October, 2020

Exciting Technological Trends To Watch in Renewable Energy Sectors

U.S. Green Technology

The US Energy Information Administration projects renewable energy sources will provide nearly half of the world’s electricity within the next three decades. Most of this, the EIA predicts, will come from solar, wind, and hydropower. But not all sectors are growing at the same rate.

To keep going during these difficult times, remember to float


To keep going during these difficult times, remember to float. Chris Gaither. Mon, 10/12/2020 - 01:45. A couple of years ago, desperate for fitness and community, I joined the master’s swim program at my local pool.

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So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?


We live in an increasingly virtual world. You can hold virtual meetings with virtual friends using virtual reality systems hosted on virtual servers. And in energy circles, one of the biggest buzzwords in recent years is the virtual power plant, or VPP.

6 Practical Ways We Can Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

The Environmental Blog

Plastic pollution is one of the most visible environmental issues of our generation. Australia produces around 2-3 million tons of plastic every single year, with a frightening 130,000 tons on average typically finding its way into our oceans.

Teardown Finds Tesla Is 6 Years (At Least) Ahead Of The Competition


After a full tear down of a Tesla Model 3, Asia Nikkei claims is at least years ahead of other automakers when it comes to designing and building the computers that will control the self driving cars of the future.

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America Steps Forward To Expand Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

DOE awarded TerraPower/GE Hitachi and X-energy an initial $80 million each to commercialize their advanced nuclear reactors, planning up to $3.2 billion. They also approved a $1.4 billion award to UAMPS for the development and construction of a 720 MWe NuScale small modular nuclear power plant.

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The top 25 most sustainable fleets


The top 25 most sustainable fleets. Katie Fehrenbacher. Mon, 10/26/2020 - 02:00. However you look at it, 2020 is a turning point for fleets. .

Water documentary to screen on Netflix in October

Envirotec Magazine

A powerful documentary that aims to drive positive change in water is set to reach a global audience of millions.

5 Eco-friendly ways to stay warm this winter

The Environmental Blog

Many scientists believe that the power of thought can control your own perception of temperature regimes – for example, your body will be warmer if you imagine a sunny tropical beach.

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Forecast: 2021 US EV Sales To Increase 70% Year Over Year


While Europe is seeing a huge increase in year over year (YOY) sales of electric vehicles and is expected to reach 10% share of new vehicle sales in 2020 and 15% in 2021, the US is seeing rather low EV sales growth in comparison.

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Communities Surrounding Closed Nuclear Power Plants Face Terrible Challenges Moving Forward

Jim Conca

The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative’s report on socioeconomic impacts of nuclear plant closures on host communities has some sobering thoughts. Big hurdles are a lack of a national plan and the lack of planning when it would do the most good. But it would be best not to close them at all.

Can Technology Help You Get Better Health Care?

U.S. Green Technology

This is the first in a series of columns that will try to provide answers to that question, by examining the results of a recently completed, landmark Canadian study – The Action For Health Project.

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Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South


Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South. Danielle Purifoy. Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45.

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Modular Tree-House School concept connects kids with nature

Inhabitat - Innovation

Could this be the school of the future


8 Reasons Why You Should Start Properly Recycling Your E-Waste Today

The Environmental Blog

A pile of old computers waiting for sending to recycle plant. Nearly 5 pounds of garbage is produced in America per person, daily. All of that amounts to billions of tons of trash annually.

Europeans Bought More Electrified Vehicles Than Diesels In September — For The First Time In History


In Europe, people bought more electrified vehicles — electric vehicles and hybrids — than diesel vehicles in September, according to JATO Analytics. This is a first.

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Cow Burps – Cattle Industry Poised To Lead The Way To A Cooler Earth By Reducing Methane Content

Jim Conca

A new study out of U.C. Davis shows a dramatic reduction in cattle methane emissions using red seaweed as a feed supplement while significantly reducing the cost of feed. The five-month study found that these reductions were sustained with no change in animal health or in the quality of the beef.

How Will Electric Trucking Impact the Agriculture Industry?

U.S. Green Technology

The climate crisis has put an emphasis on switching to sustainable practices and green technology to reduce pollution. One way to do so is to focus on trucking. These vehicles consume a significant amount of fuel every year — switching to electric is a useful solution for the climate.

