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Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017

A disastrous hurricane season combined with wildfires and other extreme weather events inflicted a record-setting toll on the U.S. in 2017, with 16 …

America Crowns a New Pollution King

For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs …

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

<b>Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said.</b><p>New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the National Grid.<p>If they …

Electrical Grid

Landslide buries California's Pacific Coast Highway

<b>A section of one of America's most famous routes - California's Pacific Coast Highway - has been buried beneath a landslide.</b><p>More than a million tonnes of rock and dirt tumbled into the ocean on Saturday, in an area called Mud Creek.<p>The landslide spans about a third of a mile and has heaped up to …

California

Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth's Crude Oil Giants, Analyst Says

The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the …

Republican Cracks Emerge in Trump's Coal-Heavy Energy Plan

For all Donald Trump’s efforts to revive coal, market forces and some of his own supporters are vying to write their own version of America’s energy …

Coal Is on the Way Out at Electric Utilities, No Matter What Trump Says

WASHINGTON — In Page, Ariz., the operators of the Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, have announced plans to close it by 2019. The electric utility Dayton Power & Light will shut two coal plants in southern Ohio by next year. Across the country, at least six …

ISIS just pledged to attack China — here's why

"Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say. We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed," an Islamic State fighter said in the video, which was analyzed and …

China

AI Startup Logz.io Rides A Perfect Storm Of Technology And Market Trends

90% of startups fail. Those that survive and thrive either capitalize on a new technology or provide a timely response to a new market development. Logz.io does both, combining the power of at least 4 technology trends—open source, cloud computing, big data analytics, and machine learning—while …

Warren Buffett's Single-Best Piece Of Advice

When it comes to investing, you can’t do much better than Warren Buffett. He’s the financial equivalent of the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs (at least the 2016 version).<p>Although most of us will never come close to Buffett’s record on stockpicking — nor should we try — we can pick up on …

Investing

Panasonic Unveils Solar Roof That May Appear on the Tesla Model 3

This curved solar panel roof can power lithium-ion batteries.<p>At a press event in Japan, Panasonic revealed its Photovoltaic Module HIT solar roof …

Tesla

Gold And Silver: Opportunity Of A Lifetime?

Over the past 39 years, I have rarely used the words “opportunity of a lifetime.” However, I feel there is a good chance of another one in progress. Let’s look at gold since the late 1970s. History may not exactly repeat, but often it rhymes.<p>In 1977, when my firm, Dohmen Capital, was founded, I …

Pitching tech that makes the data warehouse obsolete, Incorta raises $10 million

Big data. Everyone has it. And no one has a way to organize, store, and access it in the most cost-effective manner.<p>Well, GV (the former Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million round into Incorta, an analytics platform that purports to make the modern data warehouse a thing of the past.<p>That new …

Customers

How much have electric-car battery costs fallen? This much!

High costs of lithium-ion battery cells have been one of the main hindrances to large-scale electric-car adoption, as they typically lead to higher …

In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars

In the world of electric cars, there's a chicken-and-egg problem: More people might buy electric vehicles, or EVs, if they were confident there would always be a charger nearby. And businesses might install more chargers if there were more EVs on the road.<p>Now, utilities are stepping forward to …

Is This the Electric Car That's Going to Trump Tesla?

Here, in the motor court of a $55 million Newport Beach estate, climbing into the rear of the Lucid Air for test ride, we’re already …

Electric cars are set to arrive far more speedily than anticipated

THE high-pitched whirr of an electric car may not stir the soul like the bellow and growl of an internal combustion engine (ICE). But to compensate, …

SAE International begins to set a standard for wireless EV charging

Wireless charging for electric cars is in its early days, and a governing body hopes to make the process easier for everyone.<p>The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) is responsible for developing and promoting standards that are used across the automotive industry. It's the reason …

US-funded news channel in Russian offers Kremlin alternative

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. government-funded news outlets are launching a global Russian-language TV network aimed at providing an alternative to …

Russia

What do Europeans think of Muslim immigration? Majority agree with Trump

BERLIN — European politicians were among the harshest critics of President Trump's temporary ban on immigration from seven countries with Muslim majorities. Research, however, shows a majority of European people would applaud similar measures.<p>Fifty-five percent of 10,000 people surveyed in 10 …

Donald Trump

South Korea Shouldn't Be Forced To Pay More For Its Defense

The argument for pressing South Korea to pay drastically more for its defense fails by every important measure. While such a move might gratify some with short-term savings, the fleeting satisfaction would be eclipsed by long-term costs and regrets.<p>Proposing that South Korea, which already pays …

Chrysler Portal Concept Brings FCA Into Autonomous Connected Car Game

For the first time, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has held a key event at CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, introducing the Chrysler Portal, a futuristic people mover. It is technology-laden, including the promise of a 250-mile range battery electric powertrain and high …

A startup headed by a former Tesla exec just unveiled its Model S rival

Lucid Motors, a startup based in Fremont, California, on Thursday unveiled its electric car that it claims boasts specs rivaling Tesla's Model S.<p>Lucid Motors, formerly Atieva, was founded by Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member who was ousted as CEO following friction with …

Tesla

California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity

By Laura Goldman<p>Energy conservation is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about freeways jammed with idling vehicles.<p>But …

NextEra to Buy Energy Future's Oncor in $18.4B Deal

NextEra Energy agreed to buy Energy Future Holdings' stake in Oncor, in a deal that values the electricity transmissions business at $18.4 billion.<p>The transaction will be a crucial element in ending Energy Future's stay in chapter 11 bankruptcy, which began in April 2014.<p>NextEra, of Florida, has …

Tech stock, IPOs and Venture capital funds are on the rise

Los Angeles

Australia is auctioning $11.5 million in confiscated bitcoins next month

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Around A$16 million ($11.49 million) worth of confiscated bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney next month, the first such auction outside the United States, as demand for the digital currency surged to its highest in nearly two years.<p>The sale will take place on June 20-21 and involve …

Bitcoin

India rejects Apple's plans to sell refurbished iPhones, but might agree to Apple Stores

The Indian government has rejected Apple's proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, but said it was considering the company's application …