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USDA Releases Two-Year Strategy to Help Gopher Tortoise

Private Landowners to Voluntarily Restore More Than 200,000 Additional Acres of Longleaf Forests in Southeast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new two-year implementation strategy to help restore, enhance and protect longleaf pine forests in the Southeast, part of an ongoing effort to help the gopher tortoise rebound and combat the need for additional regulation of the species. Longleaf forests and many of its inhabitants like the gopher tortoise have declined over the past century, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with private landowners to conserve these historically important forests to the region’s rural economies.


Relegating Food Waste to Landfills Contributes to Economic Downfall

Power Knot Food Waste DigesterAs temperatures rise from global warming, the global economy may suffer. Finding strategies to minimize greenhouse gas is paramount to combating climate change.

A recent study published by scientists from Stanford and UC Berkeley indicates that rising temperatures from climate change will not only affect weather, but will also have a significant impact on the global economy.1,2 The optimal average temperature for robust economic activity is 55°F (13°C), with key economic indicators (such as labor supply, labor productivity and crop yield) decreasing dramatically between 68°F and 86°F (20°C to 30°C).1,2 If climate change continues unchecked, many parts of the world will simply be too hot for superlative economic growth.1,2 Study authors predict that the result of unchecked global warming will be a 23% decrease in average global income by the end of the century.1


What does Toshiba’s financial meltdown mean for new nuclear reactor projects in U.S.?

This is first in a series of blogs about Toshiba’s financial meltdown and the implications this is having on new nuclear power plant projects. Today’s blog serves as an overview. 

Coverage of the still-unfolding financial meltdown of Japanese tech-mogul Toshiba has been growing since late December when the massive financial losses were first divulged. Toshiba’s much-anticipated earnings report call yesterday, which was expected to shed light on the situation, was delayed with permission from Japanese regulators until March 14. Toshiba still reported extremely bad news, much larger losses than earlier predicted and the selling-off of key Toshiba assets, as the images below convey.


Repeal of Stream Protection Act bad for Appalachia

President Trump is scheduled to sign a resolution today repealing the Stream Protection Rule. The loss of the rule has far-reaching consequences, especially for Central Appalachian streams and communities. A main goal of the rule was to limit the dumping of waste into rivers and streams during mountaintop removal coal mining, a destructive method of surface mining that has devastated water resources in Central Appalachia for decades.


Opening a new Frontier: Duke Energy Renewables' 200-megawatt Oklahoma wind project delivering power

Project comprised of 3.3 MW turbines and largest Vestas blades in U.S.

Duke Energy Renewables has completed its large-scale wind power plant in Oklahoma, the 200-megawatt (MW) Frontier Windpower Project.

The wind facility, located in Kay County, east of Blackwell, became operational in late December 2016, and increases Duke Energy Renewables' U.S. wind capacity to 2,300 megawatts (MW).


Solar Market Shattered All Previous Quarterly Solar PV Installation Records in 2016

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) the United States solar market shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records in 2016. About 4,143 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the U.S. in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. That pace has become even faster later on, and the fourth quarter is projected to surpass this past quarter's historic total. Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation, Trina Solar Limited, JinkoSolar Holding Company, Enphase Energy Inc., Sunrun Inc.


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