May, 2020

The COVID-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy

GreenBiz

The COVID-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy. Jocelyn Bleriot. Fri, 05/29/2020 - 01:00. The COVID-19 crisis has disastrous human and economic consequences, revealing our system’s exposure to a variety of risks. The call for a more resilient, circular and low-carbon economic model has garnered support from a growing number of businesses and governments over the past few years, and appears today more relevant than ever.

Make Your Home Greener With Some Simple Changes

U.S. Green Technology

Ways to Go Greener at Home As the climate changes and we experience unusual weather and other phenomena, a lot more people are starting to become environmentally-conscious. Many of these people are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to. The post Make Your Home Greener With Some Simple Changes appeared first on U.S. Green Technology. Featured Posts Featured Stories Green Living, Living Green Green Stories greener

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Climate Change Driving Forests To Smaller And Younger Trees

Jim Conca

A new study by scientists at PNNL shows that ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems. Stunted growth from rising temperatures more than offset any growth gains by increased CO2 fertilization. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Business energy

EVs, Rockets, & Innovation: Where Would We Be Without Elon Musk?

CleanTechnica

It’s a hot Louisiana afternoon and as I write this I’m inside watching the SpaceX livestream. My neighbor brought over cheeseburgers and my kitten, Tesla, is going nuts because I won't let him chew on the HDMI cord. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Policy & Politics Elon Musk innovation NASA Space SpaceX Tesla usa

Are You Considering a Career in Environmental Sciences?

The Environmental Blog

Environmental science happens to be a very rewarding career path if you are someone who has a passion for making an effort to keep the earth and its entire population healthy. Because environmental science encompasses a wide range of different subtopics including but not limited to geology, law, and even physics – a degree in this type of science can really give you a range of job opportunities to choose from.

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US renewables hit milestone in surpassing coal output

Inhabitat - Innovation

Both the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysts (IEEFA) have revealed that, from March 25th through May 3rd, utility-scale solar, wind and hydropower collectively generated more electricity than coal! This record 40-day timespan has edged over 2019's run of 38 days when U.S. renewables first beat coal last year

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Flattening the climate curve using social learning

GreenBiz

If we had to place on a time delay the impact of headlines, we likely would see the warnings from medical experts and scientists having the strongest impact in building lasting memories for us all. Climate Change COVID-19 COVID-19

Floating solar + hydropower hybrid projects can benefit both technologies

Solar Power World

By Emanuele Quaranta, subject matter expert, PreScouter Hydropower and solar power plants were developed separately in the past. Recently, hydro and solar plants have started to merge into photovoltaic-hydropower hybrid plants, where floating solar panels are installed on the water surface of hydropower reservoirs and/or on the dam surface.

Watt It Takes: Building Climate-Resilient, Restorative Hydropower

GreenTechMedia

Gia Schneider and her brother Abe started Natel Energy based on a hydropower turbine their father designed. And after more than a decade of R&D, pilots, software development and a project for Apple, Natel is preparing for the next level of scale. “Our objectives have actually not wavered. But they haven’t wavered because of rigid adherence to dogma, they have not wavered because we check in consistently about ‘is this the right problem to solve?’”

Empire State Building Slashes Carbon Emissions By 40% With Energy Saving Upgrades

CleanTechnica

In 1931, the Empire State Building was a beacon of hope to a world devastated by economic collapse. Today, it is once again sending a message of hope that lowering carbon emissions from the built environment is not only possible, it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Buildings Energy Efficiency LED Lighting Anthony Malkin Carbon Emissions empire state building energy reduction plan NRDC

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Where Do We Stand On Uranium In The Post-Pandemic Energy World?

Jim Conca

Uranium has outperformed major commodities this year, even as the energy sector has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. Uranium prices have risen significant since the pandemic began, up to $34 from $24/lb. Uranium supply and nuclear power should not be much affected in the post-pandemic world. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Business energy

Environmentally Savvy Ways to Renovate your Home During Quarantine

The Environmental Blog

Much of the world will remain under quarantine for the foreseeable future, but instead of viewing home isolation as a negative, see it as an opportunity to undertake projects you have been putting off. While you are required or suggested to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 , use the time to create and improve your home. A somewhat unexpected result of mass quarantine is that we are seeing environmental improvements around the world.

Food waste startup backed by Oprah Winfrey snags $250 million

GreenBiz

Food waste startup backed by Oprah Winfrey snags $250 million. Heather Clancy. Tue, 05/26/2020 - 06:01. While overall startup funding is down this quarter because of the economic disruption brought on by COVID-19, entrepreneurs focused on solving climate-related problems have been bucking the trend. This morning brings one of the biggest deals yet this year: an infusion of $250 million in new financing for food waste crusader Apeel Sciences.

Green Jobs: 3 U.S. States You May Be Overlooking

U.S. Green Technology

3 states where you’re most likely to find a job saving the planet When you think about what U.S. states are the most eco-friendly, which ones come to mind first? Perhaps a sunny state like California? Or maybe a state like South Dakota, which is widely known for its wind turbines? Chances are you’re overlooking. The post Green Jobs: 3 U.S. States You May Be Overlooking appeared first on U.S. Green Technology.

