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Aug 27, 2016

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This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Aug 27, 2016: Italian architects Paolo Venturella and Cosimo Scotucci of Paolo Venturella Architecture designed a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to attack global warming by cooling the entire planet. The architects cited the challenges of climate change as an inspiration; they said the strategies we have to combat global warming are not enough, and only a “global strategy” could halt the nature disasters resulting from climate change. So they designed an imaginative...

Newly-discovered world's oldest sewing needle wasn't made by Homo sapiens

Aug 27, 2016: Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by homo sapiens. READ MORE >…

Scatec Solar Wins 100 MW Solar Power Project In Nigeria

Aug 27, 2016: Norwegian independent solar power provider, Scatec Solar, has signed an agreement with Canadian renewable energy group CDIL and Nigerian consulting company BPS for developing a 100 MW solar power plant project in Nigeria. The 100 MW Nova Scotia Power plant will be built in Nigerian state of Jigawa. Scatec Solar will develop, build, own and [...]…

Green Plains Nabs 3 Ethanol Plants On The Cheap

Aug 27, 2016: Jim Lane In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains (GPRE) that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa (ABGOY) Bioenergy with combined annual production capacity of 236 million gallons per year, for approximately $237 million in cash, plus certain working capital adjustments. The company said it was the successful bidder on three ethanol plants for sale conducted under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Upon completion of the acquisitions, Green Plains will own and operate 17 dry mill ethanol facilities with combined production capacity of nearly 1.5 billion gallons per year. With ADM (ADM) putting US ethanol assets on the sale block, the acquisition leaves Green P…

Indian Coal Miner Starts Construction Of Solar Power Projects

Aug 27, 2016: India’s publicly-owned lignite mining and power generation company NLC India Limited, formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, has announced commencement of construction activities at its third solar power project of 65 MW capacity at Neyveli. This announcement was made by Sarat Kumar Acharya, Chairman and Managing Director of NLC India Limited to formally kick-start the construction [...]…

Renewables = 43% Of New Electricity Capacity In USA In H1 2016 (CleanTechnica Electricity Report)

Aug 27, 2016: It’s time for CleanTechnica‘s quarterly electricity report, which now includes both a capacity report and a generation report (we used to publish these separately). The grid continues to get cleaner and cleaner. Renewable energy accounts for a large percentage of new electricity generation capacity quarter after quarter in the United States, while old coal power plants close down quarter after [&hellip Renewables = 43% Of New Electricity Capacity In USA In H1 2016 (CleanTechnica Electricity Report) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

You can play this building like a gigantic xylophone

Aug 27, 2016: The LCCCP's previous house in Muswell Hill, built in the 1950s, became unable to accommodate the growing number of disabled children who, due to neo-natal brain injuries, suffer from one of the forms of cerebral palsy. The new extension will provide a wide range of new services and facilities that will transform the way charity works with children and the wider public. Related: Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012 The extension...

Enter the Biodesign Competition to get your ideas in front of the X-Prize

Aug 27, 2016: Construction has come a long way since the Neolithic days of our earliest dwellings but many of today’s building practices still require unnecessary amounts of resources and energy. To make matters worse, conventional construction too frequently compromises our health and the health of natural environment, but with the wealth of recent scientific and technological advances, we know that this need not be the case. To address this issue, the X-Prize for BioDesigned futures is seeking applicants with...

Suzlon Energy Wins Repeat Wind Energy Order Of 132 MW From ReNew Power

Aug 27, 2016: One of India’s largest renewable energy solution providers Suzlon Energy has received repeat order from Independent Power Producer ReNew Power Limited for 132 MW wind farm in Andhra Pradesh. The contract signed with ReNew Power is for the supply of 48 units of S97 turbines with 90-metre tubular towers and 15 units of S97 with [...]…

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park is a summer escape wedged in Argentina's Andes Mountains

Aug 27, 2016: Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or just relaxing in one of the thermal pools or streams…

US EIA: Natural Gas CO2 Emissions Surpassing Coal Emissions

Aug 27, 2016: Originally published on Planetsave. For the first time since 1972, energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal are dropping below natural gas CO2 emissions. The US Energy Information Agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook reports that energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to be 10% higher than coal emissions for 2016. This is a classic [&hellip US EIA: Natural Gas CO2 Emissions Surpassing Coal Emissions was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Hard to Handle: Trolling Denial vs. Legitimate Skepticism

Aug 27, 2016: In an interesting new paper, two pairs of authors bring their unique viewpoints to bear on a hard to handle subject – how should scientists and the public interact to ensure the accuracy of scientific studies? How can scientists tell the difference between politically motivated trolls (deniers) and genuinely interested non-academics (skeptics)?

