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[1THING] Blog: Archive for March, 2016

[ Solar-powered Apple Car Details and Photo Leaked ]

An anonymous leak from within the Apple corporation has revealed details about the secretive electric car project known as “Project Titan.” Previously thought to have been a passenger-carrying vehicle, the car is actually a small solar-powered iPhone delivery vehicle which operates autonomously. It appears to have been designed and built by high school students in the Solar Rollers energy education program.


[ Misconceptions: Don’t Be Fooled by a Climate Change ‘Pause’ ]

Does a possible global warming pause tell us anything about the science of climate change?


[ Imbalance Declared for Russian Alternative Energy Industry ]

Russian Ministry of Energy may increase quotas for construction of solar power plants in the country for the period of 2016-2019, as this segment of renewable energy industry is mostly of interest for investors, according a statement from the deputy Energy Minister of Russia Vyacheslav Kravchenko.


[ Avoiding A Future Crisis, Madison Removed Lead Water Pipes 15 Years Ago ]

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., raised an alarm about the dangers of lead in our water supply, but it is not new knowledge. Madison, Wis., knew about it and removed all its lead pipes 15 years ago.


[ Ivanpah Solar Facility on Track To Meet Production Target, NRG Says ]

The operator of a massive U.S. government-backed solar project in California that fell short of production targets says the facility more than doubled its output last month, putting it on pace to meet its obligations to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.


[ Virginia to Move Forward with Offshore Wind Research Plan ]

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last week approved the first wind energy research activities plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters.


[ The US DOE: To Be or Not to Be in Renewable Energy ]

Without exception, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is all about Atomic Energy Defense (AED). Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on the other hand, are far from mission-critical. To the extent that the DOE’s 2016 budget request allocates 63 percent to AED activities and only 9 percent to EERE, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs seem to make good publicity and little else.


[ Feature: The Invisible Catastrophe ]

Over the course of four months, 97,100 metric tons of methane quietly leaked out of a single well into California’s sky. Scientists and residents are still trying to figure out just how much damage was done.


[ Elevated Levels Of Suspected Carcinogen Found In States’ Drinking Water ]

A chemical widely used to make many water-resistant and non-stick items can be found in many community water supplies. But elevated levels of PFOA are turning up in three Northeastern states.


[ California’s Sierra Snowpack Shows Improvement; Drought Still Not Over ]

Updated snowpack measurements show El Nino has helped ease the drought in California. While reservoirs are filling up, conservation measures remain in place.