The votes are in for key environmental issues of the 2018 midterms

November 7, 2018 by  
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Most of the results are in from Tuesday’s election, and when it comes to environmental issues, the outcomes sent a lot of mixed messages. While renewable energy and the fight against climate change won in some states, fossil fuel companies are celebrating in other states. Read on for the results to important environmental issues of 2018 elections across the country. Changes in Washington On the national stage, the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, putting up a roadblock to any major environmental legislation President Trump would like to pass. In the past two years, the POTUS has pushed for an attack on the Endangered Species Act and a farm bill with limited controls on water pollution and pesticides. So for environmental activists, this change is a big win. Also, many of the Republicans who were ousted from the House were climate-science deniers, and voters replaced them with Democrats who are supporters of investments in clean energy. But in the Senate, there was a big blow in the Florida race between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Governor Rick Scott. During his time as a Senator, Nelson had consistently voted in favor of climate action and attacked anyone who denied climate science. Nelson lost to Scott, who has a history of challenging the science behind climate change. There will likely be a recount in this race, because it was so close. Climate activists were also hoping that Democrat Beto O’Rourke would unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but Cruz held on and ended up defeating O’Rourke. There were a couple of wins in the Senate for climate activists. Mitt Romney won the race in Utah (he scored higher on climate issues than his opponent, Democrat Jenny Wilson). In Nevada, challenger Jacky Rosen defeated the incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller. During his time in office, Heller expressed doubts about the science of climate change, and he also voted against any effort to reduce carbon pollution. Results of state ballot initiatives The environment did not score a lot of wins when it came to state ballot initiatives, but there were a few victories. Related: A quick guide to the environmental issues you’ll find on the ballot Alaska Salmon Initiative – defeated The first measure on Alaska’s ballot was an initiative that would have forced the state’s Department of Fish and Game to hand out permits for projects and activities that might harm fish. The measure also focused on improving habitats for anadromous fish , like salmon, by looking at water quality, stream flow and temperature. Arizona Proposition 127 – defeated This clean energy proposal would have required 50 percent of electricity from utility companies to come from renewable sources by 2030. California Proposition 3 – pending, projected defeat The most significant proposition on California’s ballot related to environmental issues was Proposition 3. But with over 93 percent of precincts reporting at the time of writing, 52 percent of voters have rejected it, and the projection is that it will not pass. This initiative would have allocated close to $8 billion in funds for surface and groundwater storage, watershed protection (habitat restoration) and water infrastructure. Colorado Proposition 112 – defeated This ballot proposition would have banned oil and gas drilling on 85 percent of non-federal lands in the state, but it failed to pass. The fossil fuel industry invested millions into this election to defeat Proposition 112. Florida Constitutional Revision 4 – passed Florida took a major step against offshore drilling in this election. Constitutional Revision 4 bans offshore drilling and will put an end to oil and gas mining on lands under state waters. Lumped into this revision is a ban that will prevent individuals from vaping inside closed workplaces. The ban included all electronic devices that generate vapor, such as electronic cigarettes, and will only be enforced in indoor workplaces. This movement for clean water and air passed by 69 percent. Georgia Amendment 1 – passed This proposal allows up to 80 percent of the revenue from sales and use taxes of outdoor recreational goods to go toward land conservation: protecting water quality, conserving forests and wildlife habitats and improving state and local parks. The measure had overwhelming bipartisan support and passed by 83 percent. Montana Ballot Issue #14 I-186 – defeated This initiative would have helped regulate new rock mines in the state by requiring them to have plans for reclamation, restoration or rehabilitation to receive permits. The new mines would have also been required to have adequate plans to avoid water pollution . Nevada Question 6 – passed This initiative aims to put the state on track for renewable energy by 2030. Voters said yes to all utility companies investing in renewable energy over the next 12 years. The measure also requires electric companies to transform half of their electrical output to renewable sources by the projected date. Rhode Island Bond Measure – passed Voters approved this bond measure that authorizes $47.3 million in funds for various environmental projects throughout the state. The measure outlines where the money will be allocated and the different types of projects that will be funded, including coastal resiliency and access, clean water and treatment, dam infrastructure, bikeway initiatives, farmland access and local recreation. The largest project on the ballot is related to improving water quality and will receive $7.9 million. The measure passed with nearly 79 percent of voters’ support. Washington Initiative 1631 – defeated Initiative 1631 in Washington was designed to target greenhouse gases while rewarding companies that promote clean energy. The law would have imposed the nation’s first fees on carbon emissions, starting out at $15 for every metric ton of carbon and increasing every year by $2. The money from the fees was also going to go back into the environment and help improve air quality, raise awareness about clean energy and examine environmental issues in various communities. Companies that complied with the environmental standards could have also received credits from the added revenue. The U.S. oil industry pumped about $30 million into the race to stop this initiative from passing. Via EcoWatch , Green Tech Media and Forbes Images via Jomar , Tom Coe and Aaron Burden

