August, 2019

Are bioplastics really better for the environment? Read the fine print

GreenBiz

Confusion among terms like bioplastics, bio-based and biodegradable plastics makes it hard to discern and make the environmentally responsible choice. Circular Economy plastic Waste Management

The Electric-Vehicle Revolution Has A Visibility Problem

Forbes Green Tech

Which comes first: the electric vehicle or the charging station

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Railway heat to be repurposed to warm London homes this winter

Inhabitat - Innovation

Besides riding the railway, or 'tube,' to go from one end of the U.K. to another, some North Londoners will benefit from excess heat generated by the Northern Line by year's end with a new initiative to reuse this heat to warm hundreds of houses and businesses in Islington

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World’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Enters Revenue Service In Denmark

CleanTechnica

Ellen, the world's most powerful all electric ferry, has entered revenue service in southern Denmark, moving the zero emissions transportation revolution forward another step. Clean Transport Electric Vehicles Shipping electric ferries electric ferry Leclanche shipping

Europe’s wind potential is 100 times higher, could power the world

Renewable Energy World

Europe can potentially generate 100 times the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity. Onshore News

Can Amazon.com Save The Amazon?

CleanTechnica

Climate anxiety is real. I’ve felt it for years — a sense that we’re demolishing the only planet we have, hurtling toward a cliff at unprecedented speed, and, for the most part, only a backseat driver is currently starting to murmur something along the lines of, “Hey, guys?

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A deluge of batteries is about to rewire the power grid

Renewable Energy World

A pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay. The coming dusk is a cue for two sleek Tesla battery packs in the garage at Amileka, a secluded holiday villa nearby.

Can Development & Sustainability Go Hand-In-Hand?

CleanTechnica

History might lead us to believe that they can’t — but is that true for today’s developing countries. Green Economy

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals Aren't Just Doing Good -- They're Good Business

Forbes Green Tech

As a flotilla of boats representing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals follows activist Greta Thunberg into New York City, the need to do good is more apparent than ever. But how can business leaders use the UN's goals to do more than just greenwash

High-tech public toilets proposed for San Francisco can recycle rainwater for reuse

Inhabitat - Innovation

The San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) has crowned SmithGroup the winner of its design competition for public toilet proposals

Nuclear Power And The 2020 Presidential Candidates

Jim Conca

14 candidates support nuclear in some way, 9 do not, and 1 is unclear. Leading climate scientists say we can't address climate change without nuclear power. Supporting nuclear power is a clear signal about how serious a candidate is about climate change and how serious they are about science

The power of job crafting for sustainability jobs — and beyond

GreenBiz

Even if your title isn't 'corporate sustainability specialist,' there are still many ways to have an impact. Leadership

Dundee to host conference on climate change science and law

Envirotec Magazine

Scotland will host world-leading experts in climate change law and science in September, as they attend a major conference on global climate at the University of Dundee.

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The Tesla Model 3 From A Female European Perspective

CleanTechnica

Traditionally, the domain of cars has been mostly one of males, guys, men, dudes, hombres, etc. Guys working on cars was, and perhaps remains, a familiar enough scenario that it's assumed this kind of mechanical interest and ability is masculine.

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Smart Appliances for your Smart Home

U.S. Green Technology

With all the technology in today’s world, it is easy to feel like we are living in the future. Living in a smart home is now a reality rather than a fantasy. Not only do these technological devices exist, but they are at a price point where they are attainable by the general population. Devices.

Engineers invent origami-inspired self-watering pots that are made from 100% recycled materials

Inhabitat - Innovation

Engineers design flat pack self-watering plant pot Related: + POTR POTS Via BBC POTR Pots, flat pack self-watering plant pot

Energy's Future - Battery and Storage Technologies

Jim Conca

Battery technologies have to catch up with other new low-C tech, and V-flow batteries may be the breakthrough we need. They are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored energy and do not degrade for more than 20 years

Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more

GreenBiz

Better fishery management can boost resilience, but many fisheries are finding themselves barely treading water. Food & Agriculture Oceans & Fisheries

Bristol announces low carbon housing development, and selection of heat pump technology

Envirotec Magazine

Borehole drilling rig for the installation of heat pumps at Ashton Rise. A sustainable housing development is to be developed in Bristol, featuring innovative low-carbon heating.

