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More Than 50 Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter At North American Climate Summit

More than 50 mayors from around the world, including 36 from the United States, have gathered at the North American Climate Summit and signed the Chicago Climate Charter, a first-of-its-kind international charter on climate change that seeks to allow cities to commit to the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Largest Investors In Utilities Are Voting Against Climate Risk Disclosure

Exxon Mobil shareholders earlier this year successfully voted to demand climate risk disclosure in a move which was widely held as a bellwether for similar moves across the sector, but a new report from Preventable Surprises has revealed that some of the largest investors in utilities are voting against climate risk disclosure, preferring private engagement over public proxy votes.

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Georgia Regulators May Decide Vogtle’s Fate Before Year’s End

Correspondence between the Georgia Public Service Commission and Georgia Power shows that the Vogtle nuclear expansion project may face an abbreviated decision schedule as a side effect to the Senate's tax bill. In a letter sent Friday, PSC chairman Stan Wise asked Georgia Power how changes in corporate tax law …

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More Than 80 Leading Economists Demand “Not A Penny More” Spent On Fossil Fuels

A group of more than 80 world-leading economists from 20 countries have issued a declaration in which they demand that "not a penny more" be spent on fossil fuel production and infrastructure while encouraging an increase in renewable energy investments in the lead-up to French President Emmanuel Macron's international summit on climate finance

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A bipartisan message of clean energy progress

The diverse group of energy leaders who spoke at the 2017 Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium hailed from different professional, personal, and political backgrounds, bringing many viewpoints on the conference's theme of transforming energy infrastructure — nationally and internationally — for a transition to a low-carbon future. Though opinions on the best strategies to bring about this transition differed, all agreed on the urgency of deploying strategies and technologies to achieve …

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Four from MIT are named 2018 IEEE Fellows

Each year the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) honors members who have achieved “extraordinary accomplishments” in their research fields by naming them IEEE Fellows. The recently announced list of 2018 IEEE Fellows includes MIT affiliates from the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Alan Edelman, an applied mathematics …

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Boosting the antibiotic arsenal

MIT researchers have discovered a way to make bacteria more vulnerable to a class of antibiotics known as quinolones, which include ciprofloxacin and are often used to treat infections such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The new strategy overcomes a key limitation of these drugs, which is that they often fail against infections that feature a very high density of bacteria. These include many chronic, difficult-to-treat infections, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, often found …

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Rethinking transcription factors and gene expression

Transcription — the reading of a segment of DNA into an RNA template for protein synthesis — is fundamental for nearly all cellular processes, including growth, responding to stimuli, and reproduction. Now, Whitehead Institute researchers have upended our understanding of how transcription is controlled and the role of transcription factors in the process. The paradigm shift, described in an article online on Dec. 7 in the journal Cell, hinges on a small protein that plays a key role in genome structure and …

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Jaguar I-Pace tests, VW exec sentenced, Tesla vs dealers, grim climate news: Today’s Car News

Today, Tesla wins one against dealer lobbyists, a VW executive is sentenced for his Dieselgate deception, Canada plug-in sales are in, and the Jaguar I-Pace hits the road. All this and more on Green Car Reports. In what may be a subtle dig at Tesla, the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is at 1.5 million miles of on-road testing by more than 200...

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Volkswagen ID electric car production date now set: November 2019

Since the Dieselgate scandal broke more than two years ago, Volkswagen has spent a great deal of time talking about its plans for electric cars. It has rolled out three concept vehicles within the new Volkswagen ID family, and discussed its dedicated electric-car architecture that will underpin all of them. Now, the company has committed to a date...

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What the Tax Legislation Conference Committee Means for Clean Energy

Broad tax legislation advanced by the US Congress in recent weeks is headed toward a conference committee, where Republicans in the House and Senate will hash out their differences. In this article we identify which provisions matter most for clean energy. Electric vehicles Currently, buyers are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 per electric vehicle. …

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China is Still on Track to Become the World’s Leading Nuclear Power

Is there a slowdown in the Chinese nuclear sector, as some observers have argued, ending nuclear power's “last hope for growth”? No, says François Morin, Director China of the World Nuclear Association. Nuclear has experienced a temporary setback but is still set for strong growth the coming years. Much speculation is made about nuclear power […] The post China is Still on Track to Become the World's Leading Nuclear Power appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The 201 Trade Case Could Stifle Growth of School-Installed Solar

The precipitous drop in solar prices has made systems more accessible for U.S. schools than ever before. A full 99 percent of solar installations occurred in the last decade, mirroring the trend line for diminishing costs. A new report from three solar advocacy groups -- The Solar Foundation, Generation 180, and the Solar Energy Industries Association -- …

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Pilot Mode: Sunverge Picks Up Utility Trials for Solar, Energy Storage and Software

Over the last decade, Sunverge has become a preferred provider of home solar-battery systems to utilities. It rivals Tesla in scope and scale of its deployments, if not in its marketing hype. But just like Tesla, the startup has seen its share of struggles, albeit of a different scope. While Tesla is seeking mass-market acceptance for its Powerwalls (and achieving

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Here Are Solar’s Next Gigawatt-Scale Markets

When this year comes to a close, GTM Research expects eight countries will top the 1-gigawatt mark in annual PV installations. By the end of 2018, that number will grow to 13 countries. According to GTM Research's latest Global Solar Demand Monitor, the next five countries to cross the 1-gigawatt annual threshold will be Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, the Netherlands and …

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US Utilities Increase Investment In Green & Renewables Despite Political Uncertainty

Despite tremendous political uncertainty in North America, driven by the United States' announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and its attendant policy shifts, utilities are nevertheless increasing their investments in green and renewable energy, according to new research published this month by Capgemini.

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WattTime & Microsoft Combine To Provide European Consumers Choice Of Clean Energy

Announced last week, WattTime and Microsoft are combining to provide European consumers the opportunity to better understand and reduce their carbon emissions by providing real-time information on the precise carbon emissions caused by using or generating electricity.

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Electric cars ‘right around the corner’ in 1966: what took so long?

Looking at yesterday's visions of tomorrow is always entertaining, from flying cars to cities of the future. In the case of the electric car, there have been two futures: one from 1890 to about 1910, and then another starting 100 years later in 2011. The intervening century saw many, many predictions about mass-market electric cars, but none of...