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The Smart City Blueprint

The Smart City Blueprint

Smart cities are all the hype these days. Everyone from urban planners to private companies have been throwing the two words around lately, as a common aspiration for metropolitan cities in the coming years. It comes tied with a bunch of other complicated concepts, from the Internet of Things (IoT), to 5G, autonomous transportation and information and communication technology (ICT).

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Porsche boosts Taycan production, mulls hybrid loaners, as reservations wow

Porsche boosts Taycan production, mulls hybrid loaners, as reservations wow

Porsche will increase its production of the upcoming Taycan all-electric sports sedan, after early reservations for the EV blew through the automaker's predictions. Production version of the Porsche Mission E concept, the Taycan was officially named back in mid-2018; however, plenty of details are still a mystery.

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Scientists make coal from CO2 in climate change alchemy

Scientists make coal from CO2 in climate change alchemy

Scientists have revealed a new process that turns carbon dioxide back into coal, offering a potential way to capture the greenhouse gas and sequester it from the atmosphere. This is the first time researchers have developed a way to transform carbon dioxide into solid carbon particles, adding it to the list of existing technologies and breakthroughs involving carbon capture and storage.

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Nissan ROAM camper power pack gives second life to used EV batteries

Nissan ROAM camper power pack gives second life to used EV batteries

Nissan and OPUS Campers have taken the wraps off a new camper concept that taps used electric vehicle batteries to offer power while on the go. Called the Nissan x OPUS concept, this camper features ROAM, a portable and weather-resistant power pack from Nissan Energy. Unlike the gas generators used by some campers, ROAM is silent and free of emissions.

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Amazon reveals ‘ambitious’ net zero carbon shipments goal

Amazon reveals ‘ambitious’ net zero carbon shipments goal

Amazon has announced Shipment Zero, a new project that aims to make half of the company's shipments net zero carbon by 2030. The retailer calls its goal 'ambitious,' acknowledging that it won't be easy, but that it is committed to achieving the results by its self-imposed deadline. This joins Amazon's larger sustainability goal of powering its worldwide infrastructure using entirely renewable energy.

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New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

One of the biggest problems facing the Earth's environment right now is the abundance of plastic waste. An estimated 5 billion tons of plastic is collecting in landfills or filling the oceans, and if not addressed, it will plague the decades to come by degrading into toxic chemicals, polluting the land and sea and destroying the habitats of wildlife. As scientific research looks for a solution, one possible option is trying to turn the waste into a usable fuel source.

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Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Tech today just isn’t made to last. Carriers want you switching phones once every few years, headphones break far too often and you’re probably getting another phone case next month. And as the usual narrative goes, our old tech gets lost somewhere in the nooks and crannies of our rooms, or worse, thrown out. With some simple tools and a little bit of creativity, you’ll find plenty of use for old tech. This is a list to give your unwanted products new purpose and save you a little bit of cash. It’ll also put a huge smile on Mother Nature’s face.

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Japan nears e-waste goal for making Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals

Japan nears e-waste goal for making Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals

Japan has nearly hit its goal for collecting e-waste that will be used to create the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals, officials have announced. The nation announced plans to make the medals primarily from metal harvested from old smartphones and other gadgets back in early 2017. In its most recent update, officials said that nearly 100% of the needed metals have been collected.

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Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Just in time for the Galaxy S10, Samsung plans to go green in how it packages its smartphones, tablets, and other electronics, bringing in a new sustainability policy. The company will also tweak the design of its accessories, including the USB charger included with its phones, with the aim of cutting down how much plastic is involved.

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KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC vows to reduce plastic packaging waste by 2025

KFC is the latest franchise to announce plans regarding plastic waste, stating that it will eliminate non-reusable/recoverable plastic packaging by 2025. Following Nestle earlier this week and Starbucks before it, KFC will work at transitioning to alternative products in a bid to eliminate its use of plastic bags, straws, cutlery, and cup lids.

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Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé will start eliminating packaged plastic straws next month

Nestlé has announced specific plans that will help it meet its previously stated goal of using 100-percent reusable and/or recyclable packaging by 2025. Among the first changes will be the phasing out of plastic straws from its products, a process that will begin starting next month. Instead of plastic straws, Nestlé plans to offer "innovative designs" and alternatives like paper materials.

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Goal Zero reveals Nomad 5 solar panel, Yeti home power gear, and Flip batteries

Goal Zero reveals Nomad 5 solar panel, Yeti home power gear, and Flip batteries

Sustainable and portable power company Goal Zero has announced a number of new products at CES 2019, including a new portable solar panel for USB devices, power banks in a variety of sizes, and a device that enables consumers to chain lead acid and lithium batteries together. Though the products won't be available until May, Goal Zero has thoroughly detailed each item ahead of their launch.

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