This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times)

André Broessel, Rawlemon Solar Sphere

From themindunleashed.org – “German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.”

Go Grid Parity!

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D11 Conference: Elon Musk Full Interview (Must Watch.)

I’d literally worship the ground that this man walks on. Not because my dream car is currently a Tesla, but because Elon Musk is doing something that a lot of entrepreneur people sort of forget about – Doing REAL things that actually have big implications for humanity, as opposed to the currently popular (or should we say, “low barrier to entry”) industries of  mobile games, convenience apps and Social [Insert New Buzz Word].

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Neat Infographic on global greenhouse gas emissions by source

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via Tck Tck Tck.

Here’s a massive infographic detailing the sources of GHG emissions linked to the various types of GHG emissions. Neat!

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Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling

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From Guardian: “Let me show you the world, says Swedish academic Han Rosling as he demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge for the world is to get everyone out of extreme poverty and get the richest people to use less fossil fuels so that everyone can share their energy levels, he says.”

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Green Drinks March 2013 – Behind The Facade: Sustainable Architecture & Meeting Future Challenges

Addressing the population and resources constraints, Green Drinks March presents a talk you don’t want to miss. This month, we aim to bring together people who believes that through earnest planning, design ingenuity and innovation, we could achieve a sustainable environment for growth and progress especially in Singapore. We are very honoured to have speakers:

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Environmental Concerns “At Record Lows”: Global Poll

From Reuters & GlobeScan: Canada-based research group GlobeScan surveyed 22,812 people from 22 countries, asking them to rate the seriousness of six issues – air pollution, water pollution, species loss, automobile emissions, fresh water shortages and climate change.

On average, 49 percent of people surveyed said climate change was a “very serious” concern and 50 percent said the same for biodiversity loss. The highest level of concern was about fresh water shortages, with 58 percent of people rating this as a “very serious” concern.

“Scientists report that evidence of environmental damage is stronger than ever but our data shows that economic crisis and a lack of political leadership mean that the public are starting to tune out,” said Doug Miller, chairman of GlobeScan.

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PwC report warns that “governments and businesses can no longer assume that a 2°C warming world is the default scenario”

The PwC Low Carbon Economy  Index evaluates the rate of decarbonisation of the global economy that is needed to limit  warming to 2°C. This is based on a carbon budget that would stabilise atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at 450 ppm and give a 50% probability of limiting  warming to 2°C.

This report shows that global carbon intensity decreased between 2000 and 2011 by around 0.8%a year. In 2011, carbon intensity decreased by just 0.7%.The global economy now needs tocut carbon intensity by 5.1% every  year from now to 2050 to achievethis carbon budget. This requiredrate of decarbonisation has not been seen even in a single year  since the mid-20th century whenthese records began.

Keeping to the 2°C carbon budget will requireunprecedented and sustainedreductions over four decades.Governments’ ambitions to limit  warming to 2°C appear highly unrealistic.

Read the report:

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