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Eco-City Europe 

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

  A topic of discussion at Paris Climate Talk 2015 is Hillary Clinton’s 2009 pledge in Copenhagen that rich countries would provide $100 billion by 2020 to help poor countries with climate change. The funding will support projects such as transitioning to cleaner energy sources. An example is implementing a utility scale solar plant in India. Those two questions that come into play are related to money: how to come up with $100 billion and to yield profits from the investment.   But in the years since, as the effects…

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Eco-City Europe 

Central Banker Climate Change Speech

     MFrom the New York Times: Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, declared that the warming climate presented major risks for the global economy and global financial stability, and that businesses and regulators needed to move more quickly to try to contain the potential economic damage even though it may seem uncertain and far off. “We don’t need an army of actuaries to tell us that the catastrophic impacts of climate change will be felt beyond the traditional horizons of most actors — imposing a cost…

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Eco-City Europe 

Oslo’s First Bee Highway

  30 – 40% of food requires pollination. There is a mutual dependence for agriculture on pollination as insects on agriculture for survival. According to the Guardian Oslo’s “bee highway” aims to give the insects a safe passage through the city, lined with relays providing food and shelter – the first such system in the world, according to the organizers. “We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees,…

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Eco-City Europe 

London Green Bridge Approved

  Last year, the fabulous actor and green activist Joanna Lumley teamed up with the Pretty Terrific architect Thomas Heatherwick to imagine a gorgeous pedestrian bridge across the Thames in London. This November, the pedestrian Garden bridge spanning London’s River Thames won local-government approval. In the Guardian the bridge is described as “It will be like a tiara on the head of our fabulous city,” coos Lumley. “It will set hearts racing and calm troubled minds. It will enchant everyone who uses it.” The Westminster borough endorsed the project in…

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Eco-City Europe 

Norwegian Town Using Mirrors to Lighten Up Winters

  In the midst of five months of darkness this coming winter, the Norwegian town of Rjukan will have one bright spot: a town square illuminated by sunlight bounced off giant mirrors placed atop the town’s neighboring mountains. Call it a mood enhancer. Or a tourist attraction. But the three mirrors, which will be carried in via helicopter, will provide an oasis of light in an otherwise bleak location at the center of the 3500-population town.Three mirrors with a total surface area of about 538 square feet will sit at…

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Eco-City Europe 

4 Eco Friendly 2012 Olympic Athletes

  Elite environmentalists are part of the  2012 Olympics, the greenest Olympics to date.  Let’s get to know some of the athletes who aside from the gruesome hours of training have incorporated eco-friendly into their lifestyle. Mariel Zagunis, fencing Zagunis, an Oregon native, has brought home several honors in fencing, including two medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then, she has served as the FIE Senior World Cup Champion in 2011, 2010 and 2009. She also keeps it green.“I volunteer for SOLVE whenever I get the chance.” SOLVE is a group that…

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Eco-City Europe 

Olympics 2012 Movement to Ban Coke & McDs

  The London Olympics are putting a great effort towards sustainability. They are considering baning Coca-Cola and McDonalds to raise awareness against obesity. Would that be a financial threat to ban major sponsors? What they meet halfway and only sell the healthy products? The London Assembly, established in 2000, is an elected body that monitors activities of the Mayor of London and has the power to amend the mayor’s annual budget. The strict criteria might affect Olympic relationship Coca-Cola and McDonalds. Coca-Cola is the games’ longest-running sponsor, since 1928, and McDonald’s…

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Eco-City Energy Sources Europe Farming 

Making of Largest Fish & Veggie Rooftop Farm

  ECF has big plans for urban farming. And they plan to start at home, at the Malzfabrik, where their offices are based. The grand architecture of the rejuvenated industrial zone will now enter a new phase of evolution. A recently completed study indicates that the rooftop of the Malzfabrik can serve as the world’s largest rooftop aquaponic fish and vegetable farm. ECF plans a 7000 square meter (75,000 square feet) rooftop installation. In addition to being able to grow vegetables and fish, the dome can be equipped with PV…

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Eco-City Europe Solar Energy 

Half of Germany Runs on Solar Power

  During this weekend, half of all of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants, a world breaking record. This shows how behind all the other countries are. Jonathan Turley’s article has a great viewpoint. Germany’s economy is viewed as the most successful major economy in the world today and the key bedrock for European recovery. While many conservative leaders in the United States are calling on the tearing up of environmental protections to help our economy, Germany has shown the fallacy of that claim. Over 60% of electricity…

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Eco-City Europe Transportation 

Ferrari-Like Train Built in Italy

  If you can’t afford a Ferrari, Italy’s new high-speed trains are the next best thing. They are called FrecciaRossa – Red Arrow – and currently serve the major cities of Milan, Turin, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. On a test run the Italian train broke the world “indoor” speed record at 362 kilometers an hour (225 mph). Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemoto is a major shareholder; the  cars are painted Ferrari-style red and feature a stylized hare on the side. The 25 trains in the fleet are being…

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Europe 

Church 900 Years Old goes 100% Renewable

  Kyocera Corporation announced that the company has supplied its solar modules for a flagship project for renovating old buildings using solar energy at the roughly 900-year-old St. Michael and All Angels Church in Withington, England. The country’s first “zero carbon church” has a solar power generating system using Kyocera modules which supplies CO2-neutral electricity; as well as a biomass-powered boiler system providing environmentally friendly heat. The solar energy is generated with 24 Kyocera solar modules — with a total output of 3.12kW — which are installed on the roof…

