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Renewable energy becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments

Quartz has an article noting that Trump's withdrawal from the Paris agreement is just an act of carbonite theatre - renewable energy is now so cheap the US will meet its target anyway - Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws. Show More Summary

Record half year for rooftop solar in Australia

RNE reports that solar PV installations in Australia are now well above their feed-in tariff driven peak of 2013 - Record half year for rooftop solar after another bumper month. The new statistics, released by industry analyst Sunwiz,...Show More Summary

Holland’s first Vertical Forest

Inhabitat has a look at another example of an urban forest - Holland’s first Vertical Forest to rise with 10,000 air-purifying plants. Hot on the heels of the world’s first Forest City in China, Stefano Boeri Architetti has announced their winning bid for the first Vertical Forest in the Netherlands. Show More Summary

Batteries are going to make rooftop solar invulnerable

Dave Roberts at Vox has an interesting look at the problem cheap battery storage is posing for utilities trying to stop the spread of solar power - Utilities fighting against rooftop solar are only hastening their own doom. As they get cheaper, batteries make sense for more commercial applications. Show More Summary

A Wave Of Gigafactories

GTM has a look at the wave of gigafactories being built - 10 Battery Gigafactories Are Now in the Works. And Elon Musk May Add 4 More. Gigafactory announcements have been trending in recent months, with plans for at least 10 new plants revealed in the last six months. Show More Summary

Trump's New World Order - Browns vs Greens

Michael Klare has an article at TomDispatch looking at the emerging US-Russia-Saudi Arabia axis of "petro-powers" and their confrontation with the greens that make up the rest of the world - The Petro-Powers vs. the Greens. That Donald...Show More Summary

Arctic Sea Ice At Record Low Level

Arctic sea ice volume is record low for this time of year. That puts it at risk from warm weather and storms — Climate Central (@ClimateCentral) July 7, 2017

Wind power's big bet: turbines taller than skyscrapers

Reuters has an article on the evolution of wind turbines to exceed 10 MW generation - Wind power's big bet: turbines taller than skyscrapers. Michael Simmelsgaard, head of offshore business at Swedish utility Vattenfall, said the industry would cross the 10 MW turbine threshold "faster than many expect now", without being more specific. Show More Summary

Houston startup plans to store wind energy underground

The Houston Chronicle has an article on a compressed air energy storage project in Texas - Houston startup plans to store wind energy underground. Texans have long stored oil, natural gas and other forms of energy in underground salt caverns, so it's only natural that a Houston startup wants to store wind energy there, too. Show More Summary

Volvo's Electric Future

The Atlantic reports that Volvo is going to cease making fossil fueled vehicles entirely - Volvo's Electric Future. Volvo, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, announced Tuesday that starting in 2019 it will only make fully electric or hybrid cars.... Show More Summary

Bolivia's Lithium Mining Boom

The SMH has a look at the Bolivian lithium mining boom - The open veins of Bolivia's lithium powering the world. On a clear day and from afar, Salar de Uyuni looks like a colossal mirage. From up close, it looks nothing less than a miracle. Show More Summary

Tesla to supply world's biggest battery for South Australia

The South Australian government continues to lead Australian states on the way towards 100% renewable energy, announcing they will build the world's largest lithium ion battery storage facility using Tesla batteries (with Elon Musk promising...Show More Summary

Businesses abandoning gas in Australia

RNE has the latest in a string of articles about Australian businesses adopting to build their own renewable energy and energy storage systems rather than pay extortionate gas prices - Victoria agribusiness turns to 196MW wind farm with 20MW storage. Show More Summary

Elon Musk Says Model 3 Production Will Begin Friday

BNEF reports that Tesla Model 3 production is about to commence - Elon Musk Says Model 3 Production Will Begin Friday. The company now makes two all-electric models: the Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle. The Model 3, which...Show More Summary

The Atlas for the end of the world

Richard Weller has written "an atlas for the beginning of the anthropocene" - Atlas for the end of the world. Coming almost 450 years after the world's first Atlas, this Atlas for the End of the World audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth. Show More Summary

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion If Peak Demand Looms

Bloomberg has an article on a recent report from Carbon Tracker claiming oil companies risk wasting $2.3 trillion of investments should demand peak in the next decade as the world works toward its goal of limiting global warming - Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion If Peak Demand Looms. Show More Summary

The Future According To Elon Musk

Bloomberg has put together a cool site tracking all of Elon Musk's initiatives - The Future According To Elon Musk. What’s late? What’s ahead of schedule? Tracking Musk’s goals for Tesla, SpaceX, and everything else he dreams up. What's...Show More Summary

Social Cooling

This site has a look at how too much transparency for individuals is leading to "social cooling" as people begin to avoid taking positions that impact their social ranking - LIKE OIL LEADS TO GLOBAL WARMING... DATA LEADS TO SOCIAL COOLING. Show More Summary

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