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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Telecoms, Data Center Trends Heighten Climate Risks, Vulnerability

Climate risks and vulnerability across telecoms, data centers and critical ICT supply chains are poorly understood. Recent trends in which companies are sharing IT resources — such as PaaS and IaaS — are compounding the risks, a report for the GSA concludes.

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Wind Power, Polar Vortexes and Price Gouging

Wind power saved electricity consumers across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic at least $1 billion over just two polar-vortex days last year. However, opportunities for market manipulation and price gouging are opening up, according to recent reports.

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Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti

Timberland and the Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s community agroforestry project has put down deep, solid roots in Haiti. Over 2 million trees have been planted, agricultural output and productivity are up significantly, farmers can put all their kids through school, and community members are reconnecting to build on the success.

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Deforestation Slows Economic Recovery in Haiti

Deforestation plays a big role in the recurring cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in Haiti. An innovative, five-year community agroforestry project on the part of Timberland and Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance is helping turn the tide.

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Dubai Solar Bid Awes Market Players

Acwa Power’s sub-6 cents per kilowatt-hour bid had participants in awe and set a new global low for building and operating utility-scale solar.

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O3b Aims to Offer Real Broadband to the World’s ‘Other 3 Billion’

O3b provides broadband network access to service providers in such isolated, far-flung and hard-to-reach locations as the Colombian Amazon, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo capital of Kinshasa, as well as Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. The launch of four new satellites promises to increase both speed and affordability.

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Beijing’s “Airpocalypse” Offers Dismal View of Life in Megacities

Rapid industrialization and the relentless pursuit of GDP growth has caused an “airpocalypse” in Beijing, making China’s capital city all but uninhabitable. The Guardian’s Ian Wainwright paints a dismal portrait of how Beijing’s toxic air and the built environment, as well as the extraordinary, and extraordinarily expensive, measures city leaders and residents are considering and taking in an effort to adapt.

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South Africa Fights Blackouts with Concentrating Solar Power

Having tripled its national renewable energy targets, South Africa has awarded a contract to build a 100-MW concentrating solar power-molten salts energy storage facility. Spain’s Abengoa is leading the project development group, which has secured $1 billion of financing from a consortium of multilateral and South African banks.

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PG&E Smart Grid Lab Tests Battery Storage

Leading private- and public-sector energy players are joining to install and test a grid-scale battery storage system at PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab. Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora advanced battery storage technology will be at the test system’s core.

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President Bans Oil and Gas Drilling in Bristol Bay Indefinitely

President Obama took executive action Dec. 16 to protect Bristol Bay’s iconic, $2 billion wild-caught fishery and local communities from oil and gas drilling. Another existential threat to Bristol Bay ecosystems and watershed remains, however.