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Jul 24, 2017

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The Attacks On Cleantech Leaders Have Begun — Expect More

Jul 23, 2017: If you've followed CleanTechnica for long, you've surely run across the "100% renewable energy" work of Mark Jacobson. Basically, he has been uncovering how the world could go 100% renewable (on a country-by-country basis, and on a state-by-state basis in the US). You've probably also heard of a man who goes by the name Elon Musk — a South African dude now living in California who has a cleantech startup named after an old-timey dude from Croatia The Attacks On Cleantech Leaders Have Begun — Expect More was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Why BMW i3 Is Awesome, & i3 vs Tesla Model 3 (#Electrifying Webinar)

Jul 23, 2017: In a couple of hours, we're launching into another #Electrifying webinar, this time focused on the BMW i3, its under-acknowledged benefits, and how it might compare to the Tesla Model 3. As mentioned a few days ago, here are the key details Why BMW i3 Is Awesome, & i3 vs Tesla Model 3 (#Electrifying Webinar) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Superchargers vs … Ugh

Jul 22, 2017: First of all, let me say that if anyone else creates a superfast charging network anything close to Tesla's, I'll be one of the first people to cheer it on and I may cheer it more loudly and broadly than anyone else. My goal is to stimulate the transition to zero-emissions transport as quickly as possibly, not to loyally attach my dreams to one company over every other one because I like the logo. Companies that do good stuff deserve to get praised and rewarded Tesla Superchargers vs … Ugh was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

House Strips State Dept. of Cross-Border Pipeline Approval (Think: Keystone XL)

Jul 22, 2017: Even though Hillary Clinton is no longer in charge of the State Department, some in the GOP continue to hold a grudge. Which is why they voted to removed the State Department from the approvals chain for pipelines that cross an international border. Hey, it's petty, but it's one of the few accomplishments the House can claim so far this year House Strips State Dept. of Cross-Border Pipeline Approval (Think: Keystone XL) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist Technology Reduces Stop-&-Go Highway Driving, Ready For US Launch

Jul 22, 2017: Nissan's intuitive new ProPILOT Assist is a fresh "hands-on-wheel" technology that essentially eases driver workload. While providing steering aid and reducing the need for constant small steering adjustments, Nissan is moving another cautious step towards fully autonomous vehicles Nissan ProPILOT Assist Technology Reduces Stop-&-Go Highway Driving, Ready For US Launch was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Sedan Swoon May Signal End Of Chevy Volt & Chevy Impala, But …

Jul 22, 2017: The SUV craze may kill the Chevy Volt. But the Voltec plug-in hybrid powertrain may find its way into a crossover SUV as early as 2020. Sedan Swoon May Signal End Of Chevy Volt & Chevy Impala, But … was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

100% Clean, Renewable Energy Is Possible, Practical, Logical — Setting The Record Straight

Jul 22, 2017: Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% clean, renewable wind, water, and solar (WWS) power for all purposes by 2050, namely electricity, transportation, heating, cooling, and industrial energy uses 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Is Possible, Practical, Logical — Setting The Record Straight was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over…

New Answers To Common Electric Car Questions

Jul 22, 2017: Now that I've been driving an electric car (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I'm getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again New Answers To Common Electric Car Questions was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How to Pack More Power Into NYC’s Energy-Efficiency Bill Package

Jul 22, 2017: Climate of Hope, United States Climate Alliance… These are a couple of initiatives and organizations formed by individual citizens, cities, and states to fight climate change since the President withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreements. And, I’m proud to say New York City is in on it. Earlier last month, the New York […] The post How to Pack More Power Into NYC’s Energy-Efficiency Bill Package appeared first on The Energy Collective.

How the humble bollard can save lives while improving urban design

Jul 21, 2017: Good design can save lives, but sometimes, it’s the humblest designs that do the most good. For instance, you rarely notice them, but bollards are popping up all around cities as an effective way to protect pedestrians during an accident or terrorist attack. That said, no one wants to feel like they are living in a fortress, which is why some designers like Reliance Foundry are creating bollards that don’t just protect people, they enhance the architecture of the city around them. A bollard...

Is This The Coolest Electric Bicycle You Have Ever Seen?

