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[1THING] Blog: Archive for August, 2015

[ Obama Focuses On Native Issues, Climate Change As He Starts Alaska Visit ]

The arctic is the fastest-warming region on the planet, the president noted — and added that, as the world’s biggest economy and second-biggest carbon emitter, the U.S. bears a lot of responsibility.

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[ Obama Makes Urgent Appeal in Alaska for Climate Change Action ]

President Obama said at an international conference that “we’re not acting fast enough,” challenging leaders and citizens to reduce emissions to “protect the one planet that we’ve got while we still can.”


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[ Rwanda leases 22 small hydroelectric plants to private consortium ]

On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid. 

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[ What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods? ]

NPR’s Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make “unconventional oil” extraction too expensive.

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[ Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting ]

In the decade since Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have invested in new satellites and computer modeling technology that have significantly improved their ability to forecast and track hurricanes.

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[ Dot Earth Blog: Amid Attacks over Mountain Names and Arctic Oil Leases, Obama Seeks Alaska Survival Tips from Bear Grylls ]

On Alaska trip, Obama tries to focus the nation on climate – and seeks wilderness survival tips amid a flurry of partisan attacks.


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[ Dot Earth Blog: Amid Attacks over Mountain Names and Arctic Oil Leases, Obama Seeks Alaska Survial Tips from Bear Grylls ]

On Alaska trip, Obama tries to focus the nation on climate – and seeks wilderness survival tips amid a flurry of partisan attacks.


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[ Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Reductions: A Role for Renewable Jet Fuels ]

In a July 1 Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented plans to control greenhouse gases (GHG) from aircraft. In August, in Washington, DC, EPA held a hearing on its proposal. About 40 people attended, with 14 providing comments.

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[ Solar Shipments in Japan Drop First Time Since 2012 Incentives ]

Shipments of solar panels in Japan fell 13 percent in the three months to June 30, a sign the market may be cooling three years after the country introduced generous incentives to boost the industry.

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[ PHG Energy Preparing Environmental Permit Application for TN Biomass Gasification Plant ]

PHG Energy (PHGE) is preparing to file with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation an environmental permit to build a biomass gasification plant in eastern Tennessee, a PHGE spokesperson said in an Aug. 29 interview.

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