Electric Porsche 912 With Tesla Motor (Video + Interview)

CleanTechnica

The Porsche 912 and 911 are classic cars some people go nuts over -- the attachment may seem irrational, but it’s still quite real. The same is true of a number of different Porsche models.)

A Plan to Unlock Local Clean Energy for A Climate-Resilient California Grid

GreenTechMedia

Like much of the country, California is faced with a “new abnormal,” in which wildfires and other climate-related disasters are becoming more frequent and destructive.

Vertical forest buildings designed by Stefano Boeri set to center new Cairo Administrative district

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a world of high population growth, it’s increasingly difficult to find adequate housing, and green space is diminishing throughout most urban areas.

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A Very Fast, Very Safe, Very SLIMM Nuclear Reactor

Jim Conca

The SLLIM is a liquid sodium nuclear fast reactor that generates 10 to 100 MW for many years, even decades, without refueling. It can’t meltdown, can operate without water, is factory fabricated and shipped to the construction site where it is installed below ground in a seismic-resistant cocoon

ESG performance also matters for pre-IPO companies

GreenBiz

Newly public companies, from Uber to Beyond Meat, are facing extra scrutiny on sustainability issues. Pre-IPO companies should pay attention. Finance & Investing Leadership ESG

Government is “passing water pollution buck to the car industry”, experts warn

Envirotec Magazine

Poisonous particle pollution from brake and tyre wear is carried in runoff then enters rivers and streams.

Tesla Will Give Drivers More Options With New Navigation Features — Patents Filed

CleanTechnica

Tesla Patents Navigation With Integrated State of Charge Management. Autonomous Vehicles Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles EV Charging EV Charging Stations battery swap California DC fast charging Las Vegas navigation Nevada supercharging Tesla Yermo

Form Energy Raises $40M Series B for Super-Long-Duration Grid Storage

GreenTechMedia

Long-duration storage startup Form Energy thought that solving the problem of months-long grid storage would take a decade. But its last year of work advanced faster than expected.

MVRDV designs a Dutch office building covered in potted plants

Inhabitat - Innovation

MVRDV has unveiled designs for the Green Villa, a striking mixed-use building draped in greenery for the Dutch village of Sint-Michielsgestel

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Marco Rubio Knows America's Future Depends On Rare Elements

Jim Conca

Rare elements like neodymium, niobium and cerium are critical to every aspect of our modern society from smart phones to electric cars. But China has a strangle-hold on the industry, so we need legislation to level the playing field like Marco Rubio’s Rare Earth Coop 21st Century Manufacturing Act

What good are city clean-energy targets?

GreenBiz

Cities from Atlanta to Los Angeles and beyond are seeing sweeping changes. Cities Renewable Energy

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Treat citizens as partners, not participants, to improve air quality research

Envirotec Magazine

Encouraging citizens to take part in almost every step of scientific air quality research improves their understanding of how air pollution affects their health, finds a new study from the University of Surrey.

Regional Road Trips More Convenient In A Tesla Than A Gasmobile

CleanTechnica

One of the most persistent incorrect assumptions about electric vehicles is that they're less convenient than gasmobiles. Actually, as long as you buy a decent modern electric car, "fueling up" will be more convenient in many — if not most — cases. As usual, your own personal details matter.

2020 Looks Like the Breakout Year for Building Decarbonization in California

GreenTechMedia

California has just 25 years to achieve its economywide carbon-neutrality target. Buildings account for about a quarter of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, so concerted efforts will be needed to squeeze carbon out of the sector, especially existing buildings.

Artist submerges 24 portraits underwater to raise attention about our plastic waste

Inhabitat - Innovation

It's common knowledge that our oceans are suffocating because of our addiction to plastics. But there are some eco-warriors, like Austrian artist Andreas Franke, who are determined to bring more visual attention to the burgeoning issue, all in the name of saving our planet

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