Jul 21, 2017: The Avionics V1 electric bicycle is the coolest retro bike in the universe. If you watch the video, you are going to want one for yourself. Is This The Coolest Electric Bicycle You Have Ever Seen? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Chevy Bolt Production — An Insider’s Viewpoint

Jul 21, 2017: Reports that Chevrolet is cutting production of the Bolt to reduce inventories may be overstated. We have heard from a worker at the factory who has a different perspective. Read on to learn more. Chevy Bolt Production — An Insider’s Viewpoint was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Hyundai’s Semi-Autonomous “Highway Driving Assist 2” Features To Hit Market “Soon”

Jul 21, 2017: Hyundai's semi-autonomous “Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDA2) features will be making it to the market sooner than was previously thought, as the company has reportedly sped up its plans owing to the recent actions of various auto industry competitors Hyundai’s Semi-Autonomous “Highway Driving Assist 2” Features To Hit Market “Soon” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Elon Musk just announced he got verbal approval to build a New York to DC hyperloop

Jul 21, 2017: Elon Musk just announced that the New York City to Washington D.C. hyperloop is happening. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that he has received verbal approval to build an underground hyperloop from city to city, with at least a dozen entrance/exits in each city. Once completed, riders will be able to zoom from city to city in under 30 minutes. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/888053175155949572 Musk added - again, on Twitter - that there is still work to do to get official approval, but...

Musk & His Hyperloop Announcement, Take Two

Jul 21, 2017: Judging from the latest news cycle, Elon Musk is the most powerful person on earth right now. With just a few tweets, he pushed everything else in the overnight news cycle into the background. His claim that he has "verbal government approval" to build a Hyperloop system from New York to Washington, DC, spurred the news media to try to find out exactly who had given the approval. A blizzard of phone calls to state and local authorities by the New York Times, the BBC, the Washington Post, the National Inquirer, and the South Succotash Tattler all failed to turn up a single clue Musk & His Hyperloop Announcement, Take Two was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Googl…

This boy accidentally found a 1.2 million-year-old fossil by tripping over it

Jul 21, 2017: Sometimes, there are benefits to being clumsy. A 9-year-old named Jude Sparks recently found this out. While hiking the Orange Mountains in New Mexico with his family, Sparks tripped over an object which at first, he thought was “just a big fat rotten cow.” Instead, it turned out to be a Stegomastodon fossil from 1.2 million years ago. https://youtu.be/xv12xqHcIhw The young boy told KVIA TV: “I didn’t know what it was. I just knew it wasn’t usual.” His family agreed, which...

Over 8.3 Billion Metric Tons Of Plastics Made By Humans To Date, Most Of Which Now Litter

Jul 21, 2017: More than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics have been produced by humans since large-scale production began back in the 1950s, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances Over 8.3 Billion Metric Tons Of Plastics Made By Humans To Date, Most Of Which Now Litter was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

We've made enough plastic trash to bury Manhattan under 2-miles of the stuff

Jul 21, 2017:   Whether one is getting an iced latte to-go in the morning, received their restaurant leftovers in a plastic takeaway container, or forgot to take their reusable bags to the store, there are numerous ways one can obtain disposable plastic — and that is a problem. According to the first global analysis of the production of plastics, humans now produce more plastic than anything else and, as a result, have created 8.3 billion tonnes (9.bn tons) of the stuff since the 1950’s. If the trend...

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul 21, 2017: A new electrochemical energy harvesting device can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

Frederike Top's geometric LED lamps cast colorful rays of ever-changing light

Jul 21, 2017: Related: Stickbulb’s new Boom LED lamp is made of reclaimed wood from NYC water tanks + Via Organisaion in Design…

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

Jul 21, 2017: The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

Gorgeous modern home makes stunning use of recycled and salvaged materials

Jul 21, 2017: Architecture studio tenfiftyfive paired modern luxury with sustainable and nature-centric design in their design of this gorgeous house extension in Melbourne. Named the Park House, this Instagram-worthy dwelling is built around two mature gumtrees and clad in timber to blend into the surroundings. More than just a pretty picture, this stylish abode also boasts energy-efficient principles as well as a natural-materials palette largely foraged from recycled and salvaged items. Completed...

Montreal supermarket is Canada's first to grow produce on its own rooftop garden

Jul 21, 2017: A supermarket in Montreal is raising the roof on local produce. Located in the Saint-Laurent borough, IGA Extra Famille Duchemin says it's the first grocery store in Canada to sell herbs and vegetables grown on its own roof. The 25,000-foot space features more than 30 different varieties of certified-organic produce, including tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, kale, eggplant, and basil. Photos via Facebook…

US DOI scientist claims he was reassigned for speaking up on climate change

Jul 21, 2017: Is the Donald Trump administration reassigning employees who speak out on the dangers of climate change? Joel Clement, former Office of Policy Analysis director at the Department of the Interior, seems to think so. He penned an opinion editorial piece for The Washington Post saying he was moved into an "unrelated job in the accounting office." He said he's a scientist and policy expert, not an accountant - "...but you don't have to be one to see that the administration's excuse for a reassignment...