Interview with Ryan Popple, CEO Of Proterra (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Aug 27, 2016: If you don’t know Ryan Popple yet, you should. In terms of movers and shakers in cleantech, Popple is a formidable force for good. A former partner at the VC firm Kleiner Perkins whose investment management areas primarily focused on late stage cleantech transportation firms, Popple also served as Senior Director of Finance at Tesla [&hellip Interview with Ryan Popple, CEO Of Proterra (CleanTechnica Exclusive) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

Aug 26, 2016: "The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself" is a core value of Heerim Architects and Planners in South Korea, the team behind a sparkling orb designed for Santa Monica Pier. A finalist in the biennial site-specific 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which promotes the uptake of energy-generating public art that informs, delights, and uplifts communities and visitors, The Clear Orb reveals a playful approach...

Dyson is releasing a combination air purifier, bladeless fan, and space heater for $599

Aug 26, 2016: Thanks to Dyson’s newest innovation, you will only need one outlet to run an air purifier, cooling fan, and space heater. The Pure Hot + Cool Link combines all three devices into one, saving space and money. Dyson integrated its Cool bladeless fan, Hot heater, and Pure Cool Link air purifier into one multipurpose, climate-controlling product. The Pure Hot + Cool Link uses the same revered HEPA filter used in other products, which is said to remove 99.97 percent of bothersome air...

This proposed flying off-grid hotel lets you travel anywhere in the world

Aug 26, 2016: Imagine flying over the Grand Canyon or hovering through the plains of the Serengeti from the comfort and safety of your hotel room. That off-grid fantasy is at the heart of HOK’s Driftscape, a mobile, self-sustaining hotel conceived to give guests the power to travel almost anywhere they desire. Created by the firm’s Toronto office, the futuristic drone-integrated concept was recently selected as a finalist in the Radical Innovation Awards, a competition that seeks innovative ideas in hospitality....

Blackened timber home draws energy from a large wood-burning stove

Aug 26, 2016: The House Bäumle 2 was built on a slender strip of land next to a steep incline that falls away to a small stream. Its arresting blackened timber facade is a nod to the traditional vernacular of sunburned agriculture houses that the architects say have largely disappeared in Vorarlberg's Rhine Valley. Large square windows of varying sizes with unpainted timber frames punctuate the dark facade. A large reinforced concrete mass sits at the heart of the home to help absorb and retain heat during...

Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

Aug 26, 2016: What student wouldn't love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There's no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we're giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need.

The worlds tallest timber building was just topped off ahead of schedule

Aug 26, 2016: In Vancouver, the towering timber Brock Commons just had its final panel installed, making the dream of the world’s tallest timber building a reality. In just 66 days - ahead of the original scheduled timeframe - the exterior of the Acton Ostry Architects' record-breaking design has come to fruition, which could possibly bump up the projected fall 2017 completion date to next year’s spring semester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwI6wHcRVc The final panel of the University...

Chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage

Aug 26, 2016: Chemists have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and into renewable solar and wind energy production.

Light-Rail Ridership Explodes In Seattle, Supporting A 3rd Phase Of Sound Transit

Aug 26, 2016: Originally published on Bikocity. Driving in Seattle or from Seattle to areas in the Puget Sound is a drive in congestion — a drive in overwhelming lanes and lanes of cars. Ridership has boomed more than expected on light rail in Seattle, and perhaps this is a reason why. The regional transit authority now has more plans to grow this [&hellip Light-Rail Ridership Explodes In Seattle, Supporting A 3rd Phase Of Sound Transit was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Chevy Volt Sales Neck & Neck With Toyota Camry Hybrid, & It Beats Almost Every Other Hybrid

Aug 26, 2016: Despite the generally negative view on all-electric vehicle sales performance in the US over the past few years, when you look closer at the numbers, it appears that some plug-in vehicles are becoming increasingly competitive with popular non-plug-in hybrids as of late. In particular, the Tesla Model S (which is #1 in its car class) and [&hellip Chevy Volt Sales Neck & Neck With Toyota Camry Hybrid, & It Beats Almost Every Other Hybrid was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Electric Grid Transformation Is Key To Delivering On Paris Climate Commitments

Aug 26, 2016: Originally published on Worldwatch Institute Blog. By Philip Killeen Attending the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2016 launch event in June, I watched BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale invoke lessons from history. “Even if renewables continue to grow faster than any other energy technology in history,” he said, “we are unlikely to meet [&hellip Electric Grid Transformation Is Key To Delivering On Paris Climate Commitments was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Do All-Electric Vehicle Ranges Exceed Those Of Some Gasoline-Powered Vehicles? (Chart)

Aug 26, 2016: Do the ranges of some consumer all-electric vehicles now exceed the ranges of some consumer internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles? That’s the question explored by a recent post by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, one that revealed that some all-electric vehicles (EVs) are indeed now on the market that possess ranges greater than [&hellip Do All-Electric Vehicle Ranges Exceed Those Of Some Gasoline-Powered Vehicles? (Chart) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

What If More-Energy-Efficient Homes Were Worth More?

