Fri.Sep 25, 2020

The Battery Revolution Is Real, And It’s Here

CleanTechnica

The battery revolution is very real, and it's here. Popular Tesla fan Viv noted that the topics Tesla focused on for Battery Day weren't just another research project, but represented an actual technological revolution.

More reflections about regenerative grazing and the future of meat

GreenBiz

More reflections about regenerative grazing and the future of meat. Jim Giles. Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:30. Editor's note: Last week's Foodstuff discussion on the impact of regenerative grazing on emissions from meat production prompted a flurry of comments from the GreenBiz community. This essay advances the dialogue. Let’s get back to the beef brouhaha I wrote about last week.

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Airbus Wants ZEROe To Be 1st Zero-Emission Commercial Aircraft In The World … By 2035 (Videos)

CleanTechnica

Airbus wants to develop the "world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft," but its timeline for doing so is "by 2035.".

No new gas-powered cars by 2035, California governor says

Inhabitat - Innovation

California Governor Gavin Newsom's new executive order bans the sale of all new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks by 2035. After that, only zero-emissions new cars will be sold in the state of California. Californians will still be able to own, drive, buy and sell used cars that run on gas

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First Solar’s Thin-Film PV Modules Chosen For Largest Urban Solar Power Plant In Europe

CleanTechnica

A solar power plant being built in Bordeaux, France, on a former landfill is expected to be the largest "urban" solar PV power plant in Europe. It is using First Solar, Inc. Nasdaq: FSLR) solar modules.

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First stop: Climate commitments. Next stop: Climate action?

GreenBiz

First stop: Climate commitments. Next stop: Climate action? Sarah Golden. Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:00. It’s Climate Week: the time of year that climate leaders and professionals usually descend upon New York City in a cloud of transportation emissions to talk climate ambitions and targets. . Like everything else this year, Climate Week wasn’t the usual. Sessions and panels were virtual. There were no breakfast buffets. People presumably drank alone instead of mingling at happy hours.

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Record number of pilot whales get stranded, die in Tasmania

Inhabitat - Innovation

Over 380 long-finned pilot whales have been confirmed dead after nearly 500 were stranded on Tasmania's west coast

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Renault Attacks Idling Pollution At Schools

CleanTechnica

27% of parents in the UK admit to idling while waiting for their children — men more than 50% likely to do so than women (or more than 50% likely to admit it). As a result, "1 in 3 children in the UK breathe unsafe levels of air pollution," according to Renault.

Episode 238; Facebook faces up to criticism, Climate Week conversation

GreenBiz

Episode 238; Facebook faces up to criticism, Climate Week conversation. Heather Clancy. Fri, 09/25/2020 - 02:00. Week in Review. Stories discussed this week (7:40). Global net-zero commitments double in less than a year. Walmart drives toward zero-emission goal for its entire fleet by 2040. Anthology "All We Can Save" passes the mic to female climate leaders. Features. Facebook faces up to climate misinformation (18:20) .

6 Graphics Explain The Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

CleanTechnica

Fires blazing across the Western United States have claimed dozens of lives, destroyed countless properties, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and worsened air quality at a time when the coronavirus pandemic threatens respiratory health.

HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop hidden in a tranquil park

Inhabitat - Innovation

Tucked away into a forested area on the edge of Taiwan’s Zhubei City, the HOH Cafe is a shipping container coffee shop that offers a quiet respite for the area’s busy residents

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Doing Something About Global Warming Is Cheaper Than Doing Nothing

CleanTechnica

Carbon sequestration does not have to cost any more than nations have already spend on fighting the coronavirus. New polls show climate change is high on the list of concerns for voters. So why is the US not taking a leading role? George Carlin has the answer.

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center blends into the landscape

Inhabitat - Innovation

Petr Janda / brainwork studio has won an international competition with its design of the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Visitor Center, a proposed center that would service the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve located southeast of central Abu Dhabi

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Electric Vehicles Have Arrived Much Faster Than Anticipated

CleanTechnica

The age of electric vehicles is upon us. Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Elon Musk Europe Tesla

How to make soy wax candles for a cozy, autumnal home

Inhabitat - Innovation

Learn how to make DIY soy candles for your home and to give as gifts

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Lynk & Co Will Reveal ZERO Concept Electric SUV At Beijing Auto Show

CleanTechnica

At the Beijing auto show next week, Lynk & Co will reveal its ZERO Concept built on its latest Sustainable Experience Architecture. Electric Cars Electric SUV Lynk Co Sustainable Experience Architecture ZERO Concept

Total Buys 3.3GW Solar Portfolio and Signs World’s Largest Corporate PPA…With Itself

GreenTechMedia

French oil major Total added another 3.3 gigawatts of Spanish solar to its renewables portfolio on Friday as it chases down a target of 25 GW by 2025. The company also revealed it has signed a corporate power purchase agreement for 6 TWh of power from around 3 GW of its Spanish solar portfolio. That makes it the largest corporate PPA in the world. Google signed a 1.6 GW deal across 18 projects last year.

