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Cal on August 7th, 2017

The world’s first self-driving ship will sail next year. A Norwegian container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship is expected to mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. The ship is small compared to modern standards […]

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Cal on June 15th, 2017

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54% of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. About half of urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants, while nearly one in eight live […]

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Cal on June 9th, 2017

  Earlier this month Swiss company Climeworks began operating the world’s first carbon capture plant—a machine designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The company hopes to capture 1% of the global carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels by 2025. The company estimates that the plant will remove some 900 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. Located […]

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Cal on May 1st, 2017

The Canadian city of Vancouver appears to beginning a process of phasing out the use of natural gas. While the city insists new energy efficiency rules designed to reduce emissions don’t outright ban natural gas, developers say the standards are so restrictive that it will be impossible to include it in any form. This applies to furnaces, […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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Cal on April 3rd, 2017

Gatwick Airport in the UK (near London) has opened the world’s first waste-to-energy facility for airline and terminal waste. The facility can process waste from both planes and the terminal itself that was previously being taken offsite (eg. food waste and mixed packaging). Gatwick currently diverts 49% of its waste for recycling and is aiming to reach […]

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Cal on February 26th, 2017

A new report from Business Insider Intelligence examines the transformation of the automobile. Over the next five to 10 years, the integration of the car with the Internet is expected to change the car ownership model, create a new platform for consumers to access content, lead to fully autonomous vehicles, and revolutionize the auto industry. Here are some of the main […]

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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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