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Business Economy Featured Technology Washington

NW Media Collective, Technology Company In Vancouver, WA Moves To 4-Day Workweek

NW Media Collective, a provider of web development and digital marketing services, announced today that it will be transitioning to a four-day workweek starting April 3, 2023. The decision was made to improve the work-life balance of our team members and create a better work environment that encourages service, innovation, and collaboration. “We believe that […]

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Environment Technology

Clean energy spurs economic benefits

Caption: While climate change might benefit the economy overall, we would rather not have to deal with it at all. Credit: Dear EarthTalk: Is climate change actually good for the economy, given all the clean-up/restoration jobs severe weather is creating and the employment surges in green energy?– P.B., New Haven, CT Strangely enough, climate […]

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Environment Technology

Electric drive planes on the horizon

Classic Caption: Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane Israel’s Eviation can fly for an hour on a battery charge with zero emissions. Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes?— Michael C., Summit, NJ Many environmentalists consider travel an […]

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Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities Technology

Put rainfall to use with rain barrels

Classic Caption: Elevate your rain barrel for easier access to the spigot for filling containers and to speed water flow with the help of gravity. Photo credit: photo courtesy by Melinda Myers Put rainwater to use in your landscape with the help of rain barrels. This centuries old technique allows you to capture rainfall to […]

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Environment Technology

China is taking ‘green strides’

Classic Caption: China is giving the world mixed signals about its commitment to reducing carbon emissions and meeting its Paris accord promises. Credit: Sam Lim, Dear EarthTalk: I’m confused: Is China’s government committed to fighting climate change or just making the problem worse? — Paul J., Austin, TX In the wake of the global […]

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Environment Technology

Is methane capture from livestock good or bad?

Caption: Newer technology that has farmers and ranchers capturing methane from their livestock waste is better for the planet than not having it. Credit: Mark Stebnicki, Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Is encouraging dairy farmers and cattle ranchers to capture methane gas from their livestock’s manure good or bad for the planet?— Phil Onorato, Pittsburgh, PA Methane […]

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Environment Technology

Chemical ban is big win for environment

Caption: This visualization shows the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole is getting smaller each year thanks to efforts by international negotiators back in the late 1980s. Credit: Stuart Rankin, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone calculated the positive health and/or economic impacts of international efforts to protect the stratospheric ozone layer beginning […]

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Environment Technology

Blimps make a comeback

Caption: Believe it or not, blimps are making a comeback as a green short hop commuter travel option. Dear EarthTalk: Is blimp travel really making a comeback? Is it eco-friendly? – J. Roe, Islip. NY The blimp, forever besmirched due to the Hindenburg explosion in 1937—when one of the first commercial blimps caught on fire—never […]

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Environment Technology

Solar farms spark controversy

Caption: Solar farms may be the next battleground for environmentalists. Credit: Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Has there been any backlash against the installation of rooftop solar panels or the development of big solar farms across the U.S.?— B. Jackson, Longmeadow, MA Incentives like the Solar Investment Tax Credit and increased affordability in the cost of solar […]

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Featured Oregon Technology

Utility-scale platform to help build clean energy

ESS Tech, Inc. (“ESS,” “ESS Inc.”) (NYSE: GWH), a Wilsonville, Oregon manufacturer of long-duration batteries for utility-scale and commercial energy storage applications, announced recentlythat it has entered into an agreement with Portland General Electric (PGE) in Oregon to test and demonstrate the ESS Energy CenterTM platform. The 3 MWh Energy Center is expected to come […]