“Russia’s Suez Canal? Ships start plying a less-icy Arctic, thanks to climate change”

"LONDON — Under partly sunny skies and relatively balmy temperatures in the low 50s, the Venta Maersk sailed through the Bering Strait this past week and steered hard to port, beginning a modern-day voyage of discovery that could hearken a transformation for global shipping and the Arctic environment."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russias-suez-canal-ships-start-plying-an-ice-free-arctic-thanks-to-climate-change/2018/09/08/59d50986-ac5a-11e8-9a7d-cd30504ff902_story.html?utm_term=.6e23edb71575

“Floating Trash Collector Set to Tackle Pacific Garbage Patch”

"The campaign to rid the world’s oceans of plastic trash marks a turning point on Saturday as a giant, floating trash-collector steams out of San Francisco on a mission to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Over the course of the next year, the device will undergo the ultimate tests and face some tough questions: Can technology prevail over nature? Did the engineers at The Ocean Cleanup in the Netherlands invent the first feasible method for extracting large amounts of plastic debris from the sea? Or will the wilds of the open Pacific tear it to shreds, turning the cleaner itself into plastic trash? Alternately, even if a Pacific storm does not devour the device, will it attract marine animals such as dolphins and turtles and fatally entangle them?"

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/09/ocean-cleanup-plastic-pacific-garbage-patch-news/

“Carlsberg replaces plastic ring can holders with recyclable glue”

"Carlsberg is replacing the plastic ring wrapping used to secure multipack beers with eco-friendly glue, reducing its plastic waste by up to 76 per cent. The Danish beer brand's new Snap Pack utilises a "pioneering technology" to glue its cans together instead of using the plastic ring holders typically found around six-pack beverages, which pose a serious threat to wildlife."

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/09/07/carlsberg-replaces-plastic-ring-can-holders-recyclable-glue/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dezeen+%28Dezeenfeed%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner

“Do Solar Panels Work? MIT Puts Dollar Amount on Pollution’s Economic Impact”

"In Delhi, India, “there’s never a day without pollution,” says Ian Marius Peters. By his calculations, it’s costing local solar energy users at least $20 million annually."

https://www.inverse.com/article/48492-desolarization-of-smog-wakka-wakka

“‘Clean tax cuts’ and the global free market for plastic solutions”

"An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year — a large number, but dwarfed by the roughly 4.9 billion tons of plastic waste dumped on land and sea since 1950. The cause: 50 years of disposable plastic products and packaging, with globally inadequate investment in low-waste alternatives and recycling systems. Consumers do not pay — and few companies voluntarily shoulder the full cost of preventing or cleaning up the waste produced by their products. A key barrier to both investment and the rapid adoption of better solutions and policies remains sheer cost."

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/clean-tax-cuts-and-global-free-market-plastic-solutions

“Wind power is getting more efficient”

"There, almost 1,500 old turbines were taken down in recent years. Only 82 new ones were installed in their place, but they produce about the same amount of electricity. Celeste Wanner is with the American Wind Energy Association. Wanner: “The U.S. wind industry has seen significant advances in technology in just the last ten years. Using longer blades and taller towers makes the turbine able to access stronger, steadier winds.”"

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/08/wind-power-is-getting-more-efficient/?popupally_stop=subscriber

“Greenhouse Gases Are Bubbling Up From Arctic Lakes That Were Recently Frozen”

"FROM BAD TO WORSE. The bad news: Global warming is thawing Arctic permafrost. And that’s releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The really bad news: It’s happening faster than we previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a NASA-funded research project undertaken by researchers from the University of Alaska. They published their study in the journal Nature Communications on August 15."

https://futurism.com/abrupt-thawing-arctic-lakes/

“Dyson is converting an airfield into an electric car R&D hub with a massive test track”

"Dyson, best known for its vacuum, is moving forward with its multi-billion-dollar plan to launch several new electric vehicles. The company has now announced that it is converting an airfield into an electric car R&D hub with a massive test track. Dyson has long been rumored to be working on its own electric vehicle. The rumors intensified when the company acquired Michigan-based solid-state battery startup Sakti3 for $90 million and announced plans to build an important $1 billion battery factory to mass produce the next generation battery technology."

https://electrek.co/2018/08/30/dyson-converting-airfield-electric-car-rd-hub-test-track/

“Automated Emissions Reduction Technology Shapes The Future Of Electricity Consumption”

"Gavin McCormick is executive director of WattTime, the tech startup that first developed Automated Emissions Reduction (AER) technology. While a Ph.D. student in energy econometrics at UC Berkeley, Gavin invented the first algorithms capable of detecting marginal emission rates in real time, which make AER technology possible. As a cofounder of WattTime, he then participated in the innovative decision to structure the tech startup as a mission-driven nonprofit rather than a traditional company. Today, WattTime’s work supports Fortune 10 companies, state governments, utilities, and universities."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherskroupa/2018/08/28/automated-emissions-reduction-technology-shapes-the-future-of-electricity-consumption/#5c83216d12cb

“Facebook gets specific about its 100 percent renewables target”

"Seven years after it formally declared its intention to power its operations entirely with renewable energy, Facebook this week set a date to deliver that commitment just two short years from now. The declaration, accompanied by a new vow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 75 percent, comes on the heels of the social media giant’s revelation that 51 percent of its electricity needs are serviced by clean power, much of it sourced close to its far-flung data center network. It took Facebook about two years to achieve that goal (quicker than anticipated), which was adopted after reaching the 25-percent mark. According to the company’s latest sustainability metrics (PDF), its operations consumed 2.46 million megawatt-hours of electricity in 2017, the vast majority of which were related to its data centers."

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/facebook-gets-specific-about-its-100-percent-renewables-target-0