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Starbucks $1 Million Compostable Cup Challenge

October 11, 2018 by  
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Elon Musk reveals boring tunnels are for Hyperloop

May 23, 2017 by  
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Cleantech pioneer Elon Musk wants you to drive a Tesla electric car or truck, power your home with SolarCity solar panels and store renewable electricity with Tesla Powerwall battery packs. Oh yeah, he also wants to zip you from DC to NYC in less than 30 minutes via Hyperloop pods that can reach speeds of more than 600 miles per hour racing through evacuated tubes. Now Musk has revealed that part of the reason he started The Boring Company , besides finding a solution for LA’s “soul-destroying traffic,” is to launch and test Hyperloop by using his new Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) to dig underneath the City of Angels . “Fast to dig, low cost tunnels would also make Hyperloop adoption viable and enable rapid transit across densely populated regions, enabling travel from New York to Washington DC in less than 30 minutes,” the company’s new FAQ page states regarding its specific goals, adding that “the electric skate can transport automobiles, goods, and/or people. And if one adds a vacuum shell, it is now a Hyperloop Pod which can travel at 600+ miles per hour.” Related: Elon Musk’s Boring Company video envisions underground LA as a crazy slot car race The FAQ page mentions that The Boring Company aims to fix congestion in major cities by building an underground network of road tunnels “many levels deep” with the ability to keep adding levels. The key to making this work would be “increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more.” Costs would be mitigated by reducing the tunnel diameter, which the site claims can be accomplished by placing vehicles on a “stabilized electric sled.” Speeding up tunneling is another way to reduce costs, with the stated goal for the TBM to defeat the snail in a race. Hyperloop One has already built a full-scale test track at the company’s development site in Nevada. Countries from India to South Korea  to the United Arab Emirates  to Russia  have expressed interest in Hyperloop technology. It is clear that the race to build the first Hyperloop rapid transit system is underway and similar to his other ventures, Musk is eager to take the lead. + The Boring Company + Hyperloop One Via Archinect Images via The Boring Company

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Google and Ford will join forces to make self-driving cars, report says

December 22, 2015 by  
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It’s not news that a number of different companies have been working to develop self-driving cars . Tesla and Google are clear front runners in the race, but some big car makers are looking to get in on the action as well. Nissan, Toyota, and Ford have all dipped their toes into the autonomous vehicle technology pool. With so many companies chasing their own dreams of cars that need no driver, one wonders how anyone will be able to translate technological advances into an actual product that people can buy and drive, err, ride in. Reportedly, Google and Ford are teaming up to do just that, pooling their knowledge and resources to create a new company specifically focused on self-driving cars. Read the rest of Google and Ford will join forces to make self-driving cars, report says

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

January 29, 2015 by  
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The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid , thus supplying power where there previously was none. Read the rest of Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , Bangladesh , country , first solar nation , Homes , households , national , nationwide , off the grid , power , remote areas , renewable energy , SHS , solar home systems , solar panels , Solar Power , world bank

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

October 28, 2014 by  
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In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace report set to be published this week highlights successes of biotechnology projects and claims they are outpacing GMOs when it comes to improving food production in what the environmental group calls a “silent revolution” in agriculture. Read the rest of Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , biotechnology , crops , farming , food , genetically modified , GM , GMO , Greenpeace , soybeans

