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Engineers develop cheap, simple tests for car emissions
18 March 2019 - Engineers working to tackle carcinogenic pollution from cars have developed cheap and simple devices to test the effectiveness of particle filters, which could help take toxic vehicles off roads without resorting to blanket bans. ... Regulators also need to find inexpensive ways to measure real-world emissions without installing costly equipment. (more)

In Saint Lucia, Britain's Prince Charles touts 'blue economy'
18 March 2019 - On the first leg of his Caribbean tour, Britain's Prince Charles touted a 'vital blue economy,' built on sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, as part of the solution to climate change, noting that rising sea levels represent an especially severe threat to nearby island nations. The Prince, an outspoken environmentalist, in a speech shortly after arriving called attention to efforts to create sustainable agriculture and hailed local entrepreneurs taking risks to protect the environment (more)

These 11 companies are leading the way to a circular economy
17 March 2019 - The circular economy is more than just a buzz phrase. With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way. Fortunately one resource that is unlimited is innovation, and many companies are developing ingenious ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. (more)

California leads the way as US installs more than 10 gigawatts of solar power in 2018
17 March 2019 - The U.S. installed 10.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic capacity in 2018, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 'The total amount of solar installed in America is on track to more than double in the next five years, proving solar's resiliency and its economic strength,' [said the SEIA's president and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper]. (more)

Canadians want majority of new cars to be electric, expect it in future, survey says
17 March 2019 - A new poll of driving-age Canadians shows strong support for electric cars, and strong expectations that EVs will become the norm in the future. The poll, conducted by Clean Energy Canada, shows that 64 percent of Canadians would prefer electric vehicles to be the majority of vehicles sold in the future. Furthermore, 72 percent of Canadians believe EVs will become the majority of cars sold around the world. (more)

Volkswagen boosts electric vehicle production by 50 percent with 22 million BEVs by 2029
17 March 2019 - Likening his company to a 'supertanker...picking up speed,' Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said Tuesday (12 March) that the automaker is increasing by 50 percent the number of electric vehicles it plans to produce over the next decade. The goal is to build 22 million battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, over the next decade, up from a previous target of 15 million, he said. (more)

Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream over gasoline, poll finds
16 March 2019 - British Columbians lead the country when it comes to wanting more electric cars than gas vehicles on the road, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by Clean Energy Canada, looked at how many Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream and how soon they see it happening. Nationally, 64 per cent of people polled said they'd prefer to see electric vehicles overtake gasoline-powered vehicles in the future. (more)

India: Delhi announces tender for 385 electric buses in two clusters
16 March 2019 - Ramping up its efforts to curb the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the Transport Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), has now issued a tender for electric buses. The transport department has tendered a total of 385 electric buses under two clusters. This tender is a result of the grant of approval from Delhi Cabinet for the procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses. Overall 1,000 low-floor electric buses will be procured for Delhi. (more)

India: Delhi govt releases global tenders for 375 electric buses to fight air pollution in the city
16 March 2019 - Delhi government had earlier announced its plans to incorporate a total of 1,000 electric buses in the city's transportation network. An effort towards curbing the air pollution in the capital region, the government has now floated global tenders for 375 electric buses out of these under two clusters. (more)

India: Hyderabad to get more electric buses
16 March 2019 - The services of most electric buses in the city are limited to routes leading to the airport, which has been raising concerns among commuters, compelling them to ask, when the buses would operate properly in the city. Commuters have been demanding the introduction of electric buses through social media platforms as well. (more)

Norway: Oslo adding 70 electric buses this year
16 March 2019 - Oslo, Norway is the capital environmental city for Europe in 2019 and is dedicated to becoming a zero emissions city by 2030. So it is fitting that it is adding 70 electric buses to its public transportation fleet this year. Several electric buses have been operating in the city for the past two years. The lessons learned from those vehicles has convinced Ruter, the agency in charge of public transportation for Oslo, to place an order for 70 more. (more)

US: Toyota driving demand for solar power in Ohio Valley
16 March 2019 - Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky. At 100 megawatts, the site would be largest solar array in Kentucky. The project ... will be built on a 700-acre reclaimed surface mine site and could create between 50 and 100 renewable-energy jobs in a region still reeling from the loss of coal employment. (more)

