fashion, apparel and beauty sector up-and-down the supply chain.  Some of this increased focus will undoubtedly come from state and federal lawmakers and governmental agencies, as new or proposed legislation and regulations are being actively considered or are planned to be rolled out in the coming year. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and various state agencies and legislatures are pursuing or considering measures such as additional chemical use restrictions and prohibitions, new notification and reporting requirements on chemical use and imports, limitations on product disposal options, and extended producer responsibility obligations.

Biodegradable sanitary pad made out of dragon fruit peels designed by a team of Vientamese girls wins USD 100,000 in The Earth Prize 2022 competition!

Biodegradable sanitary pad made out of dragon fruit peels designed by a team of Vientamese girls wins USD 100,000 in The Earth Prize 2022 competition!

On Friday, March 25th, The Earth Foundation held a fully virtual event, The Earth Prize 2022 Awards Ceremony, to announce the winner and runners-up of the USD 200,000 environmental sustainability competition for teenagers. Team Adorbsies, made up of three young women – Quynh Anh (Dorothy), Uyen and Huyen, from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam – was proclaimed as the victorious recipient of the USD 100,000 grand prize that comes with The Earth Prize 2022 Winner title. The prize money will be split evenly between the team members and the educational program with which they registered for the competition, Summit Education.  The winning idea is the “Adorbsy” biodegradable menstrual pad. As the students explained in their submission, due to a drop in dragon fruit sales caused by the Covid pandemic, Vietnam was suddenly forced to deal with considerable amounts of unsold fruit, with an initial plan of simply burning it.

Flying Ocean Freighters: An (un)attractive business model?

Flying Ocean Freighters: An (un)attractive business model?

Maritime and air logistics are two different animals, with own processes and requirements, states Lufthansa Cargo CEO, Dorothea von Boxberg (DvB). Currently, it may well be attractive to Maersk, CMA/CGM, and others to lease freighters to overcome capacity constraints and offer their customers timely delivery of goods, she reasons. Yet, come market normalization, it will be a completely new ballgame for shipping lines, the executive forecasts in this exclusive interview.  LH Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg is skeptical that shipping companies will have long-term success operating cargo aircraft – CFG: Are shipping lines operating freighters seen as new and serious competitors for classic cargo airlines such as Lufthansa Cargo?  DvB: That’s very questionable. Personally, I see little synergies between the two business segments of sea and air. The proponents probably underestimate what it takes to operate an airline profitably over a longer cycle. It requires a minimum fleet size and high commercial and operational competence to be financially successful. To me, it appears that shipping companies are chartering freighters in response to, and for the duration of, the current capacity squeeze.

Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present –

Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present –

Today our societies face great challenges with water, in terms of both quantity and quality, but many of these challenges have already existed in the past. Focusing on Asia, Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present seeks to highlight the issues that emerge or re-emerge across different societies and periods, and asks what they can tell us about water sustainability. Incorporating cutting-edge research and pioneering field surveys on past and present water management practices, the interdisciplinary contributors together identify how societies managed water resource challenges and utilised water in ways that allowed them to evolve, persist, or drastically alter their environment.

Australian almond industry trials carbon-friendly recycling as an alternative to burning old trees – ABC News

Australian almond industry trials carbon-friendly recycling as an alternative to burning old trees – ABC News

Scientists are working with a Victorian almond grower to trial an orchard redevelopment practice to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.  Whole orchard recycling is an established practice for orchard redevelopment in California Researchers overseeing an Australian trial want to quantify the impact it has on the carbon footprint of local almond orchards.  By incorporating the wood chips back into the soil, almond growers in the US are reporting better water-holding capacity and better nutrient uptake
When almond growers decide to redevelop part of their orchard, the trees are often removed and then burnt.  Merbein almond grower Neale Bennett was in the United States five years ago and saw the process in action.

Picton residents want sustainability and some common sense amid fears cruise ships will want to bounce back with a bang

Picton residents want sustainability and some common sense amid fears cruise ships will want to bounce back with a bang

When cruise ships do make their post-pandemic return to Picton, people there want them to “fit with the town and not overtake it”.  Picton residents want sustainability and some common sense applied to any future cruise ship timetable, Smart and Connected co-chair Richard Briggs says.  “The general feeling is that it’s good to have cruise ships, but they need to be spaced out well, and they need to be limited to a certain number per year … If you go too mad on one thing, then it’s too heavy on the town, so on infrastructure and residents.

#SubaruLovesTheEarth with 6 Million Pieces of Cups, Lids, Straws, Pods & Wrappers

#SubaruLovesTheEarth with 6 Million Pieces of Cups, Lids, Straws, Pods & Wrappers

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced it has successfully diverted more than 6 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from landfills across the country thanks to its continued partnership with international recycling leader, TerraCycle®. The automaker has expanded its commitment to protect the environment through Subaru Loves the Earth month and will continue its partnership with TerraCycle at its headquarters and retailer locations nationwide throughout the remainder of the year.

Climate Change Whanganui District Council

Climate Change Whanganui District Council

Whanganui District Council is committed to mitigating the impacts of climate change on our district, as well as enabling our community and local economy to become better adapted and resilient in the face of climate change.  The purpose of this strategy is to plot a course for action to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to provide a framework for collaboration across the Whanganui District and beyond among tangata whenua, iwi, neighbouring councils, central government, non-government organisations, private industry, education, our communities and people.  This strategy is about human activity and changing the way we think and live to reduce our impact on our planet. As such, this strategy has the health and well-being of the environment at its core, followed by the health and well-being of people, and the social and economic well-being of people and communities, now and in the future.

Impact of Solar Energy on the Environment

Impact of Solar Energy on the Environment

Solar panels are the most common form of renewable energy for our homes and businesses, with an increasing number of structures electing to install them.  Additionally, we are witnessing a rise in the number of solar energy systems being built, all of which is terrific news for our world and the environment. However, it is critical to comprehend why solar panels are beneficial to the environment, a few of the negative impacts they may now cause, and address them.  Solar panels provide several environmental advantages owing to their green energy and absence of emissions when in use.  Generating electricity is only done at night. Individuals who do not have solar batteries will need to connect to the National Grid if they do not have enough energy to power their homes after dark. It is, however, lowering their reliance on the National Grid by a significant amount. This, in turn, makes it economically attractive.