Summer Issue July 2023
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Better Living Through Well Being

In 2022, the world’s population surpassed 8 billion people. Global population is projected to continue growing throughout this century, and by 2100, demographers expect the world’s population to be between 8.9 and 12.4 billion. Population trends vary around the globe, with some countries experiencing stable or declining populations, while others continue to experience rapid growth.

A new report, “Population and Climate Vulnerability,” published in time for the annual World Population Day, finds a connection between population growth and climate vulnerability. It reveals a pattern of gender inequality and lack of access to family planning and reproductive health services among many of the most climate-vulnerable countries, but also in the U.S., which has disproportionately faster population growth in places more exposed to the worse climate impacts, including Florida and Texas.

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, was established by the U.N. in 1989 due to the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion observed on July 11, 1987. The world’s population had reached 7 million on October 31, 2011.


The COP28 UAE (Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change) will take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. The first Global Stocktake (GST) will provide a comprehensive assessment of progress since adopting the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement’s target is to limit climate change to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) of warming by 2030. We are at a half-way point. Countries’ current policies and pledges would fail to meet that goal.

Incoming COP28 President, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, has recently said countries at this year’s U.N. climate summit must face up to how far behind they are lagging on climate change targets and agree on a plan to get back on track. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber is meeting with world and industry leaders ahead of COP28 UAE to renew his call to start delivering on climate reform and accelerate technology development. During a meeting with King Charles in London he said, “We must stop talking and start delivering. Climate finance is nowhere near available enough, accessible enough and affordable enough – especially for countries in the Global South.”

During the recent 8th OPEC International Seminar in Vienna, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said, “The phase down of fossil fuels is inevitable. It is in fact essential. But it cannot be irresponsible. We must manage this transition, ensuring energy security, accessibility and affordability, while also sustaining socio-economic development. The speed of the transition will be driven by how quickly we phase up zero carbon alternatives.”


Plug-in EV (PEV) sales, which were 10.4 million in 2022, are projected to reach 57 million vehicles by 2030. As an increasing number of PEV batteries approach end-of-life, suitable alternatives to being discarded in landfills are sought. Recycling EV batteries will become essential for meeting domestic demand, accommodating federally mandated sourcing requirements, and reducing reliance on other countries.

The report, “Developing Solutions for Recycling End-of-Life EV Batteries,” presents analyses for future PEV sales, PEV battery production, and the potential volume of PEV batteries available for recycling. It includes an overview of potential business models for establishing a PEV battery recycling market and identifies key incentives and regulations that could ensure the safe removal, discharge, handling, and transportation of end-of-life PEV batteries to recycling facilities.


The electric construction vehicle industry has been coming into existence worldwide and beginning to display signs of future potential, with few EV construction vehicles in mass production. However, recent activity and announcements indicate the number of machines available is going to explode.

In the report, “Electric Vehicles in Construction 2023-2043,” a 10-year CAGR of 37% is forecasted by 2043. A small number of EV batteries with different chemistries are currently made, each with a different reason for its popularity both by type of construction vehicle and by global region. The factors driving cost of these batteries is still in flux and their success in the industry will be determined when those prices show cost of ownership of the EV construction vehicle to be cheaper than its diesel alternatives.


Other articles of interest in this TMIS eNewsletter for Summer 2023:

* Global nonprofit becomes carbon neutral by purchasing carbon credits in an effort to prevent the impacts of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable.

* Agronomists cite an increase in nitrogen efficiency and decrease in fertilizer expense, improving nutrient use efficiency (NUE) through use of biostimulants.

* claims plants make us more productive and help our creativity as well as reduce our stress levels.

* Gardens for Good 2023 selects 15 organic community gardens as winners for the meaningful role they play in making fresh, nutritious organic fruits and vegetables accessible in their communities.

* Food safety tips during summer picnics and barbecues.

* Fort Worth Zoo celebrates grand opening of Predators of Asia & Africa, just in time for summer vacation.


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- Mary Michele McLaughlin

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Population Growth and Climate Change Vulnerability are Linked, and So Are Effective Interventions, New NGO Report Finds
Washington, DC

On the eve of World Population Day, the Washington, DC-based NGO Population Institute published a report on "Population and Climate Vulnerability" demonstrating important connections between population growth and society's ability to manage climate change impacts.

