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Exploring ~ China:

Explore Documentary Films | GPE – February 19, 2018: “Media always focuses on the negative aspects of China but what it fails to mention is that there are many heroic selfless leaders who are dedicated to improving the human condition. To this day, I remember my talks with the young environmentalist, Wen Bo.” Discover China’s many hidden gems: philosophy, art, ...
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Rooftop Solar Lowers Peak Electricity Demand In Australian Heatwave:

Clean Technica | By: Giles Parkinson | February 17, 2018: Households and businesses played a key role in reducing peak demand and capping wholesale electricity costs in South Australia last month, with data showing that rooftop solar played a major role in reducing and deferring demand peaks in the midst of the heatwave. Solar Citizens states that rooftop solar was ...
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Mix Of Solar And Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas:

Renewable Energy World | By: Chris Martin & Mark Chediak | GPE – February 17, 2018: Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries. Originally published February 13, 2018: In just the latest example, First Solar Inc. won a power ...
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West Coast Developer Used Real-Estate Wealth To Support Medical Research:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Austen Hufford | February 16, 2018: Sanford Diller was known for design-focused approach to developing rental apartment buildings in Bay Area. When Sanford Diller had an idea for a real-estate project or philanthropic initiative, he would spell them out in long, detailed voicemail messages to family members and employees. With his wife, Helen Diller, ...
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Retired Executive Gave Up Golf To Create A Free Medical Clinic At Hilton Head, South Carolina:

The Wall Street Journal | By: James R. Hagerty | February 16, 2018: Jack McConnell recruited retired nurses, doctors and dentists to care for the uninsured. Golf was on the agenda when Jack McConnell retired to Hilton Head, S.C., in 1989. Then the former Johnson & Johnson executive found a different distraction. In his chats with landscapers, waiters and others ...
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China’s Insurers Try Novel Approach To Elderly Care ~ Building Retirement Homes:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Chuin-Wei Yap | February 14, 2018: Industry has spent more than $10 billion building retirement communities to address aging population’s needs. About an hour’s drive from downtown Shanghai sits a resort-like community housing hundreds of senior citizens. It is an ambitious experiment in retirement care in China. The multistory complex, which can house up ...
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Dynamic Tidal Power:

Arcadis| GPE – February 15, 2018: General Information: Dynamic tidal power or DTP is an untried but promising technology for tidal power generation. It would involve creating a long dam-like structure perpendicular to the coast, with the option for a coast-parallel barrier at the far end, forming a large ‘T’ shape. This long T-dam would interfere with coast-parallel tidal wave ...
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In The BVI, There’s Confidentiality ~ But Not Secrecy:

The FCPA Blog | By: Martin Kenney | February 14, 2018: My adopted home of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has implemented what is known as the BOSS Act (or to give it its full title, the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Act), that received its assent in June last year. While flicking through various blogs and articles touching on ...
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Mission-Control-Like Command Center At This Hospital Is Taking Healthcare Into The Future:

GE Reports | By: Michelle Sweetwood | GPE – February 14, 2018: In the 1960s, airports started using air traffic control technology that allowed them to swiftly transition from scheduling a few hundred flights a day to managing thousands. Now, many airports handle millions of passengers every day. Despite the vast complexity of such a logistical challenge, the airline industry ...
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Samoa Swept By Cyclone Gita:

Al Jazeera | GPE – February 14, 2018: A clean-up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. Originally published February 11, 2018: There was extensive flooding, rivers burst their banks and houses were inundated. More than 200 people in Samoa needed emergency shelter. Apia, the capital, measured 425mm of rain over the last ...
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Researchers Team Up With Cities To Make Resilience A Reality:

Reuters | By: Michael Taylor | GPE – February 14, 2018: A multi-million dollar project launched on Sunday aims to connect urban officials with researchers to drive forward projects that will help cities adapt to growing pressures – from climate change to migration and unemployment. Funded by $3.7 million from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Resilience Accelerator will match on-the-ground needs ...
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Philippine Leader Threatens To Close ‘Sewer Pool’ Holiday Island Of Boracay:

