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Aug 18, 2018

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Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

Aug 17, 2018: For 10,000 years, green and loggerhead turtles have been nesting on the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus. In the last 100 years they have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, due to pioneering conservation efforts made by Cypriot marine biologists, their endearing reptile compatriots are seeing a bounce back in numbers this year. Related: Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years The ancient marine animals hatch on Cyprus's Lara Beach before...

Thailand bans the import of e-waste

Aug 17, 2018: Over the course of the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics also called e-waste. E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals such as gold, silver and copper. The devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals however, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. The announcement was made official by the country's Environment Ministry as Thailand has been struggling to deal...

Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

Aug 17, 2018: Melbourne based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne, the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The...

MAD reactivates an abandoned Japanese tunnel using surreal immersive art

Aug 17, 2018: How do you bring young people back into Japan’s rural areas? One popular answer seems to be with art and architecture. In one of the country’s latest rural revitalization efforts, Beijing-based design studio MAD Architects was invited to reactivate the long-forgotten Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture. Created for the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, this series of permanent artistic interventions aims to help bring back “the cultural energy that once empowered the region.” Set...

Energy-efficient spin current can be controlled by magnetic field and temperature

Aug 17, 2018: Up to now, electronic computer components have been run on electricity, generating unwanted heat. If spin current were employed instead, computers and similar devices could be operated in a much more energy-efficient manner. Researchers have now discovered an effect that could make such a transition to spin current a reality.

This gorgeous tiny home is perfect for entertaining guests

Aug 17, 2018: Related: Tiny Heirloom unveils ‘The Goose’ — a custom tiny home with stunning interiors + Modern Tiny Living Via Treehugger Modern Tiny Living, tiny home, clover tiny home,…

Hanwha Q Cells Reports Lower Second Quarter Amidst Shifting Solar Policies

Aug 17, 2018: South Korean-German solar manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells published its second-quarter financial results this week, revealing decreased net revenues and a net loss. …

Billion-Dollar Hydropower Plant Gets An “Invisible” Makeover

Aug 17, 2018: A new hydropower plant makeover in South Carolina shows how the US can leverage energy storage to squeeze more electricity out of renewable resources…

China Files Complaint With WTO Over US Solar Tariffs

Aug 17, 2018: Late on Tuesday China finally moved to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the United States' import tariffs on solar PV products which it believes violate WTO regulations…

Future Of Food: Insects On The Menu

Aug 17, 2018: With world populations soaring, food production is set to see a bigger demand in our lifetime. But with land scarcity, overfishing, and threats from climate change, traditional animal farming is unsustainable, and organizations such as the United Nations believe it imperative to find new ways of sourcing food. Could the answer lie in insects…

Tesla Model 3 Might = 5th Best Selling Car In USA In August

Aug 17, 2018: We've got three solid signs of Tesla Model 3 production growth —  maybe 4 — so we figured it was a good time for another Tesla Model 3 sales update…

Tesla “Leaves The ‘Experts’ Confused And Struggling”

Aug 17, 2018: As the saga to take Tesla private continues to play out, Elon Musk continues to befuddle so-called 'experts' on Wall Street. Both Musk and his electric car company, Tesla, don't fit neatly into their narratives. Inc.'s Geoffrey James says, "I've been working in business journalism for over 20 years and I've never seen any high tech leader who creates such a polarized reaction as Elon Musk." …

Confirmed: 2019 Nissan LEAF To Have More Range, More Power

Aug 17, 2018: There have been rumors for years that the 2019 Nissan LEAF would be a step up in terms of range and in terms of the entire battery package management system. Now we have our first quote from a Nissan spokesperson indicating this.

