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Dec 09, 2016

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Lexus unveils mind-blowing car covered with 41,999 LEDs

Dec 9, 2016: Here's something you've probably never seen before in the world of cars: a vehicle covered with 41,999 LED lights. Lexus created the 2017 LIT IS car by painstakingly applying those thousands of lights, creating a trippy vehicle that responds to humans and music with a mini light show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jSdgT3Drc&feature=youtu.be Related: Lexus shows off the world's first car with a human heartbeat Via The Verge Images via Lexus…

Casa Quebrada is a tiny treehouse-like haven immersed in the Chilean forest

Dec 9, 2016: Casa Quebrada is a tiny home due to site restrictions that limited the build to no more than 40 square meters. The tiny cabin successfully fits all the living needs into one compact space but avoids the feeling of claustrophobia due to a fully glazed wall that visually extends the living room to the outdoors. The house is clad in pine wood painted black to help the home blend into the forest, topped with a tin roof, and raised on stilts so as not to interrupt the flow of water in winter. In contrast...

Charming off-grid Scandinavian-inspired tiny home is passive and energy efficient

Dec 9, 2016: Bright colors and light beckon people to NestHouse, designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. Avery's goal was to create a super sustainable, super efficient tiny home, and he succeeded with the gorgeous NestHouse. With both a retro and Scandinavian flair, the tiny home boasts an off-grid option, creative storage, and even a little bathtub.

Oil Majors Worth More Adopting 2° C Pathway

Dec 9, 2016: “Oil majors are worth more adopting a 2° C pathway” That’s the title of a slide Carbon Tracker CEO Anthony Hadley used in a recent speech. Oil Majors Worth More Adopting 2° C Pathway was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The EU’s 27% Renewable Energy Target

Dec 8, 2016: The proposed goal of 27% for the EU in 2030 assumes a slower speed than in the previous decade. Why? Prices are way down. It should be easier to increase the share with lower prices. And the urgency of global warming requires faster speed, not stepping on the brakes The EU’s 27% Renewable Energy Target was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

What The EU Energy Package Means For Coal, Renewables, & Efficiency

Dec 8, 2016: The literature on EU energy regulations got longer by about a thousand pages yesterday, as the European Commission put forward its vision for achieving a “clean energy transition” What The EU Energy Package Means For Coal, Renewables, & Efficiency was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

1st Grid-Scale Tesla Energy Storage System In Europe Officially Opened

Dec 8, 2016: Europe's first grid-scale Tesla Powerpack energy storage system installation was recently officially unveiled in Somerset (England), according to recent reports 1st Grid-Scale Tesla Energy Storage System In Europe Officially Opened was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Daimler Moving Ahead With Up To €10 Billion EV Investment

Dec 8, 2016: The head of research and development at Daimler, Thomas Weber, has announced that the company will be moving forward with its plans for substantial investment into electric vehicles — with up to €10 billion ($11 billion) in total investment Daimler Moving Ahead With Up To €10 Billion EV Investment was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Let’s Be Frank, Donald Trump Presidency = A Lot More People Dying Early

Dec 8, 2016: The cards are on the table. Based on Donald Trump's flip-flopping over the years — er, over a matter of seconds even — it was not 100% clear what he'd be doing as president Let’s Be Frank, Donald Trump Presidency = A Lot More People Dying Early was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Scott “Oklahoma Earthquakes” Pruitt Can’t Shake Clean Power Plan

Dec 8, 2016: Scott Pruitt can lead the US Environmental Protection Agency into the desert and do whatever it takes to protect the unborn, but he can't stop clean power Scott “Oklahoma Earthquakes” Pruitt Can’t Shake Clean Power Plan was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Pioneering nanotechnology captures energy from people

Dec 8, 2016: The day of charging cellphones with finger swipes and powering Bluetooth headsets simply by walking is now much closer, say investigators.

This $10k tiny house can be built with a hex key in less than a day

Dec 8, 2016: Cheap Chinese goods are a bit of a joke in America, but when one of those products is an entire house with the affordable price of just $10,000, the laughing stops. China's People's Architecture Office (PAO) recently built one of these new prefabricated homes for a first-time buyer known only as “Mrs. Fan.” The so-called Plugin House features a system of prefab panels that were assembled onsite by a small team in just a few hours. https://vimeo.com/194316406 The $10,000 home is...

