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[1THING] Blog: Archive for August, 2016

[ Obama At Lake Tahoe Praises Conservation Efforts ]

The president warns that climate change can undermine decades-long conservation efforts. He spoke at an annual summit that brings people together to discuss how to keep Lake Tahoe blue.


[ African Elephant Population Declines By 30 Percent ]

A census of African savanna elephants in 15 countries between 2007 and 2014 found the population decreased by 144,000 animals.


[ Uncertainty on whether La Nina will replenish the hydropower industry for the SADC ]

As the water levels in dams in South Africa continue to dwindle, the 2015 Zimbabwe Humanitarian Situation Report notes that water levels in all of Zimbabwe’s seven catchment areas are about 18%, their worst levels in decades.


[ Western States Face Challenges Cleaning Up After Coal Mining ]

Coal companies in the West have mined an area the size of New York City — more than 400 square miles. Now they have to clean it up, and it’s given rise to a whole new reclamation economy.


[ Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees ]

Minnesota’s governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.


[ Engie, Green Climate Fund Invest in Off-Grid Solar Developer ]

Engie SA and Kawisafi Ventures, supported by the Green Climate Fund, invested in the U.K.’s BBOXX Ltd. in a bid to boost the rapidly expanding global market for off-grid solar power.


[ #StorageImpacts: The Path to a Billion-Dollar Industry ]

Join us on Twitter on September 13 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. PDT and share your thoughts on energy storage technologies, opportunities and advancements and the limitations of the industry now and in the future.


[ Wind Power Curtailment in China Expected to Increase in Second Half of 2016 ]

Aggregate wind power curtailment across China grew to 32.3 billion kWh during the first seven months of 2016, an increase of 14.8 billion kWh over the same period of 2015, according to data from the National Energy Administration of China (NEA). The number was very close to the 33.9 billion kWh recorded for the whole of 2015. The country’s average wind power curtailment rate grew by 6 percentage points year on year to a record 21 percent. 


[ Dutch Wind Power Proponents Face Opposition ]

For the past nine years, a Dutch cooperative wind power project in Amsterdam has been stalled by regulations imposed by political opponents.The project was initiated in 2007 by local co-op Onze Energie along with venture partner NDSM Energy and other wind co-ops.  


[ Listen Up: When Can I Get Solar Shingles? ]

Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World to learn about the promises and challenges of Building Integrated Photovoltaics.