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Zimbabwe’s Energy Regulator, ZERA, Adds Nissan Leaf e+ To Its Fleet

November 27th, 2020 by The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, (ZERA), is promoting the uptake of electric vehicles in Zimbabwe. ZERA has just added a brand new 2020 Nissan Leaf to its fleet. The 62 kWh Leaf e+ has a real world range of over 350 kilometers depending on driving conditions. Traditionally, Nissan has been one… Read More »Zimbabwe’s Energy Regulator, ZERA, Adds Nissan Leaf e+ To Its Fleet

Oxford launches net zero initiative to advise on climate change solutions

The University of Oxford has launched the Oxford Net Zero initiative to address the critical issue of how to reach global ‘net zero’ by achieving equitable, science-based solutions. The initiative will draw on the university’s expertise in climate science and policy, as well as leading academics from across the university’s disciplines, including Geography, Physics, Economics,… Read More »Oxford launches net zero initiative to advise on climate change solutions

How Europe Can Build 100GW of Offshore Wind by 2030

Even for an offshore wind industry that is accustomed to all things being supersized, last week was a big week. On Wednesday the U.K. released its 10-point plan to achieve its target of net-zero carbon by 2050. At the top of the list was the already announced 40-gigawatt offshore wind target. It was joined by… Read More »How Europe Can Build 100GW of Offshore Wind by 2030

As wind energy prices plunge, Xcel refunds customers who paid a premium

Xcel Energy recently refunded customers who volunteered to pay extra to support wind energy, which is now among the cheapest sources of electricity. As prices continue to fall, a program launched by Xcel Energy in 2003 that helped subsidize wind power is wrapping up, with money left over that will be sent back to participants.… Read More »As wind energy prices plunge, Xcel refunds customers who paid a premium

Advertisements harm the planet, researchers say

Like them or loathe them, advertisements are everywhere. And they’re worsening the climate crisis, say social scientists. LONDON, 27 November, 2020 − Part and parcel of modern society, advertisements are so familiar in the background of most of our lives that we probably scarcely notice them. That’s a pity, because − if a new report… Read More »Advertisements harm the planet, researchers say

Electric Vehicle Adoption — About To Explode? Or Slow & Steady?

November 27th, 2020 by I wrote a version of this article below almost a year ago for another company in order to explain the EV market and its future potential. With some modification, I’m publishing it here too. This report conveys 4 main points: Electric vehicles, particularly Teslas, are already more than competitive in certain… Read More »Electric Vehicle Adoption — About To Explode? Or Slow & Steady?

Black Friday: Get A Jump On Holiday Shopping For Your Tesla

November 27th, 2020 by Waiting until the last minute for your holiday shopping can be frantic and unsettling. It’s like a last-minute fire drill. Sure, if you’re a Tesla owner, you’re probably ahead of the curve. A friendly reminder, though — it might be worthwhile to start your holiday Tesla shopping today. It is, after… Read More »Black Friday: Get A Jump On Holiday Shopping For Your Tesla

IIHS: Attention Slips As Drivers Get Used To Level 2 Automation

November 26th, 2020 by A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that drivers tend to let attention lapse more as they get used to lane-centering driver assist. In the study, 10 volunteers drove a vehicle with adaptive cruise control (ACC), or smart cruise control that maintains a follow distance and… Read More »IIHS: Attention Slips As Drivers Get Used To Level 2 Automation

The 5 Famous German Automakers’ Epic Battle To Survive

November 26th, 2020 by I have been known as a strong critic of the German auto industry for many years, but the reality is there is always light and shadows. A “near-death situation,” like Tesla has experienced more than once, may be the start of a glorious success story, and a glorious success might be… Read More »The 5 Famous German Automakers’ Epic Battle To Survive

EU Risks Missing 2030 Climate Target & Shifting Burden Onto the Poor

November 26th, 2020 by Originally published on Transport & Environment. As European governments discuss the EU’s 2030 climate plans today, major green groups are warning that the European Commission’s roadmap risks missing emissions targets and shifting the burden onto poorer citizens12. The 7 NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, and Transport & Environment, tell President Ursula von… Read More »EU Risks Missing 2030 Climate Target & Shifting Burden Onto the Poor

Sechin assures Putin his new Arctic project will produce 30 million tons of oil by 2024

It is the fourth time this year that Rosneft leader Igor Sechin sits down with Putin in the Kremlin to update the President on the development of Vostok Oil. “The project will generate huge synergies for Russian industries,” Sechin stressed as he covered the President’s table with maps that show how his company is developing… Read More »Sechin assures Putin his new Arctic project will produce 30 million tons of oil by 2024

