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Africa Could Become Fertile Ground For New Energy Investment

Africa Could Become Fertile Ground For New Energy Investment

Africa wants to become fertile ground for new energy investment — investments that would help electrify parts of the continent and make it ripe for news businesses and new jobs.

Desalination is Helping San Diego Avert Drought. Is the Technology Useful Elsewhere?

San Diego County has long faced drought conditions. But a new desalination plant has changed all that, allowing the area to get 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water everyday, or enough to serve 400,000 people and 10 percent of the area’s population.

Skipping the Age of Edison

As we grapple with transforming our energy infrastructure in response to a changing climate we must solve two important problems; how to provide energy to “low-income” nations developing at a breakneck pace and how to restructure the energy infrastructure within “high-income” nations.  Jim Rogers, an electricity infrastructure visionary and former … Read more »

Environmental Industries Grew in 2013

The global environmental industry grew 3.6 percent in 2013, generating revenues of $1.047 trillion, while the US environmental industry grew just 0.7 percent in 2013 compared to 4.5 percent in 2012, according to research from Environmental Business International. The US environmental industry’s total of $344.84 billion in annual revenues represented … Read more »

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Dell, UNIDO Join Forces for E-Waste Management

Dell and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization have signed an agreement to implement an e-waste management plan for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The memorandum of understanding signed by Li Yong, director general of UNIDO, and David Lear, Dell’s executive director of sustainability, commits the two … Read more »

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Coke Launches African Sustainable Sourcing Initiative

The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners will invest $5 billion over the next six years to fund new manufacturing lines and cooling and distribution equipment and production, as well as support programs that focus on safe water access, sourcing and other sustainability initiatives. The investment increases Coke’s total … Read more »

Smart MSW Tech Revenue to Grow By $4 Billion

Smart MSW Tech Revenue to Grow By $4 Billion

Annual smart municipal solid waste technology revenue will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $6.5 billion in 2023 and will offer multiple opportunities to those in the MSW management industry, according to a report by Navigant Research. According to the report, two trends are expected to define the MSW … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Report, Carbon Tax, EPA and Duke Energy

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, likely to shape climate talks for years to come, makes the starkest warnings yet about global warming’s effects, the AFP says. The report will be formally published March 31. The EPA will join the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural … Read more »

Boeing Program Promotes Sustainable Fuels

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are launching an initiative to expand opportunities for “smallhold” farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels. The program builds on a global effort by Boeing, RSB and others to help farmers with small plots … Read more »

Global Environmental Spending Continues Rise

Global Environmental Spending Continues Rise

Nearly two-thirds of corporations worldwide will increase environmental spending this year with about half of that group expanding their budgets by double-digits. Verdantix surveyed  250 heads of environment, health and safety (EHS)  in 13 major economies and reported that just 3 percent plan to cut spending this year compared to … Read more »

Dell e-waste collection

Dell Helps Develop E-Waste Business Model

Dell has helped developed an e-waste model for developing countries and opened East Africa’s first large-scale e-waste recycling hub. East Africa Compliant Recycling in Nairobi will recycle e-waste generated in Kenya and the greater East African region. The hub was designed by industry, in collaboration with policymakers. The regulatory model … Read more »

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Drought Forces Water Restrictions on Platinum Mines

Platinum mines including those operated by Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin around the South African mining city of Rustenburg have been asked to cut their water use because of a drought, according to media reports. Premier Thandi Modise last month declared a drought across the entire North West … Read more »