ACM Group on the Impact of Climate Change on Ocean Life

Climate change is having an impact on all life in the oceans. This is because it is affecting all levels of the food chain. When the simple organisms that others feed on become ill or die off, the ripple effect can be devastating.

Coral bleaching is one example of this. The bleaching signals that necessary symbiotic organisms have been shed, and the coral will die. Plankton, too, are affected. If fewer phytoplankton are producing oxygen, the future of all life on Earth may be in jeopardy.

For saltwater reef fish such as the angelfish, climate change is already having an impact. These species are being found much farther north than they used to be. As rabbitfish and other herbivorous fish migrate away from the environments they are accustomed to, they are wreaking havoc on kelp forests farther north. They disrupt the lush plant life protecting animals such as abalone. As abalone have become more vulnerable, their numbers are dwindling.

The future, however, may well be bright. Organizations such as ACM Group (Australian Conservation Monitoring Group) exist to hold accountable the social, ethical and environmental activities of business operating in our country as well as local and federal government and their policies in Australia.  Plenty of innovative solutions designed to forge partnerships with private businesses are being formulated. For lovers of fish and the ocean, this issue is one to watch.

Shaun Barratt on Why Solar Power Continues to Be Best Option for Future Energy Needs

The notion that solar power represents what is likely the best option for addressing the world’s energy needs well into the future should really come as no surprise. Shaun Barratt recently spoke to some colleagues in the green energy industry to discuss while there are countless reasons for solar energy’s status as the most efficient option for the world’s long-term energy demands, it is somewhat surprising that, according to a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the solar industry likely possesses the capability for terawatt-scale energy output by the year 2050 — even in the absence of any major advancements in the available technology.

 

That such an output is considered likely in the relatively near future is impressive, and that sort of output should certainly draw the attention of world leaders who have thus far dragged their feet in emphasizing this technology or taking steps to lay the foundation for the large-scale implementation of solar power. Considering the fact that the terawatt-scale output is predicted without accounting for any emerging technologies, it is certainly not a stretch to believe that this output could achieved much sooner or could be potentially greater than the MIT study projects.

 

In fact, there are emerging innovations that may indeed play a role in the development of this sort of output, as there are a number of thin-film technologies that already utilize sustainable production materials. According to the same MIT study that predicts the terawatt-scale output, these thin-film technologies could benefit significantly from support at the federal level through the allocation of financial resources that would further any necessary research and development.

 

While even the most ardent climate-change deniers are starting to come around, it is still necessary for a great deal of work to be done in moving energy away from non-renewable sources to sustainable energy options, including, perhaps most notably, solar power. Federal investment into these projects is a must, as the MIT study notes that “massive expansion of solar generation worldwide by mid-century is likely a necessary component of any serious strategy to mitigate climate change.”

 

With the costs of harnessing solar energy coming down significantly over the years — along with solar energy’s status as a widely available resource — it is now simply a matter of continuing to promote the use of solar power as a viable source of energy. It is in the best interest of the federal government to continue to adopt policies that promote the widespread use of solar power in order to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources, as the MIT study has made it clear that the widespread implementation of solar energy must take place on a significant scale over the next few decades.

Darren Pawski Expounds on Latest Green Energy Investment Data

Judging solely by the recent headlines regarding the current state of green energy investment, one might jump to the conclusion that the recently agreed upon Paris Climate Accord did not have the intended effect. This would be a relatively reasonable assumption since it is a simple fact of the matter that green energy investing has declined considerably when compared to this time just one year ago. Darren Pawski is known for clarifying data relating to all manner of investments, which is why he offered his insight regarding the practical implications associated with the most recently released green energy investment data.

According to Pawski, there are many reasons for the decline in investments and those reasons actually represent progress in terms of the global implementation and usage of green energy technologies. The finance and investment expert first pointed out that a large reason for the decline in green energy investing is the fact that the cost of implementation has decreased so sharply in such a short period of time. As more consumers continue to invest in these technologies, the costs will decrease precipitously before eventually stabilizing. It is essential to understand that this data only means that spending on green energy has decreased, which does not necessarily correlate with a decline in interest or viability.

Other observers have correctly noted that the previous year’s level of investment in green energy technology was truly historic and would be difficult to match under any circumstance. Based on the investment data from 2013 and 2014, the rate of spending in 2015 increased by 11 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Even so, policy measures and systems of support have to be in place to ensure that any spending decline is nothing more than an aberration instead of the beginning of a downward trend.

