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The Economic Rise Of China Is Pretty Significant 28.2.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. BEIJING—Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media, with its falling industrial figures, its real estate bubble, and its looming environmental disasters. Prophecies of doom notwithstanding, as the dogs of austerity and war bark madly in the distance, the Chinese caravan passes by in what President Xi Jinping calls "new normal" mode. "Slower" economic activity still means a staggeringly impressive annual growth rate of 7 percent in what is now the globe's leading economy . Internally, an immensely complex economic restructuring is underway as consumption overtakes investment as the main driver of economic development. At 46.7 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), the service economy has pulled ahead of ...
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Why Keystone stays alive 28.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
President Barack Obama last week vetoed legislation that would have greenlighted the Keystone XL pipeline, linking Canadian oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Senate lacks the votes to override Obama's veto. Yet Keystone isn't dead. Both Democrats and Republicans have an interest ...
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Meet the St. Paul Saints' CHS field, where the city stars 27.2.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Imagine a Lowertown warehouse building turned inside out to reveal the dark brick of its hallways, black steel beams and cedar finishes.

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Waste not, want not: how the rubbish industry learned to look beyond landfill 27.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

With rise of incineration and heavy taxes, refuse management has evolved beyond mere dumps – but sector experts warn of complacency over recycling

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Kitchen-table physics lets you do big science at home 27.2.2015 New Scientist: Being Human
Five groundbreaking experiments for a low-tech lab: from a solar storm detector in a jam jar to a Large Hadron Collider in your salad bowl (full text available to ...
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Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts? 26.2.2015 Mother Jones
Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to blackouts across the country. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate policy. It calls for the nation to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 and requires each state to reduce the "intensity" of its power sector—that is, how much greenhouse gas is produced per unit of energy. States can choose from a wide array of options to meet their individual goals, including closing or renovating coal plants, boosting energy efficiency, and building new renewable energy systems like solar or wind farms. The GOP letter cited a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (a nonprofit that helps power companies coordinate between the United States and Canada) that said the gap left by shuttered coal plants "may represent a ...
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Google invests $300 million in fund for residential solar power 26.2.2015 LA Times: Business
Google Inc. is making another large investment in renewable energy, but this time average homeowners could be the ones reaping the benefits. 
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Coutts' Swiss bank in tax probe 26.2.2015 BBC: Business
German prosecutors are investigating the Swiss private banking arm of Coutts over allegations it helped clients evade tax.
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UK backs £315m renewable energy projects 26.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than a dozen windfarms and five solar farms are among first projects to receive financial support under contracts for difference

More than a dozen new onshore wind farms are to receive financial backing through the coalition government’s reformed renewable incentive scheme, along with two offshore wind projects and five solar farms.

The contracts for the new renewable energy projects amount to more than £315m in total, spread across five renewable technologies, and taken together should produce more than 2GW of new generation capacity, enough to power 1.4m homes.

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Google’s big new solar investment 26.2.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Google will invest $300 million to help SolarCity install solar panels on 25,000 homes in the search giant’s largest renewable power deal to date, the two companies reported Thursday. Combined with debt financing raised by SolarCity, Google’s money will form the basis of a $750 million fund to cover SolarCity’s upfront costs of installing solar arrays on customers’ homes. The San Mateo company typically leases solar arrays to its customers, who then pay month by month rather than buying the equipment outright — a model that helped revolutionize the solar industry. There are very few investments you can make that impact job creation to this extent, and have the environmental benefit, the benefit for global warming.
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Green auction sets stage for cheaper power 26.2.2015 Financial Times: Energy
UK government awards £315m of subsidies under sweeping reforms of the energy system
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Plantwatch: Snowdrops are in their element 26.2.2015 Guardian: Science
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Dubai firm unveils electric car charging stations 25.2.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Dubai firm unveils electric car charging stations' at newkerala.com.
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Solar eclipse could plunge Europe into darkness - video report 25.2.2015 Guardian: Science
A solar eclipse could plunge parts of Europe into darkness next month, as power supplies dwindle in the obscured light. The eclipse on 20 March is expected to be the biggest since 1999. The lack of light is unlikely to affect Britain, which relies very little on solar energy, but could cause significant power shortages across Europe Continue reading...
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Climate change sceptic's work called into question 25.2.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon failed to disclose funding from the fossil fuel industry, says Greenpeace, as journals get ready to re-examine his ...
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Journals to re-examine climate sceptic's work 25.2.2015 New Scientist: Living World
Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon has failed to disclose funding from the fossil fuel industry, raising questions over his publication record, says ...
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What happened to the air-conditioned stadium? 25.2.2015 BBC: Technology
Can you really air condition an open stadium?
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Dinner for ex-PUC chief Peevey nets $55,000 in gifts for UC Berkeley 25.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Minnesota high school graduation rates improve 25.2.2015 MinnPost
OK. Progress. Good. Stribbers Alejandra Matos and Jessica Lee write , “Minnesota high school graduation rates edged up last year, with steady gains in struggling metropolitan school districts and significant improvement among students of color. More than 81 percent of high school students graduated on time in 2014, compared to 79.8 percent the year before, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. Black students have made significant gains in graduation rates over the last five years, chipping away at a crucial aspect of the state’s yawning achievement gap between white and minority children. English learners, low income students and Hispanics all posted improved graduation rates.” The PiPress has a handy-dandy interactive chart to check your school’s rate. Dan Bauman writes, “Any inconsistencies in the data, such as an unequal totals by race and gender, are the result of state reporting.” Ditto the Strib, via CJ Sinner . Quick. There must be a down-side here somewhere. In the PiPress David ...
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Proposed $25 million solar farm near Sioux Falls shot down after opposition by neighbors 25.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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