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The Costs Of Owning A Conventional Car Are Far Higher Than People Think

CleanTechnica

Researchers in Germany say if people knew how much their cars actually cost to own, that knowledge would reduce the number of cars on the road and help boost sales of electric cars. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles depreciation True Cost of Ownership

Planting tiny urban forests can boost biodiversity and fight climate change

GreenBiz

Planting tiny urban forests can boost biodiversity and fight climate change. Alex Thornton. Fri, 08/07/2020 - 00:30. How much space do you think you need to grow a forest? If your answer is bigger than a couple of tennis courts, think again. Miniature forests are springing up on patches of land in urban areas around the world, often planted by local community groups using a method inspired by Japanese temples.

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How to Be Energy Efficient During COVID-19

U.S. Green Technology

COVID-19 has completely disrupted the way people go about everyday life. Your daily routine probably involves staying home most days. Since quarantines and stay-at-home orders are being enforced across the world, home energy usage was bound to increase at the beginning of the outbreaks. An uptick is exactly what happened — energy usage in households. The post How to Be Energy Efficient During COVID-19 appeared first on U.S. Green Technology.

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BP to reduce oil, gas production by 40% to focus on clean energy

Inhabitat - Innovation

BP is slashing its fossil fuel production in favor of clean energy investments

COVID-19 Bankrupts 19 Energy (Oil & Gas) Companies

CleanTechnica

Several energy companies have filed for bankruptcy this year, citing the coronavirus pandemic and all that resulted as the cause. The U.S. has had its lowest energy consumption in 30 years this past spring, according to federal officials. Clean Power Coal Fossil Fuels Green Economy Investment Natural Gas Oil Research Solar Energy Wind Energy coal bankruptcies coronavirus COVID-19 oil & gas bankruptcies oil bankruptcies

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Behind Microsoft's bold plan to build social equity into clean energy buying

GreenBiz

Behind Microsoft's bold plan to build social equity into clean energy buying. Heather Clancy. Thu, 08/06/2020 - 00:45. There were plenty of juicy news tidbits in Microsoft’s recent progress report about its goal to become carbon negative over the next decade. But its new goal to link at least 500 megawatts of forthcoming solar energy contracts to environmental justice considerations is bold for many reasons. .

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1 million minks culled in Spain, the Netherlands

Inhabitat - Innovation

Fear of viral spread has led to the killing of more than 1 million minks on farms in Spain and the Netherlands

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BP To Cut Oil Production 40% By 2030, And Invest Billions Into Green Energy

CleanTechnica

In some refreshingly good news for the environment, news coming out of London, BP has announced that it is planning to cut oil and gas production by 40% and invest billions of dollars into clean energy. Clean Transport Electric Vehicles Fossil Fuels Green Economy Investment Oil BP BP divestment BP stock

Digital technology, green finance in vogue among fashion’s sustainability trendsetters

GreenBiz

Digital technology, green finance in vogue among fashion’s sustainability trendsetters. Phylicia Wu. Wed, 08/05/2020 - 01:00. The key to long-term success in the fashion industry is to start trends and continually push the envelope — a philosophy that also applies to its ESG priorities. The $2.5

How Distributed Energy Could Help Usher In a New ‘Age of Freedom’

GreenTechMedia

Tony Seba gets a lot of things right. The world-renowned thought leader, entrepreneur, educator and author accurately predicted the rapid decline in solar photovoltaic costs and lithium ion batteries. He also predicted the collapse of the coal industry and oil prices.

Global warming to cause more deaths than all infectious diseases

Inhabitat - Innovation

A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that by the end of the century, the number of global warming-related deaths will rival that of deaths caused by all infectious diseases combined. The study estimates that high, uncontrolled greenhouse gas emission rates will increase global mortality rates to 73 deaths per 100,000 people

Germany’s EV Market Share Hits All-Time Record, 11.4% in July — Up 4× Year on Year

CleanTechnica

Germany, Europe's largest auto market, saw record 11.4% plugin electric vehicle market share in July, up over 4× from the same month last year. The cumulative year-to-date EV market share now stands at 8.5%. This is even though the overall auto market recovered from the lull of recent months, with July 2020 sales down just 5% from July.

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The digital divide worsens the inequitable impacts of the climate crisis

GreenBiz

The digital divide worsens the inequitable impacts of the climate crisis. Maddie Stone. Mon, 08/03/2020 - 01:00. This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. One of the starkest inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic is the difference between the digital haves and have-nots.

ComEd Bribery Scandal Clouds Picture for Exelon’s Illinois Nuclear Plants

GreenTechMedia

Exelon may be forced to close its Illinois nuclear plants if state legislation is not passed to bolster their eroding financial prospects. But subsidiary utility Commonwealth Edison’s involvement in a bribery scandal has complicated this and other key policy efforts in its home state. CEO Chris Crane outlined these challenges during the Chicago-based utility’s second-quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday.

