CSU graduate students to present research at United Nations climate talks / Colorado State University / Warner College of Natural Resources

“The path to this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference has been a little rocky. But despite the last-minute change in venue – from Santiago, Chile, to Madrid, Spain – a dozen graduate students from Colorado State University will attend and take part in the climate talks, also known as the Conference of the Parties or COP. The conference runs Dec. 2-13.

They’ve been schooled on the ins and outs of the international gathering through a class taught by CSU Associate Professor Gillian Bowser in conjunction with Clark University Associate Professor Elisabeth Gilmore and Professor Sarah Green of Michigan Technological University. This will be the 10th trip to the COP for Bowser.

The class is not a primer on international travel. Bowser, Gilmore and Green charged the students with conducting research on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a call to action for countries around the world. Each team of students includes individuals from CSU, Clark and MTU. They’ll present their findings at press conferences held at the COP.”

Discussion: Why SDGs should be included in higher education programs? Share how your college or university is incorporating SDGs to courses. Add links.

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#PortsWeKnow. Ten Nordic Ports Collaborate on Sustainable Development Goals / #SDGs

Credit: Gothenburg Port Authority

” 10 Nordic ports have signed a declaration to work together on the environmental challenges related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The declaration emphasizes the importance of sharing knowledge, information and best practices within a variety of different environmental areas:

•  Energy use and alternative energy sources
•  Emission of air and water pollutants from port operation and vessels
•  Biological diversity and the prevalence of invasive species
•  Innovative solutions that support sustainable development, e.g. through close collaboration with academia, industry and start-ups.

The 10 ports that have signed the declaration are the Copenhagen Malmö Port, Port of Helsingborg, Faxaports Iceland, Port of Aarhus, Port of Helsinki, Port of Esbjerg, Port of Gothenburg, Ports of Stockholm, Port of Tórshavn and the Port of Oslo. ”

#PortManagement Discussion: Search about your local port or a port near you. How this port is collaborating or not with the Sustainable Development Goals. Add links.

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https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ten-nordic-ports-collaborate-on-sustainable-development-goals

The European Parliament Declares Climate Emergency / European Parliament News

Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

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https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20191121IPR67110/the-european-parliament-declares-climate-emergency

Spanish Company Iberdrola Launches a New 1,200 MW Offshore Wind Energy Plan in the USA.

“Iberdrola, through Vineyard Wind, aspires to the development of a new marine wind power project in United States waters, this time in the State of Connecticut, for the development of up to 1,200 megawatts (MW).

Vineyard Wind, a 50% owned company by Avangrid – the US subsidiary of the Spanish group – and the Danish fund Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), presented the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) its wind power project ‘Park City Wind ‘, which includes proposals for the development of 408 MW wind farm and options for 800 MW, 1,000 MW and 1,200 MW, which would be built in one of the two lease areas assigned to the company.

These lease areas are located south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, in one of the areas with the strongest winds on the east coast of the country, and are not visible from any part of the Connecticut waterfront. “

Read all article and extract the benefits of this proposal to Connecticut and other coastal states in the USA.

Source: https://www.evwind.es/2019/10/01/iberdrola-launches-a-new-1200-mw-us-offshore-wind-energy-plan/71126

Offshore Wind Farms in the US and Wind Energy in Spain / #SDG7

Wind turbines in La Palma, Canary Islands. Photo by @DrLepervanche. With 23,484 MW of accumulated capacity, wind energy has been the second source of electrical generation in Spain in 2018. Spain is the fifth country in the world in terms of installed wind power after China, the US, Germany and India.
Read Wind Energy in Spain

Fall2019 #GlobalVirtualCampus #NuclearEnergy #WindEnergy. ==> ” Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts shut down, a victim of rising costs and a technology that is struggling to remain economically viable in the United States. But the electricity generated by the aging nuclear station soon will be replaced by another carbon-free source: a fleet of 84 offshore wind turbines rising nearly 650 feet above the ocean’s surface. ” What are the trends in Clean Energies technologies? #DrLepervancheCampus

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“The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022. That’s equivalent to the output of a large coal-fired power plant and more than Pilgrim’s 640 megawatts. “

Read: Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last https://www.wired.com/story/offshore-wind-farms-are-spinning-up-in-the-us-at-last/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare via @WIRED

Wind Energy in Spain
Wind Energy in the US

Sustainable Development Goals

#SDG7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

PROGRESS OF GOAL 7 IN 2019

Access to electricity in the poorest countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve and renewable energy is making gains in electricity sector. Despite this progress, some 800 million people remain without electricity while access to clean cooking fuels and technologies needs dedicated attention. In addition, if Sustainable Development Goals 7, 13 and related Goals are to be met, much higher levels of ambition are required with regard to renewable energy, including transportation and heating.

  • The global electrification rate rose from 83 per cent in 2010 to 87 per cent in 2015, with the increase accelerating to reach 89 per cent in 2017. However, some 840 million people around the world are still without access to electricity.
  • The global share of the population with access to clean cooking fuels and technologies reached 61 per cent in 2017, up from 57 per cent in 2010. Despite this progress, close to 3 billion people still rely primarily on inefficient and polluting cooking systems.
  • The renewable energy share of total final energy consumption gradually increased from 16.6 per cent in 2010 to 17.5 per cent in 2016, though much faster change is required to meet climate goals. Even though the absolute level of renewable energy consumption has grown by more than 18 per cent since 2010, only since 2012 has the growth of renewables outpaced the growth of total energy consumption. E/2019/68 14/39 19-07404
  • Global primary energy intensity (ratio of energy used per unit of GDP) improved from 5.9 in 2010 to 5.1 in 2016, a rate of improvement of 2.3 per cent, which is still short of the 2.7 per cent annual rate needed to reach target 3 of Sustainable Development Goal 7.
  • International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean and renewable energy reached $18.6 billion in 2016, almost doubling from $9.9 billion in 2010.

Source: Report of the Secretary-General, Special edition: progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG7 Link

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning / MIT CSAIL #TECHKnowledge

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Here they are inventing the future of AI and Machine Learning. How these innovations are impacting #HumanLearning of #InstantKnowledgeGenerations

Lessons learned here are unique. Visiting MIT is a reminder about how quality education in both classrooms and outdoors are vital for #HumanLearning. Keep learning and traveling. Cities, buildings, and country roads teach a lot.

Discussion: How are you combining formal education with non-formal educational initiatives to integrate your own learning? How new technologies are helping you to be a better learner? Next managers and leaders need to be fast learners to apply new knowledge in the workplace. Thoughts?

Courses: Global Management, Strategic Management, Leadership and Decision Making, Information Technology.

#WhyOnlineEducation#DrLepervancheCampus#DrLepervanche_MIT#DrLepervanche_AI#DrLepervanche_SDGs#SDG4#SDGs#sdg4_lifelong_learning#sdg4_qualityeducation#GLOBE4SDGs#MITAlumni #TECHKnowledge

Sustainable Development Goals

#SDG4 #QualityEducation. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

PROGRESS OF GOAL 4 IN 2019

Despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017, and more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Rapid technological changes present opportunities and challenges, but the learning environment, the capacities of teachers and the quality of education have not kept pace.

Ref: #SDG4 #QualityEducation

Global Learning link: https://globallearningnews.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/1345/