Worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

August 11, 2017 by  
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Good news for cyclists in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. The country just unveiled the world’s largest bike parking garage ! By the end of 2018 the 184,000-square-foot facility beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes. For years, bicycle enthusiasts have been urging the government to update its parking infrastructure . Martijn van Es, the spokesman for the Dutch cycling organization Fietsersbond, says the country could do much more to accommodate the growing volume of cyclists . He said, “They have been talking about updating the city since 1989. The infrastructure hasn’t changed enough. And there are a lot more cyclists today than there were, [and much of the infrastructure] was built in the 1980s.” Van Es has a point. Bicycles outnumber people in the Netherlands , and the average citizen cycles more than 600 miles a year. Additionally, over one-fourth of the population bikes to work. It’s because of this that parking garages such as the one in development are in high demand. Related: The Netherlands is converting prisons into homes for refugees The Guardian reports that the Utrecht train station is an ideal location for the parking garage, as 40 percent of commuters who arrive there do so by riding a bike. And, according to Tatjana Stenfert, the project manager at Utrecht station’s square, even more bike parking will be added to the area in the future. She said, “We will have 12,500 places by the end of 2018. But then we will have to do some research and find more places for the bikes . It never stops. I look around and everyone is trying hard to find spaces – trying hard and fast.” + CU2030 Via The Guardian , Curbed Images via CU2030

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Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

August 7, 2017 by  
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Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills: the country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics . This isn’t just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles. Using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And as if that wasn’t a lofty enough goal, they plan to do this by 2021. Plastic is one of the most dramatic problems that the environment is facing. There is so much plastic trash in the ocean that it is difficult to even comprehend, and we are constantly discovering more . By 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In Costa Rica, 4,000 tons of solid waste is produced every day, and 20 percent of that never makes it to a recycle center or landfill, ending up in the Costa Rican rivers, beaches and forests. Related: Costa Rica ran almost entirely on renewables in 2016 Costa Rica has taken environmental protection seriously. The country plans to be carbon neutral by 2021, in part by ditching fossil fuels . They are also dedicated to restoring their forests and protecting wildlife .  In order to move away from single-use plastic, the country will utilize both public and private sectors to accomplish five actions. The country will offer incentives and issue requirements for suppliers, in addition to investing in research and development and other initiatives that will move it closer to its goals. It will also replace single-use products with innovations like cellulose acetate-based materials. Via Costa Rica News Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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What the rise of solar in China says about the future of EVs

July 19, 2017 by  
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In just one decade, the country used policy to help prop up the rise of solar manufacturing. Now, it’s putting the same energy behind electric vehicles.

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Worlds largest rotating solar plant to be built in South Korea

July 10, 2017 by  
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South Korea is known for its workaholic culture and for hosting an enormous LEGO tower . But soon, the country may be known for something even more impressive: installing the largest rotating solar plant in the world. Solkiss, a South Korean solar developer, has plans to install a proposed 2.67 MW PV project at the Deoku Reservoir. Not only will the plant float on top of the water, it will follow the sun’s movement throughout the day. Solkiss’ technology enables solar power stations to float on water and rotate in unison with the sun’s movements. According to the developer, the technology delivers 22 percent extra solar energy yield compared to a fixed installation on land, as well as a 16 percent increase in yield compared to a typical floating solar array. The installation on Deoku Reservoir isn’t the only floating solar array Solkiss has planned. Two additional solar plants are planned for the Myeoku Reservoir. All three installations are expected to be completed by the end of November. When combined, they will add 3MW of solar PV capacity to the solar developer’s portfolio. Related: World’s cutest solar farm in China is shaped like a panda The company has made great progress since its first floating solar development , which was installed in 2014 at a reservoir in Anseong, south of Seoul. Using its patented rotating motors, Solkiss was able to generate 465 kW from the array. To help South Korea shift away from “dirty energy” sources, such as nuclear and coal , Solkiss will be installing more rotating solar plants at viable reservoir sites across the country. + Solkiss Via PV Magazine Images via YouTube screenshot , Solkiss , Pixabay

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Governor Ige’s opening address

July 6, 2017 by  
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Two years ago, Governor Ige signed into law the most aggressive clean energy goal in the country. How is the State turning plans into action?

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Organizer’s Welcome

July 6, 2017 by  
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Setting the stage for Hawaii’s second annual VERGE conference.

