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Aug 29, 2022

Media goes nuts over Elon Musk calling for more oil and gas, but here’s the full quote

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, sustainability, transportation

The media is going nuts over Elon Musk calling for more oil and gas at an energy conference in Norway, but the full quote is not being widely reported and brings some important context.

Earlier this year, Elon Musk called to drill for more oil, which raised a few eyebrows, but it was in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and how it sent gas prices skyrocketing:

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Aug 29, 2022

Europe Is Getting Serious About Making Space-Based Solar Power a Reality

Posted by in categories: engineering, solar power, space, sustainability

Proposals for beaming solar power down from space have been around since the 1970s, but the idea has long been seen as little more than science fiction. Now, though, Europe seems to be getting serious about making it a reality.

Space-based solar power (SBSP) involves building massive arrays of solar panels in orbit to collect sunlight and then beaming the collected energy back down to Earth via microwaves or high-powered lasers. The approach has several advantages over terrestrial solar power, including the absence of night and inclement weather and the lack of an atmosphere to attenuate the light from the sun.

But the engineering challenge involved in building such large structures in space, and the complexities of the technologies involved, have meant the idea has remained on the drawing board so far. The director general of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher, wants to change that.

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Aug 29, 2022

Wave-riding generators promise the cheapest clean energy ever

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

Sea Wave Energy Ltd (SWEL) has been working for more than a decade on a floating wave energy device it calls the Waveline Magnet. With several prototypes tested on-and off-shore, the company claims it delivers “ultra low cost,” with high output.

Solar electricity generation is proliferating globally and becoming a key pillar of the decarbonization era. Lunar energy is taking a lot longer; tidal and wave energy is tantalizingly easy to see; step into the surf in high wave conditions and it’s obvious there’s an enormous amount of power in the ocean, just waiting to be tapped. But it’s also an incredibly harsh and punishing environment, and we’re yet to see tidal or wave energy harnessed on a mass scale.

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Aug 29, 2022

Americans keep moving to where the water isn’t

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats, sustainability

Americans keep moving to where the water isn’t and where extreme weather is becoming the norm.


People are still flocking to Sunbelt regions where the housing is cheaper and plentiful — but climate change and extreme weather are worsening.

Aug 28, 2022

The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons

Posted by in categories: materials, sustainability

This holds a great opportunity for a recycling boon.


These frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date.

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Aug 28, 2022

Structure of the plastic-degrading Ideonella sakaiensis MHETase bound to a substrate

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Basically this special bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis could solve the plastic crisis in the oceans by eating the plastic.


Plastic polymer PET degrading enzymes are of great interest for achieving sustainable plastics recycling. Here, the authors present the crystal structures of the plastic degrading bacterial enzymes PETase, MHETase in its apo-form and MHETase bound to a non-hydrolyzable substrate analog.

Aug 28, 2022

Tesla shares new photos of the Tesla Semi. Delivery soon?👀

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla shared some new photos of the Tesla Semi on its website recently. Deliveries of Tesla’s all-electric Class 8 truck are expected to start sometime this year. It is also expected to be made with Tesla’s 4,680 cells. Earlier this month, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s 500-mile range Semi Truck will start shipping this year. He added that the Cybertruck would start shipping next year.

Today on Twitter, members of the Tesla community found new photos of the Semi that Tesla quietly uploaded to its website. @Tesla_Adri pointed out that Tesla added some new Tesla Semi press photos and that almost every image is new.

Tesla reworked the Tesla Semi Press Photos. Pretty much every image is new pic.twitter.com/ab67GH65j1

Aug 28, 2022

Technoking of Tesla Elon Musk to speak at ONS Conference

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s Technoking Elon Musk is scheduled to speak at the ONS 2022 Conference along with a few world leaders and energy company CEOs.

Aug 28, 2022

In a US first, California will pilot solar-panel canopies over canals

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

In 2021, scientists published a feasibility study about erecting solar panels over canals, and it’s about to become a reality.

Aug 27, 2022

Lakes are drying up everywhere. Israel will pump water from the Med as a solution

Posted by in category: sustainability

Israel is experimenting with desalinating sea water to replenish a freshwater lake. If it works, it could offer a solution to many other countries where lakes are drying up.

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