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Books of The Times: In ‘Good Vibrations,’ Summer Fun Soured by Mike Love’s Score Settling

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - 7 hours 23 min ago
Mr. Love’s memoir of his long Beach Boys career offers lots of inside information but tends to be overpowered by boasts and grudges.
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Japan’s ‘Hail Mary’ at Fukushima Daiichi: An Underground Ice Wall

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - 7 hours 25 min ago
The project is designed to keep water out of the damaged reactor buildings at the nuclear power plant, and radioactive water from reaching the Pacific. Critics say it may not work.
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About That Ouija Board: How Langdon Hammer Summoned a Poet’s Spirit

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - 13 hours 25 min ago
Mr. Hammer, who wrote a 2015 biography of James Merrill, discusses the poet’s mysticism, the biographer’s job — and the Ouija board.
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Nonfiction: A Book Examines the Curious Case of a Man Whose Memory Was Removed

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - 19 hours 20 min ago
In “Patient H.M.,” the journalist Luke Dittrich questions his grandfather’s role in an infamous case of a patient with permanent amnesia.
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Coal Country Is Wary of Hillary Clinton’s Pledge to Help

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 28, 2016 - 20:12
Mrs. Clinton is promising $30 billion to create a new economy by retraining miners and investing in technology, but locals have heard promises before.
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Ursula Le Guin Has Earned a Rare Honor. Just Don’t Call Her a Sci-Fi Writer.

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 28, 2016 - 14:29
The 86-year-old author will become one of the few living writers recognized by the Library of America, and she did it on her terms.
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New Books by Imbolo Mbue, Krys Lee, Gonzalo Torné and Lisa McInerney

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 28, 2016 - 14:19
The novels “Behold the Dreamers,” “How I Became a North Korean,” “Divorce Is in the Air” and “The Glorious Heresies” are reviewed.
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Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

renewableenergyworld - August 26, 2016 - 15:28

The year is 1878. The city of Paris is hosting the third annual World Fair, featuring the latest in fine art and innovative machinery. For the first time in history, 64 electric street lamps, running the length of the Avenue de l’Opera from the Louvre to the Palais Garnier Opera House, are lit with the flick of a switch.

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Nathan Hill Is Compared to John Irving. Irving Compares Him to Dickens.

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 26, 2016 - 14:43
Mr. Hill’s first novel, a piece of social satire called “The Nix,” already has admirers in high places.
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Dot Earth Blog: Obama’s Expansion of a Vast Pacific Reserve, Built on a Bush Foundation

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 26, 2016 - 12:20
President Obama’s expansion of a vast marine monument near Hawaii builds on Bush-era moves spurred by passionate ocean communicators.
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Used Electric Car Batteries Get Second Life as Home Storage

renewableenergyworld - August 26, 2016 - 11:57

Aging batteries from electric cars will soon find a second life as power-storage systems for homes and offices, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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North Dakota Oil Pipeline Battle: Who’s Fighting and Why

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 26, 2016 - 04:32
A federal judge is expected to decide soon whether to halt the Dakota Access pipeline, a project vehemently opposed by American Indians and environmentalists.
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California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2016 - 17:01
Lawmakers passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown promised to sign, bills requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels.
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Critic's Notebook: In Books on Donald Trump, Consistent Portraits of a High-Decibel Narcissist

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2016 - 14:50
Accounts of Donald J. Trump, among them some he wrote, describe a world where greed, arrogance and the sowing of discord are signs of leadership.
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UK Grid-scale Energy Storage Approaches Commercial Reality

renewableenergyworld - August 25, 2016 - 10:54

Grid-scale energy storage will move closer to commercial reality on Friday when the U.K.’s grid operator offers contracts to companies to help balance the network, a key measure needed to help balance increasing supply from renewables.

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Dot Earth Blog: In Italy’s Earthquake Zone, Love of Place Trumps Safety

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2016 - 08:06
An Italian engineer explains why, facing perpetual earthquake risk, many people in Italy’s ancient vulnerable towns stay put.
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Senators Introduce Storage ITC Bill

renewableenergyworld - August 25, 2016 - 06:48

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 3159 to make energy storage eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48.  The bill introduced last month would make energy storage systems with a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours, regardless of whether it was supplied by a renewable resource, investment tax credit eligible.  For instance, a stand-alone storage project that drew power from the grid would be ITC eligible under this bill.

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By the Book: Jacqueline Woodson: By the Book

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2016 - 04:00
The author, most recently, of “Another Brooklyn” loved “The Little Match Girl” as a child. First, “I cried for a week. Then I was done and ready to go out and change the world!”
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Nonfiction: From Humans of New York to Obama’s Office: How a Principal Built a School

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 25, 2016 - 02:30
In “The Bridge to Brilliance,” the Brooklyn school principal Nadia Lopez writes about her mission to beat the odds.
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Books of The Times: ‘Patient H.M.’ Recalls the Story of a Surgery That Took a Man’s Memories

NY TIMES Energy and Environment - August 24, 2016 - 14:42
Luke Dittrich’s book examines the case of Henry Molaison, who, after a brain operation, was almost unable to form memories. His surgeon was Mr. Dittrich’s grandfather.
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