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Ignore the Fake Climate Debate – The Wall Street Journal

Protesters in Rome hold a banner showing climate activist Greta Thunberg, March 2019. Photo: Andreas SOLARO/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Ted Nordhaus Jan. 23, 2020 11:10 am ET Beyond the headlines and social media, where Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump and the…

Tesla Cars ≠ Pollution … Tesla’s Full Stack Disruption … Model 3 vs. Model Y — CleanTechnica Top 20

Last week’s top stories on CleanTechnica included Andy Miles explaining why Tesla vehicles cut pollution rather than causing more pollution, a rundown of how Tesla’s “full stack disruption” sets it apart from the auto crowd, and yet another comparison of the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming – WIRED

Plenty of days, temperatures in California’s Mojave Desert climb above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A measly figure. These 400 silvered glass panels, tucked into the western edge of that hot, hot desert, are there to generate heat 15 times that amount….

Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental remediation

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes.

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FEMA: Agency seeks $4B from utility accused of igniting wildfires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking nearly $4 billion from PG&E Corp. to reimburse the agency for helping California recover from massive wildfires that the utility caused in recent years.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS: Putin rejects human-caused warming, but Russia adapts anyway

Russia must adapt to the looming effects of climate change like illness from intensifying heat, stress on infrastructure and the melting of permafrost across its vast territory, the government said last week.

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ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Many utilities have a ‘must-run’ policy. One broke the rule

Xcel Energy Inc. is planning to idle some of its coal plants for large parts of the year, a move that goes against industry practices and promises to reduce emissions. Company executives say Xcel’s investments in wind projects made the move possible.

Improving solar cells’ back-contact is goal of $3.5 million DOE project

(Colorado State University) Before cadmium telluride solar cells can corner the photovoltaics market, they require further improvement in their performance. The US Department of Energy has funded a team of Colorado State University and other researchers to focus on a classic bottleneck that has stymied the widespread introduction of cadmium telluride as a solar material.