Food Trucks Going Solar NYC
A new pilot program to provide 500 solar assisted food carts to vendors throughout New York City neighborhoods was announced earlier this week.
The environmental footprint of New York City’s 8,000 food carts and trucks isn’t inconsequential.
According to environmental non-profit group Energy Vision, more than 60% of the carts use gasoline or diesel powered generators.
The new carts from MOVE Systems each use solar and other technologies to reduce greenhouse gases by 60% and smog-causing NOx pollution by 95% – the equivalent of taking nearly 200 cars off the road.
The MRV100 vending vehicle includes a restaurant-grade kitchen with refrigeration. Each unit is equipped with a battery recharged by a hybrid CNG generator and solar panels on the roof to provide additional charging capabilities.
The MRV100’s generator can run on renewable natural gas (RNG), which is made from food and other organic waste. Use of this fuel could offset up to 4 million gallons (more than 10.5 million litres) of gasoline a year according to Energy Vision. MORE
The MIT you Don't Know, But Soon Will!
For most of us, when we hear "MIT," we thinkMassachusetts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but there's another MIT that is making a mark, and it isn't in Massachusetts.
In what could be a classic example of academia-industry collaboration, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University and Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar player, unveiled the University’s first prototype solar car ready for exploring commercial viability in Bangalore on April 22, 2015. The solar car called SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle) was designed by 27 students who made up the SolarMobil team. Work on the four-wheeled prototype started in 2011. It weighs 590 Kgs and is a two-seater solar car which can reach up to 60 kmph with a cruising speed of 30Kmph. MORE
NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act
A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.
A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, found the remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf is flowing faster, becoming increasingly fragmented and developing large cracks. Two of its tributary glaciers also are flowing faster and thinning rapidly.
"These are warning signs that the remnant is disintegrating," Khazendar said. "Although it’s fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it’s bad news for our planet. This ice shelf has existed for at least 10,000 years, and soon it will be gone." MORE
China’s jaw-dropping progress at
reducing CO2 emissions
Against all odds, China has made tremendous strides in the fight against CO2 emissions. In just four months, it reduced levels to the amount the UK emits in the same period. Experts have been warning China for years of an impending eco catastrophe.
The progress comes on the heels of Chinese promises to shut down the last remaining coal plant in Beijing in 2016 and cut reliance by 160 million tons in a matter of just five years. Very worrying statistics have been coming out of the country, with stark health warnings to people living in or near the industrial regions of the country. MORE
SunEdison Scores Major
South African Solar Project
Among a number of significant achievements over the last week, SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), has been awarded an 86 megawatt solar photovoltaic project in South Africa.
The Droogfontein 2 solar PV facility will be situated 20 kilometres south of Kimberly in the Northern Cape Province and will produce enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 South African homes. MORE
"The Smart Money Gets Invested in Green"
Our guest, Meg Voohres, Director of Research and Operations for the Forum on Sustainable/Responsible Investing, co-wrote a book on what she called "The Sweatshop Quandry." In essence, she saw shipping jobs overseas to areas that paid people at a poverty level for their work a microcosm of the business world's struggle to balance financial gain with having a social conscious and a commitment to high corporate social responsibility standards.
That book was written in 1998. Since then, we've seen incredible growth in a healthier, more giving corporate world, and have seen that trend somewhat dictated by savvy investors who will no longer put money with managers who fail to serve the community while making money for their shareholders.
Meg's group issues what is now the flagship report on sustainable-themed funds. MORE