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  • Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount
    In the nine years since private equity and venture capital investments into sustainable technologies last crossed the $6 billion threshold, the problems caused by global carbon emissions have only intensified. Now, as the world confronts the reality that there’s not much time left to reverse course on carbon emissions and the... Read more »
  • EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program
    EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve... Read more »
  • Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment
    Sila Nanotechnologies and its battery materials manufacturing technology are now worth more than $1 billion. The company, which announced a $170 million funding led by Daimler and a partnership with the famed German automaker, started building out its first production lines for its battery materials last year. That first line is... Read more »
  • New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year
    Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in... Read more »
  • MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors
    The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here. This... Read more »
  • Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough
    Lindsey Allen Contributor Lindsey Allen is executive director of Rainforest Action Network. The Green New Deal brings much-needed urgency to the national conversation around the climate crisis, which is without a doubt the biggest threat to life on this planet. The recent resolution introduced into Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed... Read more »
  • Ocean drone startup merger spawns Sofar, the DJI of the sea
    What lies beneath the murky depths? SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive wants to help you and the scientific community find out. He’s just led a $7 million Series A for Sofar Ocean Technologies, a new startup formed from a merger he orchestrated between underwater drone maker OpenROV and sea sensor developer... Read more »
  • Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2
    Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as... Read more »
  • VCs have growing appetite for ‘AgriFood’
    Venture investors are pouring billions of dollars into feeding their hunger for food and agriculture startups. Whether that trend line is due to enthusiasm for the sector or just broader heavy investing in the VC space is much less clear. According to a recent report published by AgFunder – a VC... Read more »
  • Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation
    We all know climate change is affecting weather systems and ecosystems around the world, but exactly how and in what way is still a topic of intense study. New simulations made possible by higher-powered computers suggest that cloud cover over oceans may die off altogether once a certain level of... Read more »
  • These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon
    The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could... Read more »
  • SeaBubbles shows off its ‘flying’ all-electric boat in Miami
    We were promised flying cars but, as it turns out, flying boats were easier to build. SeaBubbles, a “flying” boat startup that uses electric power instead of gas, hit Miami this weekend to show off one of its five prototype boats — or six, if you count an early, windowless white... Read more »
  • How to decarbonize America — and the world
    Ramez Naam Contributor More posts by this contributor The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain The Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about – and aspiration for – ambitious climate policy than at any point in at least a decade. I’m glad to see it. Suddenly, climate is on the... Read more »
  • By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic
    Single-use plastics are the scourge of the environment, which is why many lawmakers are working to eliminate them. Today, a new brand is launching to try to eliminate single-use plastic in the area of personal care. With $4 million in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau (with participation from Red Sea... Read more »
  • VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs
    Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, plans to install Tesla Powerpack battery systems at more than 100 of its electric vehicle charging stations this year. Electrify America aims to use the Tesla Powerpacks to offset... Read more »
  • Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A
    Solar installations are becoming a no-brainer for anyone with a roof in much of the country. But getting an estimate on how much it would cost and how much juice it would generate can be complicated and time-consuming. Aurora Solar has made an automated process for doing this, and attracted... Read more »
  • Let’s save the bees with machine learning
    Machine learning and all its related forms of “AI” are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming decline of the bee population still seems out of left field. In fact it’s a great application for the technology and may... Read more »
  • Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI
    Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn International is backing Carbon Relay, a Boston-based startup emerging from stealth today that’s harnessing the algorithms used by companies like Facebook and Google for artificial intelligence to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the technology industry’s own backyard — the data center. Already, the computing demands of the... Read more »
  • Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs
    Healthy oceans are on the minds of Marc and Lynne Benioff, and they showed it today with a $1.5 million donation to the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a new nonprofit attempting to promote and incubate conservation-focused startups. The money will considerably expand the organization’s upcoming Ocean Solutions accelerator. Benioff appeared... Read more »
  • Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia
    Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and... Read more »
  • Playful Miu Miu M/Matching Colorstool Looks Like a Puzzle
    Miu Miu has come up with cute and playful furniture, Miu Miu M/Matching Colorstool. It makes its debut on the stage of Teatro Gerolamo, this stool represents a domestic object that can transform just like the building where it is presented. The stools line perimeter of the space, it looks... Read more »
  • SZZ Superb “ZunZún” Supersonic Jet Concept by Oscar Viñals
    It’s a supersonic era, Oscar Viñals has submitted his future vision of a futuristic supersonic jet that might be a common thing in the next ten years. This futuristic concept is called SZZ Superb “ZunZún”, a name that’s inspired by a little and fast bird, which usually can be found... Read more »
  • Jey & Em ONE: a Smart-Suitcase with Detachable Laptop Case
    Don’t you get annoyed when the flight hostess tells you to check-in you luggage because the flight is full, but all your tech gear (laptop, cables, papers…) are in the fixed front pocket of your luggage? Well… good news, here’s ONE, a smart-suitcase – carry-on size – with the unique... Read more »
  • SEAT Minimó: Two Seater All Electric Concept Vehicle for Micromobility
    SEAT Minimó releases a compact concept car that’s been developed as a mobility platform, it’s the company’s vision of future urban mobility. This small car is specially engineered to adapt to mobility platforms that shape the future of city driving where traffic will be restricted and only few operators will... Read more »
  • Higher Objects Sawyer Adjustable Utility Bracelet Features a Small Flat-Tip Knife
    Be fearless wherever you go, Higher Objects Sawyer Adjustable Utility Bracelet offers a utility tool that won’t rust thanks to its high-quality stainless steel material. This bracelet is an accessory that uses premium American adjustable leather strap that adapts to your wrist size easily. Sleek and stylish, you can wear... Read more »
  • SU-R BOX – a Luggage Turns to a Roof Box for Extra Space in Your Car Trunk
    We might encounter the same problem when traveling by car, SU-R Box is a specially designed concept luggage that transforms into a roof box to give you more space in your car. As a roof box, SU-R still keeps your essentials while giving back some space, however as the roof... Read more »
  • SONOS x IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker System Doubles as Home Decor Object
    SONOS and IKEA teamed up to design SYMFONISK, it’s a range of home speakers accessible to anyone. This new collection combines SONOS expertise in sound and technology with IKEA’s knowledge of modern home furnishing. The result is a sound speaker collection that blends into your home to enhance everyday life.... Read more »
  • Hot Pocket – Battery Powered Instant Heat for 6 Hours
    Hot Pocket, it’s an instant hot that you’ve been craving for during your outdoor adventures. It warms you and your gear without the need of creating a campfire. This unique device captures the warmth feeling of a campfire and put it into a heated adventure pack, it provides instant heat... Read more »
  • Industrial Style Brass and Copper Drink Dispenser Holds Your Bottle In Style
    Exclusively made by hand, Industrial Style Brass & Copper Drink Dispenser gives your home bar an avant-garde touch. This cool drink dispenser features a length of copper tubing that holds any bottle in style, it also aerates its content too. This piece is made of recycled material, therefore, each one... Read more »
  • Petdali: Modern Dog Wheelchair for Outdoor Use
    Petdali is a modern dog wheelchair that’s robust enough for outdoor use. It combines aluminum, plastic components, and two wheelchairs, all of them together with good sense of design resulting in a beautiful pet wheelchair. It’s a walking equipment designed for pets with hind limb disorders whether due to inherited... Read more »