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European Investment Bank Pumps $5B Into Renewables and Distributed Grid Upgrades

Renewable energy projects from Western Europe to Southern India are set to benefit from a European Investment Bank (EIB) financing package approved last month. The bank, the world's largest international public lending institution, earmarked €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) for energy sector initiatives within a €12.4 billion ($14.7 billion) investment war chest covering 53 projects. “These include onshore wind, hydropower and smart meter projects in Italy, energy efficiency, solar, wind and district heating …

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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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Understanding tropical rainfall

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), also known as the doldrums, is one of the dramatic features of Earth's climate system. Prominent enough to be seen from space, the ITCZ appears in satellite images as a band of bright clouds around the tropics. Here, moist warm air accumulates in this atmospheric region near the equator, where the ocean and atmosphere heavily interact. Intense solar radiation and calm, warm ocean waters produce …

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Transparent, flexible solar cells

Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us — on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer. The device combines low-cost organic (carbon-containing) materials with electrodes of graphene, a flexible, transparent material made from inexpensive and abundant carbon sources. This advance in solar technology was enabled by a novel method of depositing a one-atom-thick layer of graphene onto the solar cell — …

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MIT Haystack Observatory's John Foster named AGU Fellow

John C. Foster, principal research scientist at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has been awarded AGU Fellow status from the American Geophysical Union for 2017. The AGU elects a small group of members to become fellows each year in honor of their scientific leadership and research excellence. Recipients are AGU members who have fundamentally advanced research in their fields of geophysics. "AGU Fellows are recognized for their scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Their breadth of interests and the scope of …

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Tesla Model 3 Production Unveiling — What To Expect & How To Watch

The Tesla Model 3 reveal in 2016 was the most anticipated vehicle reveal in history, and perhaps the most anticipated product reveal of any kind. More recently, production launch has been the most anticipated production launch of any vehicle since perhaps the Ford Model Tesla Model 3 Production Unveiling …

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NASA solves a drizzle riddle

A new NASA study shows that updrafts are more important than previously understood in determining what makes clouds produce drizzle instead of full-sized raindrops, overturning a common assumption. The study offers a pathway for improving accuracy in weather and climate models' treatments of rainfall — recognized as one of the greater challenges in improving short term weather forecasts and long-term climate projections. The research by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California; …

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NASA flights gauge summer sea ice melt in the Arctic

Earlier this year, Arctic sea ice sank to a record low wintertime extent for the third straight year. Now NASA is flying a set of instruments north of Greenland to observe the impact of the melt season on the Arctic's oldest and thickest sea ice. Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne survey of polar ice, launched a short campaign on July 17 from Thule Air Base, in northwest Greenland. Weather permitting, the IceBridge scientists are expecting to complete six, 4-hour-long flights focusing on sea ice that has survived at …