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Addressing America’s climate future

United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke at MIT on Nov. 20 about efforts to deny the legitimacy of climate science and how such misinformation can be combated. “In this, the era of climate change, we need more than ever the guidance and innovation of science to make the right decisions,” Whitehouse said. “[But] the enterprise of science now has … an industrial-strength rival ... that apes science's form but has the perverted purpose to defeat …

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Dual-voltage electric-car charging cords: plug confusion for 240 volts?

When the first few thousand electric cars went on sale in California in the mid- to late 1990s, they used various different charging methods, each with its own dedicated charging stations. Given the high cost of installing different infrastructure for different makes of car, that proved a not-inconsiderable impediment. When electric cars returned...

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Vegan Silk Stronger Than Kevlar! Polyester Made From Methane!

Last week, while the world's eyes were on Tesla's big announcements, the Cradle to Cradle Institute's Fashion Positive held a workshop on circular fashion. The workshop featured innovations with EVEN MORE potential to curb global warming! We heard from Lewis Perkins, President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, then Annie Gullingsrud, Director of the Textile and Apparel Sector. She's also written the book on the subject — Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability

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Navigant Research Identifies 1,700 Energy Storage Projects

The growth of energy storage from a complementary but ultimately unnecessary addition to renewable energy projects to a valuable standalone commodity has rocked the energy world and even entrenched fossil fuel-dependent countries like Australia, and new figures from Navigant Research identify over 1,700 energy storage projects around the world.

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Big Oil will lose grip on global vehicle market in less than 25 years: study

The latest study on the future of transportation paints an increasingly dim picture for the oil industry, though it suggests that the industry is in no danger of collapse. Instead, Big Oil will lose its dominance in the transportation sector over a 25-year period as electric cars and mobility solutions (ride- and car-sharing services) become more...

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Shell & bio-bean Partnering To Power London Buses With Waste Coffee Grounds

The oil giant Shell is partnering with the biofuel firm bio-bean to begin powering some of London's buses with processed waste coffee grounds. To be more specific, some of London's buses will begin using a new biofuel dubbed "B20," which features a 20% bio-component containing part coffee oil. Importantly, the new biofuel can be used by the buses in use now as is — there's no need to modify the buses using the fuel in any way

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Volvo Cars Agrees To Supply Uber With 24,000 Self-Driving Cars

A non-binding agreement that would see Volvo Cars supply the on-demand taxi service provider Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars from 2019 to 2021 has been created, according to recent reports. While the non-exclusive deal may not seem to mean much this far out (well, just 2–4 years from now, but that's a long [&hellip Volvo Cars Agrees To Supply Uber With 24,000 Self-Driving Cars was …

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Nikola Motor Company Selects Nel ASA To Build 16-Station Hydrogen Refueling Network

The somewhat controversial firm Nikola Motor Company — controversial because of the apparent flipflop from planning to offer an all-electric truck to offering a hydrogen fuel cell one, after numerous deposits were taken, amongst other reasons — has selected Nel ASA as the builder of its planned 16-station hydrogen refueling network

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt: ‘environmentalism’ is use rather than preservation

EPA head Scott Pruitt will likely go down as one of the most controversial agency chiefs in that agency's history of almost 50 years. The former Oklahoma attorney general, who sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of fossil-fuel interests during the Obama administration, has a radically different view of how the agency should operate compared to most of...

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WFP: Climate Change Could Worsen Global Risk Of Hunger & Child Malnutrition 20% By 2050

Owing to the realities accompanying climate change — increasing levels of drought, flooding, extreme weather, and thus crop losses — the global risk of hunger and child malnutrition could rise by around 20% by the year 2050, according to a new report from the World Food Programme (WFP)

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Where will EVs have the highest market share in 2025? Take our Twitter poll

China's announcement in early September that it planned to set a date to end sales of new vehicles with combustion engines should have rocked the global auto industry. The world's largest car market, at roughly 30 million vehicles a year, will at some point permit only zero-emission vehicles to be sold. That will accelerate the development...

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Ford Reveals First PHEV Designed For Police & Government Organizations

Following the reveal earlier this year of the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle in the world, Ford has now also revealed a new plug-in hybrid offering designed for police forces and other government customers. While the new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) only possesses an all-electric range of 21 miles per full-charge (that's the essentially real-world range-rating [&hellip Ford Reveals …

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Tesla Battery Supply Constraints Weigh on a Young Storage Industry

When Tesla unveiled its stationary storage products for homeowners and utilities in 2015, it immediately sparked new demand for batteries. But in the two years since, the company's track record for delivery has been mixed. While pursuing high-profile projects like the 100-megawatt battery for South Australia's grid and a

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What Do “Saving Capitalism” & Saving The Environment Have In Common?

On Tuesday, November 21, Saving Capitalism — the movie based on the book of the same name by Robert Reich — premiered on Netflix. Why should concerned climate advocate like yourself care? Because capitalism run amok is precisely what has driven the world to the edge of disaster and will soon push us over into the abyss