As with any new market, there are startups, large companies, corporations, organizations and other groups leading the way forward for smart cities.
SEA CHANGE: Not a fan of giant wind turbines? Accio's innovative new way to generate energy from ocean winds relies on the physics of a thunderstorm instead.
SHIFT HAPPENS: New discovery points to troubling signs for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the collapse of which could prove catastrophic. It's no longer a question of if it will melt, but when.
ELECTRIC AVENUE: Solar roadways that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you in 2017.
FORCE OF NATURE: Researches are focusing on unconventional sources of renewable power such as dirt and microbes, underground stores of liquid magma, and even pedestrian footsteps to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted.
UNFRIENDLY SKIES: It's not your imagination, the inflight "fasten your seatbelt" signs are staying illuminated longer. Scientists think that climate change is affecting the earth’s atmosphere and making flights bumpier.
PARADISE FOUND: Tesla is running an island in American Samoa "nearly 100 percent" on a renewable energy microgrid that utilizes 5,328 solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpacks.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Agriculture holds the double distinction of being highly vulnerable to climate change but also offering a solution to the problem.
RAISE THE ROOF: Elon Musk said Tesla's #solar roof will be cheaper than regular roofs, largely thanks to lower shipping costs because the Tesla tiles are lighter.
TOWER OF POWER: A smart city will require smarter infrastructure. The Totem Power platform combines solar power, communications, energy storage, and EV charging, taking the concept of a utility pole to a whole new level.