Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat — one that needs to be addressed immediately, there are factions that refuse to believe the mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures. In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information in an effort to persuade readers to their side. This is exactly what climate science denying group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) recently admitted to doing.

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Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience.

Winner of the RTFA 2017 Awards, Shi-An was constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle in Kyoto,…

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Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations

The Singapore Night Festival is back and it’s pulling out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. Attracting crowds of over 500,000, the annual light festival bonanza transforms the city into a carnival of arts and culture with family-friendly activities, interactive installations, and pop-up eateries across two weekends from August 18 to August 26. Created to follow this year’s theme of “Ten Magical Years,” the iconic Night Lights exhibition brings to life 13 Instagrammable light installations.

The…

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August 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, US electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what may represent the biggest test yet of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years and have lined up standby power sources. [ETEnergyworld.com]
Eclipse, 2012 (Abby182000, Wikimedia Commons)

Eclipse of 2012, seen through clouds (Abby182000, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Increasingly, solar companies work with farmers to install solar panels on their land. In North Carolina, solar companies pay rents up to $1,400 an acre, far more than what most farmers could earn from planting crops or raising livestock. But PV arrays are low-impact, so farmers can raise livestock or grow crops on land covered with PVs. [CleanTechnica]
  • While President Donald Trump continues to dismantle Obama-era climate policies, an unlikely surge of Republican lawmakers has begun distancing themselves from the GOP’s hard line on climate change. The House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan backwater when it formed early last year, has more than tripled in size since January. [Politico]
  • “President Trump Has An Oil Problem” • After six months of regulatory rollback, Trump has done almost nothing that will create jobs on oil fields or offshore rigs. That’s because low oil prices, not environmental protections, are stunting job growth, and Trump’s push to nix federal regulations only makes oil cheaper. [CleanTechnica]
  • Nova Scotia Power plans to install 12 fast charging stations for electric cars across the province as part of a pilot project. NSP hopes Nova Scotians will soon be able to drive electric vehicles from Sydney to Yarmouth without having to worry about where they can charge their batteries. The pilot project will be ready for use in the spring of 2018. [The Register/Advertiser]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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August 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Staying below 2 degrees is ‘possible and practical’ says RMI” • The latest UN Emissions Gap report showed that the world would still be heading for a temperature rise between 2.9 and 3.4 °C by 2100. A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute argues that staying below 2° C is both practical and possible given trends in renewable energy. [pv magazine]
Wind and solar, sun and clouds (Public domain image)

Wind and solar, sun and clouds (Public domain image)

  • In a European test of vehicle-to-grid technology involving 100 vehicles, the owners of the electric Nissans earned an average of $1,530 a year from the program, more than the cost of charging the vehicles. The test also showed that vehicle-to-grid schemes may actually slow the rate at which lithium-ion batteries degrade in normal use. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Baker-Polito administration in Massachusetts has awarded a $545,000 grant to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to support the installation of a 436-kW solar canopy at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction in Greenfield. The grant is the seventh by the Leading by Example State Solar Canopy grant program. [Solar Industry]
  • The Home Depot is developing mini solar farms on 50 of its store rooftops. In partnership with Current, a subsidiary of GE, and Tesla, the company is leasing its roof space to produce power through power purchase agreements in five states and the District of Columbia. This will reduce grid demand at each store by 30% to 35%. [AltEnergyMag]
  • The residents of Neptune, New Jersey know well the problems that can be created by a hurricane. Now, Neptune is one of 13 state municipalities getting money from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to study microgrids. One hundred fifty thousand dollars will be spent on a feasibility study to be completed by early next year. [NJTV News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.
 
Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate…

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Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

Semi trucks are massive energy hogs – that’s why Germany is helping change that with electric highways. We rely on trucks to get all of the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution – at least 12.5 percent of all emissions in the US. So Siemens and the Germany state of Hesse teamed up to create a 10km stretch of eHighway on the autobahn, where trucks can connect overhead electric cables while driving on the road, and move back to diesel power when…

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