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AURAIA speaking at the 6th Stranded Assets Forum

By on March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

The 6th Stranded Assets Forum: From disclosure to data towards a new consensus for the future of measuring environmental risk and opportunity will be held on 6 & 7 April 2017 at Waddesdon Manor in UK.

The first day of the forum will focus on developing a new consensus on the role of asset-level data, big data, and advanced analytics in shaping company, investor, and regulator responses to environmental risk and opportunity. The second day will host the inaugural meeting of the Asset-level Data Initiative (ADI) and will focus on how to realise the ambition of making accurate, comparable, and comprehensive asset-level data tied to ownership publicly available across key sectors and geographies.

AURAIA is pleased to receive this invitation and share its perspective during this unique event to measure the environmental risk and opportunities of energy facilities.

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Air pollution has become the leading environmental cause of death worldwide

By on March 9, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

The State of Global Air 2017, a report produced jointly by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, finds that more than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. The Health Effects Institute will update the findings annually to highlight the extent to which air pollution affects public health, as well as tracking progress toward cleaner air.

The Global Disease Report is a unique compilation of health data from 195 countries over a 25 year period, from 1990 to 2015, facilitating comparison of health data across populations, age groups and over a span of time.

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AURAIA 2017 Top 50 Startups to Invest In

By on March 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

AURAIA wishes to thank Bilan and the jury for the wonderful recognition of being selected as a 2017 Top 50 Startups to invest in !

Every year, Bilan Magazine, the most recognized publication covering the Swiss economy selects 50 of the most promising startups in Switzerland.  In its 2017 annual issue of the 50 startups in which to invest in, Bilan highlights the best of Swiss innovation.

Selected and audited by a jury composed of innovation professionals and entrepreneurs, they present promising potential for growth and income in sectors as varied as Fintech, Foodtech, Biotech and Medtech. This year, Abir Oreibi (Lift Conference), Sean Park (Anthemis), Olivier Brourhant (Amaris), François Randin (Green Motion), Carlos Moreira (Wisekey), Sigur Solheim (EOCP) (Editor of Bilan) in its mission to choose and scan the young companies of the Swiss economy.

According to the Global Innovation Index from  Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland has been recognized for the last 6 years as one of the most innovative countries in the world.

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Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds

By on February 23, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation, putting them at increased risk of infant death, or long-term physical and neurological disabilities. Now researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Colorado have concluded that as many as 3.4 million of these premature births could be associated with fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly – it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb. As such, this research adds an important new consideration in measuring the health burden of air pollution and the benefits of mitigation measures.

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New study: Pollution leads to incresed risk of dementia among older women.

By on February 16, 2017 in Air pollution, Health

Older women who live in areas where the fine particulate matter (2.5 micrometers or smaller in diameter) exceeds the limits set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency had an 81 percent greater chance of general cognitive decline and were 92 percent more likely to develop dementia.

This recently published paper in Translational Psychiatry, by researchers at the University of Southern California, adds to an emerging body of research linking air pollution to dementia.

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‘Social cost of carbon’ too low, report says

By on February 4, 2017 in Air pollution, Climate Change, Energy

Two Stanford researchers contend that current government estimates of the ‘social cost of carbon’ — a key metric of the economic damage caused by climate change used in cost-benefit analysis of regulations — could fall woefully short of what is necessary. They argue that the social cost of carbon on the global economy is actually about $220 for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted, compared to $37 calculated by the U.S. government.

“If the social cost of carbon is higher, many more mitigation measures will pass a cost-benefit analysis,” wrote co-author Delavane Diaz wrote in a statement.

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People living near motorways have an increased risk of dementia

By on January 20, 2017 in Air pollution, Health, Uncategorized

A new Canadian study connects dementia to heavy traffic. The study, published in the renowned time journal The Lancet, followed 6.6 million Canadians over a period of ten years.

It shows that those who lived 50-100 meters from a highway had four percent higher risk of developing dementia compared with those who did not. For those who lived 100-200 meters from the highway, the risk of developing dementia increased by two percent.

The compound was detected even when factors such as social status, smoking, BMI and education level were taken into account.

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BoE governor fears regulation to tackle global warming will leave assets ‘stranded’

By on January 6, 2017 in Climate Change, Energy, Technology

Only about one-third of the world’s 1,000 largest companies provide effective disclosure of the risks they face due to climate change, according to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. At the same time, Carney stated that the transition to an environmentally sustainable future in the coming decades provides an annual opportunity worth trillions of dollars for companies and financiers.

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been leading efforts to make climate-related financial disclosures more transparent, and together with Carney he revealed recommendations for a voluntary disclosure code in London in December.

The prospect of tougher global climate action has grown since delegates from nearly 200 countries agreed on a UN climate change accord in Paris in December 2015, which has new been ratified. Still, it is not clear if the agreement will deliver the cuts in global greenhouse gas pollution that scientists say are needed to ensure global temperatures do not rise more than 2°C from pre-industrial times.

NASA creates a stunning new 3-D view of CO2

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NASA released a new visualization of a year in the life of carbon dioxide, showing how carbon dioxide twists and turns around the globe like a river. Scientists modeled the atmosphere using similar techniques as they use with fluid dynamics, based on data from NASA’s OCO-2 satellite, which takes nearly 100,000 carbon dioxide measurements a day.
Understanding the sources of carbon pollution is important for climate negotiations as well as regional plans for how to reduce it.

 

An energy perspective from the World Economic Forum

By on December 13, 2016 in Climate Change, Energy

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The recommendations from the World Economic Forum focus on short-term energy futures: Unless we are able to sharply reduce global GHG emissions by the early 2020s, our scope for mitigating the most dangerous consequences of climate change will be compromised.

As the significant reductions in wind and solar power continue, the potential for decarbonising the electric power sector has never been better.

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