15 great green gifts for guys

Dec 8, 2016: Some people say guys are hard to shop for, but that doesn't have to be the case - just look for classic, timeless gifts that last and you can't go wrong. We've rounded up 14 great green gifts that are sure to please the husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, and…

Germany's massive nuclear fusion reactor is actually working

Dec 8, 2016: A little over a year ago, Germany turned on the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor and faced sharp speculation over whether the machine could function as intended. Now, tests conducted by US and German researchers confirm that the experimental Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator is indeed producing magnetic fields that make controlled nuclear reactions possible, and with a high degree of accuracy and incredibly low error rate. With these test results, new confidence and hope are spreading through...

17 fun and educational gifts for tots

Dec 8, 2016: This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful eco-gifts that educate and inspire creativity. From a transforming cardboard pet 'dog' to Montessori and Waldorf-inspired games, all of the gifts in our guide will be sure to bring joy to…

Leonardo DiCaprio schools Donald Trump on the benefits of renewable energy

Dec 8, 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio met with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, just hours after climate denier and fossil fuels champion Scott Pruitt was named to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following Trump’s inauguration. The actor/activist and the head of his nonprofit foundation met with the future US leader in New York at Trump Tower, where they discussed the economic benefits of renewable energy investments, including the fact that it would add millions of jobs—one of Trump’s...

This plant-covered Singapore skyscraper is the tropical building of the future

Dec 8, 2016: Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. WOHA Architects designed a more sustainable skyscraper, Oasia Hotel Downtown, that's cooled by the greenery creeping across it. Plants and several sky gardens cool the structure naturally. Related: Tel Aviv's Gran Mediterraneo Tower will feature a lush vertical garden + WOHA Architects Via Curbed Images via…

An old factory building in Paris hides a transformable multipurpose space

Dec 8, 2016: The Director's house is located alongside Seine in Paris' 13th arrondissement. DATA architects kept the exterior of the existing building in original condition, and focused on redesigning the interior by providing a complete makeover. The team gutted the building to create three floors of exhibition spaces. The main room has been separated from the staircase, bathrooms, storage and technical rooms by a wall. A large cylindrical structure dominates the main space. It combines glass and steel and allows...

Canada Cancels Coal, Nissan Kiboshes Keiretsu (Cleantech Talk)

Dec 8, 2016: Editor's Intro: Nicolas Zart and Matthew Klippenstein recently recorded Cleantech Talk #30 for CleanTechnica. It's an interesting discussion about coal phaseout in Canada, Nissan's sale of 41% of its stake in Calsonic, and Volkswagen's EV transition ... or latest hiccups Canada Cancels Coal, Nissan Kiboshes Keiretsu (Cleantech Talk) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Thermoelectric material made in paintable liquid form

Dec 8, 2016: Scientists have developed liquid-like TE materials that can be painted on almost any surface. This new technology can convert exhaust heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications.

Keeping electric car design on the right road

Dec 8, 2016: Pushing nanoscale battery developments in the right direction can help create a sustainable transport sector, suggests investigators in a new report.

How to choose a living tree to replant after Christmas

Dec 8, 2016: Purchase a Tree from a Nursery     Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries and ask what's in stock. Living trees are much heavier than cut…

5 Major Businesses Powered By Renewable Energy

Dec 8, 2016: Major businesses are embracing renewable energy in a big way – and discovering there’s an awful lot of green to be made in a clean energy-powered economy. 5 Major Businesses Powered By Renewable Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

9 Things You Can Do To Fight Trump’s War On Climate & Democracy Right Now

Dec 8, 2016: Activism is the sixth stage of grief. Major environmental groups are reporting “exponential increases” in post-election activism and support. If you are not part of this movement, it is time to join 9 Things You Can Do To Fight Trump’s War On Climate & Democracy Right Now was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Shared Solar Is The Next Big Thing In Energy Industry

Dec 8, 2016: Just about everyone agrees that the way to provide a more secure, and low cost grid, is to focus on localised energy, featuring local power and sharing – a concept that Orsini describes as “transactive energy.” Shared Solar Is The Next Big Thing In Energy Industry was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Australia’s Top Climate Scientists Slam Trump’s Plans To Gut NASA Climate Research

Dec 8, 2016: Australia’s top climate scientists have come out in support of their American counterparts, in response to news that the incoming Trump Administration will scrap climate research at the country’s top research facility, Australia’s Top Climate Scientists Slam Trump’s Plans To Gut NASA Climate Research was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Energy Prices In New South Wales & Queensland Are Double That In South Australia

Dec 8, 2016: Wholesale electricty prices in New South Wales and Queensland, which have two of the most coal dependent grids in Australia, have soared in recent weeks, and according to the latest official data and were more than twice the price of wholesale electricity in renewable-rich South Australia Energy Prices In New South Wales & Queensland Are Double That In South Australia was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

UPS rolls out first e-bike delivery in the United States

Dec 8, 2016: Leave it to Portland, Oregon to enjoy packages delivered by eBikes. The United Parcel Service (UPS) rolled out eBike delivery in the green city at the end of November. It's their first eBike delivery service in the United States.

