Energy
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Judge gives Keystone XL pipeline a raincheck

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/09/18, 09:46 am

The Keystone XL pipeline hit another obstacle Friday when a court blocked the Trump administration’s construction permit and ordered an environmental review. The $8 billion pipeline would begin in Alberta, Canada, and connect to an existing pipeline in Steele City, Neb., that goes all the way to the Gulf Coast. The Keystone XL could transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that the environmental impacts of the project had not been considered as federal law required.

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Trees as streetlights?

Technology | Researchers hope genetic engineering will create bioluminescent trees
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 6/14/18, 01:58 pm

Trees planted along busy city streets can provide shade by day, but could they also provide light at night? Researchers in Denmark want to isolate the genes that cause ocean algae to glow and insert them into trees, creating natural streetlights.

“We could try to change some of that lighting from conventional, electricity-consuming lights to a more natural way of creating light,” Kristian Ejlsted, CEO of Allumen, a startup based near Copenhagen, told Fast Company.

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Telecommuter economy

Technology | Online shopping and home offices have contributed to a significant U.S. energy savings
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 2/15/18, 03:00 pm

A decade ago, Americans might have admitted to feeling a bit guilty about doing their Christmas shopping online. Not anymore. It appears the shift toward increased online shopping has done more than merely save time during the busy holiday season: According to new research, online shopping, video streaming, and work-from-home arrangements have together led to a decrease in Americans’ use of energy.

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