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Nautilus, TPE Partner on 29.3 MW Illinois Community Solar Portfolio

Solar Industry Magazine - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:39

Nautilus Solar Energy and TurningPoint Energy (TPE) are partnering on a 29.3 MW portfolio of four community solar projects in Illinois, located in Kankakee and Livingston counties.

“We are thrilled to work with TPE on yet another transaction, the first in the Illinois market,” says Nautilus’ Eric Paul. “Strategic partnerships like this play a pivotal role in expanding Nautilus’s capabilities and reaffirm our position as a leading community solar company with projects and subscribers located across the country.”

Nautilus will be the long-term owner of the projects and is responsible for overseeing construction, performance maintenance and acquiring and managing customer subscriptions. The projects are expected to enable ComEd customers to save on their electric bills. 

The portfolio is projected to be operational by next year. 

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Fracking Quakes Have Surged Near Fort St. John

Resilience - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:30
Experts tracking a tremorous trend in northeastern B.C. notched another data point on April 13. In the early morning hours that day, a fracking-caused earthquake tripped the British Columbia Energy Regulator’s drilling shutdown switch.

RWE, Port of Karlshamn Partner on Baltic Sea Offshore Hub Exploration

North American Windpower - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:28

RWE and the Swedish Port of Karlshamn have signed an MOU aimed at exploring whether the port could be a suitable harbor for the logistics, installation and O&M activities relating to RWE’s planned Baltic Sea wind projects. 

As a first step, the partners plan to map the build outs and investments to facilitate scaling-up the port’s capacity. 

“Port capacity and a sustainable supply chain industry are key to the deployment of offshore wind projects,” says RWE’s Matilda Machacek. 

“And a new offshore wind farm has the potential to transform a nearby harbor into a dynamic hub that catalyzes significant growth, infrastructure, jobs and economic benefits for the region. That is why we are looking forward to collaborating with the Port of Karlshamn to evaluate their potential as a future offshore wind hub.”

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Zak Stein: “Values, Education, AI and the Metacrisis”

Resilience - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:22
On this episode, Nate is joined by philosopher and educator Zak Stein to discuss the current state of education and development for children during a time of converging crises and societal transformation.

TenneT Hollandse Kust (west Beta) Jacket Loads Out

North American Windpower - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:17

Late last month, piles built by Smulders set to anchor the offshore substation jacket to the seabed for TenneT’s Hollandse Kust (west Beta) wind farm were loaded out in Vlissingen, Netherlands. 

A few days later, on April 30, the 2,300-ton jacket was transferred to the pontoon as well, marking the first large-scale project Smulders built at its Vlissingen yard.

Hollandse Kust (west Beta) is the third and final offshore substation Smulders and Equans are constructing for TenneT. The substation topside is under construction at the Equans yard in Hoboken.

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Data & Systems Manager

Native Organizing - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 07:09
Job Title: Data & Systems Manager

The Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) is a unique Indigenous training and organizing network dedicated to building the capacity of Native tribes and community groups to build grassroots movements for transformational change. It also provides a forum for tribal, traditional and community leaders and organizers to work in collaboration with each other and promote their work with non-Native national allies. NOA supports grassroots-driven social change rooted in traditional practices and values to advance tribal sovereignty and the health and wellbeing of Native people in rural and urban Native communities and on reservations across Indian Country.

Job Description

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Data & Systems Manager will manage program data operations, knowledge management practices, and interdepartmental information systems and technology.

The Data & Systems Manager is expected to work across diverse teams and workstyles, and help the organization design and administer systems that make workflow more efficient. The candidate should care deeply about the NOA’s mission, have experience working in nonprofit data management, and enjoy strategy and systems.

The candidate should also have a familiarity with the history and current situation in Indian Country. Prior experience in working with Tribal and Native communities and organizations is desirable.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Data Management

  • Administer, refine, and design systems that track NOA’s network of Native organizers, community groups, Tribes, and organizations.
  • Work with the program team leads to ensure relevant data is being collected, and that systems are set up to support the growth and development of the National Training Program, Organizing Fellows Program, Development Department, Policy and Advocacy Program, and Civic Engagement Program.
  • Proactively monitor data hygiene and develop data management practices that support the program teams to manage and track national and state-based training applicants and attendees.
  • Proactively seek input from the program teams on systems and gather feedback to refine processes as programs and teams grow and evolve.
  • In collaboration with program team leads, ensure NOA’s civic engagement strategy’s data processes are operationalized and integrated into NOA’s long-term data strategy and that key data management practices are designed and documented to support the successful integration of new software, data, and data management procedures.
  • Ensure that systems are set up to gather and report on programmatic data needed for key metrics outlined in funding proposals and work with department leads to identify and refine current and future metrics.