EVBox Expands To 60,000 Charging Points With EVTronic Acquisition

Aug 17, 2018: EVBox recently announced the acquisition of the French ultra-fast and fast EV charger manufacturer EVTronic. With the acquisition, EVBox added 700 of the EVTronic fast-charging stations to its European network. EVBox currently has about 60,000 charging stations worldwide, the largest network globally…

Tesla Sues Ontario

Aug 17, 2018: If you're Canadian or you follow EV policy closely, you've probably seen that a not-so-cool new Ontario government has kneecapped a popular electric vehicle incentive program. Well, Tesla says that's super not cool and is now taking the Ontario government to court. Like a boss…

New 9.8 Megawatt Solar Farm In Gallup, New Mexico, Will Save City $785,000 In First 8 Years

Aug 16, 2018: By taking advantage of otherwise unusable land located in a floodplain, and with financing provided by the solar company itself, Gallup, New Mexico, will benefit from a new 9.8 megawatt (MW) solar farm, saving an estimated $785,000 in energy costs in just the first 8 years…

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

Aug 16, 2018: A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 45 conventional oat products such as popular kid's cereals, oatmeals and granola bars. Of the products tested, popular brands such as Quaker, Cheerios, Giant and Back to Nature all made it to the table. The results were alarming, to say the least, as 43 of the products - rounded out to 95.5% - contained glyphosate weedkiller in them. Of the 43 products that indicated traces of glyphosate 31 were above the EWG's Health Benchmark of safe...

Does Bell’s eVTOL Patent Point To A Coming Patent War In The New Electric Air Mobility Space?

Aug 16, 2018: Intellectual property wars are nothing new in the electric vehicle (EV) world or even more broadly. Now such a war may be creeping into the electric air mobility industry as it scrambles to design, innovate, and protect its pioneering work. Get ready for a wave of patents that will make your head spin…

Canada moves to ban bee-killing pesticides

Aug 16, 2018: Environmentalists scored a victory in Canada on Wednesday, securing restrictions on two crop chemicals that have been posing threats to bees and aquatic insects. The Canadian government's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), branched under the division 'Health Canada,' has agreed to impose constraints on the pesticides, slowly phasing them out of appliance over the course of the next three to five years. Related: EU approves complete ban on bee-killing insecticides Thiamethoxam, produced...

Protecting the power grid: Advanced plasma switch for more efficient transmission

Aug 16, 2018: Article describes research to design an advanced and cost-effective power switch to protect the US electric grid.

Taking a closer look at unevenly charged biomolecules

Aug 16, 2018: Clinicians most often monitor antibodies because these small proteins attach to antigens, or foreign substances, we face every day. Most biomolecules, however, have complicated charge characteristics, and the sensor response from conventional carbon nanotube systems can be erratic. A team recently revealed how these systems work and proposed changes to dramatically improve biomolecule detection.

The Boomer makes a big bang in the tiny home market

Aug 16, 2018: Not everyone goes gaga over tiny houses at first sight. Claustrophobes run in the opposite direction, likely to never return, but many feel the need to take a tiny house for a test drive, so to speak, before making a commitment. Build Tiny’s newest design, The Boomer, is aimed to fill the short-term rental niche made popular by Airbnb to offer a try-out before going all-in.   The Boomer comes ready to roll – or not. All the amenities of a modern home are standard in this model, including...

BIG weaves green roofs into a mixed-use development on stilts in Miami

Aug 16, 2018: Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for a massive mixed use development that’s elevated into the air on thin stilts. Located in the central Miami neighborhood of Allapattah, an industrial, working-class district mainly comprising produce suppliers, the major complex will serve as new landmark city destination. Dubbed Miami Produce, the project will activate the site with urban farming, restaurants, storefronts, co-working offices, co-living apartments and educational programming. Covering...

Energy Storage Brings Benefits Of Renewable Energy To Islands of Molokai & Isles Of Scilly

Aug 16, 2018: Islands on opposite sides of the world are driving the renewable energy revolution forward as they introduce new energy storage technologies.

