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Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there 26.5.2015 AP Business
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street....
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Australian solar company lights up India's slums 26.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Fatal cherry picker accident occurred during demonstration 26.5.2015 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A cherry picker accident that left a man and a boy dead and injured three other children happened as the man was giving the neighborhood kids a demonstration of the elevated lift, authorities said....
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How to keep wind turbines turning 26.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on

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Round-the-world solar plane readies for Pacific crossing 25.5.2015 New Kerala: Technology
Read Full story of ' Round-the-world solar plane readies for Pacific crossing ' at newkerala.com.
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A Fossil-Fueled Fantasy 25.5.2015 Truthout.com
Extracting coal from the ground and disposing of its toxic byproducts makes a dirty mess no matter how it's burned. But this "clean coal" ruse is conjuring up billions of dollars in government subsidies. Burning the dregs from spent oil wells releases yet more carbon into the atmosphere, stoking climate change. Zigging and Zagging Down a Slippery Slope, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib. Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! Newfangled carbon-capture power plants supposedly burn coal without poisoning the planet. They don’t. Extracting coal from the ground and disposing of its toxic byproducts makes a dirty mess no matter how it’s burned. But this “clean coal” ruse is conjuring up billions of dollars in  government subsidies . Take the 110-megawatt Boundary Dam plant in  Canada’s Saskatchewan province , the world’s first carbon-capture operation. It cost $1.2 billion to get it switched on last year. That’s several ...
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Solar plane set for Pacific crossing 25.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without a single drop of fuel, is set to take off from China early Tuesday morning on the most challenging and dangerous part of its journey yet.
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Solar Impulse faces 'moment of truth' 25.5.2015 BBC: Technology
In what will be its greatest challenge yet, the zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse will try to fly non-stop from China to Hawaii - a journey of more than 8,000km across the Pacific Ocean.
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Solar aircraft to be flown across the Pacific in world record bid 25.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Longest solo plane flight in history will be attempted in Solar Impulse II aircraft powered by nothing but sunlight

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The benefits of solar do outweigh its costs. Some have a hard time accepting it 25.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
A new Grattan Institute report on rooftop solar says its economic costs exceed its benefits by $9bn. That’s true only if you don’t include all the benefits Oh dear. Here we go again. The solar industry is clearly winning the battle to turn the global electricity industry upside down and inside out. The plunging cost of battery storage will accelerate that process. It’s just that some people have a hard time accepting it. The latest big headlines are from the Grattan Institute, which wrote in a report that the economic costs of rooftop solar outweighed the benefits by $9bn. When you actually look at the numbers, they’re a witch’s brew of mistaken assumptions and omissions. All the supposed negative impacts on the network, if they exist, are likely to be reversed when batteries come in, and PV households will be the first to install them, potentially making the grid much stronger, if the utilities provide the right incentives. Why not have headlines which say the investment people have made in PV is soon ...
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VIDEO: Solar plane pilot set for six-day leg 25.5.2015 BBC: Technology
The first round-the-world solar-powered flight, known as the Solar Impulse Two, is hoping to make the next and most difficult leg of its journey.
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Why the University of Edinburgh must divest from all fossil fuels now 24.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
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A cleaner coal 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition. Parts were trucked into the Hayden Station power plant, and it took more than a month to assemble a massive crane, the top of which is higher than the largest smoke stack. A state environmental official says new emissions controls at Colorado’s power plants will both reduce haze and improve public health. Michael Silverstein, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, helped negotiate the plan with the state’s power plants aimed at reducing regional haze. “It was designed to be measurable by the human eye,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said Hayden Station was a “very key facility” during negotiations of the regional haze plan because of its proximity to national parks and wilderness areas. Craig Station, which generates 1,303 megawatts of electricity, was also part of the plan. Silverstein said the emissions controls will reduce both nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, the two pollutants that contribute the most ...
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How green are straw-fired power stations? 24.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Burning straw pellets may sound more eco friendly, but it has its own problems

This is not a casual question from a reader. Liz is one of many residents already feeling the heat from a proposed £325m green energy plant for Norwich, even though it’s some 50 miles away from her home.

If all goes well for project partners the University of East Anglia and E.ON (the UK’s second biggest power generator), work on this scheme – known as Generation Park – will begin next year. By 2018 it will be supplying the grid with straw power.

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NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program 24.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns […]
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The UK town that loves solar power 23.5.2015 BBC: Business
Where is the solar 'capital' of the UK?
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Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars 23.5.2015 NPR News
Leading up to the premier race is a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find some solution.
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Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change 23.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Ben van Beurden agrees that we need to capture the carbon emissions of fossil fuel reserves, but predicts that the world will be ‘zero carbon’ by the century’s end

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Edward Snowden: NSA reform in the US is only the beginning 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
In an exclusive interview from Moscow, Snowden cautions that more needs to be done to curb NSA surveillance two years after his disclosures Edward Snowden has hailed landmark shifts in Congress and the US courts on NSA surveillance but cautioned that much more needs to be done to restore the balance in favour of privacy. He also warned this was only the beginning of reform of the NSA, saying there are still many bulk collection programmes which are “even more intrusive”, but expressed hope that the Senate would act to curb the NSA, saying retention of the status quo is ...
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Efforts to curb solar industry subsidies fail amid opposition from Iron Rangers 22.5.2015 MinnPost
An effort to curb state subsidies and other perks for Minnesota firms making solar panels fizzled in the final days of the legislative session amid opposition from an Iron Range company with political ties to the DFL. But the company, Silicon Energy of Mountain Iron, will soon face scrutiny on another front. Auditor Jim Nobles Legislative Auditor James Nobles says he will investigate the $7 million in government loans for Silicon Energy as part of a wider probe of a state agency’s controversial economic development projects. “Given the size and importance of it, it will be in our scope, for sure,” Nobles said. Nobles is evaluating whether the agency, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB), has made smart bets with loans and grants intended to create jobs in northern Minnesota. The agency uses taconite taxes paid by mining companies to finance economic development.    Silicon Energy has fallen far short of its goals for job creation despite the IRRRB loans and the state subsidies. Some ...
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