Reuters | By: Manuel Mogato | February 12, 2018: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an urgent cleanup of the country’s most famous tourist hotspot, Boracay, calling it a “sewer pool” that he would not hesitate to shut down completely. The firebrand leader said he has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu six months to fix up the mess on ...
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United Nations ~ Plastic Ocean:

United Nations | GPE – February 14, 2018: Plastic – both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most is never recycled and remains on our land and in our seas for ever. Our story shows the damage to all creatures who depend on the ocean for their food ...
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Vietnam’s Tourism And Fishing Industries Drown In Waste:

Circle Of Blue | By: Jennifer Möller-Gulland | GPE – February 13, 2018: Plastic pollution, largely from Asia, chokes the world’s oceans. Originally published July 19, 2017: An afternoon swim in the South China Sea along the southeast coast of Vietnam is not the pleasant experience a visitor might expect. Amid rainbow-colored fishing boats, plastics, of all sizes and forms, ...
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Microplastics Pollute Most Remote And Uncharted Areas Of The Ocean:

The Guardian | By: Sandra Laville | February 12, 2018: First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Microplastics have been found in some of the most remote and uncharted regions of the oceans raising more concerns over the global scale of plastic pollution. Samples ...
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A New Way To Filter Salt And Metal Ions From Water:

Sustainability Matters | February 12, 2018: Australian and US researchers have discovered a way to utilise metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — a next-generation material that has the largest internal surface area of any known substance — to make sea water suitable for drinking. The sponge-like crystals can be used to capture, store and release chemical compounds — in this case, the ...
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Hawaii’s Cesspools Threaten Drinking Water, Tourism:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Ian Lovett | February 11, 2018: Sewage from holes of human waste have state lawmakers scrambling to find a fix. In Puako, which is on the Big Island, residents fear cesspool sewage has affected the environment. Cesspools — holes in the ground where untreated human waste is deposited — have become a crisis in ...
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New Wave Energy Device That Could Power Wales’ Homes In The Future Unveiled:

Wales Online | By: Chris Kelsey | GPE – February 12. 2018: WaveSub generates energy by harnessing the continual circular motion of the waves. Originally published October 13, 2017: Wales will take a major step towards getting power from the waves today when a prototype wave energy device is unveiled in Pembroke Dock. Nine years in the making, WaveSub has ...
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White House To Propose $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan:

The Hill | By: Mallory Shelbourne | February 11, 2018: The White House on Monday will propose its long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure package aimed at overhauling U.S. public works. The plan is structured around four goals: to generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, streamline the permitting process down to two years, invest in rural infrastructure projects and advance workforce ...
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Book Review ~ Building ‘The Source’ Of America’s Cash Flows And Liquid Assets:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Gerard Helferich | February 09, 2018: Canals, dams and river projects — given the capital they require — have altered the course of public debt. “Why is it,” asks author Martin Doyle, “that sewers are often at the cutting edge in finance?” The question isn’t meant as a slur on the financial industry but ...
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Climate Change Is Increasing Flood Risks In Europe:

The Guardian | By: John Abraham | February 08, 2018: A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming. In the study, the authors used what are called Impact Models to assess the risks of large-scale flooding. They focused their attention on Europe partly because there is a lot ...
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Can The World Find Solutions To The Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

Yale Environment 360 | By: Fred Pearce | February 06, 2018: More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. To prevent the problem from worsening, scientists warn, the world must drastically cut back on synthetic fertilizers and double the efficiency of the nitrogen used on farms. The world is using nitrogen fertilizer less ...
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Kimbal Musk’s Farm Of The Future (Yes, Elon’s brother):

