Scientists pledge to sequence the DNA of all 1.5 million known species on Earth

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An international group of researchers is organizing a massive effort to sequence the DNA of every single one of the 1.5 million species on Earth. The Earth BioGenome project is the largest genome sequencing project ever, and will help scientists understand and protect the plants, animals and fungi that call our planet home.

Researchers announced their ambitious plans this week at the World Economic Forum. “Increasing our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and responsibly stewarding… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



rsted’s massive new offshore wind farm will generate power for 1 million homes

Offshore wind farms keep getting bigger and bigger. Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, started construction on Hornsea Project One, the latest offshore wind project poised to claim the trophy. They installed the first of 174 monopiles at the wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. When Hornsea Project One is operational, it could produce power for more than one million homes.

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170 million Americans drink radioactive tap water

Up to 170 million Americans in all fifty states may be exposed to radiation-tainted drinking water. Using data from 50,000 public water systems, a study by the Environmental Working Group found that more than 22,000 utilities reported the presence of radium in treated drinking water between 2010 and 2015. Although only a small number of these systems had radium levels that exceeded the legal limits put in place by the EPA in 1976, these guidelines are in need of an update to ensure that the public… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

America’s first private high-speed train could take 3 million cars off the roads

America isn’t exactly known for high-speed train travel. But a new express train project taking off in Florida could change that – and will be the first private, high-speed rail service in the country. Brightline, owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will allow people to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in half an hour, on trains propelled by diesel electric engines.

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President Trump shrinks Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 2 million acres

President Trump flew to Utah today to announce plans to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. The unprecedentd move would rip apart land that is invaluable to the Native American tribes who hold the land sacred, will open pristine wilderness to coal mining and energy exploration and will prevent people from visitng the priceless environment that a majority of Americans want protected.

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Elon Musk wins $50 million bet by installing world’s largest lithium-ion battery in under 100 days

Elon Musk has done it again. In March, the inventor and mastermind behind Tesla, SpaceX and other world-changing ventures made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could help solve South Australia’s vexing blackouts with a massive Powerpack within 100 days — or provide the $50 million service for free. And he has now officially won. Not only will Tesla receive payment for the 100 megawatt energy storage project, but residents no longer have to sit in the dark during periods… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gogoro revs up Smartscooter expansion with $300 million in new funding

Get ready Gogoro fans—the firm’s innovative electric scooters could soon be coming to a city near you. The Smartscooter maker just nabbed $300 million in new funding with an impressive list of international backers. Four new high-profile partners joining their current investors include Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, Singapore-based Temasek, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, and French energy giant ENGIE. A sign of growing global support in electric vehicles, this successful round… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power, unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels. But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). They claim the solar industry has reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so they’re looking into new priorities.

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Awesome new animation envisions Earth in 250 million years

Earth in 250 million years won’t be the planet we know and love today. Plate tectonics theory says plates comprising Earth’s outer shell glide atop the mantle, causing continents to drift apart or come together. In an animation from Business Insider using projections from Northwestern University professor Chris Scotese, the Earth millions of years in the future looks like a very different place.

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