Who’s Leading on Electric Cars? (And Who’s Lagging Behind?) David Reichmuth, August 24, 2016 (Union of Concerned Scientists) “…Car buyers can now find alternatives to petroleum-powered cars, choosing from a growing number of electric-drive cars but] the availability of EVs varies greatly, both by manufacturer and geography. Show More Summary
Edible food packaging made of milk proteins can reduce waste and prevent food spoilage, according to US Department of Agriculture researchers who are currently developing this casein-based film. The research team is currently creating prototype film samples for a small company in Texas, and says this new development has garnered interest among other companies, too. […]
Global average temperatures have been at record levels month by month up to the time of writing (August 2016), and for most years since 2000. When attention focuses on the U.S., the number of days in a year above 100ºF (37.8ºC) is forecast to grow dramatically, for example by 2060 and 2100.
The UK government has proposed a scheme under which households in communities affected by shale gas production would be paid directly out of a Shale Wealth Fund financed by company revenues. Joseph Dutton, Research Fellow at the Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter, points out it is impossible to estimate how much they would get paid.
This year has seen historic flooding across the South. In addition to the devastating rains that recently hit Louisiana, severe floods pummeled Texas earlier this year. In both cases, the states’ National Guards were first responders, rescuing families, delivering meals and supplies to survivors, and providing local agencies with high-water trucks, boats, and helicopters.
Japan, South Korea, and China are the three largest importers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, accounting for more than half of global LNG imports in 2015. Combined LNG imports in these countries averaged 18.2 billion cubic...Show More Summary
You can’t talk about the impact of anything on energy without talking about the enormous impact of energy on the economy. The price of energy sources determines how much it costs to manufacture goods, and build new homes and factories, and ship goods across the globe.
Until recently Californians were in the dark when it came to the state’s natural gas distribution system and its pollution. But all that is changing now; for the first time ever, consistent data on the annual methane emissions from gas utilities is available for all to see. Show More Summary
Circular economy technologies and initiatives have seen growing interest from environmental managers and sustainability officers of late. A new report suggests these innovations, which reduce waste or convert waste to valuable new products, can also add investors to their list of fans. Show More Summary
IBM is expanding its machine learning technology to predicting air quality from China to South Africa
Regardless of how their troubles started, coal companies still have to clean up their sites. But the companies are bankrupt, just who should pay. At least company is getting off with a liability of 15 cents on the dollar: Peabody Energy. Fair?
As the ocean shipping industry faces increasing pressure to set carbon emissions targets, five global companies have launched a rating system to help shippers choose more sustainable ocean freight carriers.
With shipping markets in the doldrums, Bunker Bulletin caught up with several marine fuel industry credit VIPs and asked them what keeps them up at night. The answer was unanimous: a deep fear of that good-looking, reliable customer going belly-up overnight. Show More Summary
Think of all the ways smart phones have made our lives easier. We can hail rides, navigate streets, share photos and so much more. Now get ready for the next step in smart tech: fully connected smart homes that would make George Jetson proud.Today, just about anyone can turn their humble abode into a high-tech […]
What do utility customers want? There's an app for that; Potential savings attract customers to utility-designed apps designed for demand response, energy efficiency Herman K. Trabish, November 9, 2015 (Utility Dive) Utilities across the United States are starting to get the news: You want to reach your customers? Get an app for that. Show More Summary
Beyond fixed charges: 'Disruptive Challenges' author charts new utility path; If Peter Kind's 2013 paper put the utility sector on notice, this one could give it whiplash Herman K. Trabish, November 12, 2015 (Utility Dive) In "Pathways...Show More Summary
Oregon saddles up to implement trailblazing energy storage mandate; Oregon's mandate is the second in the nation, but novel in the guidance it gives to regulators on storage Herman K. Trabish, November 17, 2015 (Utility Dive) The Oregon...Show More Summary
Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Waste Management: The waste management services company has appointed James C. (Jim) Fish, Jr. as president. Fish, who joined Waste Management in 2001, retains his existing role as chief financial officer while the company conducts a search to fill that role. PowerCell Sweden: […]
A zero waste program for the plastics industry is expected to result in about $200,000 in new revenue for its first participant. Following the launch of its zero waste program earlier this year, SPI: The Plastics Trade Association has recognized its first Zero Net Waste recognized company. Thermoplastic provider The Minco Group achieved the designation […]
August 11, 2016 may be the point in this oil price cycle that will mark the start of a sustained increase in crude oil prices. That’s the date that the International Energy Agency (IEA) published their forecast that demand for oil would exceed supply in the 3rd quarter.