Bill Gates: Startup could harness solar power to end fossil fuel use | Research aims to improve e-waste recycling via "artificial volcano" | Oil-and-gas sector says climate change is matter of policy, not litigation
Bill Gates is supporting a Heliogen project that would use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to generate temperatures high enough that cement could be manufactured without fossil fuels. The solar array could generate temperatures above 1,832 degrees and could lead to industries no longer using fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide.
A team of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, has developed technology designed to improve recovery of precious metals by using an "artificial volcano" in recycling electronic waste. The research involves generating a reaction that reaches temperatures as high as 3,500 degrees, at which point most materials break down into their base elements.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has issued an executive order that more than doubles the state's goal for installed offshore-wind capacity from 3,500 megawatts by 2030 to 7,500 by 2035. "No other renewable energy resource provides us either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind," he said.
Homebuilders in Sacramento, Calif., cannot yet use solar farms instead of rooftop solar to meet the state's residential solar mandate under a move by the California Energy Commission. The commission delayed a decision on the city's proposal after hearing opposition from solar companies and environmental groups.
The Environmental Protection Agency is still responsible for accounting for hazards posed by toxins including lead and asbestos even if such materials are not currently being manufactured, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has held. The Trump administration has moved to reduce the scope of a congressionally mandated safety review to involve only chemicals still in production.
The US Green Building Council's Greenbuild conference has an emphasis on sustainability and indoor air quality this year, with the theme of "A New Living Standard" relating to both issues. "Our focus must be on human beings because the standards we are most committed to raising is that of the quality of life itself -- for every member of this community, and in populations spanning every corner of the planet," said president and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam.
Around the world, personal borrowing is on the rise. Nearly half of workers in the US carry credit card debt they can't pay off each month. The link between amounts owed and their impact on a country's society and financial health is well known. Yet the shock waves of excessive borrowing are being felt in another crucial part of the broader economy: the workplace. Learn more in Aon's DC and Financial Wellbeing Global Employee Survey.
Aon Environmental provides clients with the specialized expertise needed to understand their exposure and its consequences, including how it impacts financial objectives as well as corporate governance, sustainability, and regulatory concerns. Using a multi-disciplinary approach that draws upon experience in environmental law, environmental remediation, and environmental risk management, the Aon team has developed solutions for the largest and most complex environmental placements. Our superior technical skills, combined with market knowledge and relationships, ensure that the best presentation of our client's objectives will be made.
Veronica W. Benzinger
Managing Director & Chief Broking Officer
250 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 1002
One Clearlake Center
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-253-2514 AonEnvironmental@aon.com www.aon.com
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.