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How a 94-Year-Old Genius May Save the Planet

Alternet, 11 March 2017
A man old enough to be Mark Zuckerberg’s great-grandfather just unveiled energy storage technology that might save the planet. John Goodenough is 94, and his current work could be the key to Tesla’s future—much as, decades ago, his efforts were an important part of Sony’s era of dominance in portable gadgets. Over the years, Goodenough has scuffled with Warren Buffett, wound up screwed by global patent wars, never got rich off a headline-grabbing initial public offering and defied the American tech industry’s prejudice that says old people can’t innovate.
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Peak oil? Sooner than you think

REnew economy, 20 March 2017
For some time, there has been speculation about when global oil demand may peak – not because we will run out of oil or prices will spike making oil unaffordable, notions that are now considered passé – but because we won’t be needing as much of the stuff as we thought we would. And once the peak is finally reached – whenever that is – demand will begin to drop thereafter, perhaps precipitously. What is radically different about the new thinking about oil demand is that price, while still an important factor, no longer seems as important as it used to be. As further described alternatives to oil are or will soon be cheaper making the price of oil far less significant.
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How one Indian city is taking on air pollutionHow one Indian city is taking on air pollution

Green Biz, 8 March 2017
Cities are the incubators of change. I had the opportunity to see city leadership in action during my recent visit to Ahmedabad, a rapidly urbanizing city in western India grappling with rising air pollution levels. In an innovative step, the city, along with NRDC and other partners, unveiled the draft Ahmedabad Air Information and Response (AIR) Plan. The first of its kind, the AIR Plan is a decisive step by Ahmedabad to protect local residents from the debilitating effects of bad air.
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On your bike! China’s latest asset bubble

Australian Financial Review, 1 March 2017
On the footpath outside one of Shanghai’s most popular shopping malls, China’s latest asset bubble is on display. Fighting for the attention of consumers are five different brands of shared bikes, each with their own brightly coloured frame and modern design. For as little as 4¢ an hour one of these can be rented, as cash-rich start-ups fight to secure market share and seek to emerge as the dominant player in this industry which barely existed 12 months ago.
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India’s Air Pollution Rivals China’s as World’s Deadliest

New York Times, 14 February 2017
India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world, a new study of global air pollution shows.
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China Will Replace All 67,000 Fossil-Fueled Taxis In Beijing With Electric Cars

Clean Technica, 1 March 2017
Taxis are the bane of all urban areas. Typically, they are poorly made, poorly maintained, and spew tons of carbon dioxide into the air every day as they shuttle people from place to place. Beijing has nearly 70,000 taxis. It also has an intractable problem with smog. While it has embarked on an aggressive program to encourage private citizens to buy what it calls “new energy vehicles” — hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery operated cars — that push has not made much of an impact on the taxi fleet in China’s capitol. Now it has announced a plan to replace all 67,000 fossil fueled taxis in the city with electric cars.
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Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Skift, 23 February 2017
How much do consumers in smaller markets crave cheap trans-Atlantic flights? We’ll find out by this summer, when European discounter Norwegian Air launches 10 new routes from three smaller U.S. airports — Stewart International Airport in New York’s Southern Hudson Valley about 65 miles north of Manhattan, Hartford Bradley International Airport in Central Connecticut, and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Norwegian will operate all flights with a new single-aisle airplane, the Boeing 737 Max.
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Automakers Call on E.P.A. Chief to Ease Fuel-Efficiency Standards

New York Times, 22 February 2017
President Trump has vowed to roll back regulations on business, and automakers are wasting no time in pushing his administration to make good on the promise. Two lobbying groups representing auto manufacturers have written letters urging the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to reverse a decision last month by the Obama administration to move forward with tougher fuel-economy standards that carmakers are supposed to meet by 2025.
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37% of Norway’s new cars are electric. They expect it to be 100% in just 8 years.

ThinkProgress, 21 February 2017
The global electric vehicle (EV) revolution reached another milestone last month as EVs made up 37 percent share of Norway’s car market. Norway understands the future of ground transport is electric and has been pushing EVs harder than almost any other country in the world with incentives such as an exemption from the 25 percent VAT tax for new cars.
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A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

IEFFA, 16 February 2017
Wind briefly powered more than 50% of electric demand on Sunday [12 February], the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

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