OSPAR victory: Arctic protection is one step closer

The Arctic Ocean is currently the world’s most vulnerable ocean. But the hope is this will soon change. At a meeting held in Ostend, Belgium, last week, the OSPAR Convention agreed to adopt specific measures to protect its Arctic region, including a commitment to secure a marine protected area (MPA) in 2016. This means an unprecedented agreement on Arctic protection, which could result in safeguarding the first piece of a future sanctuary in the High Arctic in just a few months’ time.

In 2016, the Arctic may finally receive well-deserved attention from OSPAR: a protected area equivalent in size to half of the surface of Spain (232,650 KM2). An area where no oil drilling or large industrial fishing will take place, and where the protection of threatened habitats and species will be the priority. A protected area where polar bears can live and thrive in their habitat without the threat of Shell finding oil and destroying their home.

Today is a day for celebration. The OSPAR Convention may not be widely known but nonetheless it has shown willingness in fulfilling the United Nations’ commitments on high seas protection. OSPAR will work this year with the aim of protecting almost 10% of the international waters of the Arctic Ocean. However, the journey will not be free of obstacles, as OSPAR has already encountered strong opposition to limit Arctic protection. During this year’s meeting cycle, Iceland, Norway and Denmark have done everything they possibly could to remove any Arctic related issues from OSPAR’s political agenda. 

But thanks to you we have been stronger. With your support, we put on our polar bear costumes, showed up to OSPAR’s political meetings, and talked face to face with its delegates. With your support, over the last few months we unfolded banners at the OSPAR meetings held in Bonn, London and Ostend, urging the delegates to take the lead on Arctic protection.

Thanks to you, we were not alone. We are now 7 million people asking for an Arctic Sanctuary and thousands who have demanded OSPAR delegates to live up to the Convention mandate and history, and be the heroes capable of driving change on environmental protection

There is a bumpy road ahead for those of us who dream of achieving protection for the Arctic Ocean. Together we can make these dreams a reality. The Arctic is our common heritage: we depend on it and what happens there affect us all. Thank you.

Pilar Marcos is the Arctic Team Leader for Greenpeace Spain.

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Stanley Electric – Unique 3 Degree Beam Angle LED Projector with Various CCT and Single Color

The addition of these new variants to the LLM0545A family opens the door to many new and exciting applications and usage opportunities. The incredible 3 degree beam angle allows huge amounts of light to be thrown over distances of several hundred metres, with a very precise spread of illumination.

LLM0545A can be used as a projector, to light up landmarks, monuments, castles, churches and historic sites or objects etc. from great distances, while at the same time also being ideally suited to wall- grazing and wall- washing type applications on huge surface areas, such as the outer walls of very tall buildings. For example, it can be used to highlight and illuminate the entrance and outside walls of hotels, apartment buildings, high rise buildings, museums etc.

They have great potential for use on office buildings or sports stadia, where corporate or team colours could be used to create a striking visual appearance, or within leisure or amusement parks for lighting up key structures or features.

With the ultra-low power consumption, incredible light output, compact size and market defining 3 degree light distribution, LLM0545A can offer a solution to complicated or troublesome lighting schemes, while truly creating a unique opportunity for innovative, exciting and original lighting designs, thanks to the breathtaking ability to control light as never before.

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These images are why China might be poised to save climate politics

Air pollution.

Nobody can escape it. Young or old, rich or poor, everyone is affected by the fine particulate matter hanging over many cities across China.

These images by celebrated photographer, Lu Guang, take you on a visual journey through China’s industrial heartland, where the environment and the health of the people who depend on it are being affected. It’s grim.

When I went to Jiangsu province I was shocked. These photos show how thick the air is, but you can’t appreciate the odor through pictures. The smell is something I will never forgot.

So I was shocked when I got back to Beijing and crunched the data. I found that 90% of the country’s cities have air pollution that is off the charts, even by China’s own air quality standards.