This solar-powered, off-grid California guesthouse is 100% self-sustaining

Aug 16, 2018: Set in one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal areas in California, the Off Grid Guest House designed by architect Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steven Willson of Willson Design is a stunning showcase of sustainable and low-impact design. The contemporary home is nestled into a steep hillside in a wildlife preserve and perfectly perched to offer breathtaking, nearly 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding landscape of rolling hills and rocky outcroppings. Due to its remote...

innogy Divests 41% Stake Of 860 Megawatt Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

Aug 16, 2018: Germany energy company innogy has this week announced it has divested a 41% stake in the 860 megawatt (MW) Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Lincolnshire in the UK to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power…

VW’s Electrify America Ad Campaign Begins With Chevy Bolt As The Star

Aug 16, 2018: Electrify America has begun a new national ad campaign designed to educate American consumers about driving electric cars. It features a Chevy Bolt but no Teslas.

Scientists turn to the quantum realm to improve energy transportation

Aug 16, 2018: Scientists have designed a more efficient quantum transport system using a creative, yet counterintuitive solution.

Smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte

Aug 16, 2018: Researchers have developed a single-atom transistor, the world's smallest. This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology.

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group Acquires Conergy Solar Team & Portfolio

Aug 16, 2018: Macquarie Capital's Green Investment Group, formerly the UK Government's Green Investment Bank, has this week announced the acquisition of a solar development portfolio from Conergy Asia & ME which will include employees and solar development assets across the Asia Pacific region…

Canadian Solar Drops Guidance Amidst Lackluster Second Quarter

Aug 16, 2018: Canadian Solar published its second-quarter earnings report this week and it was a mixture of good news and bad news for the world-leading solar power company, which reported guidance-beating shipments but guidance-missing revenue, resulting in downgraded company guidance for the full year, citing global challenges in the solar market. …

List of Synthetic Fuel and Drop-in Biofuel Stocks

Aug 16, 2018: Synthetic fuel stocks are publicly traded companies creating transportation fuel from non-liquid feedstocks such as natural gas, coal, and municipal waste.  Drop-in biofuel stocks are publicly traded companies creating transportation fuel from organic feedstock that can be used, transported, and stored by conventional petrofuel infrastructure.  A synthetic fuel is a biofuel if it is made […] The post List of Synthetic Fuel and Drop-in Biofuel Stocks appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Implementing Circular Design In The Manufacturing Process

Aug 16, 2018: Global resource scarcity has become not only an issue for environmentalists, but has also reached the attention of the business environment. Business models based on the circular economy approach is a possible alternative that can reduce resource intensive production; even Google started using this definition for its business model optimization…

Ben Kallo SLAMS Tesla Bears (Video) — #TeslaPrivate #Pravduh

Aug 16, 2018: Major media outlets have let me down in the past. Their coverage of global warming in minuscule, horrid, and an outright disservice to the human species. Their coverage of the last US presidential race was absurd and completely derelict in its level of counterproductive noise. But I think their coverage of Tesla this year, and especially since CEO & Chairman Elon Musk tweeted about a desire to take Tesla private, has disappointed me more than any other media coverage in my lifetime…

Pros & Cons Of Tesla Going Private — #TeslaPrivate

Aug 16, 2018: Since Tesla CEO & Chairman Elon Musk tweeted out a note that he was "considering" taking Tesla private, my mind has been racing through the pros and cons of such a change. Add me to the thousands or millions of others in this same boat. While we've hosted many an interesting discussion about the pros and cons, however, we haven't actually published an attempt at a comprehensive summary of these pros and cons…

BMW Now Means Boring Motoren Werke

Aug 16, 2018: BMW has become the Boring Motoren Werke company. Instead of being the ultimate driving machine it's going to deliver the maximum compromise machine…

Trump Tower river violations incur a swift lawsuit by Illinois attorney general

Aug 15, 2018: Attorney General Lisa Madigan has pledged to combat the infractions made by the Trump International Hotel & Tower to the Chicago River. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois this Tuesday against the construction conglomerate. The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River groups have also joined the counteraction n working with the attorney general's office. The suit cites infringements made to the Chicago River under the EPA's U.S. Clean...

