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Exploring the Fourth Wave of Environmental Innovation
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January 23, 2020 
"Eureka!" 6 climate startups to watch  
Some promising startups vying to bring new climate solutions to market were recognized at CES in Las Vegas. Winners of the Eureka Park Climate Change Innovators contest included breakthroughs in ride sharing, solar energy distribution and solar efficiency, micro/nano-fabrication of electronics and the world’s coldest portable evaporative cooler — a cooling device that uses less energy than typical refrigeration air conditioners. While EDF doesn’t endorse specific business ventures, it’s encouraging to see this sector gaining momentum.
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I look forward to sharing more news from the frontiers of environmental innovation. Please send me your thoughts and suggestions at innovation@edf.org.

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