Scientists urge federal government to ramp up conservation efforts in eastern Arctic

A team of Canadian scientists is urging the federal government to step up its conservation efforts in the eastern Arctic to try and save some of the last remaining year-round sea ice and the undiscovered organisms that live within it. In a new article, Witnessing Ice Habitat Collapse in the Canadian Arctic, released Thursday in… Read More »Scientists urge federal government to ramp up conservation efforts in eastern Arctic

‘A lost run’: logging and climate change decimate steelhead in B.C. river

As Kent O’Neill, general manager of a fishing lodge in the village of Gold River on Vancouver Island, looks ahead to the winter steelhead run, he worries that no fish will show up after a survey last winter found zero. “I want my grandkids to be able to experience the way these fisheries were before,”… Read More »‘A lost run’: logging and climate change decimate steelhead in B.C. river

Fukushima’s radioactive wastewater dilemma

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was severely damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, leading to a meltdown. Ongoing efforts to keep the plant cool during cleanup have generated large volumes of water contaminated with radioactive elements, and this water may soon be released into the ocean. Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/AFLO/Alamy… Read More »Fukushima’s radioactive wastewater dilemma

A Chilean archipelago rivaling the Galapagos fends off invasive species

Juan Fernandez Archipelago National Park in Chile is home to a wealth of species found nowhere else on Earth, where the proportion of endemic plants surpasses even the more celebrated Galapagos Islands. Among the native bird species here is the pink-footed shearwater, which breeds only on the Juan Fernandez islands and another Chilean island, but… Read More »A Chilean archipelago rivaling the Galapagos fends off invasive species

It’s a perfect year for a non-Thanksgiving

The youngest is Elsie Dubray, an entrant in the Intel World Science Fair contest with her research into the nutritional value (specifically the lipid structure) of buffalo meat, in contrast to beef. Dubray, now an undergraduate at Stanford, is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation, and in Gather, she appears outdoors among the… Read More »It’s a perfect year for a non-Thanksgiving

DIY Home Efficiency Project In Kauai Yields Incredible Results

November 26th, 2020 by Recently, we covered the DIY home efficiency program Kauai is using as an economic recovery and resilience tool. The idea behind the project was to provide immediate and ongoing economic relief to residents who were negatively affected by the economic fallout of COVID-19. The results are astonishing. Using the Technical Reference… Read More »DIY Home Efficiency Project In Kauai Yields Incredible Results

Solaris Delivered 242 Urbino Electric Buses In 2020’s First 3 Quarters

November 26th, 2020 by If you’ve been following our electric bus coverage this year, the name Solaris probably rings a bell — perhaps a large bell. It seems that most electric bus orders in Europe these days are orders for Solaris Urbino buses. And, indeed, a news release from the company indicates that it sold… Read More »Solaris Delivered 242 Urbino Electric Buses In 2020’s First 3 Quarters

Daymak Rolls Out Bond-Like Lineup Of Light Electric Vehicles

November 26th, 2020 by Electric cars, electric SUVs, electric trucks — we’ve got news of large electric vehicles every day. But what of small electric vehicles? The Canadian company Daymak wants to excite the world about light electric vehicles (LEVs) and has launched a line of 6 different but stylistically related LEVs. The Avvenire lineup… Read More »Daymak Rolls Out Bond-Like Lineup Of Light Electric Vehicles

Cooling La Nina may not save Great Barrier Reef from mass coral bleaching, experts warn

A global weather phenomenon that would typically keep ocean temperatures lower across the Great Barrier Reef may not be enough to stop another mass coral bleaching this coming summer, according to the marine park’s chief scientist. Global heating now meant the risk of corals bleaching from heat stress was present even in a summer influenced… Read More »Cooling La Nina may not save Great Barrier Reef from mass coral bleaching, experts warn

More than 3 billion people affected by water shortages, data shows

Water shortages are now affecting more than 3 billion people around the world, as the amount of fresh water available for each person has plunged by a fifth over two decades, data has shown. About 1.5 billion people are suffering severe water scarcity or even drought, as a combination of climate breakdown, rising demand and… Read More »More than 3 billion people affected by water shortages, data shows

EU urged to address aviation’s full climate impact, including non-CO2 emissions

The European Union has been urged to take action on the non-carbon emissions effect of air travel, in light of research published this week. The aviation sector’s climate impact is three times bigger than the effect of its carbon dioxide emissions alone, according to a study by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa), the… Read More »EU urged to address aviation’s full climate impact, including non-CO2 emissions

