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February 07, 2017
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NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy



Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017
It may be up to the governments of U.S. states to take the lead in the effort to advance a low-carbon economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. A review of federal data from the NRDC finds the U.S. renewable energy sector was one of the largest job creators in recent years. The estimated 350,000 people tied to the solar energy sector is greater than some parts of the conventional fossil fuels industry and wind energy was moving in a similar employment direction. Lara Ettenson, ... read more

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Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions
Homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the biggest economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, according to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The U ... more
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Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier
You've seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element - carbon-dipped paper - that may turn this survival ... more
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Saudi Arabia takes low-carbon energy approach
French energy company ENGIE said it was making progress on its efforts to advance its low carbon portfolio with a new contract in Saudi Arabia. ... more
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Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme
Eltek has announced a contract with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide complete photovoltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. Eltek will provide full delivery ... more
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Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals: study
Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday. ... more
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Earth's orbital variations and sea ice synch glacial periods
Earth is currently in what climatologists call an interglacial period, a warm pulse between long, cold ice ages when glaciers dominate our planet's higher latitudes. For the past million years, thes ... more
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100 percent renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar - or photovoltaic (PV) - power could replace nuclear p ... more
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New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries
Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These manmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, ... more
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France issues first 'green bonds' with record 7 bln euro sale
France has issued its first "green bonds" with a record seven billion euro ($7.5 billion) sale, paving the way for the establishment of a genuine market in renewable energy bonds. ... more
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Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores
When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, i ... more


Capital One invests big in SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes solar energy project

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Xinhua: U.S. wasting opportunity in clean energy
Decoupling the U.S. economy from the renewable energy sector might not work as designed, a column in China's official Xinhua News Agency read. ... more
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Scientists lay foundations for new type of solar cell
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a di ... more
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A big nano boost for solar cells
Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed. However, solar cells do not c ... more
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Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth
It will be the economies in the Asia Pacific region that could gain the global edge in clean energy technology in the age of protectionism, a consultant said. ... more

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A better way to farm algae
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have in some ways stalled further development of this promising technology. Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new te ... more
Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites

Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish
Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underwater, and grabbing and releasing a live fish. The robots are made entirely of hydrogel - a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material that's composed mostly of water. Each robot is an assembl ... more
MIT's wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

New wave of robots set to deliver the goods

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Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a Pounds 27 million contract with East Anglia One Limited to supply and install the land cable connection for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Comprising of 102 turbines, the Pounds 2.5 billion wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 500,000 homes. The contract involves the ... more
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light

Chinese, Mexican automakers team up to make SUVs
China's JAC Motors and a Mexican firm are teaming up to invest $212 million in a plant to produce sport-utility vehicles in central Mexico, officials said Wednesday amid trade tensions with the United States. The deal will expand the capacity of a plant owned by the Mexican company, Giant Motors Latinoamerica, in Ciudad Sahagun, central Hidalgo state. Giant Motors director Elias Massri s ... more
Pedal power revival as bike-share apps race for glory

Dieselgate drags on for VW and Bosch with new payouts

Daimler to supply self-driving cars for Uber

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Toward all-solid lithium batteries
Most batteries are composed of two solid, electrochemically active layers called electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte. But recent research has explored the possibility of all-solid-state batteries, in which the liquid (and potentially flammable) electrolyte would be replaced by a solid electrolyte, which could enhance the batteries' energy density ... more
Building a better microbial fuel cell - using paper

Researchers flip script for Li-Ion electrolytes to simulate better batteries

Scientists take the first step toward creating efficient electrolyte-free batteries

Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. The engineering conglomerate, a once proud pillar of corporate Japan, is undergoing major restructuring after an accounting scandal and huge losses in its nuclear business. The company now intends to ann ... more
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall
Without a significant effort to reduce greenhouse gases, including an accelerated deployment of technologies for capturing atmospheric carbon and storing it underground, and sustained growth in renewables such as wind and solar, the world could miss a key global temperature target set by the Paris Agreement and the long-term goal of net-zero climate pollution. The finding, published in the ... more
Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Nordic countries are bringing about an energy transition worth copying

Iraq inks billion-dollar power plant deal with GE

Honduras manages to stall pine-munching bugs' march
Over the past three years, Honduras has lost a quarter of its pine forests to a plague of bark-munching beetles. Now though, after a long campaign that saw soldiers wielding chainsaws to contain the bug invasion, a little green is growing back. In mountains north of the capital that were stripped bare, trees replanted by students from the National University's forest sciences department ... more
Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon

Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds

High-tech maps of tropical forest diversity identify new conservation targets

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Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity
Cosmologists trying to understand how to unite the two pillars of modern science - quantum physics and gravity - have found a new way to make robust predictions about the effect of quantum fluctuations on primordial density waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have revealed quantum imprints left on cosmological structures in the very ... more
China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer
An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, have unveiled the first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth. This huge leap forward towards creating a universal quantum computer is published in the influential journal Science Advances (1). It has long been known that such a computer would revolutionise indust ... more
Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

The world's first heat-driven transistor

Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

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Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs
The Philippine environment minister's move to close some two dozen mines sparked concern Sunday among two of her colleagues, who said it could hit the economy and employment. The mining industry - accused of illegal tree felling and polluting rivers - has also questioned the order of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. The Philippines is the world's top supplier of nickel ore and the mai ... more
Philippines closes 23 mines over damage to environment

Hungary court orders retrial over 2010 toxic spill

Defense mechanism employed by algae can effectively inhibit marine fouling

Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich
The mysterious case of a billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong last week, reportedly abducted by mainland security agents, has underscored the precarious lives of China's ultra rich. Local media say financier Xiao Jianhua was last seen at his apartment in Hong Kong's Four Seasons hotel and is under investigation in connection with China's 2015 stocks crash. There is no shortage of ... more
Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report

'Abduction' of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong

Hong Kong leadership favourite testifies in corruption trial

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U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems
Syracuse Research Corporation, a non-profit research and development firm, has received a $65 million U.S. Army contract for an integrated counter-UAS system. The contract was issued on an urgent basis. Work on the counter-drone systems - engineering, production and sustainment - will mainly performed by SRC at a facility in New York State, with work also being performed by tea ... more
NAVAIR completes spike missile test with UAV target

SideArm prototype catches full-size unmanned aerial system flying at full speed

Schiebel to supply S-100 UAV for Australian navy

Aavid Thermacore Europe's technology will keep solar satellite cool
A solar satellite with a deep space mission to capture the most spectacular images ever taken of the Sun will be cooled by technology pioneered by a North East England-based firm. The European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter will use k-Core Annealed Pyrolytic Graphite technology (APG) designed and manufactured by Aavid Thermacore Europe Ltd. Aavid Thermacore's technology will keep instruments ... more
Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

The shape of melting in two dimensions

New beam pattern yields more precise radar, ultrasound imaging

U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips
The electronic data connections within and between microchips are increasingly becoming a bottleneck in the exponential growth of data traffic worldwide. Optical connections are the obvious successors but optical data transmission requires an adequate nanoscale light source, and this has been lacking. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) now have created a light source t ... more
Three magnetic states for each hole

Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle



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