RP Siegel

RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. His work has appeared in Triple Pundit, GreenBiz, Justmeans, CSRWire, Sustainable Brands, PolicyInnovations, Social Earth, 3BL Media, ThomasNet, Huffington Post, Strategy+Business, Mechanical Engineering, and engineering.com among others . He is the co-author, with Roger Saillant, of Vapor Trails, an adventure novel that shows climate change from a human perspective. RP is a professional engineer - a prolific inventor with 52 patents and President of Rain Mountain LLC a an independent product development group. RP recently returned from Abu Dhabi where he traveled as the winner of the 2015 Sustainability Week blogging competition.Contact: bobolink52@gmail.com

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New Water Analysis Tool Monetizes Revenue at Risk

World Water Week is going on right now in Stockholm, Sweden. This year marks the 25th edition of the annual international event aimed at calling attention to issues surrounding water. A new tracking tool was launched at the event that may help businesses rethink water risk.

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Air Pollution in China is Killing More Than a Million People a Year

Air pollution levels in China have reached catastrophic proportions. According to research newly published by Berkeley Earth, air pollution kills more than 4,000 people every day in China. That’s 1.6 million people per year, a full 17 percent of deaths from all causes.

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Freshwater Institute’s Fresh Ideas About Sustainable Seafood

The folks at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, know sustainable seafood. They’ve been raising delicious and nutritious trout and salmon there for over 20 years. And they’ve been doing it in a manner that’s about as sustainable as you can get, other than catching it in the wild, something that’s become increasingly rare and expensive. RP Siegel takes a drive down to see what they are up to.

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SolarCity’s New GivePower Foundation Brings Light to Schools in Need

It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.

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SolarCity’s Buffalo Boom Brightens Local Economy

The solar giant just completed the 1.2 million-square-foot shell for a manufacturing plant that near the Buffalo River. The $900 million factory is the centerpiece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate economic development plan, that he calls the Buffalo Billion.

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Obama, EPA Release Final Clean Power Plan

On Monday, August 3, President Barack Obama and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy released the finalized version of the Clean Power Plan, a set of regulations designed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from electricity generation. The New York Times called it “the strongest action ever taken in the U.S. to combat climate change.”

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Study: Daughters of Working Mothers Earn More

A recently published Harvard Business School survey found that not only were daughters of working women more likely to be employed themselves, but they were also more likely to earn more. Sons of working mothers actually tended to become more attentive fathers, spending 7.5 hours a week more with their children and 25 minutes more on chores.

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Groups Raise Concern Over Role of COP21 Sponsors

Environmental and social justice groups have raised a flag of concern, claiming that COP21 organizers have sold too many sponsorships to big polluters, who are “not so climate-friendly.” The groups are concerned that these sponsors could have a negative influence over the proceedings.

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Vertical Farm Takes Food Production to New Heights

In the city of Newark, New Jersey, a company known as Aero Farms has decided to build a new $30 million corporate headquarters in an abandoned steel mill, which will include a vertical farm. When complete, the 69,000-square-foot facility will grow roughly 2 million pounds of baby greens and herbs, creating 78 new jobs in an area with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.

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Masdar’s Solar Hub Provides Unique Test Facility in the Middle East

Despite the obvious advantages of an ever-shining sun, the Middle East is actually less than ideal for solar power — explaining, at least in part, why its development of solar power has been slow. This is what motivated the folks at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, to establish the Masdar Solar Hub: a state-of-the art solar testing and R&D hub for photovoltaic and solar thermal technology.

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Shown to Save Money While Boosting Economy and Cutting Emissions

When the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was established, organizations like the Institute for Energy Research and the Heritage Foundation argued against any type of carbon tax or cap-and-trade program, saying that they would “inflict high costs on families.” What has actually taken place differs widely from these dire predictions.

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Fossil Fuel Climate Deception Spans Three Decades

A new report reveals that fossil fuel companies began working actively to derail conversations around climate change as early as 1981 — seven years before the issue hit the national stage.