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January 4, 2022
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ENERGY: Coal Goals

Energy goals to stop climate change are clear: we must transition from fossil fuels. Chief among the priorities is coal. Transitioning from coal threatens jobs: as coal declines in use, some areas formerly active in coal mining suffer 30% unemployment. … Continue reading

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September 16, 2021
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ENERGY: Jobs of the Future

Born after 1996? Or 1981? You are 70% more likely to rate climate change as the top priority for your future (Pew Research Center 2021). Universities are responding, integrating climate and environmental studies into the curriculum. University of Massachusetts Boston … Continue reading

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August 9, 2021
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ENERGY: HOT(TER)

The long, hot summer – but it’s not August, it’s not even 2021. It’s the whole 21st century. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released findings today. Here is a summary: Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying Warming … Continue reading

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February 18, 2021
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ENERGY: Genie in a Bottle

February 18, 2021. It’s National Battery Day. What is this genie in a bottle that we call a battery? Lithium-ion batteries are making news. It’s a technology popularized in 1991, when rechargeable lithium-ion batteries were first used in hand-held camcorders. … Continue reading

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January 11, 2021
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ENERGY: Renewing Hope in 2021

Winds of change are in the air. Literally. “Vestas V90-3MW Wind Turbine of Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Fram, Thames Estuary, UK” by Phil Hollman, 2006. Wikimedia Commons.Wind Power innovator BladeBUG may aid maintenance of marine turbines, now 40% of the … Continue reading

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December 28, 2019
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TRANSPORT: 7,000 mph (or maybe just 3,000 for now)

The history of transport may be the history of speed. On a test flight, Avangard clocked velocity of 7,000 miles per hour (11,200 kilometers per hour). The hypersonic glide-vehicle entered┬ácombat duty on 27 December 2019. It’s also a nuclear missile. … Continue reading

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