These autonomous sailing drones help researchers forecast extreme weather – CNBC

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Apr 262018
 

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These autonomous sailing drones help researchers forecast extreme weather
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Oceanic researchers are turning to autonomous sea drones to help them forecast extreme weather and understand the world's changing weather patterns. The 23-foot-long drones are made by Bay Area start-up Saildrone. Each Saildrone can be outfitted with a

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China bets on coal beyond borders – CNBC.com – CNBC

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Apr 062018
 

 


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China bets on coal beyond borders
China is now the world’s biggest investor in coal outside its shores.
Once globally vilified for extensive air pollution due to heavy coal usage, China now talks a big game about its environmental efforts after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate pact.

But, beyond its borders, the country has been the world’s biggest investor in coal power.

“Chinese banks’ and companies’ investments in coal abroad are a cause of major concern because of their potential to lock in more climate warming emissions in our carbon-constrained world,” said Huang Wei, a climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia.

Chinese financial institutions are the world’s largest investor of overseas coal plants, pumping in $15 billion in coal projects from 2013 to 2016 through international development funds, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S.-based non-profit environmental advocacy group. There’s another $13 billion in proposed funding.

That is even as data from the International Energy Agency show a slowdown in coal power investment globally.

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Stormy skies: Here’s how companies can plan when extreme … – CNBC

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Jul 252017
 

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Stormy skies: Here's how companies can plan when extreme …
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More businesses are trying to prepare for bad weather, and the financial storm that comes with it.

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Antarctica turning green as climate change takes hold, says scientific study – CNBC

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May 192017
 

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Antarctica turning green as climate change takes hold, says scientific study
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In people's minds, Antarctica may appear as a bleak white landscape but scientists claim the continent is turning green because of a warming in the climate. A team of British researchers have tested three separate sites and concluded that the quantity
Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is starting to turn greenThe Denver Post
Antarctica Is Going Green, And Not In A Good WayForbes
Climate change making Antarctica greenerNEWS.com.au
The Guardian –CBC.ca –Daily Maverick
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Cyberattacks, extreme weather—the energy market faces some big threats – CNBC

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May 122016
 

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Cyberattacks, extreme weather—the energy market faces some big threats
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Severe weather, slowing population growth and the threat of cyberattacks on utility companies and energy infrastructure are among the top dangers facing the energy market, the secretary-general of the World Energy Council told CNBC. Christoph Frei said …

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One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu – CNBC

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Jun 222015
 

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One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu
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The bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in at least 21 states and also has affected other leading poultry companies, including Tyson Foods and Hormel Foods, among others. Besides turkey production, Cargill supplies eggs to fast-food chains such as …

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What 63 degrees in Antarctica means-for now – CNBC

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Mar 312015
 

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What 63 degrees in Antarctica means-for now
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One week of extreme temperatures in Antarctica isn't something to worry about by itself, but it's something to watch closely in the coming months and years, says a meteorological expert at the the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Tweet this.) A
Antarctica just experienced its warmest day everThe Independent
"Antarctica Recorded Its Hottest Temperature On Record This Week"ThinkProgress
Antarctica just had its warmest day on recordUPI.com
Techly –INFORUM –Washington Post (blog)
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Elon Musk CNBC Interview About Being a Disruptor

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Jul 102014
 

The CNBC host says Space-X was chosen as their most disruptive company, and asked Musk what his vision is. (Actually, for the whole interview, which is over twenty minutes, Musk covers a wide range of topics, with precision and poise.)

As far as the Space-X vision is concerned, Musk replies that what Space-X has done so far is ‘relatively minor.’ He said the company hopes to achieve full reusability in rocketry, which has never been done. Compared with what Space-X has done so far, perhaps this goal is relatively huge, but what the company has done so far is quite impressive. His point seems to be that what the company’s accomplished, he doesn’t see in relation to what has been done, rather in terms of a future with tremendous goals. Recovery of the rocket booster for reuse is the goal for the near horizon. He says it might be possible to re-fly the booster next year. He also says that he is hopeful the first people to Mars could do this in ten to twelve years.

Tesla

After speaking about Mars, he says he is looking forward to producing a mass-market car in about three years. He also says Tesla has daily meetings with their key battery development partner, Panasonic. When asked about a company called Phinergy, which one host says might have a vehicle with an 1,100 mile range, he says that he has seen quite a few claims made that don’t turn out to be accurate, while at the same time not denying that it could be true.

He also mentions that with air batteries, you must have a new one quite frequently. This view is corroborated in a separate article which said the Phinergy air battery has to be changed every several months, but the parts are recyclable.

“There is no grand plan with the sort of open sourcing with the patents. We just thought it would be helpful to the industry.” -Elon Musk

Also, on a Tesla note, but further along in the interview, he says that he will be involved in Tesla until he dies, but that he might not be CEO in five years.

Solar

One of the hosts asks him what the point of having electric cars is! She mentions that coal will be used to generate the electricity so some people question why electrics are necessary. Musk answers that with solar, ‘You combine sustainable electricity generation with electric cars and you have an overall system that works, and that can scale to worldwide capability.

He remarked before that about Solar City acquiring Solevo, a solar panel manufacturer. The host asks him about the proliferation of solar panels and there may be too many of them. He makes a point about how many solar panels are low efficiency, but there aren’t enough high-efficiency panels. ‘The high-efficiency panels allow you to have a smaller footprint of the solar panel. You need fewer panels in order to generate the same amount of electricity, and the labor costs, and installation costs and the wiring and all that are proportionate to the surface area.

Gigafactory

He says that some people think that the point of the gigafactory is to try to squeeze incentives out of the states. To the contrary, he explains that the gigafactory should come online when the third-generation car is ready.

Hyperloop

When asked about what is happening with it, he says there are some companies that might interested in trying to make it, but that personally he is occupied with Tesla, Space-X and Solar City right now. He said that later he might pursue it, if it hasn’t been done by someone else.

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Angry Chinese occupy government office, smash computers in environment protest – CNBC

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Jul 292012
 

QIDONG, China (Reuters) – Angry demonstrators occupied a government office in eastern China on Saturday, destroying computers and overturning cars in a violent protest against an industrial waste pipeline they said would poison their coastal waters.
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Legal Fees in Gulf Oil Spill Deal Stir Conflict – CNBC

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Mar 102012
 

The estimated $ 7.8 billion settlement reached last week between BP and attorneys for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill left many details unresolved, but at least one thing looks like a sure bet. The lawyers are gearing up for a fee fight. At the …
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