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May 29, 2017

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Another Way Donald Pissed Off Germany

May 29, 2017: Donald Trump is suffering from oral diarrhea again. On May 25, while attending a NATO function in Brussels, the braying jackass masquerading as America's putative president told the assembled officials, "The Germans are bad, very bad. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. We will stop this." Another Way Donald Pissed Off Germany was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

People Losing Faith In Self-Driving Cars (MIT Surveys, Exclusive Interviews)

May 29, 2017: In 2016, the MIT AgeLab, in cooperation with the New England Motoring Press Association, conducted a study to determine public attitudes about autonomous car technology. It found that younger drivers were more accepting of the idea that cars could drive themselves without human input than were older drivers. The more mature people who took the survey liked the idea of active safety systems that help keep a car within its proper travel lane, issue side collision warnings, adapt to the speed of other cars on the highway, or brake automatically in an emergency People Losing Faith In Self-Driving Cars (MIT Surveys, Exclusive Interviews) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribe…

Gas Cars Much Dirtier Than Expected

May 29, 2017: For years, the conventional wisdom has been that pollution from diesel engines was far worse than from gasoline engines for two reasons: First, diesel exhaust fumes are known to contain nitrous oxide emissions. Second, they also contain particulates, small molecules that are too small to see. Both are believed to cause serious damage to human lungs Gas Cars Much Dirtier Than Expected was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Autonomous Car Testing Costs Could Be Cut 99% With New Method

May 29, 2017: Autonomous car technology is the Holy Grail for auto manufacturers today. Elon Musk claims self-driving cars will be as common as self-service elevators in the very near future. But first, the systems used to allow cars to drive themselves need to be validated. Currently, that means collecting data from billions of miles of real-world driving Autonomous Car Testing Costs Could Be Cut 99% With New Method was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Harnessing energy from glass walls

May 29, 2017: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows, say researchers.

Leading Economists Conclude A Strong Carbon Price Is Vital To Meeting Global Climate Goals

May 29, 2017: Leading economists have concluded that in an effort to meet the world's agreed-upon climate goals in the most cost-effective way possible while still fostering growth, countries must set a strong carbon price, with an aim to reach $40 to $80 per tonne of CO2 by 2020 and $50 to $100 per tonne by 2030. Leading Economists Conclude A Strong Carbon Price Is Vital To Meeting Global Climate Goals was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Global Attitudes To Climate Change Risks Show Increasing Concern

May 29, 2017: The Global Challenges Foundation asked ComRes to conduct a survey of the world's attitudes to global risks and found that a majority of people are concerned with the possibility of catastrophic risk from climate change. Global Attitudes To Climate Change Risks Show Increasing Concern was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Asia Accounts For 71% Of Global Thermal Coal Reserves In $185 Billion Industry

May 29, 2017: The global thermal coal industry currently amounts to around $185 billion in shareholder value from 117 producers and owners, and Asia currently accounts for 71.1% of the global coal reserves, out of a total 165 billion tonnes of thermal coal still locked in mines around the world. Asia Accounts For 71% Of Global Thermal Coal Reserves In $185 Billion Industry was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Trump Isolationism Leads Germany To Say Europe Can’t Rely On USA Any Longer — Implications For Global Warming

May 29, 2017: Donald Trump brought his act to Europe last week. The reviews from leaders on the Old Continent were decidedly downbeat. Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, remarked after the close of last weekend's G7 meeting, Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” (See video below.) It was a clear sign that the special relationship that has existed between the United States and the rest of the world since the end of World War II is beginning to break apart. What will that mean for the world's efforts to find effective measures to combat the ravages of climate change? Or the notion of world peace in general Trump Isolationism Leads Germany To Say Europe Can’t Rely On USA Any Longer — Implications For Global Warming…

Norwegian Billionaire Funding Largest Ocean Research Vessel Ever

May 29, 2017: Kjell Inge Røkke, a wealthy Norwegian businessman, is partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation to build a Research Expedition Vessel that will conduct ocean research. When completed in 2020, it will be the world's largest superyacht. Norwegian Billionaire Funding Largest Ocean Research Vessel Ever was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Separating DNA: From hours to minutes

May 29, 2017: Researchers have developed a glass microchip for ultrafast separation and purification of DNA fragments. The chip, moreover, is easy to produce and cheap.

Chinese Company Offers Free Wind Power Training For Coal Miners In Wyoming

May 29, 2017: Goldwind Americas, a division of China's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, will offer free training in the wind power industry to unemployed coal miners in Wyoming, which is far more than the state government is doing. Chinese Company Offers Free Wind Power Training For Coal Miners In Wyoming was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

May 29, 2017: Safe water isn't easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert.

