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Jul 21, 2018

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The First 24 Hours In A Tesla Model 3 (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Jul 21, 2018: The Tesla Model 3 is the defining car of this generation. The first car to truly set the bar for what an affordable electric car can be. The only problem is that ... well, it isn't that affordable. Yet. Let's rewind for a minute to see where this tale started…

Volvo Plug-In Vehicles Shine In France, Renault Zoe Still Queen (#CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report — France)

Jul 21, 2018: The French plug-in electric car market registered 4,667 units in June, up 13% year over year (YoY), with all-electric models growing slightly faster than plug-in hybrids (BEVs +14%, PHEVs +12%), something that hadn't been happening lately…

An Increasingly Warmer World Is Changing Sporting Events

Jul 21, 2018: The next FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be held in winter, not summer, due to the sweltering climate of the next host country, Qatar. Located on the Persian Gulf, Qatar sees an average high temperature of 108 degrees F in the summer, and temperatures close to 123 degrees F have been recorded in the capital Doha. For a sport that requires players to run continually for 90 minutes, this poses a huge health hazard. And even without the physical strain of playing soccer at the highest level, extreme heat threatens significant health problems, including dehydration, exhaustion and stroke…

Formula E Cars Keep Getting Faster, With Longer Driving Range

Jul 21, 2018: Currently, cars last around 25 minutes before needing to be recharged, so drivers have to switch to a second car mid-race. For the fifth season of Formula E, which begins in December, each car will sport a battery large enough to make it through an entire 50-minute race. They will also feature a more aerodynamic design to compensate for the added weight. The million-dollar cars promise a top speed of upwards of 170 miles per hour, more than 30 miles per hour faster than their predecessors and closer to the speed of NASCAR and Formula 1 race cars…

5 Common Electric Car Myths

Jul 21, 2018: In the UK, Go Ultra Low is a government-backed effort (in association with automakers) to spread awareness about electric vehicles. Go Ultra Low recently joined forces with OnePoll to publish new research regarding the public's understanding (or lack thereof) related to plug-in cars. It turns out respondents had a number of common misconceptions about electric cars…

How To Use Tesla’s Charging Adapter At Non-Tesla Public Charging Stations (#YouTube)

Jul 21, 2018: A Tesla-produced YouTube attempts to sooth charge anxiety with adapters…

Tesla Model 3 Spotted In New Zealand

Jul 21, 2018: A Tesla Model 3 was recently spotted in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of 18 countries where the driver's side is on the right (India and Japan are the largest). The right-side-driver Model 3 will begin deliveries in 2019. The spotted Model 3 has the driver's side on the left, so it is likely being used for testing purposes. The southern island of New Zealand has some of the windiest, curviest, snowiest roads in the world…

Tesla Starts Model 3 Test Drives At Select Locations, Including Performance Edition

Jul 21, 2018: Tesla has officially opened up test drives on its Model 3 and Model 3 Performance Edition at select stores around the United States, according to several sources at the automaker…

Turns Out The Citroen C-Zero Is The Most Affordable EV To Maintain In Europe

Jul 21, 2018: Although the electric BMW i3 seems to have the best maintenance schedule, Britain's most affordable electric vehicle is the Citroen C-Zero, according to automotive data specialist…

PowerLink Could Have 30 Gigawatts In Solar Pipeline

Jul 21, 2018: PowerLink signed an agreement with Pacific Hydro for a project with the potential to be 500 megawatts (MW) -- the first part of the Haughton solar farm.

The Billion Tree Project In Pakistan Is A Success

Jul 21, 2018: The Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been a success. About 730 million trees were regrown using various forestry measures for regeneration, and three hundred million seedlings were planted using about 40 different species in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…

Proposed US Bailout Of Coal & Nuclear Could Exceed $34 Billion

Jul 21, 2018: A new independent assessment by The Brattle Group of US President Donald Trump's plan to bail out the country's coal and nuclear plants has concluded that the cost of such a bailout could balloon to $70 billion over two years. …

Facebook To Power Oregon Data Center With 437 Megawatts Of Solar Power

Jul 20, 2018: Facebook and electricity company Pacific Power announced a partnership this week to build 437 megawatts (MW) worth of new solar projects in Oregon to power Facebook's Prineville Data Center with 100% renewable energy. …

Migratory barnacle geese threatened by rapidly rising Arctic temperatures

Jul 20, 2018: According to a study published in Current Biology, migrating barnacle geese that lay their eggs in the Arctic zones of northern Russia are becoming confounded by earlier springs in their traditional nesting grounds. The rising temperatures found in the Arctic circles are threatening the survival of this species that travels over 3,000 km, or 1,800 miles, to reach their egg-laying territory. The research, unveiled in May of 2018, noted that the geese habitually make the month long journey from parts...

