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China More Than Doubles America’s 2017 Investments in Clean Energy, in a ‘Runaway’ Year

China hit record levels of clean energy investment in 2017, according to the latest annual analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The country increased its clean energy spending last year by 24 percent, to a total of $132.6 billion. Show More Summary

Wind Industry Embraces Robots to Boost Safety, Cut Costs

An $8 million cash injection for a little-known startup this month highlighted the growing importance of robotics in wind turbine operations and maintenance. Ann Arbor, Michigan-based SkySpecs, which makes drone systems for wind farm...Show More Summary

Meet the Money and People Fueling the Contested Bayou Bridge Pipeline

By Rob Galbraith, Cross-Posted from LittleSis.org From Dakota Access to Keystone XL to Atlantic Coast, there has been no shortage of controversies over major proposed oil and gas pipelines in recent years. We can add the Bayou Bridge...Show More Summary

Shell Takes a Major Stake in US Solar Developer Silicon Ranch

International energy giant Shell has signed a deal to become the largest shareholder of U.S. solar project developer, owner and operator Silicon Ranch Corporation. Under the agreement announced today, Shell will acquire a 43.83 percent interest in Nashville-based Silicon Ranch from Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager. Show More Summary

Bringing It All Together: The Importance of Dispute Resolution in the Interconnection Process

Throughout the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's interconnection blog series, we have discussed best practices for the "rules of the road" in interconnection, from increasing transparency, to fairly allocating system upgrade costs, to integrating energy storage into interconnection procedures. Show More Summary

Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Roughly 10 percent of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain the genetic code for manufacturing a back-up enzyme, called iron iron-only nitrogenase, to do their job. New research...Show More Summary

The ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Chip Vulnerabilities Could Affect Grid Hardware

Grid infrastructure could be at risk from a microprocessor vulnerability that has shaken up the IT industry, warn analysts. Dima Tokar, co-founder and chief technology officer at the internet-of-things analysis firm MachNation, saidShow More Summary

Mexico Is One of the Most Attractive Regions on the Planet for Solar

Mexico has emerged as a top market for solar in Latin America. In the wake of the country's energy market reform, solar projects are more competitive than ever. Developers are scrambling to get in on the action. In advance of Solar Summit...Show More Summary

The Promise and Challenge of Scaling Lithium Metal Batteries

While lithium-ion batteries are undergoing an historic scale-up, researchers are also hard at work looking for what battery technology might come next. A big battery breakthrough could lead to electric cars that could drive longer on a single charge and are safer to operate. Show More Summary

New application for acoustics helps estimate marine life populations

(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego were part of an international team that for the first time used hydroacoustics as a method for comparing the abundance of fishes within and outside marine protected areas (MPAs).

PG&E Must Solicit Energy Storage and DERs to Replace Three Existing Gas Plants

California regulators rejected an effort to award lucrative "must-run" status to three Calpine gas plants, calling for new energy storage and clean resources instead. The California Public Utilities Commission ruled Thursday to authorize...Show More Summary

Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in guts

(University of Exeter) Scientists compared fecal samples from surfers and non-surfers to assess whether the surfers' guts contained E. coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of the antibiotic cefotaxime. Cefotaxime hasShow More Summary

Government Contractor Monitoring Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge Gas Project Works Extensively for the Company

A contractor working for the federal government to monitor construction of Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge natural gas project works for the company in various other capacities, according to documents DeSmog obtained through an open records request. Early...Show More Summary

'Clean Energy Is a Fundamental Civil Right': Major Campaign to Expand Access to Solar

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch. The  NAACP  is launching a major environmental justice campaign on January 13 to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The “Solar Equity Initiative” aimsShow More Summary

Nissan-Renault Insists It’s ‘Not Going to Relinquish’ Leadership on Electric Mobility

Nissan Motors did not unveil a new electric vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The Japanese automaker had a sizable expo display, but opted not hold a high-production press event. Instead, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of...Show More Summary

Unfractured: A Documentary on Activism, Family and the Fight Against Fracking

Unfractured, the new documentary about environmental activist and ecologist Dr. Sandra Steingraber, is primarily about the personal sacrifices made by individuals like Steingraber while fighting for environmental causes and future generations. “ I try to tell my kids, 'Mom is on the job,'” Steingraber explains. Show More Summary

First science journalists from the Balkans, App-only news outlet among 2018 EurekAlert! Fellows

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) For the first time, journalists from the Balkan region and a WeChat-only news outlet have been awarded the 2018 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters.The journalism...Show More Summary

Tax Equity Investors Break Their Silence on Congressional Tax Bill

Tax equity investors have mostly kept quiet on how the Republican tax bill, which President Trump signed into law in December, may impact their participation in the clean energy market. During a Thursday webinar from law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, investors emphasized that the market remains in limbo. Show More Summary

How climate change alters plant growth

(Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity -- it even alters the way plants grow. A team of researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) joined forces with the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) to discover which molecular processes are involved in plant growth. Show More Summary

The negative impact of climate change on freshwater bodies

(Ruhr-University Bochum) A lot of research is being conducted into the acidification of the world's oceans. A recent study has proved that freshwater bodies are likewise affected. Rising carbon dioxide levels could upset the balance of species.

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