German football fans ahead of wider European push for sustainability – EURACTIV.com

European football fans want to get involved in making sure their sport is ecologically sustainable but lack a proper framework, the European football fan association SD Europe said in its sustainability report. Meanwhile, Germany seems to be ahead of the pack when it comes to tackling football’s ecological footprint. The SD Europe report, seen by EURACTIV, was developed together with the association’s national members. SD Europe also works with the EU and UEFA to make football more sustainable. “It’s clear many organised supporters are aware of the peril we all face from the climate crisis and are prepared to help,” said the chief executive of SD Europe, Antonia Hagemann.

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Trinity’s STEAM+ICE incubator for secondary students opens for applications

Trinity College Dublin has announced the launch of its STEAM+ICE (science, technology, engineering, art, maths, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship) Incubator for young people. The project is a collaboration between the Trinity Walton Club, a STEM club for secondary school students, and Tangent, the college’s start-up workspace. The incubator is free, open to all secondary students in Ireland, and accepting applications from today (30 August). STEAM+ICE usually operates as a week long in-person programme at Trinity, but will be online this year. Participants will take part in three weeks of workshops and challenges, culminating in a final event in mid-October where they can pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

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NHSSCOTLAND SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE 2021 : NHS Sustainability Action

Registration for the NHSScotland Sustainability Conference 2021 is open. This year’s conference has been scheduled to take place on 10 November 2021 to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will bring parties together in Glasgow to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Innovation Cafés will feature sustainability and climate change initiatives in policy and practice across NHSScotland including public health, primary care, clinical, property and estates and facilities. Confirmed speakers include Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland; Chris Stark, CEO at Committee on Climate Change; Jonathon Porritt, Sustainability Campaigner and Writer; Sonia Roschnik, International Climate Policy Director Healthcare Without Harm; and, Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive Officer The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Conference is free to attend and open to all, though priority will be given to NHS staff.

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Financial success of the family is at stake

Five million scrap tyres pass through the hands of Gary, Corey, Alec and Chase Champlin each year. Based in Concordia, a small town west of Kansas City, Champlin Tire Recycling services six US states. It also manufactures park benches and picnic tables. Managing director Gary Champlin has been in the recycling business since 1992. ‘We continue to grow and expand our end market product lines. We have been very resilient as we all are in this industry long term,’ he says. Recycling is a people’s business. Or, as many in the industry often say, it is a business of relationships and recyclers could not see themselves working in any other sphere. Gary: ‘I feel exactly the same way about our family’s recycling business. The sense of accomplishment is shared by the entire family and not just as an individual performing at work. The success of a family business will be enjoyed beyond the business itself.’

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China market regulator says it will tighten oversight of sharing economy

China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) said on Monday it would further regulate the sharing economy sector. SAMR said on its website that price hikes in the system built around the sharing of resources were effectively contained due to its oversight. The regulator also said it is investigating food delivery giant Meituan’s acquisition of bike sharing company Mobike in 2018. Separately, Meituan on Monday warned in a filing that it may be required to pay “a significant amount” of antitrust fines and posted a third consecutive quarterly loss as it continued to invest in expanding its various businesses.

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Doing well while doing good | Stephanie Joy Ching

With more and more companies making the shift towards becoming more environmentally conscious, “sustainability” has become a buzzword that they use to promote these ideals. Though it is all over the place, sadly some parts of the population are still unaware of what being sustainable truly means. As such, this means they are unable to take concrete steps towards it themselves or make decisions that would benefit the environment.
Read the full article at: businessmirror.com.ph

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Dealz Announces €20m Investment Fund For Ireland

Dealz has today confirmed it has an Irish investment fund of €20 million earmarked for store expansion in the Republic of Ireland over the next three years. The group said it is actively exploring opportunities across Ireland, particularly within smaller, regional areas including Galway, Donegal, Mayo, Tipperary, Wicklow, Leitrim, Meath, Kildare, Kerry, Clare, Louth, Sligo, Limerick and Waterford, as well as suburbs of Dublin. Opening stores over the next three years in those locations could create 500-750 new roles. From opening its first store in 2011, Dealz has built a network of 78 stores across Ireland offering customers a wide selection of over 1,000 well-known top brands and established own label products.

