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[1THING] Blog: Archive for November, 2017

[ Wet Wipes: To Flush Or Not To Flush? ]

The wet wipes industry is blossoming. But with the growth comes a problem: clogged drains. Now the fight over “flushability” is heading to court.

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[ Wet Wipes: To Flush Or Not To Flush? ]

The wet wipes industry is blossoming. But with the growth comes a problem: clogged drains. Now the fight over “flushability” is heading to court.

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[ Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done ]

By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement will be finalized and countries can signal their commitments to enhance national climate plans by 2020.

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[ Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future? ]

The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to clean themselves.

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[ 5 Solar Innovations That Will Make Engineers Giddy ]

There’s no question that the solar industry has gained the solid standing it now enjoys by employing certain winning technologies, but there also is always room for improvement. We’ve seen a few intriguing innovations in solar crop up that aren’t on the commercial starting line, but that you may want to watch in 2018.

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[ The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry ]

Cellos are lined up backstage at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before a Nov. 8 rehearsal of Schubert

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.

(Image credit: Meg Anderson/NPR)

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[ Keystone Spill Likely Caused By Construction Damage, Investigators Say ]

The pipeline on rural farmland near the small community of Amherst, S.D., was likely  damaged when it was installed in 2008, federal investigators say.

The leak was initially estimated to have released some 210,000 gallons of crude. Federal investigators say that they now have an “unconfirmed lower spill estimate,” without specifying how much.

(Image credit: DroneBase via AP)

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[ EU Sets New Binding Renewables Target of 35 Percent by 2030 ]

On Tuesday, Industry and Energy Committee MEPs agreed that by 2030, a minimum of 35 percent of all energy consumed in the EU would need to come from renewable, cleaner sources. For the transport sector, at least 12 percent of the energy consumed in each member state would have to be produced from renewables, such as the sun or wind.

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[ An Abandoned Mine Becomes Home to Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research ]

The Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, was once the largest and deepest gold mine in all of North America. It produced approximately 41 million ounces of gold during 126 years of operation. 

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[ Trump Seeks Details on Solar Imports Before Setting Tariffs ]

President Donald Trump’s trade representative requested more details about how low-cost imported solar panels have harmed U.S. manufacturers as the White House considers imposing tariffs.

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