• The Covid-19 Economic Slump Is Closing Down Coal Plants

    Although small, one analyst thinks the Minnesota battery experiment could be an energy game-changer. “It’s one speculative option,” says Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, who studies the transition to zero-carbon energy. “It could totally fail, but it’s one example of a utility making a proactive bet.”

    Meanwhile, Exelon, which operates six Mid-Atlantic and Midwest electric power utilities, is putting its green energy chips onto a new technology that recycles carbon dioxide to make natural gas plants burn cleaner. Where traditional gas-powered plants emit carbon dioxide as a byproduct of combustion, the NET Power plant outside Houston, Texas, recycles the excess carbon dioxide, turns it into a liquid or “supercritical” state, and then uses it to run the turbines that produce electricity. Any remaining liquid carbon dioxide can be stored underground or repurposed, such as being injected into carbonated beverages or used

  • You can now travel in and around Malaysia. But there are a few things you should know.

    Malaysians have endured almost three months of partial lockdown, or what the country is calling a Movement Control Order (MCO).

    During the MCO period, imposed on March 18, 2020, citizens were requested to stay at home and only go out to buy essentials goods for their homes.

    Eventually, the country moved into a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), allowing non-essential businesses to operate but with strict rules and guidelines.

    As the number of cases dropped, Malaysia seemingly managed to flatten the curve, which allowed them to transition once again into what has been dubbed a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). It allowed all businesses and offices to operate while still adhering to the rules and guidelines set during the CMCO.

    Now, the Malaysian government has approved public transports to operate as normal while still ensuring that temperatures are checked, and passengers have their facemask on at all times.

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  • Big tech companies are responding to George Floyd in a way they never did for Michael Brown

    In the days since the death of George Floyd, technology’s biggest companies and their leaders have made public statements expressing solidarity with Black communities. The communications — which, really, are press releases — condemn racism and call for unity. Some at least name George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Some have said “Black Lives Matter” outright.

    More meaningfully, many companies have committed donations to causes fighting racial injustice in the millions of dollars.

    So some of the wealthiest businesses in the world are showing up in a moment when the national attention has turned to racial injustice. But surely, they must have shown up before? It hasn’t even been six years since the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown spurred the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Many of those companies’ CEOs found time to publicly participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS, so surely they