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Cal on June 15th, 2017

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54% of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. About half of urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants, while nearly one in eight live […]

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Cal on June 11th, 2017

Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, briefed the prime minister and state premiers on his special report into the nation’s electricity market and recommends a transition policy as cold-fired electrical generation is phased out. The study was requested by the federal energy minister last fall as the country struggled with several wide-spread power failures in the state […]

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Cal on May 25th, 2017

McKinsey & Company asks: Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road? “A close examination of the technologies required to achieve advanced levels of autonomous driving suggests…such vehicles are perhaps five to ten years away.” Volkswagen Group is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Gazprom to support its efforts to promote automobiles powered by natural […]

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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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Cal on May 13th, 2017

UK startup Tokamak Energy Ltd. activated its ST40 fusion reactor last week and achieved first plasma, an early milestone on the path to higher energy tests, and eventually, electricity production. The company is hoping the ST40 will show fusion temperatures—100 million degrees Celsius—are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. Tokamak’s compact reactor is about 100-times smaller than ITER (International […]

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Cal on May 9th, 2017

San Francisco think tank RethinkX says self-driving electric cars will dominate US roads by 2030. Within 13 years self-driving cars will represent 95% of all car miles driven in the US.  While 40% of the cars in 2030 will still be of the internal combustion variety, they will represent just 5% of the consumer miles driven. This forecast is […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2017

Global energy companies have sold off more than $22.5 billion worth of Canadian oil sands assets so far this year, concerned about depressed crude oil prices, high production costs, carbon emissions, and limited pipeline access to global markets. More energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a shift away from heavy industry all have contributed to a […]

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Cal on April 27th, 2017

Voice of America looks at the future of flying: Electric Planes and Flying Cars. See also CITYLABS, When Cars Fly while The Drive tells us about a hydrogen powered flying car. IDTechEx Research predicts electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $81 billion market in 2027. Transparency Market Research projects the global electric vehicle […]

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