December, 2019

Microgrids poised for hockey stick moment, as businesses seek energy resilience

GreenBiz

More commercial and industrial companies are waking up to their risky exposure to climate-related power outages. Energy & Climate Microgrids

Biofuels Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 96%

CleanTechnica

Research by three national laboratories has created a new process that converts ethanol to fuels in one step. The result could be a reduction in greenhouse gases from transportation by up to 96%.

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Decarbonization Takes Center Stage in Mining as Renewables-Plus-Storage Become Cost Competitive

GreenTechMedia

Many of the topics discussed at the Energy and Mines World Congress earlier this month would have been borderline laughable just a few short years ago.

5 Tips to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

U.S. Green Technology

How to be More Energy Efficient at Home You have just received your monthly utilities bill and it is higher than the month before. Even though you have paid these bills without any hassle, you really do not like paying high energy cost unnecessarily, especially if you can cut the cost by as much as.

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2030 goals: Mattel aims for 100% recycled and recyclable toys

GreenBiz

Firm behind Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price plans to launch first toy made from and packaged in green materials in early 2020. Circular Economy Biomaterials Commitments & Goals Recycling

10 Ways That Car Dealerships Can Step Up To Sell Electric Vehicles

CleanTechnica

What are some ways that you'd like to see car dealerships showcase their electric vehicles. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles EV Charging Fossil Fuels auto dealers auto dealerships EV awareness EV sales

Banana agri-waste converted into biodegradable, recyclable plastic

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Ben Coxworth, New Atlas, Nov 29, 2019 The bunches of bananas that we buy in stores grow off of a central trunk-like structure, known as the pseudostem. And while that part of the plant is typically discarded during harvesting, it may soon find use in a plastic that biodegrades and is fully recyclable. According […]. Industry News

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Customers expect sustainable options. How are you delivering?

GreenBiz

Sponsored: How goods are packaged is driving consumer purchasing decisions. Circular Economy Belantara Foundation Bio Economy Commitments & Goals Design & Packaging Forestry Sponsored Supply Chain

Challenges Remain in Understanding Energy Storage as an Investment

GreenTechMedia

Energy storage is a rapidly growing segment of the clean energy sector, and prices are dropping fast. Yet many are still struggling to understand how to value energy storage as an investment.

How Wastewater Treatment Can Reduce Energy Usage

U.S. Green Technology

In the United States, every year, municipal plants consume in excess of 30 terawatt hours of electricity during the treatment of wastewater. According to the Department of Energy, this translates to an annual expense of around $2 billion for electricity alone.

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Taxpayers Give $400 Billion To Oil Companies Each Year, Enough For 91 Tesla Gigafactories

CleanTechnica

The article, noting that we spend $400 billion on oil subsidies globally, indicates that taxpayers want their governments to stop subsidizing this rich, over-mature industry, yet politicians keep the money funneling toward them.

America’s Nuclear Navy Still The Masters Of Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

America’s Nuclear Navy is one of the oldest and largest nuclear organizations in the world, and has the world’s best safety record of any industry of any kind. There are over a hundred nuclear reactors, which are actually small modular reactors, that power 86 submarines and aircraft carriers

Inspiring Eco homes

The Environmental Blog

Eco homes don’t just save energy consumption and the wildlife around them. They can also improve the health and wellbeing of those living in them. Before you embark on building an eco-home, ask yourself why you want to be eco-conscious?

The circular economy can be a holistic approach to addressing climate change

GreenBiz

From fashion to household goods, industry leaders are using their tools and resources to eliminate the concept of waste. Circular Economy Circular Packaging Circularity 19 GreenBiz 19 VERGE 19 Video Vault

The largest green wall in Europe will absorb 8 tons of air pollution per year

Inhabitat - Innovation

Located in London, U.K., the Citicape House by Sheppard Robson will feature a 40,000-square-foot green wall, the largest in Europe, that sets the standard for urban green development in the city

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How to Extend the Life of Renewable Technology

U.S. Green Technology

One of the most important reasons to choose renewable energy over incumbent technologies is because renewables take the long view. They meet our most immediate needs without jeopardizing the next generation’s livable future.

10 “Auto Industry Execs” Comment On Tesla Cybertruck — CleanTechnica “Exclusive”

CleanTechnica

To try to get a better understanding of the industry response to the Tesla Cybertruck, CleanTechnica spoke with 10 top executives in the pickup truck world. Below are their responses.

