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‘Zero draft’ lends shape to global plastics treaty

GreenBiz

NGOs are cautiously optimistic about the draft document for a global plastics treaty, which will be used during the third set of negotiations scheduled for mid-November.

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The Solar Revolution: How Advances in Solar Power are Changing the World

U.S. Green Technology

The past decade has seen tremendous advances in solar power technology that are transforming how we generate, store, and consume energy around the world. As solar becomes more affordable and efficient, it is emerging as a mainstream energy source with the potential to significantly reduce global carbon emissions and usher in a new era of. The post The Solar Revolution: How Advances in Solar Power are Changing the World appeared first on U.S.

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Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles

Renew Economy

Price of battery cells plunges in August, taking it close to the "tipping point" where the cost of building battery-powered EVs can match that of internal combustion engine cars. The post Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The American chestnut tree is coming back. Who is it for?

Grist

This story was co-published with Native News Online. When Neil Patterson Jr. was about 7 or 8 years old, he saw a painting called “Gathering Chestnuts,” by Tonawanda Seneca artist Ernest Smith. Patterson didn’t realize that the painting showed a grove of American chestnuts, a tree that had been all but extinct since his great-grandparents’ time. Instead, what struck Patterson was the family in the foreground: As a man throws a wooden club to knock chestnuts from the branches above, a child shell

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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How Applied Materials and Intel are helping chipmakers buy clean power

GreenBiz

The Catalyze program, sponsored by Intel and Applied Materials and run by Schneider Electric, aims to accelerate renewable energy access across the global semiconductor supply chain.

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Rainwater Harvesting: How to Make Your Home Greener?

U.S. Green Technology

Homeowners and people alike are looking for doable and sustainable solutions to lessen their environmental footprint at a time. This is important when addressing climate change and water shortages is becoming more and more critical. Rainwater collection is one such environmentally beneficial effort that is flourishing. It is a straightforward but incredibly powerful technique that.

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Dead Horse, Also-Ran, or Unicorn? How Nuclear Fits With Net Zero

BloombergNEF

For conventional nuclear fission being used today – which involves splitting atoms to release energy – there are two main barriers to it being considered a serious contender in the race to net zero: skepticism around the safety of reactors and radioactive waste disposal, and cost. The post Dead Horse, Also-Ran, or Unicorn? How Nuclear Fits With Net Zero appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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This carbon removal startup reduces emissions by burying sludgy organic waste

GreenBiz

Vaulted Deep, backed with $8 million led by Lowercarbon Capital, is one of about a dozen startups to receive carbon removal contracts through the Frontier buying group.

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Heat pumps outperform boilers and furnaces — even in the cold

Canary Media

Not only do heat pumps function in freezing temperatures — they work far more efficiently than fossil-fuel heating systems in the cold. That’s according to a team of researchers in Europe affiliated with the independent nonprofit Regulatory Assistance Project.

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Tesla gets ready to take on Australia energy utilities in landmark move for the grid

Renew Economy

Tesla has applied for new licences with market operator and regulator in a landmark move for the grid, and for efforts to "orchestrate" consumer energy resources as coal plants close. The post Tesla gets ready to take on Australia energy utilities in landmark move for the grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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DOD Advances X-Energy Mobile Nuclear Microreactor as Second Project Pele Design

POWER Magazine

The Department of Defense (DOD) has moved to develop a second transportable microreactor under Project Pele, granting X-energy a contract option to advance the design of its mobile advanced nuclear […] The post DOD Advances X-Energy Mobile Nuclear Microreactor as Second Project Pele Design appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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5 ways to make reuse mainstream

GreenBiz

Innovators at the vanguard of the reuse movement agree on the key ingredients that will speed up the adoption of reuse.

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How cities are working to improve ‘tree equity’

Grist

The vision “We know that there are actual real-life impacts between communities that don’t have access to the health benefits of trees and those that do.” Benita Hussain, tree equity lead at American Forests The spotlight This summer, when the mercury surged in Seattle, I found myself constantly crossing over to the shadier side of the street on walks with my dog.

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Nuclear energy remains weapon of choice for climate deniers and coal lobby

Renew Economy

The Coalition is declaring a new "war on wind and solar" as it uses the nuclear debate to disguise the fact it intends to do nothing about climate action. The post Nuclear energy remains weapon of choice for climate deniers and coal lobby appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

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

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Gotion to build US$2 billion gigafactory in Illinois

Energy Storage News

China-headquartered lithium-ion battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech has announced a new US$2 billion gigafactory in Illinois, US, targeting the EV and energy storage system (ESS) markets.

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Cocoa-shell fertilizer: Nestle and Cargill team on regenerative agriculture

GreenBiz

CCm Technologies will transform cocoa shells discarded at a Cargill factory into low-carbon fertilizer pellets for wheat farmers.

