How to decarbonize America — and the world
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How to decarbonize America — and the world

The Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about – and aspiration for – ambitious climate policy than at any point in at…

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Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A
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Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A

Solar installations are becoming a no-brainer for anyone with a roof in much of the country. But getting an estimate on how much it would cost and how…

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By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic
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By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic

Single-use plastics are the scourge of the environment, which is why many lawmakers are working to eliminate them. Today, a new brand is launching to try and eliminate…

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VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs
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VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs

Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, plans to install Tesla Powerpack battery systems…

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Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI
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Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI

Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn International is backing Carbon Relay, a Boston-based startup emerging from stealth today that’s harnessing the algorithms used by companies like Facebook and Google for…

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Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia
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Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar…

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Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs
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Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs

Healthy oceans are on the minds of Marc and Lynne Benioff, and they showed it today with a $1.5 million donation to the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a…

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GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump
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GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump

A YC startup called GBatteries has come out of stealth with a bold claim: they can recharge an electric car as quickly as it takes to fill up…

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Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it
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Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but…

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Testing times for second wave scooter startups
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Testing times for second wave scooter startups

Investors are still pouring millions into scooter startups, albeit sometimes at flat valuations. At the same time a little cash is flowing the other way, in cases where cities…

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Oil and gas giants Chevron and Occidental are backing tech to combat carbon emissions
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Oil and gas giants Chevron and Occidental are backing tech to combat carbon emissions

Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and process it for use in enhanced oil recovery or in the creation of…

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A look inside the Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve fireworks show as it goes green
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A look inside the Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve fireworks show as it goes green

One of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101’s New Year’s Eve fireworks have become an iconic celebration since the first show at the end of 2004.…

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A new solar technology could be the next big boost for renewable energy
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A new solar technology could be the next big boost for renewable energy

Across the globe, a clutch of companies from Oxford, England to Redwood City, Calif. are working to commercialize a new solar technology that could further boost the adoption…

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This project is mapping every solar panel in the country using machine learning
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This project is mapping every solar panel in the country using machine learning

Renewable energy is the future, but at present no one is tracking just who’s got solar panels on their roof, in their back yard, or a shared neighborhood…

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Postmates unveils Serve, a friendlier autonomous delivery robot
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Postmates unveils Serve, a friendlier autonomous delivery robot

San Francisco partially banned delivery robots because they obstructed pedestrians, so Postmates built one with eyes, turn signals and a mandate to yield. Serve is Postmates’ new cooler-meet-autonomous-stroller…

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China’s BYD further drives into Chile with 100 electric buses
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China’s BYD further drives into Chile with 100 electric buses

Over the past few years, Chinese automaker giant BYD has been on a partnership spree with cities across China to electrify their public transportation systems, and now it’s…

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Why you need a supercomputer to build a house
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Why you need a supercomputer to build a house

When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don’t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful.…

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Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time
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Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time

As the fight against climate change heats up, Cove.Tool is looking to help tackle carbon emissions one building at a time. The Atlanta-based startup provides an automated big-data…

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Agtech startup Imago AI is using computer vision to boost crop yields
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Agtech startup Imago AI is using computer vision to boost crop yields

Presenting onstage today in the 2018 TC Disrupt Berlin Battlefield is Indian agtech startup Imago AI, which is applying AI to help feed the world’s growing population by…

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That night, a forest flew
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That night, a forest flew

Wildfires are consuming our forests and grasslands faster than we can replace them. It’s a vicious cycle of destruction and inadequate restoration rooted, so to speak, in decades…

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Lightfoot gets $4M to nudge more drivers to go smooth with a ‘Fitbit for cars’
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Lightfoot gets $4M to nudge more drivers to go smooth with a ‘Fitbit for cars’

U.K. car tech startup Lightfoot, which sells a telematics system that gives real-time feedback to drivers combined with a rewards platform to further incentivize good driving, has picked…

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Tesla, GM and Nissan are all part of a new coalition aiming to extend the EV tax credit
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Tesla, GM and Nissan are all part of a new coalition aiming to extend the EV tax credit

Tesla, GM and Nissan are among a group of 15 companies that launched a new coalition aimed at reforming the electric vehicle tax credit. The group, called EV…

