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Will Tesla Model 3 Become Top-Selling Car In USA? #2? #3? #5?

Much has been written about the Tesla Model 3, its expected sales, and its potential impact on the auto industry and other automakers. However, a comment today from "Dan" struck me and stimulated this article. The title alone is sure to get me slammed as a "Tesla fanboy." Top-selling car in the USA a Tesla? Sacrilege!

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Investors Warn Asian Factory Farms Risk “Financial Food Poisoning”‘ of Global Food Supply Chain

Industrial animal agriculture is a hugely devastating industry for humans, for animals, and for the planet. Growing feedstock for animals means acres of rainforest are cleared for soybeans; methane emissions from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are one of the leading causes of climate change; the resulting manure pollutes local waterways and air; and the crowded conditions of CAFOs lead to high rates of sickness and …

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These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe

How do you combat air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in Europe? By building vertical forests of trees and plants attached to apartment tower blocks, of course. These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe was originally published on

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Growth Prospects for the Global Grid-Connected Battery Market

The global grid-connected energy storage market could reach a total installed capacity of 28 gigawatts by 2022, from just 3 gigwatts in 2016, if an IHS Markit projection cited recently by AES and Siemens proves correct. By 2025, cumulative installations could grow to 52 gigawatts worldwide. IHS Markit also projects that lithium-ion storage prices will continue to …

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Who Wins When Bifacial, Thin-Film CdTe and Crystalline Silicon PV Face Off in the Field?

Solar module manufacturers one-up each other on a regular basis in the quest for the world's most efficient panel. The results usually come out of laboratories, where the modules undergo precise testing in a controlled environment at standard test conditions (STC). In the real world, however, the picture is more nuanced. Field conditions are far different from lab …

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A World Bank Group Solar Program May Unlock 1.2GW of Utility-Scale Projects in Emerging Markets

A solar program from the World Bank Group will lead to over 1.2 gigawatts of competitively-priced utility-scale solar PV in Zambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Madagascar in the coming years, according to new research. Despite criticism from local developers, the program is a breakthrough risk mitigation and advisory mechanism that offers global solar developers a chance to secure a foothold in new markets with high growth potential and low rates of energy access. GTM Research and Blue Horizon ECS are out with a …

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An Unlikely 1970s-Era Environmentalist

A 1974 American Electric Power advertisement claim rings hollow today. There was a lot of breaking news during the summer of 1974. Watergate was in full swing, culminating in President Nixon's resignation on August 8, oil prices were skyrocketing, and Patty Hearst was still held by kidnappers. All these monumental headlines may explain why my […] The post An Unlikely 1970s-Era Environmentalist appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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IEA: OPEC Must Extend Cuts To Balance Oil Markets

U.S. shale is poised to outlast OPEC. It has long been the suspicion of many oil market analysts that the U.S. shale industry was likely too nimble for OPEC to really hammer it into oblivion. That proved to be the case after two years of low prices – shale production came off from peak […] The post IEA: OPEC Must Extend Cuts To Balance Oil Markets appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Petrol Car Ban Won’t Work Without a Huge Investment in Electric Infrastructure

The UK government is proposing a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, in a move that echoes a recent announcement in France. Setting this sort of media-friendly target is a positive and welcome response to the challenge of air pollution across UK cities, write Richard Brooks and Jason Begley of Coventry University. […] The post Petrol Car Ban Won't Work Without a Huge Investment in Electric Infrastructure appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Study finds drought recoveries taking longer

As global temperatures continue to rise, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in many regions during this century. A new study with NASA participation finds that land ecosystems took progressively longer to recover from droughts in the 20th century, and incomplete drought recovery may become the new normal in some areas, possibly leading to tree death and increased emissions of greenhouse gases. In results published Aug. 10 in the journal Nature, a research team led by Christopher Schwalm of Woods …

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Rural Coops and Public Utilities Have Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar. Here’s Why

In 2015, a farmer walked into the office of a customer-owned electric cooperative in Wisconsin. He pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check to the cooperative for $60,000. That day, two other cooperative members followed suit, and the three of them bought up 10 percent of the brand new community solar garden on the first day of subscription sales. CEO Joe McDonald admitted that he was “absolutely …

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Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of Electrification

Startup electric truck maker Chanje Energy, Inc. has launched an electric Class 5 van, intent to replace last century's fossil fuels with a zero-emissions Class 5 last-mile delivery option. This is the latest of several recent additions to the electric truck and van market Chanje V8070 — Another Level Of …

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Is the Tesla Model 3 really ‘Car 2.0’? Maybe not: here’s why

Like the company's three previous electric cars, the Tesla Model 3 launched into production with a splashy media event during which owners received the keys to their new cars and the company's fans applauded. Like the Model S and Model X, production is starting at very low rates, with the rate of increase—to 5,000 cars a week by December 31...

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Energy Jobs: National Labs Shed Hundreds of Workers. Plus, Enphase, GE, FERC and Grid4C

Here's an accounting of some top personnel moves from around the energy industry. As many as 525 people could lose their jobs at the Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Officials say the cuts are not due to the Trump administration's proposed budget; rather, they are part of normal cost-cutting measures. Scientists and other career staffers worried about their jobs may yet be safe. Lawmakers are

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Mini E next month, Lunar Rover at 46, Ford Hub visit, Model 3 assessed: Today’s Car News

Today, a baffling visit in NYC, a tiny two-seat electric car for China, whether the Tesla Model 3 should really be dubbed "Car 2.0," and how does the Lunar Rover compare to a modern electric car? All this and more on Green Car Reports. As always, we ran down last week's top green-car news stories on Saturday. How does the all-electric Lunar Rover...

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SolarReserve Inks Deal With South Australia to Supply Solar Thermal Power With Storage for 6 Cents

SolarReserve, the California-based developer that bundles CSP towers, PV and molten-salt storage, won a contract to supply the South Australian government with dispatchable solar for between AUS 7.5 and 7.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. That amounts to USD 6 cents per kilowatt-hour -- a price lower than SolarReserve's planned project in Copiapó, Chile, which was bid at 6.3 cents per kilowatt-hour earlier this year. The …