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Top news and views about #Environment and #Cleantech for 16 May 2017 #CleantechTuesday #Renewables #Solar #Wind
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Finnish environmental technology company Doranova Oy has signed a licensing agreement with Beijing Xishan Environment Technology Co, for its soil and groundwater remediation solution.
The agreement gives Xishan exclusive rights to utilise, sell and produce the first commercialised Modular Soil and Groundwater Remediation System in China, used to clean up contaminated sites.
Doranova will also cooperate with Xishan to apply the advanced technology and equipment to the Chinese market, where environmental awareness has come to the fore in recent years.
“This is a milestone,” commented chairman of Xishan and the Yutao Group, Xin Wang, during the signing ceremony. “[…] from today we will work with Doranova to develop the Chinese market.”
Full story at http://bit.ly/2pvIWaX
Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming.
The Nordic country takes up the two-year chairmanship of the body, increasingly a forum where arguments about climate change play out, at a ministerial meeting on Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, will represent the Trump administration.
The meeting is due to set targets to reduce black carbon in the Arctic, a pollutant that traps atmospheric heat, but comes amid fears the US is poised to downgrade its commitments made at the 2015 Paris conference on climate change.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2qggnv6
Here are the facts: Climate change kills more people than terrorism. It has worsened the war in Syria and it will soon create a refugee crisis that army generals have called “the greatest threat to the 21st century.”
Climate change isn’t just an inconvenience, it’s a global security threat.
So why aren’t governments treating it like one? The UK is in the middle of a historic general election, yet climate change has barely been whispered by any of the major candidates. And the president of the United States wants to rip up the landmark Paris agreement. Why?
The simple answer is that we’re talking about climate change all wrong. We position global warming almost exclusively as a conservation problem. We talk about ‘saving the planet’ and shrinking ice caps. And that might appeal to some, but it isn’t enough to sway sceptic politicians and giant corporations.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2qgllIc
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a telephone call on Monday that he would defend a climate change deal agreed in Paris in 2015, his spokeswoman said.
"He is going to protect the climate change agreement, and he is going to make sure he will be vigilant in protecting the French people," Laurence Haim told CNN.
She said the two had also discussed during their 10-minute conversation issues including the fight against terrorism, transatlantic relations and the economy.
Climate change "is a very important and sensitive issue for the French. He told him (Trump) that he will protect what was made in Paris."
Full story at http://cnb.cx/2pvwgRq
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration.
The document, signed by Tillerson and seven foreign ministers from Arctic nations meeting this week in Fairbanks, Alaska, says the participants concluded their meeting “noting the entry into force of the Paris agreement on climate change and its implementation, and reiterating the need for global action to reduce both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants.”
Called the Fairbanks Declaration, the document says the leaders signed it “recognizing that activities taking place outside the Arctic region, including activities occurring in Arctic states, are the main contributors to climate change effects and pollution in the Arctic, and underlining the need for action at all levels.”
The Trump administration has been in conflict for months over what to do about U.S. involvement in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, which commits nearly 200 nations to establishing goals to reduce emissions that lead to climate change.
Full story at http://lat.ms/2qgeT49
Climate change will alter the ecosystems that humanity depends upon in the coming century. But given the complexity of the living world, how can you learn what may happen?
A team of Australian scientists has an answer: miniature ecosystems designed to simulate the impact of climate change. The experiments are already revealing dangers that would have been missed had researchers tried to study individual species in isolation.
“If you just take one fish and put it in a tank and see how it responds to temperature, you can imagine that’s a huge simplification of reality,” said Ivan Nagelkerken, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide who is leading the research effort.
Yet studying an entire ecosystem in nature, made up of thousands of species, has its own drawbacks. “In nature you have all this complexity, and you never know which factor is really causing the outcome you’re observing,” Dr. Nagelkerken said.
Full story at http://nyti.ms/2qfUYSP
Tata Cleantech Capital Limited (TCCL), a joint venture between Tata Capital Limited and International Finance Corporation (IFC), has been significant in helping the country’s renewable energy sector achieve the 175 GWgoal set for 2022. It has thus far funded projects with a cumulative output of over 3.44 GW. This has translated into savings of approximately 150 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over its 25 years lifespan.
Manish Chourasia, MD and CEO of Tata Cleantech Capital Limited, in an interaction with BusinessLine, outlines the company’s future plans. Excerpts:
What role do you see Tata Cleantech Capital playing in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector?
As a company TCCL offers end-to-end business solutions in the clean tech space, offering consultancy, funding and host of other solutions while bringing in the Tata group synergies. The company identifies, evaluates and funds energy projects in wind, solar, small hydro, biomass and in energy efficiency infrastructure, buildings and industry.
Full story at http://bit.ly/2pvCtwn
Prepared by @SydesJokes