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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities
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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities

Earlier this week in a new experimental newsletter I’ve been helping Danny Crichton on, we briefly discussed transit pundit Jarrett Walker’s article in The Atlantic arguing against the…

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David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet
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David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet

Netflix has persuaded everyone’s favorite naturalist, David Attenborough, to voice its forthcoming original nature documentary series, Our Planet, which is slated to put conservation squarely in the frame,…

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National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm
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National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm

National Grid, the Northeast’s natural gas and electricity company, is planting a flag in Silicon Valley with the launch of National Grid Partners. Led by former Intel Capital…

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The cost of energy storage has stalled adoption of renewable power. Energy Vault has a solution.
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The cost of energy storage has stalled adoption of renewable power. Energy Vault has a solution.

Because solar and wind power are now cheaper to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the only obstacle that remains to the mass adoption of renewable power is the…

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Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions
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Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions

The continuing die-off of the world’s coral reefs is a depressing reminder of the reality of climate change, but it’s also something we can actively push back on.…

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Google AI listens to 15 years of sea-bottom recordings for hidden whale songs
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Google AI listens to 15 years of sea-bottom recordings for hidden whale songs

Google and a group of game cetologists have undertaken an AI-based investigation of years of undersea recordings, hoping to create a machine learning model that can spot humpback…

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Tap, a new startup from Sam Rosen, wants to be the Google of drinking water
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Tap, a new startup from Sam Rosen, wants to be the Google of drinking water

MakeSpace founder and former CEO Samuel Rosen is ready to launch his next venture, and it has little or nothing to do with the on-demand economy. This time,…

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Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air
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Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

You may remember that back in March, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from…

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This is not fine
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This is not fine

A UN report compiled by a coalition of international climate and policy experts has warned that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are required…

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Iron Ox opens its first fully autonomous farm
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Iron Ox opens its first fully autonomous farm

For the last two and a half years, Iron Ox has been working on perfecting its agricultural robots to tend its indoor farms. After first testing its systems…

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Uber fires up its own traffic estimates to fuel demand beyond cars
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Uber fires up its own traffic estimates to fuel demand beyond cars

If the whole map is red and it’s a short ride, maybe you’d prefer taking an Uber JUMP Bike instead of an UberX. Or at least if you…

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ChargePoint is adding 2.5M electric vehicle chargers over the next 7 years
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ChargePoint is adding 2.5M electric vehicle chargers over the next 7 years

Electric vehicles still make up just a fraction of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today. But that’s changing: The number of electric and plug-in hybrid…

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CB Therapeutics’ lab-grown cannabinoids could unlock new medicines and make others affordable
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CB Therapeutics’ lab-grown cannabinoids could unlock new medicines and make others affordable

Marijuana may still be on shaky legal ground, but the therapeutic benefits of the psychoactive molecules — cannabinoids — inside the plant are solidly established. Unfortunately, cultivation of…

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Facebook has committed to using 100% renewable power for global operations by 2020
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Facebook has committed to using 100% renewable power for global operations by 2020

Earlier today, Facebook said that it has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent and using 100 percent renewable energy to power global operations at the…

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Powered by $25 million, Arcadia Power looks to expand its distributed renewable energy services
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Powered by $25 million, Arcadia Power looks to expand its distributed renewable energy services

As renewable energy use surges in the U.S. and the effects of global climate change become more visible, companies like Arcadia Power are pitching a nationwide service to…

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WeWork takes meat off the menu as part of environmental policy drive
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WeWork takes meat off the menu as part of environmental policy drive

WeWork, the co-working startup that’s valued at ~$20 billion and has some 200,000 members across 200 locations globally plus nearly 6,000 staff of its own, will no long allow…

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Bioproducts are seeing major tailwinds in renewable tech
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Bioproducts are seeing major tailwinds in renewable tech

Although Silicon Valley seems to have largely forgotten about cleantech after failures in solar, wind and batteries, there are still major strides being made across new and exciting…

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Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform
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Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

Aclima, a San Francisco-based company which builds Internet-connected air quality sensors and runs a software platform to analyze the extracted intel, has closed a $24 million Series A…

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