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China Far Outpaces America in Bringing Robots to Factories

Factory robots building a car

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 Record 2.7 million robots work in factories around the world | U.S. numbers rise 7%; U.K. ranks last among major economies By Alexandre Tanzi for Bloomberg – The number of robots operating on Chinese factory floors rose 21% last year as the world’s manufacturing powerhouse extended its lead in automation. China added 140,500 new robots and now …

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China Pledges to Be Carbon Neutral By 2060

Woman on bicycle. Mask. Smog. City

REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to boost his country’s Paris climate accord target on Tuesday and called for a green revolution, just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump blasted China for “rampant pollution.” Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Xi said China would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide …

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Video: Massive Pile Of Garbage On Beach In Honduras

Trash covering shoreline of beach

PortandTerminal.com, September 22, 2020 100+ tons of garbage washed up on idyllic Caribbean beach in Honduras after anti-waste barrier failure in Guatemala  TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS – A large ‘tsunami’ of trash has hit a beach in the town of Omoa in northern Honduras leaving nightmare scenes of pristine tropical beaches blighted by piles of garbage. The Honduran government has sent an …

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VIDEO: China successfully launches satellites from a modified cargo ship

Rocket launching off of cargo ship

PortandTerminal.com, September 21, 2020 (SpaceFlightNow) A solid-fueled Long March 11 launcher delivered nine small Chinese Earth observation satellites to orbit last week after firing off a ship positioned in the Yellow Sea. The four-stage rocket blasted off from the De Bo 3 launch platform in the Yellow Sea at 0123 GMT Tuesday (9:23 p.m. EDT Monday), according to China’s government-run …

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Giant Tesla Batteries Keep British Lights on for First Time

Neon lights. Building. Advertising

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 Six huge batteries from Elon Musk’s company Tesla are now helping to keep the lights on in Britain. By Rachel Morison for Bloomberg – A project using giant Tesla Inc. batteries was used to help balance supply and demand in Britain’s electricity market for the first time this week. The plant is made up of six Tesla megapack batteries …

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Amazon Plans to put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods

Parcel chutes at warehouse

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 By Spencer Soper for Bloomberg – Amazon.com Inc. plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities and suburbs all over the U.S., according to people familiar with the plans. The facilities, which will eventually number about 1,500, will bring products closer to customers, making shopping online about as fast as a quick run to the store. …

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Natural Gas Is the Rich World’s New Coal

A flame blazes on top of flare stacks at an LNG site in Australia

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 By Vanessa Dezem, Stephen Stapczynski and Naureen S. Malik for Bloomberg Even the cleanest fossil fuel is losing its appeal to rich nations. Just a few years ago, natural gas was hailed as vital for the transition toward an economy that runs on renewable energy. But sentiment is changing and the fuel is going the same …

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Germany Is Re-Engineering Europe’s Most Important River: Video

The bed of the Rhine exposed by the 2018 drought in Duesseldorf

BLOOMBERG, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 The Rhine is Germany’s main economic artery. Keeping it flowing may require new boats, once-taboo locks, and even changing the current of the river itself. By Elisa Miebach for Bloomberg – Two shipping brothers on Germany’s Rhine faced a dilemma that has become increasingly common on Europe’s most important river. With the waters precariously low, Stephen …

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U.S. presidential hopeful Biden says he would not ban fracking

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden

REUTERS, AUGUST 31, 2020 PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday he would not ban hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of drilling for crude oil and natural gas, if elected and called Republican assertions that he supports such a ban a lie. The comment added a level of nuance to Biden’s energy platform, which includes an …

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