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Three-year Heat Wave Continues Unabated

The methane - electricity link offers a doable chance – probably the only one – to avert climate tipping point

NASA reported this week that the ongoing, three-year record global heatwave continues, with August tying July as the hottest month ever recorded

This is particularly disturbing because scientists thought the soaring global heat would subside as El Nino ended in June.  The 2016 global average temperature is pressing quite near the climate tipping point as explained by NASA and AP.

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Cree SmartCast PoE Chosen by mindSHIFT Cloud Services Facility

Cree LED's in the offices of mindshift in Long Island, N.Y. SmartCast PoE is an intuitively simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) for buildings through better light. The system embeds intelligence to make buildings more efficient and people more productive, while delivering far better light for less energy than ordinary LED lighting systems.

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NC Town Links People, Nature

The Ararat River Restoration and Green Way Project in Mount Airy generates an estimated $500,000 annually for the city's economy. (Mount Airy)Much attention has been paid to revitalizing downtowns in North Carolina by adding storefronts and parking garages. But one town has learned that they can build up their community with the natural landscape that was there to begin with.

Since 2002, the town of Mount Airy has worked with Resource Institute to develop the Ararat Greenway and Stream Restoration project, which loops around downtown Mount Airy for seven miles.

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City living has a bright future – here’s why

There was a time when suburban life was the aspiration, white-picket fence, mortgage - the works. Fast forward to today and this vision has shifted. Now, more people rent and live in cities than not. According to the United Nations, in 2014, there were 28 mega-cities worldwide (with 10 million inhabitants or more), and by 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities or more. In particular, younger, tech-savvy generations are gravitating to metropolitan areas in search of a new quality of life. Today’s young people are less interested in owning a car, and more interested in having alternative modes of transportation (light rail systems, bike paths, etc.). More importantly – this population demands progressive environments centered on wellbeing and innovation. As digital natives flock to metropolises across the country, using more power from already stressed out grids, how can city leaders cope with growing demands and shrinking capacity and budgets, all while delivering on experiences these urbanites seek?

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