Earth911 Reader: 1.5° C Warming Is Inevitable and the World Appears Ready to Respond

January 9, 2021 by  
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EXO ONE is a futuristic electric vehicle designed to solve traffic jams

December 23, 2020 by  
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Designer Piotr Czy?ewski is well aware of traffic jams and parking issues, so he decided to try to tackle the problem by developing EXO ONE, a single-person electric vehicle , in the hopes that it will replace the multiple-person cars cramming the roadways. The EXO ONE is futuristic, even by 2020 standards, and it addresses many environmental and societal issues that will continue in the years to come. The motor, brilliantly tucked inside the back wheel to save space inside the vehicle, propels the three-wheeled car at 0-60 km/h in just 3 seconds. That will help the vehicle seamlessly and safely merge into traffic. Although the electric battery can last up to 130 km on a single charge, it also contains 126 solar power cells for power assistance.  Related: Niagara Falls welcomes zero-emission electric boats for sustainable tours The compact design is intended for one person on a road filled with multi-passenger cars that only have one person in them anyway. Not only does the EXO ONE produce zero emissions , but the small dimensions allow for more valuable space in parking garages, lots and streets. Plus, a road full of these trikes will alleviate congestion and rush-hour misery. It may be small, but the EXO ONE has safety features equal to most big rigs with front and back cameras that continuously record and even tell you whether you have a green light at an intersection. The traction and suspension systems allow the entire vehicle to tilt around corners at any speed. In addition, there are dusk and rain sensors, an electrically adjustable steering column and advanced navigation and blind-spot assistance. The cockpit offers a main display center for all vehicle functions plus a map. It tracks the battery condition, range and amount of energy flowing from solar panels to the batteries. The design also includes myriad technological and personal conveniences such as multiple charging ports for phones and computers, heated seats and rear window, automatic air conditioning, leather interiors and front and rear storage compartments. Plus, it’s easily maneuverable and a cinch to park. + CZY?EWSKI Design Via Yanko Design Images via CZY?EWSKI Design

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Green-roofed yna hotel blends into a spectacular Nordic landscape

December 23, 2020 by  
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Earlier this year, Norwegian architects Green Advisers AS completed the Øyna hotel — Norway’s “first cultural landscape hotel” with stunning views of the Trondheim fjord. To give deference to the breathtaking landscape, the architects inserted the hotel’s 18 rooms partly into an existing slope and then covered them with green roofs for a seamless connection with the verdant surroundings. The hotel suites follow a radial layout to allow for panoramic views from every room. Located in Øynaparken near Straumen in central Norway , the Øyna cultural landscape hotel is set above the old Sakshaug Church on a natural hill that affords panoramic views over the Trondheim Fjord, the Fosen Alps and “The Golden Road.” Owned and operated by the Sakshaug family, the Øynaparken facility originally served as a restaurant and events venue; however, increasing demand for overnight accommodation prompted expansion into a hotel. The new hotel includes 16 double rooms and two suites that are primarily crafted from timber in a nod to the landscape and the regional raw materials used in the restaurant at the top of the hill. Related: Snøhetta completes stunning Norwegian cabins for glacier hikers To preserve panoramic landscape views from the restaurant, reception and conference area at the top of the site, the hotel rooms were placed on a lower level of the slope and are accessed via an elevator and underground corridor that conforms to the shape of the hill. The hotel rooms are topped with green roofs that join seamlessly with the existing lawn in front of the restaurant and conference center. Dark exterior wood cladding also helps blend the new hotel rooms into the landscape. Inside, dark and light timber paneling wraps the contemporary interiors for a cozy and welcoming feel. The architects noted, “Although the extension of the facility was carefully adapted to the topography, it creates new landscape accents through its formal language and fits in well with the owner’s overall concept.” + Green Advisers AS Images via Interiørfoto AS by Håvard Nyeggen Løberg and Green Advisers AS

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Amazon goes green with electric delivery vans

October 30, 2020 by  
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Many people have bought at least an item or two from Amazon, and some Prime members have regular deliveries from this online retailer. But the carbon emissions from all of those deliveries really add up, and it has become a big problem for the planet. As part of its sustainability pledges, Amazon has unveiled an all-electric delivery vehicle to reduce carbon emissions. The company’s plan is to have 10,000 of these electric delivery vans on the road by 2022. By 2030, Amazon plans to expand its fleet to 100,000 electric delivery vehicles. The company has committed to the Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. This first electric vehicle is a start. “We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon Global Fleet and Products. Related: Critics question Amazon’s sustainability amidst Bezos’ Earth Fund launch The custom vehicle has many features to feel excited about. In addition to being fully electric , the vehicle has sensor detection, traffic assist technology and exterior cameras that provide a 360-degree view. Alexa is integrated into the vehicle for hands-free access to traffic info and weather updates. The driver’s side door is made to be extra strong to provide added protection. “We’re trying to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world,” Rachey said. Amazon worked with Rivian to create these electric delivery vehicles. Rivian produces emissions-free electric vehicles right outside of Detroit. “We are focused on driving efficiency into every aspect of the vehicle design — everything from cabin heating to driver ergonomics to drivetrain design has been optimized for time and energy,” said Rivian’s CEO, R.J. Scaringe. The new delivery vehicle can drive for 150 miles on a single charge, a range that makes it extremely competitive. + Amazon Images via Rivian

