Thu.Jun 25, 2020

USA Could Hit 90% Clean Electricity By 2035

CleanTechnica

Experts disagree about how fast the United States can replace coal and gas-fired power plants with zero-carbon electricity. Some say we can shift to 100 percent clean power by 2050 with little friction and minimal cost. Others.

China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

Jim Conca

China now has a network of satellites, high-speed missiles, and super-EMP weapons that could melt down our electric grid, fry critical communications, and even takeout the ability of our aircraft carrier groups to respond.

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Wärtsilä To Design & Equip Two Electric Ferries For Norway

Cynthia Shahan

A few weeks ago CleanTechnica covered Wärtsilä's new emissions-free barge, with interchangeable energy containers. Before that, it was tugboats (in 2017). Soon, we may find out how captivating it would be to get a glimpse of electric cars on electric ferries!

To B or not to B? More tech companies should ask themselves that question

GreenBiz

To B or not to B? More tech companies should ask themselves that question. Heather Clancy. Thu, 06/25/2020 - 02:00.

High-Powered Wireless EV Charging — Is It Finally Time?

CleanTechnica

As long as I've been covering electric vehicles (nearly a decade) there's been a debate in the industry about the potential for high-powered wireless charging.

The Surprising Effects of Construction on the Environment

The Environmental Blog

The construction industry is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions , playing a huge role in climate change. The effects of construction on the environment are immense from mining precious resources, extracting materials, and destroying habitat.

Electric Vehicles Cheaper Than Diesels For Uber Drivers In Many European Capitals

CleanTechnica

Transport & Environment has a new report out that shows electric cars can be cheaper for Uber drivers to use than diesel cars in many European capital cities, including Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, and Berlin.

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Minnesota Sues ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, & American Petroleum Institute

CleanTechnica

Minnesota has sued ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and API, alleging they have breached state laws against defrauding consumers. Fossil Fuels Policy & Politics American Petroleum Insititute ExxonMobil Koch Industries Minnesota Minnesota climate suit

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Whether pandemic or climate crisis, you better get your data right

GreenBiz

Whether pandemic or climate crisis, you better get your data right. Paolo Natali. Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:30. According to polls, it was mid-March when most of us in the United States understood the severity of COVID-19.

BP Takes $18 Billion Writedown — What’s Up With That?

CleanTechnica

BP has taken an $18 billion dollar writedown on the value of its oil and gas reserves. Still feel like investing in oil companies? Fossil Fuels BP BP write down Ørsted renewables vs fossil fuel

Luxury prefab Costa Rican home features dramatic wing-like roof

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a remote jungle on the hilltops of Costa Rica's Santa Teresa province, San José-based architecture firm Studio Saxe has completed Santiago Hills Villa, a luxury home that embraces nature in more ways than one.

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West Coast Electric Utilities Map Out I-5 Electric Truck Charging Sites

Cynthia Shahan

Reliable EV charging infrastructure is critical for a transition to electric vehicles, and that includes electric trucks. It seems US West Coast utilities understand that very well, as they are taking a lead and pushing society in the needed direction.

Parent shares process of making life-size board game from cardboard

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Big Sunny Board Game Challenge is more than a game; it’s an adventure

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Phantom AI + Renesas Offering Full Stack ADAS

Zachary Shahan

Phantom AI and Renesas have partnered in order to offer "full stack Level 2 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) solutions" for automakers and Tier 1 suppliers.

SDG Ambition: Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action

GreenBiz

SDG Ambition: Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action. Now more than ever, companies everywhere must unite in the business of a more resilient, sustainable world. Despite progress made in many areas, we are not on track to deliver on the SDGs by 2030.

Adam Jonas Is Bullish On GM But Bearish On Tesla

Steve Hanley

Morgan Stanley auto analyst Adam Jonas thinks GM could be worth $100 billion — someday. He also thinks Tesla stock will give up a third of its recent gains. Is he right?

Maggies Leeds Centre provides a calming refuge for cancer patients

Inhabitat - Innovation

Maggie’s Leeds Centre follows biophilic design principles with its natural materials palette and incorporation of lush greenery around, on top of and inside the building

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Jaguar I-PACE Gets More Bling — A Lot More Bling!

CleanTechnica

Jaguar has announced that the I-PACE is getting significantly upgraded infotainment, charging, driver-assist technology, and design. Let's have a look.

By 2029, Half of New US Wind Installations Will Be Offshore

GreenTechMedia

The United States offshore wind industry is set to ramp up from near-zero today to as much as 25 gigawatts in 2029, according to new Wood Mackenzie research.

