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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp Preparing For “Mega Trend Towards EVs” & Need For Lighter Materials

We reported a few days ago on the news that the largest spark plug manufacturer in the world was refocusing itself on solid-state battery tech based on the expectation that electric vehicles would eventually invalidate its spark plug business

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Electric Volvos coming, future Fords, renewables vs diesel, 2017’s key green-car stories: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got speculation on future Fords, details on upcoming electric Volvos, a battle between diesel power and renewable energy, and poll results on 2017's most important green-car news story. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've learned some details about Volvo's plans for electric cars, battery options, and more. Sad but true...

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What was our most important story of 2017? Twitter poll results

Year-end roundups are an unavoidable necessity of the media business. They let editors and writers opine, and they fill space when there may be little real news. They also serve the more valuable function of forcing a longer-term perspective on the hundreds of news items a month that flow through any given writer's feeds. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model...

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Well-Designed Environmental Regulations Can Deliver Positive Economic Outcomes

A new report based on interviews in the waste, construction, and car industries in the UK has concluded that well-designed environmental regulations are seen as a potential positive which can deliver economic benefits through increased business investment, rather than unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.

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Renault Aids The Felix Project, Delivering Food To London’s Most In Need

Sometimes, life's harsher realities affect the hearts and minds of the young more than others who find the stories of hunger in children further from their own lives. Felix Byam Shaw's compassion developed for other young boys when he found out they did not have necessary comforts of life -- such as the regular meals that some of us take for granted. Renault explains: "In particular, after he played in a football match and discovered that none of the opposing team of 10-year-old boys from South London had anything to eat that day."

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Businesses Are Failing To Adapt To Climate Change Despite Extreme Weather Events

While nearly half of companies expect climate change to impact their value chain in the next five years, only a quarter of companies are actually taking action to adapt or increase their resiliency to the effects of increasing climate change, according to a new survey from DNV GL.

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2017 BMW i3 REx: drive review of range-extended electric car

When the history of modern electric cars is written, the BMW i3 will likely go down as something of an anomaly. Its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, aluminum underpinnings, and battery-electric powertrain with an optional range extender are a combination not offered by any other maker, now or perhaps ever. We spent four days and 316...

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Four from MIT named 2017 Association for Computer Machinery Fellows

Today four MIT faculty were named among the Association for Computer Machinery's 2017 Fellows for making “landmark contributions to computing.” Honorees included School of Science Dean Michael Sipser and three researchers affiliated with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL): Shafi Goldwasser,

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Concerns About Safety Of Pipeline Weights Raised By Regulators Investigating Recent Keystone Oil Spill

An investigation into the causes of the recent TransCanada Keystone pipeline oil spill on November 16 has raised serious questions about the widespread use of weights on pipelines, regulators have revealed. To be more specific, a report from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration stated that the recent Keystone oil spill in South Dakota may have been caused by a weight that was put in place during the construction of the pipeline back in

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America’s Pledge Outlines 7 Ways For US States, Cities, & Businesses To Step Up On Climate

America's Pledge, an initiative launched to compile and quantify actions taken by US non-federal actors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, last week published its first report in which it outlines seven ways in which states, cities, and businesses can step up to address climate action.

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Scott Pruitt Confirms “Red Team-Blue Team” Climate Exercise Could Launch As Early As January

Scott Pruitt, the deeply mistrusted head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, confirmed in a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment that his plans to launch a "red team, blue team" exercise on the subject on climate change could reach fruition as early as next month.

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These six states have the highest electric-car adoption rates in the country

By now, many people would likely produce the correct answer when asked, Where in the U.S. are electric cars most popular? That would be California, which last year had almost seven battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered per 1,000 people. But five other states have more than two plug-in vehicles per 1,000 residents—and we're...

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Lithium-ion battery packs now $209 per kwh, will fall to $100 by 2025: Bloomberg analysis

Battery-pack prices are the lowest they've ever been, and like a yoga-obsessed limbo contestant, they're primed to go even lower. A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, based on a survey of "more than 50 companies," states the average cost of a electric-car battery pack is now $209 per kilowatt-hour. But the real shocker is the report's claim...

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If Renewables Aren’t Growing Fast Enough to Replace Nuclear, What Are Europe’s Options?

Europe's electricity markets are in flux. Renewables have upended wholesale markets, but decarbonization has been slow. Can the region meet its long-term carbon reduction goals, even as nuclear declines? “The pathways [that] energy markets across Europe take over the next few decades towards 2050 decarbonization targets are not set in stone,” said Richard Slark, director of the firm Pöyry Management Consulting. Europe still has a number of options. But the pathways are getting …