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As a resident of the San Diego Coastal Community, I have a vested interest in the research being done on how climate change will impact the communities like mine. So I took a particular interest in the June 13th publication on the Take Part website that summarized the detailed report conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on populations that have potential for being exposed to coastal flooding and other disastrous events. The top 15 vulnerable cities are reviewed on the Take Part website but the OECD report provides more information on 135 cities that are in exposed areas over the next 70 years, San Diego is currently listed as 109th in the ranking.

The top 15 include:

1.  Mumbai, India:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.8 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 11.4 million

2.  Guangzhou, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.7 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 10.3 million

3.  Shanghai, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.4 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 5.5 million

4.  Miami, FL:
Population at risk in 2005: 2.0 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 4.8 million

5.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.9 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 9.2 million

6.  Kolkata (Calcutta), India:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.9 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 14 million

7.  New York City, Newark:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.5 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.9 million

8.  Osala-Kobe, Japan:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.4 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.0 million

9.  Alexandria, Egypt:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.3 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 4.4 million

10. New Orleans, LA:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.1 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 1.4 million

11. Tokyo, Japan:
Population at risk in 2005: 1.1 million
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 2.5 million

12. Tianjin, China:
Population at risk in 2005: 956,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 3.8 million

13. Bangkok, Thailand:
Population at risk in 2005: 907,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 5.1 million

14. Dhaka, Bangladesh:
Population at risk in 2005: 844,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 11.1 million

15. Amsterdam, Netherlands:      Population at risk in 2005: 839,000
Estimated population at risk in 2070: 1.4 million

Sustainability reporting is a great way for consumers to have a better understanding a company’s of the environmental, economic and social impact. When done right, which generally means that it is certified by a regulatory organization, this is an important tool that many companies can use to showcase their efforts to participate in global change.

Elephants in the Glass House: Contextualizing Sustainability and Integrated Reporting | Sustainable Brands.

University of California, San Diego will be the home base for the innovative energy storage technology that combines ultracapacitors with concentrating photovoltaic. This system is being designed to improve integration and saturation of solar power plants into the grid which will ultimate help the state of California attain it renewable portfolio standard goals of 33 percent.

Maxwell Technologies, Soitec Join Forces To Demonstrate Benefits Of Integrating Energy Storage With Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Technology – MarketWatch.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council published a good article summarizing the USDA announcement to reduce, recover and recycle wasted food in the US. Check out this article for more exciting information on what changes the USDA plans to make to reach their food waste reduction goals.

US Joins World to Take on Challenge of Food Waste | Dana Gunders’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

How awesome is this solar-powered boat!?! It didn’t only complete its trip around the world but it set a new record doing so. The crew beat the boat’s previous 2010 record by 4 days, 6 hours and 38 minutes.

World’s largest solar-powered boat completes its trip around the world.

The ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy) program is funding some very exciting high-risk clean tech projects. The projects include from biofuels made from non-food crops, a freezer system that powers from soundwaves, and wind turbines made out of fabric.

5 super-cool energy projects being backed by the U.S. government | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

There have to be better ways to create jobs and improve U.S. energy security than approving the Keystone Pipeline. The risks far outweigh the rewards in this scenario.

Exxon Arkansas Spill Raises Scrutiny of Keystone Pipeline – Bloomberg.

This is beautiful sight for green technologies! In 2012, Apple upgraded their facilities so that the data centers are now running on 100% solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. They also updated their corporate facilities so that they are now powered by 75% renewable energy (previously 35% a year ago).

Apple Says Data Centers Now Use 100% Renewable Energy – Bloomberg.

Should companies be allowed to patent living organisms like seeds and use those patents to monopolize food production globally?

A small farmer from Indiana named Vernon High Bowman is taking on the biotech giant Monsanto in a seed patent infringement case. Monsanto sells to farmers under a contract that requires the farmers to purchase new genetically engineered seeds each year. This means that they are prohibited from saving and replanting the next-generation seeds.

Monsanto’s Patents on Life.

The government will reduce carbon emissions and energy use per unit of gross domestic product by at least 3.7 percent in 2013 and carry out carbon-trading trials, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report today.

China Boosts Energy and Emissions Goals After Record Smog – Bloomberg.