“This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls”

"Forget Bitcoin. The hottest potential new currency lies in our trash bins, Arthur Huang says, and he’s built a portable recycling plant to prove it. His solar-powered Trashpresso turns plastic waste into small tiles that can be used to build walls and floors."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/genius-arthur-huang-plastic-waste-planet-trashpresso/

“Oil industry is finally starting to be affected by Norway’s rapid electric car adoption”

"Norway’s electric vehicle adoption rate is so far ahead of most countries that it gives us glimpses into the future of bigger markets – sometimes even decades ahead of time. Now it is starting to show signs of demand for gasoline and diesel slowing down as electric vehicles are taking over. In Norway, the market share of electric vehicles has hit over 50% of new cars over the last year, which is higher than in any other country."

https://electrek.co/2018/05/28/oil-industry-affected-norway-electric-car-adoption/

“10 massive corporations going big on solar power”

"American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, with the top corporate users adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity last year, according to the "Solar Means Business 2017" report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The impact of corporate solar is significant: the solar installations analyzed in the SEIA report produce enough electricity to power 402,000 U.S. homes and offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Here, CNBC's Sustainable Energy looks at the top 10 corporations in the U.S. by their installed capacity of solar power."

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/28/10-massive-corporations-going-big-on-solar-power.html

“Sports Stadiums Help Lead the Way Toward Greener Architecture”

"Mr. Jenkins, an evangelist for all things green, was animated. The otherwise generic structure, he said, holds up to 680,000 gallons of rainwater collected mostly from the roof of the enormous stadium standing just a few feet away. The runoff is used to irrigate the vegetation around the building, and by storing much of it, flooding will be reduced in the low-lying West End neighborhood nearby. In other words, the 120-foot-long cistern saves money and helps the surrounding area."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/climate/sports-stadiums-environment.html

“Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says”

"A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies. The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater and simple natural changes, could have profound consequences if they continue, pointing to a situation in which some highly populous regions could struggle to find enough water in the future."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/05/16/humans-are-causing-massive-changes-in-the-location-of-water-all-over-the-earth-nasa-says/?utm_term=.fc2b894d6101

“New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes”

"BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy — or enough to power 600,000 homes. The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of energy. That’s about 5.5 to 6 percent of the state’s total annual electric load."

https://apnews.com/607625b908d04d1ba904049000fb2877

“How sustainability messages break through with busy shoppers”

"So when you think about the discrepancy between the time shoppers can afford versus the time they would need to absorb the entire footprint of a store, it makes perfect sense that packages and their barrage of logos and labels are often overlooked. In order to quantify this attention deficit, a new study tested sustainability messaging on paperboard with 60 participants. The research was performed with eye-tracking technology that provided insight to the shoppers’ nonconscious responses by recording eye movements and visual fixations. Package InSight and QuadPackaging partnered on the research, which was performed at Clemson University’s CUshop, a fully-immersive, in-context, retail consumer-experience laboratory."

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-sustainability-messages-break-through-busy-shoppers

“Electric-car batteries that charge in five minutes have lured an unlikely investor: Big Oil”

"In the 1990s, oil companies and and car makers once worked together to scupper the electric vehicle industry in the US, according to the documentary Who Killed the electric car? about America’s first mass-produced electric car. That was the EV1, which General Motors rolled out in 1996, and terminated just a few years later. Fast forward two decades, and Big Oil appears to finding it hard to resist the booming electric vehicle (EV) market, which saw an annual 50% growth rate in global sales last year. "

https://qz.com/1287299/electric-car-batteries-that-charge-in-five-minutes-have-lured-an-unlikely-investor-big-oil/

“Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities”

"YOU DON’T LOOK for the essence of a city in its monuments or its museums. You look for it in its streets, where the covenant at the core of urban life—the sharing of space—plays out. For the past century, the personal car has dominated that arena, shaping the streets and environments around it. Roads are straight and wide for faster travel; intersections are regulated to protect distracted humans; businesses are located near open spaces for better parking. But as cars start to drive themselves, we have some ideas for how urban planners of the future might reimagine those outdated layouts—and transform the city into a joyful mess of throughways and byways optimized not for cars but for people."

https://www.wired.com/story/self-driving-cars-cities/?mbid=email_onsiteshare

“Del Mar considers unpopular ‘planned retreat’ strategy due to rising sea level”

"Herb Montgomery and his wife, Janet, have lived in Del Mar's low-lying Beach Colony just east of Camino Del Mar for 20 years. He knows the ocean is creeping closer to his property and he says the city has an obligation to protect his home, valued at $3.2 million, from the rising waters."

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-del-mar-sea-level-planned-retreat-20180520-story.html