Wireless EV charging, living better without coal, 10 sunny corporations

Inside Climate News: Premature birth rates drop when FF plants are closed down.

May 22, 2018 by Sabrina Shankman


A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (paywall) showed that the incidences of premature births dropped within a year of the closing of coal fired electricity plants in California.

Lead Author Joan Casey, a post-doctoral fellow at University of California Berkeley, told Inside Climate News “The ah-ha moment was probably just seeing what a large, estimated effect size we got. We were pretty shocked by it—to the point that we did many, many additional analyses to try to make it go away, and didn’t succeed.”

The study used birth records of mothers who lived within 5 kilometres, 5-10 kms and 10-20 kms away from 8 coal plants in the state. It found that the positive impact of the coal plants closing was most pronounced in those living within 5 kilometres.

»» Read the full article at Inside Climate News

Autocar Professional: BMW introduces wireless charging to its EVs

May 29, 2018
This is very cool.

Production is scheduled to begin in July on a wireless charging system. There are two parts to the system: a GroundPad, which can be installed in a garage or outside, and a CarPad attached to the underside of the vehicle, the first being the BMW 530e iPerformance. There is a gap of about 8 centimetres (3 inches) between the two, and energy is transferred either through a magnetic field and electrical current or magic. Well, maybe it just seems like magic. The high-voltage batteries in the car are fully charged in around three-and-a-half hours.

»» Read the full article and non-magic technical details at Autocar Professional

Carbon free dining has offset the footprint for more than half a million restaurant meals

Carbon Free DiningThe Carbon Free Dining certification programme is managed by Green Earth Appeal, a not-for-profit Social Enterprise that is working to change the lives of some of the planet’s poorest communities through tree planting. In turn they work with United Nations Environment.

Carbon free dining was launched in July 2014 when Three-Star Celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White of his eponymously named Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Nottingham, England chose to demonstrate his love for the environment by partnering with the new initiative.

The way the program works is that diners are given the opportunity to offset the environmental impact of their meal by paying 99p (about $US 1.25) which enables a fruit tree to be planted in a developing country. In addition to offsetting the carbon footprint, it helps with poverty reduction efforts. The corporate partner in the program is lightspeed POS systems.

This programme has already counterbalanced the negative environmental impact of over 500,000 meals, over 36,000 at Chef White’s restaurant alone.

»» Read more at Carbon Free Dining

CNBC: Ten corporations that are leading the solar electricity charge

May 28, 2018 by Anmar Frangoul

Ikea Solar Roof

You know it’s a good thing when articles about solar are being featured in the mainstream press. CNBC reports on 10 corporations that have a combined solar installation that, if all in one place, would be in the top 20 largest solar farms in the world.

American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, with the top corporate users adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity last year, according to the “Solar Means Business 2017” report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The impact of corporate solar is significant: the solar installations analyzed in the SEIA report produce enough electricity to power 402,000 U.S. homes and offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.

»» Read more about the 10 corporations’ commitment to solar at CNBC

Images: Baby – Michael Bar Haim/unsplash,, BMW, IKEA: A+R Solar Icons: made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com

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