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The Keystone Saga Can Still End Happily - Here's How | DailyKos

The Keystone Saga Can Still End Happily - Here's How | DailyKos | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

As Kossacks and a lot of other Americans know, being against the big, ugly Keystone pipeline deal has nothing to do with wanting to live in caves or get rid of civilization as we know it. In fact, we’re opposed to Keystone because we don’t want to live in caves or get rid of civilization as we know it. It’s important to remember what’s at stake here. Opening up a big patch of dirty tar sands to years of development is the last thing our environment needs. The rest is industry window dressing.


A lot of people already know this, and the environmental risks of a long pipeline carrying heavy sludge across the Great Plains should be enough to shut the whole thing down. But the story doesn’t stop there. There’s corporate influence-peddling, years of bad science passed off as the last word, contractors failing to disclose their conflicts of interest, and industry inflating its job creation numbers. It’s actually a pretty interesting story. Follow me past the fold to hear how I’m trying to help write a happy ending.


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Apple Campus 2 to feature glass-walled visitor's center | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Apple Campus 2 to feature glass-walled visitor's center | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Compared to Google's open and accessible Mountain View headquarters design, Apple's planned Campus 2 seems a relatively private affair. However, new architectural plans reveal that the tech giant's new HQ will feature a visitor's center with viewing platform open to the general public.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal was the first to notice that updated architectural plans for Apple's Campus 2 filed a few months ago include a separate two-story glass-walled visitor's center building topped by a carbon-fiber roof. The ground floor plan calls for a 2,386 sq ft (221 sq m) cafe and a 10,114 sq ft (939 sq m) store, presumably chock full of Apple products.


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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion | Ellen Brown | Truthdig.com

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion | Ellen Brown | Truthdig.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

“My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract.” — The Godfather (1972)

In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn’t refuse.

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is now being charged with treason for exploring the possibility of an alternative payment system in the event of a Greek exit from the euro. The irony of it all was underscored by Raúl Ilargi Meijer, who opined in a July 27th blog:

The fact that these things were taken into consideration doesn’t mean Syriza was planning a coup . . . . If you want a coup, look instead at the Troika having wrestled control over Greek domestic finances. That’s a coup if you ever saw one.

Let’s have an independent commission look into how on earth it is possible that a cabal of unelected movers and shakers gets full control over the entire financial structure of a democratically elected eurozone member government. By all means, let’s see the legal arguments for this.

So how was that coup pulled off?


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Half of climate safety level has gone | Alex Kirby | Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone | Alex Kirby | Climate News Network | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The world is now halfway towards the internationally-agreed safety limit of a maximum 2°C rise in global average temperatures, researchers say.

That limit seeks to prevent the global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels exceeding 2°C above the pre-industrial global temperature. The UN’s Paris climate summit later this year aims to ensure that it is not breached.

It appears that the human race has taken roughly 250 years to stoke global warming by 1°C. On present trends, we look likely to add the next 1°C far more quickly – across much of the world, many climate scientists believe, by the middle of this century.

The research is published in the journal New Scientist, which commissioned it. As so often with climate projections, it needs qualifying and teasing apart.

Some scientists, for example, warn that there’s uncertainty about just what the pre-industrial global temperature was. The New Scientist research is careful to be specific: it says global surface temperature is now passing 1°C of warming “relative to the second half of the 19th century”.


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This 'Anaconda' Parody Calls Out Unilever For Polluting Indian Town | Lydia O'Connor | The World Post

This 'Anaconda' Parody Calls Out Unilever For Polluting Indian Town | Lydia O'Connor | The World Post | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A new take on Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is calling out consumer goods giant Unilever for exposing residents of Kodaikanal, India, to toxic mercury contamination.

In her version of the song, Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf accuses the company of sickening employees and local residents, and causing birth defects in their children when it mishandled mercury at a thermometer factory it operated in the town until 2001.

"Kodaikanal won't step down until you make amends now," Ashraf raps in the video released Thursday. "Prolonged exposure got many men killed / There's children born being seriously ill."

At a protest covered last month by the New Indian Express, activists alleged that the Unilever factory allowed toxic mercury to spill on the factory floor and dumped mercury waste in a nearby scrapyard, causing at least 45 deaths.

The environmental group Greenpeace cites findings by the Bangalore-based Community Health Cell that the factory's workers suffered gum and skin allergies that appeared to be due to mercury exposure, and employee testimonies cite headaches, skin rashes and spinal problems that can be linked to mercury contamination.


