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Electric Mobility & Decentralized Purchasing Of Electricity With Ubitricity

Frank Pawlitschek and Knut Hechtfischer co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the vision of smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Both attorneys at trade, the two founders decided to joined forces and combine Knut's passion for renewables and Frank's experience in the startup industry to build something together.

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Industry is Betting Big on CCS as a ‘Shield’ for Fossil Fuels at Bonn Climate Talks

Bonn, Germany – Each day at the international climate talks, dozens of side events take place on a wide range of topics: from phasing out coal to the role of music in the climate action movement. Those looking for the particular thrill of learning about carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology have been spoilt for choice. […] The post Industry is Betting Big on CCS as a ‘Shield' for Fossil Fuels at Bonn Climate Talks appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Renewables Provided 44.1% Of Germany’s Electricity In October

Germany added 2.3 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in the first half of 2017. Though it failed to meet the target last year, the Renewable Energy Act set an annual target of installing 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of new solar capacity. Add in a warm autumn and the winter storms Xavier and Herwart, and it is easy to see how renewables provided 44.1% of Germany's electricity in October

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Boulder County Incentive Program Drives Adoption Of Two ‘Sexy Electrics’: Solar & Electric Cars — Episode 47 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast

An innovative group purchasing program in Boulder County, Colorado, put hundreds of electric vehicles on local roads and sparked the addition of more than 1 megawatt of rooftop solar in its first two years. Now, the initiative is a springboard for efforts nationwide to allow consumers to seize control of their clean energy future.

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Visiting Professor Anita Hill leads conversations about Title IX

Title IX has been on the books for 45 years — but in Anita Hill's view, the historic federal law still has plenty to accomplish. “I don't think we've neglected Title IX in terms of educational access,” says the noted attorney and author, who is a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT this year. “But I do think we have a lot to do in terms of creating an environment where we're not just saying ‘Women can now enroll in engineering and science,' but where we're actively providing ways to overcome the social …

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Texas’ odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century

As the city of Houston continues to recover and rebuild following the historic flooding unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, the region will also have to prepare for a future in which storms of Harvey's magnitude are more likely to occur. A new MIT study, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reports that as climate change progresses, the city of Houston, and Texas in general, will face an increasing risk of devastating, Harvey-scale rainfall. According to the …

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22 Actions Cities Can Take To Move Toward Climate Neutrality & See Results In A Year

The Rocky Mountain Institute has published a new report at COP23 which provides cities around the world with "22 ready-to-implement, no-regrets solutions that have proven success" that will help move them toward climate neutrality and provide results within a year.

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Marketplaces Are the Key to Managing Volatility in Solar

The Section 201 trade case has injected a lot of uncertainty into America's solar market. It's hard to plan with the threat of new tariffs. It's even harder to plan in this political environment. But the solar industry is used to uncertainty. That's why so many people call it the “solar coaster.” Beyond trade wars, the industry has routinely dealt with uncertainty around tax credits, the stimulus program, state mandates and incentives, and now, the prospect of a tax reform bill in Congress. Put simply, …

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Countries Can “Significantly” Increase Renewable Energy Ambition Within NDCs, Concludes IRENA

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency has concluded that there is significant untapped potential for countries to "significantly" increase their renewable energy ambition within Nationally Determined Contributions when they are revised in 2020, helping to accelerate deployment in line with the goals and needs of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Remembering Christine Moulen, library systems manager at the MIT Libraries

Christine Moulen '94, library systems manager at the MIT Libraries, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. A libraries employee for more than 20 years, Moulen was a three-time recipient of the Infinite Mile Award and a universally admired colleague. “Christine was one of the most beloved and well-respected colleagues at the MIT Libraries,” said Director Chris Bourg. “We have lost an extraordinary human being — warm, brilliant, kind, and with a quick smile that few of us will ever forget.”

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MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and Harvard Kennedy School Launch Collaborative International Studies Program

The MIT Security Studies Program at the Center for International Studies in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs launched today a collaborative program to mentor the next generation of foreign policy scholars. The Project on Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft is made possible with support from the Charles Koch Foundation: a $1,846,200 grant to MIT and one for $1,853,900 to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). MIT …

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2018 Nissan LEAF = Best of Innovation Winner at CES 2018

Nissan LEAF owners love their LEAFs. I know through experience that this is true. How nice it is that due to the efforts of Nissan innovators, the 2018 Nissan LEAF is now recognized and awarded internationally just like its original incarnation was. What am I talking about? As indicated in the title, Nissan reports that the new Nissan LEAF has taken top honours at the 2018 CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

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Green-car deals, EPA vs climate action, electric-car tax credit, Best Car To Buy 2018: Today’s Car News

Today, after lots of anticipation, we revealed our Best Car To Buy 2018. We've also got possibly good news on the electric-car tax credit, clearly bad news on EPA plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, and best green-car deals for November. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's...

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Making More Sustainable LEDs With Reusable Materials

The rise of LED light bulbs has been driven in large part by their environmental credentials, and rightly so. LEDs consume a fraction of the power used by traditional incandescent bulbs and have exceptional longevity, lasting up to 25,000 hours. Most of an LED's environmental impact (around 98 percent) is incurred during its use. Factors such as longevity and efficiency present the greatest opportunity for LED manufacturers to improve the environmental impact of their products. After that, the biggest influencing …