The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years

May 30, 2018 by  
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Good news for the planet: the electric vehicle (EV) industry hit a new record last year, with more than one million EVs sold, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The result? There are now over three million electric vehicles on roads worldwide. And if that weren’t good enough news,  Bloomberg has reported  that the number of EVs traveling the streets could triple in just two years. The IEA just released their Global EV Outlook 2018 report, and it contains some exciting news for the electric vehicle industry. On average, sales could climb 24 percent each year up to 2030, and by the end of this decade alone, the global EV fleet could boast 13 million vehicles. The number of electric buses increased to 370,000 from 345,000 in 2016, and there are now 250 million electric two-wheelers such as scooters or motorcycles. Related: World’s first electric road that charges moving vehicles debuts in Sweden In their press release on the report, IEA said China is still the world’s biggest electric car market; it accounted for over half of the electric cars sold in 2017, with almost 580,000 cars total. The United States followed with approximately 280,000 cars sold last year. To keep up, the world will require at least 10 more battery gigafactories , Bloomberg said. Demand for cobalt and lithium is increasing and could rise tenfold unless technological advances reduce that figure. 60 percent of cobalt in the world is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labor still occurs, so battery manufacturers have been pressured to show their wares are made sustainably. Charging infrastructure is keeping pace with the electric mobility revolution, according to the IEA, which said there were nearly three million private chargers around the world at homes and workplaces in 2017. There were also 430,000 public chargers, and about one-quarter of those were fast chargers . The IEA credited electric vehicle growth largely to “government policy, including public procurement programs, financial incentives reducing the cost of purchase of EVs, tightened fuel-economy standards and regulations on the emission of local pollutants, low- and zero-emission vehicle mandates and a variety of local measures.” + Global EV Outlook 2018 + International Energy Agency Via Bloomberg Image via Wikimedia Commons

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How Much Impact Can a President Have on the Environment?

February 20, 2017 by  
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Although the recent political landscape might have you feeling otherwise, throughout history, the environment has been a bipartisan issue. Both Democratic and Republican presidents have left their mark, in ways good and bad, on Mother Earth. In…

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IKEA announces new Tom Dixon collaboration that could redefine how we use our homes

June 9, 2016 by  
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IKEA just announced a collaboration with designer extraordinaire Tom Dixon that will help redefine how you use your home. Recognizing that people no longer want to use their spaces for one purpose – a living room is no longer just for socializing, a bedroom is no longer just for sleeping – Dixon is taking cues from an IKEA classic to bring us something completely new. The company is also collaborating with HAY to redesign the iconic blue bag and on a few furniture pieces for the home. Dixon’s design is still “top secret” according to the designer. But he did reveal that it would be a piece that would be comfortable and could be used in multiple ways every day. Dixon said he looked at the KLIPPAN sofa and noted that it, like most sofas today, is made using crude manufacturing methods involving staples and “ugly” bits of wood. He wants to challenge that. He said the new piece will be stripped back to the platform and will feature a few designs based on that basic piece. The new piece will feature aluminum, and Dixon revealed a piece of that platform – made right in Sweden – will be used on a bed, which Dixon says everyone needs, whether they are “in prison, or in hospital… or on their deathbed.” But when you don’t need a bed, the piece could be transformed into a sofa. It will comprise a completely new way of constructing comfort and could conceivably be one of the few pieces of furniture you would need to have in your home. Related: IKEA launches indoor garden that can grow food all year-round Dixon hopes the piece could replace KLIPPAN altogether and last for generations. He likened the concept to his own sort of IKEA hack – taking something that already exists and turning it into something new. Dixon says that he wanted to call the piece “Tom,” but IKEA has other plans, of course. IKEA also announced a collaboration with Danish designers HAY , which revealed a new design for the iconic blue and yellow IKEA bag at Democratic Design Days 2016. This is the first time the well-known bag is getting a facelift. HAY also plans to create a few additional pieces that build on IKEA’s sustainability. Both collections will launch in 2017. Images via Kristine Lofgren for Inhabitat and IKEA

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Bathroom tissue gets even more eco-friendly

August 29, 2012 by  
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The bathroom tissue manufacturing industry has made progress in reducing its environmental impact in recent years.

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Managing the Requirements of the SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

August 28, 2012 by  
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By a 3-2 vote, the US SEC agency’s commissioners agreed to adopt the final rules required to implement Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Production Act. The respective Conflict Minerals Rules mandate disclosures of the origin of the derivative minerals that are the refined into gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. Due to the ubiquitous use of the metals covered by the conflict minerals rules, it is widely assumed that the scope of parties that will be impacted by the rules will be unprecedented, as will the level of information required to declare a product or company “Conflict Free”. As a continuation of Foresite’s popular regulatory briefing webinar series, we will be hosting an event on Tuesday, September 12, 2012, from 8:00-9:00AM PDT (11:00-12:00PM EDT, 4:00-5:00PM GMT). This Webinar will focus on the obligations, challenges, and responses leading companies will face when seeking to comply with the disclosure and due diligence requirements associated with sourcing and analyzing Conflict Minerals due diligence declarations from international supply chains.

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Fonderie 47 Recycles Confiscated AK-47 Rifles Into Jewelry

January 8, 2012 by  
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Fonderie 47, co-founded by  Ethos Water CEO Peter Thum, takes confiscated AK-47 rifles from the Democratic Republic of Congo and transforms them into ornate accessories that make their violent history truly a thing of the past.  By up-cycling them into rings, earrings, and cuff links, they have removed more than 6,000 assault rifles from the nation.   Click ahead to learn more about the mission and check out the gorgeous pieces! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Baby Gorilla ‘Shamavu’ Saved From Poachers (Video)

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo Virunga National Park . According to MSNBC , illegal baby gorilla poaching in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is increasing. This tends to mean more adult gorillas are being killed in order to poach the precious and money-fetching babies. Gorillas can go on the black market for thousands of dollars, and the baby gorilla in the video was rescued – from poachers attempting to sell him – by representatives of the Virunga National Park. The park rangers, … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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New Carbon Tax Means 1 Million Australians Won’t Have to Pay Income Taxes

October 13, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Señor Codo via Fotopedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0 You might have already heard that after a long and arduous political battle, Australia is on track to institute a fairly potent carbon tax . After the measure passes the upper house (where the political composition is such that it is assured to do so), the nation’s 500 largest polluters will begin … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Activists Break Up a UK-Canada Tar Sands Meeting with an "Oil Orgy" (Video)

October 13, 2011 by  
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Two environmental activists took a very different approach from those who hit the White House in August to protest mining of Canada’s tar sands for oil. They interrupted an energy summit with British and Canadian officials, stripped down to their undies, covered themselves in “oil,” and made out. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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What’s the Solution for the Curse of Conflict Minerals?

May 20, 2011 by  
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The new law requiring U.S. public companies that use tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold to trace them back to their source calls for unprecedented transparency in supply chains. But will it end the "minerals curse" that hangs over materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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