Carbon markets aren’t working. Time to stop burning fossil fuels

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This year sees the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. That’s 20 years of wasted time in addressing climate change. Don’t believe me? The graph above shows the Keeling curve – the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. On 22 May 2017, it stood at 410 parts per million. […]

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May 29, 2017 at 11:50PM

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from Chris Lang

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Jared Kushner Probably Isn’t Going To Save The Paris Climate Deal

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If you thought Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump were the best hope for preserving United States’ participation in the Paris climate agreement, sorry.

There’s been lots of talk that President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law would emerge as primary advocates for maintaining the U.S. commitment to the global agreement on addressing climate change. But not much public evidence has surfaced supporting that case. And in Monday’s lengthy New York Times piece about Kushner’s role in the White House, there’s this:

Mr. Kushner appears to be modifying his centrist stances. Instead of urging the president to keep the United States in the Paris climate accord, as he sought to months ago, he has come to believe the standards in the agreement need to be changed, a person close to him said.

Trump has delayed a decision on the Paris agreement. On Saturday he tweeted that he would make a final determination next week ― after he butted heads with European leaders over climate change last week at the G7 meeting of major industrialized democracies.

 

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May 29, 2017 at 09:30PM

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6 Tips to Green your Outdoor Grilling

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6 Tips to Green your Outdoor Grilling

In 2009, 82% of all U.S. households owned a grill or smoker and 97% of grill owners used their grill in the past year. More than 16.7 million new grills were shipped in 2009 alone.

The greenest option, a flameless solar oven – Flameless solar ovens are smoke-free and cook food wholly with the sun’s energy. They will allow you to have healthier cookouts that are free of emissions. Because solar ovens rely on the strength of UV rays to cook food, it may not be possible to reach sufficient cooking temperature if the sun is blocked by clouds or lower in the sky. Be sure to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature for your meats, especially poultry.

Use eco-friendly tableware – Avoid the use of disposable plates or silverware. If unavoidable, try to find paper plate made from recycled materials and biodegradable utensils.

Serve organic and/or locally grown food – By serving organic and locally grown food you will reduce the overall environmental impact of your barbecue.

Choose an eco-friendly grill – Grills come in many shapes and sizes and use many different kinds of fuels. The most common types of fuels includes propane, natural gas (a grill hooked up to your home’s natural gas supply), charcoal, electricity, and wood pellets.

  • Gas Grills – Gas grills are the greenest way to grill (beside the solar oven). Gas grills can be fueled using liquid propane gas (LPG) in a portable cylinder or natural gas that is delivered through underground pipes. As a fuel, LPG is much more efficient than charcoal in its production and considerably more efficient in cooking. In fact, the carbon footprint for charcoal grilling is almost three times more than LPG grilling.
  • Charcoal Grills – While charcoal grills will give you that authentic smokey barbecue flavor, it comes at higher environmental and possible health cost. During cooking, a charcoal grill will emit greenhouse gasses and carcinogenic fumes. The majority of the environmental problems reside in the charcoal itself. Charcoal is produced by heating wood in a kiln. The commercial yield of charcoal is only in the 20-35% range, which means the majority of the wood is converted to gas and emitted into the atmosphere at the time of production. In addition, petrochemical products are either incorporated into the charcoal itself (self-igniting) or are sprayed onto the coals at time of use to aid in ignition.
  • Electric Grills – Surprisingly, electric grills are less eco-friendly than even charcoal grills (unless you get your power from wind or some other renewable source). Operating an electric grill for an hour generates approximately 15 pounds of CO2 (due to all the greenhouse gases emitted by power plants), compared with 11 from a charcoal grill. In addition, as much as 34% of the energy generated by power plants is wasted during production and as it gets transmitted over utility lines.
  • Wood Pellet Grills – Wood pellet grills optimize electricity but accommodate small amounts of charcoal and wood for flavoring purposes. With respect to greenness, they probably fall somewhere between charcoal and electric grills.

Choose natural lump charcoal – Charcoal comes in two main forms, briquette and lump. While these products seem similar, there are vast differences from an environmental perspective.

  • Briquettes —The charcoal briquette commonly contains additives such as sodium nitrate. Self-igniting forms also use petroleum solvents as accelerants, which can be harmful to one’s health if not fully burned off before cooking. Briquettes usually burn cooler and more consistently than lump.
  • Natural Lump — Lump charcoal, commonly made from natural sources (i.e., from trees) or from processed wood (such as wood scrap), contains few or zero additives. Seek out brands certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program or find ones that are created from sustainably managed sources, invasive tree species, and rapidly renewable sources like bamboo.

Avoid lighter fluid – Use an electric or chimney charcoal starter instead of lighter fluid. These options reduce ground-level ozone levels and avoids exposing yourself and others to potential carcinogens.
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May 29, 2017 at 08:35PM

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from Anthony Gilbreath

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Prologis and Habitat for Humanity Partner During Global Day of Service

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Prologis, Inc. announced a new global partnership with Habitat for Humanity that kicked off on the company’s annual global day of service, IMPACT Day.

With a donation of more than $190,000 to Habitat, Prologis employees volunteered on May 19 in more than 20 communities around the world with several Habitat projects that include neighborhood revitalization and construction.

“Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities,” said Prologis Vice President of Sustainability Jeannie Renne-Malone. “Prologis is proud to support this organization which shares many of the same environmental stewardship and social responsibility values that we hold in high regard. We look forward to working together with Habitat homebuyers to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

More than 1,600 Prologis employees volunteered with more than 60 nonprofits in more than 60 cities around the world during the company’s fifth IMPACT Day. Prologis partners with organizations that operate in the company’s focus areas of education, human welfare and the environment on its annual day of service and throughout the year.

“We are grateful to partner with Prologis on this initiative that will bring so many of their employees together to help families and communities improve a place they can call home,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president of Development at Habitat for Humanity International. “Their efforts will have a lasting impact in so many communities.”

Prologis employees volunteered with Habitat in 23 locations throughout the U.S., Japan, Poland, Hungary, the U.K., Mexico and Canada.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Prologis
Prologis, Inc. is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets. As of March 31, 2017, the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 678 million square feet or 63 million square meters in 19 countries. Prologis leases modern distribution facilities to a diverse base of approximately 5,200 customers across two major categories: business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment.

May 29, 2017 at 07:04PM

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