Volkswagen moves to rapidly increase production of electric cars
16 March 2019 - Volkswagen plans to rapidly increase its production of electric cars as it tries to transform itself from an emissions cheat to a leader in bringing battery-powered transportation to the masses. The company will build 22 million electric cars through 2028, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's chief executive, said Tuesday (12 March) at a news conference at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company, which currently sells only a small number of electric cars, has set a new goal well above the 15-million-vehicle mark it had previously forecast. (more)

US: North Carolina's solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018; No. 2 solar state in the country
15 March 2019 - A newly released government report says the annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirmed North Carolina's 36 percent growth, which significantly outpaced other leading solar states. North Carolina was third in the nation for connecting new solar projects in 2018. (more)

Sweden's emissions-free ferries lead the charge
14 March 2019 - A quiet revolution has taken place in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark where two of the world's largest battery-powered ferries ply the waters after being converted from polluting diesel power. The route handles more than 7 million passengers and almost 2 million vehicles each year with crossings every 15 minutes. (more)

US: California declared totally drought free for first time in seven years
14 March 2019 - California was declared totally drought free for the first time in more than seven years on Thursday, following unusually abundant winter rains and snowfall statewide, according to the government's weekly report on U.S. drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest survey reflected an astonishing turnaround -- at least for now -- from a severe, prolonged dry spell that reduced irrigation supplies to farmers, forced strict household conservation measures, and stoked a spate of ... devastating wildfires. (more)

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe
13 March 2019 - Astronomers from Japan, Taiwan, and Princeton University have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes in the distant universe, from a time when the universe was less than 10 percent of its present age. (more)

Canada: South Okanagan organic farmer wins Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year
12 March 2019 - Gordon Forbes and his family have been farming the [Okanagan Valley] for nearly half a century, with more than half of that time doing it all organically. The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets celebrated the best of British Columbia with the sixth annual BC Farmers' Market Awards and Forbes was on that list. Forbes Farm won the Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year award. Forbes Farm has been a certified organic organic farmer for 21 years. (more)

Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year
12 March 2019 - The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Being medium-sized, safe, and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich ... as well as with Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver, which came joint third. (more)

Dairy firm Arla plans to cut carbon emission by 30 percent over the next decade
10 March 2019 - Farmers' cooperative Arla Foods, one of the world's biggest dairy firms, plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next decade to meet rising demand from consumers for more sustainable products, it said on Sunday (10 March). Arla is owned by 10,300 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Arla plans to switch to more sustainable operations such as renewable energy, sustainable packaging, and lower waste production, while farmers can plant more trees and bushes to help absorb carbon and improve biodiversity. (more)

US: Rain brings 2nd California super bloom in 2 years
8 March 2019 - It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after steady rains followed by warm temperatures caused seeds dormant for decades under the desert floor to burst open and produce a spectacular display dubbed the 'super bloom,' another winter soaking this year is expected to create possibly an even better show by Mother Nature. (more)

India: Organic farm Pabhoi Jaivik Farm inaugurated in Biswanath district
7 March 2019 - An organic farm named 'Pabhoi Jaivik Farm' was inaugurated recently at Mijikajan, in Biswanath district. The farm has been set up by Pabhoi Organic Growers' Cooperative Society', a joint venture of 31 young farmers of Biswanath Chariali, with a view to enhancing organic farming among rural people. (more)

US: GM left Lordstown, Ohio. Here's what could replace it.
7 March 2019 - On the banks of the Mahoning River in Northeast Ohio, not far from where the first steel mill in the area once operated, sits a warehouse where the future of manufacturing is slowly taking shape. It's a far cry from the noisy, belching metal industries that once employed tens of thousands of people here -- but local leaders are trying to make 3D printing technology as important to their economy as the Bessemer steel process was decades ago. (more)

Tale of Palestinian food truck draws Hollywood star to Beirut
6 March 2019 - Entrepreneur Mariam Shaar's idea of using Palestinians' national cuisine to provide hope and opportunity for refugee women has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. Shaar's project 'Soufra' -- which means a table laden with food -- drew the attention of Hollywood actress ... Susan Sarandon, whose documentary -- also called 'Soufra' -- was screened for the first time this week in Beirut. (more)

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