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Feb 21, 2017

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Who Benefits If Russian Oil Sanctions End?

Feb 20, 2017: The idea of the president of any normal country also owning one of its largest assets and using his office to protect it seems outrageous. Putin used his position to gain wealth for himself and a small group of cronies, and is trying to prevent sanctions from reducing the value of that wealth Who Benefits If Russian Oil Sanctions End? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Childhood Leukemia And Oil & Gas Development Strongly Associated, Research Finds

Feb 20, 2017: There's a strong association between the diagnosis of acute lymphocytic leukemia amongst children and levels of nearby oil and natural gas development, new research from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz has found Childhood Leukemia And Oil & Gas Development Strongly Associated, Research Finds was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbance

Feb 20, 2017: BIO Architects recently completed a modern modular cabin, proving yet again how beautiful homes can be affordable with the help of prefabrication. Commissioned by a young couple that desired a cost-effective home on the lake, the prefabricated cabin is the latest iteration in the Russian firm’s line of modular Dubldom homes. The dwelling, located at Pirogovo Lake in the suburbs of Moscow, was installed in roughly ten days with minimal site impact. The lakeside cabin, named DublDom...

BMW and LEGO team up to create a futuristic flying motorcycle

Feb 20, 2017: It appears LEGO provides inspiration for everyone from preschool-aged future engineers to BMW. The two companies collaborated on the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit based on a BMW motorcycle. But as the LEGO Technic kits often offer an alternative build, designers from the two companies looked to the future to create a Hover Ride Design Concept - and then built one in real life.

Tiny meditation shelters are the perfect place for hikers to connect with the forest

Feb 20, 2017: These small meditation shelters offer protection and a place to rest to hikers exploring the Lithuanian forest of Anykščiai. The project, named Gapahuk, is part of a larger Meditation Garden designed by Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio which has won the American Architecture Prize 2016. The shelters are meant to provide a space where people can reconnect with nature and find harmony with the environment. Used for individual meditation and as a place where hikers can rest and get warm, this cluster...

Mexico City is sinking - and it's going to cause some real problems

Feb 20, 2017: Mexico City, a scant mile and a half above sea level, is sinking. It's a turn of events that shouldn't surprise anyone with a rudimentary grasp of history. Established by the Aztecs in 1325, the city formerly known as Tenochtitlán occupies what was once a plexus of interconnected lakes that were first drained by the Spaniards, then paved over with concrete and steel by modern engineers. As a result, Mexico City has to dig deep—literally—to obtain fresh water for its 21 million residents. But...

London is charging old, polluting vehicles a 10 fine to drive in the city

Feb 20, 2017: As of October 23 2017, drivers of older and more polluting cars will have to pay an £10 fee if they want to drive in central London. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said last Friday that the “T-charge” as it’s being called, is being put in place in an effort to quell the massive amounts of pollution in the central city. That pollution reached high enough levels last week to warrant public warnings to residents about air quality. “It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air...

Hidden Taxes

Feb 20, 2017: Americans pay billions of dollars each year in hidden taxes. No one asked for them. No one voted for them. No legislature passed them into law. But they are real, and we all pay them, whether we like it or not. The really horrible thing about these hidden taxes is that they are increasing dramatically and could even cause an economic meltdown. I will give a couple of examples Hidden Taxes was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Hague has been transformed into the 'World's Largest Mondrian'

Feb 20, 2017: https://vimeo.com/202903231 Related: + Modrian to Dutch Via Archdaily…

California city could become the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S.

Feb 20, 2017: The city of Lancaster, California is one step closer to becoming a Zero Net Energy city - the very first in the U.S. The proposed ordinance, recently moved forward by the city council, will require all new homes to be equipped with solar panels or to take other steps toward energy mitigation. The end goal is to create a city with a truly sustainable future. “This is a great stride in Lancaster’s journey to become a Zero Net City,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a statement. “The...

