More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution: It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

By Matt Wilkins on July 6, 2018, Scientific American Credit: Dave and Les Jacobs Getty Images The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem …

Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …

Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for garbage trucks, buses and delivery vans

NYTimes, Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door: Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for commercial uses, and the incognito answer to Teslas and Bolts. ImageA 60-foot electric bus used by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County. The agency is aiming to deploy an all-electric fleet by the …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Adidas sold 1 million pairs of shoes made from ocean plastic last year

Katherine Martinko April 4, 2018 © Parley with the Oceans — The men’s shoe by Adidas, made with recycled ocean plastic Finally, green shoe design is reaching mainstream levels. The CEO of Adidas, Kasper Rorsted, told CNBC last month that, in 2017, the company sold one million pairs of running shoes made with ocean plastic waste. This is great news for an …