As if President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border wasn’t controversial enough, he recently approved the construction of a new pipeline destined to go “right under” the dividing landmark. The New Burgos Pipeline will carry up to 108,000 barrels of refined petroleum products each day and will cross the border between McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A joint venture between NuStar Energy LP and PMI, the announcement has, unsurprisingly, drawn plenty…
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An underutilized street in London’s West End has been transformed into a colorful outdoor space exhibiting sustainable technologies, and right down the center runs Pavegen’s energy-generating pavement technology. The company, which has been around since 2009, has seen their pavement that harvests power from footsteps installed in 150 projects, but now their pavement is part of what they describe as the world’s first smart street. Walkers traversing the pavement can connect to an app and see how their…
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If you ever want to take on a crazy project and see results in a little over six months, call Elon Musk. He’s already making progress on his stuck-in-traffic daydream of tunnels beneath Los Angeles. This week he tweeted The Boring Company’s tunnel boring machine, cheekily named Godot, completed the first tunnel portion. According to Musk, we’re “no longer waiting for Godot.”
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Desalination is an important component of Singapore’s water supply, and the island country has a new desalination plant in the works decked out with green features. The large scale facility can treat both freshwater and saltwater, and according to Today Online and other local news outlets, it’s thought to be the first one of its kind in the world.
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If you’ve always dreamt of downsizing and giving up city live for a charming house in the countryside, this tiny house in Sonoma County is the perfect solution. Now on sale, the house comes with its own private pirate treehouse and a beautiful canopied deck that runs the length of the home and overlooks an adjacent creek.
The 324-square-foot rustic house sits on the banks of Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio, located in Sonoma County’s Russian River area. The property includes two sheds and a quirky…
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- In 2016, China’s State Council released guidelines forbidding the construction of “bizarre” and “odd-shaped” buildings lacking character or cultural heritage. They want a focus on “economic, green and beautiful.” Newly unveiled plans for Liuzhou Forest City, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti for southern China, seem to fit the bill. [CNN]
Liuzhou forest city
- Renewable energy analysts MAKE Consulting published its China Wind Power Outlook 2017 report this week. Over the next ten years, China is expected to install an annual average of more than 25 GW of new wind capacity, resulting in a cumulative growth across the decade of about 403 GW, according to the report’s figures. [CleanTechnica]
- Global research institute McKinsey & Company analyzed current energy storage prices and concluded that commercial customers are already feeling the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and falling prices for lithium-ion technology. Battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kWh, compared to about $1,000/kWh in 2010. [RenewEconomy]
- Rocky Mountain Power is making regulatory filings in Utah and two other states seeking approval to expand the its wind power generation by 2020. The expansion project is part of a $3.5 billion spending package that includes building new wind turbines, improving the existing wind fleet, and building 140 miles of transmission lines. [KSL.com]
- President Donald Trump frequently used the word “wealth” on Wednesday when describing natural resources like coal, natural gas, and heavy crude oil, before laying out six ways American businesses could sell off those resources for profit. Trump wants to “revitalize the nuclear energy sector,” but aside from that, he is just promoting fossil fuels. [Inverse]
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Aston Martin is known for creating some of the best sexy and powerful cars in the world, but times are changing. Today Aston Martin shoves large gas guzzling V8 and V12 engines under the hood of its models, but starting in 2019, something greener is going to come into the fold. Aston Martin has confirmed that its first electric car, the RapidE will be introduced in 2019.
Two years ago, Aston Martin teased the idea of a fully-electric car with the RapidE concept and now Aston Martin is ready to…
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