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Jan 18, 2019

80 Acres Farms Raises $40m to Complete ‘First Fully Automated Vertical Farm’

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

I wonder how many people it will feed.

80 Acres Farms, an Ohio-based vertical farming startup, has raised private equity funding from Virgo Investment Group, a private equity firm from San Francisco for the construction of what it says will be the first fully automated indoor farm.

AgFudnerNews can reveal that the deal was worth more than $40 million in equity capital, according to sources close to the deal.

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Jan 18, 2019

Plunging Prices Mean Building New Renewable Energy Is Cheaper Than Running Existing Coal

Posted by in categories: climatology, nuclear energy, sustainability

A https://www.carbontracker.org/42-of-global-coal-power-plants…rst-study/” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://www.carbontracker.org/42-of-global-coal-power-plants…rst-study/”>new report reveals 42% of global coal capacity is currently unprofitable, and the United States could save $78 billion by closing coal-fired power plants in line with the Paris Climate Accord’s climate goals. This industry-disrupting trend comes down to dollars and cents, as the cost of renewable energy dips below fossil fuel generation.

Across the U.S., renewable energy is beating coal on cost: The price to build new wind and solar has fallen below the cost of running existing coal-fired power plants in Red and Blue states. For example, Colorado’s Xcel will retire 660 megawatts (MW) of coal capacity ahead of schedule in favor of renewable sources and battery storage, and reduce costs in the process. Midwestern utility MidAmerican will be the first utility to reach 100% renewable energy by 2020 without increasing customer rates, and Indiana’s NIPSCO will replace 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of coal with wind and solar.

Lazard’s https://www.lazard.com/perspective/levelized-cost-of-energy-…rage-2018/” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://www.lazard.com/perspective/levelized-cost-of-energy-…rage-2018/”>annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis reports solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind costs have dropped an extraordinary 88% and 69% since 2009, respectively. Meanwhile, coal and nuclear costs have increased by 9% and 23%, respectively. Even without accounting for current subsidies, renewable energy costs can be considerably lower than the marginal cost of conventional energy technologies.

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Jan 17, 2019

Ford Is Planning an All-Electric F-150 Pickup Truck

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Will truck drivers keep ICE-ing innocent electric car owners in the future?

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Jan 16, 2019

Say ‘bye bye’ to faulty mobile phones and solar cells

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, solar power, sustainability

Faulty mobile phones and solar cells could soon be a thing of the past…

Jan 14, 2019

What will people wear in the future? | The Economist

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI, sustainability, wearables

Innovation in fashion is sparking radical change. In the future clothes could be computers, made with materials designed and grown in a lab.

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Jan 12, 2019

Denmark Is Building Nine Gigantic Artificial Islands

Posted by in categories: business, sustainability

Authorities in Denmark plan to build nine artificial islands off the coast of Copenhagen with a total area of more than 32 million square feet (3 million square meters.) The hope is that the new islands, which will be called “Holmene,” will become a futuristic hub for sustainable business and commerce.

“I think this could become a sort of European Silicon Valley,” said Brian Mikkelsen, the head of the Danish chamber of commerce, in an interview with The Guardian.

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Jan 12, 2019

Project to Eradicate Termites Reveals How Much Rainforests Need Them

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Homeowners tend to equate termites with property value apocalypse, but ecologically speaking, they’re more a force of stability than destruction. A new study points to how termites can help the rainforests they call home to weather droughts—which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as climate change causes the tropics to heat up.

Termites are found across the tropics, where they feed on wood and dead leaves and build mounds that can sometimes be seen from space. Despite the wide-ranging influence of these ecological engineers, there’s been little research on how termites impact the ability of the forests they call home to withstand one of the biggest natural disturbances they face: drought.

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Jan 10, 2019

Elon Musk Says Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Will Hover in the Air Using SpaceX Tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

The feature will be part of a SpaceX add-on package that uses thrusters to aid in acceleration and cornering.

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Jan 10, 2019

This AI food truck could bring fresh produce directly to you

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Check out the SPACe_C eMart, the ice cream truck-style food delivery service of the future that offers fresh food and educates consumers on farm-to-table eating.

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Jan 8, 2019

These $2,000 solar panels pull clean drinking water out of the air, and they might be a solution to the global water crisis

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Zero Mass Water produces solar panels that pull water out of the air, filter it, and deliver it to your home faucet.

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