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This extreme cold snap is great for what?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Although it is face-numbing to endure an extended cold snap of -20C or more (more than -4F), that we have had for several weeks so far this winter, it is a great opportunity to seek and seal the energy leaks in your home because the 40-degree difference between the outside and inside temperatures (about 22C or 72F) is so extreme that they are easier to find. If you find and seal them now, your air conditioner will not have to be on as often, or as long because there will be less hot air getting into your home.

CleanChain Overview Webinar: Key Takeaways for Using Our Chemical Information Management Solution

Posted by Wendy Ye on Feb 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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cleanchain-cart-v11.jpgOn Wednesday, January 31, ADEC Innovations hosted a webinar introducing CleanChain, our secure online chemical information management system, built for suppliers and supported by brands.

Electric Vehicles: A Solution to Air Pollution?

Posted by Megan Crawford on Feb 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Electric VehicleAir pollution is a major environmental issue in cities around the world. In October 2016, the firecrackers and fireworks lit for the Hindu festival of Diwali triggered toxic smog in Delhi, which left the city’s air pollution levels 42 times higher than the safe limit. In December 2016, Beijing was enveloped in smog for six days, forcing authorities to declare the highest level smog alert of 2016. In June 2017, Parisian Clotilde Nonnez filed a lawsuit against the French state—she alleged that the French government’s inaction on Paris’ severe air pollution led to her serious health problems.

Ontario Now Has the Second Largest Cap and Trade Market in the World!

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jan 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Four Smoke StacksThe second largest carbon market in the world was created on January 1, 2018 when Ontario’s cap and trade program was linked with those of California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). This means Ontario, California, and Quebec will be holding joint auctions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowances, and also have harmonized regulations and reporting. The international provincial and state governments’ announcement made on September 22, 2017 pledged for them to work cooperatively. By doing so, they are effectively bypassing climate action delays or inaction at the federal level of government, and already this has had an impact on other international cap and trade programs.

How ICT Drives Progress in Financial Inclusion and Education

Posted by Jessica Wang on Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In our February 2016 issue of Greenwatch, we discussed how information and communications technology (ICT) was essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We reported the overwhelming conclusion that the SDGs can only be realized with greater progress in the speed, degree, and equality of development in ICT. This progress in ICT can lead to acceleration in meeting targets in key areas such as financial inclusion, education, health, energy, and climate change. This article takes a look at financial inclusion and education, and gives key points on how ICT contributes toward their advancement.

The Talanoa Dialogue: Climate Change and the SDGs

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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According to the UN’s recently completed Emissions Gap Report, the existing pledges by member states to cut emissions will not be sufficient to meet the Paris climate agreement of 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Importance of Machine Learning and Building a Data Set in Business

Posted by Chris Haddock on Jan 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Machine learning can significantly contribute to business’ efficiency. It can help identify which products and services sell well during defined periods, allowing companies to adjust their sales operations accordingly to improve their bottom line. Machine learning can also detect which parts of a business process are taking up too much time and resources, enabling companies to make improvements before profits are undermined.

How ICT Drives Progress in Health, Energy, and Climate Change

Posted by Jessica Wang on Jan 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In our  February 2016 issue of Greenwatch, we discussed how information and communications technology (ICT) was essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. We reported the overwhelming conclusion that the SDGs can only be realized with greater progress in the speed, degree and equality of development in ICT. This progress in ICT can lead to acceleration in meeting targets in key areas such as financial inclusion, education, health, energy, and climate change. In this article, we will continue by looking at ICT’s role in accelerating progress in health, energy, and climate change.

Climate Change and the Fast-Vanishing Land North of the Arctic Circle

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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It was in 2000 when I saw cockroaches scurrying around the left-over campfire in Ontario’s Killarney provincial park that I started observing the effects of climate change. I had gone backpacking with my son and sister, and until then, I thought one of the benefits of the cold Canadian winter was that it killed off exotic insects. But that anomaly pales with what I saw this summer north of the Arctic Circle where a warming climate is resulting in a rapid loss of land from several causes simultaneously -- namely heat, heavy rains, and shoreline erosion.

4 Steps to Improve Your CDP Performance Webinar: Key Takeaways for Improving Your Company’s CDP Performance

Posted by Megan Crawford on Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, ADEC Innovations hosted a webinar on how to improve your CDP performance.

It is important for investors, NGOs, customers, the public and other stakeholders to have access to information on CDP performance. An organization’s CDP Scores can greatly affect the way partners, consumers, clients and the public perceive the organization. To ensure the continuity of a business, it is imperative to have suppliers that are also sustainable. Due to these facts, suppliers and clients alike benefit from maximizing their CDP performance. There are simple ways to improve a corporation’s score, the simplest of which is properly reporting information in questionnaires submitted to CDP. Responses should be as informative, complete and exact as possible.