High school students are building tiny homes to give to flood survivors

Feb 20, 2017: Last year, floods devastated West Virginia, destroying over 5000 homes and killing over 20 people. Since the storm, the state has struggled to provide adequate housing for those thousands made homeless by the storm. Yet high school students attending vocational schools may be leading the way to healing the community. The schools, which teach skills such as carpentry and plumbing are now mastering the necessary skills to design and build homes. Tiny houses to be exact- Related: Enter Here  Paragraph...

Tesla Enters Dubai (As We Scooped Last Month), Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority Agrees To Purchase 200 Vehicles For Use As Taxis (Wow!)

Feb 20, 2017: In January, one month ahead of time, we got the scoop on Tesla entering the UAE this month. We also heard that the vice ruler of Dubai has a Tesla Supercharger at his home to charge up his Model S. However, with the official announcement about Tesla's entry into the UAE, we get even more eye-popping news Tesla Enters Dubai (As We Scooped Last Month), Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority Agrees To Purchase 200 Vehicles For Use As Taxis (Wow!) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

One in 11 US public schools are plagued by toxic air

Feb 20, 2017: When parents send their kids off to school, they might worry their child forgot their homework or won't eat enough at lunch. Air quality isn't usually among their worries. But a joint investigation from The Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting reveals almost 8,000 public schools in the United States are located within 500 feet of highways or roads - that's one in 11 schools. As vehicles travel along those roads, they pump out toxins that may seriously...

California DMV Stats On Cruise’s (GM’s) Self-Driving Car Tech Show Solid Improvement

Feb 20, 2017: Detailed statistics on Cruise's (GM's) self-driving vehicle testing efforts in California, as provided by the company to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, recently came to my attention (tip of the hat to "Qinsp" on the GM-Volt.com forum). The stats give us a bit more insight into the state of this tech at Cruise California DMV Stats On Cruise’s (GM’s) Self-Driving Car Tech Show Solid Improvement was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

IIHS Ratings For 2017 Chevy Volt & 2017 Toyota Prius Prime In Top Category, Tesla Model S Working On It (Videos)

Feb 20, 2017: As you may have heard by now, the 2016 Tesla Model S wasn't chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick" during the most resent testing round. The reasons? The Model S only managed to nab an "Acceptable" rating on the small overlap front crash scenario, and a "Poor" rating for the headlights IIHS Ratings For 2017 Chevy Volt & 2017 Toyota Prius Prime In Top Category, Tesla Model S Working On It (Videos) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ancient microbes survive inside massive cave crystals for 50,000 years

Feb 20, 2017: Scientists have found strange, ancient microbes in Mexico's Naica crystal caves that could be around 50,000 years old. Although the caves are so hot they've been described as hell - while also being so magical they've been described as Fairyland - the microbes have been able to survive for thousands of years trapped in crystals. Scientists who studied the microbes referred to them as super life.

Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, For The Wrong Reasons, At A Big Cost

Feb 20, 2017: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, including Gov. Mark Dayton, last week endorsed Xcel Energy’s plan to build a new natural gas plant in Becker, Minn. What they’ve left out is that this project is a multibillion-dollar boondoggle. Sherco Power Plant: The Wrong Project, For The Wrong Reasons, At A Big Cost was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

EPA Almost Immediately Castrated By Scott Pruitt’s Senate Confirmation

Feb 20, 2017: The US Environmental Protection Agency has almost immediately been castrated and had any legitimacy it once had undermined after Scott Pruitt, US President Donald Trump's controversial nomination to head the agency, was confirmed by the Senate last week. EPA Almost Immediately Castrated By Scott Pruitt’s Senate Confirmation was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Hawaii aims to ban coral reef-killing chemical sunscreens

Feb 20, 2017: Evidence links sunscreen ingredients to dying coral reefs, and now Hawaii lawmakers are taking action. Fearing the loss of their state's reefs, which are popular tourist attractions, Senator Will Espero introduced a bill that would ban sunscreen with octinoxate and oxybenzone.

