Climate risks and vulnerability across telecoms, data centers and critical ICT supply chains are poorly understood. Recent trends in which companies are sharing IT resources — such as PaaS and IaaS — are compounding the risks, a report for the GSA concludes.
Author: Andrew Burger
Wind power saved electricity consumers across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic at least $1 billion over just two polar-vortex days last year. However, opportunities for market manipulation and price gouging are opening up, according to recent reports.
Timberland and the Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s community agroforestry project has put down deep, solid roots in Haiti. Over 2 million trees have been planted, agricultural output and productivity are up significantly, farmers can put all their kids through school, and community members are reconnecting to build on the success.
Deforestation plays a big role in the recurring cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in Haiti. An innovative, five-year community agroforestry project on the part of Timberland and Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance is helping turn the tide.
A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.
Seeing promise in Stem’s distributed energy storage optimization platform, Constellation Technology Ventures and Total Energy Ventures have taken equity stakes in the startup.
O3b provides broadband network access to service providers in such isolated, far-flung and hard-to-reach locations as the Colombian Amazon, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo capital of Kinshasa, as well as Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. The launch of four new satellites promises to increase both speed and affordability.
Rapid industrialization and the relentless pursuit of GDP growth has caused an “airpocalypse” in Beijing, making China’s capital city all but uninhabitable. The Guardian’s Ian Wainwright paints a dismal portrait of how Beijing’s toxic air and the built environment, as well as the extraordinary, and extraordinarily expensive, measures city leaders and residents are considering and taking in an effort to adapt.
Today’s institution of the first federal standards governing coal ash disposal mark a milestone, but they leave a lot to be desired if public and environmental health and safety are to be assured, according to environmentalists.
Having tripled its national renewable energy targets, South Africa has awarded a contract to build a 100-MW concentrating solar power-molten salts energy storage facility. Spain’s Abengoa is leading the project development group, which has secured $1 billion of financing from a consortium of multilateral and South African banks.
Leading private- and public-sector energy players are joining to install and test a grid-scale battery storage system at PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab. Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora advanced battery storage technology will be at the test system’s core.
President Obama took executive action Dec. 16 to protect Bristol Bay’s iconic, $2 billion wild-caught fishery and local communities from oil and gas drilling. Another existential threat to Bristol Bay ecosystems and watershed remains, however.
SunEdison on Dec. 15 announced it will build 350 MW of utility-scale solar PV power plants across Chile at a cost 10 to 25 percent lower than that for fossil-fuel power plants.