• EPA’s first status report on advancing US recycling infrastructure

      The Environmental Protection Agency has  recently released the “Status Report: Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System“. The document outlines the efforts done by the agency to improve the recycling system nationwide. Since the beginning of this year, the EPA has been coordinating 4 main areas of action designating corresponding workgroups: Promote Education and […]

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  • The case for climate-responsive urban design

      The recent heatwave has been exacerbating the urban heat island effect in many cities. As more and more people are moving into urban areas, bringing more cars, more asphalt roads, more parking lots, urban planning should take into consideration the changing climate patterns. Large metropolitan areas all around the world are rediscovering the importance […]

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  • British National Grid optimizes output from renewables by using AI

      Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are going to help the National Grid to predict how much energy the United Kingdom will collect from turbines and solar panels based on the weather forecast. Their new AI prediction models of solar forecasting have improved by over 30% thanks to a partnership with the Alan Turing […]

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  • Lightyear unveils first long-range solar car

      This week Lightyear, a pioneer in clean mobility, introduced the first long-range solar car. The prototype was presented to investors, customers, partners and press at dawn in Katwijk, the Netherlands. Lightyear One has been engineered to optimize efficiency and safety. It has a longer battery range than its competitors and charges whenever it’s in the […]

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  • New York City wants to do away with street garbage

    Since the Dutch settled in New York, the city has been struggling with waste disposal on the streets. Every day 12,000 tons of trash are placed out on sidewalks, making the city’s streets temporary residential and commercial garbage dumps. The Departments of Sanitation and Transportation are now addressing this problem and accepting plans and designs community […]

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  • New York passes bold climate legislation

      When Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,  New York became the second U.S. state to aim for a carbon-neutral economy. California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order last year to make that state carbon-neutral by 2045. The plan in NY creates new opportunities for investors in renewable energy […]

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  • Asphalt made of recycled car tires tested on public road

      With plastic disasters recently dominating the news, used tires have almost become an overlooked issue. In the U.S., tires are scrapped at a rate of 1.1 tire/person/year leading to over 300 million tires discarded each year. Landfill space is becoming more and more scarce as tires are not biodegradable, and tire accumulation have significant […]

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  • Banks to include sustainability measures in maritime loan decisions

      Sustainability is increasingly a factor in business financing decisions, but taking on the shipping industry brings it to a whole new level level. This week eleven banks announced that climate impact will be integrated into the criteria that determines how much shipping companies can borrow. The criteria have been elaborated in conjunction with the Global […]

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  • Cities are greatly underestimating the carbon emissions they are responsible for

       “The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5 C World,” a new report compiled by C40, a global network of 94 large cities, Arup, the University of Leeds and the University of New South Wales, suggests that while cities are actively engaged to cut their carbon emissions, they’re still far from making the changes […]

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  • Earth Economics to host labs on green storm water infrastructure 

      Eight communities across the U.S. have been selected to participate with Earth Economics in labs that focus on investment and advancement of green storm water infrastructure. The goal of the labs is to scale-up investment in and adoption of green infrastructure to increase resilience to climate change. The labs build on The Blueprint for Increased Investment in Green Infrastructure, […]

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