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Carbon Negative Fuel is Startup Dream

By Peter Sinclair

A startup based in Squamish and funded by international investors has created revolutionary new technology has the potential to combat climate change if it could be implemented on a larger scale. As well, it could also potentially alter the global political landscape and our entire paradigm of the effects of fossil fuels and pollution.


The Sun Sets. The Wind Dies. But Energy Data Is Relentless

By Ivan Penn

Alternative power sources have upended the electric grid. Ivan Penn, who covers the beat, discusses the changes and how he keeps track of them.


Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change

By Robinson Meyer

The company will begin estimating local carbon pollution from cities around the world. “The first step toward taking climate action is creating an emissions inventory,” says Saleem Van Groenou, a program manager at Google Earth. “Understanding your current situation at the city scale, and understanding what you can do to it—that’s an information problem, and that’s a good place for Google to sit.”


California Launching Its ‘Own Damn Satellite’ To Track Climate Change Pollution

By Mary Papenfuss

California’s not playing when it comes to protecting the environment. The state plans to send up its “own damn satellite” to track pollution causing climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown announced at his Global Action Climate Summit.


Product Announcement: Plastic Compound Proves Biodegradable in the Sea

by Jennifer Hermes

A new plastic compound from Biologiq has been proven to be marine biodegradable: tests performed by Eden Research Laboratory show biodegradation of 97% in ocean water within a one-year period. The biopolymer is produced by blending the company’s NuPlastiQ GP with polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT). The target applications for the new resin are drink cups, straws, lids, and grocery sacks, says Brad LaPray, president and founder of Biologiq.


Entrepreneurs Protecting Ocean Resources Find Support

By Jan Lee

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator, the brainchild of the nonprofit the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, identified five new ocean startups to join its inaugural accelerator program. They were selected based on their potential to “benefit the health of the ocean” and their ingenuity in addressing specific industrial challenges. One of the startups is San Francisco-based Call Wave Power Technologies, which is working to harness energy from ocean waves.


No sun? No problem — this solar panel harvests energy from raindrops, too

By Luke Dormehl

We are used to solar panels which can harvest power from sunlight during the day. But how about a new type of solar cell that is able to generate power from raindrops, even when the rain falls in the middle of the night? Yes, it sounds impossible, but it’s actually just been demonstrated by researchers at China’s Soochow University.


How Blockchain is Changing Energy

By Alex Kizer

Blockchain is a widely-hyped — but potentially disruptive — distributed ledger technology. The technology acts as a software for managing large volumes of transactions, settled quickly, securely, and at relatively low cost.  This IT-based system can help firms streamline essential business processes and eliminate redundancies and costs of multiple systems – where the digital world can make the physical world operate more efficiently and effectively, enhancing the quality of life for city residents.


A Disappointing New Problem With Geo-Engineering

By Robinson Meyer

Over the past few years, I’ve heard dozens of scientists talk about solar geo-engineering, the once outlandish idea that humanity should counteract climate change by releasing special gases into the stratosphere to reflect away sunlight and cool the planet.


Concrete blocks that store renewable energy could be used to build and power the houses of the future

By Joe Pinkstone

The walls of your family home could soon double-up as a battery, storing energy in its blocks. Scientists have developed a new type of concrete that is infused with potassium ions, which allow it to store electricity for long periods of time. When energy production levels drop, the concrete would kick in and power a house using the reserve stock of energy it has saved up. Check out the videos and the photographs.