COVID-19 reduces UK carbon emissions by 30 million metric tons

Inhabitat - Innovation

While the virus has taken its toll on our lives, the environment is getting a big sigh of relief

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Elon Musk Claims “The Truck You Want In The Apocalypse Is The Cybertruck”

CleanTechnica

In interview with Automotive News, Elon Musk says the Tesla Cybertruck will be the vehicle of choice for the apocalypse. Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Vehicles Interviews apocalypse electric trucks Elon Musk Tesla Tesla Cybertruck

Electric truck fleets will need a lot of power, but utilities aren't planning for it

GreenBiz

Electric truck fleets will need a lot of power, but utilities aren't planning for it. Stephen Nadel. Tue, 08/04/2020 - 01:11. As more electric buses and trucks enter the market, future fleets will require a lot of electricity for charging. While some utilities in California and elsewhere are planning for an increase in power demand, many have yet to do so and need to get started. This issue is critical, because freight trucks emit more than one-quarter of all vehicle emissions.

Why Doesn’t Load Flexibility Have the Same Incentives as Energy Storage?

GreenTechMedia

John Powers is the co-founder and CEO of Extensible Energy, a load-flexibility software company. *. We are in the middle of the most remarkable transformation in the history of the electricity grid — from dirty and centralized to clean, distributed, and digital. Many policymakers and pundits believe that if only we had enough batteries, we could adapt to this new mix of generation resources and continue to pretend that nothing but a few operating conventions have changed.

Zoos struggling to survive during pandemic

Inhabitat - Innovation

Zoos are on the brink of survival as revenues drop

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Tesla Model 3 Success Convinces Hyundai To Accelerate Transition To Electric Cars

CleanTechnica

Hyundai says it is ready to make the transition to building electric cars in large quantities. Now the hard work begins, translating those promises into action. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Hyundai Hyundai IONIQ Hyundai Kona Electric Hyundai Motor Group Tesla

The perfect pair? Custom-fit jeans startup challenges fast fashion mindset

GreenBiz

The perfect pair? Custom-fit jeans startup challenges fast fashion mindset. Lauren Phipps. Mon, 08/03/2020 - 02:12. Canceled orders, excess stock, disrupted supply chains: The pandemic has laid bare some fundamental challenges with the way our clothes are designed, ordered, manufactured and sold — or landfilled, incinerated or sold on secondary markets.

What Other Countries Can Learn From Australia’s Roaring Rooftop Solar Market

GreenTechMedia

Policymakers looking to speed up renewable energy deployment have a best-practice case study to look to: Australia is rolling out renewables 10 times faster than the global average, offering lessons as to what factors can improve the uptake of clean energy.

Former railway yard to receive a green transformation in St. Petersburg

Inhabitat - Innovation

The old Tovarno-Vitebskaya railway yard is soon to become a vibrant linear park

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300,000 Miles In Tesla Model S — But Just Getting Started (& Getting Crazier)

CleanTechnica

It’s true. A Tesla with 300,000 miles isn’t that impressive anymore. After all, there are a handful out there over 500,000, and even one over 600,000 miles. Batteries Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Energy Storage EV Charging Steve Sasman Tesla Tesla Airbnb Tesla batteries Tesla Model S Tesla Renter Tesla road trips

New local campaigns can bring cheaper and cleaner rooftop solar to communities of color

GreenBiz

New local campaigns can bring cheaper and cleaner rooftop solar to communities of color. Lacey Shaver. Thu, 08/06/2020 - 00:20. There is a new urgency across the United States to address structural and systemic racial inequities in criminal justice , wealth and housing , employment , health care and education. These disparities are also pervasive in energy. One common measure of this is "energy burden," or the share of take-home income spent on energy bills.

Shell’s Carbon Offset Business Makes Its First Acquisition

GreenTechMedia

Shell’s new Nature-Based Solutions business has made its first acquisition, with the Anglo-Dutch oil major announcing Monday that it will buy Australia's Select Carbon. Shell has a net-zero ambition for 2050 and has been upfront about the contribution that carbon offsets will make to that effort. In addition to selling more gas, less oil and pressing into the clean power sector, Shell will rely on a variety of carbon-capture methods and slashing its own operational emissions.

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Levis announces product line made with Cottonized Hemp

Inhabitat - Innovation

Levi's is making new jeans with hemp

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Norway Plugin Vehicle Market Share Now Over 68%

CleanTechnica

Norway hit 68.4% plugin electric vehicle market share in July, up significantly from 48% in July 2019. The 2020 year-to-date figure is also now over 68%, up from 2019's full-year result of 56%.

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Weekly UTC Bulletin- August 4

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, August 4, 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 […]. Opportunities Public Policy rulemaking utc weekly bulletin

Waste-heat-to-electricity business picks up Institute of Physics award

Envirotec Magazine

The team at FeTu (with founder Jon Fenton, centre). An Elland-based firm whose turbine-based device has global potential to slash CO2 emissions by converting waste heat into electricity, has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP) Business Start-up Award.

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