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NY-Funded Solar One Program Empowers Vulnerable Communities With Solar + Storage, Emergency Resilience

December 9th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

Solar One is an organization that I've experienced first hand. An active force in clean urban transition, in particular aiding low-income households, it deserves support. Both organizations I met with in NYC — Solar One and WE ACT — had individuals reflecting the relaxed as well as energetic personalities necessary to make something work, really work

Honolulu Makes History With Comprehensive Plastic Bill!

December 5th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli

Last night in Honolulu, we made history: Bill 40, a comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council. Activists from across the island have been working for nearly a decade to get smart plastic legislation passed in the city and state. The vote last night was nothing short of victorious: this is the strongest plastic phase-out bill in the country, and likely in the world

People Are Afraid Of Change, Not Climate Change

December 5th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Unless someone is breaking a hundred dollar bill or receiving change from a purchase, people do not like change, especially when it comes to the fact that they are being told they need to change their habits or their way of thinking

Tesla Did Zero Market Research On Cybertruck (Or Any Other New Product) — Didn’t Need It

December 4th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Tesla doesn't need to do market research, even though some critics believe it should. This statement may seem a bit extreme, or even radical, but when a market is already saturated with too much of the same thing, that market begins to crave something different — something fresh. Tesla has provided this time and again with its electric vehicles and is taking on the energy sector as well. Also, Tesla isn't your traditional company out there just aiming to cash in and move on to the next version of the same old thing. Tesla does its own thing in a way that benefits the world, Tesla, and ultimately its customers

This Startup Wants To Put Geothermal Panels In Underground Garages & Tunnels

December 2nd, 2019 | by Chanan Bos

Right now when you think of panels collecting energy, you would probably think of solar panels or those black panels that heat water, but if you already filled your roof with solar panels, what do you do next? This is one of the most ingenious startups I have seen in a while, a reminder that out of the box thinking can lead to completely new solutions to problems that don't require millions of dollars in R&

Spending It In Space Is Spending It On Earth

November 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

"We should be spending this money here on Earth," we often hear people say when space programs and private investment are discussed. It's such a widespread sentiment that even big names in science fiction tend to share it (albeit reluctantly)

Sucking Sand To Save The Land (Or Make New Land)

November 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

One day, there's a ring of reefs in the ocean, or an atoll. Coral, fish, various invertebrates, and many types of plants call the place home. The next day, it's raining sand. First, it starts to fill in the cracks and voids in the coral. Plants get buried, and then even some of the fish. As the sand keeps falling and falling, everything that can't move fast enough gets buried. Eventually the sand is so deep, it breaks the top of the water

No, Machine Learning Does Not Have A Huge Carbon Debt

November 30th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

The increase in CPU cycles to advance machine learning has been accompanied by advances in efficiencies of computer technology and lower carbon electricity, but it's worth paying attention to. It's only going to increase. 

The Different Faces Of Climate Change: The Zambia Drought

November 26th, 2019 | by The Beam

The little rainfall has led to low harvest and difficulties for cattle to graze, in particular in the Southern parts of Zambia where Philip lives. This has resulted in an increase in malnutrition. 2.3 million people in Zambia are now living in need of food assistance, UNICEF is reporting 40% of children under 5 years being stunted, and malnutrition is only expected to increase

Fear of Progress

November 25th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

A recent article on CleanTechnica, "BBC Click: Are Electric Vehicles 'The Future Of Road Vehicles?' EV Owners: 'Duh.'" basically covered what CleanTechnica and other green energy websites have been saying for years, that EVs are superior to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in more ways than one. This is not news to informed progressives, but it is very much news to the general public

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