Studio Gang to sustainably grow Toronto with this energy-efficient tower

Jul 20, 2018: American architecture practice Studio Gang has unveiled designs for One Delisle, a new residential tower that marks the firm’s first foray in Canada. Located in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge and Delisle, the project is envisioned as a standout architectural icon that combines a striking hive-like design with energy-efficient performance. The proposed building intends to achieve Tier 2 of the Toronto Green Standard. Inspired by plant growth, the sculptural, 16-sided One...

BYD Charges Into Norway — 42 Articulated Electric Buses Ordered For Oslo

Jul 20, 2018: BYD is making more headway in the Nordics with 2 large bus orders in Norway for 42 more of its articulated electric buses for the capital city of Oslo…

This chic Moganshan resort celebrates the local Chinese landscape

Jul 20, 2018: Blessed with serene mountain vistas and rich in history, Moganshan also boasts a wide array of beautiful resorts including Anadu, a new rural retreat designed by local architecture firm Studio 8. Located at the northern foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou about two hours from Shanghai, the luxury resort embraces its enticing surroundings comprising lush bamboo forests, tea fields and ancient villas. Constructed with natural materials throughout, the hotel is undeniably connected to its rural setting...

An energy-efficient extension in Melbourne captures the owners adventurous spirits

Jul 20, 2018: A century-old Edwardian home has been combined with an airy and environmentally friendly extension in Melbourne, Australia. Commissioned by clients who had recently returned to Melbourne to settle down after years of working and traveling overseas, the renovated dwelling—called the Glide House—was crafted by local architecture firm Ben Callery Architects to serve as a space that would embody the clients’ adventurous spirit. The extension’s butterfly roof adds sculptural flair to the new building,...

A former leather tannery is transformed into an apartment trio in Lisbon

Jul 20, 2018: Lisbon-based architecture firm Aurora Arquitectos has breathed new life into a former leather tannery in the capital of Portugal. Five years in the making, the recently completed apartment refurbishment project turns a single floor into three independent apartments covering a total area of 3,385 square feet. To celebrate the building’s original 18th century architectural style, the architects applied elements of Pombaline design into their renovation including modular elements and a pared-back...

Unusual Kerplunk House is envisioned as a miniature forest in the desert

Jul 20, 2018: Design collective I STIFFEN THEE has completed Kerplunk House, a desert shelter with an eye-catching arrangement of exposed wood piercing through its cuboidal volumes. Inspired by nature and traditional colonial Spanish architecture, the structure was built with stucco and exposed wood and elevated off the ground for minimal site impact. Conceived as a multipurpose live-work space, the Kerplunk House forms part of a desert propagation center and will be gradually surrounded by desert flora. Split...

Tech Titans From Google & Tesla Take A Stand Against Artificial Intelligence Weapons

Jul 20, 2018: Elon Musk and many other tech leaders have signed a plea to ban artificial intelligence from use in weapons. Good luck with that, Elon.

Archived TV Footage Of Tour Of Flanders Reveals Evidence Of A Changing Climate

Jul 20, 2018: Decades of footage showed that climate change had altered the trees, shrubs and other plants along the course. It also demonstrated the immense value of video material from annual sporting events, which could provide a rich trove of data about the impact of our changing climate.

FDA re-appropriates the term 'milk,' to potential benefit of dairy industry

Jul 20, 2018: Current federal standards of what classifies as milk have been changed as of April 2017 in an attempt to boost sales on dairy related products. Alternative substitutions regarded as "plant-based dairy imitators" popular among vegetarians and health conscious individuals may no longer use the term as a result of changing regulations. Items in the category made from almond or soy must find a new label as the only recognition accepted by the FDA is "the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum...