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Belfast’s Catalyst offering CEOs new ‘Way to Scale’ with bootcamp course

Northern Ireland tech and innovation non-profit Catalyst is offering CEOs the chance to work with leading entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. Belfast tech non-profit Catalyst is inviting ambitious CEOs to apply for its ‘Way to Scale’ bootcamp in late September. The bootcamp has 20 places for CEOs and up to two members of their senior teams, and it offers a series of four 90-minute, online workshops focused on topics such as value proposition, business growth, go-to-market strategy, market positioning, team dynamics and business risk. CEOs can progress from the bootcamp to the ‘Way to Scale’ programme, which runs from January to March in 2022 and is comprised of three weeks of intensive training modules delivered in Belfast, Boston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Net zero by 2050 is “too little too late”: Scientists make a case for net negative strategies | Envirotec

A report published on 26 August by an independent group of experts warns that reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is now “too little too late”, and will not achieve the long-term temperature goals identified in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century. Drawing upon findings recently published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), the report from the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) argues that current global emissions targets are inadequate and that net negative – rather than net zero – strategies are required.
The report, titled ‘The Final Warning Bell’ suggests that even if countries achieve net zero by mid-century, this will not tackle greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, with CO2 equivalent concentrations potentially continuing to climb as high as 540ppm (parts per million). This means there is little to no room for manoeuvre, with only a 50% chance of holding the 1.5°C line.

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IIT-G to collaborate with varsity in Coimbatore on academic, research programmes

Indian Institute of Guwahati (IIT-G) on Monday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private, deemed university based in Coimbatore to help enrich academic programmes and promote an exchange of students between the two institutions. The MoU was signed by Prof G Sitharam, Director, IIT-G, and Dr Venkata Rangan, Vice-Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (AVV) in this regard recently, an official release said. Highlighting the different aspects of this partnership, Prof Sitharam, said, “With the emergence of many new interdisciplinary research and academic centres equipped with state-of-the-art equipment at IIT-Guwahati, the institute is destined to serve the country with extra vigour.

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MPIF Bolsters Alternative Livelihood in Del Carmen Commits to Sustaining Green Jobs for Local Community

Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF) took its Puhunang Pangkabuhayan Project to its coastal community partner in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, donating bicycles, pocket Wi-Fis, sewing and edging machines, and Smart retailer kits for the establishment of alternative livelihood programs amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Kickstarting Alternative Livelihood – Most of MPIF’s coastal community partners depend on tourism as a source of income. Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte was even named one of Time magazine’s 100 unique destinations featured in its “The World’s Greatest Places of 2021”. However, the heightened restrictions and the strictly imposed lockdowns jeopardized this sector, forcing employees to search for other means to provide for their families. To augment this, MPIF sought to empower and give these individuals a source of stability against the looming uncertainty.

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Renewcell builds first full-scale, commercial textile recycling plant to make fashion sustainable

It all started with a simple yellow dress created from old, discarded blue jeans. It was the first garment made entirely from recycled clothing seven years ago by what was then a new company, Renewcell. “The dress shook up everything,” says Tahani Kaldéus, the head of research and development at Renewcell. “This changed the equation of consumption in the fashion industry.” When the Stockholm textile recycling company introduced its yellow dress to the fashion industry on a catwalk in June 2014, it received widespread praise, because the dress looks no different from one purchased at a leading retailer. The difference, however, is the technology.

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How will upcoming EU legislation on sustainability reporting benefit your business?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the global corporate community to react to the unforeseen. Also other challenges, such as global warming and extreme weather events have been pushing companies to prepare for risks other than only those of a purely financial nature. An integrated approach and sufficient focus is therefore key. For investors, the relevance and importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors has never been more pressing. The 2020 EY global investment study revealed that no less than 98% of investors conduct a formal or informal review of non-financial disclosures, compared to only 64% in 2013. The extent to which businesses are prepared for ESG risks, plays a central role in an investor’s decision-making and long-term investment management.