Massachusetts’ Bay State Wind Receives BOEM’s First Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval

Jul 21, 2017: The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued its first approval of an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan to the Bay State Wind offshore wind farm being developed by DONG Energy and Eversource Energy.  Massachusetts’ Bay State Wind Receives BOEM’s First Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Asia Pacific Excluding China To Install More Than 72 Gigawatts Of New Wind Capacity In 10 Years

Jul 21, 2017: More than 72 GW of new wind capacity is expected to be added over the next ten years in the Asia Pacific (excluding China), pushing cumulative capacity up to 111 GW and making it one of the largest wind sub-regions in the world.  Asia Pacific Excluding China To Install More Than 72 Gigawatts Of New Wind Capacity In 10 Years was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Go-Ahead Given For 450 Megawatt Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

Jul 21, 2017: After more than two years, Mainstream Renewable Power has this week finally welcomed the end to legal battles which had halted progress of its £2 billion, 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.  Go-Ahead Given For 450 Megawatt Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

UK Businesses & Investors Urge PM To Raise Climate Ambitions

Jul 21, 2017: A group of businesses and investors have written to UK Prime MInister Theresa May, urging her to raise the country's ambitions to tackle climate change and increase her leadership of the UK "towards a stronger, more prosperous, and more sustainable future for its people and the economy."  UK Businesses & Investors Urge PM To Raise Climate Ambitions was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Sodium Battery Throws Shade On Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Dream

Jul 21, 2017: Researchers are beginning to nudge lithium-ion energy storage aside with a new breakthrough for batteries based on cheap, plentiful sodium New Sodium Battery Throws Shade On Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Dream was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Daimler Sold More Than 1 Million Vehicles With Excessive Emissions In Europe & The US, Stuttgart Search Warrant Read

Jul 21, 2017: The search warrant used by prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, two months ago when they searched Daimler facilities in the country (following allegations of false advertising and possible exhaust gas treatment systems fraud in some diesel cars) alleged that the company sold over a million cars in Europe and the US with excessive emissions Daimler Sold More Than 1 Million Vehicles With Excessive Emissions In Europe & The US, Stuttgart Search Warrant Read was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Vertical farming startup raises $200M from Alphabet, Jeff Bezos

Jul 21, 2017: Indoor vertical farming is on the rise, if a recent funding round for San Francisco startup Plenty is any indication. The company just scored what they say is the largest agriculture technology investment in history at $200 million. Plenty has attracted attention - and quite a lot of money - from well-known tech entrepreneurs like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Related: 40-foot shipping container farm can grow 5 acres of food with 97% less water…

Scientists discover the Amazon forest sets off its own rainy season

Jul 21, 2017: For years, scientists have been stumped over why the rainy season in the southern Amazon rainforest begins when it does, two to three months earlier than they'd expect. But now an international team that includes researchers from NASA and Google has discovered the forest actually triggers its own rainy season, thanks to water vapor off plant leaves. The finding points to one disastrous consequence of deforestation in this part of the world: as trees are cut down, there's actually less rainfall. ...

Configurable wooden shelter hangs from the treetops

Jul 21, 2017: Related: + Etablissements Tourneux Via NotCot Etablissements Tourneux, shelter design, wooden shelters, treetop shelters, Sequoia shelter…

Settlement Agreement Signed for Panoche Valley Solar Project

Jul 21, 2017: HOLLISTER, CA - July 21, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (collectively the "Environmental Groups"), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Panoche Valley Solar LLC (a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.), have entered into a settlement agreement concerning the size and location of a solar project currently under development in California's Panoche Valley.

Social Status or Going Green: The Habits of Hybrid Car Drivers

Jul 21, 2017: July 21, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Honda, Nissan, BMW... just about every car company is putting out a hybrid version of its vehicles.

Waymo’s Self-Driving Minivans Have Been Tested Extensively In Extreme Heat

Jul 21, 2017: Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans have been tested extensively in extreme heat since stress testing began around a year ago, the company has revealed. To be more specific, much of the heat testing has taken place in Death Valley — where temperatures can climb to more than 130° Fahrenheit, roughly hot enough to melt roads Waymo’s Self-Driving Minivans Have Been Tested Extensively In Extreme Heat was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles

Jul 21, 2017: Frank Gehry’s firm Gehry Partners is bringing a burst of greenery to Los Angeles’ Playa Vista neighborhood. The world-renowned architecture firm unveiled renderings for their new eight-story office project, called New Beatrice West, that will incorporate the firm’s current offices next door. The eco-conscious structure will be covered in green walls, topped with trees, and feature energy-efficient systems. Located on a corner lot across five contiguous lots, New Beatrice West will...

