China Builds Bridges And Highways While The U.S. Mouths Slogans:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Andrew Browne | January 30, 2018: The Marshall Plan birthed a U.S.-led global order ~ now China is building a new world. The U.S. once had a grand strategy. Its post-World War II rescue program for Europe gave birth to a new global order. Dean Acheson, the U.S. secretary of state who sketched out…

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Utilities Move To Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – January 29, 2018: The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest coal-fired power plant could attract White House attention. Originally published February 23, 2017: Since 1976 the 2,250-megawatt coal-fired Navajo Generating Station, with its three towering stacks belching thick plumes of steam, has commanded the summit of…

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Democratic Republic Of Congo ~ UN Agencies In Urgent Bid To Prevent Famine In Kasai:

World Food Programme | GPE – January 27, 2018: KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally published January 17, 2018: Farmers – who fled…

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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest ~ How Iran Fits An Alarming Pattern:

The New York Times | By: Somini Sengupta | GPE – January 27, 2018: UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war. Originally published January 18, 2018: In the era of climate change, their experiences hold…

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The Community Microgrid As A Virtual Power Plant:

Clean Technica | By: George Harvey | January 24, 2018: The design for a community microgrid project that is forming in Warner, New Hampshire, seems rather prosaic at first glance. It is simple, with a few buildings, some solar panels, batteries, inverters, and all the regular gear. It seems an appropriately small start for a town with only 444 people…

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From Tree-Planting Drones To Shade-Grown Tea ~ Businesses Are Making Money By Reforesting The Planet:

World Resources Institute | By: Andrew Wu, Sofia Faruqi, Andrés Anchondo Ortega and Eriks Brolis | GPE – January 23, 2018: An estimated 15 billion trees are cut down each year—more than 41 million per day. Given this pace of land degradation, it’s hard to imagine how traditional reforestation methods, which rely on the hand-planting of live seedlings, could ever…

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China’s Really Big Air Purifier Actually Seems To Work!

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: The world’s biggest air purifier has been constructed in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, which is located in the northern part of the country. Standing 100 meters high, the tower uses heat from the sun to create an upward flow of air which passes through multiple filters inside.…

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The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Newley Purnell | January 22, 2018: The country, newly online, has become obsessed with sending cheery greetings from smartphones, causing head scratching in Silicon Valley. Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run…

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Cape Town May Be First World City To Run Out Of Water Due To Climate Change:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million, is facing an existential challenge. It is about to run out of fresh water. Anthony Turton, a professor at the Center for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa, tells the New York Times, “It’s not…

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China Officially Installed 52.83 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In 2017:

Clean Technica | By: Joshua S Hill | January 22, 2018: China’s National Energy Administration published its official solar statistics for 2017 on Monday, revealing that the country had installed a total of 52.83 gigawatts worth of new solar capacity in 2017. A lot of attention has been given over to watching China’s solar capacity additions in 2017, as the…

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Why The World Population Will Never Exceed 11 Billion People:

THINK Global School | Hans Rosling | GPE – January 19, 2018: In part 5 of a 6-part lecture, Hans Rosling uses statistics to give an overview of population growth and an explanation of why the total human population will never exceed 11 billion, as others predict and fear. THINK Global School is a traveling high school where students live…

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Tesla’s Battery In Australia Is Surpassing Expectations:

Renewable Energy World | By: Dylan McConnell | January 17, 2018: It’s just over one month since the Hornsdale Power Reserve was officially opened in South Australia at the Hornsdale wind farm. The excitement surrounding the project has generated acres of media interest, both locally and abroad. The aspect that has generated the most interest is the battery’s rapid response…

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How Enterprises Can Better Combat Advanced Cyber Attacks:

RSA Conference | Blog | GPE – January 17, 2018: Numerous relatively recent cyber attacks have successfully breached organizations that should be the cyber world’s equivalent of Fort Knox – exceedingly hard to penetrate. Yet as the infiltration of systems at the likes of the Security and Exchange Commission, National Security Agency and credit bureau giant Equifax underscore, no entity…

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Interview With John Kostyack & David Gardiner ~ A New Wind Energy Foundation Report:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | January 16, 2018: The Wind Energy Foundation has just released a new report. In it, they talk about the need for US transmission planners to modify their calculations based on the number of big companies that are increasingly signing deals to buy wind and solar power. In this CleanTechnica exclusive, we interview John…

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Australia Poised For Renewable Energy Breakout:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 16, 2018: High electricity costs make renewable energy more attractive. That’s why Bloomberg thinks Australia is poised to have a renewable energy bonanza. “The payback period for residential solar is now as low as it was in 2012, when super-generous feed-in tariffs and subsidies drove a massive boom in installations,” says Annabel…

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Increasing Renewable Energy In India Can Reduce Emissions, Water Use, & Supply Risk

Clean Technica | By: Joshua S Hill | January 16, 2018: Increasing the share of renewable energy sources in India’s electricity mix and implementing changes in cooling technologies for thermal power plants could serve not only to reduce the country’s carbon emissions intensity, but could also substantially reduce water consumption, mitigating or outright eliminating electricity supply risk due to water…

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