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US, Europe and SpaceX launch a satellite to track rising global sea levels

By Climate Change, engadget, environment, esa, gear, green, nasa, ocean, satellite, sentinel-6, sentinel-6 michael freilich, space, spacex

Scientists should soon have an easier time studying rising sea levels as climate change takes hold. NASA and the ESA have partnered with SpaceX to launch the Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich ocean tracking satellite. The spacecraft will gauge sea l…

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Daimler and Volvo team up to make fuel cells for trucks and generators

By daimler, daimler trucks, engadget, environment, fuel cell, gear, generator, green, hydrogen fuel, joint venture, tomorrow, Transportation, truck, volvo

Daimler and Volvo both believe hydrogen fuel cells have a place alongside pure electric power, and they’re teaming up to ensure that happens. They’re forming a joint venture to develop and sell fuel cell systems. The focus is on heavy-duty tru…

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EPA tests show Tesla’s 2021 models are even tougher to beat on efficiency

By cars, electric car, electric vehicle, engadget, environment, ev, gear, green, MINI, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, polestar, tesla, Transportation, volvo

Tesla’s claims of extended range on its 2021 EVs might be more than marketing bluster. As Electrek reports, the EPA has released MPGe (miles per gallon of gas equivalent) ratings showing the 2021 Model 3, X and Y variants topping the regulator…

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Electric cars really do cost less to own than gas-powered vehicles, report says

By cars, consumer reports, electric car, electric vehicle, engadget, environment, ev, gear, green, News, phev, plug-in hybrid, Transportation

Electric car manufacturers have long claimed their vehicles are ultimately less expensive to own than their gas-powered counterparts, and it now looks like that wasn’t just classic marketing spin. Consumer Reports has published a study indicat…

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Podcast: Bill Nye discusses VR, science and climate change

By AR, bill nye, Climate Change, engadget, engadget podcast, engadgetpodcast, environment, gear, News, Podcast, science, the engadget podcast, theengadgetpodcast, VR

The legendary Bill Nye joins our hosts Cherlynn and Devindra on this week’s episode to discuss his new VR Science Kit, as well as climate change, the postal service and the Trump administration’s stance on science. “Uncle Bill,” as we’re allow…

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Microsoft details its plan to become ‘water positive’ by 2030

By 0, Climate Change, engadget, environment, goal, Microsoft, News, plan, pledge, recycling, reduction, restoration, reuse, tomorrow, water, water basins, water positive, wetlands

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans to become carbon negative by 2030. But the company isn’t just looking at its emissions. Today, it unveiled its plan to be “water positive” by 2030, too. By that, Microsoft means it will replenish mo…

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Apple says its products will be carbon-neutral by 2030

By 0, apple, carbon neutral, carbon removal, climate, Climate Change, Emissions, engadget, environment, News, pledge, products, progress report, recycling, supply chain, tomorrow

Since April, Apple’s corporate operations have been 100 percent carbon neutral. Now, the company says it’s ready to go even further. Today, Apple pledged to make its supply chain and all of its products carbon neutral by 2030.Apple made the an…

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NASA backs studies on environmental effects of COVID-19 lockdowns

By air pollution, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, environment, gear, green, light pollution, nasa, News, Pollution, satellite, science, water pollution

You’ve probably heard stories of skies and water clearing up while most people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how much have things improved, really? Scientists are about to rely on NASA technology to find out. The space agency …

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Microsoft hopes its ‘Planetary Computer’ will preserve biodiversity

By AI, ai for earth, artificial intelligence, biodiversity, biology, ecology, engadget, environment, machine learning, Microsoft, News, planetary computer, tomorrow

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it plans to be carbon negative by 2030. The company hopes to help other organizations, researchers and governments improve the environment as well, with its “Planetary Computer” project. The initiati…

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AI can help find more places to store captured CO2 underground

By AI, artificial intelligence, co2, convolution neural network, earthquake, Emissions, Energy, engadget, environment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, green, machine learning, mit, science

