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How Renewables Can Prevail Despite Trump’s Renewable Energy Policy

September 20, 2018
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America’s Trump-Republican government has rendered its judgment on climate change with vast silence and outlined its renewable energy policy by doubling-down on coal. We thought Trump’s renewable energy policy would reach “peak contrarian” when we pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. But the truth is, we’ll scarcely have a single environmental regulation on the books by the time this administration is shown the door.

The good news is, there’s lots of good news. We don’t have to get partisan about the damage done when the wrong people get elected. Let’s focus instead on the undeniable momentum behind the pivot to renewable energy, despite Trump’s renewable energy policy.

Understanding that the U.S. is just one piece of the global puzzle, and that what’s happening here is raising consciousness elsewhere in the world, might help our current political situation feel slightly less sad and regressive. So let’s jump into the good news about why renewables are set to prevail no matter who’s at the helm.

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Uber Electric Cars Are on the Way

September 6, 2018
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Have you recently booked an Uber trip? There’s a chance the driver’s vehicle was an electric car, but Uber still has progress to make in that area.

To put things in perspective, 4 billion people took Uber trips in 2017, but only 4 million of those were in Uber electric cars.

The relatively few drivers who have electric vehicles (EVs) and work for Uber face challenges such as having difficulty finding charging points. In addition, the time it takes to recharge the cars interferes with time they could spend earning money.

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In Light of National Aviation Day, How Can We Make Flight Greener?

August 16, 2018
National Aviation Day

On August 19, you can celebrate National Aviation Day. Perhaps you’ll do that by taking a flight to a place you’ve always wanted to explore, making good on your goal of signing up for flight lessons or just spending time feeling thankful we have that method of transportation at our disposal.

But, despite all the conveniences and innovations traveling by plane brings, it’s not kind to the environment. So, what can we do to start changing that bit by bit?

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Should People Be Concerned About Lowering Employment Rates from Agtech?

August 6, 2018
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We’ve all heard about how the robots are coming for our jobs. You’ve probably also heard about how wonderful automation is and how it can increase productivity and efficiency.

Agriculture is one of the many sectors in which automation is becoming more prevalent. Agricultural tech, known collectively as agtech, is transforming farming with its robots, sensors and algorithms.

The debate over whether the increasing rate of automation is a good or a bad thing is especially pronounced in agriculture. The sector has experienced job loss at the hands of technology before. It’s also facing extreme new challenges driven by a growing world population, an aging workforce and environmental changes.

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4 Environmental Impacts of Heat Pumps

July 30, 2018
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Heat pumps are an integral part of many homes’ HVAC systems, used for heating and cooling. They are found in homes around the globe, but until recently, experts haven’t started looking at heat pump environmental impact. How can your heat pump impact the environment and what can you do to improve your home’s carbon footprint?

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How Regenerative Agriculture Can Shape the Food System

June 14, 2018
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The concept of agriculture has been around nearly as long as humanity itself, but within the last 100 years or so, we’ve started to employ industrialized agriculture techniques that damage the soil and make it harder and harder to grow crops in the same areas. In 2017, American farmers alone planted nearly 320 million acres of farmland using these industrial techniques. Most of those crops were corn and soybeans — foods humans only consume roughly 25 percent of.

Centuries ago, our ancestors relied on regenerative agriculture techniques to plant their crops. Recent studies have emerged to suggest these ancient techniques could help save modern agriculture and reshape the food system. What is regenerative agriculture, and what can it do for modern farming?

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Hydroelectric vs. Wind Power: What Offshore Energy Should We Invest In?

May 31, 2018
hydroelectric vs wind power

Hydroelectric power was the largest source of renewable energy, but recent rapid growth in wind power capacity took away that title. Wind surpassed hydro regarding capacity in 2016, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration recently predicted that it would also overtake it in an actual generation this year.

Offshore wind, meanwhile, is just getting started in the U.S. As of now, Europe has much more offshore wind but, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States has a technical resource potential of around 2,000 gigawatts per year for offshore wind.

Interest in building new dams may be waning, but hydro has offshore potential too in the form of largely unexplored tidal and wave power. Plus, dams continue to be a vital, reliable energy resource.

So, hydroelectric vs. wind power: which makes a better investment? Let’s explore.

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