Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was proud to unveil one of the biggest solar rooftop projects that was finished on Monday. With a capacity of 16.4 megawatts, the nearly 50 acres of solar panels will produce enough energy for 5,000 local homes.
It's not a surprise that commercial buildings in the United States use lots of electricity, but it's alarming how much they could cut back on it. An energy department investigation revealed that 29 percent of consumption could be dialed back.
California has an interesting renewable energy problem on their hands -- it's producing too much solar power. The increase in solar panels has created too much electricity for the grid, forcing utilities to pay other states to receive their power.
Over the last few decades, the city of Detroit has struggled through difficult economic shifts. But now, Detroit is bouncing back. Recently the city purchased nearly 8 miles of property to create a new greenway for its citizens.
High rates of meat consumption can have harsh consequences for the planet. But how to get people to eat less meat? Restaurants and chefs are working on 'blended burgers' that cut down on meat without sacrificing taste.
Indian Railways, the fourth largest rail network in the world, is looking to add solar panels and battery packs to 250 different trains. They'll be testing out the technology first in an effort to add five gigawatts of solar power.
Airplanes are creating massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions, but they aren't regulated due to how important flight travel is. Eviation Aircraft is hoping to create the first-ever electric plane that can travel long distances.
Produce stickers, such as those found on many fruits and vegetables, create a lot of unnecessary waste. But new laser technology, which allows for labeling directly on the produce itself, may make such stickers a thing of the past.
Not everybody is sold on self-driving vehicles. The biggest hurdle is showing how safe they can be. The University of Michigan is testing out vehicle-to-vehicle communication at their facility to provide enhancements on radar and cameras.
With limited space available, Singapore is looking out into the water for more room to work with. They'll be testing out multiple floating solar farms to see what works when it comes to powering their city with renewable energy.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney has signed onto a pledge along with nearly 300 United States cities that will be setting a goal to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The goal is attainable with so many initiatives already in movement.
A Chinese startup is looking to compete with Tesla in the electric vehicle industry, but it's doing so with two unique models -- a hybrid SUV and an ultra-compact car. The latter is expected to come out next March and is targeted for commuters in China.
Coal India, the world's biggest coal-producing company, will have to shut down nearly 40 mines by next spring as they will no longer be profitable. The move comes at a time when renewable energy is getting much more affordable in India.
Tesla is currently in talks with the Shanghai Municipal Government to bring a Gigafactory into China. The company released a statement after rumors increased this week and denied any deals being made.
Wind energy faces a problem: energy demands are highest in middle of the day, but wind usually blows strongest at night. In Texas, however, strong midday gusts are making it difficult for natural gas to compete with wind power.
The city of Alameda is dealing with lots of pollution on their coasts, and one needless common item found is plastic straws. Over 45 million straws are used annually at restaurants, and they're looking into limiting their use with an on-demand system.
In years past, developing freshwater from seawater was tricky, as water vapor had to be painstakingly extracted via distillation. But now, thanks to a breakthrough in distillation technology, the process can be solar-powered and far simpler.
HP and Thread have teamed up to eliminate the hazards of kids collecting plastic from landfills in Haiti. They're giving education scholarships, training adults to help in their collection efforts, and are converting plastics into ink cartridges.