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Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights | Truthdig.com

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights | Truthdig.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

This analysis was co-published by ProPublica and the Los Angeles Times.

Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, California, harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn’t their only source of income. They made almost as much per acre from the seemingly dead squares of dry earth abutting those orchards and row crops, fields left barren for the season.

The money crop that the fallowed land produced was one of the West’s most precious commodities: water. Under an experimental trading scheme set up by the Palo Verde Irrigation District in Blythe and the Metropolitan Water District — which supplies municipal water to the Los Angeles area, Orange and San Diego counties, and much of the Inland Empire — the farmers essentially leased millions of gallons of their Colorado River water to California’s coastal cities.

It’s a prototype of a trade that may soon become much more common, and the kind of win-win scenario that could help solve the West’s water crisis.


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The Movement To Stop Food From Being Wasted Is Booming | Ari LeVaux | AlterNet

The Movement To Stop Food From Being Wasted Is Booming | Ari LeVaux | AlterNet | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Ron Clark is no stranger to food waste. After more than 20 years of working to supply fresh produce to California’s food banks, he knows every point along the route from farm to table where produce gets plucked from the human food chain, for cosmetic reasons, and composted, fed to pigs, or buried in a landfill. Clark was filling 60-80 truckloads per week with recovered food, bringing 125 million pounds of perfectly healthy produce to hungry food bank clients, by the time he left the food bank system. Today he looks on in awe at a new wave of innovators looking to tackle the problem of food waste. Most of them are 20-somethings fresh out of college, he told me. And they’re using business models, rather than nonprofits, to get it done.

An estimated 40 percent of all food grown never gets eaten by humans, and hunger isn’t the only consequence. Wasted food also represents wasted water, and contributes to global warming, thanks to the methane produced when it rots in the landfill.

But the movement to stop food waste is booming. In 2014, one of the France’s largest food retailers, Intermarche, began selling “ugly” produce at a discount. Store traffic increased 24 percent. In mid-July a petition was initiated at Change.org calling on Wal-Mart and Whole Foods to do the same. At press time nearly 8,000 people had signed on to the petition, which was put forth by Jordan Figueiredo of Endfoodwaste.org. Figueiredo, whose day job as a municipal solid waste manager in the Bay Area, is an anomaly in the movement, both because of his advanced age—36—and because his web page is a nonprofit.


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NYC's LaGuardia Airport to receive $4 billion redesign | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

NYC's LaGuardia Airport to receive $4 billion redesign | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

New York City's much-maligned LaGuardia Airport is to receive a significant redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed. The redesign will totally change the airport's existing layout in favor of a new unified terminal, at an estimated total cost of US$4 billion.

Originally constructed back in 1939, LaGuardia has been widely criticized in recent years as outdated and over-capacity. The new plans call for the airport to be moved closer to the Grand Central Parkway and for Terminal B to be completely demolished in favor of a larger terminal building. This terminal will be physically linked to existing Delta Air Lines Terminals C and D (each of which are also due for renovation), creating one unified space. Terminal A, the Marine Air Terminal, will also be better integrated.


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NY: Haven Project to promote healthy lifestyles, add green spaces to the South Bronx | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

NY: Haven Project to promote healthy lifestyles, add green spaces to the South Bronx | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The residents of New York's South Bronx suffer from relatively high levels of diabetes, childhood asthma and pedestrian injuries. A new initiative called the Haven Project is planning to use green open spaces to combat these issues, not only by creating infrastructure conducive to health and wellbeing, but also by tracking the results.

Created by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the project is rooted in the recognition that the introduction of green spaces to an area can have measurable benefits for the health and quality of life of local residents. It will focus on the neighborhoods of Mott Haven and Port Morris.


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Google to measure air quality through Street View | Chris Wood | GizMag.com

Google to measure air quality through Street View | Chris Wood | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google has teamed up with Aclima to incorporate environmental sensors into its Street View cars. Initially tested on three vehicles in the Denver metro area, the partnership should lead to a better understanding of overall air quality in urban environments.

Since its introduction back in 2007, Google's Street View platform has become a reliable and versatile tool. Quite aside from providing its 360-degree views from our roads, it's taken us underwater, across hiking trails and even to the top of mountains. The latest endeavor aims to deliver useful data on the air we breathe.

The goal of the project is to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities. It will see Street View cars equipped with sensors that allow them to take measurements of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, methane, black carbon, particulate matter and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – all of which can have a negative impact on health.


