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Tesla Continues To Ramp Up Solar Roof Installations Across The Country

CleanTechnica

Tesla's Solar Roof is potentially one of the most disruptive products in the portfolio, but presents a massive challenge to roll out at scale.

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Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s profitable

GreenBiz

Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s profitable. Stephanie Hanes. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 00:15. This story originally appeared in Mongabay and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. In the latter part of 2016, Ethan Steinberg and two of his friends planned a driving tour across the United States to interview farmers.

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Engineering Solutions May Work Better On Coronavirus Than Social Ones

Jim Conca

Americans are not good at following rules. Better to engineer our society so contaminated air isn’t allowed to flow between people. Just like water-borne epidemics were stopped over the last hundred years by building clean water and sewer systems. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Business energy

PriestmanGoode designs sustainable, plastic-free takeout containers

Inhabitat - Innovation

PriestmanGoode has designed a durable, endlessly reusable takeaway container for restaurants and homes alike

Toyota Announces Fluoride-Ion Solid State Battery, Plans To Stop Selling Prius In Germany

CleanTechnica

Researchers at Kyoto University working with Toyota say they have developed a solid state fluoride-ion battery with 7 times the energy density of a lithium-ion battery.

Terreform ONE’s plans to upend cities and suburbs in a post-pandemic world

GreenBiz

Terreform ONE’s plans to upend cities and suburbs in a post-pandemic world. Joel Makower. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 02:11. And now for some serious fun. Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate an online conversation with Terreform ONE , a Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit architecture and urban design research group whose humble mission is “to combat the extinction of planetary species through pioneering acts of design.”.

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Cod are disappearing due to global warming

Inhabitat - Innovation

Cod lovers might have to change their preferences soon. According to new research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, global warming may cause a decline in cod populations. Cod thrive in cool water, and global warming pushes the species to the brink of extinction

Air Pollution Is Killing Honeybees, New Study Finds

CleanTechnica

Air pollution isn't just affecting us humans, but also our furry, scaly, and winged co-inhabitants on this planet — honeybees. Air Quality Health Research Science bees Bengaluru Honeybees India National Center for Biological Sciences

So far, this year is a microgrid letdown. Here is what's next

GreenBiz

So far, this year is a microgrid letdown. Here is what's next. Sarah Golden. Fri, 08/14/2020 - 00:45. I had high hopes for microgrids this year. The cost has fallen, out-of-the-box solutions are more common and businesses and homes understand the expense of losing power.

IoT project will assess impact of climate change on forests, and inform UK policymaking

Envirotec Magazine

A trial is underway in forests in Surrey and Northumberland to assess the potential for Internet of Things (IoT) technology to monitor tree growth and the impacts of environmental change on the UK’s forests. Vodafone is funding the project, which is being conducted in partnership with Defra and the UK research organisation Forest Research. It will monitor tree growth and the impacts of environmental change on the UK’s forests.

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This tiny house is insulated with cork and powered by solar

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Natura tiny home is sustainable inside and out

Tesla Had 28% of World’s Fully Electric Vehicle Sales in 1st Half of 2020

CleanTechnica

I recently published an article on global plugin vehicle sales showing that Tesla accounted for 19% of the world's plugin electric vehicles (EVs) in the first half of 2020. That includes fully electric vehicles as well as plugin hybrids.

Sustainable fleets are at an inflection point

GreenBiz

Sustainable fleets are at an inflection point. Katie Fehrenbacher. Wed, 08/12/2020 - 00:15. Companies and cities are increasingly adopting lower-carbon fleets — including trucks and buses that run off electricity, renewable diesel and renewable natural gas — according to a new report from the research team at Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA). . It's still early days for many of these markets, and sustainability goals remain one of the top drivers for fleets to buy these vehicles.

US Coal Power Generation Plummets 30% in 2020, EIA Says

GreenTechMedia

coal power generation plunged by 30 percent in the first half of 2020 off an already-depressed base, shoved out by natural gas and renewables amid low energy prices linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new figures from the Energy Information Administration. Since its peak in 2007, U.S. coal consumption has been on the decline. But its fall has been getting steeper, and 2020 looks set to be a historically terrible year for the sector.

Earth Overshoot Day comes 3 weeks later this year

Inhabitat - Innovation

Earth Overshoot Day will fall on August 22

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Scientists Have Discovered How To Extract Rare Earth Elements From Acid Mine Drainage

CleanTechnica

Scientists have found a way to extract rare earth elements (REE) from acid mine drainage, mining.com reports. Researchers at Penn State University detailed their findings in a paper published in the Chemical Engineering Journal.

