The White House announced that President Obama will be using his executive directives to force the EPA to curb carbon emissions and put an end to federal funding for new coal plants in the United States. The president seeks new international agreements in 2015 and pushes for free-trade agreements supporting environmentally friendly goods and services. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100841328
Category: Renewable energy
Volvo has announced plans to build an electric charging network for electric buses in the eco-friendly city of Gothenburg in Sweden. The inductive charging stations can recharge a bus to full capacity in 8 minutes and is scheduled for public use mid-2015! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/27/volvo-building-an-electric-roadway-to-charge-buses/
A building at the Milan Expo will feature a first of its kind, smog eating photocatalytic cement! When in contact with ultraviolet light, the titanium oxide in the mix reacts with nitrogen oxide in the air turning the pollutant into a salt that can be washed away! Talk about cool sustainable innovations! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/24/milan-air-cleaning-building/
AT&T has announced the installation of 45 additional solar powered mobile device charging stations around New York City for use free of charge! Very legit Ma Bell, very legit. http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/20/att-street-charge-solar-new-york/
Hiroshima’s Shimanami Kaido, an incredibly beautiful 60 km network of bicycle routes and pedestrian corridors was recently highlighted on CNN. Connecting the main island of Honsho to Shikoku, the cyclist friendly route includes the coutry’s first hotel designed exclusively for cyclists!
Renewable energy got a much needed momentum boost, when the White House announced an executive order by President Obama on a solar energy initiative. The executive order would add 50,000 jobs in the solar energy industry and includes a push for a $2 billion energy efficiency upgrade to federal buildings. Walmart, Apple, Google, Yahoo are mentioned as corporate campuses committed to the measure, while Citigroup and Goldman Sachs plan large scale investment and innovation programs! http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/09/usa-obama-energy-idUSL2N0NU2OG20140509