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

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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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Global population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute

We’re drowning in plastic bottles. You know use of plastic water bottles – and their disposal or lack thereof – is a worldwide dilemma, but new statistics released by The Guardian reveal just how staggering the issue is. Every minute humans purchase one million plastic water bottles, consuming nearly 500 billion of the bottles a year. And while it’s true many of these bottles can be recycled, it’s becoming hard for us to keep up with the sheer amount of bottles that need to be recycled – or could… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China’s largest bike share launches air-purifying bicycles for 20 million citizens

To clean the air of pollution and create a healthier environment for future generations, eco-innovator Daan Roosegaarde recently partnered with Chinese bike-sharing program ofo and leading Chinese design platform TEZIGN to make his smog-free bicycles available to millions of consumers. In the near future, 20 million registered users will be able to clean the air as they cycle, as Roosegaarde’s highly-anticipated Smog Free Bicycles inhale dirty air, clean it, then pour it back out as fresh air.

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Google’s Project Sunroof expands to 7 million homes in Germany

Google’s Project Sunroof is launching in Germany today, extending the company’s solar estimator to 7 million homes. Project Sunroof is a simple tool that allows you to determine if your house gets enough sun to switch over to solar power, and now 40 percent of the homes in Germany are covered by the project, allowing people to quickly determine if they can save money and lower their carbon footprint by swapping.

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Trump plans to sell 73 million acres of federal waters to oil and gas industry

Already Donald Trump’s administration is following through on his so-called America First Energy Plan, which really seems to mean the Oil and Gas First Energy Plan. This week the Department of the Interior announced the proposed sale of 73 million acres in offshore Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. This sale includes “all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico” for fossil fuel exploration and development. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny house rental startup Getaway scores $15 million in funding

The tiny-house movement just got a colossal endorsement. Getaway, a Harvard Innovation Lab startup that builds and rents petite cabins for glamping in the woods, has recently closed a round of funding to the tune of $15 million. This is a significant step up from the $1.4 million it secured in seed financing, the company told CNBC. Backing the round was View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Public rejects bill that would have sold 3 million acres of public land

If you’ve ever worried calls to your representatives don’t make a difference, here’s a story to persuade you otherwise. After Congress paved the way to toss out 640 million acres of American land, one Utah representative put forth a bill that would have disposed of three million acres of public land from 10 different states. After Americans resoundingly said they were against the bill, the representative, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced on social media he will withdraw the bill. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Congress maneuvers to give away 640 million acres of American land

Republican Congressmen would love to keep you distracted with the healthcare battle. And while that fight is of huge importance, they’re using that publicity to take quiet steps in the background to View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building