Fri.Jan 17, 2020

Germany Will Pay $45 Billion To Rid Itself Of The Scourge Of Coal

CleanTechnica

Germany has announced a new plan to close its coal mines and coal generating stations by 2038. Is it enough? Of course not. But it's better than running away from the problem like the United States is doing. Coal Fossil Fuels Policy & Politics coal plant closures coal policy Germany lignite

A surge of new plastic production is on the way

GreenBiz

Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their fuels, are ramping up their plastics output. Circular Economy Climate Justice oil plastic Shell

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Is Tesla A Step Closer To The 1 Million-Mile Battery?

CleanTechnica

In 2019, Elon Musk announced that Tesla had a "1 million-mile battery pack" in the making. He said that it was going into production "next year," which is now here.

Ramboll helps Lombok locals build earthquake-resistant bamboo housing

Inhabitat - Innovation

Back in 2018 when Lombok was struck by several earthquakes, some of which measured up to magnitude 7, local communities around the seismic region were greatly affected by loss. After the series of earthquakes settled, there were over 500 dead, 129,000 homes damages and 445,000 people homeless

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Opaque To Transparent Solar Photovoltaics — Have Koreans Identified The Ideal Tech To Transform Windows Into Solar Power Producers?

CleanTechnica

CleanTechnica has previously covered transparent, two-layer solar film, but time flies — that was mostly back in 2012 and .

How can we adapt to climate change? This online hub has answers

GreenBiz

A database of practical tools, case studies, state and regional action plans, and other resources offers lessons on building resiliency. Policy & Politics resilience Risk & Resilience

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Planet Beyond earbuds combine tech, sustainability and fashion

Inhabitat - Innovation

These high-tech earbuds double as unique jewelry

BoxPower Supplies Two Portable Microgrids For Use In Puerto Rico

CleanTechnica

BoxPower has supplied two of its portable microgrids to communities in Puerto Rico left without electricity after a series of earthquakes wiped out parts of the island's electrical grid.

Airstream unveils new 2020 camper with smart technology

Inhabitat - Innovation

Airstream is a long-standing American legend beloved by many roaming road warriors, but now the iconic campers have been given a sleek modern makeover

Renault Zoe & Tesla Model 3 Pull France To Record Heights — 2019 EV Sales Report

CleanTechnica

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market registered a record 7,250 units in December, +28% year over year (YoY), a new all time record.

Telecommuting has benefits, but here's why employers aren't more flexible

GreenBiz

One of the benefits is getting workers off the road. Transportation Transportation & Mobility

US Energy Storage Market May Grow 12X By End Of 2024 (Interview)

CleanTechnica

The recent Wood Mackenzie Q4 2019 US Energy Storage Monitor report contains a number of insights about energy storage trends. Daniel Finn-Foley, head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie, generously answered some questions about the report for CleanTechnica.

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Grant awarded for facility to convert waste plastic to hydrogen

Envirotec Magazine

Hydrogen fuel pumps at a service station in Washington DC, USA: The fuel generated by the Ellesmore Port facility will be used locally to power transport.

Volkswagen Buys A 20% Interest In Chinese Battery Manufacturer

CleanTechnica

Volkswagen has invested $560 million for a 20 percent stake in Chinese battery manufacturer Guoxuan. Batteries Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Energy Storage Lithium-Ion Batteries battery manufacturing Guoxuan volkswagen VW

Episode 203: Conversations about the State of Green Business

GreenBiz

Plus, an interview with John Schulz, director of sustainability integration at AT&T, and outtakes from the State of Green Business webcast. Podcast State of Green Business 2020 GreenBiz 350 Podcast

India x Cleantech — January 2020

CleanTechnica

Welcome to another issue of our new India x Cleantech series! On a monthly basis, we are pulling news from across clean technology sectors in India into a single, concise summary article about the country.

Inspecting pipelines with OGI

Envirotec Magazine

FLIR Systems has published a new application spotlight that highlights the role its Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras are playing in detecting gas leaks from oil and gas pipelines. These often stretch long distances, carrying a variety of materials.

A Brief 100-Year History Of Iran-West Relationships

Jim Conca

History is amazing and fascinating. Unfortunately, Americans have lost interest in the subject. Most think the present hostilities with Iran stem from the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the United States hostage crisis that followed. But the issues go back much further than that

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The Haeckels Victorian-style bathing machine has a sauna inside

Inhabitat - Innovation

Is there anything better than self-care by the sea? UK-based skincare brand Haeckels is on a mission to reintroduce the local community of Margate Beach to the healing powers of the ocean

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Green New Deal promises to re-evaluate the European economy to meet climate challenges

Envirotec Magazine

Sweeping changes to the European economy to better meet the challenges of climate change and ecological breakdown were promised by the European Green Deal, unveiled on 11 December in a speech in Brussels by the European Commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen.

New Marine Education Center in Malm raises climate change awareness

Inhabitat - Innovation

In Malmo, Sweden, the recently completed Marine Education Center is giving visitors a closer look at the effects of climate change and sustainable technology

Embracing the suck

Envirotec Magazine

As the slipping of climate targets continues, it’s becoming increasingly clear that cutting emissions won’t be enough to keep global temperature increases below the 2ºC target enshrined by the 2015 Paris agreement.

Rhode Island aims for 100% renewables by 2030

Solar Power World

The rapidly growing group of states looking to thwart climate change by adopting 100% renewable energy policies has a new member. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order today establishing the goal of meeting all of the state’s electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030.

Heat recovery from waste

Envirotec Magazine

Zero Liquid Discharge, or ZLD, is a technique which aims to discharge no liquid waste to the environment, instead recovering as many products from the ‘waste’ stream as possible and leaving just water, which can be re-used.

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Not all solar customers are the same, so adjust your sales approach to their needs

Solar Power World

By Carletta Clyatt, senior VP, The Omnia Group Whether through bias, habit or work weariness, we often expect people to want what we want and be motivated by the same things we are. In the sales profession, this attitude is especially dangerous.

Governments should prepare for 3m sea-level rise by 2100, says IMechE

Envirotec Magazine

Flooded streets in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in October 2016.

Polysilicon Industry Awaits Certainty on US-China Trade Deal

GreenTechMedia

The trade deal signed between the United States and China this week brought a jolt of positivity to U.S. polysilicon manufacturers, who have for years struggled to stay competitive while tariffs hampered access to the Chinese market, which accounts for more than 90 percent of polysilicon demand.

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Monitoring nuisance odours

Envirotec Magazine

Odour nuisance is one of the most difficult issues facing many sites today. When a complaint is made, it’s essential that a reliable and representative air sample is taken as quickly as possible.

Oil and Gas Sector Told to Step Up Climate Game or Lose Investment

GreenTechMedia

The oil and gas industry is on the verge of losing its “social license” — the goodwill required for companies to attract investors and avoid public backlash — as a result of its inadequate response to climate change. Tim Eggar, the chairman of the sector’s U.K.

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Multi-liner pipe project success

Envirotec Magazine

A multi-disciplinary team of drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc has completed the lining of a drainage pipe nearly 1-km long on behalf of a contractor working for Scottish Water.