Australian Energy “Political Circus” Could Cost Jobs & Energy Security, According To CEC

Feb 20, 2017: The head of Australia's Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton, has highlighted the need for the country's politicians to focus on transitioning to a low-carbon, renewable energy future at the lowest possible cost, and building policies which will support the phase-out of coal and the growth of investment in renewable energy generation. Australian Energy “Political Circus” Could Cost Jobs & Energy Security, According To CEC was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

EnBW Hohe See 500 MW Offshore Wind Farm To Proceed With Siemens & Enbridge

Feb 20, 2017: The 497 megawatt EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany is set to proceed following Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge's decision to invest in the project, and German engineering company Siemens committing for the first time to provide complete construction work. EnBW Hohe See 500 MW Offshore Wind Farm To Proceed With Siemens & Enbridge was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Largest Coal-Fired Generating Plant West Of The Mississippi To Close In 2019

Feb 20, 2017: Three of the largest coal fired generating plants in the US will be closed before the end of 2019. But how much will replacing them with natural gas facilities do to protect the environment? Largest Coal-Fired Generating Plant West Of The Mississippi To Close In 2019 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Look Out! Local Scientist Lobs Solar Glitter Bomb At Fossil Fuels!

Feb 20, 2017: Local scientist gets the hometown hero treatment from local media for bringing low cost glitter-sized solar cells to the market Look Out! Local Scientist Lobs Solar Glitter Bomb At Fossil Fuels! was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

IKEA Growroom Is A DIY Sustainable Garden For City Dwellers

Feb 20, 2017: The IKEA Growroom is designed to grow enough local, sustainable food to feed an entire neighborhood. All it takes is some plywood, some nails and a few friends to put it together. IKEA Growroom Is A DIY Sustainable Garden For City Dwellers was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Scientists Jump The Gun, Rally Against Trump In Boston In February (CT Exclusive Interview)

Feb 20, 2017: Just one day after Trump kicks off his 2020 campaign in Florida to an adoring crowd, scientists flex their muscles in a rally against Trump in Boston Scientists Jump The Gun, Rally Against Trump In Boston In February (CT Exclusive Interview) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Cigarette factory reborn as a light-filled city hall in Brussels

Feb 20, 2017: A building that once belonged to a cigarette factory has shed its smoky past for a new life in civil service. Mamout Architects, LD2 Architecture, and Stéphanie Willocx transformed the industrial structure into a two-story city-hall branch in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a multicultural municipality in Brussels, Belgium. The modern renovated building is punctuated with large windows to let in natural light and to emphasize connection and transparency with the community. The three Brussels-based...

JFK Airport is opening a $65 million pet terminal

Feb 20, 2017:     Traveling with pets just got a little bit easier for anyone passing through New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. A $65-million terminal for animals, the The ARK at JFK, has just unveiled the first part of a three-stage opening with its new “Pet Oasis.” For now, the facility will help educate pet owners on any flight requirements before takeoff, provide food and water for flights, receive incoming pets and help board others on their outgoing flights, and even microchip animals...

~18% Of Preterm Births (Globally) Are Associated With Exposure To Outdoor Air Pollution

Feb 20, 2017: Around 2.7 million preterm births globally in 2010 (around 18% of all preterm births that year) were associated with exposure to outdoor fine-particulate air pollution, according to new research from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York ~18% Of Preterm Births (Globally) Are Associated With Exposure To Outdoor Air Pollution was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ford: Skip Level 3 Autonomous Cars — Even Engineers Supervising Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Lose “Situational Awareness”

Feb 20, 2017: The topic of self-driving vehicle technology is a highly partisan one. Some people will tell you that the eventual rollout will more or less eliminate auto collision fatalities, whereas some people will tell you that the technology will never be viable Ford: Skip Level 3 Autonomous Cars — Even Engineers Supervising Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Lose “Situational Awareness” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mobileye Collision Avoidance Tech Installed In 4,500 “Rideshare” Vehicles In New York City