Offsetting pivots from carbon to plastic

The average person is responsible for the disposal of an estimated 22 pounds of single-use plastic waste per month. A new programme launching tomorrow will offer consumers the option to “offset” that plastic waste by funding the clean up of 22 pounds of plastic from the environment. The programme, called Plastic Neutral, aims to establish… Read More »Offsetting pivots from carbon to plastic

Ohio State, landfill among largest greenhouse gas emitters in Franklin County

| The Columbus Dispatch Each year as temperatures warm and rainfall becomes more erratic, there’s a growing awareness of climate change. That means companies are taking a hard look at their emissions and sustainable practices as consumers are demanding corporations create and transport their products while having a smaller carbon footprint. Previous coverage: Huntington, L… Read More »Ohio State, landfill among largest greenhouse gas emitters in Franklin County

Economy on edge as militants blow up Shell/Agip gas pipelines

The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) has announced the arrest of 3 Nigerians for their alleged involvement in cyber-crime targeted at government agencies and private sector companies in over 150 countries since 2017. Their apprehension follows a joint INTERPOL, Group-IB and the Nigeria Police Force cybercrime investigation called Operation Falcon. This disclosure was contained in a… Read More »Economy on edge as militants blow up Shell/Agip gas pipelines

What is ghost fishing and why is it killing dolphins, whales and turtles?

Endangered turtles and dolphins species in the River Ganges are at risk from becoming entangled in abandoned fishing gear, new research has found. A survey of discarded fishing equipment, also known as ‘ghost gear’, was carried out along the entire length of the Ganges – from its source in the Himalayas to the river mouth… Read More »What is ghost fishing and why is it killing dolphins, whales and turtles?

U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of the Electron dam for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the Puyallup River. The civil suit was filed against Electron Hydro, LLC, Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the Western District, The… Read More »U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

Ontario hiking ethanol content in gasoline to help fight climate change

Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative Ethanol Inc. in Aylmer. (Free Press file photo) Share Adjust Comment Print Ontario plans to raise by half the ethanol content required in gasoline in a move to fight climate change that could also dangle benefits to Southwestern Ontario’s vast corn belt. The province says it will gradually increase the required… Read More »Ontario hiking ethanol content in gasoline to help fight climate change

The lasting influence of the Tofurky

(Photo credit: Andrea Nguyen / Flickr) Twenty-five years ago, a food called Tofurky made its debut on grocery store shelves. Since then, the tofu-based roast has become a beloved part of many vegetarians’ holiday feasts. “Tofurky and Thanksgiving are forever intimately tied in my heart,” says Jan Dutkiewicz, a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School’s… Read More »The lasting influence of the Tofurky

Premature deaths in Europe remain high despite better air quality

The number of premature deaths due to air pollution in Europe remains too high, at some 400,000 a year, despite improved air quality over the past decade. The latest report on air quality by the European Environment Agency (EEA) also shows that almost everyone in Europe is still affected by air pollution and that nearly… Read More »Premature deaths in Europe remain high despite better air quality

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Surges Ahead With Its Own Climate Plans (Video)

November 26th, 2020 by Instead of harvesting ceremonial fish, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community must now purchase enough quantities for annual homage festivities. Salmon stocks the tribe has counted on for 10,000 years have been reduced from an 8-month season to a few days per year, but the Swinomish haven’t given up. To improve water… Read More »Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Surges Ahead With Its Own Climate Plans (Video)

World Suddenly Goes Nuts Over Green Ammonia, Now That Green Hydrogen Is Old Hat

November 26th, 2020 by Green hydrogen is still clawing its way into the mainstream and here comes yet another powerful new decarbonization trend: green ammonia. If that’s news to you, join the club. Green ammonia was a big mystery just two years ago and now all of a sudden it’s the Next Big Thing —… Read More »World Suddenly Goes Nuts Over Green Ammonia, Now That Green Hydrogen Is Old Hat

Volkswagen Plans To Start ID.4 Production In Chattanooga, And ID.Buzz In Hanover In 2022

November 26th, 2020 by The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is already in production alongside the ID.3 in Zwickau. US customers can reserve one right now online and track it on its way to their local Volkswagen dealer, although the website doesn’t say specifically when the first cars are expected to arrive. But the company is… Read More »Volkswagen Plans To Start ID.4 Production In Chattanooga, And ID.Buzz In Hanover In 2022

Voices of 100%: Louisville’s clean energy pledge takes on multiple crises

Where do local climate and clean energy goals lie in the priority list, when the COVID-19 induced economic crisis and the crisis of racial inequality are so pressing? For this episode of our Voices of 100% series of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Brandon Coan and Gretchen Milliken. Coan, who helped draft Louisville’s… Read More »Voices of 100%: Louisville’s clean energy pledge takes on multiple crises