Climate vulnerability is a measure of how climate change will affect people and ecosystems.  World Population Day is an annual UN observance highlighting the importance and urgency of population issues.

The new report finds that in the 80 most climate-vulnerable countries, population is growing on average at twice the global rate. The combination of severe climate impacts and faster growth strains governments' ability to provide basic services for climate adaptation and resilience, further aggravating climate impacts and vulnerability.

In many of the most climate-vulnerable countries, rapid population growth is linked to gender inequality, including lack of access to family planning and reproductive health services. The most climate-vulnerable countries suffer some of the worst gender inequality, undermining their  capacity for adaptation and resilience in the short-term, and fueling population growth and climate vulnerability in the long term.

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COP28 President-Designate calls for holistic ecosystem to drive climate action during London Climate Action Week
London, England

During London Climate Action Week 2023, COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, traveled to London to collaborate with British stakeholders to develop holistic ecosystems that connect policy, technology, finance, and people. During his visit, he collaborated with the UK Government on polices which enable greater climate investments, he galvanized investors to fund climate technology, and he consulted with youth climate advocates to help shape the COP28 agenda.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber met with a wide range of key stakeholders during a visit to London this week, including H.M King Charles III, the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, the Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP, and Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment, the Rt Hon. Lord Zac Goldsmith, as well as business leaders, university students and young climate advocates.

The COP28 President-Designate attended a roundtable on climate solutions joined by H.M King Charles III and attended by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London; Rt Hon. Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero; the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; and the CEOs of HSBC, AstraZeneca, OVO Energy, and Gridserve.

During London Climate Action Week, Dr. Al Jaber said, "If we are going to cut emissions by 43 percent in the next 7 years, we need a holistic ecosystem that connects policy, technology, finance and people. We need supportive policies to stimulate adoption of clean energies and incentivize decarbonization. We obviously need to apply the latest technologies rapidly and at scale. That will require finance and lots of capital across the world, and particularly in emerging and developing economies. And a critical success factor is people. We need capacity building, and skills development to train young people for the jobs of the future. Because we must deliver climate action and socio-economic opportunity at the same time."

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COP28 President-Designate calls on oil & gas industry to allocate capital to clean energy solutions
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, delivered a speech to the 8th OPEC International Seminar held this week in Vienna, in which he urged the oil & gas industry to allocate capital at scale to clean energy solutions. The theme of the seminar -- "Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Energy Transition" – represents "one of the most complex issues we collectively face," the President-Designate told the gathering of energy producers and consumers. "Dramatically reducing emissions, while maintaining robust sustainable growth, is the critical challenge of this century."

To meet that challenge, COP28 will need to "leverage the skills, the project management experience, the project finance expertise and the technological knowhow of all relevant industries, including and in particular the oil and gas industry."

While the oil & gas industry has long been viewed "as the problem" the sector should "take this opportunity to step up, flip the script and show the world once again how this industry is an important part of the solutions we need," the President-Designate told the audience. "We need to rapidly build a new clean energy system, while comprehensively decarbonizing the system we rely on today," he said.

Dr. Al Jaber repeated his call for the oil & gas industry to "up its game, urgently decarbonize its operations and take collective action to eliminate operational emissions," based on three imperatives. These include the entire industry aligning to achieve net zero by 2050, accelerating the industry-wide commitment to zero out methane emissions, and monitoring, measuring and validating progress every step of the way.

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Guidehouse Insights Explores Solutions for Recycling End-of-Life EV Batteries
Boulder, Colorado

A new report from Guidehouse Insights explores the development of solutions for recycling end-of-life EV batteries.

While the automotive industry grappled with supply-chain disruptions in 2022, production and sales of battery EVs (BEVs) surged in all major markets globally. This surge coincided with substantial increases in prices for minerals critical to producing batteries, which led to price increases for both BEVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs), collectively referred to as plug-in EVs (PEVs). According to Guidehouse Insights, plug-in EV (PEV) sales, which reached 10.4 million in 2022 worldwide, are projected to accelerate to 57 million vehicles by 2030, a global market share of 47% of all vehicles. An increasing number of PEV batteries will eventually reach the end of their useful life and require an alternative solution to being discarded into landfills, which violates environmental goals, policies, and regulations. The latest report by Guidehouse Insights focuses on recycling as a viable solution for end-of-life PEV batteries.

