February, 2020

Super Duper Supercapacitors Could Accelerate Electric Car Revolution

CleanTechnica

Supercapacitors offer exciting new possibilities for electric vehicles. Here are two stories about advances in supercapacitor technology.

We need to think beyond urban farming

GreenBiz

But the broader agricultural world can learn much from how those operations use data. Agriculture Food Systems urban agriculture

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Unlocking the energy potential of Scotland’s parks

Envirotec Magazine

Aerial shot of Kelvingrove Park: Glasgow is rated as the local authority with the greatest potential to meet its heat demand from sub-surface heat collectors.

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Choose a Home Heating System for Your Home

U.S. Green Technology

How to Choose a Home Heating System That’s Right for You The chances are high that most homeowners never think twice about their home heating system.

Why Is Environmental Policy so Necessary?

The Environmental Blog

If there’s one thing that has been a frequent topic throughout this current election cycle, it’s that of environmental policy. The current sitting president has been accused of (and admitted to) not believing in climate change.

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Coronavirus Crisis: Tesla May Be One Of Least Vulnerable Automakers

CleanTechnica

The ongoing coronavirus crisis finally hit the stock market hard on Monday, as the Dow dropped by 3.5%, its steepest one-day loss in two years. Tesla took a big hit, losing almost 7% at the open on Monday.

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Not pulp fiction: Absolut, Coca-Cola and the paper bottle project

GreenBiz

The two brands are part of a ‘pioneer community’ that also includes Carlsberg and L’Oreal. Circular Economy Circular Packaging packaging Paper

Wood waste strengthens recycled concrete, new study finds

Inhabitat - Innovation

This pioneering technique promises to be an environmentally friendly way to enhance concrete structures while simultaneously reducing construction costs and curtailing carbon emissions

Are Hydrogen Vehicles Set to Be a Regular Sight In the UK’s Car Market

The Environmental Blog

Much has been made about the automotive industry’s transition away from the traditional internal combustion engine and toward more environmentally friendly alternatives. In recent years, electric cars have emerged as the most likely candidate for a long-term means of ditching fossil fuels.

Japan’s Expert Panel Agrees That Dumping Radioactive Water Into The Ocean Is Best

Jim Conca

An expert panel is recommending that the Japanese government allow Tokyo Electric Power Company to release radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plants into the ocean. And that’s a good thing to do since a gallon of this water is as radioactive as a family-sized bag of potato chips

Tesla’s Shanghai Model 3 Jumps Instantly To China’s #1 Electric Vehicle By Production Volume

CleanTechnica

The Tesla Shanghai Model 3 jumped straight to the #1 spot in China's battery electric vehicle production charts in January, according to figures released by MIIT. The 2,625 units put the Model 3 some 12.5% ahead of any rivals.

How Renewable Energy Is Being Used by Construction Companies

U.S. Green Technology

In the last decade, the U.K. has decreased their dependency on carbon energy more than any other country in the world. In 2019, for the first time since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, renewable power supplied more electricity than fossil fuels in the U.K.

13 sustainability podcasts that will keep your earbuds plugged in

GreenBiz

Looking for solutions to some of the biggest problems of our time? So are these podcasts. media podcast

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

Inhabitat - Innovation

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to human factors, like logging and urban sprawl, or to environmental pressures, such as climate change

How to Get Rid of Ticks in the Yard?

The Environmental Blog

Tick Nests. With the onset of the warm season, the question of the treatment of forests against ticks is raised. The parasitic Ixodid ticks are the most dangerous to humans.

Washington State Intends To Be The Clean Energy State And Nuclear Is Key

Jim Conca

A new study of energy needs in the Pacific Northwest concluded that more diverse, low-carbon electricity sources are needed to maintain energy reliability and achieve a carbon-free system by 2045. And some of that has to be nuclear

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Tesla’s Battery Costs Have Been Dropping … Fast

CleanTechnica

Even Tesla’s detractors in the auto industry concede that the company’s superior battery technology gives it a substantial head start versus the legacy automakers.

