• πŸ”— A huge battery has replaced Hawaii's last coal plant

    It’s one of the first real-life examples of how to shift critical grid functions from fossil-fueled plants to clean energy plants. And eventually, the kind of grid services Kapolei has pioneered will have to scale nationwide.
    Fantastic news. The faster we can turn off coal the better.
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  • Reclaim your music collection ✊

    When the iPod was released it made a single promise: all of your music in your pocket. With great software and this promise, it sold like wildfire. Over time our music collections grew and with it, the max capacities of iPod also grew.

    After a good run, the iPhone came out. Unlike the iPod, the iPhone used smaller faster solid state drives. Our music collections no longer fit on the device. We now had to pick and choose in advance which albums we'd take with us.

    However, the iPhone had one thing the iPod didn't: cellular internet connectivity. ThisΒ  made a new reality possible: access entire label's catalogs for the cost of a CD per month. No music taking up precious storage (which now also houses our photos and data) and constant access to the latest releases. Win-win.

    Or is it? How many artists did you forget existed because the albums you owned were hidden behind recommendations for the masses? How often have you been unable to change songs or buffer because of connectivity issues? And when your subscription expires or the service is shut down, what's do you have for all of the money you've spent? Nothing. Nada.

    Maybe it's a sense of nostalgia. Maybe it's longing for software and devices that just work. But I'm switching back. I've re-purchased an iPod Classic so I can keep my entire music collection with me again.
  • πŸ”— How Biden's Inflation Reduction Act changed the world

    President Joe Biden’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act continues the push for re-industrialisation by using tax credits, loans and grants in a bid to create a domestic clean energy supply chain. The FT looks at three companies using IRA incentives to invest in the US and examines whether the legislation signals the end of globalisation
    Love to see the big solar, wind, and battery factories being built. Very informative.
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  • πŸ”— New York will plant thousands of trees using new tech to maximize foliage impact

    City council calls for an increase of the urban forest – currently comprising 5.2m trees – even as the mayor demands cuts in spending
    Do Yokohama / Tokyo next, please.
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  • πŸ”— Japan PM vows to phase out coal-fired power at climate summit

    Kishida said Japan will terminate the construction of new coal-fired power plants that have no emission-reducing measures in place, without specifying the timeline or mentioning the scrapping of existing plants.
    I'm a little skeptical about how "emission reducing measures" of a coal-fired power plant could be abused...but assuming best intentions this is certainly good news.Β  πŸ‘
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  • πŸ”— New research suggests plants might be able to absorb more CO2 from human activities than previously expected

    New research published in Science Advances paints an uncharacteristically upbeat picture for the planet. This is because more realistic ecological modeling suggests the world's plants may be able to take up more atmospheric CO2 from human activities than previously predicted.

    "However, simply planting trees will not solve all our problems. We absolutely need to cut down emissions from all sectors. Trees alone cannot offer humanity a get out of jail free card."
    Great news, but as it says, we cannot put our foot on the brakes. We need to reforest more land and stop using fossil fuels.
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  • πŸ”— Portugal just ran on 100% renewables for six days in a row

    For nearly a week, the country of 10 million met customer needs with wind, hydro and solar β€” a test run for operating the grid without fossil fuels.
    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ More of this, please.
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  • πŸ”— CO2 Journeys: Eco-conscious Travel Across Japan | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand

    Keeping track of CO2 emissions can give travelers a new perspective. Can a 1,250km journey from Kyoto Prefecture to Shiretoko in Hokkaido Prefecture be done in just two days, with emissions limited to just 100kg? If our travelers make their goal, they'll be rewarded with a nature experience in a Natural World Heritage site. But if they exceed the set CO2 limit at any point during their journey, they'll be sent home immediately. Two students with very different views on the environment use various means of transport to make their way to their goal, facing unexpected obstacles and problems along the way. A 21st-century travel show that grapples with the global problem of CO2!
    Really enjoyed this travel show where the participants had to take their CO2 emissions into consideration when traveling.
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  • Honey I shrunk the car. Picked up my Sakura today. It's back home getting its first charge. Used auto-parking like 3-times today (including before this photo).
    Charging my little EV
  • Keeping positive in the face of climate disaster

    An internet buddy of mine posted in a private Slack group we're part of about how the weight of climate change is affecting his mental health. With the wildfires, heatwaves, and hurricanes coming for California(!), it's easy to feel despair. This post is my (slightly edited) reply.

    Having a child was a kind of catalyst for me and climate change. Action is how you fight the weight of climate change. None of our individual actions will solve the climate crisis alone (as it’s largely a systems problem), but action breads action from those around us.

    In Saving Us (great book, highly recommend), one of the things the author talks about is how one person’s actions influence their neighbors. For example, let’s say a neighbor sees you doing X that’s positive for the climate (composting, getting solar installed, switching to electric transport / cycling).

    This in turn influences your neighbors
    • Directly, as it creates an opportunity for discussion about this topic with your neighbors. They might be on the fence about doing any of these and they can chat with you about it and your motivations. This plants and water seeds in their mind about the issues, as well as creates deeper community bonds, and we’re going to need them.
    • Indirectly - neighbors that pass by your house notice X…so it plants a seed…and a few house down they see X again. After a period, X is now an acceptable and something that this neighborhood does. You can see solar panels spread through neighborhoods like this - one person got them, then a few houses down, and a few houses down, then a few house down…and pretty soon the neighborhood is powered by the sun (either by panels directly, or by the excess the neighbors are pushing into the grid).

    It does feel like we’ve passed a tipping point. Be part of voices that demand the system changes and encourage those around you to do the same.

    This said, the energy transition is also happening at an incredible pace. We’re deploying more solar, wind, and batteries at a faster pace than ever before and it’s not slowing down. For me personally, joining a group of companies that’s fighting climate full stack was how I deal/dealt with the weight of climate change and the future I want for my kid. I am but a cog in the machine, but everyone around me has the same sense of urgency. And when it feels hopeless, I can see / hear about new wind farms/solar farms we’re deploying or see the number of people actively working on it, and I feel like…we (humanity) got this (energy transition).
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