Microsoft’s cloud serves up energy emissions data in near real time

August 9, 2017 by  
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The service, based on RMI’s WattTime, tracks the carbon dioxide, sulphur and other atmospheric-polluting emissions produced by specific power plants.

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When genetic engineering is the environmentally friendly choice

August 9, 2017 by  
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CRISPR gene editing can fight crop disease far more benignly than conventional practices.

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VERGE Accelerate names 14 pitch-perfect startups

August 8, 2017 by  
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Introducing the accelerator finalists who will pitch to a live audience of potential partners at VERGE 17 in Santa Clara, Calif. in September.

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Airlines will consume a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050

August 7, 2017 by  
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Manufacturers are engaged in a fast-paced fight to deliver efficiency gains that outstrip projected industry growth, says UTC.

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How big data and behavioral science boost energy efficiency

July 31, 2017 by  
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The vast majority of people are willing to do the right thing if given the chance, especially when it comes to preserving the planet for future generations. The challenge is empowering people with the tools and knowledge to make better purchasing decisions for energy-efficient products. Figuring out how to engage the consumer market, which spends $1 billion on energy-consuming products per year in the U.S. alone, is where Enervee comes in. 

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HonoMobo’s container homes can be shipped anywhere in North America

July 19, 2017 by  
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Canadian company HonoMobo is taking the stress out of building a new home with its ultra-green, ultra-swanky shipping container homes that can be sent anywhere in North America. Designed to be move-in ready, the repurposed structures make for great tiny homes – and they can even be combined to create bigger spaces for large families. Organized to be move-in ready, HonoMobo structures are designed by registered professionals and just need a foundation and utility connections to get up and running. However, these tiny spaces are solar-ready and can be used as off-grid structures as well. For optimal energy efficiency, the homes come pre-installed with highly-efficient climatization systems and high-grade insulation. Related: You can order HonoMobo’s prefab shipping container homes online The prefab structures are constructed in 10-12 weeks in a controlled environment in order to reduce waste and construction costs. Created to take the stress out of building a new home, the buildings are compliant with most local building codes. For extra assistance, the HonoMobo team works with clients and local contractors to ensure that the property is ready for installation. The container homes range in size from 200 square feet to 1,520 square feet and can be stacked or combined to create additional, personalized layouts. They have an open, flexible floor plan and come with plenty of storage. Large floor-to-ceiling windows give the home a strong connection to its environment and flood the interior with natural light . For interior and exterior design, the repurposed structures come with a number of high-end finishes such as drywall, quartz, cedar flooring, etc. + HonoMobo Images via HonoMobo

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Solar-powered biodome sustains all four seasons at the same time, under one roof

July 17, 2017 by  
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Italian architect Carlo Ratti just unveiled plans for a stunning biodome that recreates all four seasons under one solar-powered roof. The Garden of the Four Seasons is a 2,500-square-meter long enclosed garden that uses innovative climate-control technology to recreate the distinct atmospheres of all four seasons, all year long. The elongated pavilion, which is slated for a park in north-west Milan, would allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter year-round. Visitors would first walk into spring and leave through winter, offering a natural progression through the seasons. Each garden pavilion will be equipped with digital sensors to carefully control the levels of water, temperature, humidity, and nutrients of the plants and display them in real time, creating an interactive garden experience. Related: Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system Ratti was inspired to create the design to give city-dwellers the chance to see nature’s cycles up close, something that may or may not be possible in the future due to the effects of climate change . “In the garden, people can interact with nature in many ways – from working within nature, to eating al fresco during Milan’s cold winters, to celebrating a wedding in the Eternal Spring area. As climate change might become more extreme, the importance of envisioning strategies for climate remediation will increase dramatically,” said Ratti. “This was our inspiration behind the Four Seasons Garden – in which we usher in a technique for a sustainable and emphatic Internet of Plants.” The pavilion’s structure would use a zero-net-energy climate control system to achieve each season’s atmosphere. Solar panels on the roof will provide energy to the individual pavilions and a heat exchanger will cool the winter pavilion and heat the summer space simultaneously. For optimal insulation, the pavilion’s roof will be made out of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) – a transparent, responsive plastic that will use sensors to control temperature levels as people move through the pavilion. + Carlo Ratti Via Dezeen  

