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September 2017 was fourth warmest September on record

September 2017 was the fourth warmest September in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Last month was +0.80 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean September temperature from 1951-1980. The warmest months of September according to the analysis happened in 2016 and 2014 (+0.87 degrees Celsius) and 2015 (+0.82 degrees Celsius).

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ChargePoint Leadership & The Next Frontier (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

EV charging infrastructure was largely limited to normal electricity outlets a decade ago. The market for electric car charging stations has grown tremendously as the market has, and it's at a critical transition point again now as long-range affordable electric cars start arriving on the market. If you live in the USA, there are several large charging networks/companies, but there's one company in particular that jumps out when you think of EV charging stations. Even if its name wasn't in the title, I'm sure you'd be …

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How we determine who’s to blame

How do people assign a cause to events they witness? Some philosophers have suggested that people determine responsibility for a particular outcome by imagining what would have happened if a suspected cause had not intervened. This kind of reasoning, known as counterfactual simulation, is believed to occur in many situations. For example, soccer referees deciding whether a player should be credited with an “own goal” — a goal accidentally scored for the opposing team — must try to determine what would have happened …

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Fairphone & Apple Lead, Samsung, Huawei & Amazon Fail Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide

Fairphone and Apple lead the way on Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics which is published this week, with big-name companies like Amazon, Samsung, and Huawei receiving failing grades. Fairphone & Apple Lead, Samsung, Huawei & Amazon Fail Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide was originally published on

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Powerful Polestar, banning cars with engines, Best Car To Buy 2018, wireless charging: Today’s Car News

Today, the three finalists for our annual Best Car To Buy award, a powerful plug-in hybrid coupe from Volvo's Polestar, the importance of wireless charging, and the Netherlands takes the lead. All this and more on Green Car Reports. First, the Dutch planned to ban sales of new cars with combustion engines after 2025. Now, the Netherlands plans to...

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Deshpande Center and Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab announce fall 2017 research grants

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation announced today the award of $768,000 in grants to 17 MIT research teams currently working on early-stage technologies. The Deshpande Center also manages the J-WAFS Solutions program for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab, which awarded $675,000 in project funding to five teams. This year's projects span a wide range of areas, including drug delivery, energy, 3-D printing, medical device, displays, and data communications. The Deshpande Center …

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Australian Government Walks Away From Clean Energy Target

Australia's Federal Government this week announced a new energy policy that walks away from introducing a post-2020 Clean Energy Target of 42% in favor of a National Energy Guarantee that puts the power of choice into the hands of the nation's utilities. Australian Government Walks Away From Clean Energy Target was originally published on

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GTM Research Analyzes Impact Of Solar Tariff In 12 Charts

GTM Research has published a new report this week investigating the potential impact of introducing various levels of tariffs on the solar industry as a result of the Section 201 trade case currently in front of the US International Trade Commission. GTM Research Analyzes Impact Of Solar Tariff In 12 Charts was originally published on

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How much does wireless charging matter for electric cars? Poll results

The announcements by BMW and Mercedes-Benz that they would offer wireless charging as an option next year raise a question for electric-car advocates. How important is the ability to recharge a vehicle without plugging in a cord? On the pro side, wireless charging may be easier for owners and drivers, who don't have to remember to plug in the...

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American Solar Manufacturer Stion to ‘Discontinue Operations’

American thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion is closing shop, even as the U.S. government prepares to implement trade remedies designed to shore up the domestic solar panel manufacturing sector. The San Jose-headquartered company confirmed to GTM on Monday that it plans to “discontinue operations,” in a letter signed by Stion Management. The statement blames “intense, non-market competition from foreign solar panel manufacturers, especially those based in China and proxy countries” for severely …

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Volvo’s new Polestar electric-car brand to launch 600-hp model in 2019

Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuning division, was recently separated from the Swedish brand; Volvo plans to turn it into a standalone brand. Polestar has now announced plans to build electric and electrified performance cars in the near future, and the brand revealed its first attempt with what it calls the Polestar 1. As it promised, that...

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One of these 3 vehicles will be Green Car Reports’ Best Car To Buy 2018

Fans of green cars have spent much of the past year eagerly waiting for a pair of electric cars to be revealed to the public and then to go on sale. By far the most attention and hype has been focused on the Tesla Model 3, the Silicon Valley carmaker's lower-priced and much higher-volume vehicle, with more than 200 miles of range for a starting...

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To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition?

Proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear reverses 20 years of regulatory restructuring. The EPA's recent moves to euthanize the Clean Power Plan (CPP) have generated a lot of news. However, ever since last November's election many who work in the energy and climate arena have been mollified by the belief that even without the CPP, or membership […] The post To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Canada Aims To Solve U.S. Nuclear Woes

Canada believes it may have the answer to replacing some U.S. nuclear capacity with other forms of carbon-free energy. When New York state and Massachusetts retire three nuclear reactors between 2019 and 2021, the two states will lose a combined 2.7 gigawatts of carbon-free power. Both states want to replace that capacity with other […] The post Canada Aims To Solve U.S. Nuclear Woes appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Coal Production Fell in First Half of 2017 After Increasing in Late 2016

U.S. coal production averaged 192 million short tons (MMst) per quarter in the first half of 2017, a slight decrease from the second half of 2016 but still above levels reached in the first half of 2016. The recent decline in production was a result of weaker demand for steam coal, about half of which […] The post U.S. Coal Production Fell in First Half of 2017 After Increasing in Late 2016 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Electric Vehicles Need Charging Stations For Widespread Adoption. Here’s How To Get Them Built

News about internal-combustion engine bans and automakers announcing new electric vehicle models seem to indicate an electric transportation future is here. But while EVs are more and more economically appealing to utilities and drivers, regulators and electricity sector stakeholders need smart policies to remove barriers to EV adoption. A new Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report, “From Gas to […] The post Electric Vehicles Need Charging Stations For Widespread Adoption. Here's How To Get Them Built appeared first on The Energy …

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The Clean Growth Strategy Puts Faith in Energy Efficiency: Here’s How to Do It

The UK government's new Clean Growth Strategy gives quite a lot of priority to energy efficiency. That's good news, write Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). What's needed next is to develop the policies that actually deliver the goods. This can be done by following the principle of Efficiency First. The Clean Growth […] The post The Clean Growth Strategy Puts Faith in Energy Efficiency: Here's How to Do It appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Experts Who Sold the Idea of Oil Exports Proven Very Wrong Very Fast

As Bloomberg put it recently, today “crude oil gushes out of the U.S. like never before.” U.S. exports of crude oil just hit a new record: nearly two million barrels per day. And while at DeSmog we predicted that “lifting the oil export ban will result in large increases in fracking for oil in the U.S.,” most industry experts at the time were making very different claims. “It's […] The post Experts Who Sold the Idea of Oil Exports Proven Very Wrong Very Fast appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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A Timeline of Zinke’s Crusade Against Methane Rules

Here's a newly-minted cabinet secretary charged with managing 20 percent of the American landscape on behalf of taxpayers and 567 Native American tribes – presented with an opportunity to save his stakeholders millions without lifting a finger. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, inexplicably, is rejecting this broad public relations win to instead go to bat for […] The post A Timeline of Zinke's Crusade Against Methane Rules appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Making Renewable Power More Viable for the Grid

Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the U.S. grid: They require energy-storage systems that, at the cheapest, run about $100 per kilowatt hour and function only in certain locations. “Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the […] The post Making Renewable Power More Viable for the Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article