Tesla To Construct Virtual Solar Power Plant Using 50,000 Homes In South Australia:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 04, 2018: When Elon Musk offered to build what would be the largest grid storage battery installation in the world in South Australia last year, he set off a chain of events that may have implications for the entire world. In a show of typical Muskian over-the-top bravado, Elon promised to build…

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A Skyscraper Made Of Wood? Newark Developers Give It A Try:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Keiko Morris | February 04, 2018: Wood’s ability to create a warm environment appeals to tech companies, a plus for a city on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist. In the contest to attract office tenants, many developers stick with the tried-and-true combination of concrete, steel and gleaming glass. Lotus Equity Group is embracing a more natural…

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The No-Till Gardening Revolution ~ Why Farmers Are Putting Down Their Plows:

Return To Now | By: Sara Burrows | GPE – February 04, 2018: After thousands of years of turning the soil upside-down, farmers are finally realizing they’re killing the microorganisms that keep soil alive… Faced with losing the farm, more and more are converting to the ancient “no-till” methods of permaculture. Originally published January 27, 2018: In the no-till gardening…

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Solar Energy Offers Hope To Some Puerto Rico Hospitals:

Clean Technica | By: Owen Agnew | February 02, 2018: More than four months after Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico, over 450,000 people are still without power. For critical facilities like hospitals, the lack of electricity has meant cutting services and relying on generators until power is restored. Nexus Media joined Vittoria Energy, a team of clean-energy evangelists, for…

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Swiss Regulator Censures Gazprombank After Panama Papers:

The Financial Times | February 01, 2018: Bank banned from taking new private clients over failings on money laundering checks. Swiss authorities have reprimanded Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank, over “serious shortcomings in anti-money laundering processes” related to the Panama Papers. Finma, Switzerland’s financial regulator, said Gazprombank’s Swiss branch “failed to carry out adequate economic background clarifications into business relationships and…

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Can The Brooklyn Microgrid Project Revolutionize The Energy Market?

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | February 02, 2018: A New York-based energy project built on blockchain is currently attempting to create peer-to-peer marketplaces for distributed energy. As the global energy market is still trapped in a previous era and needs an urgent and thorough redesign, the Brooklyn Microgrid could be a game changer. Prosumers’ Efforts Not Valued By…

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Tesla Semi Customers Will Build Their Own Charging Stations:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 02, 2018: Tesla has booked pre-orders for its all-electric Semi heavy duty trucks from at least 9 major corporations. Now, some of those companies are planning how they will charge those trucks once they arrive. In particular, Anheuser Busch and United Parcel Service say they are working closely with Tesla to design…

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The Polar Silk Road: China Plans Deeper Collaboration With Russia In The Arctic, But How Will This Affect Future Conflict Over Arctic Resources?

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | February 02, 2018: Essentially every country with any territory anywhere near the Arctic has by now staked out claims to offshore resources well beyond their own territorial waters there, largely based on arguments relating to the extent of relevant continental shelves. The Arctic region, for those that need to have this spelled out…

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America’s Clean Power Plan Is Good For Our Health, Our Economy & Our Planet:

Clean Technica | By: Guest Contributor | February 02, 2018: Here’s the deal: The Trump Administration is working to repeal (and possibly replace) America’s Clean Power Plan. Backed by powerful oil, coal, and gas companies, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt claims the original Clean Power Plan design overstepped EPA authority. But the move to repeal and replace the…

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The US Environmental Protection System, An American Success Story, Is Under Siege:

Clean Technica | By: Bob Sussman | February 02, 2018: The system took shape in the 1960s and 70s as the public and politicians sounded the alarm about the environmental legacy of decades of uncontrolled industrialization. Faced with the threat of unsafe and polluted air, contaminated rivers and streams, hazardous chemicals in homes and products and toxic waste sites, Congress…

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Australian Trees ‘Sweat’ To Survive Extreme Heatwaves, Researchers Reveal:

The Guardian | By: Calla Wahlquist | January 31, 2018: Climate experiment shows trees release water but stop absorbing carbon in extreme heat. Australian researchers growing trees in climate change conditions have found the leaves “sweat” to survive extreme heatwaves. The year-long experiment showed that trees continue to release water through their leaves as an evaporative cooling system during periods…

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Climate Change Threatens Half Of US Bases Worldwide, Pentagon Report Finds:

The Guardian | By: Reuters | January 31, 2018: A Pentagon report has highlighted military bases’ vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change, according to a new Pentagon study whose findings run contrary to White House views on global warming. Drought, wind and flooding that…

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South Africa’s Water Crisis Spreads From Cape Town:

Reuters | By: Ed Stoddard & Victor Antonie | January 31, 2018: Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa’s industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in…

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From Cape Town To Kabul ~ Taps Run Dry In Crisis Cities:

Reuters | By: Umberto Bacchi | January 31, 2018: Drought-stricken Cape Town could run out of water as soon as April, but South Africa is not alone in its struggle as ever more world cities battle acute water shortages. Water scarcity already affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population and is expected to rise due to global warming,…

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EPA Delays Obama Water Rule:

The Hill | By: Timothy Cama | January 31, 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back by two years an Obama administration rule redefining the federal government’s power over small waterways. The Trump administration is working to repeal the rule, dubbed the Clean Water Rule or Waters of the United States (WOTUS), and formally proposed to do so…

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India’s Severe Drought Causing Havoc:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – February 01, 2018: Water scarcity forces millions of people off of farms and into teeming cities. Originally published June 02, 2016: The latest national drought assessment shows that 19 of the 36 states and territories in India are experiencing moisture deficits of at least 50 percent when compared to normal…

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