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France to ban all diesel and petrol cars in just over 20 years

July 6, 2017 by  
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New French president Emmanuel Macron aims to make his country carbon neutral by 2050. To work towards that goal, France’s new environment minister Nicolas Hulot just unveiled several measures. Perhaps one of the most dramatic is to totally ban by 2040all vehicles that run on diesel and petrol. Diesel and petrol vehicles could exit French roads in around 23 years. Hulot said the country will ban the polluting vehicles then, but does have a few plans to make the transition a little easier. He said the goal would put a burden on car manufacturers in France but the government has a few projects which “can fulfill that promise.” Households in France with lower incomes will be given a premium so they’ll be able to bid adieu to vehicles running on fossil fuels for cleaner options. Related: Volvo will only sell electric cars starting in 2019 That’s not the only goal Hulot unveiled. He also said France would stop burning coal for power in around five years, in 2022. As much as four billion Euros, around $4.5 billion, could be invested in energy efficiency . These targets are part of a five-year plan to boost clean energy and meet France’s goals under the Paris Agreement . France will also cease importing products like palm oil and soya that are largely produced unsustainably and are contributing to deforestation . Hulot said it would be schizophrenic to work towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions while also accepting deforestation since trees can act as carbon sinks and absorb carbon dioxide if they’re not chopped down. These goals are part of France’s efforts to help lead the battle against climate change , according to Hulot. He said, “We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people’s daily lives.” Via The Independent Images via Pixabay and Chris Karidis on Unsplash

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30-foot camper transformed into a nomadic haven with a surprisingly swanky interior

July 6, 2017 by  
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The “ Wander in the West ” crew, a five-person team that is currently traveling through the American West, turned this 30-foot camper van into a swanky home on wheels. Although the exterior was kept in its almost-original state, the interior was transformed into a sophisticated nomadic haven, perfect for experiencing life on the open road. The Winnhaven will be a comfy place to call home as the adventurous crew travel 8,700 miles through the American West. Designed to be a comfortable ride for the team, the space was strategically converted into a home on wheels thanks to collaboration from some incredibly swanky home decor and DIY brands. Related: Italian woman restores old van to travel the world with her rescue dog To revamp the living space into a cozy communal area, the team focused on creating a bright, cabin-like interior. Various seating options are available for socializing or working. Most of the walls are painted a stark white to open up the space, but there are quite a few warm touches such as the hardwood flooring and sliding bedroom door, which was covered in peel-and-stick wooden wall panels. The kitchen, although compact, was equipped with sufficient counter space and a beautiful copper sink from Sinkology , who also provided the copper basin in the tiny bathroom . The camper has a number of beds that are covered in colorful textiles influenced by the American West. Additional touches such as hanging plants and soft blankets make the Winnhaven an ideal place for team’s ongoing, on-the-road adventure. + Wander in the West + Everywhere Goods

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Cities rebel against Trump by posting climate data his EPA took down

June 26, 2017 by  
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Around two months ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Donald Trump took down climate change information that had been on their website. American cities decided to reinstate the archived data, which has been painstakingly curated for decades, on their own websites – including major urban areas like Chicago , Atlanta, and Houston. Chicago got the Climate Change is Real party started by reposting EPA climate change data on a new city website in May. The banner of their site acknowledges the EPA and other federal agencies for decades of labor on environmental issues, stating, “While this information may not be readily available on the EPA’s website, in Chicago we know climate change is real. We are joining cities around the country to make sure citizens have access to information on climate change. We will continue to take action to adapt to climate threats while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels .” Related: Trump to purge climate change from federal government The city also posted a guide on GitHub enabling other cities to post the data as well, and so far 14 other cities have followed suit. Burlington, Vermont recently became the 14th city to post the data; Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a June 19 statement, “Climate change is real, and deleting federal web pages that contain years’ worth of research does not alter this global, scientific consensus.” The EPA reportedly took the information down for review. Chicago’s GitHub guide for other cities offers “copies of the climate change websites, data, and other information that was unceremoniously removed from the Environmental Protection Agency.” St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Francisco, California are among the 14 other cities that have since posted the information. You can see if your city is on the list here . Via Grist Images via Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash and screenshot

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Volkswagen may offer more electric cars than any other brand

June 26, 2017 by  
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Now that the “dieselgate” scandal is almost over, VW needs to revamp its image and find a new way to appeal to the “green” crowd. Diesel has become a dirty word, so VW is doubling down on its production of electric cars . Over the past year VW has unveiled three new electric concept cars, but a leaked powerpoint slide suggests the automaker has even more up its sleeve than we previously realized. VW recently unveiled its electric car plans during a presentation, which revealed its product plans for the next five years. It was originally believed that the company was only going to release three electric cars, but now we know that up to five new EVs will be released by 2022. All five vehicles will be based on the same MEB platform that was previewed by the concepts. The first model, the production version of the I.D. hatchback, is scheduled to arrive in 2019. Related: Volkswagen confirms it’s bringing back the Microbus Following the arrival of the electric hatchback, VW is going to release a production version of the I.D. Crozz crossover , cleverly named the I.D. Cross. Two other models that we haven’t even heard about, the I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe will arrive after the crossover and lastly the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz will arrive. It’s expected that all five models will have driving ranges between 200-300 miles, which could be a conservative estimate, since battery technology continues to improve each year. The slide also reveals that the United States will not be recipients of all five new VW EVs. According to the slide, among the vehicles not heading to the U.S. are the small I.D. hatchback and I.D. Cross. Boo! We hope that changes soon. + VW Via Autoblog.nl and Groen7 Images @VW and Autoblog.nl

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