Tue.May 04, 2021

Hawaii declares a climate emergency

Inhabitat - Innovation

Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to declare a climate emergency. The islands are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and more climate change effects

Prototype LED demonstrates blue-light reduction without colour compromise

Envirotec Magazine

Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which has been linked to eye troubles, sleep disturbances and disrupted circadian rhythms in humans and animals.

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Florida waterways demand their rights

Inhabitat - Innovation

Last year, Orange County, Florida passed a "rights of nature" law. Now, some lakes and marshes are suing a developer for infringing on their rights

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Sustainable Fashion: Identifying Fast Fashion Flaws and Extending the Life Cycle of Clothing

Green Business Bureau

The massive 2.5 trillion dollar fashion industry may be economically thriving in the age of fast-changing trends but it is in no way sustainable. In fact, fashion is the second largest polluting industry after fossil fuels.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Aether makes diamonds out of dirty air

Inhabitat - Innovation

A company called Aether has announced that it can make diamonds out of the air — polluted air, that is

UPS to purchase electric VTOL aircraft from Beta Technologies


UPS’s Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies. The delivery giant will take delivery of the first ten aircraft beginning in 2024, with the option to purchase up to 150.

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Will EV charging stations become the next must-have accessory?

Solar Power World

By Terance J. Harper, M.S., assistant engineering manager, Illumine-i Over the next 10 years, electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to increase their share of the automobile market significantly.

Victorian farmhouse transforms into low-energy modern home

Inhabitat - Innovation

Thanks to designers at Guttfield Architecture, a quaint Victorian farmhouse in Harpsden, Henley on Thames has been given new life. Named for the clients' favorite tree, the Cherry Tree House is a sustainably renovated low-energy home that celebrates the English countryside through locally sourced materials, lush gardens and eco-friendly elements

Massive solar + storage project receives federal approval to be built on US public lands

Renewable Energy World

Yesterday, the U.S. Interior Department (DOI) announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given final approval to a new solar energy project on public lands in California.

Ammonia removal technology selected for Scottish site

Envirotec Magazine

Technology from wastewater treatment specialist WPL has been selected by Scottish Water to deliver enhanced ammonia removal at a village treatment works.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Mitsubishi, Powin to provide battery storage retrofits to California solar projects

Renewable Energy World

Southern Power has awarded a combined 640-MWh energy storage project to Mitsubishi Power Americas and Powin LLC. The two-site utility-scale battery project is designed to enhance California’s grid reliability with additional and flexible resource capacity paired with renewable energies.

How to get salt out of water: Make it self-eject

Envirotec Magazine

When the researchers began studying the way salts crystallize on certain surfaces, they found that the process repeatedly produced predictable multi-legged shapes.

We need more grid engineers to implement Biden’s plan (Part 2 of 2)

Renewable Energy World

Hiring engineers via the H1B immigration process would make implementing Biden’s infrastructure plan more efficient. In part 1 , we focused on the need for transmission planning engineers. In part 2, the focus is on the need for additional market systems and distribution planning engineers.

Measuring the Moon’s nano dust is no small matter

Envirotec Magazine

Image credit: Gustaaf Prins , CC BY 2.0 license.

CS Energy Announces Closing of Acquisition by American Securities


Ares Management and The Conti Group sold entire stake in leading solar and energy storage company

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Swiss car-sharing firm to install hundreds of charging stations


Swiss car-sharing provider Mobility operates a fleet of some 3,000 vehicles, many stationed at Switzerland’s ubiquitous train stations to provide last-mile transportation.

£40m Water Breakthrough Challenge opens for entries on 6 May

Envirotec Magazine

The £40 million Water Breakthrough Challenge will promote innovation and collaboration between the water sector and partner organisations, says water industry regulator Ofwat.

APS expands RFP to seek up to 150-MW of additional solar capacity

Renewable Energy World

Arizona Public Service Co. APS) said yesterday that it will soon serve customers with even more solar power after expanding the all-source request for proposals (RFP) originally issued in December 2020.

CERO Bikes Launches Preorders of Award-Winning CERO One Compact Electric Cargo Bike

LA CleanTech Incubator

Blog by LACI Portfolio Company CERO Bikes The reimagined CERO One launches for preorders today at cero.bike after winning the coveted EUROBIKE Gold Award for electric cargo bikes.