Knowledge Management & Training

  • Update NOA’s data systems procedures with an eye for how best to support long-term operational sustainability, and with an understanding of and respect for the NOA team’s diverse learning styles and differing comfort levels with technology.
  • Proactively seek to discover insights across the organization to understand what additional information team members need to do their job, and work closely with the Operations Director to develop and administer systems that support NOA’s long-term organizational growth.
  • Maintain organization of NOA’s internal team drive and manage document storage practices to optimize the team’s ability to find information. 
  • In partnership with the Operations Director, develop a strategy to understand needs and gaps across the team and develop and coordinate trainings to support team learning. 

Data, Systems, and Technology Management

  • Act as resident expert on all things data and systems, including software such as Airtable, Action Network, Stackerhq, Zapier, Asana, and others (it is okay if you don’t have experience with all of these platforms, but a willingness and interest to learn is essential). 
  • Assess technology needs across the organization and advise and support the Operations Director to implement technology solutions that best meet the needs of a growing organization. 
  • Manage, update, and improve NOA’s internal team data portal and oversee NOA’s database design, growth, and management across all NOA departments.
  • Oversee successful integration of data from special projects and collaborations such as the Indigenous Futures Survey. 

Special Projects

  • Manage special projects as directed by the Operations Director, Development Director, and Program team leads, such as developing learning and development strategies to better understand how best to meet the needs of NOA’s current team, program participants, ecosystem partners, etc.

Knowledge and Skills

  • You have 3-5 years of experience managing data operations and are excited by the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills.
  • You honor the idea that Native cultures and practices are the guiding principles of NOA’s organizational culture and ways of working within the staff and with all our relations. 
  • Have a deep knowledge of the politics and issues impacting the Tribal and Native communities. 
  • Strong knowledge of intertribal Native history and culture. 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to progressive social change movements and grassroots organizing as the key to building political power. 
  • Recognize the importance of achieving sovereignty through the collaboration of Tribal leaders, grassroots communities, and traditional governments. These entities play a crucial role in the movement towards sovereignty and systemic change in the relations between Native nations and the federal government. 
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively. 
  • Familiar with work plans and able to participate in setting priorities and meeting deadlines. 
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage your time efficiently. 
  • Possesses solid problem-solving skills and knows how to give and receive feedback well. 
  • A desire to grow and develop personally, and deepen our collective Indigenous frameworks. You want to learn from others in an exciting moment in Native history with an organization committed to movement-building for transformational change. 

Compensation

Salary : Starting salary is $70,000 depending on experience.

Benefits: Include health, dental, vision insurance, and retirement plan; paid holidays and
a generous vacation and sick policy.

Location: Remote (some travel for staff gatherings, campaigns, and events.)

Application Procedure 

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Interested applicants are asked to please email: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume 
  • Three references 

Please email with the subject line “Your Name: Data & Systems Manager” to: jobs@nativeorganizing.org 

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Native Organizers Alliance is a fiscally sponsored project of the Alliance for a Just Society (501c3) and is an equal opportunity employer, and women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, nor any other basis protected under law. We embrace the full spectrum of humanity and the intersectional nature of our existence and imaginative energies. We embody diversity in our staff, board, the artists and partners we work with, and the audiences we attract.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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Categories: E1. Indigenous

US adds 5.6 GW of utility-scale clean energy in Q1, up 28% year-over-year: ACP

Utility Dive - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:59

Utility-scale solar contributed 4.6 GW of that added capacity and crossed a threshold of 100 GW deployed, according to the American Clean Power Association. 

NextEra Energy creates new chief risk officer position, citing growing energy demand

Utility Dive - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:56

Current Chief Financial Officer Kirk Crews has been appointed to the position while Goldman Sachs alum Brian Bolster assumes the role of CFO, the company said Monday.

สล็อตเว็บตรง ฝากถอนเงินออโต้ รองรับวอเลท

Pittsburgh Green New Deal - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:45
สล็อตเว็บตรง ฝากถอนเงินออโต้ รองรับวอเลท

สล็อตเว็บตรง ฝากถอนเงินออโต้ รองรับวอเลท 1688upx เว็บดังรายใหญ่ พัฒนาระบบการเข้าใช้งานเล่นเกม ให้ทันสมัย และดียิ่งขึ้นอย่างต่อเนื่อง เพื่อรองรับการเข้าใช้งาน ลงเดิมพันเล่นเกม ของผู้เล่นอย่างครอบคลุม รวมความสนุกของเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ จากทุกค่าย ให้ผู้เล่นทุกท่าน ได้ร่วมสนุก ร่วมลงเดิมพัน รับเงินรางวัลสุดคุ้มกันได้ไม่อั้น แบบครบวงจร

