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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Why We Need Science-Based Targets at COP21

In advance of COP21, countries have come forward with voluntary targets, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. But by and large, those targets have not been sufficiently aggressive to achieve the overall levels of reduction needed. We might need the strong hand of mandates.

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Scandinavian Corporations Explain Their Business Case for COP21 #GoParis

The conversation begins just outside of Copenhagen, where we had the opportunity to sit down with Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes, a biotechnology company that consistently ranks among the top in sustainability rankings (and who happen to be sponsoring our independent COP21 coverage).

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Japan Smart Cities Project Wraps Up With Impressive Results

Smart cities are expected to be an $8 trillion market by 2030, with primary sectors including energy, public service, home network, and healthcare. A recent pilot in Japan showed impressive results, especially when combined with behavior change initiatives.

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Aspen Goes 100 Percent Renewable

Aspen, Colorado, just became the third U.S. city to meet all of its electricity needs with renewable energy.

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Early Lights on the Road to COP21 Turning Green

Just about everyone who is paying attention to climate change is looking forward with anticipation to the COP21 meeting in Paris. Indeed, many pundits have announced that the need for a significant actionable agreement is in the “do-or-die” range.

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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.”