And in Jiangsu and Hebei I was shocked again to find that 85% of factories were actually illegally polluting the air.  

It makes me angry that despite progress we  still face so many obstacles. But it’s also driving me to take action.

As the world’s largest emitter of CO2, it has been both key to global economic growth, as well as central to the response to global climate change.

So will China set the pace for climate change politics this year?

I think there is momentum within China to tackle air pollution and reduce emissions.

Our work in profiling the impacts of air pollution (here, here and here) is proving that another future is possible. Others across China are breaking ground with cutting edge documentaries, or creating art questioning the impacts of pollution, and Chinese leaders are talking up the need for an ambitiours climate summit in Paris this year.

Any minute now, China will submit its plan for reducing emission after 2020. It could be many things, but in my heart I hope that some good will come out of these grim images of modern day China.

Because we all deserve clean air and a safe planet. Ask your leaders to Act for Climate.

Qiuxia Wang is a Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia

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Silo restaurant: pre-industrial food and “food interception”

Cafe owner, Doug McMaster. He is pictured next to the Stoneground Mill, used to mill wheat grain for bread and sandwiches sold on site. 26 Apr, 2015 © Emma Stoner / Greenpeace

What’s that about you may well ask? That’s the same question I asked myself when I visited their website.

So I decided to check it out.

Walking into the Silo, I’m greeted by a table laden with sourdough sandwiches stuffed with roasted veggies and behind it a large industrial installation.

Sebastian, one of the staff, explains that this is the heated composter – capable of aerobically digesting (processing) the restaurant waste within a day. Everything goes into the digester: the compostable cutlery, plates, food waste….and within a day is turned into a rich compost that goes back to the farmers that supply the restaurant or is picked up by enthusiastic Brighton allotment holders.

Composter at Silo Cafe in Brighton. 26 Apr, 2015 © Emma Stoner / Greenpeace

But where does the food come from?

Sebastian explains that the Silo “intercepts food” rejected by the supermarkets and on its way to landfill. This means that the menu changes everyday depending on what produce has been “intercepted”. The Silo also has 5-10 regular suppliers of local fruit and veg. Although not necessarily organic or local, the Silo tries to source as much seasonal produce as possible from as close as they can. For example, the organic wheat comes from Sussex or neighbouring Kent and is stone ground on the premises.

Mill at Silo Cafe in Brighton. 26 Apr, 2015 © Emma Stoner / Greenpeace

What’s pre-industrial food? This is food prepared using “techniques both modern and ancient” to provide a more primitive diet. This means a lot of fermented foods, like the spelt (an ancient grain cultivated since 5000BC) or rye sourdough bread, fermented brown rice, fermented ramson (wild garlic) and porridge with activated grains.

Despite opening only in October 2014, the Silo seems to be doing well and is currently crowd-funding for extending the kitchen and installing a coffee bar.

Local Population in Silo Cafe in Brighton. 26 Apr, 2015 © Emma Stoner / Greenpeace

We need more ‘conscious’ and ecological restaurants like the Silo where serving food is not only a business but also a contribution to our culture, our society and our planet.

The Silo is definitely part of the food movement composed of farmers, people, business and organizations that want to make the food system more ecological, healthy and humanised. You can be part of it too by challenging yourself to do something differently when buying, preparing or growing your food. Need some inspiration? Visit http://ift.tt/1JBpIjs and pledge something today.

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Iza Kruszewska is a senior food campaigner (and proud allotment holder) at Greenpeace International.

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Quantum Materials Increases Manufacturing Capacity for High-Heat Tolerant QDX™ Quantum Dots

Ongoing environmental testing of the Company’s new line of QDX™ Quantum Dots this week has also obtained heat resistance to 260 degrees Celsius, an important benchmark opening the implementation of Quantum Dots into new solid state lighting solutions due to the high-heat resistance required for casting Quantum Dots in the LED manufacturing process.

