RMI scales community solar across the U.S.

March 3, 2017 by  
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How the organization enabled PPAs at prices 40 percent below median bids and plans to unlock a 5-30 GW market by 2020.

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Antarctica just hit a record high temperature of 63.5F

March 2, 2017 by  
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Climate change is already ravaging the Antarctic Peninsula, which the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) described as one of the fastest warming regions on Earth. In a recent statement, the organization announced the area has witnessed record high temperatures. The Argentine Research Base Esperanza, which rests on the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip, hit 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit on March 24, 2015. WMO identified three subregions in Antarctica, and listed the high temperature record for each. The Antarctic Region, or all the land under the 60th parallel south, saw a balmy temperature of 67.6 degrees Fahrenheit back in January 1982. It’s the Antarctic continent, or “the main continental landmass and adjoining islands” as defined by WMO that saw the recent hot temperature of 63.5 degrees. The Antarctic Plateau, which is land higher than 8,202 feet, saw a record temperature of 19.4 degrees Fahrenheit in December 1980. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc WMO said the average annual temperature is around 14 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast of Antarctica, and negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit at the interior’s highest regions. But parts of Antarctica have already heated up nearly three degrees Celsius, or 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in just the past 50 years. According to the organization, “Some 87 percent of glaciers along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula have retreated in the last 50 years with most of these showing an accelerated retreat in the last 12 years.” Around 90 percent of the planet’s fresh water is in Antarctica, frozen as ice. Should all that ice melt, sea levels would spike by around 200 feet, so even extremes around the edges of the region concern scientists. The recently released data highlights the dire need for continued climate change research . Polar expert Michael Sparrow, of the World Climate Research Program co-sponsored by WMO, said in the statement, “The Antarctic and the Arctic are poorly covered in terms of weather observations and forecasts, even though both play an important role in driving climate and ocean patterns and in sea level rise. Verification of maximum and minimum temperatures help us to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth’s final frontiers.” Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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3 tips from the trenches for corporate renewables buyers

November 3, 2016 by  
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Your organization doesn’t need to be huge to buy clean power.

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Second environmental activist murdered in Honduras; government detains surviving, injured activist

March 28, 2016 by  
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Environmental activists in Honduras continue to be threatened and murdered following the assassination  of environmental activist Berta Cáceres  earlier this month. Gustavo Castro, an activist staying at Cáceres home, witnessed her murder and was shot twice during the attack. Now, he is being detained by Honduran authorities. Nelson García, a fellow member of the organization COPINH , was killed 13 days after Cáceres’ death. Read the rest of Second environmental activist murdered in Honduras; government detains surviving, injured activist

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Working within: How to kickstart internal collaboration

February 4, 2016 by  
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Connecting the dots between departments could improve innovation for your organization.

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CSIRO’s 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage saves a cancer patient’s life

September 14, 2015 by  
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A 54-year-old cancer patient has a new lease on life thanks to the world’s first 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage. The life-saving implant was made by three leading medical technology groups in Australia. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) , medical device company Anatomics and medical-grade 3D printers Lab 22 banded together to print the partial rib cage layer by layer. Once printing was complete, the piece was shipped by courier half a world away to Spain and successfully implanted. Read the rest of CSIRO’s 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage saves a cancer patient’s life

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Renewable energy developers get their own watchdog

August 13, 2015 by  
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Equitable Origin started out developing standards for responsible oil and gas exploration. Now, the organization is turning its attention to renewable energy developers.

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New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

January 12, 2015 by  
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Biking through city traffic can put some cyclists on edge, but a new smart bike is helping riders keep safe by warning them about oncoming traffic. Developed by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) , the new smart bike is equipped with special sensors that can detect approaching vehicles, as well as other bicycles and obstacles. If a car or other obstacle is getting too close for comfort, the bike’s seat or handlebars vibrate to let the rider know of the impending danger. Read the rest of New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle safety , eco design , green design , Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research , sensor bicycle , smart bike , sustainable design , TNO Smart bike

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Wins Top Prize in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

September 22, 2014 by  
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This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

September 22, 2014 by  
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The town of Kisielice in Poland is 100 percent powered by renewable energy ! In recognition of its achievement, the town has just been awarded a European Commission ManagEnergy Award 2014 in the self-sufficiency category. The achievement is even more remarkable given that Poland as a whole derives around 90 percent of its energy from coal. Read the rest of This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , biogas , biomass , Europe , European Commission ManagEnergy Award 2014 , Kisielice , photovoltaics , Poland , Polish town powered by 100% renewable energy , renewable energy , solar panels , Solar Power , Straw , Wind Farms

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