Solar Doubles Share In India’s Renewable Power Generation In 4 Years

Dec 8, 2016: According to the Minister of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, electricity generated from solar power projects now accounts for 12.2% of the total electricity generated from all renewable energy projects in India Solar Doubles Share In India’s Renewable Power Generation In 4 Years was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

10 Cleantech Solutions Your City Should Implement

Dec 8, 2016: Cities are where most of the world's people live, and they can make the move toward cleantech and away from burning up the planet go much, much — much — faster. In fact, some policies could trump critical levers like ZEV mandates, and if adopted broadly, make the ZEV transition happen faster than most of us think possible 10 Cleantech Solutions Your City Should Implement was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Leaked Transition Team Memo Outlines Trump’s Catastrophic Energy Agenda

Dec 8, 2016: A memo obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy outlining Donald Trump's energy agenda for when he takes Office next January has revealed the full extent to which Donald Trump is going to lay waste to America's climate record and clean energy industry. Leaked Transition Team Memo Outlines Trump’s Catastrophic Energy Agenda was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Panels Soon To Complete Repayment Of Energy Debt

Dec 8, 2016: The cumulative amount of clean electricity generated by solar panels over the past 40 years is soon to complete repaying the energy debt required to make the 230 GW worth of solar currently installed around the world, according to a new study which addressed concerns of how much fossil fuel energy was being used to produce this new clean energy. Solar Panels Soon To Complete Repayment Of Energy Debt was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Rotterdam's new Parkstad development puts urban parks on every block

Dec 8, 2016: The new Parkstad residential development will introduce a new city block typology to the city of Rotterdam. The project, designed by DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company will consolidate three large city blocks and form parks in the heart of each one. Real estate companies Stevast Baas & Groen and Syntrus Achmea commissioned DELVA Landscape Architects and Powerhouse Company to design a new layout for a large residential area on Rotterdam's Laan op Zuid avenue, part of...

Community Solar Now Available Nationwide From Arcadia Power

Dec 8, 2016: For the first time, anyone with an electric bill can subscribe to nationwide community solar and get solar credits deducted from their utility bill. Arcadia Power has rolled out the first nationwide community solar plan, regardless of where your electricity comes from, and which utility provides it Community Solar Now Available Nationwide From Arcadia Power was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

SunPower Restructuring Good News For Investors, Despite Workforce, Production, & Capital Cuts

Dec 8, 2016: One of America's leading solar energy companies has announced the details of a restructuring plan which will cut its global workforce by 25%, close a 700 MW manufacturing facility, and reduce 2017 capital expenditure -- a plan to which investors have reacted relatively positively, with company shares increasing by 14%. SunPower Restructuring Good News For Investors, Despite Workforce, Production, & Capital Cuts was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

100% Renewable Electricity System Is Cheapest Option For South America

Dec 8, 2016: Transitioning towards a 100% renewable electricity system -- including 50% worth of solar PV -- is the cheapest option for South America, and would be possible within the next 15 years, according to new research published this week. 100% Renewable Electricity System Is Cheapest Option For South America was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Giraffes are on the verge of going extinct

Dec 8, 2016: Between 1985 and 2015, giraffe populations plummeted. Around 151,702 to 163,452 of the magnificent creatures graced the earth in 1985, but in 2015 populations were measured at just 97,562, a 36 to 40 percent decline, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They called on governments assembling in Cancun, Mexico at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference to take action now.