Asia Pacific Annual Wind Capacity To Climb Over 12 Gigawatts By 2022

Jul 20, 2018: Annual wind capacity additions in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) are expected to reach 12.1 gigawatts (GW) by 2022 according to new research from MAKE Consulting, more than double the capacity added by the end of 2017 of 5.5…

Global Energy Spending Totaled $1.8 Trillion In 2017 As Clean Energy Investment Dropped 3%

Jul 20, 2018: Total global energy investment fell by 2% in 2017, totaling $1.8 billion according to the International Energy Agency's World Energy Investment 2018 report which was published this week, which also showed $750 billion was spent on the electricity sector, compared to only $715 billion on oil & gas supply, while investment in renewables and energy efficiency fell by 3%. …

Solar Energy Industries Association Goes Green(er)

Jul 20, 2018: The US Solar Energy Industries Association announced this week that it is partnering with energy company WGL Energy in an effort to offset the electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions connected with the group's offices, travel, and events. …

Juliana vs US: A Case of Perpetual Motions?

Jul 20, 2018: Once more unto the breach, the attorneys representing the youthful plaintiffs in Juliana v US were back before a judge defending their clients’ right to have their day in court.

Where Does US Democracy Go From Here?

Jul 20, 2018: One of the key lessons I learned while getting my first degree in sociology is a simple one, but it's also a profound one that is too often glossed over. The lesson is that democracy is fundamentally built on two pillars: 1) widespread availability of accurate, nearly complete information; and 2) a citizenry that engages in politics…

Tesla Autopilot Miles Skyrocketing (Cool Graphs)

Jul 20, 2018: The MIT Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study (MIT-AVT), which is studying human-AI interaction in driving, has collected masses of real-world driving data, and is using that data to glean all sorts of insights of interest to Tesla fans. In a previous post, we admired a set of nifty charts, prepared by study co-author Lex Fridman, that illustrate how many Tesla vehicles with each version of Autopilot hardware are on the roads…

This 26 Year Old Scored 6 Teslas In 18 Months — And How

Jul 20, 2018: Although driving a Tesla can be expensive and out of reach for some, there are a few innovative ways to help drive down the cost of Tesla ownership. Raymond De Padua owner of Tesluro, a Tesla rental company on Turo based out of Jacksonville, FL, has managed to do this with 6 Teslas in a span of just 18 months…

Protecting autonomous grids from potentially crippling GPS spoofing attacks

Jul 19, 2018: Not long ago, getting a virus was about the worst thing computer users could expect in terms of system vulnerability. But in our current age of hyper-connectedness and the emerging Internet of Things, that's no longer the case. With connectivity, a new principle has emerged, one of universal concern to those who work in the area of systems control. That law says, essentially, that the more complex and connected a system is, the more susceptible it is to disruptive cyber-attacks.

Does Big Oil Think It Can Transition To An Electric Vehicle World?

Jul 19, 2018: Oil and its allies are doing what they can to delay the day of reckoning, but it’s just a matter of time before fossil-powered vehicles join sailing ships, horse-drawn carriages, and bowler hats in making the transition from necessary to nostalgic. What will Big Oil do…

How Is Climate Change Affecting Canada?

Jul 19, 2018: “The environmental threat to our world is greater than any time in human history. Just look around. We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change seared across the world.” Mention Canada to anyone almost anywhere and several things spring immediately to mind. Famously polite people. Very, very good hockey players. A culture of inclusion. And Tim Horton’s…

Jane Goodall and conservationists move to obtain bear hunting licences in Wyoming

Jul 19, 2018: Up to 22 of Yellowstone's grizzly bears are in danger as Wyoming opens up its first bear hunt since the Endangered Species Act of 1975. Wildlife conservationists working alongside famed animal rights champion and educator Jane Goodall raised over $28,000 online for their campaign "Shoot'em with a Camera, Not a Gun" which has infiltrated the list of approximately 7,000 lottery members applying for a hunting licence in the state of Wyoming. The state's game and fish department, who unanimously voted...

This weekend home in Mexico blends in with the forest landscape

Jul 19, 2018: Mexican architecture firm AM30 Taller de Arquitectura has inserted a site-specific weekend home into a forested site in Atemajac de Brizuela, a small town southwest of Guadalajara, Mexico. Dubbed the EC House, the dwelling is split up into a series of interconnected stone-clad volumes placed around existing pine trees and oriented for best views of the nearby mountains. In addition to a natural materials palette that blends the home into the landscape, the EC House was designed to minimize site impact. Located...

Relaxor ferroelectrics: Relax, just break it

Jul 19, 2018: Scientists are helping to answer long-held questions about a technologically important class of materials called relaxor ferroelectrics.

