Energy and Climate

The impact of telecommunication on energy and climate policy.

House Passes Bills on Small ISP Exemption, Data Efficiency

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House passed two bills on unanimous voice votes Jan 10 — one that would waive certain transparency requirements for small internet service providers and one that encourages data efficiency in the federal government.

Indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet

Location:
Argentina, Argentina
Recommendation:
3

Argentina: In the thin air of the salt flats here, nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, the indigenous Atacamas people face a constant struggle. Yet beneath their ancestral land lies a modern-day Silicon Valley treasure: lithium.

5G technologies will power a greener future for cities

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Once launched, fifth generation (5G) wireless technologies promise to connect billions of devices together in the Internet of the things. 5G combines wireless technologies like 4G and Wi-Fi with new computing methods such as network functions virtualization and software defined networking to dramatically speed up communications in large networks of digital devices.

Announcing Over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

To kick off Smart Cities Week, the Obama Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total.

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way. The Internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis.

Can Broadband Replace Coal in Kentucky?

Location:
Commonwealth of Kentucky, 700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY, 40601, United States
Recommendation:
2

State officials in Kentucky are growing more optimistic about high-speed Internet access helping to supplant coal jobs lost in the “Silicon Holler” of eastern Kentucky.

1930s electricity co-ops take Internet initiative

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Cooperatives that have been bringing electricity to rural America since the 1930s are getting into the broadband business, now that it's communication and information that power the economy.

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
1

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill.

The Pentagon's plan to defend the power grid against hackers

Location:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Pentagon's advanced research wing is looking for ways to safeguard America's most critical assets from attacks on the Internet – a network it helped create. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which pioneered much of the technology underpinning the Internet, is planning to invest $77 million over the next four years to develop methods to help utilities detect and recover from cyberattacks, which experts say is a growing threat to small and large power operators alike.

How much could solar panels save you? Google wants to help you figure that out.

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Tech giants are really into sun power. Apple is building massive solar farms in California and China. Elon Musk co-founded SolarCity, a company focused on residential solar panel installation, that has garnered a major investment from Google. And now the search giant is using Google Maps to help people figure out how well solar panels will work for their house.

Africa’s Mobile-Sun Revolution

Location:
Andreessen Horowitz, 2865 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, United States
Recommendation:
2

Solar panels have become a commonplace site in one relatively poor village I recently returned to. I think this is a trend worth noting.

Energy companies around the world infected by newly discovered malware

Location:
Symantec, 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Researchers have uncovered an ongoing espionage campaign that uses custom-developed malware to siphon confidential data out of energy companies around the world.

In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change'

Location:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-3000, United States
Recommendation:
1

Employees of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for environment changes, have been ordered not to use the term "climate change" or “global warming” in any official communications, e-mails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2014

Location:
Media Matters for America, 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
1

The total coverage of climate change on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox continued to increase for the third consecutive year, according to a Media Matters analysis, yet still remained below the level seen in 2009. Coverage on the networks' Sunday shows reached a six-year high after a group of Senators demanded they provide more coverage of the issue, but the Sunday shows still infrequently interviewed scientists.

Protecting Consumer Privacy while Building a Smarter Grid

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, finalized a 22-month multi-stakeholder effort to develop a Voluntary Code of Conduct for utilities and third parties on protecting electricity consumers’ Customer Data which includes energy usage information.

Use the Web? Congrats, you’re an environmentalist.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are part of a growing number of tech and other major companies that are entering into long-term "power purchase" agreements (PPAs) with wind farms to ensure a steady stream of power, at a fixed cost, over a period as long as several decades.

Governing the Smart, Connected City

Location:
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, United States
Recommendation:
2

As politics at the federal level becomes increasingly corrosive and polarized, with trust in Congress and the President at historic lows, Americans still celebrate their cities. And cities are where the action is when it comes to using technology to thicken the mesh of civic goods -- more and more cities are using data to animate and inform interactions between government and citizens to improve wellbeing.

Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

Recommendation:
1

Can we stop the internet of things from becoming a power hungry consumer of resources? Oleg Logvinov, director, market development at ST Microelectronics and who currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group, hopes so, and discusses how we can make it more efficient.

How a court ruling could boost power prices 20%

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
1

A ruling in May by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held that regional power grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC and other regional grid operators around the country don't have the legal authority to purchase “demand response,” the formal name for negawatts -- paying industrial firms and other big consumers of electricity to curtail their demand.

Hackers Infiltrated Power Grids in US, Spain

Location:
Symantec, 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hackers operating somewhere in Eastern Europe have penetrated the networks of energy companies in the US, Spain, France and several other countries and may have gained the ability to carry out cyber-sabotage attacks, researchers at the security company Symantec said.

US Manufacturer Wants Commerce Department to Penalize China for Cyberattack

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

A US solar panel manufacturer whose business secrets were allegedly stolen by Chinese computer hackers has asked the US government to investigate the matter, setting in motion a process that could see the United States impose trade penalties for the first time in response to state-sponsored cyber-espionage against an American company.

DataBank plans Eagan site, with $50 million upgrade

Location:
Eagan, MN, United States
Recommendation:
1

Eagan's push to attract a telecommunications and data-storage center has paid off. DataBank, which operates data co-location facilities in Edina, Dallas and Kansas City (MO), plans to turn the former 88,000-square-foot Taystee Foods building into a data center to serve the region.

US Ignite Fosters Technology for the Next Generation

Location:
Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW The White House, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

Building on the Administration's efforts responding to the driving demand for gigabit broadband networks, in 2012 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation supported the launch of the US Ignite initiative, a private/public partnership that is fostering transformation of the public sector by accelerating the development and deployment of next-generation applications.

Public utility compromised after brute-force attack, DHS says

Location:
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

A public utility in the US was compromised after attackers took advantage of a weak password security system, according to a US Department of Homeland Security team that studies cyberattacks against critical infrastructure.

Heartbleed Superbug Found In Utility Monitoring Systems

Location:
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
1

Software that monitors utility plants and other operations at several military installations has been found to be affected by the recently discovered superbug Heartbleed, when configured a certain way, according to the Homeland Security Department and the software’s manufacturer.

An Anchor's Reminder About the Importance of Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Location:
KSFY, Sioux Falls, SD, United States
Recommendation:
2

When it comes to emergency alerts, a broadcaster’s lot is not enviable. It is often difficult simply to marshal, in very short order, the important details and reduce them to reliable words and images that can be grasped quickly and accurately by the audience.

Using Weathercasters to Deliver a Climate Change Message

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Eight weather broadcasters were invited to interview President Barack Obama and spend the day at the White House.

Smart Policies to Upgrade the Internet

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Policy recommendations to support the IP Transition:
Government leaders need to speed up lengthy rulemaking procedures.
Regulators need to be open to new business models ...

Energy Department Releases New Guidance for Strengthening Cybersecurity of the Grid’s Supply Chain

Location:
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20585, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Energy Department has released new guidance to help US industry strengthen energy delivery system cybersecurity.

A dropbox for all that data from the Internet of Things

Location:
tempoDB, Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

A couple of years ago, Andy Cronk had an idea for a database business. No longer were computers the only devices sharing data. Fitness trackers, cars, appliances and even buildings were producing digitized info that needed to be stored somewhere for analysis.

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