Two things to be thankful for…

What a dreadful year. But, still, we don’t have to venture far to find some silver linings in the toxic clouds. Environmental journalism rises from humanity’s latest ash piles. Our professional cousins, health journalism folks like Laurie Garrett and Maryn McKenna, saw their worst-case pandemic projections borne out, at horrible cost. Of course, vindicating some… Read More »Two things to be thankful for…

U.S. Army Corps denies permit for massive gold and copper mine in pristine Alaska

Bill Roth Anchorage Daily News/Tribune News Service/Getty Images Lake Iliamna, a nursery for wild salmon, would have faced damage from the construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska. The Trump administration on Wednesday denied a key permit for a massive gold and copper mine in Alaska, striking a devastating blow to a project opposed by… Read More »U.S. Army Corps denies permit for massive gold and copper mine in pristine Alaska

New University of Utah study says air pollution hurts state’s homeless

Nearly nine out of 10 people experiencing homelessness have sought medical attention for a condition related to the state’s dirty air, according to a new University of Utah study that provides a first-of-its-kind look at the disproportionate impacts air pollution has on those living on Salt Lake City’s streets. Of the 138 people who were… Read More »New University of Utah study says air pollution hurts state’s homeless

Glyphosate exposure could disrupt human gut microbiome

Exposure to glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup, could adversely affect the microbes in our gut, which could lead to poor health. Glyphosate is a controversial broad action weedkiller that was introduced onto the market in 1974. Since then, its use has increased worldwide more than 100-fold. Aerial view of a tractor spraying… Read More »Glyphosate exposure could disrupt human gut microbiome

Contaminants in NJ soil and water are toxic, records reveal

Documents made public by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that PFAS compounds the chemical company Solvay has released in New Jersey are toxic to lab animals and people, stay in the human body for years, and were found in the blood of workers at two of… Read More »Contaminants in NJ soil and water are toxic, records reveal

Pennsylvania: Dimock residents worry about planned fracking waste well

A fracking wastewater treatment company is exploring the possibility of constructing an underground deep injection well in Dimock, Susquehanna County. If approved, it would be the first deep injection well built to handle fracking wastewater in eastern Pennsylvania. The Environmental Protection Agency has permitted at least 36 new underground wells to dispose of fracking waste… Read More »Pennsylvania: Dimock residents worry about planned fracking waste well

Italy’s doctors face new threat: Conspiracy theories

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon Polly MILAN — From “heroes” to “terrorists.” In Italy, the doctors and nurses lauded for their exhausting, dangerous work in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic are facing a new challenge: conspiracy theories accusing them of faking the emergency. In one social media video,… Read More »Italy’s doctors face new threat: Conspiracy theories

Report: India added 438 MW of solar capacity in Q32020

India added 438 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity in Q3 2020, a 114% increase compared to 205 MW installed in Q2 2020, according to Mercom India Research’s newly released Q3 2020 India Solar Market Update. Solar installations were down by 80% year-over-year (YoY) compared to 2,177 MW added in Q3 2019.  Solar installations in the first… Read More »Report: India added 438 MW of solar capacity in Q32020

Trump’s Last-Ditch Effort to Drill the Alaskan Wilderness

November 26th, 2020 by Originally published on Nexus Media News. “This would be a complete industrialization of the wildest place left in America.” The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Source: U.S. Department of the Interior The Trump administration is making a last-minute push to sell oil rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Firms can… Read More »Trump’s Last-Ditch Effort to Drill the Alaskan Wilderness

Ford Mustang Mach-E — 230 to 300 Mile Range for $35,395, $39,500, or $42,300 (After Tax Credit)

November 25th, 2020 by The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had a busy week this week with hot new electric vehicles. Along with the Volkswagen ID.4 getting its range certification, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has received its official driving range on a full charge (which, I should note, is just an estimate of an… Read More »Ford Mustang Mach-E — 230 to 300 Mile Range for $35,395, $39,500, or $42,300 (After Tax Credit)

Volkswagen ID.4 — 250 Mile Range, $32,500 Price After Tax Credit

November 25th, 2020 by The Volkswagen ID.4 is about to be one of the most compelling, competitive, complete-package electric vehicles on the US market. Its estimated driving range on a full charge has been certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and comes in right where it was expected — 250 miles for the… Read More »Volkswagen ID.4 — 250 Mile Range, $32,500 Price After Tax Credit