Oil & Gas Leaks Crocodile Tears Over Nuclear Waste Storage

Jim Conca

The obvious path forward for spent nuclear fuel is to put it all into dry cask storage at a single centralized storage facility. Two companies, Holtec and Waste Control Specialists, are vying for such a site but some local Oil & Gas companies are pushing back with fear

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3 Environmentally Friendly Actions You Can Take at Home

The Environmental Blog

We can all be a little bit more environmentally friendly at home. While there’s also much that companies can be encouraged to do, there’s a good argument that it all begins with the home life. Royalty free photo.

Thrift-store shoppers, hand-me-down wearers and 8 scrappy startups making reuse possible

GreenBiz

Today’s burgeoning recommerce and online rental markets offer high-end gadgets and swanky fashion. Circular Economy Innovation

Cedar Haven is a forest retreat made with reclaimed logs

Inhabitat - Innovation

Blending contemporary design with natural materials, Washington-based residential architecture firm Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture completed a stunning timber home that feels like an extension of its alpine forest environment.

5 Tangible Advances for Long Duration Energy Storage in 2019

GreenTechMedia

Following long duration storage is like rooting for a home team that’s always about to win next year. Lithium-ion batteries utterly dominate grid storage deployments these days.

Tesla Installed The Solarglass Roof On Our New Home — CleanTechnica Exclusive

CleanTechnica

Tesla has completed installation of its Solarglass Roof tiles on our new home and we just turned the system on for the first time.

Which Industry Offers The Safest Jobs In America: Nuclear Or Logging?

Jim Conca

The most dangerous job in America is logging, with over 132 fatal injury per 100,000 workers. The safest job in America is the commercial nuclear industry, with less than 1 fatal injury per 100,000 workers. This huge difference results from a hyper-awareness of safety in the nuclear industry

5 Changes You Can Make to Help Save Our Planet

The Environmental Blog

The conversation about saving our planet has become very important over the last few years. As we learn more about climate change and what is causing it, more people begin to reduce the amount of damage they are causing.

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Why human health must be at the center of climate action

GreenBiz

Companies can exacerbate the challenges, but the private sector also positively contribute to solving these challenges. Corporate Strategy Health Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs

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The best eco tourism spots in Montreal

Inhabitat - Innovation

Montreal is a lively city at where there’s always something going on. The mix of picturesque old and totally modern makes the city so beautiful and fun

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3 Predictions for US Renewables and Storage Markets in 2025

GreenTechMedia

With increasing climate change impacts and decades of power infrastructure neglect, we can lose sight of the extraordinary progress we are making with renewables and energy storage to build a clean energy future, healthier planet and more efficient grid. The U.S.

93 MWh Tesla Powerpack Coming To Alaska To Save Customers Cash 

CleanTechnica

A new 93 MWh Tesla Powerpack system installed in Alaska by the Homer Electric Association, Inc., will be used to directly offset electricity that would have otherwise required a peaker plant to fire up.

Fake News And Nuclear Weapons Don’t Play Well Together In The South China Sea

Jim Conca

A story flooded the internet last month about a nuclear explosion in the South China Sea. Of course, it was nonsense. But this “silly fiction” did catch Putin’s Russia, the King of Fake News, off-guard

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Sustainable Countries to Visit in 2020

The Environmental Blog

Every so often, it’s good for the soul to get away from the grindstone for a few days (or weeks) and see what another part of the world has to offer.

IKEA to invest $220 million into becoming 'climate positive'

GreenBiz

The investment will be focused on two areas — green energy and reforestation. Clean Energy Corporate Strategy Corporate Strategy Deforestation

5 sustainable activities to make the most of a winter wonderland

Inhabitat - Innovation

While the chill in the wind can drive some people indoors, you should try your best to get outdoors and enjoy all that this snowy season has to offer

SunPower to Cut 3% of Global Workforce

GreenTechMedia

SunPower will eliminate between 145 and 160 jobs, representing about 3 percent of its global team, in the next 12 to 18 months, according to a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tesla Cybertruck In The Wild Near LAX, With An Infamous Driver Whizzing On By

CleanTechnica

The recently unveiled Tesla Cybertruck exploded to become a directly famous (or infamous) EV personality all its own -- eclectic, fascinating, colossal, and beguiling to fans and everyone else. So, many of us wanted to see more, know more.

A Christmas Light

Jim Conca

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house No electrons were flowing, through even my mouse; All devices were plugged by the chimney with care, With the hope that St. Nikola Tesla would share

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The Future of Commercial Vehicles – Going Green

The Environmental Blog

According to the UN Foot and Agricultural Organisation, the transport sector accounts for around five and a half billion tonnes of CO 2 emissions every year.