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3 More Gigafactories Coming Soon to 'Change the Way the World Uses Energy'

At the grand opening of Tesla's enormous Gigafactory in July, CEO Elon Musk said he wants to build Gigafactories on several continents. He told BBC …

A tiny startup is quietly trying to become the Tesla of buses

Proterra has quietly been working on all-electric buses since 2004. In 2009, it made its first sale: three buses to Foothill Transit in Southern California.<p>Flash forward to 2017 and the startup has raised over $280 million in venture funding, opened its second manufacturing plant, and sold a total …

Harvard has created a 'liquid' battery that could last for more than a decade

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from phones to electricity grids but their lifespan is incredibly short, plus they're difficult to recycle. …

Prices For Solar Panels Keep Falling, So Why Isn’t It Cheaper To Get Solar?

But, while this growth has been impressive, there are some question marks as to whether it can continue at the same pace. Some states are phasing out …

Tesla starts deploying Superchargers and Destination chargers in UAE as Elon Musk heads to Dubai for official launch

As we reported earlier this month, Tesla’s official launch in the United Arab Emirates is coinciding with CEO Elon Musk attending the World Government Summit in Dubai.<p>We now learn the location of Tesla’s first store in UAE – pictured above – and that the company is already deploying charging …

Big energy hugely underestimates electric cars, renewable power

Mass adoption of electric cars and renewable energy could significantly decrease global consumption of fossil fuels.<p>But does the established energy …

Tesla to make a Model 3 pre-production run on February 20, says supply chain sources

According to a report by Reuters based on sources in Tesla’s supply chain, the automaker plans to start a pilot production of the Model 3 on February 20.<p>Tesla refused to comment on the report, which comes as the company confirmed to <i>Electrek</i> that it plans to temporarily shut down the Fremont factory …

DIY: Flowers in the House, 9 Ways

Something changes when you put fresh flowers in a room.<p>Here are nine ideas for flowers to bring inside (while you’re waiting for them to start …

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables<p>Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away …

Flecks of "solar glitter" can make almost anything solar powered

A solar technology invented years ago at Sandia National Laboratories has gotten a step closer to being on the market and that should make you pretty …

Shell says it will start installing electric vehicle chargers at its gas stations this year

In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience …

Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier's solar-powered DC03

If you’re alarmed by reports of dwindling water supplies across the globe, there has never been a better time to take matters into your own hands. …

7 eco-friendly fabrics that don’t sacrifice quality

Sustainability gets a bad rap in the fashion world according to Giusy Bettoni, CEO of the eco-textile consultancy C.L.A.S.S. She attributes this to …

The Department of Energy's DIY Projects Reduce Your Home Energy Use

If you own your home, there are lots of little ways you can improve your house for long-term energy savings that cut down your utility bills. The …

SolarWindow unveils new energy-generating glass that bends

SolarWindow made headlines for their business-card thin solar coating for curved glass surfaces in late 2016, and now they’re going a step further …

The Arctic permafrost is starting to thaw and that is very, very bad news

The Arctic permafrost is starting to thaw, releasing the ground from the frozen state it has been in for thousands of years. At present, permafrost …

Swedish supermarkets replace sticky labels with laser marking

Food retailers aiming to cut plastic packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using hi-tech ‘natural branding’<p>The humble fruit sticker may seem an unlikely cause for environmental concern but removing it from produce could create huge savings in plastic, energy and CO2 …

How Can We Overcome Our Laziness and Save the Planet?

A philosophical guide to averting the destruction of Mother Nature.<p>Last year, amid all the disintegration of our political institutions and the accompanying nightmare death-spiral into fascism, one could have been forgiven for missing all the ways in which things also got worse and worse for our …

Pesticide alternative helps plants protect themselves from disease

Though it's not as widely publicized as the effects of climate change, crop diseases are one of the biggest threats to food security. According to …

How Self-Driving Cars Are Ushering in the Third Industrial Revolution

In VICE's latest feature-length documentary, 'The Third Industrial Revolution: A Story for Our Human Family,' social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin explains why we must rethink productivity in order to survive.<p><i>On Monday, January 9, VICE joined city officials, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the</i> …

World's largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin

Carbon-rich peatlands could store three years’ worth of world’s total fossil fuel emissions, say scientists<p>Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel …

This Study Found That A Rooftop Solar Unit In India Saves You More Money Than A Generator

A new study has revealed that the cost of using solar plants is less than half that spent on a diesel generator (DG) set.<p>According to Centre for …

How to manage the (polluted) air you breathe

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 90% of the world's population breathes in air that violates air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization, increasing their risk of lung cancer and respiratory infections, but also conditions including stroke, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary …

Ticking Carbon Clock: We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe

By Nika Knight<p>Our window of time to act on climate may be shrinking even faster than previously thought.<p>We may only have one year remaining before we …

Rising ocean temperatures could poison your seafood

A potentially deadly poison could be headed to a seafood restaurant near you.<p>A new study has found a connection between warmer oceans and hazardous …

Sunflare unveils sticky and flexible solar panels

Sunflare has unveiled flexible solar panels that can be stuck onto walls and roofs.<p>The new thin-film solar product is flexible, light, and affordable. The company made the announcement at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.<p>The National Renewable Energy Laboratory declared in a …

Battery cells are now in production at Tesla’s Gigafactory

Thirty months after the first shovel hit the Nevada dirt, Tesla’s massive Nevada Gigafactory is churning out batteries, the company said in a blog post. The carmaker, along with its main battery production partner Panasonic, are building custom-developed “2170” battery cells (named after the …

Gardening 101: Peas

<b>Peas, Pisum sativum: “A Fashion, A Fury”</b><p>In 1692, two French aristocrats proclaimed fresh peas “a fashion, a fury” and the delicacy hasn’t diminished …

10 Definitive Reasons You Need More Houseplants in Your Life

You better believe we're going to try #2 this winter.<p>If you blame genetics for your lack of green thumb, it's time to teach yourself the powers of keeping a plant alive. It turns out these livings things can do even more for your physical and mental health than they can for your living room decor — …

This Week in Solar

The solar industry has been reeling this week, trying to decipher how each company is going to react to the "injury" fining in the Section 201 trade case, which will likely lead to tariffs on solar imports. The exact decision President Donald Trump makes in relation to tariffs won't likely come …