Wed.Feb 12, 2020

The Exxon Plant Near My House Caught Fire

CleanTechnica

The Exxon plant here in Baton Rouge has caught fire this — and even though officials say there wasn't an explosion, several witnesses reported hearing one. I also heard one and I live just 5 miles away.

The Most Beautiful Places to Run in the World

The Environmental Blog

If you are tired of the same old landscape you watch every day on your run, plus you are feeling adventurous, then running at some of the world’s most beautiful places will make your races more exciting and wonderous.

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Top U.S. Electric Vehicles — 2019 vs. 2018 Best Sellers

CleanTechnica

Top U.S. electric vehicle sales of 2019 and 2018 reflect several different things and could show a glimpse into what 2020 looks like for some of these automakers.

The breakout biofuel for heavy-duty fleets

GreenBiz

The strategy behind using "renewable diesel" is to reduce transportation emissions now, instead of later. Biofuels Driving Change Policy & Politics Transportation & Mobility Trucking

Tesla’s Advantage With Its Battery Technology — Low Cost

CleanTechnica

It appears Tesla has an advantage over its rivals, such as GM and Porsche, when it comes to the new battery technology that it is developing. Tesla has long been a leader on EV batteries, for years seeming to have a significantly lower cost (cost per kWh of capacity) for batteries than others.

Airplane fuselage is converted into a minimalist tiny home with off-grid capabilities

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Tiny House Guys has breathed new life into a decommissioned Dash 8 airplane fuselage by converting it into the Aero Tiny — a 130-square-foot tiny home fully equipped to go off the grid

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Heat traps: Mapping the legacy of exclusion in cities

GreenBiz

A new study shows historically redlined neighborhoods are way hotter than other neighborhoods. Cities Policy & Politics

Electric Vehicle Sales In China In Free Fall

CleanTechnica

The coronavirus is knocking the Chinese electric car market for a loop, with some companies reporting a 50% decline in sales or more. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles BAIC BYD coronavirus electric car sales in China NIO Tesla

Water Street Tampa hits major sustainability milestone

Inhabitat - Innovation

Back in June 2019, Inhabitat did a story about Florida’s Water Street Tampa and its goal to become the world’s healthiest neighborhood.

Tesla Recalls 15,000 Model X Vehicles — No Known Accidents From Issue

CleanTechnica

Tesla, focused on safety first and foremost, has recalled 15,000 vehicles in hopes of preventing potential accidents that could be a result of some power steering issues.

LEED-Platinum learning lab is a beacon of sustainability

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a bold move to embrace environmental education, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine recently welcomed the Roux Center for the Environment, a new three-story academic building that’s also been certified LEED Platinum. Designed by Cambridge-based architectural firm Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.,

Worst Idea Ever, Meet Cheapest Offshore Wind Energy Ever

CleanTechnica

Prices for offshore wind energy in the US just set new low record, crushing the "zero carbon" dreams of fossil energy producers. Clean Power Offshore Wind Energy Offshore Wind Farms Wind Energy EDP Renewables Massachusetts Mayflower Wind shell

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How hobbyists are saving endangered killifish from extinction

Inhabitat - Innovation

Find out how some killifish enthusiasts are helping save these fish from the brink of extinction

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Double The Green In Your Investments! 2019 Investment Returns Show ESG Funds Are Getting Even Stronger

CleanTechnica

Environmentally, socially, and governance shareholder proposals and employee concerns are swaying corporate policies -- and investment opportunities. Buildings Green Economy Investment Amazon workers green investments US

How big data and AI can make supply chains better for consumers and the planet

GreenBiz

Mining information about what people want and what they buy (as well as when and why they buy) can lead to surprising innovations that can have far-reaching effects. Big Data Circular Economy Artificial Intelligence Corporate Strategy Data Supply chain Supply Chain

Red Flags A-Plenty for Natural Gas In New Sustainable Energy Report

CleanTechnica

Natural gas pushed out coal and upset the US energy apple cart between 2010 and 2019, but now the change-making shoe is on the clean tech foot.

