Why Is Vehicle-to-Grid Taking So Long to Happen?

One analyst: “It’s not a slam-dunk.” JASON DEIGN MARCH 19, 2018, GTM media Using electric vehicles for grid services isn’t easy. The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream. “V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, …

Climate change is “most systemic threat to humankind,” says UN Chief

By Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com March 29, 2018 ImageAntónio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said, “I am beginning to wonder how many more alarm bells must go off.”CreditGiuseppe Lami/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock. UNITED NATIONS — Nuclear weapons? Famine? Civil war? Nope. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Thursday called climate change “the most systemic threat to humankind” and …

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

By Zeke Faux, Bloomberg, March 27, 2018 It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display …

High-quality social interactions building intimacy and trust with others can promote egalitarianism and is essential to happiness and well-being

Quarz.com March 2018 The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed—a distinction that the country has earned for seven consecutive years.  The US, on the other hand, ranked 18th in this year’s World Happiness Report, a four-spot drop from last year’s report. Denmark’s place among the world’s happiest countries is consistent with many other national …

Counter to utility claims, studies show solar users provide net benefits

Phoenix, AZ – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility …

Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Elections had access to secret info from Defense Ministry, which praised SCL for training it gave to psychological warfare group

Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election: Whistleblower says firm directed AggregateIQ to target voters with Islamophobic video in 2015 By Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian, Wed 4 Apr 2018 Play Video 2:05  How Cambridge Analytica ​tried to intimidate Nigerian voters – video report Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to …

Explainer: Taking Greenhouse Gases from the Sky: 7 Things to Know About Carbon Removal 

By Kelly Levin, James Mulligan and Gretchen Ellison – March 19, 2018, wri.org Restoring degraded landscapes like this one in Costa Rica is a natural way of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photo by Luciana Gallardo Lomeli/WRI With greenhouse gas emissions climbing and climate impacts becoming increasingly severe, the urgency to address climate change has never been greater. Many of the solutions to date have …