ระบบการฝากถอนมั่นคง ปลอดภัย ให้อิสระในการจัดการเงิน เข้าร่วมสนุก ของผู้เล่น ได้อย่างเต็มที่ พร้อมทั้งยังมีการบริการ มีการดูแล ผ่านเจ้าหน้าที่แอดมิน ของเว็บไซต์อย่างครอบคลุม และใส่ใจ ไม่มีประวัติในการโกง เปิดให้บริการทุกวัน ตลอด 24 ชั่วโมง รองรับการเข้าใช้งานเล่นเกมทุกแพลตฟอร์ม ทั้งคอมพิวเตอร์ และโฑทรศัพท์มือถือ

ร่วมสนุก ลงเดิมพัน รับเงินรางวัลสุดคุ้มในกมรเล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ได้อย่างมั่นใจ เพลิดเพลินไปพร้อมกับความมันส์ และความบันเทิง ของเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ได้อย่างเต็มที่ บนเว็บตรง คุณภาพดี 1688upx ไม่มีผิดหวังแน่นอน เว็บไซต์ยอดนิยม มาตรฐานสากล ไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ เปิดให้บริการมาอย่างยาวนาน ฐานการเงินมั่นคง ปลอดภัย เชื่อถือได้ เข้าใช้งานได้อย่างต่อเนื่อง จะเล่นเกมไหน เวลาใด ก็สามารถชนะรางวัลได้อย่างคุ้มค่า

เว็บไซต์สุดทันสมัย ตอบโจทย์ผู้เล่นยุคใหม่ สล็อตเว็บตรง ฝากถอนเงินออโต้ รองรับวอเลท

เข้าใช้งาน ลงเดิมพันเล่นเกมได้ง่ายมากยิ่งขึ้น ด้วยการลงเดิมพัน เล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ บนเว็บไซต์สุดทันสมัย ที่มีการพัฒนาระบบการเข้าใช้งานเล่นเกม ให้สะดวก รวดเร็วทันใจ ต่อการเข้าใช้งานเล่นเกม ของผู้เล่นในยุคใหม่ได้เป็นอย่างดี 1688upx เว็บตรง ไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ มีฐานการเงิน และฐานผู้เล่นที่มั่นคง เข้าใช้งาน ร่วมสนุก ลงเดิมพันเล่นเกมได้อย่างมั่นใจ มีใบเซอร์การันตี รับรองความน่าเชื่อถือ พร้อมทั้งยังมีการบริการ ดูแล ผ่านเจ้าหน้าที่แอดมิน อย่างครอบคลุม และใส่ใจ

ร่วมสนุกเล่นเกม ได้อย่างง่ายดาย เข้าใช้งานได้อย่างเพลิดเพลิน เลือกเว็บตรง 1688upx เว็บไซต์คุณภาพดี มาพร้อมการบริการ เกมสล็อตออนไลน์ลิขสิทธิ์แท้ จากค่ายผู้พัฒนาเกมโดยตรง 100% ชนะรางวัลในการเล่นเกมได้ง่ายมากยิ่งขึ้น มีโอกาสในการรับเงินรางวัลสูงยิ่งขึ้น โบนัสแตกดี โบนัสแตกหนัก อัตราการจ่ายรางวัลสูง ให้อิสระในการร่วมสนุก ลงเดิมพัน ไม่มีการล็อคยูสเซอร์ ไม่มีการล็อคผลรางวัล

รับเงินรางวัลในการเล่นเกมได้อย่างต่อเนื่อง รับเงินรางวัลไปใช้ได้อย่างจุใจ จะเล่นเกมไหนๆ ก็สามารถชนะรางวัลในการเล่นเกมได้แบบไม่อั้น พร้อมทั้งยังมีการอัพเดทความสนุกของเกมใหม่ๆ ให้เลือกเล่น เลือกลงเดิมพัน รับเงินรางวัลในการเล่นเกม ไปใช้ได้ก่อนใครทุกวัน อย่างสม่ำเสมอ โดยในปัจจุบัน เว็บไซต์ของเรา มีการบริการ เกมสล็อตออนไลน์ ให้ผู้เล่น นักเดิมพัน ได้เข้ามาร่วมสนุกกันอย่างเพลิดเพลิน มากกว่า 1000+ เกมเลยทีเดียว

ลงเดิมพันเล่นเกม รับเงินรางวัลได้อย่างเพลิดเพลิน เข้าใช้งาน ร่วมสนุกเล่นเกมกันได้อย่างครอบคลุม ด้วยการลงเดิมพัน เล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์ บนเว็บไซต์ 1688upx เริ่มต้นเพียงแค่ 1 บาทเท่านั้น โดยการลงเดิมพันเล่นเกม ผู้เล่น นักเดิมพันออนไลน์ทุกท่าน จะสามารถปรับเพิ่มลดเบทเดิมพัน ให้เหมาะสมกับทุน เพื่อรับเงินรางวัลในการเล่นเกม ได้อย่างเต็มที่ ได้ตามต้องการ

