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Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

A city in Northern China has built what it calls the world's largest air purifier in a bid to reduce smog levels. Measuring 100m / 328ft high, the tower resembles a huge concrete cylinder, but it is said to be far more than that. According to a local publication, researchers from the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are testing the air purifier tower.

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NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

Ozone depletion is on the decline, according to NASA, which has announced that scientists have demonstrated a particular aspect of this via a satellite instrument for the first time. According to the instrument, which was made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chlorine atom levels are decreasing and with that comes a decrease in their destruction of the ozone layer. The favorable change is the direct result of international bans on chlorofluorocarbons, NASA says.

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Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Home solar installations are down considerably in the US this year, according to a new report, marking the first decrease in years. The information comes from GTM Research's US Solar Market Insight Executive Summary Q4 2017 report, which reveals that Q3 2017 saw a 51-percent year-on-year decrease in residential solar installations, a huge reversal of last year's record numbers.

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Toyota’s 2.2 megawatt hydrogen plant could ignite fuel-cell cars

Toyota’s 2.2 megawatt hydrogen plant could ignite fuel-cell cars

Toyota may be one of the automakers pushing hydrogen fuel cells, but it's only now that the company is getting serious about hydrogen fuel production. Plans to build the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant have been revealed at the LA Auto Show 2017 today, turning bio-wasted into green fuel.

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Glitter may be a big environmental hazard say researchers

Glitter may be a big environmental hazard say researchers

As with microbeads and other types of microplastic, researchers say that glitter may be a big environmental hazard. The simple shiny material is commonly used on crafts and for pulling pranks, but the tiny bits of plastic exist long after the paper crafts rot and the fun is over. The biggest risk is for oceans, where glitter can be harmful to sea life.

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Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin, love it or hate it, is a financial reality that has moved into the mainstream. With attention -- and value -- higher than ever, people around the world are mining in hopes of picking up precious digital fragments of the cryptocurrency. The environmental cost of cryptocurrency mining was a concerned raised years ago and one that has received renewed attention thanks to a new report: Bitcoin mining is using more electricity than 12 US states and 159 countries.

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Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla has completed its Powerpack backup battery system in Australia ahead of its December 2017 deadline, officials have announced. With its completion comes a milestone designation: it is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, and it is located in South Australia. South Australia, which is heavily dependent on wind power, approved the construction back in July. Tesla had promised to complete the project in 100 days.

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BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW has taken the wraps off a new concept that imagines transportation for urban cities of the future. Called the BMW Vision E³ Way, this concept presents an elevated road system designed for electric two-wheel vehicles (e-bikes, essentially) that could be used by city-dwellers of the future to efficiently travel within the urban environment. The concept was developed by BMW's Technology Office located in Shanghai, China.

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RAESR Tachyon Speed electric hypercar makes 3650 lb-ft of torque

RAESR Tachyon Speed electric hypercar makes 3650 lb-ft of torque

The folks over at RAESR have been working on a new electric hypercar and they put in all the torques. All of them. The car makes 3,650 lb-ft of torque and over 1250hp thanks to six direct drive electric motors. All that power pushes a low slung hypercar that looks like a jet fighter and has an odd tandem seating configuration for driver and passenger.

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World’s first hydrogen powered Tesla is green of a different sort

World’s first hydrogen powered Tesla is green of a different sort

A company out of the Netherlands called the Holthausen Group has taken an already cool and green EV in the form of a Tesla Model S and made it cooler. The company claims to have been the first in the world to supplement the Model S with a hydrogen power source. The vehicle is known as Project Hesla.

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Daimler’s newest fuel cells aren’t going anywhere

Daimler’s newest fuel cells aren’t going anywhere

Put in hydrogen; get out nothing but electricity and water. There's a reason hydrogen fuel cells have become increasingly popular among automakers, but Daimler's latest ambition for the technology isn't actually designed to move at all. Instead, it's all about weening power-hogs off the grid.

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BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

Electrified cars may be increasingly popular, but one of the big questions is what happens when the batteries aren't holding enough charge for use on the road? BMW is showing off one of its solutions, officially opening its battery storage farm at the grounds of BMW Plant Leipzig in Germany today. Inside the facility, a next-door neighbor to the plant where it produces EVs like the BMW i3, is the place where old electric car batteries go to retire.

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