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To lead on climate, leave the ivy tower | Ralien Bekkers, Hillary Aidun, Emily Wier, Geoffrey Supran

Ralien Bekkers, Hillary Aidun, Emily Wier, Geoffrey Supran: On behalf of students and alumni from all Ivy-Plus universities, we call on our institutions to join the “We Are Still In” coalition
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Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution
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It’s not just Amazon coming for Whole Foods – Silicon Valley is eating the world

The online retailer’s $14bn purchase of the organic grocer is its latest step towards global domination. Are we heading for a United States of Amazon?
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Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity

FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability
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Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s outlook shows renewables will be cheaper almost everywhere in just a few years.
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St. Pete will be the first city in Florida to use 100 percent renewable energy

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While You Obsessed Over Trump’s Scandals, He’s Fundamentally Changed The Country

On the morning of May 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that he had instructed federal prosecutors to begin pursuing lengthier prison sentences for drug offenders.
It was a draconian change in approach that flew in the face of a growing bipartisan agreement on sentencing reform. “He’s completely discarded what has been an emerging consensus about […]

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The Guardian view on a trustworthy web: it’s up to us | Editorial

Editorial: Global internet companies have become a sophisticated and target-driven industry. Sir Tim Berners-Lee is right to warn about their power but not entirely right about what to do about them
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Facebook Won’t Say If It Will Use Your Brain Activity for Advertisements

A forthcoming mental-input system from Facebook assumes that if you sent a thought to the speech center of your brain, you want to share it.
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Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

The former president addresses some of the biggest problems facing the world, and what we can do about them
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The Tesla Solar Roof Finally Has a Price

Wednesday, Tesla opened up orders for its long-anticipated solar roof, along with competitive pricing and a way to calculate the cost for specific homes.

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Tesla’s Solar Roof To Cost Less Than A Regular Roof

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at […]

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On Eve Of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department Announces New Policy To Protect Scientists

Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concernsabout how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues… “It’s part of establishing the environment that allows scientists to […]

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NASA May Turn To Ice To House Astronauts On Mars

NASA has released a daring new concept for a building that could someday house astronauts on Mars, as the space agency continues push toward its goal of sending humans to the red planet by the 2030s… Dubbed the “Mars Ice Home,” the structure would rely on a protective coating of ice drawn from the surface of […]

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The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation.

“Everything we did, you could program a robot to do it.”
Over time, automation has generally had a happy ending: As it has displaced jobs, it has created new ones. But some experts are beginning to worry that this time could be different. Even as the economy has improved, jobs and wages for a large segment […]

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The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced… “We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green […]

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Tesla’s New SolarCity In Florida

Despite its “Sunshine State” nickname, Florida ranks among the lowest states for solar power deployment thanks to anti-solar regulations backed by local electric utilities. But on election day, the citizens of Florida showed interest in solar energy by rejecting the anti-solar Amendment 1, which according to solar installers, including SolarCity, would have made it easier […]

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Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth’s Surface Act Like Liquid

When the asteroid believed to have killed off the dinosaurs smashed into Earth some 66 million years ago, its sheer force made the planet’s surface momentarily act like a liquid… The asteroid ripped open a 60-mile-wide hole. From miles deep in that abyss, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and […]

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Wind Powered Car

We don’t live near a Supercharger; we don’t even live near a Destination Charger. The nearest Tesla Service Center is 372 miles away in Highland Park, IL… We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake […]

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Renewable Energy Is About to Get Supersized

A new report from Navigant Research finds that investment in supergrids—large-scale power networks that could carry energy from wind and solar farms and across international borders—will hit $10.2 billion by 2025. That’s up from an estimated $8.3 billion this year… Supergrids are “about capacity and distance,” said Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst for Navigant Research […]

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