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Coverage of energy consumption since May 30, 2023.

Tackling health impacts of climate change and scaling up digital climate action in the spotlight at COP28

"...“The climate crisis is a health crisis, but for too long, health has been a footnote in climate discussions,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates gathered in an auditorium in Dubai’s iconic Expo City, where much of the action at COP28 has been taking place this far.  According to WHO the climate crisis drives the extreme weather that is taking lives around the world..."

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Why so much is going wrong at the same time

"...First coined in the late 1990s, the term entered the zeitgeist earlier this year, when “polycrisis” became the neologism du jour at the most recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Its use evoked the world’s current tangled mess of problems — pandemic, war, climate extremes, energy shortages, inflation, rising authoritarianism, and the like — and the term caught on..."

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Ways to reduce emissions in the manufacturing of building materials

"...Greenhouse gas emissions fuel global warming. How can we accurately reduce them? Measurements are a good place to start, and we currently track them across three distinct scopes: (1) direct emissions; (2) indirect, owned emissions; and (3) all other indirect emissions, upstream and downstream. It’s often not an expertise that companies possess internally, so a consultant can aid in this process..."

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Calgary plant the ‘brains' behind new innovation for more cost efficient EVs

"...Exro Technologies is celebrating the start of a production milestone, showcasing what it calls its “commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology in the electric vehicle industry and clean tech space. ”“We're reshaping the way the world consumes energy,” Exro CEO Sue Ozdemir told a crowd Wednesday morning. The company is doing that through a new inverter..."

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Valeo's novelties at Busworld: from battery cooler to zero-emissions HVAC for e-buses

"...Valeo's latest air conditioning system for buses with alternative engines, the all-electric rooftop air conditioner REVO-E HP R744, will be introduced. This system cools and heats the interior of electric vehicles with minimal energy consumption, Valeo claims. Notably, it features dynamic de-icing on demand, ensuring energy-efficient heat pump operation even at temperatures below 5°C..."

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Upgrading homes in Prince Rupert: Savings potential and strategies for breaking down barriers

"...Based on our findings, initiatives to improve home energy efficiency in Prince Rupert could include providing education and outreach to residents on the benefits of energy efficiency and the available incentives and programs, offering individual guidance to households, and collaborating with businesses in the industry on training. The potential impacts in terms of monetary and energy savings, as well as benefits to health, housing, and the local economy, are impressive. The study, which will be published online in late September, provides information and strategic recommendations that create a foundation for practical on-the-ground work that can help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in Prince Rupert..."

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COLUMN: Luxury is killing us -- Top 1% emit more carbon than rest of upper class

"...A recent study published in Nature Energy, “Emissions savings from equitable energy demand reduction,” found meeting the needs of 20 per cent of people in Europe who use the least energy while reducing demand from the top 20 per cent high energy users “can achieve considerable greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 11. 4% from domestic energy, 16. 8% from transport and 9..."

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Stage 1 water restrictions to begin July 1 in Port Alberni

"...“Port Alberni, like many other municipalities on Vancouver Island and throughout B. C. , will maintain summer watering restrictions to curb excessive water consumption during the hot summer months,” said John Stephen, utilities superintendent for the city’s engineering and public works department..."

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Barrie receives $325K in grants for greenhouse gas reduction work

"...The City of Barrie was awarded federal grants valued at $325,000 to assist in its efforts in energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Canadian cities embrace a more climate-friendly form of cooling

"...Both Vancouver and Quebec City have financial incentive programs to encourage the installation of heat pumps in existing commercial and residential buildings. The City of Vancouver also has incentives for existing rental and non-market multi-family buildings to voluntarily install heat pumps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide cooling, where possible. And across Quebec, Hydro-Québec offers financial assistance of up to $2,800 for the installation of a heat pump under certain conditions..."

