Shell Gets Greener, Even as Climate Advocates Say, ‘Go Faster’

Royal Dutch Shell, though still reliant on profits from fossil fuels, is investing more in renewable energy. Critics say the changes have to come quicker.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #limejump-ltd, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #solar-energy, #sonnen-gmbh, #ubitricity-gmbh, #wind-power

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For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

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Biden Administration Moves to Unkink Supply Chain Bottlenecks

A swath of recommendations calls for more investments, new supply chains and less reliance on other countries for crucial goods.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-department, #factories-and-manufacturing, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #rare-earths, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work

To slow global warming, we need to electrify vast parts of our economy and power it with clean energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #home-appliances, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy

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Exxon Board to Get a Third Activist Pushing Cleaner Energy

The new board member is likely to join two other candidates put forward by an activist investor who were declared winners last week.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #boards-of-directors, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #exxon-mobil-corp, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #shareholder-rights-and-activism

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The ‘Mean Greens’ Are Forcing Exxon to Clean Up Its Act

Diversifying beyond oil and gas will benefit everyone.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #energy-and-power, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Flying and Climate: Airlines Under Pressure to Cut Emissions

The airline industry might not be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades because most solutions are not yet viable.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #carbon-dioxide, #europe, #european-union, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kirby-scott-1967, #neste-oyj, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #united-airlines, #united-states

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Activists Crashed Exxon’s Board, but Forcing Change Will Be Hard

The tension between climate goals and lifting Exxon Mobil’s profits could make it difficult for activists to make progress.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #boards-of-directors, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #chevron-corporation, #executives-and-management-theory, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fink-laurence-d, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #stocks-and-bonds, #woods-darren-w-1965

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Exxon Mobil to Square Off With Climate Change Activists

Shareholders elected at least two of the four directors nominated by a coalition of investors that said the oil giant was not investing enough in cleaner energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #exxon-mobil-corp, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #woods-darren-w-1965

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Exxon Mobil Faces Off Against Activist Investors on Climate Change

The oil company will hold a contested election for four board seats at its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hedge-funds, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #stocks-and-bonds, #woods-darren-w-1965

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It’s Crunch Time and Biden’s Climate Gambit Faces Steep Hurdles

He wants to require power companies to replace fossil fuels with clean energy. It’s a broadly popular idea but its path in Congress is perilous.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #barrasso-john, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Syria’s Surprising Solar Boom: Sunlight Powers the Night in Rebel Idlib

Cut off from the power grid and with fuel costs soaring, Syrians in a poor, embattled enclave have turned en masse to solar panels to charge their phones and light their homes and tents.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #idlib-syria, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #solar-energy, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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For Clean Energy, Buy American or Buy It Quick and Cheap?

President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.

#albany-ny, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #environment, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #protectionism-trade, #united-states-politics-and-government, #windmills

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Wind Project Shows Democratic Tensions Over Energy

President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.

#albany-ny, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #environment, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #protectionism-trade, #united-states-politics-and-government, #windmills

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Final Approval Expected for Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, is slated to generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #avangrid-renewables, #copenhagen-infrastructure-partners, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vineyard-wind-llc, #wind-power

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The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #arkansas, #automobiles, #batteries, #berkshire-hathaway-inc, #california, #controlled-thermal-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-lands, #ford-motor-co, #geothermal-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #imperial-calif, #lakes, #lithium-metal, #lithium-americas, #mines-and-mining, #nevada, #standard-lithium, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wells

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The Wind and Solar Boom Is Here

The world is adopting renewable sources of power much faster than experts thought possible.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #griffith-saul-1974, #international-energy-agency, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #saudi-arabia, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Should America Go Nuclear?

It’s carbon-free, but has a history of disasters. Investing more in nuclear power can help get us to carbon-neutral by 2050. But is it worth it?

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-regulatory-commission, #nuclear-wastes, #wind-power

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China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With Human Rights Dilemma

President Biden’s vow to work with China on issues like climate change is clashing with his promise to defend human rights.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #factories-and-manufacturing, #first-solar-inc, #forced-labor, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #silicon, #solar-energy, #solar-energy-industries-assn, #solyndra-inc, #trumka-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

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Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks

To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #coal, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #international-energy-agency, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment

The nuclear power plant at Indian Point will close at the end of the month, but the shutdown could cause a spike in greenhouse gases.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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Trump Abandoned the Climate. This Is Biden’s Moment.