Volvo + Waymo

CleanTechnica

Volvo Car Group announced today that it is partnering with Waymo, the self-driving tech firm that spun out of Google (is still a subsidiary of Alphabet). That means Volvo, Polestar, and Lynk & Co. are all now exclusively partnering with Waymo on the self-driving side of things.

Scientists support use of reusable containers during COVID-19 pandemic

Inhabitat - Innovation

The team, which includes scientists from 18 countries, has published a document stating that reusable containers are safe

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Rocky Mountain Institute Launches New Climate Tech Accelerator

CleanTechnica

Faced with the rising urgency of the climate crisis, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Energy Nexus are proud to announce the launch of a new joint venture called Third Derivative (or D3, for short) — built to accelerate the rate of climate innovation.

UK Government’s Advisers Urge It to Back Hydrogen Economy in Stimulus Plans

GreenTechMedia

The U.K. government’s official climate change advisory body is calling for fast-tracking investment in early-stage hydrogen infrastructure, as well as prioritizing carbon capture and storage and EV charging infrastructure, as immediate responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

Importance Of Accelerating EV Adoption To Reduce CO2 Emissions, Using Kenya As An Example (Part 2)

CleanTechnica

We continue our series on the importance of accelerating EV adoption to reduce CO2 emissions. This time we take a look at the impact of motorcycles.

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Clean Energy Business Network Weekly Bulletin- June 25

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Clean Energy Business Network, June 25, 2020 This week, CEBN summarizes the new House infrastructure bill in our latest blog post, CRES releases results from a survey of Republican voters, and a new partnership sets its sights on modernizing the US energy transmission network.

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What Nikola Corporation’s (NKLA’s) Stock Price Tells Us … And What It Doesn’t

Frugal Moogal

On Thursday, May 4th, Nikola Corporation slipped quietly onto the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol NKLA, opening at $37.55 a share, and then it spent the rest of it's debut week bouncing around near that price before more than doubling on Monday, May 8th, when it closed at $.

Fusion Energy Innovation: Accelerated Progress in 2020

CleanTech Group

The world has a major problem to solve. By 2040, we will need 29 trillion KWh of new energy generation to support 9. Energy & Power Nuclear Fusion Sector Insights Energy Grid fusion nuclear fusion power

Electric Vehicles Tread Water Under COVID-19, So What’s Next?

CleanTechnica

The COVID-19 crisis has tanked auto sales, but electric vehicles are still holding up under the pressure and the stage is set for a gasmobile crash.

6 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged in Building a Sustainable Business

Green Business Bureau

Establishing a green team, also known as a sustainability department or committee in an organization is definitely a right step in the direction towards a sustainable journey. Though it seems daunting, setting up and managing a green team is achievable through certain steps.

Get Your Applications In For Zero-Emission Freight & Marine Projects In California!

CleanTechnica

Public agencies and private businesses, ask your grant writers to get in motion and do the paperwork to submit your applications for zero-emission freight and marine projects.

Building a better post-COVID food system with investments in small businesses in developing economies

Impact Alpha

COVID-19 is – and will continue to have – a huge impact on global food and nutrition security. On the supply side, restrictions on movement is leading to crops rotting in fields and farmers losing their livelihoods.

Linear Labs to build new electric motor plant in Texas

Charged

The city of Fort Worth and electric motor company Linear Labs have signed a $68.9-million economic incentive package. Linear Labs plans to secure a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to support thousands of new, skilled jobs over the next 10 years.

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Is Carbon Transparency Coming?

GreenTechMedia

A handful of companies have experimented with labeling the carbon content of their products, but it's never caught on. That might be changing. Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell recently called carbon “the new calorie" after the electronics maker implemented a new CO2 label on all its packaging.

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Summer just started and the Arctic already topped 100 degrees

Grist

Life in the small town of Verkhoyansk, Russia, has always been extreme. In the Siberian winter, temperatures can plummet to -90 degrees Fahrenheit — so cold that it’s dangerous to wear metal-framed glasses. In the summer, temperatures usually hover around a comfortable 69 degrees.

Democratic Lawmakers Include Renewables Incentives In US Infrastructure Bill

GreenTechMedia

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives this week introduced several pieces of legislation that could buoy renewables as part of a larger infrastructure package.

As IKEA is hit by illegal logging link in Europe, furniture firm's sustainability function in Southeast Asia dissolves

Eco-Business

Soh Bee Lian, the Southeast Asia manager of sustainability for homeware multinational Ikea, has left the company after just over a year to join Dyson

Puerto Rico Selects New Grid Manager, Concern Follows

GreenTechMedia

This week the agency in Puerto Rico that manages public-private partnerships announced newly-formed Luma Energy will take over management of the island’s grid from its publicly owned utility, after an 18-month selection process.