These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health


These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health. Oliver Camp. Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30.

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Zeabuz is launching a self-driving electric ferry in Norway

Inhabitat - Innovation

This self-driving, zero-emission ferry will carry 12 passengers at a time

How to Create an Environmentally Friendly Garden

The Environmental Blog

These days, more and more people are cluing into the fact that it is more important than ever to make a conscious effort towards being more environmentally friendly. Sometimes, even simple changes towards a greener lifestyle can make a big difference in the long run.

Kids Get Parents To Buy Electric Cars


According to Peugeot, "more than half of children surveyed in Britain want their parents to be more environmentally friendly, including switching to electric or plug-in HYBRID vehicles." And these are seriously kids, not young adults — 7–12 years old. 1,235 such children were surveyed.

Nature Has Economic Value That Needs To Be Valued

Jim Conca

The planet’s stock of natural assets is under threat by our changing climate and our wild destruction of habitats, and many stakeholders across the world are calling for protecting 30% of the Earth's surface. A new report by McKinsey & Company shows how. Think of it as a capital investment.

Some of the Hot Favorite Instagram Influencers You Should Turn to During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Green Technology

With the continuing onslaught of COVID-19, many people are still in home-isolation and are compelled to stay at home. Thanks to ‘work at home ‘facilities most IT sector employees and even other professionals are working from home.

How to ensure circular fashion is good for people and the environment


How to ensure circular fashion is good for people and the environment. Annelise Thim. Fri, 10/09/2020 - 00:15. This article originally was published in the BSR Insight.

Greenhouse-inspired home harvests rainwater for backyard garden

Inhabitat - Innovation

In the idyllic town of San Miniato in the region of Tuscany, Italy, local architecture firm LDA.iMdA architetti associati has completed a multifunctional home that takes inspiration from the structural technology in greenhouses. The client's dream of growing a vegetable garden served as a major design influence for the contemporary dwelling, which features a gabled shape optimized for harvesting rainwater that can be reused for irrigating the expansive rear garden

These Are the Benefits of Going Solar at Home

The Environmental Blog

Are you constantly looking for ways to save money? If so, you’re not alone. After all, these days more than ever before, every dollar counts. Life is expensive, thus it’s important to cut expenses by any means possible. This includes reducing your monthly energy costs.

Tesla Megapack Batteries Coming To New South Wales


New South Wales in Australia will be home to the first installation of Tesla Megapack batteries at the Wallgrove substation west of Sydney. Energy Storage New South Wales renewable energy zones Tesla Megapack battery TransGrid Virtual machine mode

How Covid-19 Has Changed The Way Americans Use Energy

Jim Conca

Nationally, power consumption dropped 4% compared to the same time period last year but it was different for different states, according to a new study. Power requirements for workdays basically dropped to Sunday levels under the lockdown.

USGT Greenlight Series: Chris Kaiser of Click A Tree

U.S. Green Technology

The Greenlight spotlight series takes a look at innovative professionals and businesses disrupting environmental trends with green-focused technology. From automotive to building to energy sources, industries are being disrupted daily as smarter and more innovative green technology becomes available.

IKEA will buy back used furniture in stand against 'excessive consumption'


IKEA will buy back used furniture in stand against 'excessive consumption'. Cecilia Keating. Thu, 10/15/2020 - 00:45.

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New study finds eco-glitter just as damaging as ordinary glitter

Inhabitat - Innovation

Despite the promises and inflated price tag, biodegradable glitter ends up the same way as old-school glitter — wreaking havoc on aquatic ecosystems

No more plastic pollution: How to give a Christmas present to the Earth

The Environmental Blog

Does our planet like Christmas? If Earth could speak, I’m sure it would say “Hell, no!”. Sorry for wearing my Grinch hat, but I’d be much greener than Santa Claus by all means! Instead of writing a letter to Santa this year, I took my ambition up a notch and wrote this post to all human beings.

Elon Musk: Tiny Bit Of Sun’s Energy Could Power The World


Solar energy already powers almost everything on Earth — including us. Fossil fuels, hydropower, wind — to a large extent, all of these so-called energy sources rely on stored energy that ultimately came from good old Sol.