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Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation have published a report, “Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information,” that identifies the needs of local, state, and federal water management agencies for climate change information and tools to support long-term planning.

The report seeks to focus research and technology efforts to address information and tools needed for longer-term water resources planning and management. It found there were gaps in the information and tools to help water managers in how to use climate change information to make decisions, how to assess the responses of natural systems to climate change, and how to communicate the results and uncertainties of climate change assessments to decision-makers.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Climate change, Government, Publications, Water

 

In Midwest, Bringing Back Native Prairies Yard by Yard

Read the full story at Yale360.

Across the U.S. Midwest, homeowners are restoring their yards and former farmland to the native prairie that existed in pre-settlement days. The benefits can be substantial — maintenance that uses less water and no fertilizer, and an ecosystem that supports wildflowers and wildlife.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Green lifestyle, Landscaping

 

Eco-cement, the cheapest carbon sequestration on the planet

Read the full post at The Conversation.

Cement production is one of the dirtiest industrial processes on the planet. It produces nearly 9% of global carbon emissions. This increases every year with the extraordinary demands for building materials in China and India. But it is set to become much greener: cements and concretes of the future will sequester vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and utilise huge volumes of industrial wastes in the form of additives.

Cement (and the concretes made with it) are about to become carbon negative – absorbing more carbon that they produce. It will happen by mimicking nature – in this case, the process through which marine organisms build shells.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Climate change, Sustainable design

 

The Benefits of Sustainability-Driven Innovation

Read the full story in MIT Sloan Management Review.

The majority of managers who say that their company’s sustainability activities have added to profits also say that sustainability has led to business model change.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Green business

 

Can we move beyond incrementalism to the pursuit of zero?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

“The time has come to tear down the old order and begin to create the new.”

John Elkington sounds like a Wall Street occupier, or a Bolshevik. He is neither. He is, instead, a 63-year-old consultant who has advised executives of global corporations, including Ford, Shell, BP, Toyota, HP, Nike, Nestle and Bayer, over the course of a long career at the crossroads of business and the environment. Along with such thinkers as Paul Hawken and Amory Lovins, Elkington all but invented the discipline of corporate sustainability. He’s got a new book out called The Zeronauts, so I paid him a visit a week or so ago when I was in London.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Books, Green business

 

How to approach a building’s ongoing commissioning process

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Ongoing commissioning is a complex part of building operations. When monitoring the control sequences of a building’s mechanical system, its lighting schedules, occupancy flows, system design improvements and more, ongoing commissioning collects a large amount of input data used to generate precise information. Once the data is analyzed, new insights about building performance can be used to improve upon current practices and conditions.

Every part of a building management team is involved to make the commissioning process run smoothly. After all, ongoing commissioning takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What set of information does each level needs to work with, and how should they use it?

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Green building

 

EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

Read the full story from the Los Angeles Times.

Citing the need to strengthen safeguards to public health, the Obama administration announced the strictest standards in 15 years for soot, the fine particles emitted by power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Regulation

 
 
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