How to communicate the urgency of climate change

April 28, 2017 by  
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Jon Meyersohn, co-executive producer of National Geographic series “Years of Living Dangerously,” discusses the challenge of climate change reporting.

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How soil sparked a new sustainable ag movement

April 28, 2017 by  
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As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.

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10 minutes with Chelsea Davidoff, Paramount Pictures

March 20, 2017 by  
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On cinema, conversations and context-based sustainability.

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Is renewable energy news at risk of becoming clickbait?

January 27, 2017 by  
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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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7 exceptional sustainability podcasts you should tune in to

January 12, 2017 by  
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…besides GreenBiz 350, of course.

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Tesla just kicked off battery production at its massive Nevada Gigafactory

January 5, 2017 by  
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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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The human stories behind the ‘coal wars’

December 13, 2016 by  
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Coal is no longer king. Here’s a closer look at its end game.

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New 3Doodler Pro pen draws wood, copper, and bronze sculptures in mid-air

September 6, 2016 by  
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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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India’s richest man pledges free 4G to 1 billion people

September 6, 2016 by  
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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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Sublime reading cabin in upstate New York built with timber felled on site

September 6, 2016 by  
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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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