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How free apps eavesdrop on your entire private life | Madhumita Venkataramanan | Wired UK

How free apps eavesdrop on your entire private life | Madhumita Venkataramanan | Wired UK | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

You are looking at a map of all the permissions you have given six popular smartphone apps -- Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Instagram, Skype and Viber. Instagram can use your camera and microphone to record audio and take pictures and video, without asking you first. Gmail can read and modify your phone contacts. Viber has your precise GPS location at all times. Facebook can read all your text messages.


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Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Overview | Oil Change International

Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Overview | Oil Change International | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

What is a fossil fuel subsidy?

A fossil fuel subsidy is any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by energy producers or lowers the price paid by energy consumers. There are a lot of activities under this simple definition—tax breaks and giveaways, but also loans at favorable rates, price controls, purchase requirements and a whole lot of other things.


How much money does the U.S. government provide to support the oil, gas and coal industries?

In the United States, credible estimates of annual fossil fuel subsidies range from $10 billion to $52 billion annually yet these don’t even include costs borne by taxpayers related to the climate, local environmental, and health impacts of the fossil fuel industry. As of July 2014, Oil Change International estimates U.S. fossil fuel subsidies at $37.5 billion annually, including $21 billion in production and exploration subsidies.


How much money do governments provide to support the oil, gas, and coal industries internationally?


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People Will Remember Shell Oil As a Symbol of Planet-Destroying Greed | Bill McKibben | The Nation

People Will Remember Shell Oil As a Symbol of Planet-Destroying Greed | Bill McKibben | The Nation | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica is apparently on its way to the Arctic from the Pacific Northwest, ending a dramatic week-long siege that saw activists dangle from bridges and blockade the Portland harbor with kayaks, and a federal court threaten environmentalists with heavy fines.

Amidst the drama of the action, and the drama of the courtroom, and amidst the outpouring of thanks for activists from Greenpeace, Rising Tide, 350PDX, and others, one more thing is worth remembering: there is no more contemptible company on earth than Shell Oil.


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Young Asia-Pacific Scientists Tackle Climate Change Challenges | Business Wire

Young Asia-Pacific Scientists Tackle Climate Change Challenges | Business Wire | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Science, innovation and technology officials from APEC member economies have identified twelve young scientists in the Asia-Pacific region whose cutting-edge research is leading the way in the fight against climate change.

The scientists are finalists for the 2015 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education under the theme: “Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding the Role of Climate Change and Variability.” The focus of the program, known as the ASPIRE Prize, is on the cross-border development of technologies to help economies adapt to changing natural conditions, strengthen environmental protection and build more resilient, sustainable communities.


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Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Architecture firm Studio Libeskind has been granted permission to build a large pyramid-shaped tower in the center of Jerusalem. The 105 m (344 ft)-tall tower is due to break ground within five years.

Studio Libeskind, which is led by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, was given the go-ahead by Jerusalem city officials to place the unusual 26-story tower, dubbed Pyramid, in the center of the ancient city, near Mahane Yehuda Market (known as "The Shuk"). Its facade will feature patterned local stone and glass, while an arched colonnade will open up the ground floor shopping arcade to the surrounding area.


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Get Ready for Ugly as "Free Markets" Begin to Deal With Climate Crisis | EcoWatch | Truth-Out.org

Get Ready for Ugly as "Free Markets" Begin to Deal With Climate Crisis | EcoWatch | Truth-Out.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Advocates of “market-based” climate solutions paint pastel pictures reflecting smoothly adjusting macro-economic models. Competitive markets gradually nudged by carbon pricing glide into a low carbon future in a modestly disruptive fashion, much as sulfur pollution from power plants was scaled back in the 1990’s.

But commodity markets for oil and gas don’t work that way. These real markets are poised to savagely strand assets, upset expectations, overturn long established livelihoods and leave a trail of wreckage behind them—unless climate advocates start owning the fruits of their own success and preparing for the transition. Schumpeter’s destructive engine of capitalism is about to show its ugly side.

Two powerful forces are currently driving energy markets and climate outcomes.


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Goddard Technology Helps Fight Forest Pests | Roberton Molar-Candanosa | NASA.gov

Goddard Technology Helps Fight Forest Pests | Roberton Molar-Candanosa | NASA.gov | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Northeastern forests in the United States cover more than 165 million acres, an area almost as big as Texas. Soon, millions of pine and ash trees in those forests could be wiped out, thanks in part to two types of voracious insects—each smaller than a penny.

