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Solar power set to provide record 15% of UK’s power 2.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

New high for clean energy generation beckons as heatwave continues

Sunny weather and a recent surge in solar panel installations means that solar power could provide a record 15% of the UK’s electricity on Friday afternoon.

Torrid heat tends to slightly reduce solar panels’ generating capacities, and with fresher conditions forecast across much of the UK, the amount of solar in the electricity mix could reach a new peak at 2pm tomorrow.

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Solar Impulse breaks solo record 2.7.2015 BBC: Technology
Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.
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Venkaiah meets industry executives in US 2.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington, July 2 : Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday met US industry executives here and discussed opportunities in schemes launched by his ministry.
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Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 2) 1.7.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Special Report: The ultimate madness of today’s U.S. foreign policy is Official Washington’s eager embrace of a new Cold War against Russia with the potential for nuclear annihilation. A rational strategy would seek alternatives to this return to big-power confrontation, writes ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk. By William R. Polk In Part One, I dealt at length with America’s…
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WorldViews: Did the flotilla to Gaza have ‘humanitarian aid’ aboard or not? 1.7.2015 Washington Post: World
Pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Swedish vessel tried and failed to punch through Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza this week. Israeli commandos boarded the vessel, searched the ship and brought it to an Israeli port.Read full article ...
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WorldViews: China’s new climate change plan — in four graphs 1.7.2015 Washington Post: World
On Tuesday, China formally submitted its climate change action plan to the United Nations. The document, which can be viewed here (in Chinese first, and then in English), formalizes the commitment made by President Xi Jinping alongside President Obama last November — to reach a peak in emissions by 2030, and make “best efforts to peak early.”Read full article ...
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Solar-Powered Plane Begins a Risky Trip Across the Pacific 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
After a couple of false starts, Solar Impulse 2 is finally crossing the Pacific, the hardest part of its around-the-world ...
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House by house, Bill McKibben finds cause for optimism in U.S. energy future 30.6.2015 MinnPost
When Bill McKibben reports a sensation of hope in regard to climate change, take notice. This “fairly rare emotion” arose, he reports in the New Yorker for June 29,  as he stood in the kitchen of a small house in Vermont – home to a special-ed teacher, a school-bus driver, their two children – and perused their shrunken utility bills. Thanks to insulation upgrades, LED lighting, a small solar panel on the garage roof, and replacement of a water heater and an oil-burning furnace with heat pumps, the Borkowskis of Rutland had seen their energy consumption plummet. No more oil deliveries, of course, and a 16 percent drop in electric usage, even with the new load of the heat pumps. Better yet, from the planetary point of view: an 88 percent reduction in household carbon footprint. And even though they were now making monthly payments for these clean-and-green upgrades to their electric utility, which had organized and financed the project, their monthly bills were smaller, too. By how much, I guess, is ...
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Solar Impulse 2 reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight 30.6.2015 Hindustan Times: World
A solarpowered aircraft on a roundtheworld flight was high above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after departing from Japan the missions website stated The Solar Impulse 2 past the point of no return once it left for Hawaii on ...
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Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii 30.6.2015 NPR News
It's expected to be the longest leg of the Solar Impulse's planned around-the-world flight, a trip that will last five days and five nights.
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California electricity prices to rise for those who use the least 29.6.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Californians’ electricity rates are about to undergo their most sweeping changes since the state’s energy crisis 15 years ago, cutting costs for people who use large amounts of power while raising bills for more efficient homeowners. The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote Friday on two competing proposals to radically revamp the way electricity rates work at the state’s big, investor-owned utilities: [...] one proposal, backed by the utilities, would go further than the other, raising utility bills at least $10 per month for an estimated 80 percent of residential customers next year as a result. The second proposal, from Commissioner Mike Florio, would boost monthly bills at least $10 for 35 percent of residential customers, according to the commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates. California utilities charge different prices for electricity based on four tiers of usage as a way to encourage conservation. The competing proposal, issued by two administrative law judges, ...
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Solar plane on dangerous leg 29.6.2015 CNN: Top Stories
This is pretty much it: the most dangerous part of a historic solar-powered adventure playing out thousands of feet above the Earth.
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Kalam: Make SAARC dynamic as EU 29.6.2015 Hindu: News

Former President A.P. J. Abdul Kalam on Friday called for making the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as dynamic as the European Union.Dr. Kalam recalled that thou...

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Solar plane Impulse 2 takes off on the toughest leg of its journey so far – video 29.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
The Solar Impulse 2, which is attempting an around-the-world flight, leaves Japan on Monday bound for Hawaii. A previous takeoff was abandoned last week because of bad weather. Its journey across the Pacific Ocean – from Nanjing, China to Hawaii – is expected to be the most difficult stretch of the journey Continue reading...
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Solar plane takes off in 'moment of truth' for longest solo flight in history 29.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Solar Impulse 2 sets off on Pacific crossing from Japan to Hawaii, expected to last five days and nights in most difficult leg yet of Andre Borschberg’s attempt

A solar plane took off for what could be the longest solo flight in history on Monday, with its Swiss pilot confronting the “moment of truth” of a journey around the Pacific Ocean and around the world.

The Solar Impulse 2 set off about 3am from Nagoya, Japan, en route to Hawaii, a trip expected to take five days and nights of continuous flight.

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Hawaii Wrestles With Vagaries of Solar Power 29.6.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Hawaii, with 21% of its power coming from renewable sources such as wind turbines and solar panels, has become a laboratory for those intent on reinventing the grid.
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On climate change, Hispanic Catholics hear pope's message – and it's personal 27.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Long before Pope Francis called for the faithful to work toward environmental justice, water and drought were natural concerns for many in the western US and willing disciples may galvanize like never before

On a June morning, Father Rob Yaksich, a park ranger until he found his calling in mid-life as a Catholic priest, presided over his first ever Sunday Mass at the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That day, he chose the power of spreading the faith as the theme of his sermon.

“Think of the mustard seed,” he told those gathered for the early morning Spanish language mass. “We all carry little mustard seeds of faith in our hearts. This mustard seed grows, and if it is nourished, it grows into a great tree.”

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Minnesota regulators limit size of community solar gardens 26.6.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators have signed off on an agreement that will limit the size of community solar gardens in Minnesota.
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Supreme Court ruling could mean the end of MNsure 26.6.2015 MinnPost
With yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, Obamacare seems set in granite (despite Congress’s next 40 votes to repeal it). But here in Minnesota, the  Strib's Christopher Snowbeck says : “The health care act’s big win at the U.S. Supreme Court could mean the eventual end of MNsure. Republicans at the Legislature this year called for switching to healthcare.gov, the exchange operated by the federal government for 34 states, because of technical problems at MNsure and questions about its finances. DFLers countered that any such move would be unwise before Thursday’s ruling, since the high court could have blocked tax credits issued through the federal exchange. Now, the federal option is back on the table, said Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood … .” At  MPR, Mark Zdechlik writes , “HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd said she welcomes the Supreme Court's ruling. But she said it does not mean all is well with the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota. ‘The individual market in Minnesota definitely has some problems,’ she ...
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Space Tech Makes Everything Better, Even Wind Farms 26.6.2015 Wired Top Stories
Lots of inventions come not from focused, dedicated research, but the serendipitous application of tech developed for some other purpose---often a space-going ...
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