BMW USA Sales 2014–2019: Getting Slammed By Tesla Or Not?

CleanTechnica

For several years, we've considered BMW to be most at risk from Tesla's rise. The BMW brand's trademark "the ultimate driving machine" tagline got stolen away from the German automaker. Even Edmunds went out and called the Tesla Model 3 the ultimate driving machine.)

Audi USA Sales In 2014–2019 — Hurt Significantly By Tesla Or Not?

CleanTechnica

I recently decided to take a closer look at BMW USA sales over the past 6 years in order to try to examine how much BMW was being hurt by Tesla's popularity in the United States.

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Origins of Tesla, Tesla Roadster Disruptive Tech Graph, Range Anxiety Anxiety — Tesla Google Flashbacks from 2014

CleanTechnica

What was the media writing about Tesla 5 years ago? What was CleanTechnica writing about Tesla 5 years ago? How does all of this compare to Tesla headlines today.

Watch the Great Lakes Freeze Over

TIME Ecocentric

Correction appended February 26 You can measure a winter in many ways: temperature records, snow cover, even travel delays. But to truly see how frigid this winter has been—at least for the eastern half of the U.S.—you you need to go way up.

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How Uncle Sam Is Helping to Feed the Honeybees

TIME Ecocentric

When I wrote a cover story last August about the plight of the honeybees, I didn’t think I’d still be talking about it half a year later. Yet this afternoon I went down to Washington to address a meeting of the National Garden Club—and the topic, of course, was honeybees.

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

TIME Ecocentric

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ended World War II.

Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor

TIME Ecocentric

Invasive species aren’t just species — they can also be pathogens. Such is the case with the West Nile virus.

Save the Polar Bear—Today Especially

TIME Ecocentric

It’s International Polar Bear today, so if you live within shouting distance of the Arctic Circle, hug the closest polar bear. Actually do not do that—an adult male polar bear is nearly half a ton of hungry predator and they are extremely dangerous.)

Our Global Diet Is Becoming Increasingly Homogenized—and That’s Risky

TIME Ecocentric

All it takes is a trip to the closest Whole Foods to discover how much more varied the offerings of an American grocery store have become in recent years.

Can Urban Beekeeping Stop the Beepocalypse?

TIME Ecocentric

I’m just going to say it: Los Angeles is abuzz over urban beekeeping. For years the city has had a thriving underground beekeeping culture, with hives kept in backyards by Los Angelenos who want their honey extra local.

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Oklahoma Shakes—Is Fracking to Blame?

TIME Ecocentric

It’s been a shaky week in Oklahoma. The Sooner State has experienced more than 150 earthquakes over the past week, far more than the Okies usually get. And while the vast majority of the quakes were fairly minor, one, on Feb. 16 measured 3.8

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon

TIME Ecocentric

You don’t get any brighter than the reflecting mirrors at the just-opened Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, in California‘s Mojave desert.

White House to Toughen Fuel Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

TIME Ecocentric

In 2011, the Obama Administration established the first fuel standards for medium and heavy vehicles, rules that called for a 20% reduction in heavy-vehicle emissions by 2018—though only for truck models 2014 to 2018.

A Landmark International Agreement to Halt Wildlife Trafficking Is Just the Beginning

TIME Ecocentric

Leading nations gathered in London this week for the highest-level meeting ever to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife products. Illegal wildlife trafficking—the unlawful slaughter of endangered animals to trade their valuable parts—has risen alarmingly in recent years.

Japan Mulls Nuclear Revival Not Even 3 Years After Fukushima

TIME Ecocentric

If there was one thing that seemed certain in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011—the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl—it was that nuclear power in Japan and the rest of the world was in major trouble.

The Making of an Ice Storm

TIME Ecocentric

How severe is the combination snow and ice storm whiplashing the Southeast today? At 7 AM today a weather balloon was launched from Atlanta, to aid meteorologists in determining just how badly screwed the Peach State was. Answer: very.)

U.S. Confronts Wildlife Trafficking With Ivory Trade Ban

TIME Ecocentric

Wildlife trafficking—the illegal killing of endangered animals and international trade in their parts—isn’t just a conservation problem. It’s a worldwide threat, one tied to global crime syndicates and international terrorism. So it’s good to see the U.S.—the

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While Britain Floods, Politicians Debate Climate Change

TIME Ecocentric

Britons are normally never more comfortable than when talking about the weather, but recent extreme weather events have began to test that theory. Since December, the U.K. has faced a relentless assault from some of the worst winter weather on record.

California’s Farmers Need Water. Is Desalination the Answer?

TIME Ecocentric

President Obama will get to see California‘s disastrous drought first hand today on a visit to the farming city of Fresno. It won’t be a pretty sight. While the conditions are arid across the state, with 91.6% of California in severe to exceptional drought, agricultural areas are suffering the worst. The state’s Central Valley has long been the fruit and vegetable basket of the country, growing nearly half of U.S. produce.

Quit Your Whining—For the U.S., January Wasn’t That Cold

TIME Ecocentric

And it’s not just New York: cities from Boston to Atlanta to Chicago have experienced the deep freeze of 2014. That puts January 2014—the month of the much vaunted polar vortex—right in the middle historically, making it the 53rd coldest January over the past 120 years. I should be in Florida.