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How to Survive a Flood

NRDC onEarth

Be prepared for the next major storm by planning ahead and staying vigilant when floodwaters arrive.

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Solar reaches record 120 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia

Renew Economy

South Australia sets a new record with solar providing 120 per cent of it electricity demand. The post Solar reaches record 120 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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 Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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He couldn't install solar at home, so he helps nonprofits do it instead

Canary Media

Canary Media’s Electrified Life column shares real-world tales, tips and insights to demystify what individuals can do to shift their homes and lives to clean electric power. Canary thanks Lunar Energy for its support of the column. John Smillie had long been concerned about the climate crisis.

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NASA JPL Imaging Spectrometer Ready for Tanager 1 Integration

Planet Pulse

Today we have an exciting update to report for the Tanager program – the imaging spectrometer, developed by NASA JPL, has been handed off to our team for integration onto our Tanager 1 hyperspectral satellite. This exquisite instrument will act as the “eye” of the satellite, allowing us to detect, pinpoint, and quantify point source emissions of methane and carbon dioxide.

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What Are “EnergyGuide” and “Energy Star” Anyway?

NRDC onEarth

A guide to decoding the government’s tip sheets for buying the most energy-efficient appliance.

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NSW social housing could host 650MW of rooftop solar, save occupants $129m a year

Renew Economy

New modelling shows NSW's more than 54,000 social and affordable housing properties could host up to 650MW of rooftop solar and slash occupants' bills. The post NSW social housing could host 650MW of rooftop solar, save occupants $129m a year appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The biomethane boondoggle that could derail clean hydrogen

Canary Media

Canary Media’s Down to the Wire column tackles the more complicated challenges of decarbonizing our energy systems. The Inflation Reduction Act could lay the groundwork for the mass production of green hydrogen, a vital zero-carbon fuel that can help clean up industries from shipping to fertilizer production.

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Fallback Friday Story: Bosch Starts Volume Production of Its Fuel-Cell Power Module

FuelCellsWorks

Sales of 5 billion euros with H2 technologies by 2030. Bosch operates along the entire hydrogen value chain. Bosch chairman Stefan Hartung: “Bosch knows its way around hydrogen, and Bosch.

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? The Sophisticating Climate Capital Stack

Climate Tech VC

This climate tech moment is different from Cleantech 1.0 for a whole blog’s worth of reasons—from procurement and customer demand to aggressive policy to cheaper clean electrons. But perhaps the biggest departure from Cleantech 1.0’s days, when VCs alone pumped expensive equity into energy commodities businesses, is the depth and breadth of specialized climate tech capital support.

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“Seismic shift:” Energy crisis helped wind and solar stretch cost advantage over fossil fuels

Renew Economy

Solar and wind costs have fallen by up to 90 pct in last 12 years, and even in 2022 huge growth in China meant that global average costs remained stable. The post “Seismic shift:” Energy crisis helped wind and solar stretch cost advantage over fossil fuels appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Florida is now adding more solar power than any other state

Canary Media

Florida has long ranked a distant third place behind California and Texas in installed solar, but it’s now installing more solar panels than any other state — despite a policy landscape that’s considerably more challenging than in other states.

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HYDF Energy Unveils HYNAVAL: a Bold Initiative to Green Maritime Transport With Hydrogen

FuelCellsWorks

Bordeaux (France)– Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy), leading developer of large-scale green hydrogen infrastructure and high-power fuel cell manufacturer , is taking a significant stake alongside CLYD, a naval architect, in.

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Mighty Buildings raises $52M to build 3D-printed prefab homes

TechCrunch: Climate

Mighty Buildings, a startup building tech for prefabricated, ostensibly environmentally-friendly homes, today announced that it raised $52 million in a funding round co-led by Waed Ventures and Bold Capital with participation by Khosla Ventures.

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Ukraine plans up to 1GW wind farm in Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone

Renew Economy

Germany's Notus Energy signs declaration of intent to develop an up to 1,000MW wind farm in the exclusion zone around Ukraine's failed Chernobyl power plant. The post Ukraine plans up to 1GW wind farm in Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Chart: Solar installations set to break global, US records in 2023

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. The solar industry is having yet another record-setting growth year, globally and in the U.S.

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VDL Groep Reveals Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck for Toyota’s European Logistics

FuelCellsWorks

First hydrogen truck by VDL Groep using Toyota fuel cell modules is ready for pilot phase VDL Groep to launch four more hydrogen trucks to be tested by Toyota’s Logistic.

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Danfoss’s Volvo electric truck operates on a 24-hour shift

Charged

Volvo recently delivered 3 heavy-duty line haul electric trucks to Danish industrial multinational Danfoss. The new e-trucks will operate on fixed routes between Danfoss sites in Denmark, and one of them will operate 24 hours a day without significant charging downtime. Customized chargers from Danish company GodEnergi will be used to rapidly charge the truck’s battery during offloading and onloading at each stop, which usually takes around 15 minutes.