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Nissan Has Received >9,000 Orders For New LEAF In Japan So Far

Nissan has now received more than 9,000 orders for the new, refreshed all-electric LEAF in Japan, a senior exec revealed on Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show. That figure apparently represents demand well above expectations, according to the senior exec in question

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New Greenland maps show more glaciers at risk

New maps of Greenland's coastal seafloor and bedrock beneath its massive ice sheet show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated melting as previously thought. Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), NASA and 30 other institutions have published the most comprehensive, accurate and high-resolution relief maps ever made of Greenland's bedrock …

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NRG Asked to Suspend Its Controversial Gas Plant Application. What Does That Actually Mean?

A move that was read by some as a sign of surrender in NRG's Puente natural gas plant application isn't really that. After two members of the California Energy Commission said they would recommend rejecting the controversial peaker plant's siting application, NRG came back with its own surprise. Its counsel, Michael Carroll of law firm Latham and Watkins, filed a

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Sixteen MIT grad students are named to the Siebel Scholars class of 2018

Sixteen MIT graduate students are among the 2018 cohort of Siebel Scholars hailing from the world's top graduate programs in bioengineering, business, computer science, and energy science. Honored for their academic achievements, leadership, and commitments to addressing crucial global challenges, the select MIT students are among 95 students from 28 institutions participating in the Siebel Scholars program. Siebel Scholars each receive an …

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Google/Waymo Stopped Testing Level 3 Self-Driving Tech After Testers Literally Fell Asleep While Using It, Switched To Full Autonomy

Google/Waymo ceased the testing of so-called Level 3 self-driving vehicle systems — where drivers are expected to take control quickly when the need arises — after some drivers literally started falling asleep during testing, the company's CEO John Krafcik has revealed

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Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles For Utilities and Third-Party Providers

Berkeley Lab has released Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers, and will host a webinar on November 6. The new report by the Institute for Electric Innovation, Advanced Energy Economy, and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates is the 9th report in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series. The report […] The post Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles For Utilities and Third-Party Providers appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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World Greenhouse Gas Levels Make Unprecedented Leap

Global average carbon dioxide concentrations rose by 0.8% during 2016, the largest annual increase ever observed, write researchers Paul Fraser, Paul Krummel and Zoe Loh of Australia's national science agency CSIRO. Courtesy The Conversation. According to figures released overnight by the World Meteorological Organisation, atmospheric CO₂ concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million. This is the highest level […] The post World Greenhouse Gas Levels Make Unprecedented Leap appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Scott Pruitt Takes Steps to Remove Science from Decisions Affecting the Health of American Families

Today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced additions to the Agency's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Taken in conjunction with the drastic policy shift also announced today, Pruitt is set to fundamentally undercut the role science in driving EPA decisions that directly affect the health and safety of American […] The post Scott Pruitt Takes Steps to Remove Science from Decisions Affecting the Health of American Families appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Widening Brent-WTI Price Spread Unlikely to Change East Coast Crude Oil Supply

In September and October 2017, the difference between domestic and foreign crude oil prices has risen to the highest level since 2015. In the past, price differences between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil led to changes in crude oil supply for petroleum refineries in the U.S. East Coast region. However, recent price […] The post Widening Brent-WTI Price Spread Unlikely to Change East Coast Crude Oil Supply appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Is There a Link between Renewable Energy and Clean Drinking Water?

Despite the advanced age we live in, one in every 10 people doesn't have access to clean water. That adds up to more than 800 million people worldwide. Billions of people are forced to draw their drinking water from contaminated sources, and the impact has been truly disastrous. Most countries in Central Asia, South America, […] The post Is There a Link between Renewable Energy and Clean Drinking Water? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Trump Pick for White House Environmental Council Profited from Oil Drilling, Energy Industry Speaking Fees

Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump's nominee to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), has recently made money from both leases on oil drilling and speaking fees at conferences sponsored by the fossil fuel industry. These new details come from Hartnett White's financial disclosure, obtained by DeSmog. If her nomination is confirmed, Hartnett White […] The post Trump Pick for White House Environmental Council Profited from Oil Drilling, Energy Industry Speaking Fees appeared first on The Energy …

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Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights

If you thought autonomous cars were freaking out some older drivers, wait until you hear the one about autonomous flights. Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company we mentioned here a little while back. This is throwing serious weight into the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights was originally …

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Next Generation of EV Charging (#Electrifying Webinar with Peter Badik, GreenWay)

For years, it has been clear — electric car customers want superfast (not just "fast") charging available for long-distance travel. It has also been clear that only Tesla has looked out for its customers in regards to this. It wasn't until this year that any other charging companies really started offering products capable of this, and there still aren't any electric cars on the market that could charge more than 100 kW anyway — hence the lack of supply of non-Tesla superchargers

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Cellular reprograming implicated in model of Alzheimer's disease

Microglia, immune cells that act as the central nervous system's damage sensors, have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. The cells, a type of macrophage that clear away dead cells from the brain and help to maintain healthy neuronal wiring, were found to be entangled with toxic amyloid beta plaques in tissue taken from those suffering from the disease. Researchers had previously believed that the cells help to protect the brain from neurodegeneration by digesting the amyloid plaques, but it now …

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International Policy Lab issues new call for proposals

The International Policy Lab (IPL) within the Center for International Studies has issued its third Institute-wide call for proposals. The IPL helps leading MIT researchers develop the policy implications of their research and better inform the policymaking community in the United States and abroad. It provides funding and staff support for translating scholarly work into digestible, policy-relevant materials and for direct outreach to policymakers. “We are very pleased …

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11,000 Tesla Model X crossovers recalled for faulty seat mechanism

Electric car builder Tesla is calling back 11,000 examples of its Model X crossover to rectify a folding rear-seat issue. The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between October 26, 2016, and August 16, 2017. At issue is a cable in the rear seatback, which the automaker...

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Perry to Congress: Price Tag on DOE Proposal to Prop Up Coal; Nuclear Is the ‘Cost of Freedom’

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's testimony before a House energy subcommittee this morning got attention from the mainstream press for his mistake of calling Puerto Rico a country, and his defense of what is, in the scope of the Trump administration, a relatively small $56,000