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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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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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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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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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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AT&T Begins Testing High-Speed Internet Over Power Lines:

Reuters | By: Anjali Athavaley | December 13, 2017: AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers. AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds faster than the 1 gigabit per…

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Single Use Plastic Problems Tackled With Water Purification Solutions:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | December 12, 2017: Single use plastic bottles are strangling the earth’s ecosystems. Every plastic water or soda bottle that we buy contributes to ecological degradation in the form of micro plastic — those small particles of plastic that are often invisible to the naked eye and can take thousands of years to break…

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UK Regulator ~ Smart Machines Alone Can’t Defeat Money Laundering:

The FCPA Blog | By: Richard L. Cassin | December 11, 2017: Artificial intelligence will always be a “work in progress” in fighting money laundering and won’t entirely replace humans and their intuition, a top UK regulator said. “Any bank hoping for a black box in the corner that will sniff out the launderers will be disappointed,” according to Rob…

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Taking Climate-Friendly Farming To Scale:

Huffington Post | By: John J. Berger | GPE – December 10, 2017: On millions of acres of grazed American range land, if you plunge a shovel into the ground, you’re likely to find light-colored, depleted soil that’s lost much of its carbon-containing organic matter. That’s the stuff that gives rich, fertile soils their dark color and clumpy texture. Carbon-poor…

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California Is Burning & The Fires Won’t Stop Anytime Soon:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 07, 2017: Southern California is in flames. Wildfires are raging just north of Los Angeles, destroying whole communities just a short drive from downtown LA. Consuming everything in their path, the fires are only extinguished when they reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Commuters accustomed to massive traffic jams on the…

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Study ~ Arctic Sea Ice Melt To Exacerbate California Droughts:

Reuters | By: Timothy Gardner | December 05, 2017: Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said. As temperatures rise, the Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice-free…

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Open Ocean Aquaculture Developments:

Amirix Systems | Press Release | GPE – December 06, 2017: Amirix Systems announced on November 30, 2017 that it has been acquired by US based InnovaSea Systems. Amirix is the parent company of Bedford, Nova Scotia based Vemco and Realtime Aquaculture and Seattle, Washington based HTI-Vemco. Vemco and HTI-Vemco provide fish tracking and monitoring solutions for fisheries researchers worldwide…

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Report Release ~ State Of The Market 2017: Corporate Renewable Procurement In China:

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) | By: Katherine Chrisman & Mark Porter | November 28, 2017: Over the past decade, China has become the world’s leader in wind and solar capacity. Traditionally, China’s electricity structure has been closed off to most forms of corporate renewable procurement. But as a growing number of companies commit to reduce their carbon emissions and increase…

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How An Intelligent Microgrid Saved A California Vineyard Amidst Wildfires ~ Stone Edge Farm Story:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | November 28, 2017: We recently had the opportunity to speak with Craig Wooster, Project Manager & General Contractor at the Stone Edge Farm (SEF) Microgrid Project, about the impressive work the team is doing to take the farm off the grid with sustainable energy and storage. In addition to talking about the microgrid…

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New Analysis Finds Conserving Forests Could Cut Carbon Emissions As Much As Getting Rid Of Every Car On Earth:

Clean Technica | By: Susan Minnemeyer, Nancy Harris, & Octavia Payne | November 27, 2017: New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the…

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Volkswagen & JAC Put $12 Billion Into Chinese EV Boom:

Clean Technica | By: Tim Dixon | November 25, 2017: Bloomberg recently reported that Volkswagen has outlined its electric vehicle investments in China with an announcement of investment of $12 billion over the next 7 years with its Chinese joint venture partner JAC (Anhui Jianghuai Automobile). JAC, a relatively unknown company in the west, has had a range of electric…

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Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | November 24, 2017: Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of space, especially for larger, utility-scale systems. In some densely populated countries like China and India, where loss of farmland can lead to hungry people, floating solar farms are being built to take advantage of the surface area…

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