Infrastructures News

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Australian Solar Installs Are Going Through The Roof:

Clean Technica | By: Sophie Vorrath | February 02, 2018: Extraordinary figures continue to roll in from the year that was for renewable energy in Australia, but easily the most outstanding so far are the numbers – and “eye watering ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How Not To End Up Like Cape Town:

Forester Network | By: Janice Kaspersen | January 30, 2018: As you might have heard, Cape Town, South Africa, is about to run out of water. Officials have predicted that “Day Zero,” when the water reserves drop so low that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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