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Dec 29, 2021

The largest solar farm in Kentucky will be built on a former coal mine

Posted by in categories: employment, solar power, sustainability

The largest solar project in Kentucky will be built on an abandoned coal mine in Martin County and provide jobs for former coal workers.

Dec 29, 2021

BayWa r.e. sells 150 MW PV park to Verbund

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Austrian Verbund AG is acquiring the Illora photovoltaic project in southern Spain from BayWa r.e. The solar park, with a planned total capacity of 147.6 MW, is scheduled to go into operation in the first quarter of 2022.

Dec 29, 2021

Shifting conferences online cuts carbon footprint

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, climatology, sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic – unexpectedly – has shown humanity a new way to reduce climate change: scrap in-person meetings and conventions.

Dec 29, 2021

The Original Inventor Of “Metaverse” On Technology, Life, And Books: Interview With Neal Stephenson

Posted by in categories: climatology, life extension, neuroscience, sustainability

Few individuals write about issues that impact human survival. Fewer still win multiple literary awards for writing science fiction novels. Hardly anyone joins a major corporation as chief futurist. Neal Stephenson can be credited for doing all three.

Writer, academician, video game designer and technology consultant are just some of the things Neal is famous for. He has authored historical epic novels ‘Cryptonomicon’ and ‘The Baroque Cycle;’ science fiction novels ‘The Diamond Age’ and ‘Anathem;’ contemporary thrillers ‘Zodiac’ and ‘REAMDE;’ and science fiction epic ‘Seveneves,’ among others.

His “Snow Crash” published in 1992 preceded ” The Matrix” series and introduced the concept of “The Metaverse”. Yes, Neal Stephenson coined the term. And his 1994 “Interface” preceded NeuraLink by over 20 years!

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Dec 29, 2021

Could a Real-life Stillsuit Keep Us Alive on a Desert World?

Posted by in categories: space, sustainability

Could water-recycling suits help future astronauts survive on Mars?

It’s one of the most well-known pieces of speculative technology in science fiction: the Stillsuit.

As an essential feature of Frank Herbert’s Dune, the Stillsuit is the body-fluid recycling full-body suit worn by the Fremen of Arrakis, a technological adaptation to a desert world with almost no water but home to an extremely valuable resource that leads to human colonization of the barren planet.

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Dec 29, 2021

Perovskite solar cell retains 99% of initial efficiency after 1450 hours of operation

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

With an efficiency of 20.9%, the tested cell does not yet fully exploit the potential.

Dec 28, 2021

Look at how much the planet has changed in four decades with Google Earth Timelapse

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

What if we could go back in time to four decades ago, when we first heard the term “climate change,” and take a good look at planet Earth?

The new Google Earth Timelapse feature lets us do that. We can scan the globe and look back from the present day to 1984. The feature gives us a unique opportunity to see how human action and natural forces have changed the planet since the 1980s.

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Dec 28, 2021

Bangkok’s noisy scooter-filled streets may quiet down with new electric motorcycle trial

Posted by in categories: government, sustainability, transportation

The Thai government is starting a new trial in Bangkok that will see electric scooters replace their gas counterparts for motorcycle taxis in the city.

The trial run could have big implications not just for Bangkok, but for scooter and motorcycle-laden cities across much of Asia.

If you’ve ever visited Thailand, you’ll surely have seen two of their most popular forms of public transportation that we don’t offer here in the West: rickshaws (tuk-tuks) and motorcycle taxis.

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Dec 28, 2021

Tesla launches new AMD chip and 12v Li-ion battery in 2022 Model 3 Model Y vehicles

Posted by in categories: computing, sustainability, transportation

Tesla has introduced the new AMD Ryzen chip and 12v Li-ion battery in 2022 Model 3 Model Y vehicles.

Earlier this month, we reported on a bunch of new features and changes coming to the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y that leaked through a test program in Europe.

Amongst many things, the leak revealed that new Model 3 and Model Y vehicles coming to Europe, which are made in China, would come with the new AMD Ryzen chip that is powering the media computer in the new Model S and Model X and the Model Y Performance made in China. Also, the lead-acid 12v battery will change to a Li-ion battery system.

Dec 28, 2021

Greenworks 48V 17-inch battery-powered mower combo now $246, more in New Green Deals

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

If you missed out on Black Friday electric mower deals, then you’re in luck. The Greenworks 48V 17-inch brushless cordless electric mower is back at its third-best price that we’ve seen all-time at $246. Not only does this bundle include the gas-and oil-free mower, but also two 4Ah 24V batteries and a 24V drill/driver. You’ll also find discounts on electric lawn mowers and much more below, as well. We also have a wide selection of Tesla, Greenworks, and other e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today, more on why going electric for your yard tools like the mower on sale is important, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also, check out the new Electrek Tesla Shop for the best deals on Tesla accessories.

Amazon is offering a deal on the Greenworks 48V 17-inch Brushless Cordless Lawn Mower with 24V Drill/Driver for $245.99 shipped. Down from a $360 normal going rate, today’s deal is the third-best price that we’ve tracked all-time. This kit includes Greenworks’ 48V 17-inch brushless battery-powered mower, two 4Ah 24V batteries, a charger, and a 24V drill/driver. That’s right, you don’t just get the mower and batteries here, the drill/driver will help you with honey-do tasks around the house once spring arrives. Of course, no gas or oil is required for this mower to function, and being battery-powered also removes the requirement to have cylinders or noisy exhaust. All-in-all, this is a solid buy at the third-best price that we’ve seen all-time.

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