Sources in Germany suggest that the EPA may be heading toward an creative deal with Volkswagen — but is it one that will bring much needed innovation to the auto industry? And more to the point, will it really help our environment on its own?
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3p’s Bill Roth drove approximately 90 miles over the mountains from San Diego to Palm Desert to test the Chevy Volt on a round-trip of over 200 miles.
Now that the four-month-long methane leak has been stopped, Porter Ranch residents have been told they can move back into their homes. A lot of questions remain, however, such as the lasting effect of the leak. But as of this week, a State Assembly panel believes it has come up with a way to ensure that there won’t be another “catastrophic failure” at the affected facility: enact a moratorium and vigorously review all 115 wells. The state’s regulatory framework for natural gas wells will also get a vigorous review, including those that may have contributed to the billowing methane leak.
Can electric vehicles promote weight loss? 3p economic correspondent Bill Roth thinks so — and he’s out to prove it with a short video featuring his adventures in a Chevy Volt.
The king of Morocco officially launched the first phase of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, the Noor Complex. When finished, the complex will provide 500 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to 1.1 million Moroccans and lower carbon emissions by 760,000 tons per year.
Organic food can fulfill the world’s food needs while providing huge environmental, social and health benefits, two researchers determined after reviewing 40 years of scientific study.
Ford is working to link home-automation devices like Amazon Echo with its vehicles, allowing customers to control lights, thermostats and other home systems from their cars.
The EU added more new wind-energy capacity than any other form of power last year. But, as Oliver Joy of the European Wind Energy Association put it, “The world is hot on Europe’s heels, and now is no time to rest on laurels.”
Is the energy transition stalling? Two months after COP21, it is time to separate news from trends. The oil price is down; the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s carbon-emissions plan; and Germany is (understandably) focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, diverting attention away from its energy transition. Notwithstanding, the train has left the station. It would be a mistake to underestimate the power of technology and innovation to keep driving nonlinear change toward a low-carbon economy.
Last week, a group of 125 organizations from 45 countries signed a declaration asking that the European Union exclude large-scale biofuels from its next Renewable Energy Directive.
We must remember that as stakeholders, we have the unique ability to create the strong pull needed to incentivize our institutions and businesses to make decisions that are tied to circular-economy principles.
From floating trash-barriers to a waste-collecting water wheel, these innovative concepts can help us realize a world without ocean litter.