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Renewable capacity is rising, but making outsize claims about wind and solar could come back to bite proponents — and the climate.
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…besides GreenBiz 350, of course.
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Tesla just took a big step towards realizing CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a sustainable energy future by kicking off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. Tesla has set an ambitious target of eventually producing 150 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells annually – enough batteries to support up to 1.5 million electric vehicles. Tesla also plans on manufacturing as many as 500,000 cars per year before 2020. There are more than 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 so the demand is certainly there. The electric vehicle maker and clean energy storage company partnered with Panasonic to design, engineer and manufacture the “2170 battery cell” (21 millimeters in diameter and 70 millimeters in length). The 2170 cells that began production Wednesday will be used in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. The batteries for the Model 3 — the company’s first affordable EV, which is priced at $35,000 and expected to hit the assembly line this year — are set to start production in the second quarter. Tesla said that by 2018 the Gigafactory will produce 35 GWh/year of lithium-ion battery cells, “nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.” The Gigafactory is being built in phases, with nearly 30 percent completed — a footprint of 1.9 million square feet. When the 10 million square foot structure is completed, Tesla expects it to be the biggest building in the world. A second Gigafactory is planned for Europe, with the location yet to be announced. Related: Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant While Musk has discussed how increasing automation will likely lead to a universal basic income for displaced workers, he is doing his part to create jobs. Tesla and Panasonic said they will hire several thousand employees this year and at peak production, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 people and indirectly create another 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the surrounding area. + Tesla + Panasonic Via Greentech Media Images via Tesla 1 , 2
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Coal is no longer king. Here’s a closer look at its end game.
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The original 3Doodler came to be after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Project backers funded $500,000 on the first day and the final total raised was $2.3 million. The Pro model takes the instrument to new heights with its ability to draw with a variety of new materials , including nylon, polycarbonate, and plastic-based composites of wood, bronze, and copper. The composites contain so much of the desired element, the creations can even be sanded or polished. Related: 3Doodler: World’s first ‘3D-printing pen’ lets you draw designs in thin air! The 3Doodler Pro features dials which control speed, temperature, and a fan to help cool projects as you work. An LCD screen displays the temperature, giving artists plenty of control over the details of their creations. The kit includes an additional, portable battery pack and nozzles and highlights the pen’s sleek, new carbon fiber shell. Right now, the 3Doodler is priced at $249 and will be available in select stores, as well as the website. + 3Doodler Pro Via Dezeen Images via Wobbleworks
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In India , just one fifth of the adult population can access the Internet . The necessary infrastructure necessary just hasn’t been in place – especially in poorer or rural areas. But now the richest man in India is hoping to change that with a plan to offer free 4G Internet to one billion people. Mukesh Ambani started Reliance Jio , a mobile network service. The network is available for over 80 percent of India, and Ambani’s goal is to offer Jio – which translates as “live life” from Hindi – to 90 percent of Indians by March 2017. From text on the Jio website, it appears Ambani’s dreams are even larger: “Jio Digital Life will give the power of data to each Indian, to fulfill every dream and collectively take India to global digital leadership.” Related: New LED “Li-Fi” is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi To celebrate the new network, Ambani is offering the service for free through the end of 2016. After that date, cheap plans are still available; Indians could use Jio for 149 rupees, around $2.25, each month. At a company meeting, Ambani said, “Anything and everything that can go digital is going digital – at an exponential rate. Life is going digital.” To offer the revolutionary, fast service that reaches more of the Indian population, Ambani had to build infrastructure. He erected almost 100,000 telecommunications towers, and spent billions to do so. Reliance Jio will be able to use the radio frequencies of Reliance Communications , a company of which Ambani’s brother Anil Ambani is chairman. According to Mukesh Ambani, Jio can now reach 200,000 villages and 18,000 cities. Most Indians will probably hop on Jio via smartphones . According to Forbes , Ambani is worth $22 billion. He’s the chairman of Reliance Industries , a conglomerate that includes businesses in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industries. The richest man in India, Ambani is the 36th richest person in the world. Via CNN Money Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )
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According to the architects, the timber cabin’s construction came about after building a main home nearby. The remaining felled oak trees left over from the larger construction area were cut into large rectangular logs and left to dry on site for several years. Related: The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont “The strategy for the cottage centered on preserving and transforming a material that would otherwise have become construction waste,” said principal Brandon Padron. As for the building strategy, the log cabin and its interior shelving was an all-in-one process. As they horizontally piled the logs on top of one another, spatial gaps emerged, which were used to create floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The process also included leaving larger gaps for the windows, strategically placed to let in natural reading light, of course. Albeit compact, the one-room space has just enough space for a bed, comfy armchair, and a small desk. A wood-burning stove heats the tiny room so visitors can enjoy some literary downtime all year round. + Studio Padron Via Dezeen
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Comments Off on INTERVIEW: Paul Beckwith on the jetstream crossing and global climate emergency
Climate system scientist Paul Beckwith recently set off a media firestorm after posting a video of the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally calling the event unprecedented , Beckwith later modified the word with a question mark in the YouTube title and on his website. He also wrote that “we must declare a global climate emergency.” The Washington Post took the pre-question mark assertion and published a scathing rebuke , including comments from climate scientists pushing back hard on Beckwith’s original assertion. Later, the Post published Beckwith’s response to the criticism. We wanted to delve deeper in the controversy, so Inhabitat got on the phone with Beckwith, who is based in Canada as a part time professor at the University of Ottawa – read on for our interview.
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Comments Off on PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK
Strange things are afoot in the state of Wisconsin, where a state agency has banned its employees from “working on or speaking about climate change.” Florida’s state Department of Environmental Protection tried it last month and now Wisconsin has hopped aboard the “ignore it and it will go away” train. In what the media has taken to calling an act of “climate censorship,” Wisconsin has become the latest state where the environmental protection rules and regulations are being constructed by people who refuse to accept that climate change is an integral part of our planet’s (and our people’s ) health. Read the rest of PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning climate change , climate censorship , Climate Change , denying climate change , environmental protection , petition , wisconsin bans climate change