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New online grocery store sells quality goods for just $3

July 17, 2017 by  
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Whether you’re shopping for a facial cleanser, gluten-free brownie mix, or bowls and mugs for your kitchen, everything you seek can be obtained at incredible low prices through Brandless . The new online retailer based out of San Francisco, California is selling nearly 200 generically packaged staples for a mere $3. Products include pantry items, beauty products, office and household supplies and personal care items. Best of all, over 50 percent of the items are organic , with many of the foods being free of preservatives, GMO-free and gluten-free. According to co-founder Tina Sharkey, the goal of Brandless is to “democratize goodness,” and ensure every consumer has access to affordable, basic necessities. “We feel like as a nation, we have become quite polarized, and we see all people as the same,” Sharkey  told NBC News . “We deeply believe people being able to live their values.” Some of the products presently being advertised on the Brandless website include organic applesauce, sea-salt quinoa chips, a six-ounce bag of fair-trade Colombian coffee, virgin coconut oil, and an eight-inch serrated bread knife. Because the store specialized in packaged nonperishables, no produce, bread, frozen goods, dairy or meat is sold. However, that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t receiving great deals. One can expect to pay $9 flat rate in shipping, unless they spend $72, in which case shipping is free. An annual membership costing $36 allows one to receive free shipping if their shopping cart totals $48 or more. As Today reports, Brandless can afford to sell a variety of high-quality products for $3 because none of the items on the shelves are brand names. In fact, all are unique to Brandless, which co-founder Ido Leffler says saves money in retail space, warehousing and distribution by eliminating the “brand tax” that often makes products cost up to 40 percent more. Before any item is sold, both Leffler and Sharkey approve the products, going through multiple rounds of taste tests before settling on what they want. They hope to attract health-conscious consumers and believe that in time, Brandless can rival stores such as Whole Foods , Sprouts and Trader Joes. Related: EarthCraft-certified Organic Life House teaches Atlanta agrihood residents about healthy living The co-founders are aware they need to sell a lot of the products to be successful, so the goal right now is to reach as many customers as possible. “We will absolutely scale our logistics and operations to work to delight everybody as quickly and we can,” said Sharkey. ”We’re just getting started.” + Brandless Via Today , GrubStreet Images via Brandless

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Teslas Model 3 electric car to finally go on sale this Friday

July 3, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 electric car will officially hit the market this Friday, according to an early-morning tweet by CEO Elon Musk . Estimated to sell for approximately $27,500 with a federal tax credit, the five-seater will be able to travel 215 miles on a single charge and it’s capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. According to Musk, production for the Model 3 was supposed to start in July, but the company has faced numerous delays. The Palo Alto , California-based company is seeking to churn out 5,000 Model 3 sedans each week by the end of 2017, and 10,000 per week in 2018. As Phys.org reports, the speed at which Tesla can meet its production goals is questionable because last year, the company only produced 84,000 cars. In comparison, competitors such as General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota sell 10 million vehicles per year. Related: Chevy unveils first pre-production Bolt EV ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut An additional concern is how Tesla will meet all the servicing needs for all Model 3 vehicles, as Model S and Model X owners will have to share the company-owned charging stations with an influx of new cars. One way Tesla intends to assist consumers who are far away from charging stations is to deploy a fleet of mobile service trucks who are on-hand and ready to help. The company also seeks to double its high-speed charging points to 10,000 by the end of 2017. Tesla’s Model 3 will face stiff competition, however – the Chevrolet Bolt costs $36,000 and can travel 238 miles per charge, and the next-gen Nissan Leaf is expected to have autonomous driving technology and a range close to 300 miles. + Tesla Via Phys.org Images via Autoblog , Wikimedia

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Why advanced energy is winning, despite federal odds (and oddities)

July 3, 2017 by  
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In a twist on the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, might observers have cared more about losing it than they did about signing it?

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