ฟีเจอร์ฟรีสปินสุดคุ้ม การันตีการชนะรางวัลแน่นอน 100% สามารถลุ้นรับรางวัลแจ็คพอตได้ทันที ด้วยการซื้อฟีเจอร์ฟรีสปิน ที่เริ่มต้นเพียงแค่ 50 บาทเท่านั้น โดยสามารถปรับเพิ่มลดเบทเดิมพัน ให้เหมาะสม เพื่อเลือกซื้อฟีเจอร์ ที่มีมูลค่า และการจ่ายรางวัล ที่แตกต่างกันออกไปได้ตามต้องการอีกด้วย

ฝากถอนรวดเร็วทันใจ ผ่านระบบออโต้ที่มั่นคง

เข้าใช้งานง่าย ทันสมัย เว็บไซต์มาตรฐานสากล ที่ดีที่สุดในเอเชีย 1688upx เว็บตรง ฐานการเงินมั่นคง ปลอดภัย เข้าใช้งานเล่นเกมได้อย่างมั่นใจ พัฒนาระบบการเข้าใช้งานเล่นเกม ให้เป็นระบบ AI ที่จะมีความสะดวก รวดเร็วทันใจ เข้าใช้งานได้ง่ายมากยิ่งขึ้น

สามารถแจ้งทำรายการฝากถอนได้อย่างอิสระ ไม่ต้องรอคิว ไม่ต้องแอดมิน เข้าใช้งาน เล่นเกม ทำรายการฝากถอนเงินกันได้อย่างครอบคลุม ด้วยระบบออโต้ ที่จะมีการรองรับ บัญชีธนาคาร และบัญชีทรูวอเลท ไม่มีขัน้ต่ำ ไม่จำกัดทุน ในการลงเดิมพัน พร้อมทั้งยังสามารถสร้างรายได้ ทำกำไรในการเล่นเกมได้เต็มจำนวน ไม่ต้องทำยอดเทิร์นก่อนถอนเงินรางวัลอีกด้วย ร่วมสนุกเล่นเก ถอนเงินรางวัลได้จริง ต้องเว็บตรง 1688upx เท่านั้น

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Categories: B3. EcoSocialism

Canadian carbon firms vie for $100 million Xprize

Mining.Com - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:33

Arca, a company that’s signed a deal with BHP (LSE: BHP; NYSE: BHP; ASX: BHP), is one of three Canadian technology firms in the running for the $100 million Xprize carbon removal competition.

The Vancouver-based company is among several entries focusing on mining in the top 20 listed on Wednesday by Los Angeles-based Xprize, which organizes global technology challenges. The prize, funded by the Musk Foundation started by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, is to be awarded next year. It holds $50 million for the winner and lesser amounts for finalists. The contest began with 1,300 entrants in 2021.

Arca formally agreed in November to work with BHP on the world’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) mineralization project using mine tailings at the Mount Keith nickel mine in Australia. The two had been testing the process since at least 2020. The startup has preliminary agreements with Vale (NYSE: VALE), Stillwater Critical Minerals (TSXV: PGE; US-OTC: PGEZF), IGO (ASX: IGO), EV Nickel (TSXV: EVNI) and Talon Metals (TSX: TLO).

“We leverage historical mine waste to remove atmospheric CO2 safely and permanently,” Arca CEO Paul Needham said in a release. “Our pathway has giga-tonne-scale potential, yet makes no new demands on land or precious water resources because we operate within existing industrial footprints.”

Carbon tax

Carbon capture is gathering steam among mining companies in Canada and elsewhere to meet their own net-zero commitments as concerns about the environment affect corporate images and deter large investors despite the need for metals to decarbonize the economy. Carbon capture is also one way to lessen or avoid Canada’s C$80 per tonne tax on industry greenhouse gas emissions. Economists rate the carbon tax as the most efficient and market-driven approach to put a price on pollution and reduce climate change despite what some politicians claim.

Dartmouth, N.S.-based Planetary Technologies and Skyrenu Technologies of Sherbrooke, PQ are the other two Canadian companies among the Xprize finalists. Skyrenu is working to decarbonize asbestos mining in Quebec, CEO Martin Brouillette said by email. Its process filters CO2-rich air through units in stackable shipping containers.

“We are currently working on asbestos mine tailings in Quebec, but the technology is applicable to a wide variety of mining environments,” Brouillette said.

Planetary enhances ocean water’s natural decarbonizing capability in an inexpensive option, CEO Mike Kelland said by email. It accelerates the highest scale process the earth uses to manage excess CO2, the weathering of rocks into the ocean, he said.

