THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Weekend Edition

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The Global Price Tag for 100 Percent Renewable Energy: $73 Trillion

A global effort to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 would cost nations $73 trillion up front — but the expense will pay for itself in under seven years, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford University. The study also found that the shift to a zero-carbon global economy would create 28.6 million more full-time jobs than…

There are a lot of countries that have committed to doing something to counteract the growing impacts of global warming, but they still don’t know exactly what to do.

Mark Jacobson, a civil and environmental engineer at Stanford and lead author of the new report

5 Green Reasons To Stay Hopeful As The Hottest Decade On Record Ends

There’s no sugar-coating it: as far as the climate is concerned, the 2010s were grim. Global average temperatures for the decade indicate it was the warmest on record. Extreme weather events have increased in both severity and frequency: according to the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council, floods have…

The green transformation started in Paris is irreversible and unstoppable.

UN environment chief Erik Solheim

Project PEARL: Sustainable microgrid to deliver energy assurance

The Hawaii Air National Guard has set off to adopt some of the most recent developments in microgrid technology, announced during a blessing ceremony Dec. 17, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This project is a component of the Pacific Energy Assurance Renewables Laboratory or PEARL, and is designed to provide new layers of energy assurance…

The PEARL project is the first of six planned microgrids, which will not only provide energy assurance, resilience and cybersecurity to the 154th Wing F-22 [Raptor] campus at JBPH-H, but also serve as a technology and business development laboratory to complete the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

David Molinaro, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies acting director and ceremony officiator

In 2020 Asia will have the world’s largest GDP. Here’s what that means

In 2020 Asia’s GDP will overtake the GDP of the rest of the world combined. By 2030, the region is expected to contribute roughly 60% of global growth. Asia-Pacific will also be responsible for the overwhelming majority (90%) of the 2.4 billion new members of the middle class entering the global economy. The bulk of that growth will come from…

Poverty and a lack of infrastructure add to the challenges of digital and labour transformation brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Energy Storage Technology You Need to Know About

Energy storage technology has been advancing in recent years. The over-reliance on fossil fuels and the investment in new, greener energy technology have, in part, been responsible. However, aging infrastructures and antiquated storage devices have pushed R&D harder in this field. A wide array of storage devices and tech have been developed to…


The year 2019 saw the launch of several private blockchain rollouts in the enterprise space, both in India and across the globe. Here, one of the most important developments was the launch of Hyperledger Fabric 1.4 in January 2019, which was its first long term support release. This was an important milestone in the adoption of enterprise…

What Is The Artificial Intelligence Of Things? When AI Meets IoT

Individually, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are powerful technologies. When you combine AI and IoT, you get AIoT—the artificial intelligence of things. You can think of the internet of things devices as the digital nervous system while artificial intelligence is the brain of a system. To fully understand AIoT, you must start…

10 predictions for smart city priorities in 2020

Over the next decade of smart cities work, there will be fewer IoT projects, more citizen input, and more communication between cars and infrastructure, according to the smart cities team at IDC. City leaders will build digital trust in new technology by setting clear data-use policies as the first step in the technology procurement…

Cities are looking at how anything from communications to technology can build community resilience and help them respond and adapt to this changing environment.

Ruthbea Yesner, vice president worldwide government insights at IDC

From consumer to prosumer: Reducing the datacentre industry’s reliance on the national grid

There is mounting pressure on datacentre operators to take appropriate steps to support the government’s pledge to cut the UK’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050, many of which were recently outlined in a report by trade body TechUK.These steps include encouraging operators to reduce their reliance on the national grid during times of high…

Over 75% of the power purchased by operators in the UK is renewable, and while that currently doesn’t generate additional supply, Google and Microsoft and others are adopting power purchase agreements, which does.

Emma Fryer, associate director of datacentres at TechUK

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