"Recycling is environmentally sustainable, and it meets broad government and industry strategic goals of mitigating international supply chain and geo-political risks by decreasing reliance on material extraction and refinement dominated by a handful of countries," says Adam Winston, research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. "For companies with established sustainability goals, sourcing battery materials globally generates additional emissions by transporting raw and refined materials, so localizing production will be key to meeting sustainability goals."

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The Electrifying Divide in Battery Chemistries for Construction EVs
Boston, Massachusetts

The success of electric vehicles in the construction industry will largely be determined by battery prices being low enough that the total cost of ownership is cheaper than diesel alternatives. IDTechEx's new report, "Electric Vehicles in Construction 2023-2043", shows that there is a battery price tipping point, under which it will be cheaper over the vehicle lifetime to operate an EV. Selecting the right chemistry then will be imperative for getting a low enough vehicle price. So why is a clear dichotomy seen between the batteries being deployed in China compared to Europe?

Electric vehicles in construction are an emerging market. Despite this, IDTechEx has built a database of more than 100 example makes and models across seven different construction vehicle categories. However, with lots of vehicles still yet to be released, only 49 database entries have confirmed chemistry information. With Europe and China being more established markets for electric construction vehicles, conclusions about battery chemistry trends from OEMs in these regions can be made. What is obvious at this early stage is that Europe heavily favors NMC, while China has chosen LFP.  

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iDE Has Achieved Carbon Neutrality
Denver, Colorado

Global nonprofit iDE has announced it has reached carbon neutrality, a major milestone in its efforts to be part of the solution to climate change and help bring about positive change for low-income communities served by the organization. Becoming carbon neutral means the organization has purchased offsets, known as carbon credits, for its emissions, which come from the use of electricity, and emissions made by iDE directly, from operating heaters, air conditioners, and vehicles, for example.

Dedicated to ending poverty by powering developing world entrepreneurs, iDE last year pledged to go even further on cutting emissions, and reach "net zero" – not only offsetting but producing as few emissions as possible – by the end of 2030. To reach net zero, iDE will also purchase "carbon renewal credits" to offset any emissions we continue creating. Carbon renewal credits remove carbon from the atmosphere and are different from "carbon credits" which reduce or avoid emissions.

iDE CEO Lizz Ellis said the organization wanted to be a role model for contributing no net emissions, joining international efforts to contain global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. "iDE works in countries across powering rural entrepreneurs to end poverty," says Ellis. "These entrepreneurs, and the low-income communities they work in, are the least responsible for changing climate, yet are the most vulnerable to its consequences and are dealing with its impacts today. We believe everyone – governments, companies, nonprofits and individuals – has a role to play in reducing emissions, preventing the worst impacts of climate change and ensuring vulnerable people can continue to increase their incomes and improve their wellbeing."

Ellis said iDE recognized the need for reducing the negative climate impacts of its work and aimed to lead the nonprofit sector by example when it came to becoming carbon neutral and reaching net zero.

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Increasing Nutrient Use Efficiency Amidst High Input Costs from FBSciences' Agronomy Team
Memphis, Tennessee

Efficient use of resources is key to maximizing yield potential and optimizing a grower's return on their fertilizer investment. Improving nutrient use efficiency (NUE) is a major concern for farmers as they plan input applications. In a recent study on biostimulants, growers cited an increase in nitrogen efficiency and a decrease in fertilizer expenses as one of the key drivers for the use of biostimulants*. As growers look to optimize inputs while meeting productivity goals, address regulatory pressure, and ultimately improve ROI, biostimulants provide a powerful tool to increase NUE.

Large fertilizer applications are an effective way to maximize yield, but this can result in offsite nutrient loss, which has led to increasing regulatory pressure. The European Commission aims to reduce nutrient losses by 50% by 2030, while maintaining soil fertility for crop production. This is projected to result in an overall 20% reduction in NPK fertilizer inputs. Compounding this challenge of reduced inputs, it is well known that 25–65% of fertilizers applied to crops are not fully utilized. Fertilizer efficiency can be impacted by a great number of factors, including environmental conditions, crop management, water quality, and soil health. As growers contend with these challenges, many are turning to biostimulants to optimize their NUE and increase their return on investment in fertilizer.

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Plants to the Rescue
London, England

This year an ambulance makes an appearance at the Oxford Business Park for National Plants at Work Week 2023. "The ambulance felt like the perfect tool to confirm the importance of plants to our health and wellbeing," confirmed plants@work Ambassador Ian Drummond.

