Sat.Dec 21, 2019 - Fri.Dec 27, 2019

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.

Geoengineering’s gender problem could put the planet at risk

Grist

This story was originally published by WIRED and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of British scientists had a plan for a groundbreaking geoengineering test. Working from a disused military airstrip in Norfolk, U.K.,

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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

Research partnership aims to put mattress waste to bed

Envirotec Magazine

A new partnership is aiming to forge a more sustainable approach to mattress design and disposal, tackling the estimated 600,000 mattresses disposed of in Scotland each year.

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California bans time-based billing for EV charging

Charged

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications. Effective January 1, 2020, the new rules will ban public charging operators from billing by the minute.

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Rivian’s Tank Turn Is More Than A Silly Stunt

CleanTechnica

We awoke Christmas morning to a cool surprise from Rivian: its trucks and SUVs are going to be capable of tank turns! The short video was widely shared, but few people seemed to understand that it's actually a useful feature. Clean Transport Electric Vehicles Bobcat Rivian Tank Turn

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Blackburn Energy Brings Clean Electricity to Diesel Trucks

Greentown Labs

Photo courtesy of Blackburn Energy. Andrew Amigo came up with the idea for Blackburn Energy while sitting in traffic. As he watched a truck’s drive shaft spin, he realized he could harness its lost kinetic energy and convert it into renewable electricity.

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

16 must-see environmental documentaries

Inhabitat - Innovation

Here are some top environmental documentaries to watch if you’re looking for a show that keeps sustainability in focus

Turkey Jumps Into The EV Market

CleanTechnica

Turkey jumps into the EV market by unveiling its first "fully" domestically made electric vehicle, with goals of producing up to 175,000 EVs a year. This will cost around $3.7 billion over the next 13 years. This is refreshing to see — another country getting more serious about electric vehicles.

4 Ways to Reduce Waste In Your Own Home

The Environmental Blog

Now more than ever, we need to do our bit for the environment. From the comfort of our own homes, we can commit to positive changes that will make an impact. If you haven’t ever stopped to think about what products you buy and how you consume and dispose of them – now’s the time.

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Corporate sustainability leaders share excitements, fears for 2020

GreenBiz

Companies across industries put the impetus on ESG action in the New Year. Corporate Strategy ESG

Gorgeous tiny home thrives in the California sunshine

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Noyer is a surprisingly spacious tiny home with sleek interiors designed for a client in California

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UK Renewables Outperform Gas For First Quarter Ever

CleanTechnica

New figures from the UK Government published just before Christmas showed that renewable energy generation across the country generated a record quarterly amount of electricity between July and September, outperforming natural gas for the first time ever. . Clean Power renewableuk UK united kingdom

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

The 2019 sustainability year in review, in haiku

GreenBiz

A baker's dozen of developments. Corporate Strategy

Dropps offers chemical-, dye- and plastic-free laundry and dishwashing products

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a world where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find products free of harsh chemicals, it’s refreshing to discover a company focused on creating simple household supplies that do the job without endangering the health of humans or the planet.

FERC Sides With Fossil Fuels In Forcing Renewables To Match Prices

CleanTechnica

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced a directive just a few days before Christmas which will require PJM Interconnection to raise prices of wind and solar power to be in line with the cost of fossil fuels.

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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An ode to the sustainability profession

GreenBiz

Sustainability, it turns out, has both rhyme and reason. Leadership state of the profession The Inside View

12 good things that happened for the environment in 2019

Inhabitat - Innovation

Between rainforest fires and growing ocean pollution, much of environmental news is grim. However, 2019 also brought good news. Here are a few high points as we go into 2020

Volkswagen Unveils Automatic EV Chargers For Parking Garages

CleanTechnica

Volkswagen is working on an automated EV charging system for parking garages to solve the conundrum of where to charge your electric car when you have no access to a charger of your own.

Tech Companies Downshift Ambitions for Electric Vehicle Manufacturing

GreenTechMedia

Technology companies continued to curb their ambitions for manufacturing electric vehicles in 2019.

Best of 2019 Video Vault: 5 videos that kept us thinking in 2019

GreenBiz

Equity and plastic and leadership — oh my! Circularity 19 GreenBiz 19 VERGE VERGE 19 Video Vault

Sea turtle rescue center mimics the natural ecosystems in Turkey

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles will raise awareness for the wildlife that call the unique ecosystem home

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Piaggio Launches Electric Ape w/ Battery Swap Tech

CleanTechnica

The Piaggio Ape (that's "app-eh," not "ape") E-City will feature a long flat battery mounted low in the chassis. That design will help the three-wheeler to maximize interior cargo volume while also aiding in dynamic handling.

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2019

GreenTechMedia

In August, we published the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2019 — so far. With 2019 wrapping up, we look at the 10 trends and actions that stand out above the rest.

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Closing the loop on 2019

GreenBiz

Bringing you the five biggest stories of the circular economy from this past year, and some predictions for the next. Circular Economy In the Loop plastic Plastic Waste Recycling Waste Management

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PANGAIA presents FLWRDWN, a down alternative made from biodegradable wildflowers

Inhabitat - Innovation

These puffer coats are filled with a fluffy down alternative — wildflowers

The Kazakh Tesla Guy Who Brought Tesla To Kazakhstan

CleanTechnica

Since its founding, Tesla has gradually expanded into more and more countries — the latest count is over 30. The newest frontier is Kazakhstan, where the company recently installed several Superchargers.

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Reflections on the Last 10 Years in Energy and Cleantech

GreenTechMedia

We’re closing out the decade on this week's Energy Gang with a retrospective. We have been producing this podcast since 2013. So we are going to share some of our top story lines in energy and cleantech of the last 10 years — many of which played out while we were doing this show.

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The shift to a low-carbon economy highlights overlap between ESG and finance

GreenBiz

Supermajors are acknowledging write-downs, which pose threats to investors — but new standards could help them get on the same page. Energy & Climate Finance & Investing Greenhouse Gas Investor Relations oil Risk & Resilience

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Planned community embraces luxe, eco-conscious design in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Inhabitat - Innovation

More than 12 years in the making, the 457-acre planned community of Casi Cielo has just begun sales for its first phase

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Floating Solar On Pumped Hydro, Part 1: Evaporation Management Is A Bonus

CleanTechnica

The concept of putting floating solar panels on pumped hydro reservoirs is fascinating, but not a slam dunk. This 1st article covers evaporation management.