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America's First Solar Thermal Plant Is On

Our own energy and environment columnist Ben Jervey passed along news that America's first "solar thermal" power plant, in Lancaster, California,...


Our own energy and environment columnist Ben Jervey passed along news that America's first "solar thermal" power plant, in Lancaster, California, is now fully operational. Solar thermal uses the sun's light to heat water for steam power rather than using solar panels to convert light directly to energy. VentureBeat reports:Solar thermal has the potential to disrupt the solar industry at large, mostly because it's cheaper to execute. After all, mirrors are much more cost-effective than silicon solar cells. eSolar's chief executive even went as far as saying that the project represents "the lowest cost solar project in history," and that the company could power the entire state of California with just 25 square miles of mirrors and towers.The system devised by eSolar could be good news for consumers too, with the electricity generated costing less than the average homeowner in California usually pays.We're one step closer to the solar tipping point. For more information on the benefits of solar thermal, check out Ben's great primer on the technology.
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In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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