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Will Merkel Really Ban ICE Cars In Germany?

It came out yesterday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on petrol and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country's leader, Merkel, to consider such a strong policy, and I would say that even in recent …

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2017 Karma Revero: first drive of reborn luxury plug-in hybrid sedan

The 2017 Karma Revero remains as much of a head-turner today as the low, sleek four-door sedan was when it debuted a decade ago under another name. It also happens to be a range-extended electric luxury sedan, though we tend to think that the Karma would sell just as well if it ran on coal dust and baby-seal blood. It's a big, low, handsome shape...

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Post-IPO Landis+Gyr Seeks Financial Distinction from Toshiba’s Struggles

Landis+Gyr wants the world to know its financial fortunes are no longer connected to Toshiba -- even if its former parent company is still classifying them as its own. On Monday, Landis+Gyr reported unaudited second-quarter net revenues of $433 million and $54.6 million in adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ending on June 30, 2017. It did so not as part of its new reporting …

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Suniva, SolarWorld Make Their Case for Import Relief: ‘We’re Not Out to Kill the Industry’

Federal trade officials asked representatives for Suniva and SolarWorld to justify their request for tariffs on imported solar equipment on Tuesday, marking the latest step in a case that threatens to upend the U.S. solar industry. The 10-hour hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., drew dozens of solar industry leaders, foreign diplomats and activists sporting t-shirts that read, "Save America's Solar Jobs, No New Solar Tariffs." Executives for the troubled solar …

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Brompton Folding Electric Bicycle Has 50 Mile Range, Ships In 2018

The Brompton folding electric bicycle has a range of 50 miles and a detachable battery made by Williams Advanced Engineering, the battery supplier to Formula E. Brompton Folding Electric Bicycle Has 50 Mile Range, Ships In 2018 was originally published on

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Will Germany Ever Phase Coal Out? Coal Still Accounts For 40% Of Energy Mix

Despite more than €20 billion being spent on the country's green energy sector every year, coal still accounts for around 40% of Germany's energy mix — that represents an only ~10% drop since 2000, despite all of the money and PR since then Will Germany Ever Phase Coal Out? Coal Still Accounts …

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Ikea Debuts Residential Solar-Plus-Storage in the UK

Ikea has a new product line for U.K. homeowners -- batteries for their rooftop solar systems. On Wednesday, the Swedish home furnishings superstore unveiled an offering that combines solar panels from U.K. partner Solarcentury and lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem, coming in 3.3-kilowatt-hour and 6.5-kilowatt-hour combinations.

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Deadly heat waves could hit South Asia this century

In South Asia, a region of deep poverty where one-fifth of the world's people live, new research suggests that by the end of this century climate change could lead to summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection. There is still time to avert such severe warming if measures are implemented now to reduce the most dire consequences of global warming. However, under business-as-usual scenarios, without significant reductions in carbon emissions, the study shows …

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RIP Mitsubishi i-MiEV: lowest-range, slowest electric car departs U.S. market

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car deserves a place in history. It was arguably the first mass-produced modern electric car put on sale, well before the Nissan Leaf arrived in December 2010. Pre-production i-MiEVs were operating in test fleets in Japan as early as 2007, and it was on sale in that country even as Tesla struggled to get its Roadster...

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How J-PAL thinks globally and acts locally

It is a huge question in development economics: If a program yields good results in one country, will it work in another? Does a vaccination policy in India translate to Africa? Does a teen-pregnancy prevention program in Kenya work in Rwanda? And: Why or why not? Leaders of MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), one of world's foremost centers for antipoverty research, have developed their own formal framework for thinking about this vexing question, over the last several years. Now, in a new …

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Nectar Farms on 100% renewables: “Why would you do it any other way?”

Vegetable grower Nectar Farms says its decision to use 100% renewable energy for the country's biggest glasshouse project will deliver major cost savings over traditional use of gas and grid power. “Really, why would you do it any differently,” its CEO says.

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Nectar Farms on 100% renewables: “Why would you do it any other way?”

Vegetable grower Nectar Farms says its decision to use 100% renewable energy for the country's biggest glasshouse project will deliver major cost savings over traditional use of gas and grid power. “Really, why would you do it any differently,” its CEO says.