What switching to satellite offices could mean for sustainability

GreenBiz

What switching to satellite offices could mean for sustainability. Jesse Klein. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 01:45. When the coronavirus pandemic started in March, many of America’s major cities experienced a mass exodus of people in search of places with more living space for home offices and outdoor areas for easier social distancing.

WoodMac: 54,000 Electric Trucks on US Roads by 2025

GreenTechMedia

There were just over 2,000 electric trucks on U.S. roads at the end of 2019. This stock is expected to grow to over 54,000 by 2025, according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie. Compared to passenger electric vehicle (EV) and electric bus penetration levels, the electric truck market is still in its infancy. But the need to electrify the sector is clear: Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MDV/HDV) are the second largest contributor to U.S. transportation emissions.

Canada's last Arctic ice shelf has collapsed

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Milne Ice Shelf, the largest remaining intact ice shelf in Canada, has collapsed. According to researchers studying the Milne Ice Shelf, the ice shelf collapsed in just two days at the end of July and lost about 40% of its area

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Tesla Model S Raven Gets Performance Boost With New Cheetah Mode

CleanTechnica

Tesla continues to dominate in the world of EV performance, and a new software update brought a noticeable increase in performance to the flagship Tesla Model S with the raven battery, including the highly anticipated Cheetah launch mode.

2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun

GreenBiz

2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun. Hunter Lovins. Thu, 08/13/2020 - 00:15. We’re female entrepreneurs and environmentalists. We’ve spent decades promoting clean energy technologies. In this strangest of all years, as the death toll mounts from a disease caused by human incursions into once intact ecosystems, we’re observing another death — the demise of fossil fuels. Is that possible?

After Scrapping Gas Pipeline, Duke Looks to Plug Hole With Renewables, Grid Investments

GreenTechMedia

Duke Energy on Monday reported a $1.6 billion charge related to abandoning the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but also laid out how its renewable energy and grid modernization plans will fill in the capital investments hole left by the canceled multi-billion dollar natural gas project. Duke reported a second-quarter 2020 loss of $817 million, or $1.13 per share, with the pipeline cancellation costs taken into account.

Green-roofed CLT home opens up to a dreamlike garden in Germany

Inhabitat - Innovation

The design marries the natural landscape and the built environment

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Li-ion Battery Cell Capacity Will Quadruple To 1.3 TWh By 2030, New Report Forecasts

CleanTechnica

In a new report by Wood Mackenzie, the organization forecasts that the global lithium-ion cell manufacturing capacity pipeline could quadruple and reach 1.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2030 compared to last year.

How solar-charged HVAC keeps trucking cool

GreenBiz

How solar-charged HVAC keeps trucking cool. Mike Roeth. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 00:01. When most businesspeople travel for their jobs, they retire to their hotel room at the end of the day. However, when long-haul truck drivers are finished with their work, they move to the back of their truck cab into what is called the sleeper compartment. Long-haul, over-the-road truck drivers typically are out on the road anywhere from one to three weeks at a time, delivering the goods we need for our daily lives.

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Loan Provider Mosaic Joins Companies Offering Free Solar Amid Pandemic

GreenTechMedia

Mosaic, a leading provider of solar loans in the U.S. residential market, will now offer a 12-months-free financing option, joining solar providers including SunPower, Sunrun and Vivint Solar in offering cut rate deals amid the coronavirus pandemic. All of those companies framed their bargains as a way to entice customers at a time when homeowners are concerned about finances and to boost sales amid a COVID-19-related slump.

Stefano Boeri proposes SUPERVERDE urban greening modules

Inhabitat - Innovation

These green modules could increase biodiversity, decrease the urban heat island effect and demineralize soils

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New Study Shows Air Pollution Has Decreased In The US — Mostly In Rich, White Communities

CleanTechnica

A new study shows that fine particulate concentrations in the U.S. have declined around 70% since 1982. That's awesome news. However, the areas that were the most polluted in 1982 are still the most polluted in 2020. These areas are disproportionately low-income and minority communities.

Reusable packaging provides untapped payoffs for business

GreenBiz

Reusable packaging provides untapped payoffs for business. Joana Kleine Jäger. Thu, 08/13/2020 - 01:45. Remember the time when milk was delivered to your door in reusable glass bottles? If not, you were probably born during the plastics-era, which began about 50 years ago. Until the 1980s, glass or cotton bags were the go-to packaging materials for many products, such as milk and flour. Today, plastic has taken over.

Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, August 11, 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 […]. Industry News Opportunities bulletin rulemaking utc weekly bulletin