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During the solar eclipse, animals will be extremely confused – Washington Post

A clouded leopard at the Nashville Zoo, where the public will watch the animals for reactions to the eclipse. (Nashville Zoo)Margarita Woc Colburn’s childhood memories of a July 1991 total solar eclipse in Central America are of a social gathering for excited adult relatives who spent hours waiting for an event that was … [Read more...]

What a Solar Eclipse Taught Me About Love – WIRED

The darkness came unexpectedly. One second my father was walking my 7-year-old brother and my 10-year-old self past a bodega in New York City; the next, a shadow descended. The noise of the city stopped. A taxi pulled up nearby and parked in the middle of the road. Feet clacked on the sidewalk once and fell silent. I gripped my … [Read more...]

Researchers to measure biofuels’ impact on climate – Canadian Biomass

Researchers to measure biofuels' impact on climateCanadian BiomassQuantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature and carbon sequestration can aid the development of effective land-use policies and is the key of a new research project led by Clemson University scientist ... … [Read more...]

OPP release identity of man killed at Hydro One substation – CTV News

Oxford County OPP have released the name of a 64-year-old Durham man who was found dead at a Hydro One substation in Zorra Township. The man has been identified as Ronald Hammond. Oxford OPP said a passerby noticed someone lying on the ground inside the locked compound Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Emergency services including Air … [Read more...]

Letter: Global transition to renewable energy a must in next decade – The Coloradoan

Pete Kuntz(Photo: Submitted) Re: “Letter: Choose leaders who will help meet energy goals” (Aug. 11): We’ll have to do a lot better than 100 percent clean energy by 2050. What most people don’t understand is that if we don’t act soon, it will be too late. Climate change threatens to cause … [Read more...]

Critics say NCSU center is advocacy arm of renewable industry – Elizabethtown Bladen Journal

N.C. State professor Herb Eckerlin Herb Eckerlin is at the heart of a dispute over the university’s Clean Energy Tech Center, which shut down solar energy town hall meetings he and a colleague had scheduled. He is shown here at the Aug. 16 meeting of the North Carolina Energy Policy Council, of which he is a member. (CJ … [Read more...]

$9.1 million German grant for geothermal project in Aceh cancelled – ThinkGeoEnergy

Fields in Aceh, Indonesia (source: flickr/ Vanina W., creative commons) The partners to Seulawah geothermal project in the province of Aceh in Indonesia, announce the cancellation of a $9.1 million grant by German development bank KfW. Reported last week from Indonesia, a grant from German development bank KfW Germany of … [Read more...]

Maine’s biomass bailout bill isn’t helping loggers as much as it was supposed to – Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily NewsMaine's biomass bailout bill isn't helping loggers as much as it was supposed toBangor Daily NewsThe biomass company in line for a state subsidy intended to help maintain a market for loggers purchased only half the wood it proposed buying under the subsidy arrangement. Taxpayers are shielded somewhat from the … [Read more...]

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money – Vox

Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations. The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar produce, to use the economic term of art, “positive externalities” — benefits to society … [Read more...]

The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths – New York Times

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH August 18, 2017 We understand the cosmic calculus that leads to solar eclipses like the one that will enchant many Americans on Monday. But even for the most jaded skygazers, a solar eclipse can provoke a visceral sense of wonder that the phenomenon provoked long before it was … [Read more...]