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Cal on December 5th, 2017

A study by McKinsey Global Institute projects up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to robotic automation by 2030. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest. Wealthy countries like the US and Germany […]

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Cal on November 29th, 2017

Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras announced has started to produce crude oil and natural gas from the giant deepwater Libra field in the Atlantic Ocean. The field is estimated to hold between 8 billion and 12 billion barrels of crude oil. The Petrobras rig expects to reach 30,000 barrels per day in early 2018 with the potential to reach […]

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Cal on November 22nd, 2017

Volkswagen Group said it plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China. The company plans to launch 15 models over the next two to three years, and an additional 25 after 2025.  The group (which includes Audi) is aiming to sell 400,000 of these […]

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Cal on October 25th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a special report on energy access. Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. The IEA says this number will shrink by a third by 2030, with 60% of these gains supplied by renewable energy sources. The past two decades have seen spectacular gains in providing […]

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Cal on October 23rd, 2017

Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm under construction in the North Sea will be able to provide power to 425,000 households. The 406 megawatt (MW) Horns Rev 3 wind farm will consist of 49 8.3 MW turbines. The construction is taking place 34 kilometers off Denmark’s west coast and will stretch over 88 square kilometers. The UK and China are […]

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Cal on October 17th, 2017

France’s largest bank, BNP Paribas, announced it would no longer finance companies whose main business is the exploration, production, trading, or marketing of crude oil and natural gas from shale or tar sands projects.  The bank will also no longer finance liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals that predominantly liquefy and export gas from shale projects, […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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Cal on October 8th, 2017

Airbus plans to put its electric flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation late next year. This announcement came after a successful full-scale ground test of the vertical take-off and landing vehicle’s propulsion system. The vehicle is entirely battery-powered (with electric 100 kilowatt motors), uses a four propeller design to navigate through crowded cities, and can […]

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