The Climate Post: Climate and Energy of Focus in Obama’s Final State of the Union

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President Obama laid out four big questions the United States has to answer in his nearly hour-long final State of the Union address Tuesday night. One of those four points: How do we make technology work for us, and not against us, especially when it comes to solving urgent issues like climate change? “Sixty years… Read more »

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UK’s last resident killer whales ‘doomed to extinction’

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Western European waters are a global hotspot for lingering toxic PCB pollution, research reveals, damaging the reproduction of orcas and dolphins The UK’s last pod of killer whales is doomed to extinction, with new research revealing western European waters as a global hotspot for the lingering legacy of toxic PCB pollution. The persistent chemicals, used in electrical… Read more »

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Why climate change is an ethical problem

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The question of what to do is a moral one. What values will shape how we answer it?   Climate change presents a severe ethical challenge, forcing us to confront difficult questions as individual moral agents, and even more so as members of larger political systems. It is genuinely global and seriouslyintergenerational, and crosses species… Read more »

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Vermont power line approval big step for Canadian power

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Long-term plans to bring renewable Canadian electricity to the power-hungry markets of southern New England got a big boost when Vermont utility regulators approved a plan to build a 1,000-megawatt transmission line down Lake Champlain and across the state to feed the regional power grid, experts say. TDI New England is still awaiting its final… Read more »

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Climate change could dry up global power production, study warns

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Thousands of power plants around the world may face severe reductions in their ability to generate electricity by mid-century due to water shortages, according to new research. Hydro- and thermo-electric (nuclear, fossil-fuelled, biomass-fuelled) power plants are vulnerable to dwindling rivers and reservoirs as the planet warms, a study published in Nature on Monday said. These… Read more »

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Going Green Can Be Good for the Bottom Line

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At the same time, business leaders are learning that clean operations and higher growth can go hand in hand. Now that customers, investors, activists, and even a company’s own employees are voicing concerns about environmental impact, a greener record does more than simply guard against public-relations disasters. It can bolster a firm’s reputation. Sourced through… Read more »

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Why Japan’s Futuristic Micro-Homes Are So Popular

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Like in many of the world’s most densely populated nations, real estate in Japan is tough to come by. Many of its cities are filled with small, narrow lots, giving rise to the trend of designing and building kyosho jutaku (or micro-homes) that rethink traditional residential spaces through unconventional and striking architecture.   Jutaku, a… Read more »

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The U.S. President Delivers a Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement

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The President Delivers a Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement – Act On Climate – Medium PRESIDENT OBAMA: In my first inaugural address, I committed this country to the tireless task of combating climate change and protecting this planet for future generations. Two weeks ago, in Paris, I said before the world that we needed… Read more »

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Is a Robot ‘Cambrian Explosion’ Possible?

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Half a billion years ago, Earth’s animal life rapidly evolved during the event known as the Cambrian explosion. In the future, growing swarms of robots all talking with one another could spark a similar “Cambrian explosion” for robotic evolution. A robotics expert who has worked for the U.S. military recently published a paper on the technological changes that… Read more »

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