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NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

New York City has approved a plan that will turn an abandoned trolley terminal into an underground park. The project was announced months ago, and renders of it have been provided by The Lowline showing walking spaces, green plants, and solar technology used to provide light. The park will be developed at the Lower East Side's Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, and will eventually be the first underground park in the world.

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Paris opens first part of its highway for bicycles

Paris opens first part of its highway for bicycles

Many people like the idea of getting around on a bicycle, but not having to do so on the same roads as cars. To deal with that issue, Paris has decided to create a 28-mile highway that is exclusively for bicycles, banning all motorized vehicles on them and, as a result, making a safe space for cyclists to get around more quickly. The highway is called Reseau express velo, REVe for short, and it was first voted upon last year.

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First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

Solar roads are a very interesting idea that could one day see the roads around our nation generate power for use by streetlights, signals, or even nearby homes. The first section of solar roadway in the US is coming to a section of historic Route 66 in Missouri. The installation is part of the Missouri Road to Tomorrow initiative.

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Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden has launched its first electric highway, something that is serving as a test of sorts for a potential wider rollout later on. This is part of the nation’s stated goal of ditching fossil fuel-based transportation in the future, making it possible for electric trucks to operate across a two kilometer stretch of freeway. The electric highway features electrified cables running overhead; electric trucks connected to them get their power through the lines, eliminating worries about batteries and range while curbing pollution and more.

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Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple has formed a new subsidiary company, but not one for developing the latest computer and mobile devices. Instead, "Apple Energy LLC" will be used to sell the surplus energy the company generates at its solar power farms. Incorporated in the state of Delaware in late May, Apple Energy has filed its request to sell power to markets in the US with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Back in December, adidas and Parley for the Oceans detailed a running shoe made with ocean plastic. Now, half a year later, adidas has showcased a finished pair of those shoes, as well as providing pictures and details about the process used to create them. A bunch of work went into collecting, then cleaning and processing plastics found floating in the ocean, turning it into a type of teal green yarn.

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Portugal ran solely on renewable energy for 107 hours straight

Portugal ran solely on renewable energy for 107 hours straight

Portugal recently hit a new clean energy milestone, managing to run for 107 hours straight solely on renewable energy. The energy sources were wind, water, and solar, with the trio — and the technology that harvests them — sustaining the region’s power needs from 6:45AM local time on May 7, a Saturday, to 5:45PM on the following Wednesday. The data comes from ZERO and the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association.

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Solar Impulse finally leaves Hawaii to complete Pacific crossing

Solar Impulse finally leaves Hawaii to complete Pacific crossing

Earlier this week we talked a bit about the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft that had been grounded in Hawaii for an extended period of time. A severe overheating in the battery packs that store the solar energy led to damage requiring those batteries to be replaced. Earlier this week we had learned that test flights had been conducted and the aircraft was waiting for the ideal window to take off. That launch happened yesterday when the Solar Impulse left Kalaeloa, Hawaii.

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Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

Bioo pot uses plants to charge your phone

A team has launched what they say is the first plant pot capable of charging your phone, and it’s called Bioo. The pot is said to produce electricity in a roundabout way from the plant’s photosynthesis, giving users a green alternative to solar chargers for powering up their gadgets. The pot features a charging port that’s disguised as a rock, presumably a battery to store the electricity being generated, and more.

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San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco has become the first major city in the United States that will require solar panels to be included on newly constructed buildings. The legislation comes from Supervisor Scott Wiener, and it was just recently passed without opposition by the Board of Supervisors, Wiener announced this week. Under the legislation, new buildings will need to put their roof space to good use by installing solar panels, helping ease the city’s energy burden while being better for the environment.

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Newly created transparent wood paves way for greener homes

Newly created transparent wood paves way for greener homes

In what seems like a bit of modern day alchemy, researchers have managed to transform real wood into still-real transparent wood, giving it a somewhat cloudy appearance like roughed up acrylic or dry craft glue. According to the study, which was published in Biomacromolecules earlier this month, the researchers were able to achieve a level of transparency as high as 85-percent, and a haze level as low as 71-percent to create what they call “optically transparent wood.”

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Australia to research whether wind farms harm human health

Australia to research whether wind farms harm human health

Wind farms probably don’t have much of an effect on human health, but that doesn’t stop the conspiracy theories and complaints. To address those concerns, the Australian government has just announced a pair of grants that will fund research in how wind farms affect human health…if they do at all. The two grants total $3.3 million, and were granted by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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