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Flash Drought In US High Plains May Have Already Destroyed Half Of This Year’s Wheat Crop

The "flash drought" that came out of nowhere this summer in the US High Plains, afflicting Montana and the Dakotas the worst, has already destroyed more than half of this year's wheat crop, going by some recent field surveys. Considering that the region is now one of the top wheat-growing regions in the world, the damage is very notable

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US Wind Development Surges In 2nd Quarter (Up 40% YoY)

While the US wind industry only installed 237 MW in the second quarter of this year, the industry can nevertheless be comforted by the knowledge that there are 40% more wind projects currently under development than at the same time a year earlier, heralding strong growth ahead US Wind Development …

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FCA & Marchionne Pull 180 — 2 Electric Maseratis Planned For 2020

Prepare for claims of "Tesla killers" from Maserati in the mainstream media, as FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne awkwardly proclaimed that the brand would produce an electric vehicle around 2020 in an earnings call on Thursday FCA & Marchionne Pull 180 — 2 Electric Maseratis Planned For 2020 was …

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Spain Awards 4 Gigawatts Solar & 1 Gigawatt Wind In Renewables Auction

Spain's energy ministry announced this week the full list of winners from its most recent renewables auction, which awarded a total of 5 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. The split ended up 4 GW for solar and over 1 GW for wind Spain Awards 4 Gigawatts Solar & 1 Gigawatt Wind In Renewables Auction …

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European commissioner warns against cities’ diesel bans, fears market collapse

The warning came even before last week's plans for updates to 9 million European diesel cars by German luxury makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz were announced. In a letter sent to the transport ministers of European Union countries, EU industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska warned that proposed bans on diesel cars in European cities could backfire...

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Enphase Is Back With a Microinverter-Integrated Solar Module

Microinverter pioneer Enphase has achieved the convergence of solar module and microinverter once again, several years after the company's first attempt. This month, LG will begin selling a so-called AC module manufactured with an Enphase microinverter intact. The product ships flat; before commissioning, the inverter easily snaps into place 1.5 centimeters off the back of the panel to allow passive airflow cooling. The same concept is coming in partnership with Jinko late in the third quarter or early in the …

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Carbon Trust To Administrate UK’s £9.2 Million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust has been appointed to run the UK Government's £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, which was announced back in January as a way to help UK industry find specific ways to begin partaking in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbon …

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Vast Amounts Of Toxic Mercury Accumulating In Arctic, Global Industrial Emissions To Blame

Enormous quantities of toxic mercury are now accumulating in the Arctic tundra as a result of industrial activity and emissions in the temperate parts of the globe, according to a new study from UMass Lowell Vast Amounts Of Toxic Mercury Accumulating In Arctic, Global Industrial …

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Energy Trade Action Coalition Formed To Combat Anti-Trade In Solar Industry

A new coalition formed to combat imposing tariffs on imported solar products has been launched this week, the Energy Trade Action Coalition made up of a group of companies, associations, and organisations dedicated to fighting the trade petition including, surprisingly enough, two conservative groups, The Heritage Foundation and ALEC.

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Increasing Water Stress Due To Climate Change Threatens European Electricity Production

Increasing water stress caused by a global climate change will have far-ranging consequences, and according to a new study, water scarcity and warmth could begin impacting European electricity generation as soon as 2030, possibly decreasing production or ceasing production altogether.

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Report Claims Renewable Energy Making US Grids Stronger

Researchers have found that regions with large investment in renewables have stronger electric grids, contrary to popular belief. Select policymakers and industry advocated have said that state and federal policies that support renewable energy put the reliability of the electric grid at risk by pushing nuclear and coal power plants into early closure. However, a new report from consulting firm Analysis Group concludes the evidence is not in support of such claims. This post …

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Finding leaks while they’re easy to fix

Access to clean, safe water is one of the world's pressing needs, yet today's water distribution systems lose an average of 20 percent of their supply because of leaks. These leaks not only make shortages worse but also can cause serious structural damage to buildings and roads by undermining foundations. Unfortunately, leak detection systems are expensive and slow to operate — and they don't work well in systems that use wood, clay, or plastic pipes, which account for the majority of systems in the developing …