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To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons
Wired

PG&E’s electrical equipment likely caused California’s massive Camp Fire. That’s particularly maddening because science knows full well how to stop that. more…

CyPhy Works rebrands as drone data collection company, Aria Insights
TechCrunch

CyPhy Works announced this morning that it is shifting focus and rebranding as Aria Insights. The new company is focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to help analyze data collected by drones. Aria will build upon CyPhy’s tethered … more…

Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it
TechCrunch

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach… more…

This Coal Lobbyist Should Not Run the E.P.A.
The New York Times

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler waits to address EPA staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, in July. more…

Climate change: Is nuclear power the answer?
BBC News

How green is nuclear power and what are the other options? more…

A social justice movement inspired by MLK is waging a new war on poverty
CNN

In December 2017, 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. called for a It's been a year since activists and religious leaders revived King's Poor People's Campaign. Here's what they've accomplished, the challenges they faced and what's in store for the future. more…

Heatwave's terrible toll on flying foxes
BBC News

Two months ago, a record-breaking heatwave decimated Australia's spectacled flying foxes. more…

China December coal output rises about 2 percent to highest in over three years
Reuters

China's December coal output climbed 2.1 percent from the year before, government data showed, hitting the highest level in at least three years as major producers ramped up production amid robust winter demand and after the country started up new mines. more…

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, government claims
The Guardian (AU)

UK proposals include new regulations on farmers, wood-burning stoves and diesel cars What will happen to air quality standards after Brexit? The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to… more…

How Orkney Leads the Way For Sustainable Energy
Slashdot.org

An anonymous reader shares a report: It seems the stuff of fantasy. Giant ships sail the seas burning fuel that has been extracted from water using energy provided by the winds, waves and tides. A dramatic but implausible notion, surely. Yet this grand green … more…

Jamie Dimon just issued a stark warning to shadow banks saddled with billions in leveraged loans (JPM)
Business Insider

Investors who sit outside the traditional banking sector, some of whom are "quite bright," are "going to get hurt" when the corporate credit cycle turns, according to JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. The regulated banking system has much less exposure to the types o… more…

A $1 trillion strategist lays out the looming worst-case scenario of the government shutdown, and how investors should safeguard their money
Business Insider

Stocks have rallied amid the longest government shutdown in history. But as the stalemate in Washington drags on, there's building uncertainty about what it means for stocks Kristina Hooper, the chief global market strategist at Invesco, which oversees $926 b… more…

How Improving Website Performance Can Help Save The Planet
Smashingmagazine.com

You may not think about it often, but the Internet uses a colossal amount of electricity. This electricity needs to be produced somewhere. In most countries, this means the burning of fossil fuels. This, in turn, means that the Internet’s carbon footprint has… more…

Germany at risk of recession but economists keep faith - Times of Malta
Timesofmalta.com

Germany at risk of recession but economists keep faith Times of Malta German economy posts weakest growth in five years CNBC Merkel Seeks to Preserve Jobs While Curbing German Coal Industry Bloomberg German economic growth cools in 2018 to lowest rate in five… more…

Dirty secret: can urban soil help solve our environmental problems?
The Guardian (AU)

Not only is this neglected resource vital for growing food, it can also help address climate change in myriad ways A recent gathering of scientists on the upper west side of Manhattan enthused about a crucial element in the formation of the surrounding city. … more…

A jobs boom in some northern cities masks real inequality across the UK | Luke Raikes
The Guardian (AU)

Large former industrial regions must be devolved real powers to control their own economies, as they are in Germany People have very different experiences of the economy depending on where they live and work. New research from the Resolution Foundation is a t… more…

Scottish shopping centre up for sale with reserve price of £1
The Guardian (AU)

Plight of the Postings in Kirkcaldy shows crisis facing bricks-and-mortar retailers It’s the kind of price tag usually associated with discount stores such as Poundland, but an entire Scottish shopping centre is to go under the hammer with a reserve price of … more…

Your math about buying an electric car is probably wrong
Fastcompany.com

Consumers consistently overestimate the cost and underestimate the benefits of buying an electric car The telephone should have been an instant hit. It revolutionized human communication overnight, and yet it took decades to catch on. AT&T president Theodore … more…

Jonathan Nez Is Sworn in as New Navajo Nation President
Time

Jonathan Nez delivered a message of hope, resilience and change Tuesday in his inaugural address as president of the Navajo Nation in Arizona more…

EPA nominee showcases how Trump keeps failing to drain the swamp
Yahoo.com

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, is a prime example of the fox guarding the hen house: Our view more…