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Tom Raftery - Issue #5

Welcome to Issue 5 of my weekly newsletter. Feedback to the newsletter has been extremely positive -

Tom Raftery

April 15 · Issue #5 · View online
Tom Raftery's weekly newsletter - with stories from the worlds of IoT, Energy, and cleantech

Welcome to Issue 5 of my weekly newsletter. Feedback to the newsletter has been extremely positive - thanks to everyone who reached out
I came across more fantastic stories this week - I hope you enjoy them too
Finally, if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please feel free to get in touch with me anytime on
Now, on with the show…

The Internet of Things (IoT)
This week’s Internet of Things stories focus on the built environment - making cities better to live in. The first looks at IoT’s possible role in traffic management, while the second looks at making cities better to live using with intelligent lighting
US tests using the Internet of things (IoT) for traffic management
How The Internet Of Things Can Make Cities More Sustainable
The Tesla Model 3 launch is still creating ripples with the company announcing this week that it has received over 400,000 pre-orders, and our first story digs into the implications of this launch, while the second story looks at the success of solar in the UK (yes, the UK!), versus coal’s decline there (yay!)
Why Tesla’s Model 3 Could Be the New Model T
Solar power sets new British record by beating coal for a day | Environment | The Guardian
Two cool stories in this section. The first is very straightforward - wordpress has enabled encryption by default on all sites hosted on its platform. This makes the sites more secure, and gives them a boost in Google search rankings. This means my own blog at is now https, so I’m delighted with this move :)
Bots are coming thick and fast now, so someone has launched a Bot store, as outlined in our next article 
Botlist is an app store for bots
Finally, some bad news, and good news in our climate section. The bad news explains how ice is melting at unprecedented rates, and earlier than ever before this year, while in good news, it turns out that planting trees can significantly help in reducing damage from floods, as well as you know, being beautiful to look at
Greenland sees record-smashing early ice sheet melt
£500,000 tree-planting project helped Yorkshire town miss winter floods | Environment | The Guardian
In conclusion
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