Aerovironment's New Farm Worker

Dec 8, 2016: by Debra Fiakas CFA Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had their starting point in military exercises, carrying surveillance cameras and even bombs to sensitive sites.  Drones as we have come to call them have also zoomed across the horizons of adventuresome consumers, who see sport and entertainment possibilities.  However, drones offer time and cost savings, quality and accuracy in data gathering and safety to a host of scientists, engineers and infrastructure operators.  According to industry research firm Markets and Markets, the unmanned aerial market is estimated to be $13.2 billion in the current year and has the potential to reach $28.3 billion by 2022.  A good share of the 13.5% compound annual growth is expected…

Twin live and work cubes demonstrate superior material and spatial economy

Dec 8, 2016: If you've ever dreamed of shortening your commute to mere steps, but don't have a huge budget, take note of this brilliant project in the Czech Republic. Petr Stolin was commissioned to design two identical buildings using structural insulated panels (SIPs) - one for living, and one for working, and he responded with a flair for spatial and material economy. Located in a rural landscape outside Liberec, the double-story cubes are clad in transparent acrylic sheets that reveal simple timber framing...

New BNDES Green Bond Fund Post COP22 Example For Global DFIs

Dec 8, 2016: London - December 8, 2016 (www.investorideas.com newswire) BNDES new Sustainable Energy Fund is a post COP22 example of the expanded role Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) must play to help stimulate private investment in green finance solutions and sustainable development…

Successful synthesis of pure organic molecules that shows metallic conduction under ambient pressure

Dec 8, 2016: For the first time in the world, a research team has designed and fabricated single-component organic molecules that are conductive like metal under normal pressure, despite the fact that the molecules contain neither multiple molecules nor metal elements. Because the molecules are completely pure, they are more durable and stable compared to conventional chemically doped organic conductive materials. The new molecules may be applied to solar cell electrodes and touch panels.

Gorgeous net-zero energy home offers luxury living in Washington, D.C.

Dec 8, 2016: Located just a stone’s throw away from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the high-end shops of Connecticut Avenue, the three-story Brandywine House enjoys the conveniences and benefits of city living, while still preserving privacy and a tranquil environment. The architects retained the majority of mature trees on site and installed a lush planting plan that separates the home from the street. The building’s boxy exterior is composed of traditional and natural materials, like stone, wood, and...

"People’s Hearing" Demands Oversight of FERC for Allegedly Rubber-stamping Pipeline and Gas Projects

Dec 8, 2016: Since 1977, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been quietly reviewing and authorizing liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals, interstate natural gas pipelines, and non-federal hydropower projects.

US veterans who protested DAPL are fighting a new fight

Dec 8, 2016: Last week, thousands of American veterans descended on Standing Rock to defend the anti-pipeline protesters from police brutality. Now that the news has been handed down that the US Army is blocking the pipeline (at least for the time being), the veteran’s group is on the move once again. Their next stop? Flint, Michigan, where residents are still struggling with a lack of access to clean water. In early 2014, the city of Flint switched its water source from Detroit’s utility system...

Solar Panels have been Benefitting the Climate ‘since 2011’

Dec 8, 2016: In 2011, solar power reached a tipping point. This was the year when the solar industry had saved more greenhouse gases than it emitted.

Donald Trump taps fossil fuel-funded climate denier to head EPA

Dec 8, 2016: If there were any illusions that President-elect Donald Trump might be persuaded on climate change and clean energy after appearing to soften his positions in an interview with New York Times reporters and meeting with Al Gore at Trump Tower, those hopes have been officially been quashed with the selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruit has been a vocal critic of the EPA and President Obama's climate change policies. As AG he led the legal...

Rammed earth Palenque Cultural Tambillo is designed to celebrate Afro-ecuadorean arts

Dec 8, 2016: The Afroecuadorean town of Tambillo is located in the “region of the marimba,” a type of percussionist folk music that UNESCO has described as an intangible heritage of humanity. Unfortunately, those celebrated traditions are at risk due to intra-generational learning gaps and insufficient rehearsal and performance facilities. Palenque Cultural Tambillo was created to help continue those artistic traditions and was designed through a series of participatory research and design workshops with...

70-mile crack in Antarctic ice shelf could create Delaware-sized iceberg

Dec 7, 2016: A deep, 70-mile long crack in the Antarctic ice could lead to major problems as it grows. The rift threatens the Larsen C ice shelf, the continent’s fourth largest, which has been under close observation since its neighbor, Larsen B, collapsed due to a similar crack in 2002. The growing rift, photographed by NASA’s IceBridge mission on November 10, will force the relocation of a British research station in the near term, and could have even more severe consequences down the road. Antarctica’s...

14 affordable and green gifts under $20

Dec 7, 2016: Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn't always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn't have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters…

Snails defeat Trump: Irish seawall scrapped

Dec 7, 2016: Snails did what 16 Republican primary opponents and Hillary Clinton could not do: defeat Donald Trump.