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[1THING] Blog: Archive for October, 2017

[ ‘Impossible To Save’: Scientists Are Watching China’s Glaciers Disappear ]

The Tianshan No. 1 glacier is melting fast, receding by at least 30 feet each year. Scientists warn that the glacier — the source of the Urumqi River, which more than 4 million people depend on — may disappear in the next 50 years.

Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China’s total. They’re all receding at a record pace — and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

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[ Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device ]

Gitanjali Rao, 11, says she was appalled by the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. — so she designed a device to test for lead faster. She was named "America

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

(Image credit: Andy King/Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge)

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[ Meet the SEA-3250-LT: Innovation in Offshore Wind Installations ]

GustoMSC is targeting the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind energy market with an innovative jack-up design that it claims will help to reduce risk and increase efficiency when installing units offshore: the SEA-3250-LT installation jack-up.

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[ Enel to Seek More Deals in Energy Storage Business, CEO Says ]

Enel SpA is seeking acquisitions in the energy storage business, as developments in battery technology are set to play a key role for the wider adoption of renewable sources.

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[ Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create ]

Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset. 

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[ Notes from the Solar Underground: Highly Competitive Industries and Their Highly Expected Mergers ]

In 2012, NSP and Del Solar merged, claiming that at 1.5-GWp the new company would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Motech Solar merged with Top Cell announcing that at 3-GWp the new entity would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world.

 

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[ Everything you need to know about Perry’s coal bailout plan ]

By propping up uneconomic coal and nuclear plants in the name of grid reliability, Perry could disrupt our energy markets and more.

     
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[ Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B ]

Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing offshore wind farms and proven that it is cheaper, faster and could make possible offshore wind deployment at a scale and pace able to keep up with the region’s scheduled retirements of nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

The researchers calculated that their innovative process will cost up to $1.6 billion less per project than conventional approaches and take half the construction time.

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[ Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should ]

Fresh fish fillets for sale in a display case. Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in how livestock are raised in recent years. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.

(Image credit: kali9/Getty Images)

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[ Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined ]

A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing, China.

Researchers looked at the combined effects of air, water and soil pollution on global health to come up with an annual toll.

(Image credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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