“We work with miners who have alkaline byproducts – generally lime, magnesia and silicate based – and process those into safe antacids for the ocean, Kelland said. “We look to partner with mines that are located as close to the ocean as possible to do this.” 

1,000-tonne goal

The finalists were selected on their performance in three areas: operations, sustainability and cost, according to the organizers. The finalists showed they could approach the goal of removing 1,000 net tonnes of CO2 in the competition’s final year. They also outlined a viable pathway to reach a mega-tonne scale within a few years and eventually a giga-tonne scale while understanding environmental and social impacts, Xprize said.

Canada has the most companies in the running for the prize after the United States, with seven. Others ranged from the United Kingdom with two to single entries from Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Oman, Kenya, India and China. 

Arca may face some challenges if BHP decides to mothball the Mount Keith mine. The miner said in February it was considering the move after nickel prices fell about 40% last year. An Arca spokesman referred questions on the issue to BHP, which didn’t immediately reply.

The technology company uses carbon mineralization developed over two decades by professor Greg Dipple at the University of British Columbia’s CarbMin Lab. It worked with dozens of mining companies and based the process on how 99% of the Earth’s carbon is stored in rocks, he said.

“That’s why we’re focusing on carbon mineralization, the natural process that transforms carbon into rock,” company co-founder Dipple said in a release. “We have developed the technology to accelerate mineralization and we’re now deploying this on site.”

LAUSD Faces Federal, State, & County Pesticide Violations

PEER - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 06:30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
CONTACT
Jeff Ruch jruch@peer.org (510) 213-7028

 

LAUSD Faces Federal, State, & County Pesticide Violations School District Hobbles Independent Pesticide Oversight Committee Function

 

Washington, DC — In the past year, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been hit with a wide range of pesticide violations from federal, state, and county authorities.  At the same time, LAUSD officials are hampering the operations of its nationally regarded oversight committee, according to documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The recent enforcement actions against the second largest K-12 school district in the nation, which covers 710 square miles, including most of the city of L.A. along with all or portions of 25 cities and unincorporated areas of L.A. County, cover a range of malfeasance:

  • A February 2, 2024 Notice of Warning from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for using an unapproved rodenticide as ground squirrel bait on several campuses;
  • A December 12, 2023 citation and fine from the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner for “failure to ensure that pesticide handlers are trained properly” and
  • A wide-ranging May 17, 2023 investigation by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, which found four violations, including one for lapses in the district’s Respiratory Protection Program for workers.

“These citations indicate that the safety of LAUSD students and staff may be at risk from unauthorized pesticides applied without notice by improperly trained technicians, among other problems,” commented Pacific PEER Director Jeff Ruch, “This is a time when the LAUSD’s pesticide program appears to need more oversight, not less.”

As these enforcement actions mounted, LAUSD administrators are taking steps to defang its 15-member Integrated Pest Management Committee, which is chartered to provide oversight to its pesticide program. Among LAUSD obstructions include –

  • Failure to fill three vacancies on the 15-member Committee including the slot reserved for a physician; and preventing the Committee from meeting, claiming that unspecified “certain conditions” have not been met.
  • Declining to report which pesticides are being used at what locations. For example, LAUSD claimed that no pesticides had been used in the month of December despite several reports of infestation.
  • LAUSD has created an internal “Ad Hoc Committee” to replace the current Committee.

“There is cause for concern that LAUSD is trying to get rid of this independent oversight committee altogether,” added Ruch, noting that the Committee was created as a reform 25 years ago in response to parental concerns about pesticide use in the district.  “Rather than retreating to a bureaucratic bunker, this should be a time for LAUSD to return to the commitments of parental involvement and independent oversight that had made it a national model for school pesticide program management.”

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See the L.A. County citation

Read the California Department of Pesticide Regulation notice

Look at the U.S. EPA warning

Examine attempts to prevent Committee meetings

Count the Committee vacancies as of March 2024

View December report of “No Pesticides Used”

Note emergence of “Ad Hoc Committee”

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Categories: A2. Green Unionism

In a Dammed and Diked Mekong, a Push to Restore the Flow

Yale Environment 360 - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:46

Facing increasing land subsidence, saltwater intrusion, and flooding linked with development, Vietnam has committed to changing its approach to managing the Mekong Delta. New initiatives call for retrofitting dikes and dams to restore flood regimes, using nature as a guide.

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Categories: H. Green News

BMW’s future EVs will support bidirectional charging

Utility Dive - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:34

BMW joins General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen in the development of vehicle-to-home charging technology to help homeowners reduce energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions from power generation.

Sigma Lithium hikes resources, life of flagship mine in Brazil

Mining.Com - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:23

Brazil-focused Sigma Lithium (TSX-V, NASDAQ: SGML)(BVMF: S2GM34) announced on Wednesday that it has bumped up proven and probable reserves at its flagship Grota do Cirilo hard rock lithium mine by 40% or 22.2 million tonnes.

