Why Ford is bullish on domestic EV manufacturing

October 5, 2021 by  
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Inside Ford’s “transformative” $11.4 billion plan to build new EV and EV battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky by 2025.

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Cities are banding together to buy renewables at scale

September 2, 2021 by  
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From Florida to Maryland to Tennessee, cities are joining forces to accelerate solar power.

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Tennessee floods represent worldwide climate crisis

August 26, 2021 by  
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At least 21 people have been reported dead and more still missing following heavy flash floods in Tennessee . The floods occurred last weekend as a result of a heavy downpour in Middle Tennessee. Some parts of the state witnessed up to 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. As a result, streets turned into rivers, leading to massive property destruction and loss of lives. The floods witnessed over the weekend were the second major flooding event in the state this year alone. Early in the year, torrential floods in Nashville killed at least four people. As is the case with this latest flooding, property damage also occurred. Related: Will Lagos be submerged by 2100? The extreme weather events witnessed in Tennessee are not isolated. For a long time, scientists have been raising alarms over the effects of climate change. In recent years, the cost of climate change has started manifesting in an unprecedented manner. Flash floods, famine, and forest fires have become the order of the day in many parts of the world.  As Earth warms up, more people are at risk of flash floods. Hot air holds more moisture and dries out the soil , making it less absorbent. When torrential rainfall happens in such an environment, the result is flash floods. The water overwhelms dams and pipes and can destroy other drainage infrastructure systems. These flash floods aren’t limited to Tennessee. This summer, about 180 people were killed in flash floods in Germany and Belgium. In central China, 25 people were reported dead after being trapped by rising water. In western India, over 100 people died following a landslide after heavy rains. These events have cumulatively claimed over 300 lives in less than a year.  Global leaders have been reluctant to adopt critical measures to prevent global warming. The  Paris Climate Accord  of 2015 required the world to keep global warming from rising over 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Failure to achieve this would cause irreversible environmental damage. Scientists predict this would mean more diseases, severe weather events and loss of lives.  Currently, the situation does not seem to be getting better. Early this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) released data showing that  July 2021 was the hottest month in history . Via NPR Lead image via Pixabay

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Watts Bar Unit 2 is the first new American nuclear reactor to go online in 20 years

October 21, 2016 by  
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A new nuclear reactor went online in Tennessee recently, making history as the first commercial reactor in America to go online in the 21st century. Watts Bar Unit 2 is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant , and cost $4.7 billion. The unit can power 650,000 homes. There hasn’t been a new nuclear reactor brought online in two decades. TVA says Watts Bar Unit 2 was finished “the right way – with safety and quality” taken into deep consideration every step along the way. The company says the unit underwent ” an extensive series of power ascension tests ” as it began to operate. This week they announced the new reactor is officially operational after it functioned properly and generated power for three weeks. TVA CEO Bill Johnson said the energy generated by Watts Bar Unit 2 will be reliable, low-cost, and will protect the area’s natural resources. Related: First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee The company emphasizes the power generated by Watts Bar 2 is clean energy

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Kimbal Musk’s new Memphis eatery will offer healthy meals on the go for $5

June 23, 2016 by  
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Regular readers of Inhabitat know of our continued intrigue with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk , but we haven’t reported as much on his youngest brother Kimbal Musk . The younger Musk brother is a busy man, sitting on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill – and his own venture, The Kitchen Community , is a nonprofit that puts educational gardens in schools and other community spaces. Now, Kimbal Musk is launching a healthy “grab-and-go” café called The Kitchenette, which will offer healthy meals for just $5. The flagship location of The Kitchenette is planned for Memphis, Tennessee and is expected to open this August. In fact, they are already hiring . The location will be unique, situated inside the visitor center of Shelby Farms Park , a sprawling urban park and nature conservancy which has more than one million visitors each year. At Musk’s café, healthy food will take the spotlight, including $5 meals on-the-go. The menu will consist mostly of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Musk and his cofounder and chef Hugo Matheson have aspirations to expand the concept to other cities, but no solid plans are in place yet. Related: Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s Healthy fast food joints seem to be the latest trend in the food service industry, but many existing options aren’t exactly budget friendly and lunch for one can easily cost $15-20. In order to provide true competition to common fast food restaurants, like McDonald’s, Musk knew he had to keep the prices down. To that end, no single item on the menu at The Kitchenette will be priced over $10. Musk told Tech Insider that he’ll keep prices down by partnering with local farmers , which seems like a smart move, both for diners and for the local economy. The only downside we can see is that The Kitchenette won’t have a drive-thru window. Via Tech Insider Images via Kimbal Musk/The Kitchen