G7 leaders openly say climate change consensus does not include US

May 29, 2017: The rest of the world is beginning to count the United States out of the climate change battle, if a recent statement after the G7 statement is any indication. The G7 leaders met late last week at a summit in Taormina, Italy, and naturally climate change was on the agenda. But in a rather blunt statement, they said America "is not in a position to join the consensus" on the Paris Agreement and one of the biggest issues humanity faces today.

Energy Dept. Is Super Excited Over Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Turbine

May 29, 2017: US Energy Dept. trolls Trump yet again with news of a "game changing" high efficiency turbine for concentrating solar power plants Energy Dept. Is Super Excited Over Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Turbine was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

#ThanksTrump! Another Dagger in the Heart of Coal Country, USA

May 29, 2017: US President Donald Trump talks big on coal but his Administration plays up natural gas, wind and solar behind the scenes #ThanksTrump! Another Dagger in the Heart of Coal Country, USA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Model 3 vs Model S … China Floating Solar … Der Spiegel Slams Trump (Top 20 CleanTechnica Posts of the Week)

May 29, 2017: The top 20 CleanTechnica posts of the past week (in terms of pageviews) Tesla Model 3 vs Model S … China Floating Solar … Der Spiegel Slams Trump (Top 20 CleanTechnica Posts of the Week) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Casa Pjaro de Plata offers stunning views of the Costa Rican jungle

May 29, 2017: This gorgeous house nestled amidst the Costa Rican jungle is a private retreat that offers panoramic views of its lush natural surroundings. Architect John Osborne of OS Arquitectura designed Casa Pájaro de Plata, which translates to 'Silver Bird House' in Spanish, to resemble a bird in flight. The house has a simple shape and sits on a promontory surrounded by a lush jungle. It combines natural stone with white marble and wood to create a variety of warm spaces that allow the owners...

Score an organic mattress worth 2199 from PlushBeds

May 29, 2017: Getting a good night's sleep depends on a lot of factors, but a well-made mattress makes all the difference. Unfortunately, a lot of mattresses on the market (especially the cheap ones) are made with materials that contain harmful chemicals, which in turn contribute to an unfriendly list of maladies. Think allergies, asthma, endocrine problems and, in some cases, even cancer. They also come with an environmental footprint that would give any green-minded person nightmares. But PlushBeds is raising...

Code red aviation alert after Bogoslaf volcano erupts in Alaska

May 29, 2017: The highest aviation alert was issued on Saturday after a volcano on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island erupted. As a result of the code “red” alert being raised, pilots were instructed to fly at least 35,000 ft., and possibly as high as 45,000 ft, above the volcano to prevent its fiery ash from melting parts of the plane which would result in engine failure. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), the volcano that erupted is part of the Aleutian Island chain. Not long after...

Portable SolSource Sport solar stove heats up 5X faster than a charcoal grill

May 29, 2017: Imagine voyaging to your favorite local national park for a hot meal cooked outdoors with a portable stove that weighs 10 pounds and pops up in five minutes. And requires no fuel but the sun. And cooks food five times faster than a charcoal grill, but without the pollution. That's the SolSource Sport. One Earth Designs is crowdfunding for their latest small solar cooker just in time for summer. Related:…

Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for Florida's West Palm waterfront

May 29, 2017: This green masterplan for the West Palm Beach in Florida will include the first public bioclimatic domes in the U.S. adorned with hanging gardens. Architecture film Ecosistema Urbano designed the project as a proposal for the Shore to Core competition which invited international designers, planners and architects to envision the future of the West Palm Beach waterfront. Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPB CRA) awarded Ecosistema Urbano's proposal, named...

German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a 'green mountain'

May 29, 2017: Related: Century-old WWI bunker is reborn as a contemporary alpine shelter “We are rebuilding what we inherit.” The project’s initiative states, “Adding something to history while dealing with it and thereby reshaping history itself.” Via Archdaily…

Enviable cabin with coastal views dramatically cuts into bedrock

May 29, 2017: If you want a tasteful home with a sense of drama, you’ll love this spruce-clad cabin. Helsinki-based studio Mer Arkkitehdit set this white minimalist home into a rocky cliff that overlooks sublime coastal views in multiple directions. In addition to stunning landscape vistas, the compact Stormvillan home features a beautiful contemporary interior carefully furnished for a clean, modern, and cozy character. Located in Hanko, Finland, the 210-square-meter Stormvillan is set at the heart...

Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

May 29, 2017: There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As Home,” the winning entry in the 110,000-square-meter Shanghai Library East Hall competition held by the city government. The cylindrical library draws inspiration from Chinese traditional architecture and culture while maintaining a contemporary design. In addition to winning first prize in the Shanghai government’s 2016 International...