Feb 20, 2017: The prominent self-driving vehicle technology firm Mobileye has now finished the installation of collision avoidance technology in around 4,500 "rideshare" service vehicles in New York City, according to a new press release on the matter Mobileye Collision Avoidance Tech Installed In 4,500 “Rideshare” Vehicles In New York City was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Study: Melting Glaciers In Canada Now Major Contributor To Sea Level Rise

Feb 20, 2017: During the time period of 2005 through 2015, the surface melt of glaciers and ice caps associated with the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Northern Canada grew by around 900% — to around 30 gigatons a year, up from around 3 gigatons a year in 2005 — according to new research from the University of California, Irvine Study: Melting Glaciers In Canada Now Major Contributor To Sea Level Rise was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Peak Oil Review – Feb 20 2017

Feb 20, 2017: A weekly roundup of Peak oil news. Oil prices have moved little since they jumped from the mid-$40s to the mid-$50s in late November. Last week was no exception.

Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism: State of Play on 20th February 2017, one month into the Trump presidency

Feb 20, 2017: Suddenly believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing human co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues can now realistically plot the polar opposite: a new despotism rooted in rising isolationist nationalism and human conflict. The more we dig into how the demagogues and their supporters have organised their recent successes, in particular in using technology to manipulate voter beliefs on an industrial scale, the more terrified many of us find ourselves.

Carbon Storage or Use?

Feb 20, 2017: Last week I was at a meeting of major industrial emitters and the discussion moved on to the subject of carbon capture. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but one aspect of it did; the context was entirely carbon capture and use (CCU) rather than carbon capture and storage (CCS). One participant did mention CCS, but corrected himself to CCU. The post Carbon Storage or Use? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Measuring and Managing Climate Change Impacts through Financial Reporting

Feb 20, 2017: Most large companies recognize the risks climate change poses to their facilities, operations, and supply and distribution chains. And many of these companies are letting their stakeholders know how climate risks and opportunities will affect their bottom line. The post Measuring and Managing Climate Change Impacts through Financial Reporting appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Fate of Toshiba’s Nuclear Projects Remains Uncertain

Feb 20, 2017: The company’s self-inflicted troubles, caused by cooking the books and mismanagement of its major acquisitions in the nuclear sector, have impacted projects in the U.S., the U.K., and India. The firm said it would exit the nuclear business worldwide. The post Fate of Toshiba’s Nuclear Projects Remains Uncertain appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Donald Trump’s China First, Russia Second, America Third Foreign Policy

Feb 20, 2017: By letting his foreign policy be governed by a simplistic “America First” principle, Donald Trump is achieving the exact opposite of what he intends. His way of putting America First, is enabling China and Russia to position themselves as the paramount nations on the world stage, writes energy and foreign policy specialist Michael Klare. The post Donald Trump’s China First, Russia Second, America Third Foreign Policy appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Toshiba Announces $6.3B Writedown On A $229M Construction Company Acquisition

Feb 20, 2017: Toshiba’s chairman, Shigenori Shiga, has accepted the responsibility for his company’s financial challenges and operating losses and resigned his position as chairman and as a board member. He remains an executive with the company. After some early confusion related to a discussion about its financial statements with its auditors, Toshiba has announced that it will report a loss of 390 billion yen, or $3.4 billion, for the fiscal year that ends in March 2017. The post Toshiba Announces $6.3B Writedown On A $229M Construction Company Acquisition appeared first on The Energy Collective.

3 Big Energy Mistakes Not to Make in 2017, or Ever

Feb 20, 2017: As soon as Rick Perry is confirmed as the new Secretary of Energy and finds out where his office is, he will be deluged with requests—for policy changes or new policies, requests to hire somebody’s friend, to have a meeting with every interest group in town, to make speeches at conventions, to testify before various House and Senate committees, and on and on. The post 3 Big Energy Mistakes Not to Make in 2017, or Ever appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Are Fossil Fuel Companies Telling Investors Enough About the Risks of Climate Change?