The new president has promised to take the lead on climate. His plan does not disappoint.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Indian Point Is Shutting Down. That Means More Fossil Fuel.

When the Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts, its lost output will be filled primarily by generators that burn fuels that contribute to climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #buchanan-ny, #cuomo-andrew-m, #electric-light-and-power, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-independent-system-operator-nyiso, #nuclear-energy, #shutdowns-institutional, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy

The president will begin selling his proposal on Wednesday, saying it would fix 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges, while also addressing climate change and racial inequities and raising corporate taxes.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-taxes-us, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Administration Announces a Major Offshore Wind Plan

The White House said the program could create tens of thousands of new jobs while moving the country toward clean energy

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #long-island-ny, #new-jersey, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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Despite Problems In the Past, Biden to Try Again with ‘Green’ Stimulus

As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a “green jobs” stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say.

#a123-systems-inc, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fisker-automotive, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #solar-energy, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ad Agencies Step Away From Oil and Gas in Echo of Cigarette Exodus

A queasiness has set in among some people who have made ads promoting fossil fuels. One executive likened the shift to the ad industry’s move away from tobacco.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #corporate-social-responsibility, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #omnicom-group-inc, #public-relations-and-publicity, #wpp

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China’s Climate Ambitions Collide with its Coal Addiction

Beijing’s new development blueprint is meant to steer the country to carbon neutrality before 2060, but companies and regions dependent on the fossil fuel aren’t making it easy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-energy-administration-china, #xi-jinping

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Yes, America, There Is (Some) Hope for the Environment

Wildlife bridges, plastic-eating bacteria and drones that plant trees remind us that we are as good at repairing as we are at destroying.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #trees-and-shrubs

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Bitcoin’s Climate Change Impact Is Under Scrutiny

As companies and investors increasingly say they are focused on climate and sustainability, the cryptocurrency’s huge carbon footprint could become a red flag.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bitcoin-currency, #corporate-social-responsibility, #gates-bill, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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Mexico Set to Reshape Power Sector to Favor the State

Legislation that the Mexican president has pushed would curtail private investors in the energy industry and possibly reverse gains in lowering carbon emissions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #foreign-investments, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #national-action-party-mexico, #politics-and-government

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Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms

In the heart of coal country, the town of Rawlins will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest wind farms. But pride in the fossil fuel past remains a powerful force.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #wind-power, #wyoming

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California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company

Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #avangrid-renewables-llc, #biodiversity, #birds, #breeding-of-animals, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #energy-and-power, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wind-power

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The Hottest Amenity From Developers? A Power Plant Made of Batteries.

Charged via rooftop solar panels, the cells form a network that provides a building with backup electricity and that utilities can tap during peak periods.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #electric-light-and-power, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rocky-mountain-power, #solar-energy, #sonnen-gmbh

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How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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The Case for, and Against, Climate Optimism

Will the crisis in Texas become the new normal? David Wallace-Wells and Leah Stokes discuss.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #leah-stokes, #texas, #wallace-wells-david

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Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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The Lessons of the Texas Power Disaster

The entire nation’s energy delivery system needs an overhaul.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #solar-energy, #texas, #wind-power

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Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure

At least he didn’t bring up the Green New Deal.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #cawthorn-madison, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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The Storm That Knocked Out Texas

Readers urge greater use of renewable energy and less reliance on fossil fuels.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #canada, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #texas, #winter-season

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Texas Storms, California Heat Waves and ‘Vulnerable’ Utilities

Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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How to Prevent the Next Texas Power Breakdown

The state’s massive blackouts are the result of a failure to insure against extreme weather.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #temperature, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #conservatism-us-politics, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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A Glimpse of the Future in Texas: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries

Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #innovation, #lithium-metal, #start-ups, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

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Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,’ by Bill Gates

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #books-and-literature, #gates-bill, #global-warming, #how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-the-solutions-we-have-and-the-breakthroughs-we-need-book, #microsoft-corp, #solar-energy

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The Coming Technology Boom

Politics is grim but science is working.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #earth, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #geothermal-power, #productivity, #research, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pnas-journal, #research, #wildfires

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