Fracking-Affected Families Plead with President Obama: ‘We Need Help.’

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“It’s not too late to provide leadership on fracking as part of his lasting legacy for the history books.” Deirdre Fulton More than 100 families personally affected by the fracking industry have written to President Barack Obama demanding that he meet with them—as he often does with fossil fuel executives—ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month. The letter, organized by the Pittsburgh-based, all-volunteer group Friends of the Harmed, asks Obama and ranking Environmental … MORE

Solar Freakin’ Roadways Gets Test Run on Rt. 66

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Solar Roadways is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to install a stretch of solar road that could generate enough energy to power a rest stop. By Lisa Suhay America’s iconic Route 66 is about to become part of a new solar system. The Idaho startup Solar Roadways, created by husband-and-wife team Scott and Julie Brusaw, is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to install a section of solar panels at a rest … MORE

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

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 Adele Peters If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, you’ll have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown in high-tech vertical farms. The neighborhood will be the first ReGen Village, a new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making … MORE

Denmark Has Produced 140% Of Its Electricity Needs Via Wind Power

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On July 12, 2015, high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs, with plenty to spare for neighboring countries. On a particularly windy day last July, the country of Denmark was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and even export power to Norway, Germany, and Sweden thanks to its wind farms. As The Guardian reports, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines, and by 3 … MORE

Volkswagen’s People’s Car Project – Hover Car of the Future?

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The days of the hovercraft are upon us. As Google’s self-driving cars prepare to roll out onto the streets of Nevada, Volkswagen one-ups everyone with its concept design for a hover car. The Volkswagen hover car is a product of the “People’s Car Project“ in China, which called upon customers to contribute design ideas for Volkswagen’s model of the future. The crowd-sourcing initiative debuted in China last year and, to date, has inspired 33 million website … MORE

Kinetic Wave Power Station for Unlimited Clean Energy

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How It Works The Wavestar machine draws energy from wave power with floats that rise and fall with the up and down motion of waves. The floats are attached by arms to a platform that stands on legs secured to the sea floor. The motion of the floats is transferred via hydraulics into the rotation of a generator, producing electricity. Waves run the length of the machine, lifting 20 floats in turn. Powering the motor … MORE

Bernie and Hillary Just Did Something We Thought We’d Never See

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The story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Savor it, climate hawks. Global warming had its short and sweet 15 minutes of fame in the ninth—and likely final—Democratic primary debate on Thursday night. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had an intense exchange at the CNN/NY1 debate that got to the heart of the two candidates’ different philosophies on climate action. Not only did they scuffle over a … MORE

The World’s Largest Coal Company Just Filed for Bankruptcy

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These are truly dark days for coal. The year started off badly for the industry when Arch Coal, the second-biggest coal producer in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. That announcement was swiftly followed by more: China said it plans to close 1,000 coal mines, US coal production dipped to its lowest level in three decades, and the Obama administration laid out plans to raise the cost coal mining on federal land. On Wednesday, the … MORE