BMW Founds Robot & Software Company For Logistics Industry

November 25th, 2020 by Tesla isn’t the only robot and software champ in the auto industry. Well, I can’t personally evaluate that, but note that BMW Group has just launched a new company that is fully focused on becoming “a leading supplier of autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector.” The company is called IDEALworks… Read More »BMW Founds Robot & Software Company For Logistics Industry

One Year After Navajo Generating Station Stopped Burning Coal: A Progress Report

November 25th, 2020 by At one time, the Navajo Generating Station. located in northern Arizona not far from the Utah border, was the largest coal fired generating facility west of the Mississippi River. The electricity from NGS helped power street cars in Los Angeles, slot machines in Las Vegas, and street lights in Phoenix. It… Read More »One Year After Navajo Generating Station Stopped Burning Coal: A Progress Report

BMW Named Automotive Industry Leader In Dow Jones Sustainability Indices — Seriously

November 25th, 2020 by Was I aware of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices before this week? Most definitely. Had I forgotten all about it? Certainly. Would I have guessed in my wildest dreams that BMW would be named the auto industry leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and Europe (DJSI) in 2020? Definitely… Read More »BMW Named Automotive Industry Leader In Dow Jones Sustainability Indices — Seriously

Wuling Mini EV Shines In Hot Chinese Market

November 25th, 2020 by While the overall Chinese auto market kept positive numbers last month, +9% year over year (YoY), plugins vehicle sales were firmly in the fast lane, growing by 120% YoY in October to 147,000 units, a new year best. With full electrics (BEVs) growing faster (+128%) than plugin hybrids (+93%), that has… Read More »Wuling Mini EV Shines In Hot Chinese Market

How Europe Can Build 100GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 info@greentechmedia.com

Even for an offshore wind industry that is accustomed to all things being supersized, last week was a big week. On Wednesday the U.K. released its 10-point plan to achieve its target of net-zero carbon by 2050. At the top of the list was the already announced 40-gigawatt offshore wind target. It was joined by… Read More »How Europe Can Build 100GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 info@greentechmedia.com

Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2020: IBM’s Brad Gammons on Utility Digitalization in the Age of Decarbonization

IBM has spent the past decade advancing smart meter and digital grid technologies around the world, including playing a key role in designing the “Smart Grid Maturity Model” that helped guide investment strategies for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. federal energy infrastructure and modernization recovery funds in the wake of the 2008 financial… Read More »Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2020: IBM’s Brad Gammons on Utility Digitalization in the Age of Decarbonization

IKEA Partners With Vox Creative To Design A Custom, Off-Grid Tiny House

November 25th, 2020 by IKEA and Vox Creative are teaming up with Curbed to create a space that is sustainable, affordable, and stylish that would fit in around 187 square feet. This would prove that anyone, anywhere could live a more sustainable life. Vox Media is providing its brand studio, Vox Creative, and the fully… Read More »IKEA Partners With Vox Creative To Design A Custom, Off-Grid Tiny House

EVmatch’s Smart Software Makes EV Charging Easy At Multi-Family Properties

November 25th, 2020 by At current growth rates, there will be more than 30 million electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads within a decade, and that was projected before California and New Jersey called for a ban on gas car sales by 2035. So, the question is — where will they all charge? There are… Read More »EVmatch’s Smart Software Makes EV Charging Easy At Multi-Family Properties

As Biden targets climate change, we must focus attention on public health: Dr. Richard J. Jackson

Covid-19, the economy and climate change rank as the three greatest challenges facing the incoming Biden Administration. Human health and the need for substantive and influential health leadership weave through all three. But the looming public health crisis associated with climate change deserves particular attention. Biden’s policy developers are being informed by the “Climate 21… Read More »As Biden targets climate change, we must focus attention on public health: Dr. Richard J. Jackson

This Fixer wrote the book on addressing poverty, wastewater, and climate change in rural America

In portions of rural America, residents lack access to safe wastewater sanitation. Without proper infrastructure, people on septic systems, mobile-home owners, and even those attached to sewer systems may end up with raw sewage streaming into their yards or backing up into their homes. The exposure contributes to diseases, some of which we thought we’d… Read More »This Fixer wrote the book on addressing poverty, wastewater, and climate change in rural America

This sacred bean saved an Indigenous clan from climate calamity

Rita Uriana stooped to examine the stringy green plants covering the oasis in the Colombian desert. As the sun flared, she picked the pods and placed them in the fold of her yellow dress, knowing these beans are part of an agricultural revival that could feed hundreds of families in her desert-dwelling community. In the… Read More »This sacred bean saved an Indigenous clan from climate calamity


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