The cost of lithium-ion batteries will quickly plummet, and that will transform transportation and electricity use, says JB Straubel.Masai Women Are
Solar Revolution With Help From Their Donkeys
…groups of Masai women are leading a renewable energy revolution. Hauling solar devices on donkeys from village to village, they’re transforming the lives of locals with light and power, thanks to a program launched by renewable energy developer Green Energy Africa. The women are provided with energy-efficient lights, solar panels, and rechargeable batteries at a discount, which they in turn sell for a profit. They are also trained to help install the panels and lights at individual homes. To date, 200 women are participating across five village groups; together, they’ve installed solar-powered units in more than 2,000 homes.
Michigan cities gearing up for fight with utilities over LED streetlights. A battle is brewing in the Michigan Public Service Commission over the rate DTE Energy will charge municipalities to operate LED streetlights. At least one municipal official is calling for cities to take over their streetlights altogether. Midwest Energy News, United States. 14 July 2015.
Start-up turns methane from manure into eco-friendly plastic. Scientists have long known it was possible to use climate-changing methane, rather than oil or natural gas, to make water bottles, Tupperware and other plastics. Now, a small Costa Mesa company is doing it. Los Angeles Times. 14 July 2015.
What’s growing beneath London? Underground urban farm takes root. The underground farm is located in a World War II-era air-raid shelter beneath London and produces watercress, rocket, radish, and coriander, among other edible plants. Christian Science Monitor. 14 July 2015.
China says 75 percent of cities failed to meet air standards in June. Nearly 75 percent of China’s big cities failed to meet air quality standards in June, the environment ministry said on Monday, an improvement over the same month last year, as the country continues to wage “war on pollution.” Reuters. 14 July 2015.
In June 2013, a fisherman reeled in a 1,300-pound female mako shark off Huntington Beach. The shark, according to the paper, had levels of DDT, PCBs and mercury hundreds of times higher than the legal seafood limit – toxins it collected by feeding in Southern California waters.
Study: Warming leads to longer flights, more emissions. Climate change is causing wind patterns to change over the Pacific Ocean, leading to longer commercial airline flight times and causing airplanes to burn more fuel and emit more greenhouse gases. Climate Central. 14 July 2015.
Cloud brightening experiment tests tool to slow climate change. A team of elder Silicon Valley scientists is building an audacious device that might solve one of humanity’s most profound dilemmas – a “cloud whitener” designed to cool a warming planet. San Jose Mercury News, California. 14 July 2015.
Tornado watches in 10 states from Minnesota to Atlanta…
There are four obstacles we have to address before we can save the world from what physicist Stephen Hawking believes will be a catastrophic ending.