Harri Weber

Harri Weber is a senior writer at TechCrunch covering climate. Her work has been published in outlets such as Gizmodo, Fast Company, VentureBeat, dot.LA, Input and The Next Web.

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I want to forget Elon’s dumb $420 tweet, but y’all won’t let me

Elon Musk hasn’t tweeted in 10 days, but his Twitter account is once again news because time is a flat circle. This is why we must now scrunch our faces, cock our heads to one side and strain to

Micropyramid lenses triple the light that hits solar panels

Stacks of teeny lenses that look like inverted pyramids could juice up solar panels, helping them capture more light from any angle on both sunny and overcast days. Solar panels perform best in direct

FTC hammers Walmart over years of ‘facilitating’ money transfer scams

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Walmart for sitting by while scammers bilked customers out of more than $197 million, the agency alleged in a statement on Tuesday. It’s seeking a court ord

Pinterest pins down a new CEO: Google exec Bill Ready

After a 12-year run, Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann is stepping down from his perch as CEO of the popular image and link-sharing service. Following word of Silbermann’s departure, Pinterest

Drive now, pay later: Startup makes EVs more accessible by putting off the biggest bill

The auto industry is banking on electric vehicles to slash planet-cooking emissions, but EVs are still too expensive to knock gas-guzzlers out of the game. For now, at least. Sure, EV sales are up, ma

US Energy Sec. Granholm still ‘bullish’ Congress can ink ‘significant’ climate deal

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said she is still "hopeful, positive and in fact bullish" that Congress can agree on "a significant push into clean energy."

‘How doomed are we?’ and more questions for a climate expert

I doubt you'll blame me for blurting out, "How doomed are we?" the moment I sat down with renowned climate modeling expert William Collins at TC Sessions: Climate. 

Are carbon offsets bullshit? A renowned climate expert weighs in.

Onstage at TC Sessions: Climate 2022 this week, climate modeling expert Dr. William Collins shared why he’s deeply skeptical of carbon offsets, and tree-based offsets in particular. According to Col

Here’s the complete agenda for next week’s TC Sessions: Climate 2022

TC Sessions: Climate, in partnership with the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals, is our first event dedicated to the climate crisis. And our agenda is complete!  Leading scientists, entrepren

Apply to pitch your startup at TC Sessions: Climate

The climate crisis is here. As the stakes rise with the temperature, a wide range of startups are striving to help humanity slash emissions and adapt to extreme weather. If you’re an early-stage

Rock the Kasbosch? Bosch has a new $295M VC fund

Bosch’s venture arm just announced its fifth fund, saying it’s on the lookout for startups with the “potential to improve quality of life and conserve natural resources.” The n

Garmin pops solar power onto its fancy Forerunner running watch

Garmin just brought solar power to its Forerunner line, a cult-favorite among runners. Along with some other devices, the company took the wraps off its new Forerunner 995 Solar today. The $600 runnin

Report calls out Apple’s membership in trade groups ‘stalling’ climate efforts

While going to great lengths to promote itself as an environmentally conscious tech firm, Apple joined several industry associations that are “fighting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,”

Steal this hot new summer look (it’s bacteria)

Bacterial secretions might dye your future wardrobe, and that’d be an improvement. That’s because textiles usually get their hues from toxic chemicals, and the resulting wastewater — laden w

SEC weighs crackdown on phony environmental and social justice funds

Environmental and social justice-focused funds are booming — so much so that the Securities and Exchange Commission is mulling new regulations to clamp down on funds that fail to back up certain alt

Shellworks wants to crack makeup’s single-use plastic problem

Is the beauty industry ready to wean itself off single-use plastic? Shellworks is betting on it. Targeting cosmetics brands, the London-based biotech startup has scooped up a $6.2 million seed round t

Carbon capture is headed for the high seas

Unless you live near a port, you probably don’t think much about the tens of thousands of container ships tearing through the seas, hauling some 1.8 billion metric tons of stuff each year. Yet these

Al Gore’s Generation just launched its largest-ever growth fund

Generation Investment Management, a sustainability-focused public and private equity firm co-founded by Al Gore, is upping its bet on growth-stage companies via a new $1.7 billion fund. With $36 billi

SkySpecs watches wind turbines from above, lands $80M led by Goldman Sachs

As wind energy gains ground in the U.S., SkySpecs is using drones and AI to detect future equipment failures before they grind those giant turbine blades to a halt. The company, which works with wind

‘My competition is climate change’: Carbon Clean raises $150M led by Chevron

Carbon Clean, a startup focused on capturing harmful factory emissions before they enter the atmosphere, has secured a hefty $150 million series C round led by oil company Chevron. Aiming to carry out
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