Interest in the Company’s QDX™ Quantum Dots from display manufacturers has been high as testing has shown that QDX Quantum Dots do not degrade under exposure to the elevated temperatures typical during encapsulation in resins, silicones and other polymers. In display applications this enhancement can enable the use of lower cost protective films. To address this market need, Quantum Materials has shipped QDX™ trial orders this week to six of the leading global display manufacturers to support ongoing market-driven joint development efforts.

“Our capacity expansion has been implemented at just the right time as demand for QDX™ takes off,” said Quantum Materials Founder and CEO Stephen Squires. “We recognize the hurdles required to integrate Quantum Dots into exciting new display and lighting applications and our scientists’ focus on engineering the appropriate characteristics into our offerings is yielding solid and tangible results. We are particularly pleased with achieving heat resistance to 260 degrees Celsius, which not only fulfills display market demands, but also opens up the entire LED lighting market to Quantum Dot integration.”

QDX™ Quantum Dots are ideal for LED lighting development because they are more stable than organic phosphors and their high heat resistance enables better LED manufacturing capability, high illumination performance, long lifetime and resistance to power spike damage. Solid-state lighting made with QDX™ LED’s offer the opportunity to reduce heat sinks, remove bulky features, and bring innovative and clean form factors to the evolving lighting market.

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Quantum Materials Corp (OTCBB:QTMM) develops and manufactures Quantum Dots and nanomaterials for use in medical, display, solar energy and lighting applications through its patented volume production process. QMC’s volume manufacturing methods enable consistent quality and scalable cost reductions to drive innovative discovery to commercial success. Quantum Materials Corp technology continues to move the future of Quantum Dots to the present. Quantum Materials’ products are the foundation for technologically superior, energy efficient and environmentally sound LCD UHD displays, the next generation of solid-state lighting, solar photovoltaic power applications, advanced battery and energy storage solutions, biotech imaging, and biomedical theranostics. Wholly-owned subsidiary Solterra Renewable Technologies develops sustainable Quantum Dot solar technology. www.QMCDOTS.com

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Germany’s Energy Revolution goes from strength to strength as the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor closes

One less nuclear reactor threat to the people of Europe with the early closure of the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor.

Greenpeace ship MV Beluga II passing nuclear power station Grafenrheinfeld on the river Main. Greenpeace activists on board holding banner reading: "Stop Nuclear Risks. Go 100% Renewables! Thanks Energiewende" in three languages (German, English and Japanese). The nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld will be shut down end of June 2015. © Andreas Varnhorn / Greenpeace

Germany’s 33 year-old Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor will be shut down permanently on June 27th as the country’s phase out of nuclear power continues. It’s the first reactor to close since Germany passed its Atomic Energy Act in July 2011 which requires the closure of all commercial nuclear reactors by the end of 2022.

The reactor is being shutdown seven months early as the disastrous economics of nuclear power and Germany’s drive for clean and sustainable energy have made it impossible for its owner E.ON to operate the reactor and make a profit.

E.ON and other large nuclear utilities only have themselves to blame. They failed to anticipate the growth of renewable energy and so they failed to invest in it. At the same time, electricity prices have fallen making their nuclear power plants even less profitable.

That said, even E.ON is waking up to the new energy future of Germany. “The transformation of Europe’s energy system continues to offer us attractive growth opportunities in renewables and distributed energy,” said the company in a report from March this year.

But what are the implications of the closure of Grafenrheinfeld? Won’t it leave an energy gap?

In short: no.

Since 1981, Grafenrheinfeld reactor was the cornerstone of electricity production in Bavaria but that was before the renewables revolution. Now its closure will be barely noticed. There will be no blackouts and the security of supply is guaranteed.

The simple explanation is that over the last 15 years Germany has embraced renewables. The share of renewable energy in electricity generation grew from six percent in 2000 to around 27 percent in 2014, spread across wind, solar, and bioenergy. Germany is a major net exporter of electricity, reaching record levels in 2013 and 2014.

