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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2017

[ Flee A Cataclysm, Or Cling To A Doomed Home? Why People Stay May Surprise You ]

Flooded houses near Lake Houston on Aug. 30, after the storm called Harvey swept through. Sociologist Clare Cooper Marcus says our homes hold our emotional history — our memories, our hopes, our dreams and pain. In some ways our homes are who we are.

“You must leave now,” thousands of Americans from Puerto Rico to Oregon to Florida, Montana, Texas and beyond were told, as floods, fire and wind threatened their lives. Some said no.

(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


[ Animals, Plants Rafted Across The Pacific After Japan’s 2011 Earthquake ]

NPR’s Ailsa Chang talks with Greg Ruiz, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, about nearly 300 Japanese marine coastal species that traveled across the Pacific Ocean.


[ An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites ]

Patrick Bayou, pictured on Sept. 2, flooded when Hurricane Harvey slammed the Houston area. The bayou is a Superfund toxic waste site. A March cleanup report for the site did not include preparations for more severe flood events as a result of climate change.

A 2014 EPA climate report warned that Superfund site cleanup and monitoring processes needed updates to prepare for more severe floods. That report is no longer located on the current agency website.

(Image credit: Jason Dearen/AP)


[ Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation ]

The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it.


[ Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge ]

Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017.


[ Solar Development in the US and China in the Shadow of Suniva’s Section 201 Trade Case ]

As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China.


[ U.S. Geothermal Wins Grant to Study El Ceibillo Geothermal Project ]

U.S. Geothermal this week said that its U.S. Geothermal Guatemala subsidiary has received a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development (USTDA) for a feasibility study on the El Ceibillo Geothermal power plant project.


[ Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts ]

Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday. 


[ This trade dispute could upend America’s booming solar industry. Here’s what it means for you. ]

Thinking of getting solar panels for your roof? New tariffs, if imposed, could put a quick end to your project – and worry anyone concerned with climate change.


[ Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Voted Out Of Office ]

Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, stands outside court in Washington in October 2016, where appeals court judges heard his tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault lost a re-election bid after a controversial campaign to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Image credit: Jessica Gresko/AP)