Are Cities Being 100% Clear About Their 100% Renewable Goals?

Jul 21, 2017: When the United States pulled itself out of its commitment to the Paris climate accord, corporations, non-profits, towns, and cities reminded everyone that their commitments to cleaner energy still stood. Many towns and cities have even signed on to go 100 percent renewable, including big names like San Francisco and Chicago, as well smaller towns […] The post Are Cities Being 100% Clear About Their 100% Renewable Goals? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Cyber Security with IoT-Enabled Smart Energy Storage Technology

Jul 21, 2017: One of the best things about smart energy storage technology is the opportunity it creates for those in the HVAC, electrical contracting, and solar energy markets to provide added value to their customers and thus benefit from an additional revenue stream. The energy storage market is already becoming enormous with Navigant Research predicting it will […] The post Cyber Security with IoT-Enabled Smart Energy Storage Technology appeared first on The Energy Collective.

As Trump Rolls Back Methane Rules, What Should the Oil and Gas Industry Do?

Jul 21, 2017: Recently, at an oil and gas industry event co-hosted by Energy Dialogues and Shell in Houston, Ben Ratner, a Director at Environmental Defense Fund, met up with Michael Maher, presently with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former longtime economist with ExxonMobil, to discuss the future of the natural gas industry. Specifically, they talked about […] The post As Trump Rolls Back Methane Rules, What Should the Oil and Gas Industry Do? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

In This Year’s Advanced Energy Olympics, Nevada Takes a Silver

Jul 21, 2017: Nevada’s 2017 legislative session was jam-packed with bills that will reshape the state’s energy future. The legislature passed 11 energy bills and sent them to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk. Of the 11, the Governor signed nine into law. The bills covered a wide range of issues and settled them in favor of advanced energy: prioritizing […] The post In This Year’s Advanced Energy Olympics, Nevada Takes a Silver appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Mexico Conducts Its First Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Open Season

Jul 21, 2017:   As part of a series of ongoing energy reforms, Mexico’s National Center for Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) recently conducted the first open season to auction capacity rights on the country’s natural gas pipeline grid. CENAGAS manages Mexico’s Integrated National Natural Gas Transportation and Storage System, also known as SISTRANGAS, which currently has 6,256 miles of pipeline […] The post Mexico Conducts Its First Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Open Season appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Dutch studio unveils colorful solar-powered village for area homeless

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Enhancing the resilience of the American electricity system

Jul 20, 2017: With growing risks to the nation's electrical grid from natural disasters and as a potential target for malicious attacks, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should work closely with utility operators and other stakeholders to improve cyber and physical security and resilience, says a new congressionally mandated report.

Cecil the lion's son shot and killed by trophy hunter

Jul 20, 2017: In 2015, Cecil the lion was reportedly lured out of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park to be slaughtered by American dentist Walter Palmer. But lion hunting in the area hasn't been stopped. The group Lions of Hwange National Park recently said Cecil's son, Xanda, was shot by trophy hunter Richard Cooke. Xanda was just over six years old and is the father of multiple cubs.

Why the new Nissan Leaf won't need a brake pedal

Jul 20, 2017: Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don't worry - it's totally safe. Nissan's new Leaf will feature what they call an e-Pedal, which allows users to accelerate, slow down, and stop using just one pedal. This seemingly small change could alter car design of the future in a large way. Related:…

Congress just voted to allow the slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros

Jul 20, 2017: This week, a Congressional committee signed the death warrant for tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in the US. The House Appropriations Committee voted on Tuesday to remove language from the BLM budget that prohibited the "destruction of healthy, unadopted wild horses and burros," opening the door for inhumane and unnecessary killing of the iconic symbols of the American West. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) authored the amendment, stating "I love horses and am concerned about...

16-year-old inspires U.S. city to pass law requiring solar panels on all new homes

Jul 20, 2017: More United States cities are taking strong measures to move the clean energy economy forward. This week, South Miami passed a law requiring new houses to be outfitted with solar panels. The law will even apply to some renovations. It passed four to one - and some of the inspiration for the law came from a Florida high school student. Related:…