A joint operation using technology developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will help the U.S. Forest Service understand the impacts of these pests on northeastern trees. The collaboration flies a unique airborne instrument known as G-LiHT, or Goddard’s LiDAR, Hyperspectral and Thermal imager, on a Forest Service airplane. Using G-LiHT to measure signs and symptoms of forest health, scientists from both agencies flew over forests in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island this summer.

The southern pine beetle, a lethal predator of pine trees that cost the Southeast’s economy 1.5 billion in the early 2000s, already accounts for about 1,000 acres of infestation in New York and has recently been trapped in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The emerald ash borer, considered the worst tree-killer in the United States, has already killed tens of millions of northeastern trees and has been detected in 24 states and two Canadian provinces.

Goddard Earth scientist Bruce Cook said insects like the emerald ash borer will continue their feast for the foreseeable future. “We’re probably looking at the eradication of most of the ash trees in the United States and Canada,” he said.


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Don't get fooled into clicking phony Windows 10 upgrade emails | Nick Mediati | PCWorld

Don't get fooled into clicking phony Windows 10 upgrade emails | Nick Mediati | PCWorld | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

If you’re still waiting for your reservation to come up as Microsoft rolls out Windows 10, we can’t blame you for being eager to get your virtual hands on Microsoft’s latest OS. But if you get an email encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll want to exercise a little caution, lest you get taken by scammers.

A post published to Cisco Systems’s company blog outlines how scammers are taking advantage of Windows 10’s launch to push ransomware onto unsuspecting PC users. At first glance, the emails look reasonably legit: Cisco notes that scammers are spoofing the sender’s email address to make it look as if the message is from Microsoft. Also, the blue-and-white color scheme used in the message nearly matches the colors Microsoft is using for Windows 10 marketing materials. So unless you look carefully, you could get fooled into thinking the email is actually from Microsoft.

An attached .zip file purports to be a Windows 10 installer, but according to Cisco, the attachment contains a piece of ransomware called CTB-Locker that encrypts your files and requests payment within 96 hours, lets your files be encrypted forever.

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Take a Distressing Flight Above California's Depleted Reservoirs | John Metcalf | CityLab

Take a Distressing Flight Above California's Depleted Reservoirs | John Metcalf | CityLab | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

For folks who haven’t seen the physical impact of California’s relentless drought—bam!, this footage should hit you like a sack of arid dirt.

As of last week, 71 percent of the state was locked in two of the most severe forms of drought. (Nearly 100 percent was in some kind of drought.) Now, the California Department of Water Resources has released a flyover of three important reservoirs, showing the debilitating effects the broiling climate and water policies have had on water levels. “On July 20, 2015 Folsom Lake measured at 34% of capacity,” the department writes on Facebook, “Lake Oroville at 35% and Lake Shasta at 45%.”

There’s a sign of hope on the horizon: the development of a powerful El Niño that could deliver life-giving storms to the region. But water managers aren’t celebrating yet. “Scientists say there’s a 90-percent chance of a strong one forming in the Pacific this winter, but will rain fill Northern California reservoirs?” asks the Department of Water Resources. “State Climatologist Mike Anderson says this drama’s ending is still unwritten: ‘Unfortunately, even a strong El Niño doesn’t correlate to a particular outcome for California.’”

That means the state could suffer a fifth consecutive year of drought in 2016, with scenes like these becoming ever-more common:


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Seven Things That Might Surprise You About California's Drought | Judy Molland | Truthout.org

Seven Things That Might Surprise You About California's Drought | Judy Molland | Truthout.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Residents of California are understandably worried about the state’s drought, as a Care2 survey confirmed earlier this year.


But as I read more about what’s going on in my state, I discovered several pieces of misinformation, or at least not-quite-accurate reports.


Here’s a list of seven things that might surprise you.


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UK Olympics sculpture to become world's tallest and longest slide | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

UK Olympics sculpture to become world's tallest and longest slide | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In an inspired piece of Olympics legacy development, a sculpture that was created for the 2012 Games in London is to become "the world's tallest and longest slide." Visitors will be able to descend from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The sculpture already welcomes visitors as an observation tower.

Designed as an icon for the 2012 Games by Turner Prize-winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond, the 114.5-m (376-ft) ArcelorMittal Orbit is Britain's tallest sculpture and symbolizes the effort of Olympians. Its red looping steelwork is wrapped around a central trunk that houses its stairs, lifts and two viewing platforms.