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NASA & HeroX Seek Innovative Energy Solutions To Power Lunar Activities

CleanTechnica

Up to $5M in Prizes to Support Sustained Presence on the Moon. Batteries Clean Power Energy Storage Lithium-Ion Batteries Press Releases Research Science HeroX NASA Renewable Energy space exploration storage

Meet the climate expert running to be the first female scientist in the Senate

Grist

Merav Ben-David may be the most unlikely candidate to pop up in the entire 2020 election cycle. The Israel-born wildlife ecologist and Democrat is running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, hoping to fill the vacancy left by Mike Enzi, who is retiring this year. In the most Republican state in the country, where oil, gas, and coal still form the bedrock of the local economy, Ben-David is running on a platform of “future-proofing” Wyoming for the transition to clean energy.

New Tech For Artificial Reefs Increases Marine Life & Vitality

CleanTechnica

Artificial reefs of all sizes can become habitat to marine life and help communities to grow. Agriculture CleanTechnica Exclusive Climate Change Health Community Foundation of Sarasota County Inc. Ocean Habitats Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Toronto operating 60 electric buses from 3 vendors

Charged

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), which claims to have the largest fleet of electric buses in North America, is now deploying its third new electric bus model. The TTC has approved procurement of 60 electric buses from three manufacturers: New Flyer, Proterra and BYD Canada. Approximately 35 e-buses are already in service across the city. The remaining 25 are currently undergoing final testing and commissioning activities, and are expected to be in service by the end of September.

Tesla Battery Day: A Travel Diary — Day #3: A Bunch Of Crazy Engineers

CleanTechnica

To hold an event with a large number of people in the time of the most severe pandemic the world has seen may not sound like a good idea, and some have been asking why do it at all. But it was a great idea.

Teaching environmental science in an era of destruction

Ideas 4 Sustainability

By Joern Fischer Today it’s Friday. And our children and students are back in the streets, doing what they can to bring about social change from the bottom up. The next generation is seriously concerned, and this concern is particularly prevalent among those studying subjects like ecology, sustainability, or environmental science. How do we, as … Continue reading →

The Week in impact investing: Dissent

Impact Alpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! Dissenters’ journey. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. That description of history’s path is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi (though trade unionist Nicholas Klein said something similar in 1918).

How to Reboot the US Clean Energy Industry

GreenTechMedia

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans worked in clean energy than there were school teachers in the country. Today, the booming clean energy sector is coping with hundreds of thousands of job losses as a result of the coronavirus recession. While some companies have continued to grow, others have taken a big hit. What will it take to not only get these jobs back, but to scale the clean energy sector to new heights? What would it look like to put clean energy at the center of a U.S.

Leak loggers support emergency effort in Beirut

Envirotec Magazine

An accidental blast destroyed infrastructure and buildings in the Port of Beirut and disrupted water services. Data technology company Ovarro responded quickly to a request for emergency leak detection equipment from the Veolia Foundation, which is supporting the rehabilitation of drinking water networks in the Port of Beirut, according to a press release.

Virginia’s Energy Storage Rules Are Being Written. Are They on the Right Track? [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

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Luxury travel trailer features solar panels, EV charging, battery storage

Charged

Volta Power Systems is providing a lithium-ion battery system for the 2021 Living Vehicle luxury travel trailer. The Living Vehicle system offers up to 3,080 watts of solar power and 47.6 kWh of energy storage. Living Vehicle owners can also charge their EVs using optional 240-volt exportable power. Living Vehicle’s luxury trailers are designed to enable owners to maximize their time off-grid.

From the Lab: the Energy Transition Needs Perovskite PV and Alternative Storage

GreenTechMedia

Adam Duran is Program Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Co-Director of the Shell GameChanger AcceleratorTM Powered by NREL. The energy sector is making progress toward low or zero-carbon generation. But even with recent technology developments and corporate and municipal action to deploy renewables, we still have a long way to go , and there is much debate about the best path forward.

Morgan Stanley’s net zero pledge is a call to action for Wall Street

EDF + Business

By Ben Ratner and Gabriel Malek. US banks have the political and financial leverage needed to play a major role in averting disruptive climate damage to the world economy.