Become a Leader in the Construction Industry by Incorporating These 5 Innovative Strategies

U.S. Green Technology

Leadership and Innovation in the Construction Industry The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world.

Los Angeles city-owned buildings to go 100% carbon free

GreenBiz

It's also the first California city to demand lower carbon in construction materials. Buildings Policy & Politics

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Saving the Scottish Wildcat from extinction

Inhabitat - Innovation

Conservationists are rushing to save this unique wildcat

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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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Can Electric Cars Rise In Time To Save Us? Washington State Says Yes

Jim Conca

WA State is committed to decarbonizing by mid-century and has passed legislation to do just that, like replacing all gasoline cars, mostly with electric vehicles. But that needs preparation, charging stations and knowledge of how we fit them into our lives, plus software like that supplied by EnelX

Tesla Model 3 Holds Value >2x Better Than Every Other Car In USA

CleanTechnica

Usually, as soon as you buy a new car and drive it off the lot, it loses a ton of value, but some vehicles provide an exception to the rule, losing much less of their value than others. The car in the US that loses the smallest percentage of its value after one year?

How Hydropower Can Be More Environmentally Friendly

U.S. Green Technology

One of the most difficult challenges in the environmental field is determining which source of energy will be the most beneficial. Unfortunately, even some of the safer options, like hydropower, still have adverse effects.

Why Silicon Valley is taking a big interest in trees

GreenBiz

Forest data startups such as Pachama and Silviaterra can help the biggest players in tech tackle their emissions. Carbon Removal Forestry Information Technology Entrepreneurship

Why the mystifying axolotl must be saved from extinction

Inhabitat - Innovation

Today’s axolotls are experiencing extirpation, but scientists and pet enthusiasts are saving them from true extinction.

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How to Banish Single-Use Plastic From Your Life

The Environmental Blog

Every plastic cup, bottle, bag, or packaging that you’ve ever thrown away is in a landfill or in the ocean right now, with the exception of a few that might have made it through the recycling process. Royalty Free Photo.

The Feds Try Yet Again To Sell Off BPA And TVA

Jim Conca

The 2021 budget aims to sell off assets like BPA in the Northwest and TVA in the Southeast, two not-for-profit, self-funded government agencies that provide the cheapest most reliable power in America. Privatizing them would be a huge mistake, although it might make a few new American billionaires

Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy — Part 2

CleanTechnica

In the second half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, take’s Zach Shahan’s place as host to talk with Mark Z.

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Why Sustainability Is Becoming Increasingly Important at a Governmental Level

U.S. Green Technology

On an individual level, sustainability may mean taking reusable bags to the grocery store, whipping out a metal straw at a restaurant or committing to composting.

Watch these four clean energy trends in U.S. cities

GreenBiz

Cities can ally with one another to overcome shared barriers. Cities Renewable Energy

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Odd.Bot, the weed-pulling robot that could eliminate herbicides

Inhabitat - Innovation

The aging adage, “There’s an App for that,” is evolving into the idea that, “There’s a robot for that”. More and more automation is finding its way to the market for household chores like cleaning floors, and now that innovation is in farmer’s fields with Odd.Bot, an automatic weeding robot

Understanding Particle Pollution and What You Can Do to Stop It

The Environmental Blog

Pollution can have significant effects on air quality. If you’ve ever had trouble seeing through the haze or found it hard to breathe while jogging by traffic, you’ve experienced the impact of low-quality air. It can make simple tasks harder and have adverse effects on your health.

Tesla Semis Are Cheaper Than Rail Enough Of The Time To Reshape Ground Freight

CleanTechnica

All transportation is electrifying. All transportation is moving to lower labor costs. All transportation is becoming more loosely coupled. All transportation is moving to lower carbon models.