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Justice Dept., Under Siege From Trump, Plows Ahead With His Agenda

Mr. Rosenstein added, “Nobody is directing us and nobody is going to direct us about which cases to pursue.”But even if developing headlines are not rippling through the department in real time — “I’ve made a point of telling my people they should not be monitoring the breaking news,” Mr. Rosenstein said — the attacks by Mr. Trump, including his firing of the acting attorney general and the F.B.I. director, as well as calls to investigate a political opponent, have reverberated loudly […]

The Disruption And Global Transformation Of The Energy Industry

Co-Authored by Andreas Fornwald, CEO Grünwald Technologies & Sloan MBAThe first hit was the computer mainframe industry in the 1980s, then the conventional camera business of the 1990s was transmogrified followed by the telecommunication industry in the 2000s: and now it is the turn of the electric power utilities to take their place on the anvil of technological and societal change. These behemoths are forced to radically reshape themselves or face extinction.Utility companies for power generation and power transmission have more than 100 years of history and millions, sometimes up to 50 million, customers. Now they are arguably experiencing the biggest challenge to their existence ever. Many will not survive.The energy industry is rapidly changing: power generation is no longer a straightforward business, complexity is becoming overwhelming, and many top executives can not cope with this new situation. Radical transformations are progressing or will come. The Smart Grid wave is still ongoing. The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly developing, sophisticated Demand & Response software is coming, and Predictive Energy Consumption Logarithms, which should be in place by the end of 2017 will shape the Power Generation and Power Distribution industry as much as the robotization revolutionized the car industry.Some experts and pundits predict the end of the power generation and power distribution giants and the fragmentation of the industry. We believe that this will not happen; the future of power generation and distribution will be shaped by global service providers that will bundle the utility business and provide significant add-on value to customers. These new energy companies will become the Google and Facebook of an utterly transformed utility business.Some experts and pundits predict the end of the power generation and power distribution giants and the fragmentation of the industry.Currently, many utilities are struggling. […]

Bureo makes skateboards and sunglasses from discarded fishing nets

This young company proves how unnecessary virgin materials are when we’ve got an ocean full of plastic that can be recycled. […]

Clean Energy: The Not-So-Dirty Secret to Global Economic Prosperity

In a week of dark news dominated by a senseless terror attack, police shootings, and the increasingly divisive presidential campaign, there was a moment at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that instead showed humanity at its most aspirational and generous and reminded us what extraordinary things we are capable of when we put aside narrow self interest and work together. That moment? When over 60 nations formally accepted the Paris Agreement to fight climate change reached at last year’s COP 21 summit. The number is significant because for the agreement to go into force, at least 55 nations collectively responsible for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions must, in the words of the UN, “have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.” With these 60-plus nations – who together account for 47.5 percent of emissions and include major economies like the US, China, and Brazil – now on board, we’ve crossed the first threshold. Crossing the second is likely to now only be a matter of weeks, if not days with momentum for all 195 signatories to accept the agreement building with the force of a 20-ton boulder careening down a mountainside. And when we do cross that line, the world will have its first truly international framework to address climate change in effect as a matter of global policy. “Awesome” does not begin to describe the achievement. Many factors, of course, contributed to us being here today in sight of an accomplishment that only six years ago – with the collapse of previous climate talks in Copenhagen painfully fresh in the memory – felt like a distant dream. But one in particular stands out as essential to the achievement that began in Paris and really came into focus during the UNGA and the discussion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during this week’s meeting. That factor, of course, is clean energy […]

Grades Matter: Changing The Way We See Healthy Rivers

The theme of this year’s IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii is Planet at the Crossroads. The ‘crossroads’ between economic growth and environment is something we come across in freshwater conservation on a daily basis. Water is essential for all life but it is also essential for development. In many of the world’s largest river basins, we see tensions as water is needed for transporting goods, powering energy sources, and producing food but then very little is left in the right amount of quality or quantity to support ecosystem functionality. In most of the world, the impacts of actions that increase growth and development and the role of climate change on river basins are rarely measured and little understood by key stakeholders, from the general public to government decision-makers. In places where information does exist, it often sits in disparate locations and cannot be easily communicated. This knowledge gap allows decisions about water management to be made behind closed doors or without adequate understanding, often at the expense of a watershed’s health. […]

No, America’s National Parks Are Not for Sale. A Q&A With National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

I am often asked about the role of corporate partners and how their philanthropy supports the National Park System. More recently, I’ve heard concerns about commercialization attaching itself to the national parks themselves. I always welcome the opportunity to have an open conversation about the great need for philanthropic support for national parks. In fact, I receive communications from park lovers every day and am inspired by each individual’s commitment to the national park idea. […]

The Other Entrepreneurs: The Resilient Farmers of Timor-Leste

Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. “Farmers are important, because they are the ones who provide food for the other people,” she says. “If there are no farmers, there will be no food.” But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets. The villagers have had some success with snails. Long considered nothing more than a pest, they now collect and prepare them in a way that they can be eaten. Treatment of cassava is also undergoing a rethink. Long the third most important source of calories after rice and maize for people in tropical regions, traditionally villagers would just peel it, boil it and then eat it. Now, says Maria, they prepare it into chips that are both tastier and retain more nutrients. These photographs are drawn from a series commissioned by Oxfam Australia, which is working with local partners in Timor-Leste to reduce hunger and malnutrition. Maudemo, Timor-Leste | Photographer: Rodney Dekker “The Other Hundred” is a series of unique photo book projects aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but whose lives, struggles and achievements deserve to be celebrated. The second edition of “The Other Hundred” focuses on the world’s everyday entrepreneurs. The book offers an alternative to the view that most successful entrepreneurs were trained at elite business schools. Here are people who have never written a formal business plan, hired an investment bank, planned an exit strategy or dreamt of a stock market floatation. Find out more about the upcoming third edition, “The Other Hundred Educators,” here. More from The Other Hundred The Unlikely Mechanics of Dakar Over Six Decades of Sole The No-Nonsense Barbers of the Netherlands Cairo’s Blind, Female Orchestra The Reality of Education in Liberia — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]