Beme News | GPE – February 08, 2018: The way we get our food in the United States is completely messed up. When you go to the grocery store, especially in a city, most of the fresh fruits and vegetables you see have been trucked in from somewhere else, losing crucial nutritional value at an environmental cost. This is a ...
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Tech Wealth Turns Attention To Affordable Housing In Seattle:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Nour Malas | February 07, 2018: Nonprofit Forterra builds $10.25 million fund with help from high-profile investors in tech world. Rising wealth from Seattle’s technology boom changed the face of a neighborhood that used to be the black community’s historic core. Now, tech wealth is joining efforts to push back against gentrification. A nonprofit ...
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Identity Fraud Hits Record Number Of People:

The Wall Street Journal | By: AnnaMaria Andriotis | February 06, 2018: Equifax breach, more-sophisticated schemes drive 8% rise in victims. Some 16.7 million U.S. consumers had their identities compromised in 2017, resulting in $16.8 billion in losses, according to consulting firm Javelin Strategy & Research. The number of people affected was up 8% from 2016 and was the highest ...
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Business Interest In Blockchain Picks Up While Cryptocurrency Causes Conniptions:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Kim S. Nash | February 06, 2018: Companies that move products and people through complex supply chains see promise in the technology. During Walmart’s test of blockchain traceability, a Walmart associate could check mangoes on the shelf or in the backroom and trace it back to the farm with the retailer’s smart app. Blockchain ...
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Improving Storm Resiliency With Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage:

Clean Technica | By: Danny Parker | February 05, 2018: What about Florida? Energy efficiency, solar energy and regulatory backwardness in The Sunshine State. Part VIII: Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency: One series of complaints in the wake of Hurricane Irma came from some individuals who had installed solar electric PV systems and then were unable to ...
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Capital Needs To Connect Off-Grid Households In Sub-Saharan Africa:

Shell Foundation | By: Sam Parker (Director) | GPE – February 05, 2018: Taking stock after 15 years working on off-grid solutions to energy access, we are hugely encouraged by the progress that has been made. We are seeing scalable solutions emerging and growing commitments from governments and funders to do what is necessary to deliver universal access to energy ...
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Drought.gov ~ U.S. Drought Data, News, And Early Warning Resources:

Drought.gov | US Drought Portal | February 05, 2018: Where is drought this week? A weak ridge in the upper atmosphere tried to assert itself over the western contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, but Pacific storm systems moved through it in a stronger westerly flow. The ridge weakened the Pacific systems, limiting their precipitation to ...
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‘Silent Waterworld’ ~ Cambodian Village Submerged By Floodwater From Chinese-Built Dam:

The Independent | By: Tom Barnes | February 04, 2018: Farms, temple, ancestral graves and fishing grounds all destroyed as families forced to flee homes. Floodwater released from a hydroelectric dam has completely submerged a Cambodian village, turning it into a “silent waterworld”. The new Lower Sesan 2 Dam has unleashed a deluge of water on Srekor, in the northern ...
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Water, Water Everywhere Can’t Quell A Western Drought:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Jim Carlton | February 04, 2018: Many Western reservoirs are full, and downpours have triggered floods and deadly mudslides in parts of California. But all that water isn’t enough to save the West from another drought. Despite reservoir-filling downpours, drier-than-normal winter fuels wildfires and threatens agriculture; ‘It’s really like someone turned the tap off’ ...
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Modern Life On Planet Earth Is An Ecological Paradox:

Clean Technica | By Marlene Cimons | February 04, 2018: We’re living better, but at what cost? People who live in developed nations are, by many measures, healthier than ever before. Yet the planet has borne an onslaught of environmental insults   unlike any in human history. This alone threatens everyone’s well-being, a conundrum that scientists call the “ecological paradox.” They ...
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Ethiopia ~ The Energy Revolution Starts At The Bazaar:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | February 04, 2018: “Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it. To put this in perspective, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association pegs the average number of all solar lighting products sold in Ethiopia in ...
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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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