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California passes landmark rule for zero-emission trucks

July 1, 2020 by  
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California has passed a landmark rule requiring all truck manufacturers to sell more electric trucks starting in 2024. This rule comes amid efforts to reverse climate change’s effects in America.  Several states  are working to reduce carbon emission and improve air quality. Seven more states and the District of Columbia are expected to have similar legislation underway. The decision to require California car manufacturers to sell more electric trucks came on June 25. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) unanimously approved the measure. According to the California ARB, the state has set several objectives for attaining clean air . Key objectives include working toward the state only selling electric trucks by the year 2045. States planning new measures to combat climate change could learn from California. The California ARB stipulates five key targets for attaining clean air. Key goals include reaching a 40% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2030, a 50% reduction in petroleum use by 2030 and an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050. Such landmark decisions did not pass without opposition. Though most automakers express interest in making electric vans and trucks, some industry members have opposed the move. Despite this, many companies have been working on electric car technology in anticipation of a zero-emissions future. Jason Gray of Daimler Trucks North America explained that the company has already built 38 medium and heavy-duty electric trucks that work even better than gas-fueled trucks. These electric vehicles produce less noise and no gas emissions. Daimler Trucks has already given drivers several trucks for testing. As it turns out, even drivers favor electric trucks. “They have nothing but great things to say about them — how quiet they are, how, you know, they don’t come home smelling like diesel ,” Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI Industries, a logistics company, said. If other states adopt such practices, the clean air conversation may improve in the next few years. As things stand, California’s work is just part of a nationwide revolution towards zero-emission vehicles. + NPR Images via Pexels

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Why the electric vehicle wave is still coming

April 29, 2020 by  
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Buckle up: this year will be rough, but this road trip still looks promising.

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Coronavirus has exposed the fragility of auto-centric cities

April 21, 2020 by  
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We need to develop neighborhoods that ensure access to food, healthcare, education and jobs — without relying on personal vehicles.

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This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

April 14, 2020 by  
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One huge potential benefit: reduced production costs for electric vehicle batteries.

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Electric motorboat features a sleek Danish design

April 3, 2020 by  
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Copenhagen-based Rand Boats has earned an international reputation for developing modern, affordable motorboats that are designed to be respectful to nature. Now, the company has unveiled the Leisure 28, a sleek motorboat built out of recycled plastic that runs on an all-electric motor . For many people enjoying a bit of fun in the sun, putting up with the hostile sounds and polluting smoke generated by motorboats is just a regular inconvenience when it comes to spending time on the water. Whether small lakes or large seas, these whirring beasts have ruled the waterways for decades, often at the cost of clean water and air. Related: Cool retro boats restored with electric motors Now, boat manufacturers are looking for a better, more eco-friendly way of boating. For Danish company Rand Boats , this means building sleek, minimalist boats with all-electric systems. Already well-known for its sustainable boat designs, Rand Boats’ latest project, Leisure 28, is outfitted with an electric propulsion system that lets it run up to 45 mph for up to two hours. In addition to providing boaters with a more eco-friendly electric motor, Rand Boats also ensured the materials used to manufacture its boats are environmentally sound. In fact, in most of its boats, the company uses materials developed from recycled plastic and bio-based hybrids in order to minimize the environmental impact of its fleet of cruisers. Not only is the sustainable boat created to bring a little more peace to the waterways thanks to its quiet motor, but it can also become the ultimate party boat. Leisure 28 was crafted to accommodate up to 12 people who can enjoy a nice outdoor lunch on the built-in adjustable dining table. When not in use, the table can be folded into a relaxing, king-sized sundeck to sit back and soak up some rays. There is also a sufficient kitchen and bar area on the top deck as well as a small cabin with enough room for a queen-sized bed below deck. + Rand Boats Via Uncrate Images via Rand Boats

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Toyota announces heavy-duty fuel cell truck development plans

March 31, 2020 by  
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Toyota has been a long-standing advocate of fuel cell vehicles. Now it’s partnering with its truck and bus focused subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. to develop and test the new model.

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