Repowered 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant now operating

Renewable Energy World

On April 26, the 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant in New York began generating power for the first time since June 2018. Valatie Falls will provide direct energy to the Village of Valatie, as well as charge the electric vehicles of local business PlugIn Stations Online.

SPACS in Cleantech: the Python is Digesting an Antelope

CleanTech Group

SPACs in cleantech is a trend we committed in my Q1 piece – Seven weeks into 2021, there are no signs this 2020. Cleantech Insights SPACS


L-Charge demonstrates LNG-powered off-grid EV chargers


Charging technology developer L-Charge has demonstrated a fully working prototype of its gas-powered off-grid charging station. L-Charge’s system offers a charging power range of 250-600 kW, and comes in two versions—stationary and mobile.

Vegan Beauty Products: How Beneficial They Are and Where to Find Them

Green Living Guy

Choosing to be vegan means making various lifestyle changes. Veganism is not just about eating plant-based foods and avoiding meat sources in your diet, it only means choosing the vegan lifestyle in every aspect of your day-to-day life, including your beauty products.


Outsiders get the bulk of venture capital in Africa. Peer-selection can change the game.

Impact Alpha

It’s a warm April day in Lagos, Nigeria. Fifteen people are sitting in a circle in a conference room, for a ceremony called. The post Outsiders get the bulk of venture capital in Africa. Peer-selection can change the game. appeared first on Impact Alpha. Impact Voices Return on Inclusion

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Only intact forests can stave off climate change


The world’s forests are supposed to stave off climate change. Left alone, perhaps they could. But they’re not being left alone

LG Chem launches carbon nanotube plant in Korea


LG Chem has launched what it says is the largest carbon nanotube (CNT) plant in Korea. The company is targeting the growing market for CNT, often used as a cathode material for EV batteries.

Report by African Circular Economy Alliance shines light on ‘Five Big Bets’ for circular economy

Envirotec Magazine

The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) has launched a report identifying five sectors that it says have the greatest potential to drive the circular economy. These are: food systems, the built environment, fashion and textile, electronics, and packaging. The report, “Five Big Bets for the Circular Economy,” was launched on Thursday 15 April as the ACEA wrapped up its Annual Meeting.

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10 tips for successful one-on-one meetings in a remote world

Solar Power World

By Keather Snyder, Chief Revenue Officer, The Omnia Group It’s no longer news that the pandemic turned businesses upside down. Close-knit departments are now spread across cities. Teamwork is a more complex challenge today as managers try to connect employees and the tasks at hand.

Measures to reduce harm from storm overflows now law

Envirotec Magazine

Measures to reduce sewage discharges from storm overflows became a legal requirement on 29 March, as part of “an ambitious agenda to build back greener from the pandemic” During wet weather, storm overflows act to prevent sewers becoming overloaded with a combination of sewage and rain and release diluted wastewater into rivers.

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AIA appoints Amita Chaudhury from Unilever to lead sustainability


Chaudhury brings to an end more than a decade with Unilever to join Asia's largest life insurer

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UN shipping agency criticised for fiddling while Arctic melts

Envirotec Magazine

A proposal to develop weak non-binding “goal-based guidelines” on pollution prevention in connection with black carbon emissions from ships using heavy fuel oil in the Arctic – as opposed to taking immediate and effective action to immediately reduce these climate-warming emissions – has been slammed by non-governmental organisations.

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Patented and certified Bolt-Check system developed by R&D A/S offers accurate bolt tension measurements and traceability for wind turbines


- Reduced repairs costs, increased reliability and support for long-term monitoring among key benefits of accurate tensioning. Correct bolt tension is hard to achieve but essential to safety and product reliability

Planet Joins New Coalition to Decarbonize Europe’s Food System

Planet Pulse

To read the release in full, click here. Planet has joined the newly formed European Carbon+ Farming Coalition to accelerate progress toward European Green Deal carbon neutrality goals.

Solid Power secures $130 million to scale EV battery production

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, May 4 — Louisville, Colorado-based Solid Power develops solid-state batteries for electric vehicles that it says are cheaper, more efficient and safer. The post Solid Power secures $130 million to scale EV battery production appeared first on Impact Alpha.

Mitsubishi Power and Powin Partner to Enhance California’s Grid Reliability with Two Battery Energy Storage Projects


Projects Will Add 640 MWh of Storage to Southern Power’s Solar Facilities