More than 200 potential applications are in the energy sector alone. Plus, don’t overlook emerging models for self-driving vehicles and tracing lumber.
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PINC, which manages ship and railyards, is looking forward to longer flight times and faster refueling turnaround. It’s not the only one.
Newcomers such as Japan are gaining ground, raising questions about the future of the market for turbines.
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Darren Woods, who took the helm in early 2017, doubles down on oil giant’s commitment to drive down emissions.
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The cotton industry is turning to innovation to help it weather challenging growing conditions ahead.
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Comments Off on Nicolas Sarkozy calls for a carbon tax on the US if Trump pulls out of the Paris climate agreement
President-elect Trump has made no secret of his plans to pull out of the Paris climate agreement – a move that would have devastating environmental implications. But former French President Nicolas Sarkozy isn’t going to take this sort of climate change-repudiating nonsense lying down. He is calling for a carbon tax on the United States should the country decide to back out of its promises under the new Trump administration. Trump has repeatedly denied that global warming is a threat to the environment, even while quietly fortifying his real estate holdings against rising sea levels . Still, during his campaign, he promised to pull out of the Paris agreement that the US and over 100 other countries enacted to combat manmade warming. President Obama has championed the agreement, defending the pact on Monday during a press conference . Related: Trump advisers seek loopholes to allow ASAP withdrawal from Paris climate deal If Trump finds a way to scrap the agreement – and it is increasingly looking like he will – Sarkozy thinks Europe should impose a carbon tax on the US – sort of like an economic wall against poor policy decisions. “Well, I will demand that Europe put in place a carbon tax at its border, a tax of 1-3 per cent, for all products coming from the United States, if the United States doesn’t apply environmental rules that we are imposing on our companies,” he said. It is particularly important for the US to stick to the agreement, which aims at keeping temperatures from rising beyond the 2 degree point that most scientists agree is the point of no return for the planet. The US is one of the biggest carbon emitters on Earth, and it is hard to make a real global impact if the country isn’t on board. It is also difficult to convince other countries to comply if the US isn’t willing to take steps to reduce its emissions. Speaking about the agreement, President Obama stated “It says to China and India and other counties that are potentially polluting: come on board.” Via ZME Science Images via Wikimedia and Gage Skidmore
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For his National Geographic Channel documentary Before the Flood , Leonardo DiCaprio stopped in to chat with Elon Musk at the Tesla Gigafactory . The two celebrities talked about how a carbon tax could help countries switch from fossil fuels to clean energy, and Musk specified just how many Gigafactories it would take to enable the entire world to run on renewable energy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZm_NohNm6I On site at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, DiCpario and Musk talked about the dangers the world faces with climate change precipitated by burning fossil fuels like oil and gas . According to Musk, the fossil fuel industry is the world’s largest industry with “more money and more influence than any other sector.” He spoke of the hope for a “popular uprising” against the industry but also said “we are unavoidably headed towards some level of harm.” Musk showed how his company, Tesla , is working to combat that industry with their Gigafactory. Related: Elon Musk wants to build Tesla Gigafactories all around the world So how many Gigafactories do we need to enable the world to run on renewable energy? According to Musk, it would take just 100 Gigafactories. But Tesla can’t build them all; Musk called for large companies in China, Europe, and the United States to “do the same thing” and build factories to make batteries for storing renewable energy. Governments can help out too, according to Musk, by setting up regulations or laws to ease the transition away from fossil fuels. In the video Musk said, “Unless there’s a price put on carbon…” and DiCaprio completed his sentence with, “We’re never going to be able to make the transition that we need to in time.” Musk said, “the only way to do that is with a carbon tax.” The National Geographic Channel released DiCaprio’s documentary in 45 languages and 171 countries on October 30. The hour and a half documentary follows DiCaprio’s three-year journey to learn more about climate change, and the National Geographic Channel is offering the documentary for free so more people can view it. You can watch the entire documentary here . + Before the Flood + Tesla Gigafactory Images via screenshot
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Comments Off on Solar-powered Ex of In House in New York features all 3D-printed fixtures inside
The 918-square-foot house sits on a 28 acre forested site in Rhinebeck, New York called T2 reserve. It is an experimental landscape slated to be subdivided into five different plots. By intersecting spheres and tesseract trapezoids, the architects came up with a design that features dynamic spatial relationships. This is first felt at the entry porch, where an orb of wood carved out of the main volume of the house welcomes the entrant. Related: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl The house is powered by geothermal and solar energy. Thin film photovoltaic cells are connected to a battery energy storage system, making the house completely self-sufficient. All the fixtures inside the house were 3D-printed, while the glass and wood were sourced locally , minimizing the home’s embedded carbon miles. + Steven Holl Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Paul Warchol
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Putting a price on carbon is an idea whose time has come, with even Big Oil signaling it may drop its long-standing opposition to a carbon tax. The question: has it come too late?
Why we need a carbon tax — and why it won’t be enough
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It will take innovative financing at a time of great market uncertainty to scale microgrid solutions.