A beer crisis is brewing in Germany as bottle recycling slows amid heatwaves

Aug 15, 2018: With summer still in full swing breweries around Germany have been scrambling to keep up with the demand of beer from their hot and thirsty customers. While the brewmasters have enough of the bubbly beverage to go around, the problem is they are running out of bottles and cans to distribute their goods. Related: The world’s largest beer brewer invents low-carbon beer bubbles While there are approximately 4 billion beer bottles in circulation within Germany, the hot summer months leaves many...

Singapore, the City in a Garden, sets an example for a green planet

Aug 15, 2018: Singapore has transformed itself from a polluter's paradise to an environmental dream-city in the past 50 years. From afar, the country's landscape looks like any other modern city with abounding skyscrapers etched into its skyline. On the inside however, a green heart has grown at the center of the city that has spread among the surrounding community, into the minds of its people and up the walls of its buildings. This heart was Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, often called 'Chief Gardener', who pushed...

ReCup Campaign Imagines The End Of The Disposable Coffee Cup

Aug 15, 2018: ReCup is a German startup that asks coffee drinkers to pay a deposit on their to-go coffee cups. The deposit is refundable at more than 1,000 locations throughout Germany.

Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Robotics Raises $40 Million

Aug 15, 2018: Kodiak Robotics was founded in April and just raised $40 million in series A funding. CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, and Tusk Ventures are some of the backers. Currently, the company has about 10 employees and will use the funds to grow the team and for product development…

EPA Staff Claim Fuel Economy Rollback Based On Junk Science

Aug 15, 2018: A series of emails released by the EPA show senior scientists warned the agency repeatedly that its new fuel economy rules are based on false assumptions. The revelations should boost the chances of success for states like California that have sued the EPA over the new policies.

Boeing, Airbus, GE, & Aerospace Leaders Confirm Electric Flight Will Take Many Shapes & Forms

Aug 15, 2018: Electric flight is knocking at the door of every aerospace industry. But contrary to land-bound electric vehicles (EV), electric aircraft come in more shapes and forms. Electric air mobility is already getting off the ground, and much more is coming together right now as I write this…

A striking timber home with a green roof disappears into a Mexican forest

Aug 15, 2018: Related: Living Trees Grow Through the Ceiling of Cadaval & Sola-Morales’ Tepoztlan Lounge in Mexico + Cadaval Sola-Morales Via Wallpaper Cadaval Sola-Morales, Casa de Roca…

Battery breakthrough: Doubling performance with lithium metal that doesn't catch fire

Aug 15, 2018: A rechargeable battery technology could double the output of today's lithium ion cells -- drastically extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges -- without taking up any added space.

Climate Change ‘Skepticism’: 6 Overlapping Drivers

Aug 15, 2018: Climate change 'skeptics' have pre-existing biases which tend to make them skeptical. They’ve been supported in that skepticism by decades of misinformation, and psychologically and socially it’s easier to continue to deny rather than accept reality. But there’s hope…

Energy-efficient Guitar House embraces indoor-outdoor living in Calgary

Aug 15, 2018: Near downtown Calgary, the Guitar House is a contemporary and compact home that celebrates music, family living and the natural environment. Designed by local architecture practice Alloy Homes, the family residence embraces an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with a natural material palette and ample triple-glazed windows and doors that provide seamless connection with the landscape. Its compact footprint on a tight, urban site was also informed by the clients’ desires to preserve the property’s existing...

Workhorse W-15 & SureFly Electric Vehicles Take New York City By Storm

Aug 15, 2018: Workhorse brought its W-15 electric pickup truck and SureFly personal helicopter to midtown Manhattan this week to kick off its #Work Ahead campaign. The company is committed to showing business and industry kick the fossil fuel habit.

Tropos Motors Extends Range Of Its Low-Speed Electric Vehicles With New Lithium-Ion Packs

Aug 15, 2018: Electric utility vehicle manufacturer Tropos Motors has rolled out a new lithium-ion battery pack for its vehicles that quadruples the range and delivers increased safety for customers…

Can Self-Destructing Plastics Make Us More Aware of Recycling?

Aug 15, 2018: Research into self-destructing plastics may be a first step toward reducing the enormous amounts of waste that humans produce…