New research warns that the growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in internet energy demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions.
Switch off your computer, dust off your old typewriter, sharpen all the pencils you can find, lay in stocks of postage stamps − and that’s just the start.
Our immersion in the digital society – and particularly our growing reliance on the Internet of Things – could mean uncontrolled demand for energy and spiralling emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases that are driving climate change.
Researchers from the School of Computing and Communications (SCC) at the University of Lancaster, UK, say the growth of remote digital sensors and devices connected to the internet – the Internet of Things – can cause unprecedented and, in principle, almost unlimited rises in the energy consumed by smart technologies.
Read Internet Energy Impacts on Climate by Alex Kirby at Climate News Network.
Saturday, August 27, 5:00 -11:00 Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, 12 local artists with 12 easels, and 12 canvasses create collaborative pieces for the EOGF/KCEP Collection. Local brewers and wine makers will have their products available in the Beer and Wine Garden.
How do we train kids and adults to face challenge with calm, creativity, kindness, and effectiveness? From the new brain science to enduring values of faith and friendship, there is an inspiring roadmap for approaching our future best self forward.
Tackling the energy transition, climate change, and energy inequality will require collective action and policy. So the most important thing we can do as individuals is to support equitable solutions to climate change, and support local democracy and engagement in local decisions about energy.
Nevertheless, our personal actions and choices also reverberate through our communities and can back our words with the authority of personal experience. Start by doing what you can to reduce your use of energy in general, and especially of fossil fuels. That requires developing awareness and changing habits. How much energy do you use? Where and how? Find out by doing a personal and household energy audit. Don’t just look at your electricity consumption (though that’s essential); also examine your gasoline and natural gas usage. Then make a plan, using a footprint calculator.
Read What We as a People Can Do by Richard Heinburg and David Fridley at Resilience.org.
Sunday, August 28, 10:00 – 6:00 Lamoureux Park, 100 Water Street, Cornwall, Expect a showcase of everything local! Delicious garlic filled recipes, farmer’s market, beer and wine garden, a corn roast, face painting, children’s activities, artist corner, and live musical entertainment.
It’s time we learned to embrace inefficiency. That may sound like heresy in a time when we are told that we must increase our competitiveness to become leaner, to increase productivity, to become more efficient to compete in the global marketplace.
The burgeoning urban and near-urban agriculture trend in North America and around the world exemplifies how many small-scale, entrepreneurial businesses are inherently inefficient in how much labour they use. But this is something we should encourage and recognize as important for both economies and societies. When we talk about efficiency, we are usually talking about producing the most product or service for the least input or cost, including labour cost. But this definition of efficiency is counterproductive for job creation and for the environment. In Canada, we’ve seen a shift from large, industrial employers to service and entrepreneurial sector jobs.
Read Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future by Ian Clarke at The Globe and Mail.
The Vancouver couple in their mid-30s are not just worried about whether their choices will allow them to retire. Instead, they also worry about their investments’ suitability to meet the challenges posed by climate change.
For example, food costs are already rising as weather becomes more unpredictable and severe, he says, and could increase substantially because of climate change, a study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates.
The couple, who have a young daughter, are among a growing number of investors seeking climate-friendly investments. A 2014 survey by 350.org, an international advocacy group for reducing carbon emissions, found that 90 per cent of the mostly North Americans they polled were prepared to consider fossil-fuel-free investments.
To Matt Horne of the Pembina Institute, it’s a heartening trend, especially given that even the best-case scenario for climate change means retirement will probably be considerably more costly than today.
Read Retirement investing for a warming planet: The impact of climate change by Joel Schlensinger in the Globe and Mail.