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Bering Sea under threat, Korean batteries catch fire and renewable jobs boost for Tasmania

Bering Sea under threat, Korean batteries catch fire and renewable jobs boost for Tasmania

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists – The Japan Times

Climate Change is having a rapid and devastating effect on the northern most edges of the Pacific. Higher than usual temperatures mean the usually thick sea ice hasn't been as strong, affecting the delicate balance of the ecosystem. There are fears the situation could worsen, with weak ice threatening to destroy the habitat of a multitude of creatures - and the humans who rely on them.

Source: Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists – The Japan Times

Seven Ways Designers Can Use Smart Technology to Enhance Wellbeing – Metropolis

The latest version of the Well Building Standard is encouraging architects and designers to create buildings that keep us healthy and allow us to live well. Embedding technology into designs could help achieve this esoteric objective, from monitoring air quality to ensuring natural light reaches us. If used correctly, we could be living in buildings that are constantly adjusting our environment to create healthier, more enjoyable spaces to exist in.

Source: Seven Ways Designers Can Use Smart Technology to Enhance Wellbeing – Metropolis

Piraeus Port tackles environmental issues – ekathimerini.com

Merchant shipping can have its biggest environmental impact in port, where pollution, noise and waste become trapped in calm waters. Greece's largest post, Piraeus, has begun implementing measures to reduce these impacts, finding support from the pan-European EcoPorts network and Athens University.

Source: Piraeus Port tackles environmental issues – ekathimerini.com

Falling Renewable Costs Trigger ‘Coal Crossover’ – Commercial Property Executive

A comparison of public filings by Energy Innovation has suggested it costs more to produce energy with coal than from renewable sources. The impact is being felt at almost three quarters of coal fired power stations, where high costs and pollution concerns could be pushing them into retirement. Renewables have been steadily taking over from fossil fuels in US power generation, driving down costs.

Source: Falling Renewable Costs Trigger ‘Coal Crossover’ – Commercial Property Executive

Refinery waivers undermining renewable fuel standards claim – CBC Online

The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, and the Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, held an unusual press conference accusing the Federal Government of undermining renewable fuels in the US. They claimed almost 40 small refineries had applied for exemptions to standards, allowing them to use less renewable content in their products than allowed. The waivers may be a cause of a drop in ethanol use in the US, a key part of the state's economy.

Source: Refinery waivers undermining renewable fuel standards claim – CBC Online

A burning issue – pv magazine India

A series of fires in Korea has raised concerns the speed of battery adoption may be compromising safety. Stationary batteries are being used more widely to mitigate the variability of renewable generation, but the wrong chemistry can lead to overheating and fires. That these accidents have been largely confined to the Korean Peninsula suggests the problem is isolated, but there are important lessons for all stationary battery projects to learn.

Source: A burning issue – pv magazine India

Pre-Owned Renewable Energy Equipment Marketplace – Solar Novus Today

As renewable technology matures, older equipment can be left unused and unloved. A new business based out of the US has opened up a marketplace for second hand, refurbished equipment. It isn't a dumping ground for junk, each piece is checked and calibrated before being offered for sale. It could offer an alternative way of accessing renewables for those with smaller budgets or a desire to recycle.

Source: Pre-Owned Renewable Energy Equipment Marketplace – Solar Novus Today

Juniper Ridge Founder Hall Newbegin Talks Sustainability in Men’s Grooming and the Search for Natural Scents – The Manual

While "sustainability" has become the "new black" of marketing, some companies remain committed to its ideals. Juniper Ridge is a men's grooming company that started out with a key goal of bringing sustainable products to the market and has remained true to the mission. In an interview with founder Hall Newbegin he talks about finding a company's soul, searching out new product ideas and how consumers will find the fakes in the end.

Source: Juniper Ridge Founder Hall Newbegin Talks Sustainability in Men’s Grooming and the Search for Natural Scents – The Manual

Nestlé Waters CEO: 100% packaging recovery is possible – Plastics Recycling Update

The CEO of the US division of Nestlé, Fernando Mercé, has made the claim all plastic packaging could be recycled if there was commitment from manufacturers. The Swiss company has committed to using 50% recycled materials in its bottles by 2025 and already taken steps to make existing bottles easier to recycle. Mercé also said he supports legislation to force consumers to recycle their bottles, although without a preference for the way a scheme should work.

Source: Nestlé Waters CEO: 100% packaging recovery is possible – Plastics Recycling Update

Tasmanian renewable energy jobs surge, with plenty more to come – The Advocate

The small island state has seen a 10 per cent increase in jobs in the renewable sector, with those in wind energy doubling. 1360 people are now employed in the sector from a total working age population of about 300,000, with more jobs expected to be created as more projects begin. It reflects a wider Australian trend where nearly 30% more renewable energy jobs were created in 2018.

Source: Tasmanian renewable energy jobs surge, with plenty more to come – The Advocate

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