Of course onlookers were keen to know who was in need of medical help. Watching from afar one person noted something wasn't quite right -- plants kept appearing/peeping out of the back of the ambulance and by the doors.

Searching for the bed and the patient in the ambulance was difficult as the back was full of plants!

"Research over many years has shown that plants improve our moods, reduce stress levels and generally help our workflow," commented Ian Drummond. "They can improve our performance and concentration plus they lessen noise by deflecting and diffracting sound."

Shirley Smith of Botanica Nurseries who has several clients in the business park and looks after their plant installations with the same care as doctors and their patients, commented, "Plants make us more productive and help our creativity as well as reduce our stress levels."

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Nature's Path Organic Foods Announces its 2023 Gardens for Good Winners
Richmond, British Columbia

Nature's Path Organic Foods, North America's leading organic breakfast and snack food company, has announced the 15 winners of its 2023 Gardens for Good program. The grant recipients -- 10 organic community gardens from the United States and 5 from Canada -- were selected for the meaningful role they play in making fresh, nutritious organic fruits and vegetables accessible in their communities.

"Gardens for Good embodies our commitment to helping make organic food accessible to all," says Jyoti Stephens, VP of Mission and Strategy at Nature's Path Organic Foods. "These gardens strengthen their communities, not only by growing organic food for those who need it most but by creating spaces where people can learn and grow together."

Nature's Path Organic Foods will donate $7,500 each to the 15 deserving gardens, totaling more than $100,000. The 2023 winners were selected using a comprehensive judging process which includes: public voting, the ability to establish and maintain a garden, the compelling nature in which the garden is described, and the demonstrated need within the community.  They represent a diverse range of projects and communities, all with the common goal of sustainable, community-centered organic growing.

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Food Safety During Picnics and Barbecues
Silver Spring, Maryland

Summer is the perfect time for picnics and barbecues. During these outdoor gatherings, it's important to keep food safety in mind. This time of year is a favorite for foodborne bacteria that cause foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning), because they multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F. Follow the tips below to keep you and your loved ones safe when eating outdoors.

Before your picnic or barbecue

  • Defrost meat, poultry, and seafood in the refrigerator. If you thaw by submerging in cold water or defrost in the microwave, cook the food immediately afterward.
  • Never reuse marinade that touched raw foods unless you boil it first. Instead, you can set some of the marinade aside before marinating food to use for sauce later.
  • Marinate foods in the fridge, not the countertop.
  • Wash all produce before eating, even if you plan to peel it. The knife you use to peel it can spread bacteria into the part you eat. Produce that is pre-cut or peeled should be refrigerated or kept on ice to maintain quality and safety.
  • If your picnic site doesn't offer clean water access, bring water and soap or pack moist disposable towelettes for cleaning surfaces and hands.
  • Don't forget to pack a food thermometer!
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Wild Adventure Awaits at the Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth, Texas

With its newest habitat Predators of Asia & Africa,, the Fort Worth Zoo hosts the wildest summer adventure yet! Discover and interact with some of the most dramatic and skilled hunters of the animal kingdom like never before, only at the Fort Worth Zoo. This new habitat features many exciting new elements:

* Cascading waterfalls, lush grass, trees and rock structures form enriching, naturalistic spaces for the Zoo's carnivores of Asia and Africa, often separating guests by only a pane of glass.
* Upon entering the Zoo, guests are greeted by our pride of African lions in their beautiful and enhanced new home. Guests can also observe the pride from above at the top of the waterfall flowing through the entire Predators complex.
* Guests continue their journey into Asia to meet a species new to the Zoo: the elusive clouded leopard. Following the winding, shaded walk, guests discover the critically endangered Sumatran tiger and get up close and personal with the intriguing striped hyena.
* Upon crossing into Africa, guests encounter the cheetah, the fastest land mammal on earth. These animals return to the Zoo in an enriching and newly expanded habitat. Beyond the grotto, a pack of African painted dogs also rejoin us. Finally, the Zoo welcomes African leopards for the first time in its 114-year history. Don't miss the playful, young sibling duo that now live here at the Zoo.
* Multiple aviaries house several exotic bird species, including the red-crowned crane, Satyr tragopan, African pygmy falcon and more.
* Most importantly, complete with educational programming such as keeper chats, Predators of Asia & Africa, will share the critical messages of conservation and environmental stewardship.

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