“This is going smoothly… No one, no company, no private citizen will feel that the reactor power is off the grid,” says Bavarian Economy and Energy Minister Ilse Aigner.

So what’s next? It’s clear that Germany doesn’t need nuclear power and that renewables are more than up to the job of leading the country into a future of sustainable, safe electricity.

But the job isn’t finished. At current growth rates, Germany is likely to reach its target of 35 percent by 2020 for renewable electricity. However, the overall share of renewable energy generation remains quite low at 11 percent because the power industry is being left to its own devices.

Germany will probably not reach its target of 20 percent of its total energy provision being renewable by the end of this decade without further government support.

So while it is excellent news from Grafenrheinfeld, there is still much to do. In the mean time, with the closure of this reactor, we see the victory of renewables over nuclear power. Germany is leading the way globally to the safe, clean energy future. The rest of the world needs to follow.

Justin McKeating is a nuclear blogger for Greenpeace International, based in the UK.

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Now there is a new way to force action on climate change – the courts

Today, something incredible happened in the Netherlands. In a landmark court case, in which NGO Urgenda along with 900 concerned Dutch citizens sued the government for failing to act on climate change, the Dutch court ruled in their favour. It was a brave and necessary verdict.

Faiza Oulahsen is a Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace Netherlands.

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Litecool Turns LED Packaging on Its Side

Dielectrics are used within LED packages to isolate electrical tracks but they hinder the thermal path causing the LED to overheat. In the construction of conventional LED packages the electrical tracks and dielectrics are layered horizontally. This means the heat has to pass through one or more low-conductivity dielectric layers causing thermal bottlenecks. By turning this layering by 90 degree the heat can travel down through the copper tracks and not through the dielectric. The thermal resistance [⁰C/W] of packages produced in this way is 3 times lower than conventional packaging. This lower thermal resistance means that heat sinking requirements are vastly reduced and the LEDs can be driven much harder for more light output.

The Vertical Dielectric technology (Patent Pending) allows for close packaging of multiple LEDs within one package with minimal effect on thermal performance as well as significant reductions in the thermal resistance of flip-chip packages. The ‘track and gap’ constraints of traditional electronics manufacture are removed allowing for more flexibility in thermal design.

One of the key commercial benefits is that the dielectrics no longer need to be expensive ceramics with high thermal conductivity. Cheaper polymer based dielectrics can be used as their thermal impact is negated. Litecool has developed designs and manufacturing processes to allow such packages to be manufactured in high volume.

“The location of low thermal conductivity materials is extremely important. The closer they are to the heat source the greater their effect on thermal performance. By changing the orientation of the first dielectric layer it greatly reduces the thermal resistance of the package allowing the heat to flow more easily.” Dr Andrew Young, Sheffield Hallam University.

“It was apparent during design phases of our packages, especially flip-chip packages, that the first layer of dielectric was really impacting on performance. So we flipped it by 90 degrees. This allows for much thicker copper tracks to take the heat laterally away from the LED and reducing the thermal resistance of any subsequent components in the system.” James Reeves, CEO, Litecool.

“It is not a difficult concept to design but it is difficult to manufacture. We have had to develop new manufacturing processes to allow for the unprecedented track and gap ratios required and it has resulted in performance way beyond anything else on the market.” Robert Corbin, Project Engineer, Litecool.

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Cries of injustice from an island far away

“Why us? What did we ever do to deserve this?”

These were the words said by Claire Anterea, from Kiribati, as she narrated her terrifying experience of Cyclone Pam during a recent climate justice and human rights workshop held in Vanuatu. Claire was joined by other Pam survivors from Pacific Island countries like Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Representatives from the Philippines were also there as they have had more than their fair share of devastating super typhoons.

