“From Chevron’s perspective, there’s no debate about climate science,” attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a courtroom tutorial on the subject. In a case that’s pitted big oil companies like Chevron and Exxon against the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, which allege the fossil fuel corporations should pay for measure like seal walls to deal with the impacts of climate change, United States District Judge William Alsup called for a two-part climate change science tutorial — and Science Magazine…
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Humans may not have put boots down on another planet yet, but we’ve discovered thousands of exoplanets out there in the cosmos — and the European Space Agency (ESA)’s next science mission could give us new insight into some of those celestial bodies. They just selected the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) mission from three candidates to launch what Nature described as the “world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying the atmospheres of exoplanets.”
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/new-esa-mission-to-explore-the-atmospheres-of-hundreds-of-planets
A stunning church-conversion just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam has hit the market in Muiden, Netherlands. The adaptive reuse project kept its historical 1920s details intact –from vaulted ceilings to stained glass windows—while giving the interior a bright and contemporary revamp. The property, Singelstraat 26, is listed on Sotheby’s for sale—but you’ll have to call in to get the price.
Spread out across two levels, the renovated church offers 290 square meters (3,121 square…
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How do you preserve fruits and vegetables after harvest? Generally, you need cold temperatures. But what if there was an alternative to refrigeration? That question inspired Santa Barbara-based Apeel Sciences, which created Edipeel, a post-harvest protection product created with edible extracts from plants. Inhabitat spoke with CEO James Rogers about the product, which forms a micro-climate around each piece of food so it lasts at least double the amount of time it would otherwise.
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- “Wood pellets: Renewable, but not carbon neutral” • In the race to meet clean energy standards, biomass energy is often touted as carbon neutral. To satisfy European Union demand, forests in the United States are clear-cut and turned into wood pellets and shipped overseas, to the tune of 7 million metric tons of pellets annually. [Phys.Org]
Mountains in the southern US (Credit: David Allen)
- Global energy demand increased by 2.1% in 2017 at more than twice the previous year’s rate. At the same time, carbon emissions increased for the first time since 2014, jumping by 1.4%. These are the two key messages from the International Energy Agency’s newest resource, the Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017. [CleanTechnica]
- Congress passed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill after Republicans, in order to get needed Democratic support, agreed to remove provisions that would have gutted environmental and campaign finance laws. EPA funding was not reduced, and the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy saw an increase. [InsideClimate News]
- Environment Massachusetts says the state has the potential to generate more offshore wind energy than any other on the East Coast. They released a report that said if wind turbines were placed in every suitable location off the coast of Massachusetts, they could generate nearly 20 times more electricity than the state used in 2016. [Rhode Island Public Radio]
- “California Utilities Say Climate Change Caused Recent Fires, Not Them” • California’s largest public utility companies are defending themselves against lawsuits claiming they were negligent in the way they dealt with debris and brush under power lines. The utilities insist the culprit is climate change and fossil fuels companies. [CleanTechnica]
- The development of coal-fired power plants continues to fall, with new construction down by 73% between 2015 and 2017, thanks in large part to tighter restrictions in China and a lack of private financing in India. Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and Coal Swarm found a 41% drop in newly completed coal plants in the same time. [CleanTechnica]
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San Francisco-based non-profit Rainforest Connection has created a unique, technologically advanced system to defend the rainforests of Brazil. The high-tech protection system incorporates machine learning and solar energy to operate devices called Guardians, which listen to the rainforest and send real-time messages to live responders if illegal logging activity is detected.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/non-profit-uses-machine-learning-and-solar-energy-to-protect-the-rainforest
An Atlanta-based couple stumbled upon an old Airstream on eBay and decided to transform it into a home on wheels perfect for avid travelers like themselves. They revamped the Airstream in 10 months and made sure it was road-ready.
Sheena and Jason found the trailer, which they affectionately named Mavis, on eBay. The original owners intended to use it as a retirement home, but their plans fell through, leaving the Airstream in storage for eight years.
The couple renovated the structure themselves,…
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