An independent journalist, researcher and writer, my work roams across the nexus where ecology, technology, political economy and sociology intersect and overlap. The lifelong quest for knowledge of the world and self -- not to mention gainful employment -- has led me near and far afield, from Europe, across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and back home to the Americas. Twitter: @mightysparrow LinkedIn: andrew burger Google+: Andrew B Email: huginn.muggin@gmail.com

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DOE Develops Wireless ‘Smart City’ Platform

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab have developed a wireless sensor network platform that could revolutionize urban planning, development and management.

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Place Your Bets: SunEdison Buys Solar Energy Storage Startup

SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.

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3M, ForestEthics Bury Hatchet, Save Forests

Crafted in collaboration with ForestEthics and Greenpeace, 3M’s new pulp and paper sourcing policy establishes a new industry sustainability standard aimed at ensuring “that all the virgin wood fiber going into 3M’s paper-based products and packaging comes from sources that protect forests and respect human rights.”

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5 Best Latin American Cities for Startups

Part of the Rocket Internet Group, Brazil-based e-commerce company Dafiti touts five Latin American cities as emerging hubs for Internet startups. Skeptics question Dafiti’s business strategy and the billions of dollars of capital it has raised.

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Startup Uses Biomimicry to Create High-Performance Metal Alloys

Used widely in nature, lamination – the deposition of fine layers of materials on top of one another – has long been known as a means of manufacturing stronger, more durable and longer lasting metals. Founded in 2006, Seattle’s Modumetal is applying the process of lamination at nano-scale, enabling engineers to design and fabricate metals with superior performance characteristics and at lower cost than conventional methods.

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Marines Seek Second Career in Solar

The Marines at Camp Pendleton are the first crop of an expected 200 transitioning service members taking advantage of the pilot phase of a DOE-SunShot Initiative solar jobs training program. The programs grows out of a a similar initiative via which students at U.S. community colleges are obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to land jobs and build careers in the fast growing U.S. solar energy industry.

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Citigroup Launches $100 Billion Sustainability Drive

Having achieved many of its in-house as well as external 2015 sustainability goals two to three years ahead of schedule, Citigroup renewed and expanded on its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible finance and investment by pledging to invest $100 billion to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well sustainable water resource management, transportation and building.

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$280 Million More for Rural Renewables

U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced $280 million in new Renewable Energy for America Program grants and loans. Two recipients — Arkansas’ Supersave Foods and Maine’s Cozy Acres Greenhouses — gave accounts of how REAP funding enabled them to rebuild and expand their businesses while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

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Urban Development Spurs Growth in Emerging Economy Cities

More than 35 cities, towns and metropolises are participating in Urban-LEDS initiatives with a goal of realizing sustainable, low-emissions urban development. All eight Urban-LEDS “model cities,” as well as several satellites, have completed or are in the final stages of key greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

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Grid, Mining Projects Highlight Energy Storage Potential

Two planned projects highlight the benefits of advanced energy storage systems, including reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing efficiency and resiliency of power grids.