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Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products

Today marks the availability of Cirrent, the new way to connect any smart, connected product to the Internet automatically and securely. Cirrent’s service enables connected products—such as home thermostats and televisions—to connect to the Internet automatically and securely, right out of the box.With more things on the Internet than people, it’s predicted there will be […]

Chinese steelmaking quandary: nothing exceeds like excess

Is it “Look before you leap,” or “He who hesitates is lost”? Is it “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind”? Is it “A penny saved is a penny earned” or “You can’t take it with you?” This is why wisdom is so...Show More Summary

House Passes Chemical Safety Law Reform

The US House of Representatives today approved new chemical safety rules that will overhaul the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It passed 403 to 12. The Senate is expected to approved the bill this week. President Barack Obama has said he will sign the chemical safety bill — called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical […]

NEA 2016 – Preparing for new reactor development

On May 24, 2016 during the afternoon session of the Nuclear Energy Assembly, there was a panel discussion on the topic of preparing for new reactor development. NEI’s Chief Operating Officer, Maria Korsnick, moderated the panel. Other...Show More Summary

Dear Progressives: Using Uber Doesn't Make You a Monster

Matthew Feeney Over the weekend John Paul Brammer took to the pages of The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” section to lament the supposed hypocrisy displayed by young progressives participating in the sharing economy, who he thinks have demonstrated a preference for convenience over ethics. Show More Summary

Bring Back DDT

Deepak Lal Another horrific mosquito-borne disease, Zika, is now decimating South and Central America. It leads to brain-damaged babies; the World Health Organization claims it is now “spreading explosively”, and will proliferate to every continent and become widely and deeply embedded in populations. Show More Summary

Release the Kraken

Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical...Show More Summary

What Utilities Are Still Learning About the Ukraine Cyberattacks

It’s been almost four months since electric suppliers serving large parts of western Ukraine – called “oblenergos” -- were hacked December 23. While such an occurrence in that part of the world might be discounted due to tensions between Russia and Ukraine, cyber security managers for utilities in the U.S. Show More Summary

South Australia: Making money by solving “waste” problems of others

South Australia is making progress in its effort to profitably address an issue that has slowed nuclear energy’s growth prospects for more than 40 years. On May 9th South Australian premier Jay Weatherill released the final version of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report that had been briefed to him on May 6. Show More Summary

GRI, UN Global Compact Renew Sustainability Reporting Partnership to Support Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Compact have renewed their sustainability reporting collaboration for three years with a focus on supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

What Happens When Demand for Oil Peaks?

A gradual move away from oil, will have many benefits for the global economy, write Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Jeroen van der Veer, former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell.

Surrender at Ft. Calhoun

The nation’s smallest nuclear power plant, at 479 MW, threw in the towel this week. The management of Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) has recommended that the single-unit Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Nebraska be permanently shut down. Show More Summary

A New Reality to Come to Terms With

The first UNFCCC talks since the adoption of the Paris Agreement are now underway and the various delegations are getting down to the tough task of implementation. I was in Bonn on the opening day of the two week meeting, representing the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in a side event hosted by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB).

The False Trade-Off Between Economic Growth and Environmental Protection

One standard response to the presence of cleaner air in the developed world is to argue that these countries have exported their largest polluters--dirty, heavy industry--into the developing world. While the export of manufacturing is undoubtedly true, most air pollution comes from generating electricity and from vehicles.

United States Remains Largest Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in...Show More Summary

New Hampshire Just Doubled Its Solar Net Metering Cap, And It Already Needs More

New Hampshire’s solar industry has an opportunity to stand as an example of the economic gains and consumer savings that are possible when lawmakers reach across the aisle. But the state’s public utilities commission must act quickly and responsibly.

How Fast Could the Market for Electric Vehicles Grow?

I recently argued that BP’s projections showing almost no take-up of plug-in vehicles[1] by 2035 was unrealistic in view of several convergent trends. There is increasing pressure to reduce CO2 emissions, there is large and growing concern about urban air quality, and electric vehicles are likely to prove attractive to consumers in many respects. Show More Summary

Solar and Wind Energy From the Same Device

Candy-bar-sized device could produce solar and wind power from city rooftops

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

The Chemical Reporting Data Rule covers almost all chemical substances manufactured or imported in excess of the reporting threshold, but with limited exemptions for chemicals incorporated into manufactured articles, impurities, R&D chemicals, non-isolated intermediates, pesticides, foods, drugs, cosmetics, polymers, microorganisms and certain other products.

Interstate Batteries, Aqua Metals Ink Deal to Scale Up ‘Non-Polluting’ Lead Recycling Facility

Lead-acid battery recycling technology company Aqua Metals has signed an agreement with Interstate Batteries that will see the automotive battery distributor send more than 1 million automotive and other lead-acid batteries to be recycled at Aqua Metals’ AquaRefineries.

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