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Eco-City Europe 

Shoal Wind Farm Posts Workers on a Ferry

  The world needs more energy, and in future ever more of its energy supply will need to be obtained from renewable resources such as hydropower, waves and wind. With around 40% of the EU’s entire wind resources available in British waters, it makes sense to harness the wind. The 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 17 and 23 kilometres off the coast of North Norfolk in the UK, is now under construction. When compete it will comprise 88 wind turbines and generate around 1.1TWh of green energy…

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Eco-City Europe 

Cleaning Up Sinking Concordia Cruise Ship Oil

  The Concordia rammed a reef Jan. 13 on the tiny Tuscan island and capsized a few hours later just outside Giglio’s port with 4,200 passengers and crew aboard for a Mediterranean cruise. Experts can begin pumping fuel from a capsized cruise ship to avert a possible environmental catastrophe and the ship is stable enough to let search efforts go on for those still missing, Italian officials said. The decision to carry out both operations was made after instrument readings determined that the Costa Concordia did not risk sliding into…

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Eco-City Europe 

Paul McCartney Dislikes No Meat-Free French Days

  There will be no meat-free days in French schools for six million children following a new decree from their government that all students will have to eat meat if they want lunch at school. Taking a packed lunch is not an alternative as they are also banned. The ban will shortly be extended to kindergartens, hospitals, prisons, colleges and old people’s homes. French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, said in January that the Government’s aim for nutrition was to defend the French agricultural model and counter initiatives such as those…

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Eco-City Europe 

Gluing Away Air Pollution

  It sounds like the sort of idea that might have came up on a satirical TV shows London is serious about gluing pollution to roads. For the past few months a fleet of specially adapted gritting lorries has been spraying adhesive glue on some of London’s pollution hotspots in the middle of the night. The idea has been that the calcium-based solution will stick pollution in the air to the road. The glue is meant to act like a “wonderful contraptions” which tackle air quality head-on. Although the glue,…

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Eco-City Europe 

Nazi Bunker Becoming EU largest Solar Plant

  A former Nazi bunker located in the Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg, Germany is about to get a full-scale makeover. The building is set to become Europe’s largest renewable energy power plant. The power plant will supply 3,000 homes with heating and 1,000 of those with electricity, cutting 6,600 tons of CO2 per year. It’s almost misleading to say the finished product will be a “power plant.” Sure, it will provide lot’s of power- But the building will also be home to a neighborhood cafe, a panoramic terrace and a…

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Eco-City Europe 

EcoBond Two

  Ecotricity is seeking to raise £10 million through its ‘Ecobond Two’, which will enable customers and non-customers of the UK’s largest renewable energy company to invest directly into building new sources of green energy in the UK. When Ecotricity launched its first Ecobond issue in October last year, it was heavily oversubscribed, exceeding its £10 million target by 50 per cent. It became the UK’s largest ever private bond issue. Ecotricity is expecting ‘Ecobond Two’ to also be a hit with UK citizens looking to invest in green energy…

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Africa Eco-City Europe 

Desertec EU-MENA

  A network of scientists from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA) developed the globally implementable DESERTEC Concept for the Mediterranean region. A long-term objective is to meet a considerable part of electricity demand in MENA countries and to cover about 15 percent of Europe’s energy demand with clean power from deserts by 2050. The idea of the DESERTEC Concept is to generate electricity from renewable sources at the places where they are most abundant. Within 6 hours, deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes…

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Eco-City Europe 

Vertical Forest (Milan)

  Italian architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti hopes to merge vegetation and urban architecture, with its Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) project.. The Milan-based firm has designed a model that could see the “reforestation and naturalization” of metropolitan cities, by growing forests sky-ways. “Bosco Verticale [is a] device for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities,” says Stefano Boeri himself. Milan will host the first example of Bosco Verticale, with two residential towers already planned for construction. The towers, measuring 110 and 76 meters (361 and 250 feet), will become home…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Eco-City Europe 

Icelands 1st ZeroCarbon Data Center

  A British company has commissioned Colt, the telecoms and IT group, to build the world’s first zero-carbon data centre, which will be exported to Iceland as a pre-fabricated kit.Data centres are power hungry in two ways – the servers themselves consume large amounts of electricity, and they need constant cooling to prevent overheating. Verne will offer customers free cooling by using the cold Icelandic air to regulate temperatures. Microsoft predicts the data centre construction market will grow from $50bn (£32bn) to $78bn globally by 2020. The facility will run…

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Eco-City Europe 

Aguçadoura Wave Park

  Wave power is the transport of energy by ocean surface waves, and the capture of that energy to do useful work — for example, electricity generation, water desalination, or the pumping of water (into reservoirs). Machinery able to exploit wave power is generally known as a wave energy converter (WEC). Wave power is distinct from the diurnal flux of tidal power and the steady gyre of ocean currents. Wave power generation is not currently a widely employed commercial technology although there have been attempts at using it since at…

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Eco-City Europe 

Eco UK Olympic Stadium

  The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. The United Kingdom hopes this will help economies of other countries and advertise Eco-Change.  Everything is designed to promote low carbon emissions, low-waste, and green transportation. Solar panels are built. Structure is temporary and lightweight. Materials are shipped through waterways. 50km bike track is built to help evenly distribute noise from the crowd. Underground system is the only way to…

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Eco-City Europe 

Kalundborg, Denmark Eco-Park

  An eco-industrial park involves a network of firms and organizations, working together to improve their environmental and economic performance. Companies share each other’s resources and use their “leftover” products. For example, extra energy from the 1500MW coal fired power plant is used for: Heating 3500 local homes. Also heats a fish farm whose sludge is sold as fertilizer. Steam from the power plant to sold to pharmaceutical and enzyme manufacturers. Sulfide dioxide scrubber is sold to a wallboard manufacturers, reducing mining. Fly ash and clinker are used to produce…

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