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Cape Town running out of water, Blockchain for social impact, Saudi Arabia invests in renewables, and Good-bye Nittany Lion

February 12, 2018

Saudi Arabia to invest 7 billion in renewable energy (Yale 360)

"The world’s largest exporter of oil, Saudi Arabia, is shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy. The country’s government plans to invest up to $7 billion in seven new solar plants and a wind farm by the end of the year, with a goal to get 10 percent of its power from renewables by 2023."

 

Yale Conference Explores How Blockchain Can Support a Sustainable Future

How can we design blockchain products and solutions that address urgent environmental and social challenges? The conference brings together students and blockchain innovators from diverse organizations (e.g. IBM, Conservation International, Rocky Mountain Institute, ConsenSys) to explore how the technology can be harnessed to address urgent problems, including climate change, deforestation, and humanitarian crises.

 

Capetown with 4.3 million people running out of water - AMAZING PHOTOS (UN Environment Program)

In just over 20 years, Cape Town’s population grew by around 80 per cent, from 2.4 million in 1995 to 4.3 million in 2018. During the same time period dam storage increased by only 15 per cent. Combined with the population boom, erratic weather and a persistent drought have created a severe crisis. Photographer and Cape Town resident Kelvin Trautman provided UN Environment with a series of photos that document the crisis.

 

Ghost Cat Gone: Eastern Cougar Officially Declared Extinct (EcoWatch)

Our mascot, the Nittany Lion, was created after the eastern cougar also called eastern mountian lion.  "This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially declared the