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Ida weakens as rescues begin and damage checked in Louisiana

Hurricane Ida became a tropical storm as its top winds slowed over Mississippi on Monday, while across southeast Louisiana residents waited for daylight to be rescued from floodwaters and see how much damage was caused by one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the US mainland. All of New Orleans lost power right around sunset Sunday, leading to an uneasy night of pouring rain and howling winds. The weather died down shortly before dawn and people began carefully walking around neighborhoods with flashlights, dodging downed light poles, pieces of roofs and branches.

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New 4IR strategy envisions Gauteng as ‘Silicon Valley of Africa’

The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has unveiled its 4IR Growth and Digitalisation Strategy, which seeks to provide fully-digital public services to citizens and position the province as the “Silicon Valley of Africa”. The new strategy, announced during a virtual media conference on Friday, is spearheaded by the GautengDepartment of e-Government and the 4IR advisory panel – a 15-member panel appointed by Gauteng premier David Makhura, to support government in ensuring citizens access. Driving innovation through IoT. Sqwidnet can give you the tools to bring your ideas to life. Connect with us. Providing an outline of the 4IR strategy, advocate Pieter Holl, stream lead of the Gauteng Provincial 4IR Panel and CEO of The Innovation Hub, explained the strategy seeks to further drive the implementation of the Grow Gauteng Together (GGT) 2030 roadmap, and facilitate the adoption of new technologies to ensure all Gauteng’s citizens benefit from a fully modernised public service.

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Charging stations can combine hydrogen production and energy storage

The need for reliable renewable energy is growing fast, as countries around the world—including Switzerland—step up their efforts to fight climate change, find alternatives to fossil fuels and reach the energy-transition targets set by their governments. But renewable energy can’t be incorporated into power grids efficiently until there is a way to store it on a large scale. “Most forms of renewable energy are dependent on weather conditions, which results in large fluctuations in the power they supply,” says Danick Reynard, a Ph.D. student at EPFL’s Laboratory of Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry (LEPA). “But power grids aren’t designed to manage these kinds of fluctuations.” Hydrogen, because it can supply energy consistently regardless of the weather, is now attracting growing attention.

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Research reveals location and intensity of global threats to biodiversity –

Using a novel modelling approach, new research published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution reveals the location and intensity of key threats to biodiversity on land and identifies priority areas across the world to help inform conservation decision making at national and local levels. A team of leading researchers have produced global maps for the six main threats affecting terrestrial amphibians, birds and mammals: agriculture, hunting and trapping, logging, pollution, invasive species, and climate change. Results show that agriculture and logging are pervasive in the tropics and that hunting and trapping is the most geographically widespread threat to mammals and birds. There are sizeable continental areas in which there is more than a 50% chance that any particular amphibian, mammal or bird species is threatened by logging, hunting and trapping, agriculture, invasive species or climate change.

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Queen Elizabeth II to attend U.N. climate change conference | The Associated Press

Queen Elizabeth II will attend the United Nations climate change conference in Scotland in November, organizers said on Friday. British official Alok Sharma, president of the COP26 conference, said he is “absolutely delighted” the queen will be at the event, which is due to be held in Glasgow on November 1-12. Details of the monarch’s schedule have not been released. World leaders, climate campaigners and activists from around the world are due to attend the UN conference, which was postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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If they won’t get vaccinated, how can we get them to take action on climate?

There are a few stats in our ongoing Pulse data that have troubled me for quite some time: 70% of people living in America say they feel moderately to very strongly responsible for changing their daily choices to positively impact the environment. 77% say the average person should be taking concrete steps to reduce their environmental impact (though this is down from 90% in 2016). 80% agree that we have a moral duty to leave the earth in as good or better shape than we found it. I’ve been troubled because it’s not what’s actually happening. We don’t see three-fourths of the American population taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint (beyond recycling or wishcycling). Even in our own studies, only 26% of the American population can name a brand they’ve intentionally purchased or not purchased because of the perceived environmental or social record of the manufacturer. And while 26% is a great number — and headed in an upward right trajectory when you look at the data over the last 13 years — it’s still not 70-80%.

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