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.

Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, kicking off his own effort to fight climate change

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Alan Boyle, Geekwire, Feb 17, 2020 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he’s launching a $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund that will issue grants aimed at addressing climate change — a move that comes less than a month after hundreds of Amazon employees criticized what they saw as the company’s weak commitment to tackling the issue. […]. Industry News

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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 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?

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Inside Bill Weihl’s quest to give employees and job seekers a 'ClimateVoice'

GreenBiz

A new initiative aims to press companies to have a strong and active voice on climate policy in the United States. Your company and its campus recruiters just may be a target. Climate Change Activism Employee Engagement Two Steps Forward

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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.

Last Month in Climate Science: More Injury-Related Deaths, Mass Seabird Die-Off, River Ice Disappearing

CleanTechnica

Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a quicker pace.

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

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.

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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Check out Glasir, the tree-shaped urban farming solution

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a bid to revolutionize agriculture, New York City and Bergen-based innovation studio Framlab has proposed Glasir, a community-based system for urban farming that combines the flexibility of modularity with aeroponics to vastly reduce the environmental footprint for growing food

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 Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent

CleanTechnica

This week, Tesla locked in a new patent for a distributed electrical grid management system, with capability to control everything from massive grid-scale energy storage installations down to your washing machine to keep everything humming along nicely.

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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How Water is Going Digital

U.S. Green Technology

How the water industry is going digital to boost efficiency A majority of both our planet and our bodies are made up of water, so the relevance of the water industry should come as no surprise.

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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