These 8 nature-based startups from around the world are going to save it

June 13, 2018 by  
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And this environmental impact accelerator is going to help.

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Episode 121: Mega deals in clean energy, P&G’s circular geometry, Walmart’s EV charging crusade

April 20, 2018 by  
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In this episode, we also contemplate the art of reducing the environmental of popular music festivals, like the massive event concluding this weekend in the Coachella Valley desert.

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Can urban farming help solve the growing food scarcity crisis

April 20, 2018 by  
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Former basketball player Will Allen talks about his mission to transform local food systems.

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The great democratization of transportation

April 17, 2018 by  
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Open data is revolutionizing how innovators and cities manage the environmental and social effects of urban transit.

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Apple says they’re "globally powered by 100% renewable energy"

April 10, 2018 by  
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Silicon Valley’s big tech companies are hopping on the clean power bandwagon — last week, Google announced they’d purchased enough renewable energy to match the electricity they consumed in 2017, and now Apple’s making an announcement of their own: their global facilities “are powered with 100 percent clean energy .” Apple’s offices, data centers, and retail stores are all 100 percent powered by renewables, according to the company. They also said nine of their manufacturing partners committed to power their Apple production entirely with clean energy, bringing the tally of supplier commitments up to 23. Related: Google hits its incredible 100% renewable energy goal The Verge pointed out this doesn’t mean every electron or joule originally stems from wind , solar , or other clean energy plants. Some global operations are located in areas that lack access to renewables. Apple purchases enough clean energy to offset their power consumption. They buy Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which the Environmental Protection Agency defines as “a market-based instrument that represents the property rights to the environmental, social, and other non-power attributes of renewable electricity generation. RECs are issued when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource.” Apple said they work together with partners to construct renewable energy projects — and they have 25 operational projects worldwide with 626 megawatts (MW) in generation capacity. 15 projects are in the works, and when they’re finished, Apple can boast 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation in 11 countries. Apple Park , the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters, is 100 percent powered by clean energy, according to the company, including 17 MW in rooftop solar . Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the company’s statement, “We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it…We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.” + Apple Via The Verge Images via Apple

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Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the climate change angle

March 26, 2018 by  
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Is the scandalous corruption of our political campaigns also undermining our response to the environmental crisis?

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Synthetic Pollenizer uses 3D-printed robotic flowers to help save bees

March 2, 2018 by  
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Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a dramatic decline in bee populations as a result of harmful pesticides and other environmental challenges . So, Brisbane’s Michael Candy proposed a unique solution. The artist’s Synthetic Pollenizer project combines artificial pollination with 3D printing to provide a safe space for bees to continue their important work as pollinators, without some of the inherent risks. The Synthetic Pollenizer is a conceptual project that uses a system of robotic flowers safe for bees to pollinate compared to real plants (potentially contaminated with pesticides). The robotic petals can stand alongside real plants and feature pollen, nectar and a synthetic stamen. “It has taken several years to successfully coax bees into landing on the synthetic pollenisers,” said Candy. “The color and form of the unit are important for attraction as bees have a variety of ways to identify flowers.” Related: Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction The flowers are connected to a network for motor and tubes which push a man-made nectar solution to the petal surface. A pollen trap fits over the hive entrance and collects leftover pollen pellets from the bees’ hind legs which Candy then feeds into the synthetic stamen. Bees pick up the pollen the same way they do from a real flower. “Perhaps in a future where designer crops are no longer able to produce pollen yet still receive it, Candy said, “then the Synthetic Pollenizer could rehabilitate the reproductive cycle of these genetically modified crops”. + Michael Candy Via Dezeen

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The Inconvenient Youth: Pestering others on pro-social behavior

January 9, 2018 by  
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Two researchers set out to learn how, and how much, young people can influence others to change their environmental behaviors.

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Colorado hits lowest renewables and storage bids to date

January 9, 2018 by  
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The state will deliver reliable renewables plus storage projects at a price that is cheaper than operational coal capacity.

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How to influence government and avoid the ‘tragedy of the commons’

September 26, 2017 by  
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The world and everyone on it are headed towards a “flash point,” said Luis Salaveria, director of Hawaii’s department of business, economic development and tourism, at VERGE Hawaii 2017. That includes communities, businesses and governments that have both benefited from modern advancements in agriculture, medicine and science and contributed to the environmental crises facing the planet. 

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