According to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the ArcelorMittal Orbit is located, it is the only observation tower that looks from the east of London back into the city center. On a clear day, its two viewing platforms give visitors views of up to 20 mi (32 km) in all directions, as well as a bird’s eye view of the Olympic Park.


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MI: For downtrodden Detroit, hopes of revitalization ride streetcar rails | Tom Rowley | WashPost.com

MI: For downtrodden Detroit, hopes of revitalization ride streetcar rails | Tom Rowley | WashPost.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

It is hardly the tidiest paperweight. At the center of Paul Childs’s coffee table in a downtown building rests a long, rusty chunk of 19th-century rail.


This is one of the last remnants of a streetcar system that was the envy of cities throughout the country. Childs can still remember riding the trams as a boy, dreaming of the soda fountain at the end of the line that served as a treat after his doctor’s appointments. It was six decades until he could salvage this section of track from the miles of rail that still lie below the ground, hastily buried underneath new roads.


Now Childs has identified an unlikely savior for the Motor City — a return to rail.


He is at the helm of a $180 million project to run streetcars along a 3.3-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue, one of the city’s main arteries, which is already illuminated by the flashing amber lights of contractors’ vans. His chunk of rail was unearthed during the first week of construction, decades after the trams stopped running in 1956.


Childs views this activity as progress, albeit modest, for a city that filed for bankruptcy protection just two years ago, epitomizing the nadir of the Great Recession, and is still losing hundreds of residents each month to more thriving cities.


“I don’t want to say it’s back to the future, but when you see all this excitement, you can imagine what this place was like in the ’50s,”


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Wikileaks Latest Info-Dump Shows, Again, That The NSA Indeed Engages In Economic Espionage Against Allies | Techdirt

Wikileaks Latest Info-Dump Shows, Again, That The NSA Indeed Engages In Economic Espionage Against Allies | Techdirt | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

With all the revelations that have come out about the NSA and our foreign and domestic spy programs, it can, at times, become difficult to parse out exactly what we're supposed to be getting pissed off about and what is the exact kind of spy-work we ought to expect the alphabet agencies to conduct.


Some of the groups that are involved in getting these revelations out there don't make it much easier, of course. Take as an example the latest Wikileaks info-dump, which chiefly concerns the NSA's spy program against our ally Japan. From the press release accompanying the documents:


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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do - here's how to opt out | Zach Epstein | BGR.com

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do - here's how to opt out | Zach Epstein | BGR.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop.

But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.


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Nearly 80 Percent of Germany’s Power Came From Renewables Last Saturday | Araz Hachadourian | Yes! Magazine

Nearly 80 Percent of Germany’s Power Came From Renewables Last Saturday | Araz Hachadourian | Yes! Magazine | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Last Saturday, on July 25, 78 percent of Germany's electricity was produced by wind and solar power.

Germany hopes 80 percent of the country's energy will come from renewables by 2050.

What caused the record-breaking numbers? According to Craig Morris, a writer for the German website Energiewende, it was the weather. Morris attributs the rise in wind power to a storm passing through the north of the country, where the majority of Germany's wind turbines stand. It also helped that it was a sunny day in southern Germany, home to most of the country's solar panels.

The infrastructure that allowed Germany to harness energy from this “perfect storm” has been in place for a few years now. Back in 2011 Germany's government announced plans to phase away from nuclear power. Through a project called Energiewende, Germany hopes 80 percent of the country's energy will come from renewables by 2050.


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Is Ireland’s Economy Really Growing Almost as Quickly as China’s? | Paul Hannon Blog | WSJ.com

Is Ireland’s Economy Really Growing Almost as Quickly as China’s? | Paul Hannon Blog | WSJ.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

For a country that was the birthplace of modern statistics, Ireland is having a difficult time measuring just how big its economy is.

Back in 1656, William Petty completed the Down Survey, a detailed assessment of Ireland’s assets—mainly its land—to prepare for their division among members of Oliver Cromwell’s conquering armies. It was the first attempt at measuring the size of a national economy.

Things are a little more complicated in 2015. While relatively small, Ireland’s economy is one of the most globalized on earth, hosting a variety of multinational companies that account for a large share of its economic output.

Its complexity may explain why Ireland is so much later than most other developed economies in releasing economic growth figures. On Thursday, its Central Statistics Office published gross domestic product figures for the first three months of 2015. That release came on the same day that the U.S. released growth figures for the three months to June, and a day after the. U.K. did the same. The rest of the eurozone released first quarter growth figures on May 15.


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