A small island in American Samoa is making the switch from diesel generators to 100 percent renewable energy. Ta’u, the easternmost of the Samoan islands, has just been equipped with a new microgrid, with 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6 megawatt-hours of battery storage. It’s enough to power the entire island — both night and day.
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The question, though, is whether they'll go up quite as much as they would have if we weren't, as Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) put it, at "the dawn of a new unified Republican government."
In recent years, one of climate change doubters’ favorite arguments has involved the floating sea ice around Antarctica. It’s growing, they contended — and that raises doubts about our understanding of human-induced climate change.
To this, climate scientists always responded: Not so fast.
This column is for Bernard Gibson, a good man from the state of Indiana. Late last month, NPR went out to Vigo County there to explain why it flipped from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Gibson was one of those interviewed, and here is what he said: “These are real people here."
"As the Nation Debates the Place of Islam, the CIA's Muslim Officers Fight Terrorism" is from the June 21, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Missy Ryan and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
"3 TVs and No Food: Growing up Poor in America" is from the October 29, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Nicholas Kristof and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
He is the winner who was supposed to lose. He is the bully in the fourth grade who never meets his match. He is the liar whose lies somehow don’t matter. He is the braggart who is never humbled. He refutes what Johnny Tremain was told and every child once instructed: “Pride goeth before a fall.” No, with Trump pride goeth before everything.
"Why Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Is Building the World's Largest Airplane" is from the June 20, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Christian Davenport and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
President Trump’s claim that America is morally on par with Russia’s corrupt dystopian regime was so historically ignorant that even timid Republicans felt compelled to speak out this week. Perhaps that is because remaining silent in the face of such a morally disorienting claim would make them look like fools.
The Call of the Wild is Jack London's most popular and enduring work. Set in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon, it tells the story of the magnificent dog Buck, who is a loyal family pet until cruel men steal him and make him a pawn in their feverish search for the gold of the Klondike. Brutally beaten into serving as a sled dog, Buck finds the blood of his wolf ancestors rising within him.
"A Traveler’s Guide to Customs: When to Shake Hands, Hug or Kiss" is from the October 21, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Andrew Jacobs and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Be a Human Version of 'Hibernation'" is from the September 6, 2016 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ariana Eunjung Cha and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
Cratering in the polls, besieged by sexual assault allegations and drowning in his own disgusting rhetoric, Donald Trump has been reduced to hollering that November’s election is “rigged” against him. His proof? It looks like he’s going to lose.
"The Perpetual Panic of American Parenthood" is from the October 14, 2016 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Pamela Druckerman and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
Swept up in a whirlwind courtship, Katja and Wasyl begin life anew in a Ukrainian settlement of Western Canada. The dusty Canadian prairies promise hope and independence, but when war breaks out between the old world and the new, their newfound stability is shattered. Rumors of the internment of Ukrainian Canadians haunt the new settlers. Would the country they love betray them like this?
"Tensions Mount between Russia and Ukraine Following 'Terror Incident'" is from the August 22, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Andrew Roth and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
When Donald Trump hired Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as his new campaign chief, it was a sharp departure from the usual approach to staffing a presidential campaign.
Given that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led the New England Patriots to seven Super Bowls over 17 years, you might expect to find some emotional complexity at the heart of their partnership, if not a bond. But by all accounts the relationship between the quarterback and coach is straightforwardly transactional.
"Tom Brady and Bill Belichick's Secret? It's Not Personal; It's Just Business" is from the January 28, 2017 Sports section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sally Jenkins and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
Donald Trump’s selection Monday of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development sets up what could be a collision between the nominee’s philosophical aversion to social safety-net programs and an agency that administers some of the government’s most expansive programs for helping minorities and low-income people.