Cummins beats Tesla with a fully-electric semi truck

August 30, 2017 by  
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Tesla is expected to unveil its electric semi truck next month, but Cummins just beat them to the game with its own fully-electric heavy duty truck. Cummins is known for its hardworking diesel engines, but now the company is looking to the future with the debut of the electric Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV. The Cummins electric truck , known as AEOS, is powered by a new battery pack that is lighter and denser, giving the truck a longer driving range and faster charging times. The truck can carry up to 44,000 pounds and its 140 kWh battery pack only takes an hour to charge on a 140 kWh charging station. The AEOS only has a 100 mile-range, which means that it’s more ideal for shorter trips in urban environments. Tesla’s semi is expected to have a driving range of around 200-300 miles. Related: Tesla’s electric truck will have a 200-300 mile range Cummins hopes to cut the charging time down to 20 minutes by 2020. For drivers that need a longer driving range, the company is working on an extended-range model that will use a diesel engine to act as a generator for the battery pack. The extended-range model will have a much more usable driving range up to 300 miles and will cut emissions by 50 percent compared to diesel-hybrid trucks. “These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc. “We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future .” + Cummins Images @Cummins

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1,200 dead, millions homeless due to flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh

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Monsoon rains have drenched India , Bangladesh , and Nepal in what some people are saying is the worst flooding disaster to hit the area in years. South Asia often battles flooding during monsoon season, which runs from around June to September, but authorities say the disaster has been worse this year. At least 1,200 people have died, and millions of people have been left homeless after the deluge. Floods have washed away tens of thousands of houses and led to landslides in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. Electric towers and roads have been damaged, while farmland has filled with water. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said floods have impacted over 7.4 million people in Bangladesh, where over 697,000 homes have been demolished. Related: World is failing to prepare for increasing natural disasters, UN expert says In the state of Bihar in India, 17.1 million people have been impacted, with 514 killed. Disaster management official Anirudh Kumar of Patna, Bihar’s capital, said 2017’s farming has collapsed due to the waters, which will cause more unemployment in the area. In Uttar Pradesh, 2.5 million have been affected and 109 have died. Thousands of people in the country have sought shelter in relief camps. And landslides in Nepal have killed over 100 people, according to IFRC. According to international aid agencies, flooding has cut off thousands of villages, where people are suffering without clean water or food for days. In Mumbai , India, public transportation was halted and people were left stranded because of the floods. In some places, people waded through water up to their waists. Rescue missions were thwarted because of the rains; Mumbai joint police commissioner Amitesh Kumar said, “Even we are stranded.” The city is vulnerable to storms since buildings have been constructed on coastal areas and flood plains, and waterways and storm drains are often blocked by plastic garbage . Via The Independent and The Guardian Images via screenshot and screenshot

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The business case for sustainability transcends politics

June 27, 2017 by  
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The 2016 U.S. Presidential election left a lot at stake for environmental policy and corporate social responsibility. But businesses have the power to push for the policies they need to ensure a sustainable future. “It’s important to tell lawmakers the business case you know so well,” said Anne Kelley, Ceres’ senior program director of policy and BICEP program. Businesses also have a responsibility to tell their success stories out loud over various forms of media, she said: “The money you’re saving, the emissions you’re bringing down, the materials you’re recycling.”

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It’s time to measure business success beyond profit

March 4, 2017 by  
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A new measure for the success of business enterprises and those who lead and manage them.

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Why cities hold the key to the success of EVs

November 21, 2013 by  
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Urban environments represent the greatest challenge to energy effeciency, but also the biggest opportunity.

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A positive diagnosis: How hospitals are reducing energy consumption

November 21, 2013 by  
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A new report details how health care facilities dramatically can cut energy use and cost — without compromising care.

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Batteries included: The ‘grid of the future’ takes shape

November 21, 2013 by  
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Here's how Maryland’s first commercial solar PV and battery storage microgrid improves resiliency.

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IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

November 5, 2013 by  
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Big box retailers like IKEA profit from selling new furniture, so many were surprised to see the Swedish home furnishings giant encourage people to buy used furniture during a recent ad campaign. Created by Norway-based ad agency SMFB , the campaign used social media to ask the retailer’s fans if they needed any help selling used furniture. The response was overwhelming, and the agency and IKEA whittled it down to 50 lucky people. Then they took to social media and created a virtual flea market to connect sellers with people who were in the market for used furniture, rather than shelling out for new. Keep reading to see more of the unique ads that created such a buzz. Read the rest of IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , ad campaign , commercial , Facebook , flea market , ikea , marketing , recycling , repurpose , success , used furniture        

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Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

November 5, 2013 by  
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Global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be eight to 12 billion tonnes higher than target levels in 2020, which means the hope of limiting global temperature increases to 2°C (35°F) this century is fading fast. These warnings come from a recently released United Nations report ahead of the body’s annual climate talks next week. Scientists previously identified the upper threshold of two degrees Celsius as the point where the worst effects of climate change could be avoided, but this would require a 14 percent reduction of emissions by 2020. Even if surveyed countries stick to existing emission-reduction agreements, according to the report, it is unlikely to be enough to mitigate the worst. Read the rest of Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agricultural sector greenhouse gas emissions , Climate Change , german institute for international and security affairs , global greenhouse gas emissions , global warming , international financial support for renewable energy in developing nations , two degree limit unlikely , Two-Degree Global Warming Limit , UNEP chief Achim Steiner , United Nations annual climate talks        

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Vote For Your Favorite Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume!

November 5, 2013 by  
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Halloween may be over – but the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest is just heating up! This year’s contest features over 40 incredible kids costumes – from an amazing Ghostbusters stroller car to an adorable baby grandma and the littlest Vincent van Gogh . Click on over to Inhabitots to see them all – and make sure to vote for your favorites! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy halloween costumes , eco kids , green halloween , Green Halloween Costumes , green kids , homemade halloween costumes , inhabitots costume contest 2013 , Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitots green halloween costume contest finalists        

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