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  • WeWork takes meat off the menu as part of environmental policy drive
    WeWork, the co-working startup that’s valued at ~$20 billion and has some 200,000 members across 200 locations globally plus nearly 6,000 staff of its own, will no long allow employees to expense meat. It will also no longer serve meat at company events. The policy shift is intended to reduce... Read more »
  • Bioproducts are seeing major tailwinds in renewable tech
    Tom Dickson Contributor Share on Twitter Tom Dickson is CEO of New Energy Risk. Brentan Alexander Contributor Share on Twitter Brentan Alexander is chief science officer for New Energy Risk. Although Silicon Valley seems to have largely forgotten about cleantech after failures in solar, wind and batteries, there are still major strides being made across new and exciting... Read more »
  • Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform
    Aclima, a San Francisco-based company which builds Internet-connected air quality sensors and runs a software platform to analyze the extracted intel, has closed a $24 million Series A to grow the business including by expanding its headcount and securing more fleet partnerships to build out the reach and depth of... Read more »
  • Are scooter startups really worth billions?
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    It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks — drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it’s delivered in... Read more »
  • Google StreetView cars to help map pollution in London
    From next month two Google StreetView cars will be driving around London’s streets fitted with sensors that take air quality readings every 30 meters to map and monitor air quality in the UK capital. There will also be 100 fixed sensors fitted to lampposts and buildings in pollution blackspots and... Read more »
  • This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air
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    For many of us, clean, drinkable water comes right out of the tap. But for billions it’s not that simple, and all over the world researchers are looking into ways to fix that. Today brings work from Berkeley, where a team is working on a water-harvesting apparatus that requires no... Read more »
  • Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)
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    Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event... Read more »
  • Apple invests $10M in greenhouse gas-free aluminum smelting
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard joined key execs from Apple and industrial manufacturers Alcoa and Rio Tinto to announce a new process for smelting aluminum that removes greenhouse gases from the equation. Alcoa and Rio Tinto are creating a joint venture in based in Montreal... Read more »
  • Google endorses Clean Power Plan ahead of expected repeal
    Google has joined Apple in a growing chorus of tech giants coming out in support of the Clean Power Plan. The company filed a statement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which it has since shared with TechCrunch, supporting the Obama-era legislation. The legislation, which sought to curb power plant emissions... Read more »
  • Don’t just stir; Stircle
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    Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can’t really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with... Read more »
  • Solar project lending startup Wunder Capital raises $112 million as renewable energy shines
    As renewable energy continues to gobble up more and more of the new energy capacity coming online, the solar project lending company Wunder Capital has raised $112 million in primarily debt financing to boost its business. The 90 percent debt and 10 percent equity commitment came from the multi-strategy investment firm... Read more »
  • Buick unveils an all-electric SUV concept and it’s exactly what GM needs
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    General Motors is spinning up its electrification plans and today announced the stunning, poorly named Buick Enspire concept at Auto China 2018. As a concepts go, this one looks great and rather feasible. GM says it’s powered by Buick’s eMotion powertrain that can produce a maximum output of 410 kW (roughly... Read more »
  • Apple says its global facilities are now powered by 100-percent clean energy
    Last week, Apple called out the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to rollback the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The company cited both the obvious environmental impact of such a move, along with potential economic fallout. It turns out Apple’s got quite a bit invested in the latter.  The company announced today... Read more »
  • Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company
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    Logistics may not be the most exciting application of autonomous vehicles, but it’s definitely one of the most important. And the marine shipping industry — one of the oldest industries in the world, you can imagine — is ready for it. Or at least two major Norwegian shipping companies are:... Read more »
  • Apple voices opposition to Clean Power Plan repeal
    The Clean Power Plan is shaping up to be the latest Obama-era legislation on the Trump administration chopping block. In fact, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has been quite open in his intentions to kill the plan focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Apple is among the first —... Read more »
  • Alphabet X spinout Dandelion raises $4.5M to build out its geothermal heating and cooling system for homes
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    Dandelion, a clean energy startup that was originally incubated inside Google parent Alphabet, has raised $4.5 million in funding to build out its business — a geothermal heating and cooling system for homes that claims it will drastically reduce its customers’ bills — it claims to cut bills in half... Read more »
  • Lynk & Co reveals the 02 crossover SUV and details European rollout plans
    Geely’s Lynk & Co is one of the more interesting young automotive brands, with an approach to sales and marketing that more closely resembles modern gadget and lifestyle brand go-to-market strategy than traditional automaker sales. The Lynk & Co 01 SUV, designed to sit somewhere between Geely’s line on one... Read more »
  • Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon
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    The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar-powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And applying machine learning has supercharged... Read more »
  • Nissan targets sales of 1 million EVs annually by 2022
    Nissan is hoping to achieve a target of selling 1 million electrified vehicles across its portfolio by its fiscal 2022, the automaker announced today. The target is part of its overarching strategic mid-term plan leading up to 2022. To be included in the sales total, models sold by Nissan... Read more »
  • Water Abundance XPRIZE finalists compete in gathering water from thin air
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    Despite being a necessity for life, clean, drinkable water can be extremely hard to come by in some places where war has destroyed infrastructure or climate change has dried up rivers and aquifers. The Water Abundance XPRIZE is up for grabs to teams that can suck fresh water straight out... Read more »