Stuttgart’s location in a valley basin, its mild climate, low wind speeds, industrial activity and high volume of traffic has made it susceptible to poor air quality. Development on the valley slopes has prevented air from moving through the city, which worsens the air quality and contributes to the urban heat island effect.
Falling costs, Chinese dominance and competition in battery technology are some of the main developments to monitor in 2018.
A review of all the headlines published by Renewable Energy World this year revealed many interesting trends in the global renewable energy marketplace. Ten trends, however, stand out as being major stories to watch in 2017.
A Greenpeace Spain report launched on World Oceans Day which puts numbers to the enormous problem of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea coincides with the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, setting sail in the region to examine solutions to the problem.  The tour, starting along the Spanish coast, will continue into Italy, Croatia and Greece. A final leg will take the ship into the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea, a basin also impacted by plastic pollution.
The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest.
Earth will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by tomorrow, a new report from environmental groups has said.
‘Earth Overshoot Day’ arrived on 2 August this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network.
A Nespresso spokesperson said: “We are frequently asked whether individual portions and the use of aluminium contradict sustainability – in our opinion, the opposite is the case.”
With an ever increasing number of mainstream manufacturers getting into the electric car business, it is remarkable that electric car myths still persist, even as the palette of choices becomes more and more broad. With the industry still in its infancy, the current selection of electric cars ranges from a bare bones no frills model in the form of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, to a mid-line popularly priced model in the Nissan LEAF, to a full-on luxury sports sedan in the form of the Tesla Model S.
Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid. A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda.
Apple Inc. offered a $1 billion bond dedicated to financing clean energy and environmental projects on Tuesday, the first corporate green bond offered since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement.