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RIP little comet lander: Scientists give up on Philae 12.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Philae made history when it became the first man-made object to land on a comet in 2014. But after multiple attempts to reestablish contact, scientists say the probe "faces eternal hibernation."
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Farewell to comet lander Philae 12.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
London, Feb 12 : It is time to bid adieu to the Philae lander as the European Space Agency (ESA) on Friday gave up hope of ever hearing again from the lander that touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014.
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From potatoes to solar panels, local innovations are key to resilience | Aditya Bahadur and Julian Doczi 12.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Indians call it jugaad , Brazilians say gambiarra and Kenyans know it as jua kali: around the world, people’s frugal inventions are improving their lives Summers in the central Indian city of Raipur have always been agonisingly hot, but a spate of heatwaves over the past decade has made them even more unbearable. Extreme temperatures – combined with regular power cuts – make this a serious threat to public health in the city, especially for its poorest communities. Abhijit Bhattacharya , a resident of Raipur and community mobiliser working in the city’s slums, set out to devise a back-up generator to solve the problem. He bought a motorcycle battery from the market, an inexpensive Chinese solar panel – also available locally – and added a few wires and converters. This simple contraption cost him £50 and allows his family to enjoy uninterrupted solar power; enough to run a fan as well as a lightbulb. He is now crowdsourcing funds to make this a viable social ...
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Toyota’s Lime Green Paint May Be Ugly, But It Can Cut Gas Bills 12.2.2016 Wired Top Stories
Solar reflective paint aims to minimize the amount of heat a car’s exterior paint ...
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Australia's greenest city: Adelaide pulls ahead of Sydney and Melbourne 12.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Across the nation, city councils are tackling climate change at a grassroots level, with green buildings, electric transport and ambitious emissions targets


The rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne stretches back through history. So too does the tug-of-war between Queensland and, well, just about all the other states. While these contests haven’t always been friendly, the race to be Australia’s greenest city will see the whole country benefitting.

All of the local governments responsible for Australia’s capital cities have schemes in place (or in progress) to use energy-efficient lighting in council-run locations, as lighting accounts for as much as 40% of local authority emissions – and a large percentage of council electricity bills.

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Investors Win Restraining Order Against SunEdison 12.2.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
A New York judge temporarily barred solar developer SunEdison from making any unusual moves with its assets pending a showdown with unhappy investors in a Latin American venture.
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Solar City stock, already down more than 60% this year, continues to dive 12.2.2016 LA Times: Business

SolarCity Corp.'s stock has lost more than 60% of its value since the start of the year, and shares continued to dive Thursday, two days after the Northern California solar company reported disappointing fourth-quarter results.

Shares of the San Mateo firm were down $1.39, or more than 7%, to $17.24...

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Citrus In The Snow: Geothermal Greenhouses Grow Local Produce In Winter 11.2.2016 NPR News
Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.
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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation’s obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists and academic experts are more nervous. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions […]
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Ravenswood home where Abbott Laboratories began is listed for $3.4 million 11.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Real Estate
A 7,000-square-foot, Queen Anne-style house in Ravenswood that was built by Abbott Laboratories founder Wallace Abbott was listed on Tuesday for $3.449 million. Built in 1891, the three-story, 17-room house was purchased by its current owners, Robert and Kathryn Craig, in 2011 for $1.606 ...
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California solar industry job growth reaches record levels 10.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

California led a record-breaking year for solar power in 2015 that included the addition of more than 20,000 new jobs within the state -- more than half of the positions the industry created nationwide, according to a new report.

The California Solar Jobs Census report released Wednesday found...

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HeyBiz ties up with Su-Kam 10.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, Feb 10 : HeyBiz, a sales-marketing-support application for SMEs, has announced its association with Su-Kam Power Systems Limited, a power back-up solution provider, to digitise its dealers and distributors network that will help in connecting with local customers.
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How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next? On 22 June, 2013, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, organised a war game like no other. The two researchers, working with an array of bodies such as the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security , set out to simulate the effects of a biological attack on the US. The project was called Operation Dark Winter . What they discovered was that the country was ill prepared to cope. Within two weeks there would be enormous civilian casualties, a catastrophic breakdown in essential institutions, and mass civil unrest. Food supplies, electricity and transport infrastructures would all ...
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SolarCity Shares Drop on Soft Forecast 10.2.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
SolarCity Corp. reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but shares tumbled in after-hours trading as the solar power company acknowledged it continues to fall short of its installation goals.
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Massachusetts hits cap on solar power incentives 9.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Massachusetts hits cap on solar power incentives
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FT Podcast 9.2.2016 Financial Times US
Hanergy and China’s corporate debt spiral 1/2: Flying high
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Vermont attorney general drops probe of environmentalist 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general’s office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist has operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office announced on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette […]
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World's biggest solar plant opens 8.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Ikea quietly stops selling solar panels to UK householders 8.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

World’s largest furniture retailer is keen to trumpet its green credentials but is no longer selling solar after drastic cuts to government subsidies

Ikea has quietly stopped selling solar panels to UK householders after the government signalled a drastic cut in solar subsidies and just two years after a media-friendly national launch.

The world’s biggest furniture retailer expanded the solar offering to all its 17 UK stores in 2013-14 following a successful pilot at its Lakeside store in Essex.

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