Emissions that result from industrial startups, shutdowns or malfunctions often exceed government standards

Emissions that result from industrial startups, shutdowns or malfunctions often exceed government standards

Industries often shutdown during routine operations and sometimes because of natural disasters. Nikolaos Zirogiannis, Alex J. Hollingsworth and David Konisky of Indiana University write on The Conversation website about the resulting air pollution.   Air pollution from industrial shutdowns and startups worse than thought When Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in August 2017, many … Continue reading

Consumer products affect air quality

Consumer products affect air quality

US research has found that chemicals in everyday household products are now a key contributor to city air pollution, rivalling some vehicle emissions. While many news agencies have reported on this, one of the best articles is from Chris Mooney of the Washington Post.   In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival … Continue reading

Developments in financing sustainable development

Developments in financing sustainable development

Adam Fishman writes on the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s SDG Knowledge Hub website about recent developments in financing sustainable development.   Blended Finance and Private Sector Contributions to the SDGs How will we finance sustainable development? In last week’s SDG Knowledge Weekly, we saw the possibilities that blockchain technology holds for development finance. This … Continue reading

Role of batteries in the energy transition

Role of batteries in the energy transition

The opening sentence of this article by John Campion, writing on The Hill website, is quite revealing: “It is an exciting time to be involved in energy innovation.” And it is. You should enjoy this article on the energy transition and the exciting times we live in.   Battery technology will define the future of … Continue reading

Latest update on climate adaptation finance

Latest update on climate adaptation finance

The SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) provides the January update on global developments in climate adaptation finance.   Climate Adaptation Finance Update: Making Maritime Infrastructure Climate-resilient Projects in agricultural resilience moved ahead in India and Gambia, where multilateral funds are supporting nature-based approaches. Development banks reporting on project lessons … Continue reading