A Strategy for Nuclear Communications: Listen

May 29, 2017: Not a day goes by when we don’t read something about the public acceptance problem in the nuclear industry. A recent article preaching the end of the nuclear era had a pretty strong statement that sums up like this – “Nuclear looks ever more like a 20th-century dinosaur, unloved by investors, the public, and policymakers […] The post A Strategy for Nuclear Communications: Listen appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Corporate Green Goals Playing A Key Role In Pushing Utilities Toward Renewables

May 29, 2017: The Trump administration’s budget proposal for the coming year threatens to do exactly what the president promised as a candidate: eviscerate federal funding for climate change programs. The Energy Department’s highly successful renewable energy office would be particularly hard hit, with the administration’s proposal calling for a roughly 70 percent cut in funding—from just over […] The post Corporate Green Goals Playing A Key Role In Pushing Utilities Toward Renewables appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Biopower, Part 3: What Does the Future Hold?

May 29, 2017: The future of bioenergy is uncertain.  The many constraints it faces suggest it could see very little growth.  But the huge challenge of solving climate change makes some think it could be the savior of the planet in the long run. This is part 3 of a three-part series that first appeared on the Energy […] The post Biopower, Part 3: What Does the Future Hold? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Paris Agreement: Better With the U.S. In

May 29, 2017: It is understandably agonizing for other countries to contemplate in any way condoning the idea of the United States weakening its climate commitment under the Paris Agreement. At the G7 summit later this week, other leaders are hoping President Donald Trump will heed the rising calls to keep the U.S in Paris. But they worry: […] The post Paris Agreement: Better With the U.S. In appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Rescue Missions Continue for Vogtle and VC Summer Projects

May 29, 2017: Bechtel, Fluor, are reported to be preparing bids to manage the stranded Vogtle nuclear reactor project. Scana is also seeking a new EPC for the V C Summer project. The combined cost overruns are estimated to be $13 billion and the delays for both projects are in the range of three years from the original […] The post Rescue Missions Continue for Vogtle and VC Summer Projects appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Corporate Social Responsibility: How Renewables Have Expanded the Field

May 29, 2017: Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) has been a hot topic for the past few years, with numerous Fortune 500 companies announcing aggressive goals relating to their clean energy usage. To many of these companies, transitioning their energy usage into renewable energy sources plays an integral part in their sustainability goals. Offsetting energy costs through increased use […] The post Corporate Social Responsibility: How Renewables Have Expanded the Field appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Recent California Decision Indicates Utility’s Willingness to Address Climate Pollution

May 29, 2017: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently approved a settlement requiring Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to address environmental, as well as safety, factors when fixing natural gas leaks. This comes on the heels of a similar settlement issued by the New York Public Service Commission in December. Together these decisions are ringing in […] The post Recent California Decision Indicates Utility’s Willingness to Address Climate Pollution appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Fuel Economy Improvements Are Projected to Reduce Future Gasoline Use

May 29, 2017: Anticipated changes in energy consumption by light-duty vehicles in the United States are based on two factors: the amount of travel and the fuel economy of the vehicles used. The Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017) Reference case projects a decline in light-duty vehicle energy use between 2018 and 2040 as improvements in fuel economy more […] The post Fuel Economy Improvements Are Projected to Reduce Future Gasoline Use appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Anti-progress: The case of airline travel

May 28, 2017: We are so used to rapid progress in so many fields, especially in the communications devices and computers. It’s hard to imagine that there might areas of our lives in which progress has not only ceased but been reversed. The post Anti-progress: The case of airline travel appeared first on Resilience.

Trump + Russia Chaos Is Tiny Preview Of Carbon Bubble Popping

May 28, 2017: The Trump & Russian chaos — no matter how extensive it is and where it goes — is a tiny preview of the massive disruption we have coming as the global carbon bubble pops Trump + Russia Chaos Is Tiny Preview Of Carbon Bubble Popping was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Cleantech Revolution — EV Leaders, Tesla Shuttles, Cleantech Entrepreneurship & Investing

May 28, 2017: CleanTechnica's next Cleantech Revolution Tour is approaching, and it is packed with EV and clean energy leaders from around Europe. Starting in Berlin (Germany) on June 27 (special networking activities), continuing on June 28 in Berlin (panel discussions and presentations), offering shuttle rides from Berlin to Wroclaw in a Tesla (first come, first served), and ending on June 29 in Wroclaw, Poland (panel discussions and presentations), the Berlin + Wroclaw edition of the 2017 Cleantech Revolution Tour — The Future Is Now: Surf The Cleantech €-Wave — will be focused on how to best invest your time and money into the cleantech future Cleantech Revolution — EV Leaders, Tesla Shuttles, Cleantech Entrepreneurship & I…