Aug 26, 2016: Originally published on One Knob Consulting. By Nate Adams What if it was easy to find out how much energy a home uses and how much that energy costs? It could unlock a whole new market that doesn’t exist today worth hundreds of billions. According to an Elevate Energy study, Chicago homes that disclosed energy [&hellip What If More-Energy-Efficient Homes Were Worth More? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

“Comedic” Almost ICE’d Vignette

Aug 26, 2016: It is best in situations such as the following one to laugh instead of letting silly things become incendiary. I have often been ICE’d at this EV Charger. In this ridiculous story — just almost ICE’d this time, luckily — someone else’s reactions validate mine. I met a friend downtown to get exercise while I charged my EV. [&hellip “Comedic” Almost ICE’d Vignette was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Newly discovered 'ghost galaxy' full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way

Aug 26, 2016: Astronomers have discovered, with the aid of some powerful telescopes, a galaxy made up mostly of dark matter. Dragonfly 44, as it has been named, is roughly the same size as our Milky Way but with far fewer stars. Rather, the galaxy appears to be composed largely of dark matter, which does not emit light or interact with electromagnetic radiation. Although there is much more to learn about the mysterious dark galaxy, scientists’ initial findings have surprised astronomy experts more than once. Studies...

California Carbon Reductions Poised To Lead North America

Aug 26, 2016: California stands poised to enact the most ambitious carbon pollution reduction goal on the North American continent for the year 2030. The Golden State bears a special burden this year, the fifth of a historic and punishing drought. The drought causes water quality to degrade, surface and groundwater level to decline, and land subsidence. Ultimately, [&hellip California Carbon Reductions Poised To Lead North America was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Fracking Study Pulls Rug Out From Under “Safe” Fracking

Aug 26, 2016: Whenever a new fracking study comes out, you can be sure that fossil industry stakeholders will run over to the history machine and crank out a purported decades-long safety record. The problem is, until recent years fracking was confined mainly to low-population areas in the western US. Now that fracking has flooded into Pennsylvania and [&hellip New Fracking Study Pulls Rug Out From Under “Safe” Fracking was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

US & China Will Ratify Paris Agreement Before G20

Aug 26, 2016: In Beijing, senior US and Chinese officials worked extra late Tuesday night to finalize a joint ratification of last December’s landmark Paris Agreement on climate action. On September 4, the summit meeting of the Group of Twenty major economies begins in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. There President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama are [&hellip US & China Will Ratify Paris Agreement Before G20 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Toyota donates $1m to build an ultra-green youth campus for Yellowstone National Park

Aug 26, 2016: Toyota clearly has soft spot in its heart for Yellowstone National Park. Late last year, Toyota announced plans to use used Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park and now the automaker has given a $1 million donation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation to support development of a new Yellowstone Youth Campus. As its name suggests, the new Yellowstone Youth Campus will provide a place of learning for future generations of conservationists....

Electrons at the speed limit

Aug 26, 2016: Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future.

California Utility Wants to Install Huge Number of Electric Car Chargers

Aug 26, 2016: But it wants rate payers to foot the $160 million bill -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve to double the size of Texas

Aug 26, 2016: President Barack Obama will issue a proclamation to expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, off the coast of Hawaii, to four times its current size. At 582,578 square miles (1.5m sq km), the new borders will make the protected area twice the size of Texas and the largest protected marine area in the world. The move is intended to protect animal and plant life as well as the world's deepest and northernmost coral reefs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nlpDHSJ06o Hawaii’s...

Better batteries: Next-generation smart separator membranes

Aug 26, 2016: A new class of battery seperator has been engineered by a team of researchers, which is expected to bring unprecedented benefits to battery performance.

Science confirms traffic jams are bad for your health

Aug 26, 2016: Not only are traffic jams a total rage-inducing drag, but new scientific studies have confirmed they are also bad for our health. Sitting in a bumper-to-bumper gridlock multiplies the toxicity of air pollution, especially when windows are rolled down or fans are circulating outdoor air inside the vehicle. Luckily, taking a few simple steps will reduce your risk of exposure. Researchers from the University of Surrey have published studies over the last two years highlighting the risks...

