Climate positive, carbon neutral, carbon negative: What do they mean?

A quick guide to understanding popular sustainability jargon. In the same week that the state of Hawaii announced it intends to be carbon neutral by 2045, the Swedish restaurant chain Max Burger introduced what it claims to be the first-ever “climate-positive” burger–which just as accurately, could be described as “carbon negative.” You would be forgiven,…

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The “natural capital” agenda is morally wrong, intellectually vacuous, and most of all counter-productive By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th May 2018 Never mind that the new environmental watchdog will have no teeth. Never mind that the government plans to remove protection from local wildlife sites. Never mind that its 25-year environment plan…

How Much Are You ‘Smoking’ by Breathing Urban Air?

A new app can tell you (and it’s not pretty).   Have you ever wondered how many cigarettes you’re passively smoking while walking through the streets of a polluted, smog-infused city? No? Well, a pair of digital developers just invented an app that will definitely (and accurately) answer that question. (Attention, smokers: You might want…

Copenhagen Mastermind Jan Gehl Isn’t Sold on ‘Smart’ Cities

Architect and planner Jan Gehl looks back on how he helped transform Copenhagen into one of the world’s most livable cities and talks about how people can reclaim the streets.   Advocates of bike lanes, shared streets, and walkable cities could take a lesson from their adversaries: If they want to build communities where people,…

BE SMART: SMART CITY FINANCE FOR YOUR CITIZENS

“A SMART CITY USES TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO ITS CITIZENS AND TO DELIVER A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN BY TACKLING CHALLENGES SUCH AS MOBILITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, MIGRATION AND SECURITY. BUT SMART CITIES AREN’T JUST ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY.” This podcast from the European Investment Bank can be useful to know the financial…

‘Extraordinary’ month for Scottish renewable energy

Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups.     Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland analysed renewables data provided by WeatherEnergy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to…

China and California sign deal to work on climate change without Trump

Governor Jerry Brown says president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will be only a temporary setback China and California have signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governor warned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action on climate change. The governor of California, Jerry Brown,…

LAWSUITS ARE CHALLENGING ALMOST ALL TRUMP’S ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENSIVES

By blocking these common sense standards, the administration is reversing progress in cleaning the air we breathe and fighting climate change On Thursday, President Trump made international headlines by announcing his intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement—a landmark decision that was met with outrage and dismay from climate activists and environmentalists. But while…