The asset, located in the mining-rich state of Minas Gerais, now contains 77 million tonnes at 1.40% lithium oxide (Li2O), up from a previously estimated 54.8 million tonnes at 1.44%. 

The resource increase, Sima Lithium said, which will allow it to extend the complex productive life to an estimated 25 years at two phases of processing capacity at 520,000 tonnes/year.

Reinaldo Brandão, co-general manager and head of mining operations, said the mineral reserve update comes as a result of months of detailed specialized geo statistical technical modelling work to process and optimize mine plans.

Sigma’s mine began production in April 2023, generating over 105,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate in its first calendar year of operations. For first quarter 2024 alone, it produced 52,800 tonnes.

The Canada-based miner began a strategic review of its business last year, which has extended into 2024. In April, it announced it would add a second production line at its Greentech industrial plant in Brazil, aiming to nearly double its lithium output.

The new plant will increase Grota do Cirilo’s lithium production to 520,000 tonnes per year by 2025, from the current output of 270,000 tonnes.

Brazil, which heavily depends on biofuels and potash exports, ships most of the lithium it produces.

Eurobattery Minerals to acquire majority stake in Spanish tungsten miner

Mining.Com - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:16

Swedish miner Eurobattery Minerals has signed a non-binding letter of intent to invest €2.5 million in Spanish company Tungsten San Juan SL and obtain 51% ownership on a fully diluted basis.

TSJ is working on the development of the San Juan wolfram deposit, located in Galicia, northwestern Spain. The site has appreciable tungsten mineralization which has never been mined. 

The company has planned an initial small-scale open-pit production based on proven reserves of 60,000 tonnes at 1.3% WO3 (78,000 MTU). With consideration of a potential extension of the open pit as well as the other reserves in the remaining numerous outcroppings of skarn, TSJ forecasts a mining objective for the project in the order of at least 960,000 MTU, that is, more than 12 times the size of the proven reserves.

According to the miner, San Juan has all the necessary licences and contracts in place to commence production, including a letter of intent for an off-take agreement with Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten AG, an Austrian world-leading tungsten producer within the Swedish Sandvik Group.

In a press release, Eurobattery Minerals said its full investment amount would primarily be used for designing and building a processing plant and as working capital for the production start. First tungsten delivery is expected in 2025.

“The payment would be made in cash in two tranches of €1.5 million and €1 million respectively, where the company would access its full ownership stake directly after the payment of the first tranche,” the brief states. “The company intends to complete both tranches of the investment in 2024.”

Tungsten is a critical raw material used widely in industrial applications, as well as in the electronics and power industry, and the aeronautics and defence sectors.

“This acquisition is a game changer for Eurobattery Minerals and it will transform the company’s DNA,” Roberto García Martínez, the firm’s CEO, said. “Tungsten is listed as a critical raw material by the EU and tungsten-enhanced steel is vital, for example, for the defence industry.”

Eurobattery Minerals is also the majority owner of the ground and mining rights to the Hautalampi nickel-cobalt-copper project in Finland and the Corcel nickel-copper-cobalt project in Galicia. 

There are 3 fundamental problems with Scope 2 GHG accounting. Here’s how to fix them.

Utility Dive - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 05:09

Society cannot afford actions and expenditures to support claims of progress while not accomplishing real-world emission reductions.

AGRIFISH council fails to recognise that it is big agri-businesseses that profit from FTAs : ECVC

Despite months of mobilisations across Europe, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, and Agricultural Ministers in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council seem to have quickly forgotten the demands and issues of farmers.

At the latest AGRIFISH meeting (29-30 April), representatives continued to push for export-oriented free trade policy, which for ECVC is incompatible with the main demand of the farmer protests: ensuring fair prices that cover production costs through market regulation. ECVC deplores this hypocrisy, in which European policy makers claim to be listening to farmers on the one hand, whilst in reality continuing to push a trade narrative that benefits large industrial actors at the expense of small- and medium-scale farmers who are trying to produce for the European market.

Despite reassurances that farmers’ concerns are being taken into account, members of the AGRIFISH council fail to recognise that it is big agri-businesses that profit from FTAs and the inclusion of agriculture in the WTO. The real impacts of free trade for the majority of farmers are being misrepresented in this space, as policy makers bend to the will of agribusiness lobbies. For farmers on the ground, FTAs and the WTO rules only serve to drive down prices as far as possible, with no regard for the costs to the wellbeing and health of farmers and citizens, nor the impact on climate and biodiversity.

For example, Commissioner Wojciechowski referred heavily to the JRC study on the cumulative economic impact of trade to stress the importance of trade and back up claims that “some agricultural sectors can benefit from the EU trade agenda”.