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Airbnb wants a family to sleep in this Great Barrier Reef floating ‘house’, but is it safe?

June 23, 2016 by  
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The Airbnb listing calls the accommodations an “apartment” but it is decidedly not that. Composed of an open-air floating platform , the space is elaborately decorated with white linens and natural elements. The reef-adjacent guest space sleeps up to four people, so Airbnb is marketing this particular giveaway to families in partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory , which opened June 17. The contest entrant must be at least 21 years old, and the winner can bring along three immediate family members. The prize also includes return airfare to Cairns (the nearest city), as well as accommodations there in an Airbnb property on the night before and after the Great Barrier Reef adventure. Related: Airbnb is offering a night in an underwater bedroom surrounded by 35 sharks The main bedroom area features what appears to be a queen-sized bed, while a second sleeping area is situated behind a dividing wall positioned at the head of bed. There, a bunk bed is adorned with colorful Disney-themed bedding, but the kids sleeping area is also dangerously exposed, without so much as a railing between the “bedroom” and the open sea. If you choose to ignore the obvious safety concerns, the space is decidedly beautiful. The open walls feature billows of gauzy curtains which are more for aesthetic appeal than privacy or protection from the elements. Unfinished wood make up the floor and sofa, while fluffy pillows in white and sandy colors offer cool places to enjoy the view. This dreamy floating getaway is also conspicuously missing a bathroom, although there is a sink positioned between the bedroom and the lounge area. Par for the course with Airbnb giveaways , the winners will do more than just sleep on the waves. The prize also includes a late lunch featuring from local produce, prepared by Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most famous chefs. In the afternoon, the winners will go on a guided dive, and tour private coral gardens with a marine biologist. Entries will be accepted until June 30 and a winner will be announced soon after, with the trip planned for July 12 to 14. The entire prize package is worth $30,000, according to Airbnb, which seems like a lot of money to put behind a floating room that gives parents major cause for concern about the safety and comfort of their children. + Airbnb Night At Great Barrier Reef Via MyModernMet Images via Airbnb

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This groundbreaking 3D-printed building can be powered by a car

September 23, 2015 by  
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Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

June 28, 2015 by  
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Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home, but a new discovery made by scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change the home appliance’s energy-guzzling reputation forever. This “dryer of the future” will extract moisture from clothes using ultrasonic vibrations rather than heat. This method will not only use significantly less energy , but can also cut down drying times for a full load by as much as 15 to 20 minutes. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , dryer of the future , energy efficient dryer , oak ridge national laboratory , ultrasonic vibrations

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Subterranean Conservation Hall is a glass-walled atrium under the Governor’s lawn in Tennessee

May 15, 2015 by  
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Google’s autonomous cars will drive themselves around Mountain View this summer

May 15, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Newsfeeds have been abuzz lately with discussions about the safety of Google’s self-driving cars. On the heels of the news that none of the autonomous vehicles were at fault in the motor vehicle ‘incidents’ they’ve been involved in, Google’s Self-Driving Car Project plans to free the cars from the confines of their test track and let them loose this summer on the streets of Mountain View, California. Well, sort of. Read the rest of Google’s autonomous cars will drive themselves around Mountain View this summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car technology , autonomous vehicle , California , driverless car , Google , google announcement , google self-driving car , Google self-driving car project , mountain view , self-driving car

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