Microsoft Visited By Zinc-Air Battery Startup (Video)

Aug 26, 2016: By Alexander Hirner Zinc-air batteries are widely used in devices like hearing aids for their good performance-to-price ratio. The tricky part is of course to make them rechargeable. This is one of two technologies that ZAF Energy Systems has been working on for the last couple of years. [Note that CleanTechnica published an article about [&hellip Microsoft Visited By Zinc-Air Battery Startup (Video) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New approach to computing boosts energy efficiency

Aug 26, 2016: A research project has launched a set of tools that will make computer systems more energy efficient – a critical issue for modern computing. Using the framework of the project programmers has been able to provide large data streaming aggregations 54 times more energy efficient than with standard implementations.

Portland Keeps Improving Its Bicycling Infrastructure

Aug 26, 2016: Originally published on sister site Bikocity. Portland is a bicycling kind of city. It is better than almost every other city in the US in this regard, but it is still adding more reasons for remaining drivers to get on a bicycle. Check out “Cross Bikes: Portland’s New Green Stripes,” for example. Driving a silent all-electric car, and being [&hellip Portland Keeps Improving Its Bicycling Infrastructure was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Researchers discover evidence of supernovae on the sea floor

Aug 26, 2016: After a long and dedicated search, scientists believe they have discovered trace elements from supernovae settled on the sea floor. Iron isotopes created from a supernova explosion 2.2 million years ago have found their way into fossilized bacteria taken from a sample of the sea bed floor, the only place they would still be found after all this time. Astrophysicist Shawn Bishop from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, published a new paper in the Proceedings of the National...

The octobot is the worlds first autonomous soft-bodied robot

Aug 26, 2016: A silicone robot completely free of electronic parts may sound futuristic, but that’s exactly what researchers at Harvard University have created. Based on the shape and motion of the octopus, the “octobot” is the world’s first completely soft robot, and its motion is completely autonomous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkQ3SBwuU4 To create the octobot, Harvard researchers used a combination of 3D printing, soft lithography, and molding to shape the robot’s body from...

The world's 'Third Pole' is melting because of climate-warming black carbon

Aug 26, 2016: Global warming from the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the North Pole and South Pole, causing the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to melt. The rapidly retreating glacers could have far-reaching consequences for the planet, threatening to raise sea levels, change global ocean circulation patterns and alter global atmospheric circulation patterns. But there is another worrisome trend related to climate change and…

Fracking and Health: What we Know from Pennsylvania's Gas Boom

Aug 26, 2016: Tensions between economic development, energy policy and environmental and health concerns are common in public health’s history. Often, economic and energy development trump environmental and health concerns, leaving public health playing “catch-up.”…

Trump Unnerves Fracking Chiefs While Obama Admin Supports It

Aug 26, 2016: One would hardly expect an official from Obama’s administration, which has dedicated a lot of work to curbing the harmful effects of fracking on the environment and public health, to have anything positive to say about it, but Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has done just that.

Monthly U.S. Renewable Electricity Generation in 2016 Surpasses Previous Years

Aug 26, 2016: Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month so far this year, based on data through June. Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables have contributed to this trend, but in different ways. After a lengthy West Coast drought, hydro generation has increased and is now closer to historical levels.

Ecocentric cantilevered home was designed to conform to the sloping Brazilian landscape

Aug 26, 2016: The lush green countryside of Brazil is an excellent place to make a home, especially when that home was designed to conform to the sloping landscape. House 4.16.3 is the name of this enchanting residence http://design-milk.com/sloped-cantilevered-home-erechim-brazil/ in the city of Erechim in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Luciano Lerner Basso of Basso Engenharia, www.inhabitat.com/tag/Basso-Engenharia/ designed the cantilevered home, which tucks into the angled lot as though there...

Landmark Climate Bill Passed By California Legislature

Aug 26, 2016: After an intense lobbying spree and threats from Governor Jerry Brown to take the measure directly to voters via ballot initiative should it fail to pass, Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) was approved by the California legislature yesterday.

Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Aug 26, 2016: Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that is driving the shift to renewable energy. And not just in Indiana.

Dominion Executive Speaks Up on Climate Change. That Turns Out to Be a Bad Thing

Aug 26, 2016: In guest blogger Seth Heald’s last post here, he discussed the strange fact that top executives at Dominion Power don’t talk about climate disruption, even though it is a major driver of the tectonic shifts underway in the nation’s power sector. Many of us assumed the climate silence at Dominion means its executives want to avoid a subject that can be politically divisive. Turns out some of them are talking–but not in a good way. Heald brings us the story.

Interview Sir John Scarlett, Advisor Statoil, Ex-Head MI6: “The Role of Old-Fashioned Geopolitics Will Become Less Important in Energy”

Aug 26, 2016: Thanks to new energy policies, technologies and market trends the potential to use energy for political purposes has decreased in recent years, says Sir John Scarlett, former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 and now Chairman of the Strategy Advisory Council at Statoil, in an interview with Energy Post.