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So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

GreenTechMedia

Long-duration storage occupies an enviable position in the cleantech hype cycle. Its allure has proven more durable than energy blockchain, and its commercialization is further along than super-buzzy green hydrogen.

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.

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Kids Get Parents To Buy Electric Cars

CleanTechnica

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.

The top 25 most sustainable fleets

GreenBiz

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. .

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

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.

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.

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

GreenBiz

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

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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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6 CleanTech Alliance Members Named in PSBJ’s 100 Most Powerful, Influential People in Washington

CleanTech Alliance

The Puget Sound Business Journal’s annual list of Washington’s 100 most powerful and influential people included six CleanTech Alliance members from four member companies: University of Washington, Boeing, Perkins Coie, and K&L Gates. James Williams, the managing partner of Perkins Coie was honored for his focus on complex business litigation and civil issues, including volunteer […].

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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

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Carbontech is getting ready for its market moment

GreenBiz

Carbontech is getting ready for its market moment. Heather Clancy. Wed, 10/28/2020 - 01:30. It may be a little early to start writing about trends for 2021, but I’m going to do it anyway. What’s on my mind? Carbontech, a category of climate tech I’d love to see break through next year.

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.

Weekly UTC Bulletin- October 27

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, October 27, 2020 New workshops, rulemakings, and upcoming dates The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s 2019 clean energy legislation. The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by 2030 […]. Member News Public Policy newsletter rulemaking utc weekly bulletin

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

Why Google, BASF and Sephora are coming together on safer chemistry

GreenBiz

Why Google, BASF and Sephora are coming together on safer chemistry. Elsa Wenzel. Wed, 10/28/2020 - 02:02. It's probably fair to say that nobody expressly set out to devise a sunscreen to bleach coral reefs or a yoga mat to emit carcinogens.

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.

BP Signals Imminent Hydrogen and Offshore Wind Plays

GreenTechMedia

BP is readying offshore wind bids during the next six months with heightened hydrogen activity also in the pipeline, the oil major’s CEO said Tuesday.

Wind-powered cargo vessel promises sustainable ocean shipping

Inhabitat - Innovation

Oceanbird is a massive sailing cargo ship designed to reinvent sustainable ocean shipping and reduce transatlantic travel emissions by 90

Gillette plans to shave use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030

GreenBiz

Gillette plans to shave use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030. Deonna Anderson. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:17. Personal care products brand Gillette, known for its razors, set out to become a more sustainable company one decade again.

Which countries are winning the war on waste?

Envirotec Magazine

A glass waste worker in a recycling facility in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2016. Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark have succeeded in recovering over 98% of their municipal waste on average over the last five years.

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Wind Turbine Makers Tout Diagnostic Tech in Service Revenue Push

GreenTechMedia

Growing competition for wind turbine service revenue is forcing original equipment manufacturers to up their game in another important service for the equipment they make — remote diagnostics.

Vegan hotel in Scotland wins National Geographic Award

Inhabitat - Innovation

Scotland's first vegan hotel opened in June 2019, and it's already winning awards. National Geographic just bestowed a "Good Egg" award on the Saorsa 1875 for its commitment to sustainability. The 11-room Victorian lodging features vegan dining, upcycled furniture, eco cleaning products and runs on renewable energy

Kraft Heinz sustainability chief reflects on 'interdependence'

GreenBiz

Kraft Heinz sustainability chief reflects on 'interdependence'. Heather Clancy. Wed, 10/28/2020 - 01:00.

Could Low Doses Of Radiation Raise COVID-19 Survival Rates?

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs is the best therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. It reduces the cytokine storm - the deadly uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body, flooding the lungs and killing the patient. It’s why we need ventilators. Radiation reduces the storm.

Scotland should follow on-demand bus schemes example of other UK regions, says charity

Envirotec Magazine

Similar schemes are up and running elsewhere, such as Go Coach in Kent (image credit: Editor 5807 ). Schemes which would see passengers order on-demand bus services should be introduced in Scotland, a leading mobility charity has said.

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Amazon goes green with electric delivery vans

Inhabitat - Innovation

Amazon is working toward its net-zero carbon goal by introducing a fleet of electric delivery vans

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Plugging into Amazon’s fleet electrification strategy

GreenBiz

Plugging into Amazon’s fleet electrification strategy. Mike De Socio. Fri, 10/30/2020 - 00:30. When Ross Rachey set out to electrify Amazon’s fleet of last-mile delivery vehicles a few years ago, he thought it would be a matter of matching the company’s needs to the right vehicle on the market.

Regenerating Forests and Communities – Ejido Verde Makes the 2020 50 to Watch List

CleanTech Group

While taking a backseat to the health crisis in the last few months, climate change is increasingly shaping our daily experience with wildfires, 50 to Watch Cleantech Insights Regenerative Agriculture Resources & Environment Agtech Land Reform Mexico

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New mattress recycling facility opens in Greater Manchester

Envirotec Magazine

A NEW facility has opened in Bolton that will seemingly recycle up to a quarter of a million mattresses thrown away in Greater Manchester every year.

Low-impact geodesic dome hotel immerses guests in Patagonian nature

Inhabitat - Innovation

This totally unique hotel experience helps guests get away from it all

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Brown, female and on the bus: A personal journey into transportation policy

GreenBiz

Brown, female and on the bus: A personal journey into transportation policy. Sahar Shirazi. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 01:30. I got my first passport at 6 months old.

Polluted Air and Water Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way.

The City Fix

Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts.

SEPA household waste statistics 2019 highlight positive trends on recycling, carbon emissions and reduced landfill use

Envirotec Magazine

Carbon impact of waste down 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent from 2011. Less than 1 million tonnes of household waste sent to landfill for the first time. Plastic and glass recycling increase, paper and cardboard continues downward trend. Total household recycling rate 44.9%. Scottish households generated the equivalent of 0.44 tonnes of waste per person in 2019.

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BIG unveils sustainable, 3D-printed lunar igloos for Moon exploration

Inhabitat - Innovation

The proposed lunar habitats would be 3D-printed using robotic, zero-waste construction for a reduced carbon footprint

Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity

GreenBiz

Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity. Elsa Wenzel. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:00. Apple's Lisa Jackson is moving social justice to the top of the list for protecting the environment.