Dymphna Boholt on Promoting Sustainable Real Estate Properties for Improved Health and Wellness

The value of sustainable real estate property has risen steadily over the past decade as homebuyers are becoming increasingly willing to pay a premium for homes outfitted with green energy technologies and constructed according to sustainable building principles. According to Dymphna Boholt, promoting the potential health and wellness benefits associated with green building practices would significantly increase the appeal of sustainable real estate.

As Boholt sees it, the current popularity of sustainable real estate property is mostly the result of a promotional focus on the savings generated through building performance. While there are certainly many potential homebuyers who are interested in the long-term savings associated with sustainable building and green energy practices, the power of the argument is not necessarily enough to sway every homebuyer to select from sustainably built homes and sustainably built homes only.

This is why the health and wellness benefits of sustainable real estate properties must be emphasized to a greater degree. There is simply not enough public awareness of the substantial health benefits associated with living or working in a building that has been designed sustainably and features the latest in green energy technologies. Homebuyers should be aware that the energy savings of a sustainable home are complemented by a significant reduction in health care costs and an increase in overall productivity and happiness.

Through the promotion of the many beneficial aspects of living in a sustainably designed home, potential homebuyers are much more likely to be convinced of the tremendous and extensive value of sustainable living principles. Most homebuyers are aware of the potential savings associated with reduced energy needs, but they are more likely to be swayed by the combination of personal benefits and environmental benefits associated with a sustainable real estate property outfitted with green energy technologies.

Andrew Charlton Discusses the Economics of Solar Energy and Other Renewable Resources

The slow shift away from the widespread use of non-renewable energy resources is largely the product of the continued resistance of those who either have some sort of economic or other personal interest at stake or perhaps have nothing more than a general aversion to rapid change. Andrew Charlton points out that those who remain opposed to the implementation of clean energy resources such as solar or wind have moved away from their original argument that the science on climate change and human involvement had not yet been resolved. Instead, according to Charlton, the opposition’s argument is now centered on the economic feasibility of such rapid and widespread change.

Perhaps this is why a group of scientists and economists has created the Global Apollo Program. In order to combat the economic argument in opposition to the shift to solar power — as well as other green energy resources — the Global Apollo Program has adopted a stated goal of making solar energy cheaper than the new coal-burning plants that have been offered as an alternative. In fact, a number of politicians in the United States have taken to referring to coal as a viable green energy option while noting it is also one of the most cost-efficient options available.

The Global Apollo Program hopes to accomplish its goal within a decade and will rely on funding from countries all over the world. Countries committing to the project are asked to contribute a relatively meager sum of .02 percent of GDP for an initial sum of $15 billion. Considering the global investment of public funds into renewable energy research checks in at just $6 billion, it is clear that countries all over the globe have to approach this pressing issue with a much greater sense of urgency.

How Dr. Raouf Farag Defines Sustainability

Dr Raouf Farag sustainabilitySustainability is a term every now and again utilized by our pioneers yet is regularly not addressed or characterized. The root word support infers that it implies making something last. Notwithstanding, what does it truly mean to support something and would could it be that we are looking at maintaining – nature, our surroundings, our reality. These are all extremely theoretical terms themselves. Around the time the term supportability emerged, researchers had found a progression of dangers to our surroundings and saw these as a noteworthy issue to the perseverance of human populace.

Way of life Sustainability and the Environment In an immaculate biological system everything gives and takes similarly, and the cycle of life is supported ceaselessly. Our present way of life is not earth practical. We devour increasingly of the world’s assets and give practically nothing, assuming any, consequently. Dr. Raouf Farag characterizes way of life manageability as being improvement that “tries to address the issues and yearnings of the present without bargaining the capacity to meet those without bounds.”

Ironfish Review: Sustainability May Not Be What You Think

EKO_symbol_cmykSustainability has many different meanings to many different people, but what does the word really mean and how does it classify organizations that operate on that word? Sustainability has the been assumed to mean healthy planet, recycling, conserving resources, cutting down on pollution and caring for environmental conditions. While it is highly understandable why so many people would connect sustainability to these ideas, there is a bit more to it than what you may think.

First, sustainability doesn’t mean only environment health sustaining, but more to meaning the sustain of economical health according to dozens of investors of Ironfish Review. The meaning of sustainability is a process that provides the necessities for the people of today without making it a difficult struggle for future generations to take care of their needs.

Recycling is important as we all know. We have all grown up hearing that it is a must to recycle if you come after the time of the 1960’s. Recycling, although important, is just a small piece of the pie when it comes to living in sustainability, but there is so much more to it than that. For whatever reason, recycling or even living sustainable means to live below your means to a lot of people, however, this isn’t true at all. The idea that people who recycle are less financially secure is absurd. Recycling is a great habit to form simply because it just makes sense. With more and more people contributing to recycling, we can begin to create a more sustainable world for the future.

