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Cryptocurrency’s Electrical Demand Will Drop Drastically

All of the hysteria about cryptocurrency energy use is going to go away in the next few months. The bubble will pop for stale assets like bitcoin, places like China will clamp down on wasting electricity on competitive mining, and everybody else will move to variants of proof-of-stake or perhaps IOTA, which seems to dodge the bullet in a different way

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Embracing Clean Electric Transportation In Juneau, Alaska

Originally published on RMI Outlet. By Laurie Guevara-​Stone Juneau — Alaska's tiny capital with a population of 32,000 — sits at the base of the Juneau Icefield, and the Mendenhall glacier. “The Glacier,” as it is known there, is an icon that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. Unfortunately, it is [&hellip Embracing Clean Electric Transportation In …

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Climate Action Is Logical, Says Dalai Lama

Originally published on Eden Keeper. Yesterday, the Dalai Lama released a video urging world leaders to take strong action at the UN climate talks starting on November 30 in Paris. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is one of growing number of religious leaders, including Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew, to call for immediate climate action. While acknowledging humanity's [&hellip Climate …

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MIT Media Lab offers research position to Bassel Khartabil

The MIT Media Lab has announced that it has offered Syrian open source developer Bassel Khartabil a research scientist position in the Media Lab's Center for Civic Media. In this position, which would be effective immediately, Khartabil would work with the center's director, Principal Research Scientist Ethan Zuckerman, on projects that make Syria's history accessible to the world, including a digital 3-D reconstruction of ancient Palmyra, one of the sites raided and destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria …

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Energy Storage North America 2015: Storage in Action, Part 2

One of the continent's largest energy storage shows hit San Diego, Calif. last week to good crowds and an increased momentum in the market. I emceed for a number of presenters in this year's Storage in Action series, seeking to highlight actual working energy-storage projects out in the world -- not pilots, but real, value-creating energy-storage projects. Part 1 looked at

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Biologists unravel drug-resistance mechanism in tumor cells

About half of all tumors are missing a gene called p53, which helps healthy cells prevent genetic mutations. Many of these tumors develop resistance to chemotherapy drugs that kill cells by damaging their DNA. MIT cancer biologists have now discovered how this happens: A backup system that takes over when p53 is disabled encourages cancer cells to continue dividing even when they have suffered extensive DNA damage. The researchers also discovered that an RNA-binding protein called hnRNPA0 is a key player in this …

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Paul Ryan Has Old Ideas About American Energy

Originally published on Red, Green, and Blue. By Andrew Meggison [This was originally published as part of our coverage of the 2012 election. With Paul Ryan back in the news, we thought we'd remind everyone of how monumentally lousy Paul Ryan is on clean energy…] Paul Ryan is the new face of the Grand Old Party [&hellip Paul Ryan Has Old Ideas About American Energy was originally published …

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Wringing Out Car-Making Efficiencies: Honda’s ‘Green Path’ Detailed

It's well established by now that the energy required to extract raw materials and turn them into a finished car is considerably less than the energy that car will consume over its lifetime to move itself around. But that isn't stopping manufacturers from chipping away at the huge amounts of energy consumed in and around their assembly plants...

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Aston Martin RapidE, Tesla Autopilot Coast-to-Coast, BMW i3 Range Boost: Today’s Car News

Today, we have a first look at the all-electric Aston Martin RapidE, a team claims to have driven coast-to-coast relying on Tesla's Autopilot system, and the BMW i3 will get a range boost next year. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Aston Martin RapidE concept previews an all-electric version of the British carmaker's four-door Rapide...

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No More Business As Usual For Fossil Fuel Sector

A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative has concluded that the fossil fuel industry's business as usual scenarios will not last for much longer. Specifically, according to the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), “Rapid advances in technology, increasingly cheap renewable energy, slower economic growth, and lower than expected population rise could all dampen fossil fuel demand significantly [&hellip

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Investing in Demand Response Can Triple Economic Benefits for States

Not all kilowatts are created equal. In its simplest form, that's the chief argument put forward by demand-response advocates. Demand response enables grid operators and electric utilities to relieve stress on the electrical grid by compensating commercial and industrial customers, and to an increasing extent, residential customers, for curtailing electricity use at times of peak demand or in the event of an emergency. According to

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Autopilot drives Tesla Model S Electric Car Coast-To-Coast (More Or Less)

The Tesla Autopilot autonomous-driving system was only released last week, contained in one of the company's periodic software updates. Tesla itself doesn't consider the Autopilot functions complete, calling the initial release a "public beta" test. Yet the system has already been used, apparently, to set not one but two transcontinental-driving...

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Gamesa Awarded 112 MW Wind Order In Chile

Gamesa has been awarded a 112 MW wind turbine supply contract for a new wind farm located in Chile. The unnamed wind farm in Chile will receive 56 of Gamesa's G114-2.0 MW turbines, which are optimized for low and medium wind speed sites. Gamesa has already signed orders to supply of nearly 2,000 MW of the G114-2.0 [&hellip Gamesa Awarded 112 MW Wind Order In Chile was originally published on

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IEA: $13.5 Trillion Climate Investment Needed By 2030

The International Energy Agency produced a World Energy Outlook special briefing today to reveal the energy sector implications of the national climate pledges (INDCs) submitted to the UN for its the upcoming climate summit in Paris (COP21). IEA estimates that in order to implement the climate investment pledges made to the UN by world leaders, the global [&hellip IEA: $13.5 Trillion Climate …

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COP21 Climate Pledges Could Slow Growth In Energy-Related Emissions

New research has shown energy-related emissions could “slow to a relative crawl” by 2030 if countries adhere to their own climate pledges. This, according to a new special briefing published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which claims that energy-related emissions could drop dramatically if all countries meet their climate pledges, submitted in advance of [&hellip COP21 …

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Floating Offshore Wind Can Deliver Competitive Energy

Floating offshore wind could deliver cost effective, secure, and safe renewable energy for the UK from the mid 2020s according to new research. A new report published by the UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded that floating offshore wind could deliver a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of less than £85/MWh from the mid-2020s onward, [&hellip Floating Offshore …