EVs Are Getting More Popular As The Grid Gets Greener

May 28, 2017: With the rising number of plug-in models available in the U.S., many at increasingly affordable prices, and with electricity getting greener, the climate benefits of electric cars are growing EVs Are Getting More Popular As The Grid Gets Greener was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Utilities’ Biggest Threat Is Not Solar + Storage, It’s Their Own Greed

May 28, 2017: Originally published on RenewEconomy. There is no doubting that energy utilities are fully aware of the existential threat to their current business models presented by new technologies – solar and storage and smart software in particular. That much we know, because they have spent so much time analysing the future and how it might affect [&hellip Utilities’ Biggest Threat Is Not Solar + Storage, It’s Their Own Greed was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Wind & Solar Are Already Cheaper Than Coal & Gas, So Let’s Get On With It

May 28, 2017: New wind and solar energy generation is already cheaper – on average – than the cost of existing coal or gas power on Australia’s National Electricity Market. Wind & Solar Are Already Cheaper Than Coal & Gas, So Let’s Get On With It was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

For Job Creation, Investing In Renewable Energy Beats Fossil Fuels

May 28, 2017: Originally published on Energy Post. By Allan Hoffman For policymakers who are interested in job creation, investing in renewable energy is considerably more effective than investing in fossil fuels, writes Allan Hoffman, author of the blog Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist and formerly with the U.S. Department of Energy. Solar and wind are powerful engines [&hellip For Job Creation, Investing In Renewable Energy Beats Fossil Fuels was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

This Research-Backed Message Will Help You Talk About Climate Change & Health With Anyone

May 28, 2017: How do you talk to people about how serious climate change is? All while still maintaining hope that we can still make a difference This Research-Backed Message Will Help You Talk About Climate Change & Health With Anyone was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Healthier, Safer Summers, Brought to You by the EPA

May 27, 2017: This weekend is Memorial Day – the unofficial start to summer. That means kids across the country – and adults too – are counting down the days until summer vacation. Whether your plans include going to a beach, visiting a national park, or just letting your kids play outside in the sprinklers, the Environmental Protection […] The post Healthier, Safer Summers, Brought to You by the EPA appeared first on The Energy Collective.

BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

May 26, 2017: Ready to commute in style? A futuristic, zero-emission motorbike was recently unveiled by BMW at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, an event presently taking place in Italy. Modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100, the design is both sleek and functional and is perfect for those who need to transit in urban settings. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link may look like a scooter, but it is anything but. The motorbike has a low-slung, stretched body with a flat seat and, according to the...

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

May 26, 2017: Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla's offering - and it can be installed in half of the time. Forward Labs' roof is different from Tesla's in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered...

Where rivers meet the sea: Harnessing energy generated when freshwater meets saltwater

May 26, 2017: A new hybrid technology has been created that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms - and boosts yield

May 26, 2017: Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That's around half the size of California, and it's a growing problem for a country that faces such levels of pollution they had to import $31.2 billion of soybeans in 2015 - a 43 percent increase since 2008. Scientists and entrepreneurs are working to come up with answers to growing edible food in a polluted environment, and shipping containers or vertical gardening...

New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

May 26, 2017: Tesla isn't content to be the most valuable car company in the United States. The company has been working to improve their software, and their new Autopilot comes with relaxed speed restrictions that make driving on undivided roads and off highways even better. Vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner said on Twitter the performance of the car is "much improved."…

Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend

May 26, 2017: Getaway at Gateway Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall + Gateway at Getaway Getaway, Getaway at Gateway, tiny house startups, tiny house design, Gateway National Recreation Area, nyc gateway park, national parks, tiny home exhibition nyc, nyc tiny homes,…

Now Trump wants to condemn wild horses to slaughter

May 26, 2017: There's a new group on the chopping block under President Donald Trump's latest budget proposal: wild horses. His administration thinks they could save $10 million by allowing the sale of wild horses snared in the American West. But they'd toss out a requirement in place right now - buyers must guarantee the horses won't be resold to be killed. Under the Trump budget these iconic animals could be disposed of to foreign slaughterhouses to be processed as food. Wild horses are so integral...

India cancels plans for coal power stations as solar prices hit record low

May 26, 2017:   Plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in India (nearly the same as the total amount in the UK) have fallen through, now that the price for solar electricity is “free falling” to levels once considered impossible. Because solar tariffs have dropped by 25% in some regions, the shift from “dirty” energy sources to solar and wind is expected to have “profound” implications for global energy markets. Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies...