“India To Produce Low-Carbon Thermal Batteries”

Electric Vehicles This Week: Govt May Roll Out New EV Policy On Sept 7, India To Produce Low-Carbon Thermal Batteries, And More

"Even as the Indian government is all set to roll out its new electric vehicles policy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently published a report that flagged worries about cobalt, a core element used in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. It pointed to risks around cobalt supplies, which are concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and refining capacities, which are concentrated in China. The report said, “Improvements are possible with the transition to technologies beyond lithium-ion.”"

https://inc42.com/buzz/electric-vehicles-this-week-govt-may-roll-out-new-ev-policy-on-sept-7-and-more/

“Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re get together to buy clean power”

"If you study lists enumerating corporate contracts to buy renewable energy, one thing becomes clear very quickly — it’s tough to find a deal for less than 20 megawatts of capacity, a factor that has discouraged many would-be buyers with loads far less than that amount. The smallest power purchase agreement listed on the GreenBiz quarterly tracker for Q2, for example, was a 17 MW transaction by media organization Bloomberg. Indeed, it’s tough to find an arrangement smaller than the 5-MW contract announced in January between data center company Iron Mountain and Renewable Power Direct."

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/apple-akamai-etsy-and-swiss-re-get-together-buy-clean-power

“A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food”

"Current pet food trends encourage owners to feed their pets much the same foods that humans eat: high-quality “human grade” meat and organic produce, maybe even some “superfoods.” While this approach is emotionally appealing, it is not necessary for pets’ health, nor is it environmentally sustainable. Pets can have a large ecological footprint, and their food is a big contributing factor. Sustainable living experts Robert and Brenda Vale suggest in their book “Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living” that a medium-size dog could have a similar footprint to a large SUV. Other experts have come to similar conclusions about the sustainability of feeding pets."

https://theconversation.com/a-big-pawprint-the-environmental-impact-of-pet-food-74004

“These are the most sustainably powered cities in the U.S.”

"Earlier this year, San Francisco and Oakland filed suit against five fossil fuel companies, including Chevron and ExxonMobil, in an effort to render them financially responsible for the damages caused by climate change, and the infrastructure, like sea walls, to resist it. Even though a federal judge threw out the case, the West Coast cities are still showing up Big Oil: They, along with Seattle and Portland, top the list of a new ranking of the 40 most sustainably powered cities in the U.S."

https://www.fastcompany.com/90213497/these-are-the-most-sustainably-powered-cities-in-the-u-s?partner=rss&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss

“California’s destructive summer brings blunt talk about climate change”

"Palm Springs had its warmest July on record, with an average of 97.4 degrees. Death Valley experienced its hottest month on record, with the average temperature hitting 108.1. Park rangers said the heat was too much for some typically hardy birds that died in the broiling conditions. Across California, the nighttime brought little relief, recording the highest minimum temperature statewide of any month since 1895, rising to 64.9."

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-july-hot-20180805-story.html#

“Hot Weather Spells Trouble For Nuclear Power Plants”

"Nuclear power plants in Europe have been forced to cut back electricity production because of warmer-than-usual seawater. Plants in Finland, Sweden and Germany have been affected by a heat wave that has broken records in Scandinavia and the British Isles and exacerbated deadly wildfires along the Mediterranean. Air temperatures have stubbornly lingered above 90 degrees in many parts of Sweden, Finland and Germany, and water temperatures are abnormally high — 75 degrees or higher in the usually temperate Baltic Sea."

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/27/632988813/hot-weather-spells-trouble-for-nuclear-power-plants

“Biodiversity Is In Free Fall. Here’s How We Can Fix It.”

"THE TROPICS ARE home to nearly 80 percent of all species in the world. Those species, in their perennial warm temperatures, face the double punch from both human pressures, such as overfishing or logging, and environmental abuse, from droughts and heatwaves fueled by climate change. As a result, a collapse of global biodiversity appears imminent, according to a study in the journal Nature, unless urgent, concerted action is taken to halt and reverse species loss specifically in the tropics."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/08/news-biodiverity-tropics-climate-change-solutions/

“How wildfires threaten drinking water”

"By July 4th this year, numerous fires were burning in Colorado — the 416 Fire near Durango, and the Spring Creek Fire in the southern part of the state have been the biggest so far. As everyone knows, fires destroy and reshape ecosystems, but they also affect the freshwater supplies we eventually drink. Water providers, like that in Fort Collins, Colorado, spend a lot of effort making sure that when their customers turn on the tap, clean water comes out. And if there have been fires in the watershed, providers don’t want the water to smell smoky – like you’re drinking out of a canteen near a campfire."

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/08/how-wildfires-threaten-drinking-water/?popupally_stop=subscriber

“How Do We Design A Eco-Conscious Green Work Place”

"With increasing concerns about the environment, people are re-evaluating every aspect of their lives. Did you know that every year, an estimated 2.2 billion tons of waste is dumped in our oceans? As per the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of waste with about 34% recycling rate. The UK produces about 434 million tonnes of solid waste annually with a projected growth rate of around 3% per year. The Brundtland report clearly outlined that sustainable development would only be achieved if society in general, and industry in particular, learned to produce more goods and services with less of the world’s resources and less pollution and waste. "

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pragyaagarwaleurope/2018/07/29/how-do-we-design-a-eco-conscious-green-work-place/#276fdb6f53ce

“For Electric Vehicles to Take Off, Apartments Need to Come with Charging Stations”

"Americans have now purchased more than 800,000 electric vehicles, counting both plug-in hybrids and all-electric models. That may sound like a lot of EVs, and it is a big jump from the less than 5,000 that were on the road in 2010. But this is still less than 1 percent of all U.S. registered vehicles, despite the recent availability of longer-range, more affordable EV models like the Chevrolet Bolt. Policymakers nonetheless see EVs as having great potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other forms of pollution, and are supporting tax credits and other policies to encourage people to buy EVs. California, for example, aims to have 5 million of them on its roads by 2030. But to meet ambitious goals like that, EVs will need to stop being a niche product and appeal to as many drivers as possible."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-electric-vehicles-take-off-apartments-need-to-come-with-charging-stations-180969773/