However, he failed to recognise the study’s purely economic approach, which does not take into consideration social and environmental aspects. It lacks a focus on the groups most affected by these free trade agreements – farmers and agricultural workers – and the specific impact on farmers has not been studied in depth and is not present in the findings. There was also no mention of the fact that, according to the report, producer prices in different sectors included in FTAs are negatively affected and EU data shows that current agricultural policies based on the WTO and FTAs have led to the loss of jobs in the agricultural sector.

The few concrete measures that have been introduced or proposed to address the root causes of farmers’ concerns (such as the price and costs observatory and the discussion on a potential revision of the UTP directive) cannot successfully be implemented within this free trade paradigm. The position of farmers will not improve if EU policy continues to force them to produce as cheaply as possible to compete on global markets.

Furthermore, faced with current climate and biodiversity crises, it is absurd and incoherent to see EU institutions insist that shipping food which could be produced locally from one side of the planet to the other is still a feasible way forward. This approach forces farmers to compete with each other and values producing as much as possible, as cheaply as possible, rather than aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the farming sector and transition to agroecological models that are sustainable and respect our finite natural resources.

The recently approved EU Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) and statements from decision makers related to the EU-Mercosur FTA negotiations show that in reality, instead of rethinking its consumption model, the EU is hungry for raw materials and is willing to do anything to get them: farmers, agricultural workers and local populations who defend their territories from environmental disasters linked to extractivism in Europe and elsewhere are simply second-class citizens whose rights do not count.

ECVC calls on EU civil society as a whole to join the broader movement against the current free trade paradigm. It is time to radically reform agricultural trade to respect international law, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), climate objectives and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as international human rights law more generally.

Both the WTO and all FTAs that include agriculture signed or in negotiation by the EU are clearly in contradiction with these international instruments. The so-called mirror clause debate in trade relating to food and agriculture is just an attempt to greenwash the current unsustainable trade paradigm, while not actually doing anything. ECVC condemns the role of the EU in WTO negotiations on food and agriculture and the incapacity of the AGRIFISH ministers to understand the real reasons behind the protests. The AGRIFISH council has a responsibility to implement measures to tackle the root causes of these problems, through the regulation of agricultural markets in order to favour agroecological transition in the EU food sectors, ensuring generational renewal and promoting an economy of peace.

Notes to editor

The detailed vision of the European Coordination Via Campesina regarding the next CAP is available in ENFRES.
ECVC’s priorities for the EU elections and proceeding legislature are also available in ENFRES.
See also ECVC Manifesto consolidating 13 concrete action points for Agricultural Transition to Address Systemic Climate Crises in the EU, available in ENFRES.

Cover Image: Paul Brennan/Public Domain

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Cultivating Beauty

Resilience - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 04:18
I think the reason that gardeners and small-scale farmers have such passion about their calling is that their deepest needs are satisfied. I am calling it beauty but it is more than that. It is fullfilling a longing.

Wouldn’t You Say? – Paid Speech Isn’t Freedom of Speech

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 04:11

Feature photo by Christine Roy

Like Junk Mail, Junk Speech is Trash Talk

Freedom of speech isn’t what it used to be. Toward the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st, its definition was changed in two unprecedented rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, what’s called free speech has only a superficial resemblance to what its anti-federalist proponents demanded be included in a Bill of Rights before they would agree to ratify the U.S. Constitution back in 1789.

If words mean anything then paid speech is not free speech. Speech that is purchased is not “free.” This fact exposes the error animating the Supreme Court decisions in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti (1978) and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, (2010) in which the majority equated money spent by corporations to influence legislation and elections with a corporate “person’s” right of free speech.

Photo by GiorgioTrovato

I have written elsewhere of corporate “personhood,” so I’ll get to the point: a definition of “free speech” worthy of the traditional reverence afforded the term would eliminate from its ambit the chaos of words crafted contractually by lobbyists and public relations firms hired to sell products, laws, and candidates to the rest of us. Packaged missives fill our ears and eyes daily, and distance us from our natural presence of mind. Commercial mini-dramas punctuate radio pop songs, TV programs, and Spotify “free” half-hour song lists. Bait and switch internet searches, highway billboards, fast-talking side-

effect disclosures at the end of every euphoric dramatization of the benefits of the newest unpronounceable pill: it’s the landscape of judicially redefined free speech in America.  And it’s an utter mess. Wouldn’t you say?

Look Ma! No Hands!

What’s dishonest about calling these one-way verbal assaults “free speech” is that no discernible human being claims agency and responsibility for the words expressed. It is a truism that with rights come responsibilities. In the case of commercial speech, where the corporate shield protects human beneficiaries from liability, the connection between rights and responsibilities has been severed.