Mainstreaming blue carbon to finance coastal resilience

GreenBiz

Blue carbon' markets could be a crucial pathway for increasing private investment in coastal and marine conservation projects. Carbon Policy Oceans & Fisheries Water Efficiency & Conservation

Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey: Climate Solutions Are At Our Fingertips

CleanTechnica

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the climate crisis. With powerful political forces and traditional energy businesses pushing hard to deny the problem, delay progress, or greenwash their own activities, it can sometimes feel like progress is unattainable.

Communicating across the chasm: How companies can navigate the new investor ESG landscape

GreenBiz

Welcome to the new world of stakeholder capitalism. Corporate Strategy Finance & Investing GreenBiz 20 GreenFin ESG

Tesla Owners Club Of East Bay Helping Its Community

CleanTechnica

The Tesla Owners Club of East Bay is doing more than just organizing Tesla-related events. It is focusing on adding philanthropic values into each of its events in order to help its local community.

Tennessee Valley Authority Adds 484MW of Solar, Plus 50MW of Batteries

GreenTechMedia

The Tennessee Valley Authority announced this week that it has contracted for 484 megawatts of solar power in the past two months, part of its push to expand its clean energy portfolio and reduce its reliance on coal power.

Sustainable Farming Comes To America’s Heartland

CleanTechnica

It is assumed that American farmers are united in their support of Republican candidates but a new focus on sustainable farming may be changing the political calculus. Agriculture Iowa Farmers Union organic farming Practical Farmers of Iowa sustainable farming us politics

SunPower Begins 2020 on a High, with Profitable Quarter and 2019

GreenTechMedia

SunPower is not out of the woods yet on financial pains associated with its restructuring and updated business plan, but the company logged a profitable Q4 — its second that year — and an overall positive 2019.

Shell & Greenlots Install First Heavy Duty EV Charging Hub In Fontana

CleanTechnica

Shell's Greenlots has partnered with Volvo as part of its LIGHTS electric trucking program to install the first of four planned heavy duty fleet charging stations. Air Quality Clean Transport Electric Vehicles EV Charging EV Charging Stations Greenlots shell volvo Volvo LIGHTS Volvo Trucks

Republicans Grasp for Climate Credibility With Plan to Plant Trees

GreenTechMedia

Republican representatives unveiled the “Trillion Trees Act” on Wednesday, the first of what they are framing as a three-part climate plan expected to include later installments focused on clean energy and conservation.

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VERGE 19: Welcoming Remarks

GreenBiz

GreenBiz Vice President and VERGE Executive Director, Shana Rappaport, welcomes VERGE 19 participants to the event with a clean economy call to action and surprise performance by The Seastars. This isn’t just about avoiding an ecological and economic crisis,” Rappaport says. “It’s

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Making Money in Renewables Is Not Easy. Enel Seems to Have It Figured Out

GreenTechMedia

The energy transition is well underway, and it no longer relies on incentives, according to Antonio Cammisecra, head of global power generation for European utility giant Enel and CEO of subsidiary Enel Green Power. Subsidies are not needed anymore,” Cammisecra said in a recent phone interview.

Startup creates compostable, single-serve coffee bags for your busy mornings

Inhabitat - Innovation

Worried about the environmental costs of single-use coffee pods? Steeped Coffee has a game-changing solution for that

Time to Reinvent BP, Says New CEO

GreenTechMedia

"We need to reinvent BP," said new CEO Bernard Looney on Wednesday, as the European energy giant announced a major reorganization and a net-zero target deadline of 2050 or earlier.

Sunnova now offering Generac energy storage system through approved vendors

Solar Power World

Sunnova Energy is now the exclusive lease and PPA provider for Generac Power Systems’ PWRcell energy storage system, as sold by contractors using Generac’s PowerPlay design and quoting platform in the United States. “We