New battery could store wind and solar electricity affordably and at room temperature

Jul 19, 2018: A new type of flow battery that involves a liquid metal more than doubled the maximum voltage of conventional flow batteries and could lead to affordable storage of renewable power.

Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) Teases Tesla Model 3 Performance

Jul 19, 2018: YouTuber Marques Brownlee — aka MKBHD — took to Twitter to tease the world with some still shots of a Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition and some vertically mounted cameras capturing blood-curdling, portrait-mode video footage destined for Instagram's new IGTV platform…

Clean Energy Revolution Is Market Driven

Jul 19, 2018: Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too…

JB Straubel Clarifies Tesla Position On Solar Roof, Powerwall. Expect Big Things — Next Year

Jul 19, 2018: The wait time for the Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall is going up instead of coming down. JB Straubel says, "Don't worry. Be happy."…

UNStudio completes a marina with a luxe yacht-like clubhouse in China

Jul 19, 2018: UNStudio’s Asia office recently completed the Keppel Cove Marina & Clubhouse, a massive waterfront complex in the city of Zhongshan in China’s Guangdong province. Set on the banks of the Xi River, the Keppel Cove Marina was created as part of a 50,000-square-meter masterplan that includes a service building, high-end residential villas, as well as supporting infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and external dykes. Sinuous lines define the eye-catching new marina and clubhouse, which is...

Why I Cut Meat From My Diet (Spoiler: It Wasn’t For The Planet)

Jul 19, 2018: Since cutting meat from my diet, my eyes have been opened to the numerous other reasons people get rid of meat from their diets. Here on CleanTechnica, we should talk more about the climate impact of eating meat, because it's huge and yes, cow farts are a part of the equation…

Ford Wants To Make Central Michigan Station Thrive Again

Jul 19, 2018: Central Michigan station in Detroit has been closed for many years. In fact, for some it has been a symbol of urban decay, but Bill Ford wants to change that. In the next four years, the plan is to renovate it for use by the Ford Motor Company, so it becomes an entrepreneurial hub…

Girl Scouts introduces 30 new badges with emphasis on the environment and STEM

Jul 19, 2018: New STEM oriented Girl Scout badges have been announced by the Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council as of July 18th, 2018. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The 30 new badges round out last year's issuance of educational programs for girls ages 5-18. Among the curriculum are subjects that "address some of society’s most pressing needs, such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science,...

A Solar Power & Energy Storage Revolution Is Upon Us

Jul 19, 2018: A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes some of the implications of the growing solar power and energy storage trend as it relates to the current, centralized utility-based electricity distribution model. Because solar and energy storage can be cost competitive with grid electricity prices in some places, consumers now have an alternative to only using utility-based electricity. Report author John Farrell answered some questions for CleanTechnica…

Global Pace Of Climate Change Remains Double That Of Paris Agreement Target, Claims Schroders

Jul 19, 2018: The current pace of global climate change remains double that of the international targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement due to a lack and speed of global action to limit its impact, according to Schroders Climate Progress Dashboard. …

Danish-inspired holiday cabin is a dreamy Pacific Northwest hideout

Jul 19, 2018: Seattle-based design practice Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects is no stranger to creating charming cabins that embrace nature in the Pacific Northwest. So when a local family tapped the firm for a vacation home on a wooded plot overlooking the Hood Canal, the architects delivered with a clean and modern dwelling thoughtfully integrated into the site. Called ‘The Coyle’, the cluster of gabled buildings draw inspiration from the owner’s Danish roots and are wrapped in dark-stained cedar...

“Sluggish” Atlantic Circulation Could Cause Accelerated Global Warming

Jul 19, 2018: A new research paper published this week has raised the specter of accelerated global warming due to a weakening of the North Atlantic Ocean's circulation system, which is not only expected to continue to weaken in the coming decades but which could impact global surface temperature levels. …

Day Hack: The Transition To 100% Rechargeable Batteries At Home

Jul 19, 2018: When we rebooted our life a few months back, I took the opportunity to go all in on rechargeable batteries and naturally went right back to Eneloop. We bought a nice starter pack that had a nice variety of cells and adapters as well as a charger and a few weeks later, picked up a pack of loose cells for all of our devices…

Turning Trash into Cash: Bioproducts Make 2018 CleanTech Headlines

Jul 19, 2018: Waste is a new frontier in sustainability, and the market is responding positively…