The system of law established by surreal judicial fiat has had real-life consequences that paid media pundits studiously gloss over or ignore. That’s because journalists lost their independence and freedom of expression when print and broadcast news departments were redefined as corporate profit centers and everything broadcasted by media corporations became paid speech, not free speech. Nevertheless, paid speech has taken over public discourse on all fronts, and that has been the ruination of our right as people to both a free press and the concept of freedom of speech. Wouldn’t you say?

Photo by Thomas Charters

The Price of Liberty is to Never Monetize It

Personal experience brought the stark contrast between an absolute right of people to speak their minds, and government bias in favor of commercial speech for hire. Even before the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling made the money spent by wealthy corporations on advertisers and lobbyists, who transformed their rhetorical wordsmithing into the equivalent of human free speech, I saw how corporations interfere in the constitutional relationship between American citizens and their supposed government representatives. Long before the Court turned graft into legal free speech, lobbyists and influencers made money talk.

In 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, popularly known as the McCain–Feingold Act, became law. I was honored to receive from Senator John McCain a signed pass into the Senate gallery to witness the final vote. Two years earlier, on October 14th, 2000, I was arrested for a third time for making a speech in the US Capitol Rotunda to raise awareness of the destruction of democracy via corrupt money exchanges between politicians and corporations. On November 9th of that year, I was arraigned. Addressing the court, I spoke as a private citizen accused of violating a law that forbids me from verbally petitioning my government for a redress of grievances within what has been called “the House of the People,” the U.S. Capitol building.

As I peacefully allowed my hands to be handcuffed behind me, I watched paid lobbyists walking unmolested alongside representatives of the people, advocating for legislation advantageous to their paymasters. The sad irony of how the right of free speech had been redefined to favor paid speech reminded me of the biting adage that says, “freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”  I propose an addendum:

“freedom of political speech belongs to those who own a legislator.”

The Supreme Court made it difficult for citizens to stand in defense of an absolute right of free speech because it expanded the common sense meaning of the term to embrace commoditized, irresponsible speech. Paid-for speech where no identifiable human is ultimately responsible for the content, has supplanted the voice of the citizenry. Lawmakers and judges respond to entreaties that are shaped by corporate priorities which are quite frequently at odds with the common good. Good commoners are being poisoned and scammed and disenfranchised and colonized body and soul despite their entreaties for official protection.  Americans are regularly fined and jailed and blacklisted and slandered for speaking out forcefully against this corrupt technical legality that is no republic, but a corporate state, a fascist chimera waiting only for an autocratic dictator to step in and make it official. 

If we are to reclaim the judicially extinguished human right of free speech, we’re going to have to find the courage to call this mess of a nation what it is. The MAGA crowd isn’t shy about voicing their inarticulate anger, misdirected as it is by blind faith in the autocrat waiting in the wings, but the Progressive crowd seems largely to lack the courage necessary to honestly critique the lesser of two evils stuck to their soles with the same ferocity with which they lambast the political subversives on the right.

Photo by Tom Coe

In the struggle ahead some will be jailed, their lawyers sanctioned for challenging anti-democratic precedent. An avalanche of media meddling and propaganda, and conspiracy hype will sully the character of those freely expressing their human longing for true freedom of speech. They will come under unrelenting attack by paid advocates for privileged corporate speech. But when the traditional right of free speech has been ransomed at last from bondage, and the liability-free purveyors of speech-for-hire find themselves once again

subordinate to popular governance, generations yet unborn will marvel and agree that the cost will have been worth the justice it restored. Wouldn’t you say?  

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Categories: G1. Progressive Green

B2Gold’s Goose project in Nunavut delayed to mid-2025

Mining.Com - Wed, 05/08/2024 - 03:44

B2Gold (TSX: BTO) (NYSE: BTG) has announced its Goose open pit and underground project in Canada’s Nunavut is running slightly behind schedule, with first gold delayed from the first quarter of 2025 to the second.

The Canadian miner attributed the holdup to equipment availability, adverse weather conditions and prioritization of critical path construction activities.

The additional months will ensure that the Umwelt open pit, underground development, and crown pillar activities align and that there is sufficient tailings storage capacity in the Echo open pit, the company said.

B2Gold expects to ramp up to full production at the mine in the third quarter of 2025. It noted that the timeframe changes will not impact the total gold ounces it expects to produce over Goose’s mine operating life. 

The Vancouver-based miner anticipates average yearly gold production from 2026 to 2030 will increase to more than 310,000 ounces.

In the first three months of 2024, B2Gold produced 225,716 ounces of gold, in line with projections and on track to meet annual guidance of between 860,000 and 940,000 ounces.

B2Gold has budgeted about $65 million for exploration throughout its portfolio this year. That comes on top of significant capital expenditure for expanding the Mali-based Fekola operation and developing the Goose project.

The Vancouver-based company is also exploring the smaller-scale Gramalote project in Colombia.

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