Claire Anterea, KiriCan representative shares her experience from cyclone Pam during the human rights and climate change workshop on board the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu. 8 Jun, 2015 © Steven Lyon / Greenpeace

Claire fought back tears. Earlier, she had only intended to listen, but changed her mind after learning about the latest science that paints a grim picture for vulnerable countries like Kiribati. This was followed by images and accounts of the Philippine’s experience with extreme weather events like 2013’s super typhoon Haiyan.

I noted how Claire shifted her composure from anguish to grit when she said, “It is our basic human rights that are now threatened by climate change.” Her words were powerful. I paused to reflect on what she said: Freedom. Survival. Self-determination.

Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 11 Nov, 2013 © Matimtiman / Greenpeace

I vividly recall our very own history in the Philippines, which is filled with human rights struggles across three generations. It is disheartening that in this modern era our basic human rights, such as freedom and survival, are still being infringed upon and continue to be threatened by man-made climate change.

For a long time, no one could pinpoint who exactly was causing the climate to change and how to hold them accountable. This is no longer the case.

In a groundbreaking study by scientist Richard Heede, just 90 carbon major entities – including the worlds’ largest fossil fuel companies – are responsible for an estimated 65% of all anthropogenic CO2 between 1751 and 2013. The 50 investor-owned carbon major companies contributed 315 Gt CO2e, equivalent to 21.72% of estimated global industrial emissions through 2010.

“I have been to four climate negotiations and nothing has happened. As a mother, I want to secure my children’s freedom and survival, and the rest of humanity. If world leaders can’t even make a commitment in these negotiations, then it would be up to citizens like myself who must take action and fight for our continued existence on this planet,” concluded Claire. She later signed a People’s Declaration for Climate Justice along with other workshop participants.

(L-R) Emele Duituturaga CEO of PIANGO, Charlie CEO Vang, Emiliana Villacarillo the Mayor of Dolores, Mr. Gary Tuaniasa Frank Solomon Islands Rep, Mike Fincken the Captian of the Rainbow Warrior, Mr. Torote Kauongo President of KiriCan, Mr. Sefuteni Liki Tuvalu community rep, and President Baldwin Lonsdale all sign the People's Declaration for Climate Justice. 8 Jun, 2015 © Steven Lyon / Greenpeace

Climate change has become the synonymous for extreme weather events that batter vulnerable countries that have contributed very little in their creation but are facing its disproportionate impacts. It is high time to expose those liable and hold them to account for their irresponsible activities. This is an injustice that should not be inherited by our children and future generations.

The people of the Philippines are now taking climate action by holding the big carbon polluters accountable for their role in the climate crisis. In fact, today, Dutch courts, in a worldwide landmark ruling, ordered the state to reduce carbon emissions to protect its citizens from climate change.

This is a big step for a Climate Justice movement that is growing and gaining ground. Soon, many other people will follow suit in the fight to reclaim the climate and ensure humanity’s own survival.

Climate Walk in Manila. 2 Oct, 2014 © Nathaniel Garcia / Greenpeace

Anna Abad is a Climate Justice Campaigner with Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

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IoT Smart Lighting Report Shows 100% Increase In Intelligent Features Since Last Year

“Since introducing our first reports in 2013, we added a smart lighting focus, as 77%  of the products we track are dimmable, 59% offer motion sensors and 49% now offer network/controls options, representing a 100%+ increase in the last 12 months,” according to Mike Gagnon, President of Alumage Advisors.

“With LED lighting manufacturers, their component suppliers and channel partners already subscribing to our database services, Alumage now offers a free version, assisting facilities managers, building owners, etc. to simplify their vendor selection process, for C&I luminaires, ranging from high bay to architectural and hazardous applications,” Gagnon went on to say.

Alumage expects the C&I market for high lumen products to increase to $11-14B by 2020, with smart lighting offering a more compelling value proposition versus fluorescents.  Gagnon added, “with energy efficiency mandates such as Title 24, the emergence of IIoT, and organizations such as the Connected Lighting Alliance promoting the market, we expect smart lighting products to dominate the C&I landscape.”

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