Marlon Kobacker Discusses Need to Raise Greater Awareness Regarding Air Travel and Sustainability

Marlon Kobacker Air TravelIt’s a part of the global climate change equation that is often overlooked, yet the air travel industry is responsible for significant contributions to the carbon emissions that are having such a significant impact on the rapid alterations in climate occurring all over the globe. Marlon Kobacker, a sustainable energy advocate who is now heading up a new venture called Sustainable Future Group, noted that while there is indeed a significant need to raise greater awareness regarding this critical issue, progress worthy of praise is nonetheless being made.

In seeking to reduce each company’s reliance on a single source of jet fuel while also reducing the carbon emissions produced by their national and international flights, both Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have partnered on a project designed to identify local sources of biojet fuel. Recognizing that air travel is the source of close to 10 percent of global oil consumption, the effort recently undertaken by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand demonstrates that while public demand for sustainability across all industries can serve as a motivating force, it is more likely that widespread adoption of clean technologies will occur when there is also a financial incentive as well.

Even though solar flights are traveling increasingly impressive distances using light aircraft, the technology is not yet in place in which it can be used for large-scale commercial flights. For the time being, the kind of progress in which biojet fuel is recognized as an entirely viable option for companies like Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand is indeed a step in the right direction.

Jon Giaan Gives Tips and Advice of Working in the Real Estate Industry

Jon Giaan notes in notebookReal estate investing incorporates exceptionally outlined worksheets and hands-on exercises to take the mystery out of your contributing endeavors. By being mindful of frameworks and administration, this course will help the real estate investor accomplish more with less exertion while serving the requirements of their purchasers and dealers.

Jon Giaan, an understood land financial specialist in the business, says that to have genuine progress in the real estate field it is basic to keep a notebook and record key data to recall for some other time. Mr. Giaan says it is additionally imperative to keep it as professional as possible. That implies don’t write down notes with your mobile phone and make sure you take that senseless Bluetooth gadget out of your ear and from around your neck. Keep your phone in your pocket and stay with pen or pencil and paper.

When you take notes with your phone, your clients will believe you are texting and not paying attention. Writing down notes rather than texting them into your notes looks professional and gives your clients a sense of security that you are well organized.

John Pryor’s Look at the Findings of the Business Expectations Survey

john pryor business salesWith so many businesses expressing pessimism in their forecasts for the next three-month period, it is particularly important to take a look at the most recent Business Expectations Survey with the goal of understanding some of the rationale behind these negative predictions. Given some of the recent economic concerns raised recently and some of the events further reinforcing these concerns, developing an understanding of the varied factors at play takes on additional importance.

According to John Pryor, strength may not be the word most would associate with the current state of the economy, but, at the same time, weakness seems like an equally unlikely term. The reason for this may be due to a clear disconnect between long- and short-term viewpoints, particularly since the expectations index shows demonstrable decreases across several critical measures.

For instance, the Sales, Profits, Employment and Capital Investment measure dropped significantly, going from 18.9 points to 13.2 points. While a 5.7-point drop seems almost devastating considering the relative brevity of the timeframe in which it fell so precipitously, it also ignores the fact that 13.2 points remains far greater than the measure’s 10-year average, which happens to sit at a quite modest 7.0 points. When discussing this with John Pryor, rugby was presented as a helpful analogy.

Essentially, Pryor sees this is as very similar to an instance in which an athlete has made tremendous long-term gains overthe course of a year but has hit a training plateau that makes it feel as though there has not been any progress made at all. While they may be stronger, have a greater capacity for endurance and can sprint faster than ever before, the athlete is troubled by the lack of gains made over the past two weeks and refuses to recognize the substantial gains made over the past 52 weeks.

While it is clearly important to note the decrease in these and other economic measures, it is equally necessary to recognize that there are a variety of factors that still point to an economic turnaround in the not-too-distant future. Softened expectations will always raise a few eyebrows (as they certainly should), but interest rates remain incredibly low and the export sector seems to be positioned exceptionally well from a competitive standpoint.

It may indeed be problematic if the dampened business expectations continue unabated, but there are just too many otherpositive factors to consider that it is clearly unnecessary to panic or even worry to any significant degree over the current conditions. Commodity prices are coming around and the dollar has retained its strength, so there is plenty of reason for optimism as the country moves forward.