Feb 20, 2017: Prior to President Donald Trump taking office, there was a push to require oil and gas companies to inform their investors about the risks of climate change. As governments step up efforts to regulate carbon emissions, the thinking goes, fossil fuel companies’ assets could depreciate in value over time. The post Are Fossil Fuel Companies Telling Investors Enough About the Risks of Climate Change? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

If White House Destroys The State (As Desired), What Does That Mean For Solar, Wind, & Electric Cars?

Feb 19, 2017: As noted in an article earlier today, Steve Bannon reportedly said in 2013: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” He apparently described himself as a Leninist to Ronald Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. There seems to be a lot of evidence Bannon was telling the truth in that case If White House Destroys The State (As Desired), What Does That Mean For Solar, Wind, & Electric Cars? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

GM, Lyft, & Toyota Pushing For National Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation Standardization

Feb 19, 2017: We reported recently on the news that Toyota, GM, Lyft, and others would be providing testimony to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on the subject of self-driving vehicle regulations. The general gist of the testimony as understood beforehand was that regulations needed to be relaxed if the technology was going to be developed and commercialized at a decent rate GM, Lyft, & Toyota Pushing For National Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation Standardization was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Missouri community is building 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans

Feb 19, 2017: Related: Tiny House Nation’s Zack Giffin will teach veterans to build their own homes Via http://www.countryliving.com/life/inspirational-stories/a39952/tiny-home-village-for-homeless-veterans/…

Russia's historic metro stations captured in awe-inspiring photographs

Feb 19, 2017: The Moscow and St. Petersburg Metro was one of the most extravagant projects undertaken by the USSR, starting in 1935. Stalin directed his architects to bring a "bright future" to life through their designs. The finished stations are lined with polished marble and chandeliers, meant to mimic an artificial underground sun. Of course, Stalin's goal here was pure propaganda -- a reminder to the citizens of Russia that their sacrifices had been rewarded by the regime. Even today, many of the stations...

North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom' is the world's largest abandoned building

Feb 19, 2017: This pyramid-shaped hotel in North Korea, once a contender for the tallest hotel in the world, has remained unfinished since 1989 and instead became the world's largest abandoned building. The notorious 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, frequently referred to as the "Hotel of Doom," could come to life after all. An Egyptian company called Orascom started working on the project again in 2008. The structure, designed by Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers, first broke ground in 1987 in Pyongyang,...

China is building the world's first migratory Bird Airport

Feb 19, 2017: Located in Tianjin, Adrian McGregor, CEO & Lead Designer: “The earths bird fly ways are a wonder of the natural world. The proposed Bird Airport will be a globally significant sanctuary for endangered migratory bird species whilst providing new green lungs for the city of Tianjin." Related: + McGregor Coxall Migratory Bird Airport, Lingang Sanctuary, McGregor Coxall, bird sanctuary, airport bird sanctuary, eco architecture, animal architecture, conservation, bird sanctuary,...

7 charming off-grid homes for a rent-free life

Feb 18, 2017: Want to make rent and utility bills a thing of the past? We’ve rounded up seven off-grid homes that could be the answer to making your dreams a reality. Stylish and self-sufficient, these eco-friendly dwellings promise freedom from the grid. Many are even set atop wheels to let you can move with your home to almost anywhere you desire. Keep reading to see the seven charming homes that offer homeowners the chance to live off the grid and rent-free. WOHNWAGON Powered by solar energy...

Geologists find seventh continent hiding in plain sight

Feb 18, 2017: There's another continent on our planet, and it's been lurking in plain view for a long time. Geologists identify six continents, combining Asia and Europe into Eurasia, but a new study reveals New Zealand and New Caledonia are actually part of a seventh geologic continent called Zealandia. Not only is the information an exciting curiosity, but it could impact the politics and economics of the region.