The 5 most unusual U.S. solar installations of 2020

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Announcements about new rooftop and ground-mounted solar installations come across our desks at Solar Power World daily, but some unique designs manage to stick out in our minds long after we report about them. Here are five of the most unusual solar installations we covered in 2020.

Tesla’s German Gigafactory stalls again, this time due to hibernating snakes

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Reptiles having their annual nap are the latest roadblock to Tesla’s progress in Berlin.

EPA Issues Interim Strategy to Regulate PFAS in Wastewater and Stormwater Discharge Permits

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

On November 22, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Interim Strategy for Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Federally Issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, signaling that the agency will begin regulating PFAS in Clean Water Act permits in 2021. The interim guidance represents EPA’s first effort at regulating PFAS in wastewater and stormwater discharges. 

Ag must make big changes to reach climate goals, says report

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Progress toward limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — the goal of the Paris Agreement — is “highly insufficient,” “off-track,” “too slow,” and “inadequate” across almost every key sector: power, buildings, industry, transport, agriculture, and forests, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the ClimateWorks Foundation said Wednesday in their State of Climate Action report.

How Does Nanotechnology Address Problems in the Environment?

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Environmental protection is one of the critical challenges faced by the human race. Over the years, we have unintentionally devastated our surroundings by creating and discarding plastics, contributed to climate change by mining and burning fossil fuels, and polluted our air and waterways with human-made creations.

But now it is time to repair the environment and our relationship with it, with nanotechnology set to play a vital role in securing the future sustainability of our planet.

‘Green’ Competition: European Commission and Member States Consider Intersection of Sustainability Agreements and Antitrust Laws

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Sustainability issues are increasingly high on the list of competition policy priorities both at the European Union and member state levels. The European Commission (EC) and national competition authorities are actively rethinking how competition policy can better support the transition to sustainable economic growth. Whilst recent initiatives are setting the path to much-needed guidance and legal certainty, there are already lessons businesses can take away from the discussions to date.

Investors plan major move into renewable energy infrastructure

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Global investors managing nearly $7tn (£5.2bn) of assets plan to almost double their spending on renewable energy infrastructure over the next five years amid deepening concerns over the fossil fuel industry’s climate plans, according to a report.

A survey of institutional investors found that they are planning to increase their renewable energy investments from 4.2% of their overall portfolio to 8.3% in the next five years and 10.8% within the next decade to about $742.5bn.

The survey of more than 100 investors, representing $6.9tn of assets under management, found that 83% did not believe the plans put forward by oil and gas companies would be enough to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.

Phood Raises $2M in Seed Funding to Fight Food Waste

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Phood, the New York City-based startup that uses a combination of weight scales, computer vision and AI to help foodservice operators reduce food waste, announced today that it has raised a $2 million Seed round of financing. The round was led by New Stack Ventures and Story Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Phood to $2.1 million.

Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company’s Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups

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Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center reveal the company’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on warehouse workers and the extensive monitoring of labor unions, environmental activists, and other social movements.

Darwin’s handwritten pages from On the Origin of Species go online

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Two original pages from the handwritten draft of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, along with rare letters, and never-before-seen reading notes are to be added to Darwin Online

An extraordinary collection of priceless manuscripts of naturalist Charles Darwin goes online today, including two rare pages from the original draft of On the Origin of Species.

These documents will be added to Darwin Online, a website which contains not only the complete works of Darwin, but is possibly the most comprehensive scholarly portal on any historical individual in the world. The website is helmed by Dr John van Wyhe, an eminent historian of science. He is a Senior Lecturer at NUS Biological Sciences and Tembusu College.