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Signal Failure (Again) Likely Caused Shanghai Train Collision

Two subway trains collided in the city of Shanghai on September 26, injuring hundreds, according to early reports. And, much like the collision of two high-speed trains that killed 40 people near Wenzhou on July 23, the culprit appears to be signal failures.According to Chinese news magazine Caixin, the signals began to malfunction at least an hour before the crash, which caused operators to attempt to coordinate the system by phone...

September 27, 2011 — David Biello
Sustainability

"The Quest" for Energy Security: The Search for More Oil and Its Alternatives

Mottanai : it's a Japanese term that translates as "too precious to waste." It's the philosophy that guides the island nation's approach to natural resources like energy, and it has become particularly important as the meltdowns at Fukushima have resulted in roughly 25 percent of Japanese electricity supply disappearing as other nuclear reactors remain shutdown.It is also the antithesis in many ways of the American approach to energy, whether that is electricity, fossil fuels or renewables...

September 21, 2011 — David Biello
Sustainability

What Questions Do You Have about Energy Efficiency?

On Tuesday, September 20, I'm set to moderate a panel on energy efficiency, specifically as it applies in New York City. As part of Climate Week NYC, the panelists will explore what the local utility Consolidated Edisonand some of its partners—are doing to manage electricity use in the city that never sleeps (which means we use a lot of power when you add it all up, explicitly 2,500 megawatts per square mile in Manhattan).In New York, it's all about the buildings...

September 19, 2011 — David Biello
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