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

October 7, 2013 by  
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The world’s most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge . On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile journey from Darwin to Adelaide. The challengers hail from 22 different countries around the world, all with one common goal: proving that solar-powered vehicles can be a sustainable alternative to ordinary cars. While some teams will compete in the “challenger” class of the race, judged solely on speed, others are competing for the title of the most practical vehicle as part of the “cruiser” class. Each cruiser car must meet road regulations in the competitor’s home country, and it must be able to seat at least two people. Two Australian teams from the University of NSW and TAFE SA have taken up the challenge, as well as a Dutch team that’s using the race as an opportunity to test out the world’s first four-seat solar car . (It also features a USB charger and a two-speaker sound system.) The race won’t be easy for the drivers since high temperatures and dry conditions are expected throughout the week . In 2011, the race actually had to be ended early due to raging wildfires along the route. However, the sunny weather will make it easier to keep the cars running at peak performance. The drivers are only allowed to store 5 kilowatt-hours of energy, with the rest harvested from the sun or recovered from the kinetic energy generated by the vehicle itself. So far, there have already been some hits and misses. The University of Cambridge team burned out early on , crashing twice during test drives on Saturday. Their 265 pound car was designed to run at a maximum of 50mph, but its light weight proved to be an issue during testing. The vehicle rolled over and skidded along its side into an embankment, scattering its solar cells across the road, and the team was forced to withdraw. They told the BBC there simply wasn’t time to repair the car. The challenge will be ongoing through Thursday. You can view footage from the race, track the cars on their journey, and see pictures of each of the unique vehicles participating in the challenge on the race’s official website . + Bridgestone Solar World Challenge Via Slashdot        

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Is the Arctic About to be Ravaged in a Search for Oil and Other Reserves?

February 2, 2012 by  
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The Arctic has long been described as a goldmine of untapped resources, and in recent years it has been the site for some international chest-thumping and the attempted claiming of rights . But given what lies beneath, it is not hard to understand why. According to the US Geological Survey , the Arctic potentially holds an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil (13% of the world’s recoverable oil reserves), up to 50 trillion cubic metres of natural gas (about 30% of the world’s natural gas reserves), and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids – not to mention assorted precious metals and minerals. As a result, the race is on for  various countries to exploit these reserves . However, rightfully so, scientists are worried about the environmental damage that could be unleashed on the region. Read the rest of Is the Arctic About to be Ravaged in a Search for Oil and Other Reserves? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic environmental issues , arctic exploited , arctic gas reserves , arctic gold minerals , arctic oil geological survey , arctic oil reserves , arctic reserve resources , arctic resources , arctic resources issues , arctic russia , arctic statoil

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Toyota’s Hybrid TS030 Supercar to Debut at Le Mans 24 Hour Race

January 25, 2012 by  
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Toyota just made a splash in the high-performance auto world as it unveiled its brand new hybrid TS030 – the gasoline-electric super car they’ll be driving in 2012′s 24 hour Le Mans Race . The Toyota team is the first confirmed participant using a hybrid engine in this year’s race, and although they’ve got their eye on the prize, they’re also upping their race credentials by completing Le Mans with their THS-R system (which stands for Toyota Hybrid System – Racing). With 3.5 million Toyota Hybrids sold worldwide, the TS030 will put Toyota’s fuel-efficient technology to the test in one of the world’s most competitive automotive races. Read the rest of Toyota’s Hybrid TS030 Supercar to Debut at Le Mans 24 Hour Race Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eco-Inspiration , hybrid car , hybrid powertrain , hybrid race car , hybrid race car engine , hybrid racing technology , hybrid sports car , hybrid vehicle , le mans vehicle , Toyota , toyota hybrid , toyota le mans , toyota racing , toyota racing car , toyota racing team , ts010 , ts020 , ts030

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Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii

November 2, 2011 by  
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Panasonic’s Evolta robot recently proved that powerful technology can come in a pint-sized package as it completed a 230 kilometer (142.9 mile) triathlon in Hawaii. The active little robot has previously scaled the Grand Canyon and completed a 500 km trek from Tokyo to Kyoto . The triathlon was its toughest challenge yet, and he finished with an impressive time of 166 hours — quite an accomplishment considering his size. Read the rest of Panasonic’s Toy-Sized Evolta Robot Completes Triathalon in Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AA battery , AaBattery , battery , bike , bot , endurance , evolta , evolta robot , EvoltaRobot , hawaii , panasonic , race , rechargeable , robot , robot triathlon , robots , RobotTriathlon , run , Sports , swim , triathlon

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