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2020 was the year that…

GreenBiz

2020 was the year that…. Joel Makower. Mon, 12/28/2020 - 02:11. It was a very long year. True, just 366 days (it was a leap year, after all), each one, I’m told, containing only the standard 24 hours. But it was much, much longer than that. Remember 2019? Neither do I. To recall some of the key developments, as I have done each December for more than a decade, I’ve plumbed the nearly 1,300 stories, columns and analyses we've published on GreenBiz.com since the dawn of 2020 — a.k.a. the beforetim

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Signs of Hope for US Federal Climate Action in 2021

CleanTechnica

As we enthusiastically bid 2020 farewell, for many reasons 2021 is starting to feel like a year to be hopeful. While the rollout of vaccines signal an impending slow-down to the pandemic, recent activity in DC is offering a similar glimpse to solutions on the horizon for the climate crisis.

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U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years

CleanTechnica

In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past decade as well as growth in renewable energy, mostly from wind and solar.

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2020 Electric Vehicle Retrospective — Prospects For 2021 & Beyond

CleanTechnica

Ever since Tesla's original Roadster demonstrated that a plugin electric vehicle with over 240 miles of rated range was technically possible, even with the nascent technology that was deliverable way back in 2008, the ultimate transition of road transport from combustion to plugins has been largely inevitable.

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Can Businesses Meet Increasing Consumer Expectations?

According to 3BL and TriplePundit’s Consumer Insights & Sustainability Benchmark two-thirds of U.S. adults actively seek and follow sustainability issues. This leaves room for businesses to fill in the gaps currently seen between consumer expectations and corporate ESG communication. This research reveals what issues consumers care about and how businesses can tailor their communications to different segments of consumers.

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What Nissan Should Have Done With The 2021 LEAF

CleanTechnica

A week ago, Nissan put out a press release detailing the 2021 LEAF's pricing and options. To be perfectly honest, I feel bad for whoever Nissan has writing these, because nothing has changed. Keep reading, though, because I'm going to make this a whole lot more entertaining than Nissan's people did.

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The Nuclear Industry’s Really Bad Safety Analysis

CleanTechnica

I have never seen the nuclear industry address the question of why their safety analysis calculations are off by an order of magnitude. Until they do, and I think it should include a gigantic mia culpa, my own choice would be not to allow any of their fantastical designs to be built.

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Is It Time To Change The FAANG Stock List To FATANG To Include Tesla?

CleanTechnica

First, What is FAANG? Let's start by explaining the FAANG list of stocks. These are all household name tech stocks.

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Why Jay Leno Sees Tesla As Current & Indefinite EV Leader

CleanTechnica

Jay Leno has been a fan of Tesla since the beginning. He has featured Tesla vehicles on his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage many times — highlights include an episode from 2012 in which Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen gives Jay a grand tour of the brand-new Model S, and one from 2020 in which Leno and Elon Musk take the Cybertruck for a trip through the Boring Company’s tunnel below Los Angeles.

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Going Solar In Kenya

CleanTechnica

I am well satisfied with our new solar power system. The solar revolution has been launched in Kenya and is quickly gaining “sunshine.”.

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Tesla Gets 5-Year Lithium Hydroxide Deal With China’s Yahua

CleanTechnica

We've written at length about the vast need for lithium if the electric vehicle market is going to keep growing at the pace it's been growing at. Lithium is abundant on Earth, but it takes years to set up lithium mines and manufacturing facilities to get that lithium ready for use in a battery, so it's not a resource issue, but rather a business and investment issue.

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What Consumers Are Saying About ESG – And What That Means for Your Business

A growing body of evidence shows that environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives are important to business growth. And it all relies on a simple fact: ESG issues matter to consumers. Consumers see businesses as crucial change agents and are willing to take their business to the competition if their current brand comes up short on ESG. In pursuit of identifying where such trends are today, 3BL Media and TriplePundit partnered with the research technology firm Glow to survey 3,648 U.S.

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91% Of EV Drivers In The UK Would Never Go Back To An ICE Vehicle

CleanTechnica

Zap-Map asked 2000 drivers of electric and PHEV cars whether they would consider owing an gasoline or diesel powered car again. 91% said no.

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Record Electric Vehicle Sales In Europe!

CleanTechnica

Despite the overall automotive market being in the doghouse, -14% year over year (YoY), Europe's passenger plugin market is on fire, having score a record 166,000 registrations in November (+198% YoY). That placed last month's plugin share at 16% share — 8% full electrics (BEV).

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NY Governor Cuomo Unleashes New Electric Bus Initiatives

CleanTechnica

More Than $16 Million in Volkswagen Settlement Funds and Technical Support for Five Large Transit Operators. Additional $2.5 Million Available Statewide for School Buses that Reduce Emissions.

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DJI: 500 People Saved by Small Drones So Far

CleanTechnica

To show the good small drones are doing, DJI has an online map and counter showing how many people have been saved by drone operators. According to the company, drones have not only found missing people so others could rescue them, but they have also brought supplies to trapped survivors and found people through smoke and darkness who were unconscious.

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Which ESG Topics Get the Most Attention?

People are focusing on how companies are responding to the headline issues of the day, says a report from 3BL Media on evolving interests in ESG subjects, which also found a mismatch between the stories brands publish and topics audiences want. So which emerging sustainability & ESG topics garner more audience attention? Download the guide to find out!

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New York Unveils First DC Fast Charging Hub in Franklin County

CleanTechnica

Franklin County, New York recently got its first non-Tesla DC fast charging station, and it's part of a larger plan for charging hubs to be located throughout the state.