Scientists dream of storing captured CO2 emissions underground, but it can be tricky to find pockets for storing those emissions — Earth’s seismic “hum” makes it difficult to spot the low-frequency waves that would best help map the subterranean lan…

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Tesla ordered to halt early work on its German Gigafactory

By berlin, car, cars, electric car, electric vehicle, engadget, environment, ev, factory, gear, Germany, gigafactory, green, tesla, Transportation

Tesla’s Berlin area Gigafactory is running into trouble before the EV maker has even laid the foundations. The higher administrative court for Berlin-Brandenburg has ordered Tesla to halt forest clearing for the factory while waiting on a decision f…

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Apple, Google and Microsoft sign letter backing Paris Agreement

By Amazon, apple, at&t, Business, climate, Climate Change, engadget, environment, gear, google, green, Microsoft, Paris Agreement, politics, T-Mobile, tomorrow, verizon

The Trump administration may already be pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement, but a large chunk of the tech industry wants the country to stay in… with some glaring exceptions. The CEOs of many companies, including tech giants like Appl…

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Solar energy ‘breakthrough’ could replace fossil fuels in some industries

By AI, artificial intelligence, bill gates, computer vision, engadget, environment, gear, green, heliogen, Industry, solar, solar concentrator, solar energy, solar power

If solar energy is truly going to take over from fossil fuels, it needs to be hot enough for not only generating power, but replacing industrial processes outright — and even the 1,049F of the best solar concentrator systems wouldn’t cut it. Heliog…

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Google needs a sustainable phone moonshot

By alphabet, engadget, environment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, google, Google X, Mobile, moonshot, pixel 4, pixel4, pixel4event, sustainability, sustainable, tomorrow, x

“Developing sustainable solutions to mass production and consumption is one of the biggest challenges we face today as an industry,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services said onstage yesterday. “It impacts all of us…

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Floating LED art illustrates the quality of NYC’s water

By art, engadget, environment, family new york, floating point, gear, green, health, led, medicine, new york city, nyc, playlab, plus pool light, Pollution, science, water

You don’t have to check a website to find out whether or not New York City’s water is healthy — for the next few months, you just have to take a look at some art in the water itself. Playlab, Family New York and Floating Point have debuted a float…

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Eco-friendly aluminum batteries might power solar and wind farms

By aluminum, battery, chalmers university, chalmers university of technology, engadget, environment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, green, Renewable energy, science

Renewable energy might soon have storage batteries that are more environmentally friendly in their own right. Researchers have developed a new form of aluminum battery with twice the energy density of previous designs, making the technology m…

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Sustainability a new growth driver for brands in China

By chinainternetwatch, environment, marketing, Media & Entertainment, social media

China’s effort to expand garbage sorting into more cities will have a far-reaching impact on consumers’ shopping behavior and their attitudes towards brands. Since July 1, 2019, Shanghai has enacted its household-garbage sorting management regulation, which stipulates that all garbage must be sorted into four categories: recyclable waste, hazardous waste, household food waste and residual […]

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EU lending bank aims to cut funding for fossil fuel projects by 2020

By Climate Change, Emissions, engadget, environment, eu, european investment bank, european union, fossil fuels, gear, green, Paris Agreement, politics

The European Union has some very long-term environmental goals, but it might not wait around to make some crucial changes. The Guardian has seen proposals from the EU’s lender, the European Investment Bank, that would bar funding for any energy infr…

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Decades of spy satellite images help track melting Himalayan glaciers

By Climate Change, engadget, environment, gear, glacier, global warming, green, hexagon, national reconnaissance office, nro, satellite, satellite imagery, science, space, spy satellite, usgs

You don’t need cutting-edge satellite data to make sense of Earth’s changing climate. Researchers have published a study of melting Himalayan glaciers that takes advantage of 40 years’ worth of satellite imagery posted by the US Geological Survey, i…

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