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E-Buses To Surge Even Faster Than EVs As Conventional Vehicles Fade:

Bloomberg | By: Veronika Henze & Catrin Thomas | May 21, 2018: The supply of cobalt has emerged as a potential risk to the pace of growth in electrified transport over the next few years. The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, thanks to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing, ...
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Blockchain ~ From Disruption To New Business Models:

Power Engineering International | By: Thomas Steinberger, Robert Schwarz & Sergiu Maznic | GPE – May 22, 2018: Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains can be shortened by it – including in the energy industry. Originally published May 16, 2018: In the field of renewables, this shift can lead ...
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Shell Makes Strategic Investment In Microgrid Company:

Renewable Energy World | By: By Jennifer Runyon & Diarmaid Williams | May 21, 2018: Shell New Energies announced the acquisition of a majority share in microgrid company GI Energy. This comes on the heels of an investment by Shell in an ice energy storage company and several others. In April, Shell published its Energy Transition Report detailing its “intent ...
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Sewage Treatment Plant That Looks Like A Botanical Garden:

Sustainability Matters | By: Hydroflux Epco Pty Ltd | GPE – May 22, 2018: Abstract: Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge Plants (IFAS) rely on the use of a media on which a biofilm is grown, which results in a compact footprint as a majority of the biomass is fixed to a high surface area as opposed to being suspended. A ...
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Improving Wastewater Treatment Performance To Create New Business Opportunities:

Sustainability Matters | By: Michael Romer | May 21, 2018: Traditional wastewater treatment plants can suffer from a range of maintenance and operational issues arising from the corrosive and potentially septic nature of the materials being processed. However, there are alternative options that can reduce or even eliminate these issues, leading to a reduction in maintenance costs and improvement in ...
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Smart Watering Reduces Heat At Adelaide Airport:

Sustainability Matters | By: SA Water | GPE – May 22, 2018: A trial conducted by SA Water and Adelaide Airport has found the smart use of water to maintain soil moisture and cultivate green space can reduce average ambient temperatures by 3°C on warm days and potentially lower heat-influenced costs such as air conditioning and aircraft take-off. The concept’s ...
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Data-Privacy Law Creates New Business For Tech Consultants:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Natalia Drozdiak | May 19, 2018: New EU law will boost penalties for corporate privacy violations. A cottage industry around privacy technology has sprung up in recent years, with firms offering new products and services designed to help companies more efficiently meet the demands of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. In an unexpected ...
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Climate Change Impacts Fragile River Ecosystems:

Science Daily | By: Geological Society Of America | May 16, 2018: Summary: Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that some of the world’s most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats are being destroyed due to an increasing frequency of cyclone-driven extreme floods. As part of a Natural Environmental Research Council (UK) funded project, researchers from ...
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The Fog Catchers Conjuring Water Out Of Moroccan Mist:

Reuters | By: Valeria Cardi | May 17, 2018: Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. For hours every day and often before sunrise, Ghouate and other women from nearby villages would walk 5 km (3 miles) ...
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25% Of Dubai’s Buildings Will Be 3D Printed By 2025:

World Economic Forum | By: Adam Jezard | May 18, 2018: From printing replacement human body parts to assisting with running repairs on voyages to Mars, many predictions are being made for how 3D printing may soon improve the lot of humanity. Now, Dubai has taken a step further along the road to making such dreams a reality by announcing ...
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New DOJ Policy Against Piling On Has Rewards ~ With Strings Attached:

The FCPA Blog | By: Lara A. Covington & Michael E. Hantman | May 17, 2018: A common refrain in the white collar bar is that American government agencies don’t often get along and play well together. This can result in challenging issues for companies doing business in the United States that have run afoul of the law. They have ...
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A Graphene Roll Out ~ New Scalable Production Method From MIT:

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology | By: Jennifer Chu | May 17, 2018: MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. A new manufacturing process produces strips of graphene, at large scale, for use in membrane technologies and other applications. The process consists of a “roll-to-roll” system that spools out a ribbon of copper ...
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Shell Joins Tesla Exec As Investor In Ice Storage:

Renewable Energy World | By: REW Editors | GPE – May 17, 2018: Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Telsa CTO JB Straubel. Shell and GXP Investments co-led the round, which also included WorldQuant Ventures, SV Tech Ventures and Meson Capital. Axiom’s Refrigeration Battery uses ...
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Nasa Reveals Dozens Of Areas In Danger Of Running Out Of Water:

The Financial Times | GPE – May 17, 2018: Human impact on supplies far greater than researchers anticipated. New satellite data on freshwater reserves from Nasa have revealed that dozens of regions across the globe are in danger of becoming the next Cape Town. The South African city was in danger this year of becoming the first big city to ...
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FinCEN Ruling ~ Beneficial Ownership Requirements For Legal Entity Customers Of Certain Financial Products And Services With Automatic Rollovers Or Renewals:

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network | May 16, 2018: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is issuing this ruling to provide a 90-day limited exceptive relief to covered financial institutions from the obligations of the Beneficial Ownership Requirements for Legal Entity Customers (31 CFR § 1010.230) (Beneficial Ownership Rule) with respect to certain financial products and services that automatically rollover or ...
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The New Picture Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2018):

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyan Slat | GPE – May 17, 2018: 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly getting worse. Originally published March 22, 2018: These are the main conclusions of a three year mapping effort conducted by ...
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Virgin Hyperloop One ~ Building DevLoop:

HyperLoop One | May 14, 2018: Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds ...
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Centrica Trials Blockchain Energy Trading For Local Market:

Clean Technica | By: Jake Richardson | May 15, 2018: Centrica and LO3 have collaborated to put together a local energy market trial in Cornwall, England. Blockchain technology will be used to create a peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Solar power and energy storage will also be integrated into the local energy trading system. Emily Highmore-Talbot, Centrica’s Head of Communications (Business ...
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Wind And Solar + Storage Prices Smash Records:

Clean Technica | By: Christopher Arcus | GPE – May 15, 2018: In a new report from Xcel Energy, the company reported unprecedented low bids for wind and solar with storage. Originally published January 11, 2018: Last year, Xcel announced it would close 660 MW worth of coal-fired power capacity at Comanche Generating Station. Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company issued ...
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Elon Musk Harpooned Baseload Power:

Clean Technica | By: George Harvey | May 15, 2018: An article by RenewEconomy’s Sophie Vorrath and Giles Parkinson brought us some good news about the big battery, the Hornsdale Power Reserve, which Tesla built in South Australia late last year. It tells us that the battery has had a profoundly powerful effect on electric power prices in the state ...
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FedEx CIO Says Blockchain A ‘Game Changer’ For Supply Chain Visibility:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Steven Norton | May 15, 2018: Rob Carter sees blockchain providing more transparency and higher reliability for shipments across various industries. FedEx Corp. is investing in blockchain technology to provide greater visibility and efficiency in its freight business as it explores how distributed ledger technology can impact the logistics and supply chain sector. “We’re ...
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Rebuilding Schools, Bridges ~ And Lives:

The Wall Street Journal | By:  Richard Trumka & Marty Walsh | May 14, 2018: Public investment in infrastructure can restore America’s public works and promote opportunity. It only takes a moment talking to Emily Galvin, an apprentice with Ironworkers Local 7 in Boston, to grasp how her first year learning the skilled trades has transformed her life. For one, ...
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Can Sludge From Dams Turn Deserts Into Farmland?

Fast Company | By: Adele Peters | GPE – May 14, 2018: Afforest for the Future is one of a series of projects trying to create arable land from sand. It’s method: use the muck that collects behind dams to create new soil. Originally published May 11, 2018: Al Qudra Lake, a reservoir in Dubai, sits in the middle of ...
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HSBC Says It Performs First Trade Finance Transaction Using Blockchain:

Reuters | By: Reuters Staff | May 14, 2018: HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it had performed the world’s first trade finance transaction using blockchain technology, a major step in boosting efficiency and reducing errors in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade. HSBC and Dutch bank ING successfully completed the transaction for food and agricultural group Cargill, the British ...
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Day Zero:

Vimeo | By: Jamie Hancock | GPE – May 12, 2018: Cape Town is currently suffering from a water crisis due to a number of different factors. The residents are having to cut their daily water usage down to a limit of 50 litres per day per person and on the most part are collectively achieving this. The management of ...
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FinCEN Reminds Financial Institutions That The CDD Rule Becomes Effective Today:

FinCEN | By: Steve Hudak | May 11, 2018: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) reminds financial institutions and their customers that the final rule, “Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions” (the CDD Rule) becomes effective today. FinCEN issued the CDD Rule, which amends Bank Secrecy Act regulations, to improve financial transparency and prevent criminals and terrorists from misusing ...
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A Fluke Breakthrough Could Be The Missing Link For An Electric Car Age:

Wired | By: Amit Katwala | GPE – May 11, 2018: Soft contact lens technology could link renewables and the grid and make electric cars better. Originally published March 01, 2018: In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a transparent, flexible polymer that ...
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U.S. Drone Program Taps Apple, Passes Over Amazon, China’s DJI:

Reuters | By: David Shepardson & Jeffrey Dastin | May 09, 2018: Apple Inc soon will be capturing images of North Carolina by drone; a 1,500-pound, unmanned aircraft will look for mosquitoes in Florida; and startup Flirtey will fly medical equipment on drones to heart-attack victims in Nevada. The projects are among 10 announced by the U.S. Transportation Department on ...
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Four Ways 3D Printing May Threaten Security:

Rand Corporation | By: Doug Irving | May 08, 2018: The next few decades could yield new tools for criminals, new security threats, and new challenges to the world economic order—all built layer by layer by 3D printers. 3D printers already produce everything from prosthetic hands and engine parts to basketball shoes and fancy chocolates. But as with any technological ...
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Jordan To See Modest Economic Upturn, On Refugee-Led Consumption Boost And Reform Roll-Out:

European Bank For Reconstruction & Development | By: Anthony Williams | May 09, 2018: Jordan’s economy is expected to see a modest increase in the pace of growth this year and next, supported by stronger private consumption driven by a rising population of refugees and the implementation of structural reforms, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in ...
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This Italian Village Was Dying ~ Until The Refugees Came:

National Geographic | GPE – May 06, 2018: Centuries-old Italian villages were becoming ghost towns. Refugees were fleeing conflict and seeking new homes. Originally published September 25, 2016: The needs of each have come together in Camini, a 12th-century town whose population has dwindled to about 280 people—a quarter of what it once was. In hope of breathing new life ...
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World Bank Urges Private Sector Interest In Refugee Camps:

Financial Times | May 05, 2018: Economic progress of displaced people held back by lack of access to capital. Refugee camps presented an opportunity for private sector investment, particularly when combined with the local host community, the UN and International Finance Corporation have concluded after analysing the economy of one of the world’s largest centres for displaced people. Governments and ...
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Stanford Researchers Announce Inexpensive Water-Based Battery To Boost Grid Storage:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | May 03, 2018: In the world of commerce, the three most important considerations are the price, the price, and the price. The world is becoming aware of how grid storage can let renewable energy meet the needs of the utility industry not only during windy or sunny conditions, but also during all hours ...
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Rick Perry Travels To Kodiak Island, Alaska, To Learn About Renewable Microgrid:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | May 03, 2018: Energy Secretary Rick Perry was in Kodiak, Alaska, recently to learn more about how the island manages its renewable energy microgrid, according to KTUU News in Anchorage. The visit was arranged by Senator Lisa Murkoski. Kodiak Island gets 98% of its electricity from renewables. It has diesel generators for backup ...
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Not Just A Fad ~ What Blockchain Means For Business:

Regus | By: Hannah Hudson | GPE- May 04, 2018: Tired of reading about blockchain? Don’t give up just yet: the technology is creating opportunities to fundamentally rethink how we work, what we do, and where we do it. Hannah Hudson explores its potentially disruptive impact, and what it means for flexible working. Blockchain is more than just a buzzword ...
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GDPR Experts Explain How To Protect Data On The Move:

Regus | GPE – May 04, 2018: How safe is your company’s data outside your office? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect this month, affecting any organization worldwide that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. Here, GDPR compliance experts advise you how to protect your business. If your company relies on remote workers, you already ...
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Nigeria’s Internet Fraudsters Zero In On Corporate Email Account:

Business Insurance | Thomson Reuters | May 03, 2018: West Africa’s infamous internet scammers have evolved, dropping their impersonations of online love interests, princes and U.S. soldiers in favor of hijacking corporate emails, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year. It is a much more lucrative venture that works by gaining access to corporate email login details or ...
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Where Water Is Scarce, Communities Turn To Reusing Wastewater:

Yale Environment 360 | By Jacques Leslie | May 01, 2018: By 2023, Orange County, California’s wastewater treatment system will generate 130 million gallons of drinking water a day. With the era of dam building coming to an end in much of the developed world, places such as California and Australia are turning to local and less expensive methods to ...
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Navigating Drought ~ The App Saving Kenya’s Herders:

Al Jazeera | May 01, 2018: How pastoralists in southern Kenya are using satellite mapping technology to make informed migration decisions. In drought-stricken Kenya, life for all residents and particularly the herding community, has been nothing less than devastating. Erratic weather patterns and the increasing effects of climate change have led to a lack of vegetation and water resources jeopardising ...
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California Water Board To Investigate Use Of Oilfield Wastewater To Irrigate Crops:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – May 01, 2018: Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater. Originally published January 11, 2016: Kern County is the center of California’s oil industry. The practice of treating and reusing oilfield wastewater for irrigation is coming under greater scrutiny. On January 12 (2016), in an ...
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