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Diesel Dies Early: Truck Makers Agree To End ICE Production By 2040

CleanTechnica

Europe's seven largest commercial truck makers have jointly agreed to end the sale of diesel-engined trucks by 2040. Instead, Daf, Daimler, Ford, Iveco, Man, Scania, and Volvo will switch focus to hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric vehicles, allowing them to achieve their zero-emissions goals a full decade earlier than previously planned.

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Nuclear Fusion — Coming Soon To An Electrical Grid Near You?

CleanTechnica

Commonwealth Fusion Systems says it plans to build a compact, affordable fusion reactor that will begin generating electricity in 10 years.

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Trump EPA Fails Americans & Humanity With New Airplane Standards

CleanTechnica

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new aircraft that take effect in 2028. The rule copies international standards from 2016 that set a greenhouse gas emissions floor for aircraft flying international routes at levels a decade behind what aircraft could already do in.

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7 Trends in ESG: What PR Pros Need to Know in 2023

What does the evolution of ESG programs mean for communicators? As it turns out - a lot. New challenges are coming into focus, driven by the increasing attention to corporate sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs, and the evolving state of ESG reporting regulations. This new ebook from 3BL Media explores seven trends in detail and unpacks what they mean for communicators.

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Solar Power, Wind Power, & Fossil Fuel Electricity Share Changes From 2010 To 2020

CleanTechnica

Going into 2021, CleanTechnica is taking a look at electricity generation changes over the past decade. We have been publishing monthly US power capacity reports and monthly US electricity generation reports for a long time. However.

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Nashville RV Bomb: 5G Technology Doesn’t Harm Humans Or The Environment

CleanTechnica

To help our readers spread good information about this topic, I'm going to cover a few of the popular 5G conspiracy theories and explain why they are fundamentally impossible.

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World’s Largest Solar Project, 2 Gigawatt Solar Project In Abu Dhabi, Moves Forward

CleanTechnica

EDF Renewables and Jinko Power HK, two of the world's largest renewable energy developers, have just scored a big one — the financial closing of the 2 gigawatt (GW) Al Dhafra PV2 solar project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This is a record breaking solar project in a few regards.

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For CO2 Reduction From Existing Buildings, Heat Pumps Are Better Than Efficiency

CleanTechnica

Heat pumps and decarbonization of grids are the clear climate change winners. For building owners, the annual cost savings are greater, sometimes much greater, for efficiency measures.

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More Renewable Energy (Finally!) For Top US Coal Mining State

CleanTechnica

Miracles do happen: West Virginia policy makers prep for a renewable energy future including a just transition to green jobs.

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Renewables = 20.4% of US Electricity Generation

CleanTechnica

In the first 10 months of 2020, renewable energy sources accounted for 20.4% of United States electricity generation. That's up from 17.5% in the same time period in.

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Tesla Cofounder Ian Wright: How Tesla Made Cars Into Computers

CleanTechnica

While researching my book, Tesla: How Elon Musk and Company Made Electric Cars Cool, and Remade the Automotive and Energy Industries, I was fortunate to be able to interview two of the Tesla founders, Marc Tarpenning and Ian Wright. Wright offered some keen insights about Tesla’s systems approach to its software, which was the opposite of the way the legacy automakers were (and mostly still are) doing things, and this turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the book.

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Should Tesla Spin Off Its Supercharger & Destination Charging Networks?

CleanTechnica

As someone who has driven a Tesla since December 2016 (we are on our second Model S), I am a huge fan of the seamless charging experience I’ve had with both the Supercharger (DC fast charger) and Destination Charging (Level 2) networks.

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5 Chevy Bolts Under $20,000

CleanTechnica

There are many new electric vehicles coming out in 2021, which is great for all us EV enthusiasts because we’ll have more options to consider for purchasing and more new EV content to consume. This new EV interest surge may also draw more attention to all electric vehicles, including the ones on the used market even though this market may not be nearly as exciting or intriguing.

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Solar Power Beamed Down To Earth From From Space Moves Forward

CleanTechnica

Kooky-sounding idea of beaming down solar power from space is actually a real thing, and the US Air Force is on it.

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New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Fast Chargers Announced

CleanTechnica

ABB has announced the launch of a strategic partnership with AFC Energy to create the next generation of high-power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid-constrained locations.

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7-Year-Old Elon Musk Fan Has Flown A Cessna 172  As A Trainee — 3 Times

CleanTechnica

Here's a heartwarming story that came across my feed. Reuters reports that Graham Shema, who is 7 and from Uganda, has become a legend in his country. Shema has a wealth of aircraft knowledge and budding flying skills — at only 7!

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Is Exxon Trying To Downplay Bloomberg Article By Promoting Tweets Claiming The Opposite?

CleanTechnica

A Bloomberg story revealing that Exxon knew about its carbon future and intentionally kept that data from view has been all over Twitter for me. Akshat Rathi, who wrote the article, shared a thread that noted that newly leaked documents showed Exxon's future emissions for dozens of projects in its pipeline.

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Record Electric Vehicle Sales in China

CleanTechnica

While the overall Chinese auto market is slowly picking up (+12% year over year in November), plugin vehicles are already on the fast lane, growing by 138% year over year (YoY) to a record 198,000 units.

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The Revolutionary Tesla Roadster

CleanTechnica

The five co-founders of Tesla — Marc Tarpenning, Martin Eberhard, Elon Musk, JB Straubel, and Ian Wright — were certainly greenies, and the environmental value of EVs was one of their prime motivators. However, they were also rocket scientists and sports car connoisseurs, and they were well aware of another exciting advantage of electric powertrains.

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