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Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA

Eco-Business

There will be 43 per cent more solar output by 2040, partly due to new analysis showing that solar power is 20 to 50 per cent cheaper than thought, found the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020

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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‘Future of Workplace Sustainability Report’ explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace

Envirotec Magazine

A new report appears to reveal how and why businesses can and should become more sustainable – and fast. “ The Future of Workplace Sustainability Report ” explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace.

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

GreenBiz

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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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.

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.

Arkansas schools save millions by adopting solar power

Inhabitat - Innovation

Schools in the U.S. are using solar energy to cut down on expensive electricity bills. With funds freed up, schools can then improve the quality of education. As a report by Generation180 shows, over 7,300 schools use the solar power approach to save on utility bills

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A telework transition won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable

GreenBiz

A telework transition won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable. Hannah Budnitz. Tue, 10/20/2020 - 00:02. Even before the pandemic, the proportion of people working from home was slowly but steadily increasing. But COVID-19 has put the practice into hyperdrive.

So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?

GreenTechMedia

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.

Plant a unique indoor garden with this modular living wall kit from Horticus

Inhabitat - Innovation

Designed by Horticus, these modular living walls offer a stunning way to reconnect with nature by creating a vertical hanging garden indoors, no matter how small the space

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Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- October 20

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, October 20, 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 […].

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.

Why Gen Z voices matter in making business sustainable

GreenBiz

Why Gen Z voices matter in making business sustainable. Isabel LoDuca. Mon, 10/19/2020 - 01:00. Generation Z, those born between 1996 and 2015, are current consumers, future business leaders and the future of this world. Yet, Gen Z is unlike any other generation to date.

MIT Validates Science Behind New Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design

GreenTechMedia

A proposed fusion reactor design by Commonwealth Fusion Systems has received a boost after its underlying scientific principles were validated by peer review.

Finnish stamps shine a harsh light on climate change

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Finnish Post wanted to get the memo out about the climate crisis, but instead of using the internet, it went old school with snail mail. A series of new postage stamps designed by Finnish studio Berry Creative sends the message using a ubiquitous product coupled with basic science

Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- October 19

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, October 19, 2020 Announcements Carbon and Electricity Markets Work Group meets Oct. 21 The Carbon and Electricity Markets Work Group will conduct a public work session from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission established this group under RCW 19.405.130. The work session […]. Industry News Public Policy ceta ceta bulletin rulemaking workshop notice

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The Role of Innovation in Changing Behavior Towards a Circular Economy

GreenBiz

The Role of Innovation in Changing Behavior Towards a Circular Economy. Date/Time: November 12, 2020 (8-9PM ET / 5-6PM PT). By 2030 plastic waste is expected to increase by more than 50% to 330 million tons per annum if business continues as usual.

New York City Is About to Get an Injection of Tidal Power. Is This Time Different?

GreenTechMedia

New York City may be weeks away from seeing tidal power injected onto the local grid.

Deep-sea coral fossils act as a time machine for rising CO2 levels

Inhabitat - Innovation

A new study uses coral fossils to analyze carbon dioxide and its role on changes in climate

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Getting Started Guide to Green Business Certification

Green Business Bureau

Whether you are a well-established firm or a start-up, green business certification is a must for any company committed to the welfare of people and the planet. GBB’s forward-thinking certification program enhances your credibility and paves the way for long-term positive impact and rewards.

Green groups urge UN to raise climate ambition on global shipping

GreenBiz

Green groups urge UN to raise climate ambition on global shipping. Cecilia Keating. Tue, 10/20/2020 - 00:15. The global shipping industry's decarbonization efforts once again face stormy seas.

4 experts share their insights on the future of solar + storage

Solar Power World

By Allison Ruedig, freelance copywriter, Aurora Solar Could selling battery storage be the key to growing your solar installation business? Several industry leaders think so.

Pennsylvania scientists develop 100% leather waste fiber made from scraps

Inhabitat - Innovation

Sustainable Composites is turning leather scraps into a new product called Enspire Leather

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Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

Grist

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Rethinking the role of sustainability reports

GreenBiz

Rethinking the role of sustainability reports. Mike Hower. Tue, 10/20/2020 - 01:00. Corporate sustainability has a reporting problem — it always has. Companies typically don’t enjoy creating them and investors, customers, employees and most other stakeholders don’t revel in reading them.

SET awards honour five start-ups in the fields of climate protection and energy transition

Envirotec Magazine

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Companies in Japan launch edible single-use bags to save Nara deer

Inhabitat - Innovation

Local companies have developed an alternative to plastic bags that can be safely digested by deer

Meet the latest U.S. thin-film solar panel manufacturer: Toledo Solar

Solar Power World

Toledo, Ohio, has a long history with cadmium-telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar. The “Father of Commercialized Solar,” Harold McMaster, first commercialized CdTe modules through his company Solar Cells Inc. SCI) in the late ’90s in Toledo.

Parsing Panera's plan to nudge consumers toward low-carbon meals

GreenBiz

Parsing Panera's plan to nudge consumers toward low-carbon meals. Jim Giles. Fri, 10/23/2020 - 01:00. Something changed recently in America’s fast-casual restaurants. It involved only a single company, but it could herald the start of a fundamental shift in the choices that diners make.

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Coronavirus grant boosts safety at waste management firms

Envirotec Magazine

Two of the new bays at Forth Resource Management, which were installed to hold recycled material made from organic waste delivered by local councils. The organic waste includes garden clippings and trimmings, and waste material produced by gardeners and landscapers.

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Renewable energy to power 2024 Olympic aquatic center

Inhabitat - Innovation

The architectural team of VenhoevenCS and Ateliers 2/3/4/ have revealed plans for a timber aquatic center in Paris, which will use a smart energy system to provide 90% of needed energy from recovered or renewable energy sources for the 2024 Olympics. The complex will also include a vast pedestrian bridge connecting it to the existing Stade de France

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Renault unveils Mégane eVision e-hatchback and budget-priced Dacia Spring Electric

Charged

At a recent press event (virtual of course), Renault unveiled a sleek new electric hatchback and an inexpensive new EV under the Dacia brand. The Renault Mégane eVision, built on the new modular CMF-EV platform, will serve as the basis of a production EV to be launched next year.

Microsoft, Tiffany help carve out new responsible mining standard

GreenBiz

Microsoft, Tiffany help carve out new responsible mining standard. Jesse Klein. Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:01. Not many audits are 14 years in the making.

Bringing New Life to Fallen Urban Trees

The City Fix

Editor’s note: The Reforestation Hubs initiative is offering pro-bono technical support to a select group of local governments and NGO partners in the United States. Interested cities and NGOs can submit a letter of interest by October 30, 2020 here. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

Design experiment examines safety of food grown in urban vertical gardens

Inhabitat - Innovation

A team of experts are studying the interaction between the urban environment and horticulture

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Xpeng’s G3 electric SUV is on its way to Norway

Charged

Chinese automakers have long dreamed of the day they would start exporting vehicles to Europe (and North America) in volume. Thanks to the Continent’s burgeoning interest in EVs, that day may be at hand.

Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation

GreenBiz

Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation. Heather Clancy. Thu, 10/22/2020 - 02:00.