Seattle permanently closes 20 miles of street

Inhabitat - Innovation

Amidst stay-at-home orders, Seattle has vowed to permanently close 20 miles of street as part of the city's "Stay Healthy Streets" program

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Largest Solar Power Plant In UK History Gets Final Approval

CleanTechnica

The largest solar power plant in the UK has been approved for Kent. It will use 880,000 solar panels spread across 364 hectares of farmland. Clean Power Energy Storage Solar Energy Solar Power Plants Cleve Hill solar power plant Hive Energy UK UK solar park Wirsol Energy

3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm

Jim Conca

3D-printing has come to nuclear and it’s saving a lot of time and money, like 90%. Right now, it’s best for small spare parts, in developing micro-reactors, and in using new high-tech materials like carbon fiber composites, but expect it to eventually end up on Mars. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Business energy

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6 Straightforward Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Business

The Environmental Blog

In an effort to protect the environment, more and more businesses are taking the necessary steps to become eco-friendly. While this is a noble approach to take in general, there’s more to it than simply saving the planet. This is because going green has various other benefits for those operating a company. It can help with enhancing overall efficiency, improving customer perception, and boosting employee morale – and that’s just the start.

How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair

GreenBiz

How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair. Elsa Wenzel. Wed, 05/27/2020 - 02:00. Doing away with a culture of disposability is one of the big dreams of the circular economy. A jolt in this direction came overnight as COVID-19 drove people indoors, forcing many to rethink how they reduce, reuse or recycle items they took for granted only weeks earlier. As U.S. unemployment claims soared to 30 million, buying non-essentials became an act of either audacity or foolishness.

Is Carbon-Neutral Possible for Airlines?

U.S. Green Technology

The demand for sustainability is growing across the world and its industries. For aviation, reaching carbon neutrality to be sustainable is going to be harder than with other industries. Still, experts remain hopeful that carbon-neutral airlines will become the norm in the future. Carbon neutrality refers to maintaining a net-zero level of carbon emissions. The post Is Carbon-Neutral Possible for Airlines? appeared first on U.S. Green Technology.

The farm-to-food-bank movement rescues pandemic-related food waste

Inhabitat - Innovation

The farm-to-food-bank movement hopes to help farmers and those in need of food

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Tesla Model 3 = Top Selling Car in California

CleanTechnica

In somewhat of a surprise, for the first time ever, the Tesla Model 3 was the top selling vehicle in California last quarter.

Researchers Explore Low Doses Of Radiation To Treat Severe Coronavirus Cases

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs may be a good therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. The virus causes a cytokine storm - an uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body that floods the lungs and kills the patient. Low doses of radiation can reduce the storm. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick Business energy

Can Mosquitoes Carry the Coronavirus?

The Environmental Blog

Summer is fast approaching, but with COVID-19 still going around, the season may bring some new concerns. With the warmer weather comes mosquitos, and these little pests can spread diseases. So what about the coronavirus? Can mosquitos carry that? Thankfully, no. Mosquitos may have played a key role in spreading pandemics in the past, but that’s not the case this time around.

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The new normal in sustainable investing post-COVID-19

GreenBiz

The time has passed for small commitments, hyperbole and delays in embracing sustainable investing. COVID-19 Finance & Investing GreenFin ESG

4 Green Car Buying Tips – U.S. Green Technology’s Green Guide

U.S. Green Technology

When buying a new green car, going green is a great idea. Vehicles produce a large percentage of the earth’s pollution [read more]. The post 4 Green Car Buying Tips – U.S. Green Technology’s Green Guide appeared first on U.S. Green Technology. Featured Posts Featured Stories Green Stories Green Transportation Buying Guide Buying Tips green car

Luca Curci Architects designs a zero-energy smart city of the future

Inhabitat - Innovation

"The Link" is a net-zero energy smart city for the future

Good Travelers Leave No Tracks — New Tesla Model 3 Surprise Review

CleanTechnica

I wanted to wait a while before writing this review of my new Tesla. For those of you who may have read my latest blog in February, I ended the article saying that my next car would be an EV, promising to purchase it within three years. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles EV Charging audi EV reviews Tesla Tesla Model 3 Tesla Model 3 reviews Tesla Model 3 test drive

American Sailors Lawsuit Against Japanese Over Fukushima Radiation Rejected By U.S. Appeals Court

Jim Conca

The 9th U.S. Circuit rejected an appeal by U.S. service members seeking damages from TEPCO and GE for damages from alleged radiation exposure following the Fukushima disaster while they were onboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. This was the correct result. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Business energy

Running A Fish Farm

The Environmental Blog

Running a fish farm might seem like a titanic feat to you, but it’s not necessarily so. You can start by choosing just one species of fish, and wait for things to slowly take the right direction. The important thing is to proceed methodically and prepare yourself for a challenge that may not pay off at first. Still, it should give you great satisfaction in the long run. So let’s see what steps an aspiring fish entrepreneur has to take to bring his project to life.

Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics

GreenBiz

Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics. Joel Makower. Mon, 05/11/2020 - 00:44. At first glance, the sprawling industrial site, covering roughly 900 acres in Kingsport, Tennessee, appears to be just another chemical manufacturing facility. There are hundreds of buildings and countless miles of pipes, conveyors, distillers, cooling towers, valves, pumps, compressors and controls. It doesn’t exactly look or feel particularly noteworthy.

Telecom Transformations for 2020

U.S. Green Technology

The Biggest Technology Trends That Will Transform Telecoms In 2020 Recent technological advancements and the current COVID-19 pandemic have put a spotlight on the telecom industry. Millions of people are relying on the telecom industry for support as they work from home and shelter in place. The current telecom industry is experiencing a sudden burst. The post Telecom Transformations for 2020 appeared first on U.S. Green Technology.

How to replace single-use and plastic items in the kitchen

Inhabitat - Innovation

American households use more single-use and plastic items in the kitchen than any other part of the home. These 10 tips can help you make sustainable swaps

General Mills Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity Globally By 2030

CleanTechnica

In April, General Mills set a goal to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030 as part of the RE100 global corporate initiative. Clean Power Wind Energy 100% renewable energy commitment general mills Renewable Energy wind power