China safeguards its green energy revolution with index insurance: Swiss Re

Reinsurance News | By: Marianne Lehnis | 28th June 2017: Along with wind and sun, China has harnessed the power of insurance to catalyse its clean energy revolution, after having successfully pioneered government led re/insurance partnerships to safe-guard regional development with an index insurance scheme that makes a post-disaster payout to local government. To further advance its green energy revolution…

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Renewable Energy Provides More Electricity Than Nuclear Power In US:

Clean Technica | By: Joshua S Hill | June 27th, 2017: Renewable energy sources are now providing more electricity than nuclear power for the first time ever in the United States, according to figures issued by the US Energy Information Administration and highlighted by Ken Bossong’s Sun Day Campaign. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published its most recent “Electric…

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Ransomware Reveals Tech Challenges Past And Future:

Reuters | Breaking Views | By: Richard Beales | Wed Jun 28, 2017 | 4:47pm EDT Who’d be in charge of a corporate IT network with hacks, phishing and now a double dose of so-called ransomware to contend with? This week’s cyber attack hit targets from Ukraine to the United States and more than 60 other countries. Human error enables…

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Companies Try To Contain Fallout From Global Cyberattack:

The Wall Street Journal | By Nick Kostov and Costas Paris | Updated June 28, 2017 5:27 p.m. ET: Shipping giant Maersk shuts terminals; ransomware was designed to spread within corporate networks running Microsoft’s Windows. Global firms scrambled to cope with fallout from a cyberattack that disrupted computers across Europe and the U.S. A.P. Moeller-Maersk AMKBY 2.98% A/S, the world’s…

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American To Buy Analogic Checkpoint CT Machines:

Air Transport World | By: Aaron Karp | Jun 28, 2017: American Airlines has reached an agreement with technology firm Analogic to buy $6 million worth of computed tomography (CT) airport checkpoint screening machines that the carrier hopes to deploy at US airports later this year following US government certification of the equipment. The purchase agreement between Dallas/Fort Worth-based American…

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Aging Infrastructure Risks And Business Interruption Insurance | Zurich Insurance:

Zurich Insurance | By: Angela Skow | GPE – June 29, 2017: Challenges of our nation’s aging infrastructure: Our aging infrastructure costs millions in repairs, business interruption and supply chain risks. Whether P3 construction projects may sway the pendulum remains to be seen. There is a lot of buzz in the media about America’s aging infrastructure and the government’s pledge…

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Batteries Plus Backup Power ~ Advanced Microgrid Solutions Partners With PowerSecure:

Video Above: “What Are Microgrids?” Greentech Media | By: Jeff St. John | June 27, 2017: One of the country’s biggest microgrid providers plans to share technologies and markets with one of California’s top BTM storage startups. Microgrids require a hefty combination of technologies to execute properly. They also require software that can turn those distributed, behind-the-meter resources into multiple…

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German Regulator Suspends Law On Storing Phone And Internet Data:

Reuters | Wed Jun 28, 2017 | 2:42pm EDT: A German regulator has suspended the launch of a law obliging German telecom companies to keep telephone and Internet data for up to 10 weeks to help fight crime, citing a court ruling. The data retention law, which had been due to come into effect on Saturday, requires companies to keep…

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Can Companies Really Adopt A Single Global Anti-Corruption Policy?

The FCPA Blog | By: John Bray | June 28, 2017 at 8:18AM: How far is it feasible to apply a global compliance policy in widely differing regional markets? And to what extent should there be local policy exceptions? In Control Risks’ 2017 International Business Attitudes to Compliance survey, a majority of respondents (55 percent) say that their global compliance…

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Global Wind Energy Insight: Offshore Breakthrough:

Renewable Energy World | By: Steve Sawyer | June 21, 2017: ‘A remarkable achievement,’ is the only thing I can say about where the European offshore wind industry finds itself today. It has taken a lot longer and cost a lot more money and effort than we thought back in the late ’90s, but the industry has exceeded its pricing…

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Building Cities Of The Future:

Technology Decisions | By: Jonathan Nally | Tuesday, 27 June, 2017: Local governments around Australia are implementing strategic plans to place themselves at the forefront of the smart cities revolution. Twenty years ago, no-one had heard of smart cities. Today, the concept is rapidly growing all around us. And in 20 years’ time, any city that hasn’t become smart will…

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Cyberattacks Hit Global Companies:

The Wall Street Journal | By: David Gauthier-Villars and Michael Amon | June 27, 2017 11:03 a.m. ET: Maersk, WPP Group and Rosneft all report significant intrusions on their computer systems. Global businesses, including shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk AMKBY 0.62% A/S, advertising firm WPP Group WPPGY -0.95% PLC and Russian oil company PAO Rosneft, reported significant cyberattacks Tuesday against their…

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Unprecedented Charges In Flint, MI:

Forester Network | By: Laura Sanchez | GPE – 28 June 2017: The charges recently brought against five Michigan officials in relation to Flint’s water contamination crisis, and the involuntary manslaughter and misconduct charges against director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Nick Lyon, made me reflect on the massive responsibility shouldered by those of us in…

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Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion EU Fine Over Search Results:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Sam Schechner | Updated June 27, 2017 7:08 a.m. ET: EU orders Google to treat rival comparison-shopping services equally in its search results. The European Union’s antitrust regulator on Tuesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -1.42% Google a record €2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results and ordered the…

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Land Of The Free?

The Gallup Blog | By: Jon Clifton | June 27, 2017: Americans’ feeling of freedom is declining. In 2006, 91% of Americans were satisfied with the freedom in their lives. Today, it’s 75%. The 16-percentage-point decline is dramatic – but looking at how far the U.S. has fallen in comparison with the rest of the world, the decline is even…

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Why ‘How Many Jobs Will Be Killed By AI?’ Is The Wrong Question:

LinkedIn | By: Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson | GPE – June 27, 2017: Over the past few years we’ve developed artificially intelligent machines that can do many things that used to require human minds: understanding speech, diagnosing disease, checking the terms of a contract, designing a mechanical part from scratch, even coming up with new scientific hypotheses that are…

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A Lucky Lab Accident Results In Bucketloads Of Graphene:

Kansas State University | Seeker | By: Glenn McDonald | GPE – June 27 2017: Kansas State University scientists stumble upon a surprisingly simple method for making industrial graphene: blowing stuff up. Apparently, when it comes to making graphene, the 21st-century “miracle material” taking manufacturing by storm, you can do things the hard way or the fun way. The hard…

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