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COLUMN: Required: a paradigm shift

"...That is isn’t an argument against renewable energy, which is absolutely necessary. Coal, oil and gas are also mined, cause massive damage to air, water, land and climate and put all life at risk. But we can’t continue to thrive in a system that depends on constant growth on a finite planet — population growth, economic growth, ever-increasing consumption..."

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Energy Management Coordinator - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...An incumbent coordinates the administration of the corporate energy management program complimented under the City’s Climate Action Framework and City Energy Strategy; participates with supervisors in developing goals, strategies and plans for reducing consumption of energy, all utilities, gas, hydro and water in municipal facilities; coordinates efforts in transitioning gas and diesel powered fleet to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV); prepares reports and updates on program objectives and goals; conducts a technical study of the feasibility and processes involved in the improvement of energy efficiencies for the City; recommends and implements energy and GHG emissions reduction projects and alternatives; develops plans for retrofits and upgrades to existing systems; compiles energy consumption statistics, prepares reports and recommendations and may present same as required; recommends and monitors annual budgets for hydro and gas; identifies funding sources for energy retrofits and the expansion of energy efficiency programs; liaises with BC Hydro, FortisBC..."

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Informative Video

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Building the world’s greenest Bitcoin mine

"...But as bullish as people are on Bitcoin, there’s been a difficult-to-ignore shadow looming over the industry — its perceived energy consumption..."

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Bankrupting Fossils, EV Taxes & ZETA 2030 | 100% Independent, 100% Electric

"...LIKE if you're excited by what the next decade will bring for EVs and clean energy | SHARE if you think all future energy should be renewable ..."

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New Gold Testimonial

"...Hear from an Energy Specialist about how New Gold reduced their biggest expense – energy consumption, which also resulted in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved efficiency..."

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What If Buildings Created Energy Instead of Consuming It? | Ksenia Petrichenko | TED

"...The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy consumption relevant to the latest news.

The Promise and Reality of Sustainable Fuels

"...The exploration and production of more diverse energy sources like natural gas, nuclear power, and biofuels help to sustain a diverse and secure energy supply..."

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Thermal Energy Storage (TES) for Sustainable Buildings: Addressing the Current Energetic Situation in the EU with TES-Enhanced

"...The environmental sustainability and the limitation of the energy consumption of buildings are of substantial importance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the consequences of climate change..."

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The Challenges and Solutions in Sustainable Buildings

"...As a result, to reduce the adverse environmental effects and save energy consumption, the composition of renewable resource technology and sustainable buildings is considered a suitable solution and will be investigated in this section..."

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Evaluations of Wastewater Treatment Plant?A Case Study of Jiaxing, China

"...The findings align with previous studies that have emphasized the importance of reducing energy consumption and adopting sustainable practices to improve the sustainability of wastewater treatment plants..."

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Experimental Analysis of Impact of Solar Chimney on Ventilation Rate in a Building

"...Huge energy consumption and burning of fuel are impacting environmental sustainability through global warming, climate change and changing weather conditions..."

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Link Between Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Consumption and Co2 Emissions: A Monte-Carlo Simulation Study

"...However, excessive use of energy sources, particularly nonrenewable energy, leads to the depletion of natural resources and significant environmental impacts..."

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Sustainable development by carbon emission reduction and its quantification: an overview of current methods and best practices

"...This review paper examines a range of strategies and methodologies, including green building rating systems, sustainable materials and renewable energy, smart building management systems, carbon capture and storage, life cycle assessments, and greenhouse protocols, that can facilitate sustainable development by reducing and quantifying carbon emissions..."

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Capping carbon emission from green data centers

"...The world has witnessed a global surge in energy consumption and carbon footprint since the industrial revolution..."

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The role of technological innovation, economic policy uncertainty, and poverty reduction in attaining environmental sustainabil

"...Notably, the demesne of energy and environmental literature has not recently undertaken an inclusive investigation of the complications of economic policy uncertainty with combating poverty policies on ecological footprint..."

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