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Asics designed a sneaker that’s made to be torn apart
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Asics designed a sneaker that’s made to be torn apart

"Asics is hoping that 100 percent of its products will be made from recycled material by 2030, and that the company will hit net zero two decades after that. The brand currently uses more than 30 percent recycled polyester in its footwear and has recycled ingredients in 95 percent of all its shoes, it says."

Geothermal heat pumps are helping clean up city buildings
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Geothermal heat pumps are helping clean up city buildings

Maria Gallucci of Canary Media reports on how geothermal heat pumps are being used to decarbonize city buildings. “Startups within the fast-growing industry are developing next-generation solutions to produce ​“clean, firm” electricity in geographic locations that conventional geothermal technologies can’t access. Other companies like Bedrock are innovating on a relatively smaller scale to make it easier and more affordable...

Vogtle Unit 4 Achieves Commercial Operation, Now Largest Nuclear Power Plant in the U.S.
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Vogtle Unit 4 Achieves Commercial Operation, Now Largest Nuclear Power Plant in the U.S.

"Georgia Power said nuclear energy provided more than 25% of its generation in 2023, which comes not only from Plant Vogtle, but also from Plant Hatch in Baxley, Georgia. The company said Plant Vogtle has provided 'billions of dollars of positive economic impact for Georgia and local communities.' In addition to 800 permanent jobs created by the new units, the site employed more than 9,000 onsite jobs at the peak of construction including engineers, welders, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers, and many more."

A Software Billionaire Is Betting Big on a Wild Climate Fix
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A Software Billionaire Is Betting Big on a Wild Climate Fix

"He’s broken up the project into modular chunks — among them are planning to build a cable factory, map the seabed and submit voluminous amounts of paperwork for siting a massive solar project. He’s also worked on a beta version of a cleaner Australian grid having purchased a major stake in one of the country’s top utilities and getting new board members installed to speed up its decarbonization timeline."

Dutch kick-start European attempts at carbon capture
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Dutch kick-start European attempts at carbon capture

"If the project succeeds, a second pipeline — called Aramis and already backed by Shell and Total — is planned in Rotterdam to a gasfield that could store more than 10 times as much CO₂. In the UK, 14 companies won 21 licences last September to use depleted North Sea fields with the potential to store up to 10 per cent of the UK’s annual CO₂ emissions."

The Practical Environmentalist
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The Practical Environmentalist

"Speaking for the normies, Backer writes, 'We can move forward only if we put political tribalism aside and rise above the noise of scare tactics and denialism. Only then will our generation of environmentalists be able to stand together.' Turning problems into win-wins isn’t particularly conservative, or particularly liberal. But it is practical. And popular—as in, winning elections popular."

Retired coal plants can aid the energy transition — by going nuclear
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Retired coal plants can aid the energy transition — by going nuclear

"This coal-to-nuclear (C2N) transition could save millions of dollars by using existing land, reusing the coal plant’s equipment and infrastructure, such as transmission lines and switchyards, cooling ponds or towers, and civil infrastructure, such as roads and office buildings. This is also better environmentally in terms of land use since new land isn’t needed to create a power plant site, and existing sites already have transport avenues in place for construction and commuting purposes (i.e., roads)."

Julian Simon Was Right: Ingenuity Leads to Abundance
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Julian Simon Was Right: Ingenuity Leads to Abundance

"A world of greater abundance in resources means a world in which people are better nourished, better clothed, warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and more prosperous. It's a world in which human ingenuity is set free to make the human race happier, healthier, and wealthier."

Zap Energy Achieves Significant Fusion Energy Milestone: Electron Temperature Exceeding 10 Million Degrees
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Zap Energy Achieves Significant Fusion Energy Milestone: Electron Temperature Exceeding 10 Million Degrees

"This result is also a major success story for ARPA-E. Building on earlier scientific studies of sheared-flow stabilization of a Z pinch supported by DOE Fusion Energy Sciences, the University of Washington pursued initial performance scale-up of the concept in the ARPA-E ALPHA program beginning in 2015. From this seed, Zap Energy was spun off, and further performance improvements were funded in the ARPA-E OPEN 2018 program and the BETHE program starting in 2020, before Zap raised over $200M of private capital. Additionally, ARPA-E funded a Thomson-scattering diagnostic capability team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratoryand a neutron diagnostic capability team from Los Alamos National Laboratory. These two teams’ travelling diagnostic capabilities provided independent and consistent measurements, which confirmed the achievement of 1-keV electron temperature."

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