Energy and Climate Change

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Jane Goodall brings message of warning, hope to University of Montana crowd

“I see our species at the mouth of a very long and very dark tunnel,” she said, decrying rampant environmental destruction, prejudice, greed, poverty and war. But there’s a “little star” at the end of the tunnel: hope. To reach it, she said, humankind must struggle to overcome any obstacles in the way.

Artificial Intelligence helps city planners build EV charging network

An algorithm forecasts demand to maximise location efficiencies

Amazon’s Zoox completes ‘critical checkpoint’ in robotaxi testing and rollout

The Zoox vehicle operated “with no one inside, no chase vehicle, and no emergency stop, all on open, private roads with non-Zoox agents, including pedestrians, cyclists, cars and trucks.”

Renewable energy can help affordably keep the lights on

Montana is poised to transition to clean electricity during the next 10 to 15 years due to its world-class renewable resources. Recent modeling shows that doing this while also electrifying other sectors of the economy would result in nearly $30 billion in savings by 2050 compared to business as usual.

Wingcopter prepares 12,000 cargo drones for world’s largest deployment

German company Wingcopter has signed a deal to roll out 12,000 of its long-range, triple-drop delivery drones across Africa over the next five years, in what promises to be the largest commercial drone deployment ever attempted.

Jetson CEO takes his eVTOL on a commute to work

Walk out into your back yard, jump into a next-generation electric VTOL flying machine, lift off and soar your way to the office helipad: that’s the dream of personal eVTOL ownership, and Jetson co-founder Tomasz Patan has lived it, in a new video.

Missoula metro planers eye electric vehicle infrastructure, alternative fuel corridors

With Highway 93 and Interstate 90 already recommended as alternative fuel corridors, federally funded charging stations could be placed in much of the city with the exception of Brooks Street. Adding Highway 12 to the state’s plan would cover nearly all of Missoula, bringing the Midtown district into the EV future.

How a heat pump can cool your home in the summer

Installing a heat pump to cool and heat your home costs roughly the same as buying a separate air conditioner and furnace.

Cement formed with biogenic limestone promises carbon-neutral concrete

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder claim to have uncovered a greener path forward by tapping into a species of cloudy microalgae, which naturally produce limestone particles through photosynthesis and could turn buildings into carbon sinks as a result.

Talking Headways Podcast: What Cities Gain by Removing Parking

What can we learn from Portland, OR, and Fayetteville, AR, about the effect of parking lots on urban heat islands?

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