Monday, January 30, 2017

Three huge battery installations going online in CA

California has been rushing to install utility-sized battery systems in response to the massive natural gas leak last year. Three installations by three different companies are going online.

Battery prices have fallen but still have a ways to go to compete with natural gas peak-load plants on price alone, but they have other advantages. Climate, obviously. But also the ability to turn on and off instantly. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A truly biodegradable alternative to plastic bags

Bali beaches are littered with plastic so an entrepreneur got busy developing an alternative. This not-plastic bag truly biodegrades in 3-6 months. It's also edible. If we can't ban the bag and get the public to change behavior, then this might be an alternative, although I really don't want to see 6 months of bags stuck in roadside cactus.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Renewable energy +6% employment. Fossil fuels -4.25%

The compound growth rate of jobs in renewables since 2012 is a stunning 6% while fossil fuels are dropping. And, according to this study, we get a lot more jobs per dollar with renewables as well, something that will only get better as costs of solar and wind come down.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cool circular economy concepts

A knife printed with a 3D printer. Melt aluminum into new things with the sun. A suitcase that can be disassembled and recycled/composted. Prescription bottles that can be used again and again.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Which food and restaurants are doing the most to create dangerous superbugs?

You've probably heard about people dying from scary antibiotic resistant bugs that can no longer be treated. Certainly part of the problem is that doctors give out antibiotics too quickly for colds and kids' ear infections. But the vast majority of antibiotics are used on livestock...to help them grow faster and prevent diseases caused by inappropriate foods and crowded conditions. The FDA recently passed a regulation (with a big loop hole) regarding antibiotics and meat. In this article, you can find out:

...what the FDA ruled
...what the loophole is
...which of your favorite restaurant chains have the best and worst practices around antibiotics.

If you don't want to go back to the olden days before antibiotics where a scratch or having your wisdom teeth out or having a baby could lead to death, pay attention to the food you buy and the restaurants you frequent.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Greenpeace releases list of the greenest electronic companies

Hardware companies like Apple and software companies like Adobe are rated against a set of criteria from green energy to transparency by Greenpeace. See how your favorite apps and electronics compare and check this list next time you have to buy a computer. 

Greenpeace Declares Apple the Greenest Tech Company - Leaf and Core
https://apple.news/A_qjCzAsNTmKTZtSZ8llsTA

You can also check the EPEAT list from the Green Electronics Council for electronic hardware.

Friday, January 20, 2017

GM work toward zero waste is making them billions of dollars

GM has 152 sites that are already zero waste, 100 of which are manufacturing facilities. It's making them billions of dollars. Check out this story which includes a link to their Landfill Free Blueprint.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In The Graduate, the business tip was that plastics were the future. They had no idea!

This short video explains why plastics, despite their convenience, have become a scourge on the earth. Take two minutes and learn:
https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsZinc/videos/559571920910145/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED