Princeton study shows possibility for a carbon-neutral US

December 21, 2020 by  
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It’s hard to imagine everybody making the necessary sacrifices for the U.S. to be carbon-neutral in 30 years, even if it does mean the difference between an inhabitable or uninhabitable planet. But an optimistic new study from Princeton claims that yes, it is possible. The 345-page Princeton University report , published last Tuesday, explains several ways that the U.S. could attain the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050. The report’s six pillars are efficiency and electrification; clean electricity; zero-carbon fuels; carbon capture and storage; non-CO2 emissions; and enhanced land sinks. The keys to success are quick government action and money upfront. Related: New Zealand targets carbon neutrality by 2025 amidst climate emergency The clean electricity pillar relies on a dramatic increase in wind and solar power. This would provide many new jobs, and it would require a massive scaling up of production of turbines and photovoltaic systems. According to the study, we’d need up to 120 times as much capacity to produce the photovoltaics for solar power and 45 times our current capacity for wind turbines. Obviously, this is would require a huge commitment from the top. Individuals trading their Keurig for sun tea isn’t going to cut it. The efficiency and electrification approach focuses on improving our end-use energy productivity. This means more efficient lighting and heating in businesses and homes, such as expanded use of heat pumps. However, some researchers have posited that this approach could have a rebound effect, as people save money on energy costs only to spend it on some other goods or services that use energy and release emissions. This approach also requires widespread use of electric vehicles . The Princeton report also examines ideas like biogas or biomass collection and regenerating forests and other land sinks. What will all this take? Princeton estimates we can get to net-zero by 2050 with a $2.5 trillion investment, plus seriously committed and motivated leadership. But we need to start now. + Princeton University Via Grist Image via Angie Warren

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Pandemic-inspired Dwelling on Wheels offers off-grid living anywhere

December 21, 2020 by  
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A pilot project inspired by the pandemic, Dwelling on Wheels is the newest  tiny home on wheels  designed by Seattle-based firm, Modern Shed. The home features 220 square feet of space, solar power and has off-grid capabilities, all starting at $129,000. Dwelling on Wheels (DW) is the first  portable  dwelling by Modern Shed, a company that has been building custom studios for almost two decades. “The DW captures the imagination of how we can conceive of our lives, offering agility in simple and intuitive form,” the company said in a press release. Related: The Denali XL is a spacious, rustic tiny home on wheels A classic gable form creates a recognizable home, with wall-to-ceiling window placements maximizing landscape views and sunlight. “The DW can do a lot–it’s great for enjoying nature short-term, for off-grid living, or as a second, remote home. Adjusting the floor plan even a little makes it a great home office that can move with people as their priorities move. I also think it’s a great ADU for someone looking to move closer to home, providing a way to have family close by,” said Ryan Smith, owner of Modern Shed. The interior includes a bright and spacious space constructed using wood and sustainable linoleum flooring. Fitting up to three persons comfortably inside, there is built-in storage to allow for  minimalist  living while the large bed is just a few inches shy of queen-sized. A window at the end of the hallway helps continue the line of sight outside to the natural surroundings, a tactic the company uses in its small buildings to keep inhabitants from feeling trapped. The windows are pulled all the way up to the ceiling for the same reason. With a  solar  array installed on the roof, a wood stove, accommodations for water tanks or a composting toilet, and two eclectic wall heaters as backup, the DW is more than equipped for off-grid living.  + Modern Shed Images via Modern Shed

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Episode 182: California’s auto emissions end run, circular economy unicorns

August 2, 2019 by  
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Plus, we catch up with Monique Oxender, head of sustainability for the combined beverage company Keurig Dr. Pepper.

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Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city

February 22, 2016 by  
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Single-use coffee pods are among the most insidious products to ever enter the global supply chain, and now one German city is taking huge strides to get rid of them. Hamburg’s Department of the Environment and Energy announced that the second largest city in the country has banned single use coffee pods in all state-run buildings to help reduce waste . Read the rest of Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city

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