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Batteries

Electric Car Drivers & Potential Drivers — Chime In!

Published on May 18th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As I announced last week, we are now collecting data for our 2019 electric car driver report. Yet again, building on the work of previous years and always looking to evolve, we're aiming to significantly improve the data, analysis, and report in ... Read More


Aviation

NASA To Provide $6 Million For Electric Aircraft Research At Univ. Of Illinois

Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

NASA will pay $6 million dollars over the next three years to support electric aircraft research at the University of Illinois. The NASA-backed program is called CHEETA -- the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft. Phillip Ansell, a principal investigator for the project, and an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Urbana-Champaign, answered some questions about the work for CleanTechnica... Read More


Cars

Environmental Issues Top Upcoming European Election Agenda

Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Jonny Tiernan

In Germany, climate change issues are finally taking center stage in the political arena, and the results of the upcoming European elections could set the tone for the future. A poll by broadcaster ARD has shown that 48% of Germans listed climate change as the issue that was most important to them in regards to the upcoming election. If voters want to see political parties tackle the climate crisis effectively, and they use their votes to push this agenda, then the ramifications can be far-reaching both for Germany and the rest of the world... Read More


Air Quality

Energy Resilience In The Roaring Fork Valley

Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

On the evening of July 3, 2018, a wildfire broke out a half mile from the Rocky Mountain Institute office in Basalt, Colorado, in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley. This fire—dubbed the Lake Christine Fire—spread to engulf more than 12,500 acres and came within minutes of shutting down power to the upper Roaring Fork Valley... Read More


Batteries

China Is Eating Our Lunch While We Watch

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

One way or another, the future is coming for us. While we have not yet "decided" whether it will be climate disaster or climate saved, time will tell.The developed world's recalcitrance is not only costing us time in preventing the runaway effects that are coming, it's allowing China to gain a foothold and increase its influence, wealth, and power on the world stage... Read More


Climate Change

How India Is Solving Its Cooling Challenge

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

Today, 40% of the world’s population resides within the hot tropical regions, where many of whom are exposed to potentially life-threatening temperatures for at least 20 days a year. Approximately 12,000 people die around the world annually due to heatwaves, and as our planet warms, these temperature surges are becoming more intense. Extreme heat often affects the most vulnerable populations, leaving them at risk. The World Health Organization estimates that, by 2050, more than 255,000 people could be killed annually from extreme heat waves... Read More


Clean Power

ExxonMobil Eyes Clean Energy Partnership In India

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Saurabh

Global energy behemoth ExxonMobil is reportedly in talks with an Indian company to initiate a partnership in the clean energy sector. The US-based company seems to have been attracted by the pro-clean energy policies in India and an increase interaction between Indian and American businesses over the last few years. ... Read More


Clean Power

Shock Australian National Election Victory Bodes Ill For Climate & Clean Energy

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Australia went to the polls on Saturday in a long-awaited Federal election whose conclusion was so far beyond doubt the bookmakers decided to pay out a day or so in advance, but the conclusion was not to me, and the Coalition Government was returned to power in a shock election victory which will likely severely curtail the country's climate and clean energy policy... Read More


Buildings

Report: Cities Designed To Shape & Enable New Mobility

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

Urban areas that are designed to shape and enable new mobility — by rethinking streets, parking, and more — can lower emissions, enhance health, and improve equity. Experimentation is key to best realize the potential of new mobility while avoiding negative and unintended consequences. Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) recent report, Cities Designed to Shape and Enable New Mobility, describes the concept of MOD Cities — living test sites where local municipal governments, developers, financiers, vehicle manufacturers, mobility service providers, and urban designers and architects actively collaborate to co-innovate at the nexus of urban design, vehicles, and new mobility services. MOD Cities would put people first and be seamlessly integrated with the communities and urban fabric at their edges... Read More


Clean Transport

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory — Main Structure Now Being Completed (Video Update)

Published on May 20th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The latest aerial video from the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory site, courtesy of Jason Yang, shows the main structure of the factory very close to completion. The remaining roof and wall patches on the north and south extremities look set to be completed this week, with largely weather/cosmetic finishing of some surfaces remaining. Focus is now shifting to work on the loading bays and the factory's internals... Read More


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