Wildfire tech finally sees investor momentum

Read the full story in Inc.

As wildfires rage and governments embrace the need to combat climate change, more founders in the space are finally securing deals.

One California city’s creative drought fix

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The wine country town of Healdsburg is offering residents treated wastewater for their yards.

‘The sector is behind over a quarter of total emissions’: Global investor group steps up pressure on industry over climate goals

Read the full story from Food Navigator.

The Climate Action 100+ coalition says food and beverage companies are ‘not on track’ for an 85% cut in emissions by 2050.

Extreme sea levels to become much more common worldwide as Earth warms

Read the full story from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

A new study predicts that extreme sea levels — exceptionally high seas due to the combination of tide, waves and storm surge — along coastlines the world over will become 100 times more frequent by the end of the century in about half of the 7,283 locations studied.

Ten environmental topics to watch in the new infrastructure bill

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

While a spending bill rather than traditional “environmental” legislation, this week’s passage by the United States Senate of major infrastructure legislation has broad environmental implications. Multiple provisions are designed to incentivize progress toward achieving previously stymied goals. In addition to significant reauthorization and spending on roads, bridges, and other forms of transportation, the bill also contains a variety of provisions aimed at addressing climate change, improving the nation’s water supply, encouraging electrification of the nation’s transportation system, cleaning up and reusing contaminated lands, and modernizing the electric transmission system.

Good nutrition can help counter effects of contaminants, expert says

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

I spoke with NIEHS grantee Bernhard “Bernie” Hennig, Ph.D., about how healthy living can protect us against potentially harmful exposures.

How manufacturers can improve supply chain sustainability based on new DoD recommendations

Read the full story at National Law Review. See also the DoD fact sheet and full report.

As part of the Biden administration’s 100-day evaluation of U.S. supply chains, in June the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its review of certain “strategic and critical materials” that are key ingredients in electronics and green technologies. Supply chain resiliency is an increasingly important area of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) focus for companies and stakeholders alike, and the DoD’s review has implications for ESG reporting.

ConTech Conversations: Nexii shines light on modular

Read the full story at Construction Dive.

Vice President Gregor Robertson spoke to Construction Dive about the construction technology company’s ambitious growth plans.

DOE announces $54 million to increase energy efficiency in microelectronics technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $54 million for 10 new projects led by DOE’s National Laboratories to increase energy efficiency in microelectronics design and production. Microelectronics are critical to nearly all modern technology, including smartphones, medical equipment, power plant and electricity grids, and automobiles. Advanced microelectronics hold the potential to power innovative solutions to challenges in clean energy, climate, and national security. 

“Thanks to microelectronics, technologies that used to swallow entire buildings now fit in the palms of our hands — and now they are supporting climate solutions in electricity, transportation, and renewable energy. DOE’s world-class scientists are stepping up to reduce the carbon footprint of micro technologies used by billions of people around the world to secure our clean energy future, increase American competitiveness, and lead on climate action and innovation.” 

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

Miniaturization of microelectronic devices has spawned a digital revolution in recent decades, resulting in smaller and more powerful devices, like phones and computers, which has improved convenience and advanced scientific advancement and innovation. That continual shrinking, commonly known as Moore’s Law, is now facing technological and economic obstacles. As devices have shrunk in size, the energy required for their production has not been reduced at the same pace. Significant investments in R&D are now required to increase energy efficiency and create more sustainable technology systems that can carry the field into the future.    

The projects, led by diverse groups of researchers at DOE National Labs and experts in academia and industry, will aim to increase energy efficiency and functionality while stimulating US-based innovation as the foundation for future domestic technology development and manufacturing. These projects are “co-design” microelectronics projects, involving multi-disciplinary collaboration that takes into account the interdependencies among materials, physics, architectures, and software.  

Projects will explore

  • New computing architectures based on human brain design 
  • Ultra-low power electronics 
  • Low-temperature, nanoscale, and quantum sensors 

Projects were chosen based on peer review under the DOE National Laboratory Announcement “Microelectronics Co-Design Research.” Total funding is $54 million for projects lasting up to three years, with $18 million in Fiscal Year 2021 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations. A list of awards can be found here.

ReEnvision Ag develops new way to plant

Read the full story from Silicon Prairie News.

A northeastern Iowa agtech startup is developing technology that will change the way farmers plant crops, all while saving them money and reducing environmental impact. Nora Springs, Iowa’s ReEnvision Ag is one of five agriculture technology companies participating in the AgLaunch 365 accelerator program, which aims to cultivate startups that will transform regional agriculture; create a food economy focused on farmers, innovation and prosperity; and build inclusive, collaborative farmer networks.