California Is Finally Set to Get Rain, But It Won’t Quench the Drought

TIME Ecocentric

How extreme is the drought in California? Right now the federal government says that every square mile of California is in some state of drought—and 14.62% of the state, concentrated in central California’s agricultural heartland, is in the most extreme state of exceptional drought. Rainfall in some of the most populated parts of the state have been all but nonexistent—since July 1, San Francisco has experienced just 5.85

Announcing Our Seed Investment in UtilityAPI

Better Ventures

Accelerating the Transition to Solar Energy We are thrilled to announce our seed investment in UtilityAPI , an enterprise software company that is accelerating the worldwide shift to renewable energy by making it easier and more cost effective to switch to solar.

Five Questions with DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman

TIME Ecocentric

There’s never a bad time to be named CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but when Ellen Kullman took over the 211-year-old DuPont at the beginning of 2009, things could have been better. The global economy was tanking, sales were dropping and the future was hazy. Fast forward five years later, though, and DuPont is surging.

Announcing Seed Investment in Augary

Better Ventures

Computer Vision Technology Saves Lives Through Safer Roads We are pleased to announce our seed investment in Augary , a company that saves lives by using computer vision and artificial intelligence to help fleets drive more safely while capturing valuable visual information about the world.

Fracking out your back door

Martin LaMonica

Anybody who follows energy knows that the biggest story, by far, is fracking. The combination of the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling has opened up huge reserves of natural gas, oil, and other hydrocarbons in the U.S. It’s pushed the U.S. closer toward the once-fanciful notion of energy independence and is bringing massive investment as chemical companies seek to take advantage of cheap natural gas.

Why Everything’s A Tesla Killer: Tesla Stuffing, For Science

CleanTechnica

For both Tesla fans and Tesla critics (including the extreme versions of both kinds of Tesla-interested people), there's definitely one thing all of us in and out of Tesla-dom can agree on: the "Tesla Killer" thing is getting old (even for a young brand like Tesla).

SunFunder Raises $2.5M Series A Round Led by Khosla Impact

Better Ventures

Funding will Catalyze Goal of Deploying $1B in Solar Loans We are thrilled to announce that Better Ventures portfolio company SunFunder recently closed a Series A round with Khosla Impact and a group of existing angel investors. This is a big milestone for SunFunder and marks the next step on their journey to be the leader in emerging market solar finance.

NBD Nano Raises $5.2M Series A Round Led by Phoenix Venture Partners

Better Ventures

Funding Will Advance Development and Commercialization of Water Condensation Technologies We are excited to report that Better Ventures portfolio company NBD Nano has closed a $5.2M Series A round of financing led by Phoenix Venture Partners , a leading venture firm in advanced materials innovations. Supply Chain Ventures and previous angel investors also participated in the round.

LeadGenius Raises $6M Series A Round Led by Sierra Ventures

Better Ventures

Funding will Scale Sales Acceleration Solutions while Creating Thousands of Fair Wage Jobs Worldwide We are thrilled to report that Better Ventures portfolio company LeadGenius (formerly MobileWorks) has closed a $6M Series A round of financing led by Sierra Ventures. Other participating investors include Kapor Capital, Bee Partners, Sam Altman, 500 Startups, and others. Tim Guleri from Sierra Ventures will be joining the board of the Berkeley, CA-based company.

Better Ventures Fund II Raises $6M in First Close

Better Ventures

Two Investments Completed and Actively Seeking New Deals We normally reserve this space for portfolio news, but we wanted to steal the limelight momentarily to announce that we held our first close for Better Ventures Fund II on October 2nd!

Hindustan Ambassador Reimagined As eAmby Concept

CleanTechnica

In continuous production from 1958 to 2014, the original Hindustan Ambassador was something of a local hero to India, not unlike VW’s iconic Type 1 Beetle in the US during the 1960s and ’70s.

Florida Aquarium captures baby coral breakthrough on video

Inhabitat - Innovation

Since a major disease outbreak attacked Florida’s coral reefs in 2014, scientists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and NOAA Fisheries

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Tigo Expands TS4-A Platform with New Add-on UL-system-certified Rapid Shutdown Solution

altenergymag

The TS4-A-S (Safety Add-on) meets module-level rapid shutdown & global safety requirements as a UL-system-certified solution for NEC 2014, 2017, and 2020

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Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

CleanTechnica

The chart below shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of capacity in January.

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Tesla & The Illusion of Masculinity

CleanTechnica

The article, published in 2014, highlights an outlook that many have not just on Tesla, but on the auto industry as a whole.

A Case Study in Solar Investment Success – Freyr Energy

CleanTech Group

Established in 2014, Freyr Energy Services designs, builds and transfers solar systems for residential, micro, small and medium commercial and industrial customers in. Energy Efficiency Solar Venture Capital

Architecture students build temporary music festival venue using 160 repurposed apple bins

Inhabitat - Innovation

The project is another in a line of “diversion design-build” concept stages, known fondly as the “Treeline Stage,” built by the school for the festival since 2014.

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Despite SUV Craze, Tesla Model 3 Dominates US Luxury Vehicle Market

CleanTechnica

In December 2014, he said Tesla was working on “a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake.” If there’s anything Elon Musk loves, it’s bringing a gadget out of a sci-fi novel to life.

Agent of Impact: Sarah Kearney, Prime Coalition

Impact Alpha

Kearney founded Prime Coalition in 2014 to execute a blueprint for driving capital to early-stage technologies that can take big bites out of carbon emissions and help forestall the worst impacts. ImpactAlpha, May 29 – Venture capital seems optimized to fund Instagram, not impact.

Agent of Impact: Kizzmekia Corbett, National Institutes of Health

Impact Alpha

The viral immunologist has been studying coronaviruses like SARS and MERS since she arrived at the National Institutes of Health in 2014. ImpactAlpha, Apr. 17 – Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett had a jump on COVID-19.

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