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ConnectedDrive and BMW i3 coming to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

ConnectedDrive and BMW i3 coming to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
The BMW Group will showcase BMW ConnectedDrive and announce its future plans for highly automated driving at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center
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LA Times - Tesla Motors plans to debut cheaper car in early 2015

LA Times - Tesla Motors plans to debut cheaper car in early 2015 | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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With $40K base cost, $8K in incentives, this now becomes a $32K Tesla...the mainstream will grow their business exponentially...

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Charged EVs | Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest commercial EV pilot

Charged EVs | Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest commercial EV pilot | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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British gas installs EV chargers at customers homes, provides solar system development, installation and finance on customers roofs and now is testing an EV fleet. I just wonder when they will change their name :)...

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Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant

Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
We'll see if it actually happens.
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Once the issue of "transporting electricity" from outer space is resolved, will other planets become harvesters for our needs? While solar energy is indeed non-polluting, I just wonder about whether or not covering the moon surface might affect others or our planet negatively"....thoughts?

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The LlewBlog - Electric Cars

The LlewBlog - Electric Cars | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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Rent your own EV booster...and a report on the most recent EV show..

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Volkswagen e-Golf Makes North American Debut This Month

Volkswagen e-Golf Makes North American Debut This Month | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicle will debut next week in North America at the Los Angeles auto show.
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What Utility Planners Need to Know About Solar : Greentech Media

What Utility Planners Need to Know About Solar : Greentech Media | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
What they don’t know could slow solar growth.
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Distributed solar is not just about reduced cost, its about reduced risk too.

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Obama orders new plans to prepare for climate change

Obama orders new plans to prepare for climate change | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama required federal agencies on Friday to present plans to combat climate change.
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Good on the Prez for getting all agencies to contribute to the battle with climate change.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Nearly $800 per Canadian, says the IMF

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Nearly $800 per Canadian, says the IMF | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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People often complain about the subsidies for renewable energy. That's because those subsidies are always covert and exposed. Read this article to see the extent that fossil fuel energy is subsidized even more than renewables and why the cost of the gas at the tank is a lie...

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Is there an actual tipping point for global warming?

Is there an actual tipping point for global warming? | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events have scientists wondering whether change to the earth's climate could be precipitous (Is there an actual tipping point for #globalwarming?
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CES 2013: Toyota and Audi roll out new self-driving cars

CES 2013: Toyota and Audi roll out new self-driving cars | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Toyota and Audi are both preparing to show off cars with driverless technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
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Expect EV versions to dominate self driving city cars..

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Tesla's Solar Charged EV Plan - Solar Feeds

Tesla's Solar Charged EV Plan - Solar Feeds | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Many people dream big, but relatively few follow through and make those dreams a reality. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is one of them.
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Against the ol and traditional oil lobbies, tesla stands as a rule-breaker. I believe he will succeed...

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The top 10 sustainability stories of 2012 - GreenBiz.com (blog)

The top 10 sustainability stories of 2012 - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
GreenBiz.com (blog) The top 10 sustainability stories of 2012 GreenBiz.com (blog) Last year I summarized the Top Sustainability Stories of 2011 and offered my predictions for the Top Sustainability Stories of 2012.
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"Climate heats up and hides out . Climate denial is well-funded, anti-scientific, self-interested, crazy…and understandable, given the massive assets buried in fossil fuel reserves, and the lengths to which their owners will go to prevent those assets from being stranded.

Climate silence is, well…in a way more troubling, more dangerous and harder to understand. President Obama shied away the subject during the campaign—perhaps a political calculation that ultimately served him well—and broached the phrase once elected. But the bleeping NYT? Ultimately Superstorm Sandy proved more potent than any political logic…and it’s only a question of how many more $30-100 billion “events” it will take to move to get the elephant in the room onto the middle of the table."

 

By Gil Friend, president of Natural Logic Inc., an inaugural member of theSustainability Hall of Fame and the author of The Truth About Green Business.

 
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Volkswagen gives the e-Up a voice - IOL Motoring | IOL.co.za

Volkswagen gives the e-Up a voice - IOL Motoring | IOL.co.za | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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VW will catch up quickly....

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First Saabs roll out under new owner - Motoring - NZ Herald News

First Saabs roll out under new owner - Motoring - NZ Herald News | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in southwest Sweden. - New Zealand Herald
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The revival of a proven brand is always nice to see...

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Press Release: Volkswagen Shows Off Its First Electric Vehicle at the LA Show

Press Release: Volkswagen Shows Off Its First Electric Vehicle at the LA Show | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
e-Golf Will Be Automaker's First Zero-Emission EV Stateside
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Go big or go home...VW jumps into the emobility game in a big way...

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Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta - Bloomberg

Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta - Bloomberg | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Toxic Lakes From Tar-Sand Projects Planned for Alberta
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How lovely that our land is going to be desecrated just for a few oil companies to make tens more billions. When will they start to pay for our health costs associated with their emissions like nuclear companies pay to clean up their messes?

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Maui Electric Company Selects Greenlots' SKY Network to Manage Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Kahului

Maui Electric Company Selects Greenlots' SKY Network to Manage Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Kahului | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks, today announced that its SKY network management solution has been selected by Maui Electric Company to manage...
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Go Greenlots!

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Lung cancer cases soar in Beijing

Lung cancer cases soar in Beijing | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Beijing health officials reveal that the number of lung cancer cases has gone up by more than 50% in the past decade.
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The health tax is upon us..

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Hydrogen-friendly Vancouver getting into DC fast chargers for EVs

Hydrogen-friendly Vancouver getting into DC fast chargers for EVs | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Vancouver, British Columbia is joining the west coast highway for electric vehicle DC fast chargers, despite its hydrogen past.
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Congrats to our friends Ron, Brett, Lin and Rachel for earning this piece of business in BC...

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Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication

Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
#corpgov // Corporate boards lack policy for shareholder communication http://t.co/R1xJvTiEap
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The more companies focus on communicating their sustainability strategies the more it becomes a metric of their success in delivering shared values...

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It’s Wrong to Profit from Wrecking the Planet: College Students Agree

It’s Wrong to Profit from Wrecking the Planet: College Students Agree | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
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The measure of "success" of the next generation is being heard loud and clear as being different from that of their parents. Green is no longer about the dollar, its about the planet too.

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Just Green It! Making Sustainability Cool

Just Green It! Making Sustainability Cool | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
What if sustainability was cooler than consumption? Lessons learned from our most popular brands at GreenBiz 2013. (Just Green It!
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SolarCity Deploys 156 MW in 2012, Beats Plan, Guides for 2013 : Greentech Media

SolarCity Deploys 156 MW in 2012, Beats Plan, Guides for 2013 : Greentech Media | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
Better than expected solar deployments in 2012 and a lift in the stock price.
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2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world

2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world | Sustainability and responsibility | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Emissions are rising, ice is melting and yet the response of governments is simply to pretend that none of it is happening
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