China’s Solar Expressway Meets Light Of Day:

Xinhua | Editor: Liu | December 31, 2017: China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing. Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province in east China. The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate. The panels, covering 5,875 square meters,…

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Across China ~ Pastures New Battleground For Chinese Real Estate Billionaire:

Xinhua| Editor: Mengjie | December 30, 2017: When Xu Xiaobo decided to spend all his savings raising cows five years ago, his EMBA classmates thought the real estate tycoon had gone crazy. Xu, 47, meant what he said. He spent 460 million yuan (70 million U.S. dollars) in Gucheng County, northern China’s Hebei Province, creating a massive pasture for more…

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Over 110,000 Electric Car Charging Poles Installed In Beijing:

Xinhua | Editor: Mengjie | December 30, 2017: Beijing has built 112,600 charging poles for new energy cars as of the end of November, local authorities said Saturday. New energy vehicles can have acess to the charging pole service within five kilometers when they drive inside the Sixth Ring Road of the city, said Beijing Municipal Commission of City Management.…

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Across China ~ China-US Partnership Improves Medical Treatment In Tibetan Areas:

Xinhua | Editor: Yamei | December 31, 2017: Lurong Dregar, 19, had been suffering from severe headaches and seizures for years. The mystery illness even left the young Tibetan woman blind in her left eye. It was not until earlier this year when she underwent an MRI scan at a hospital in Xichang, some 500 km away from her home,…

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Sustainable Neighborhoods + Electric Transport = Winning The Future:

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | December 30, 2017: We write a lot about electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica, because we’re a tech site. But some of the best ways to cut emissions involve no tech at all. One of the best things you can do to cut your carbon footprint and pollution output is live in a walkable,…

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Fossil Fuel Companies Will Invest $180 Billion In New Plastics Feedstock Facilities:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 27, 2017: The shale gas fracking revolution that began in the United States a decade ago has been one of the worst disasters for the environment since our Canadian friends figured out how to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands. The gas obtained has some benefits. When burned, it emits fewer…

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Tax Overhaul Could Jolt Dollar As U.S. Companies Bring Home Cash:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ira Iosebashvili | GPE – December 28, 2017: Corporations could repatriate as much as $400 billion in earnings and cash from abroad. Originally published on december 25, 2017: A provision of the tax overhaul is expected to release a tide of U.S. corporate cash from abroad, a development likely to jolt the dollar and…

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What Gallup Learned About Higher Education in 2017:

Gallup News | By: Zac Auter | December 27, 2017: Throughout 2017, Gallup investigated the current state of higher education in the U.S. We listened to the perspectives of critical audiences ranging from chief business and academic officers at colleges and universities to education consumers themselves to Americans in general. As 2017 comes to a close, we can address two…

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Infrastructure Rebuilding Is Trump Administration’s Next Big Push:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Chris Gordon | GPE – December 28, 2017: A senior White House official said Sunday that the Trump administration’s push for an infrastructure rebuilding plan will begin in earnest early next month, and that the president has invited GOP congressional leaders to Camp David to nail down their agenda for 2018. Originally published December…

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Yearender ~ Belt And Road Reaches Out To More Peoples, Lands:

Xinhua | By: Qu Junya | December 26, 2017: The year 2017 has seen the overland Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road reach more peoples and more lands. The year may mark a milestone in materializing the Belt and Road Initiative. Both a vision and a solution from Chinese wisdom valuing peace and harmony, the…

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FinCEN Notice 2017-1 ~ FBAR Filing Requirement For Certain Financial Professionals:

FinCEN | GPE – December 23, 2017: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is announcing a further extension of time for certain Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) filings in light of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) FinCEN issued on March 10, 2016, which proposes to revise the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regarding FBARs.…

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Off Grid Energy Storage:

Shell Foundation & Grantham Institute | By: Various Authors | GPE – December 23, 2017: Executive Summary: Over the past decade, there has been a rapid increase in the deployment of solar home systems, and rural utilities coupled with electrical energy storage devices, enabling off grid access to energy and power stability. Developments in the electric vehicle industry have led…

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DOJ Gives Compliance Chiefs Powerful New Ally:

The FCPA Blog | By: Richard L. Cassin | December 22, 2017: The DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program — giving companies declinations or reduced penalties if they self disclose, cooperate, and disgorge profits — has now been enshrined in the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual. It’s a permanent guideline for prosecutors. What it means for companies is more certainty. If they discover potential…

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Devastating Climate Change Could Lead To 1m Migrants A Year Entering EU By 2100:

The Guardian | By: Fiona Harvey | December 21, 2017: Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple. Climate change will drive a huge increase in the number of migrants seeking asylum in Europe if current…

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9-47.000 ~ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Of 1977:

Offices Of The United States Attorneys | GPE – December 22, 2017: This chapter contains the Department’s policy regarding investigations and prosecutions of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government…

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Unconventional Solar Panel Siting Saves Agricultural Land While Providing Plenty Of Power:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | GPE – December 22, 2017: There is an ongoing struggle going on between solar developers and farmers. Land that is best for solar installations are often well suited to growing crops or raising animals. Some experiments are being conducted to bridge the needs of both energy producers and agriculture, such as the one…

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The Morning Risk Report ~ Cost Of Compliance — And Noncompliance — Rising:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ben DiPietro | GPE – December 20, 2017: The cost of compliance for organizations rose 43% between 2011 and 2017, while the cost for not being in compliance rose 45% in that time, according to new research from data-integration firm Globalscape and Ponemon Institute. The research, based on an analysis of 53 multinational companies…

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Restoration ~ One Of The Most Overlooked Opportunities For Economic Growth:

World Resources Institute | By: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné & Andrés Anchondo Ortega | December 19, 2017: Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people — governments, NGOs, investors, the public — are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. Research shows that every $1…

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Developments In Water Reuse ~ Reaching For The Ozone:

Water & Wastewater International | By: Vijay Sundaram, Lucinda Jooste, Melanie Holmer & Allegra da Silva | GPE – December 20, 2017: Ozone-biologically activated carbon has been in use at drinking water treatment plants for years. However, the benefits of such technologies are now being acknowledged at wastewater treatment plants for water reuse applications. Pressures on traditional water resources have…

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