How young California ranchers are finding new ways to raise livestock and improve the land

February 26, 2020 by  
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Because these first-generation farmers are starting from scratch, many of them do not view their practices as adapting. They see the techniques they use as central elements of a new kind of ranching.

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5 hot technologies for cold trucking

February 26, 2020 by  
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Refrigerated trucks use a quarter more fuel (usually diesel) than non-refrigerated trucks do. These solutions could help reduce that impact.

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Newly-revealed Tesla solar roof patent shows the secrets behind the technology

May 7, 2018 by  
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Tesla’s solar roof tiles stand apart from other integrated solar roofing options in part because they’re camouflaged – you can’t even tell the tiles are collecting solar power. But have you ever wondered what kind of tech it took to make that happen? A new Tesla patent released this week shows how they did it. Here’s a hint: it wasn’t easy. Tesla worked with Panasonic to create a grid of solar panels that could link together without taking forever to install. On top of that, they had to create the tiles in such a way that they appeared opaque from the street but remained transparent to the sun above – all while still being as efficient as possible. To solve this problem, they created a new kind of glass with small louvers, which make the glass look opaque when viewed from below while keeping it open to sunlight. Related: Tesla starts installing solar roofs in California The patent application says that each solar tile “includes a backsheet layer, a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent the backsheet layer, a plurality of photovoltaic cells adjacent the bottom encapsulant layer, a top encapsulant layer adjacent the plurality of photovoltaic cells having a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a top layer adjacent the top encapsulant layer.” If that doesn’t clear things up for you, here’s a picture: If you want to dive into all the technicalities, you can find the full patent here . + Tesla Solar Roof Via Elektrek Images via Tesla

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Welcome to the era of the Chief Stretch Officer

June 11, 2015 by  
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There’s a new kind of CSO in town for companies seeking more ambitious — and more actionable — sustainability strategies.

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How Vancity crowdsourced engagement and accountability

June 11, 2015 by  
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Canada’s largest credit union used an interactive social media platform to connect with multiple stakeholders and prioritize its actions.

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Hard time exposes the soft benefits of deep energy retrofits

June 11, 2015 by  
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Building skills and reducing recidivism, green prisons generate value beyond energy cost savings.

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The market for safer chemistry is huge, and Congress should help

June 11, 2015 by  
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With consumers and shareholders demanding products without toxics, the U.S. government needs to improve chemical regulations — fast.

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New Gum Is Degradable and Easily Removed From Desks and Sidewalks

October 12, 2011 by  
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Image Courtesy of Rev7 Throwing out gum isn’t much better for the environment than swallowing it is for your stomach. That’s because conventional gum doesn’t biodegrade . At all. And Americans chew around 100 million pounds of the stuff every year. But now there’s a new kind of gum on the market, so you can freshen your breath without sullying the planet- Rev7 , the degradable gum that dissolves into a fine powder in a matter of months. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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NASA’s New Life Form a Boon for Clean Energy, Toxic Waste Cleanup

December 3, 2010 by  
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The intertubes were abuzz with the big news from NASA yesterday: Researchers announced they discovered a new kind of life that rearranges all our assumptions about life as we know it (but first they had to apologize that no, it wasn’t an alien ).

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The Full Costs of BP’s Mistakes: The Advent of ‘Avatar Environmentalists’

June 25, 2010 by  
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There are signs that the world is seeing BP’s disaster as a first glimpse into the future of corporate governance, leading to the creation of a new kind of corporate oversight from citizens.

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