The EV’s Role In The Future Of Energy Storage

UC San Diego’s Team M-BEAM’s Fund Raising Challenge: The First Cross-Country EV Trek Demonstrating New, Swappable Modular Battery Technology: The EV’s Role In the Future of Energy Storage

Special To The ECOreport & Clean Technica

By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1(La Jolla, CA: September 2, 2015) — On the eve of America’s National Drive Electric Week (September 12 – 20th), a grassroots initiative known as The M-BEAM Challenge is delivering the world’s first coast-to-coast electric vehicle (EV) trek to demonstrate the versatile, range-extending capabilities of its Modular Battery Exchange and Active Management (M-BEAM) swappable battery system, designed to address the industry’s largest hurdles to widespread EV adoption: cost and range anxiety. And the inventor, engineering students and UCSD advisors behind the endeavor – aka Team M-BEAM — have launched a fundraising effort challenging the world to help take their concept mainstream while supporting their milestone journey, currently slated for October 2015.

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This Time, BC Counts

Rate Mair’s latest analysis of the 2015 election: Mulcair & Trudeau are both coming on strong, Elizabeth May shines and this time, BC Counts

Originally Published on The Common Sense Canadian 

By Rafe Mair

Churchill once stated that the best time to predict events was after they had happened and I think he was probably right.

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60% Of Seabirds Have Plastic In Their Guts

If Seabirds are considered excellent indicators of ecosystem health, what are the implications of a study finds 60% of seabirds have plastic in their guts?

The Ecologist via ENN

By Chris Wilcox, Britta Denise Hardesty & Erik van Sebille

Already 60% of seabird species have plastic in their guts, often as much as 8% of their body weight. And with ocean plastic increasing exponentially, that figure will rise to 99% by 2050, threatening some birds’ survival. Unless we act.

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Restoring San Diego’s Vernal Pools

A short film exploring the values of  endangered wetlands & the Chaparral Lands Conservancy role in Restoring San Diego’s Vernal Pools

Originally Published on

By Jim Karnick

This short film explores the special values of San Diego’s endangered vernal pools and efforts by The Chaparral Lands Conservancy to restore some of these damaged wetland wonders.

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Stop funding Climate Change Denying Lobbyists

A Global coalition of 25 institutional investors, worth £45 million, calls on 9 publicly trading companies to Stop funding Climate Change Denying Lobbyists

Originally Published on Click Green

A global coalition of 25 institutional investors with over forty five billion pounds in assets under management is calling on nine major publicly listed companies to review their membership of lobbying groups that seek to undermine EU climate policy.

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An Environmentally Friendly Oil Sands Project

In the following Q&A from, a former EXXON President talks about something that could make a big difference, if it is true, an environmentally friendly Oil Sands Project

By James Stafford

After decades of exhaustive attempts to overcome the dirty reputation of oil sands, we finally have an environmentally-friendly and low cost method to tap into these vast resources in the state of Utah—good news both for Mother Nature and all oil and gas investors.

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PACE Water Conservation Programs Work

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Renovate America announced that California will save more than a billion gallons of water through the completed water-efficiency projects financed through its’ HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. More than half of those projects have been completed in the five months since Governor Brown announced water reduction mandates. HERO has shown that PACE water conservation programs work.

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How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations will probably look upon this upcoming election as a turning point in our nation’s history. Prior to the advent of Stephen Harper, few Canadians realized the degree to which our country is an elected dictatorship. With the support of a mere 39% of the population, the Prime Minister can rip up carefully prepared environmental legislation and trample on the rights of major cities like Vancouver and Burnaby. Observing the extent to which Harper’s Conservatives are attempting to transform Canada into a Petro-state, some may ask if they are simply corporate shills. History will undoubtedly be kinder, as their true motivations come to light.  It is never-the-less time to examine how the 2015 election will change Canada.  Continue reading How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

Younicos Is Not Involved In A Merger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The rumour that German energy storage developer Younicos is involved in a merger is false. PV magazine cites the German Cartel Office as its’ source for the story that one of Younicos’ potential investors, Panasonic “has registered for a merger control.” This appears to be true, but according to Younico’s spokesperson, Philip Hiersemenzel, it has nothing to do with them. Younicos is not involved in a merger.

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First Nations Discuss Broken Government Process

As the BC’s government steams ahead with some of the most poorly planned projects conceivable, Northern First Nations Discuss Broken Government

Joint Press Release

First Nation leaders from across northern BC met Thursday August 20th in Prince George to discuss their concerns in regards to the approaches to major project development being taken by the federal and provincial governments, and industry. The Site C Dam project and the siting of the Pacific Northwest LNG plant on the Skeena Estuary were among the topics discussed.
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