New York to Build Seawall – Humanity Takes Historic Step into the Unknown

Positive Future #490 (Feature photo – Seawall – Public Domian) Most damaged by Hurricane Sandy is Staten Island in New York. Recently $615 million in funding has been approved to build a 5 mile seawall along the Staten Island shoreline. The seawall will be built the U.S. Corps of Engineer. Groundbreaking is set for 2020…

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Plastic – The Uninvited Food and Beverage

Positive Future #489 (Feature photo – Plastic Water Bottle – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. – Feralbt) Inhabitat Journalist Lucienne Cross brings the story of how many microplastic particles we eat, drink and breath in each year. The number of microplastic particles we take in can range between 74,000 and 121,000 particles a…

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The Internet Ate My Brain

Positive Future #488 (Feature photo – Scan of The Human Brain – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69748) CleanTechnica journalist Steve Hanley has come forward to contribute to the emerging debate on what happens to our brains, personalities and friends when we immerse much of our waking lives in cyberspace. Hanley is certainly not the first and…

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Affordable Housing and Food Security – Working Together

Positive Future #487 (Feature photo – Inside Grocery Store on Wheels – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license – Zache) In a world seeking to serve exclusive high ends, what about a world seeking to serve those on the edge of being excluded? Affordable Housing Finance Magazine…

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Will Homelessness Change Economic Models?

Positive Future #485 (Feature photo – Homelessness in Oakland, California – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license – Grendelkhan) (This is a short editorial by Benjamin Gisin) Recently in a trip to the Bay Area, we passed numerous tent cities of homeless people huddled in between the vegetation along freeways. A friend who just…

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Will Electric Mobility Re-Arrange Which Car Makers Prevail?

Positive Future #484 (Feature photo – Highway Traffic – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license – Floydian) CleanTechnica Journalist Dr. Maximillian Holland has put together the electric vehicle projections by three major automakers. The results are that by Toyota’s own projections, it will fall materially behind VW and Tesla in the fully-electric vehicle market…

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Global Energy Shift

Positive Future #483 (Feature photo – Solar Power – public domain) Nearly two thirds of all new energy additions in 2018 were from renewable forms of energy generation according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Of note is that there was 171 GW of new renewable energy added to the global capacity in 2018. Under…

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U.S. Energy Storage Market – Dramatic Growth

As electric vehicles enter the market in larger numbers, so are large storage batteries entering the power grids around the nation. During peak energy demands, large complexes of batteries are beginning to take the place of “peaker” gas-fired electricity plants. The emergence of battery storage for large electrical grids and to store power for solar…

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Autonomous Truck – The Future of Food Transport?

Positive Future #480 (Feature photo – T-Pod Autonomous Truck – courtesy of Einride) CleanTechnica journalist Erika Clugston brings us news about a fully autonomous freight truck now being tested in Sweden. While the U.S. is experiencing a shortage of truckers, at some point further in the future, autonomous trucks will arrive in larger numbers. You…

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