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Tom Raftery's Newsletter - Issue #15

Ok, we're all probably overdosing on #Brexit news, so I've steadfastly avoided putting any #Brexit-re

Tom Raftery

June 24 · Issue #15 · View online
Tom Raftery's weekly newsletter - with stories from the worlds of IoT, Energy, and cleantech

Ok, we’re all probably overdosing on #Brexit news, so I’ve steadfastly avoided putting any #Brexit-related items in this newsletter - and yes, I did use a hashtag in an email - what of it? Maybe I’m starting a trend ;)
Anyway, on with the stories…

The Internet of Things (IoT)
Samsung had big Internet of Things news this week. As well as announcing their acquiring of Joyent (big enough news in its own right), they went on to announce that they are going to invest $1.2bn in IoT technologies in the US
Samsung Electronics says to invest $1.2 billion in U.S. for 'internet of things'
Bluetooth is due a speed boost, plus it should connect over 4x the distance without drawing more power, when the new Bluetooth spec is released in the coming months. This is the first update to Bluetooth since 2009, so it is hotly anticipated
Bluetooth 5 To Deliver 2x Speed Increase For IoT
And, trying to catch up to AT&T’s massive lead in the connected car space, Verizon has announced their purchase of Telogis
Verizon buys Telogis to drive deeper into the connected vehicle market
 Great news - more and more companies are demanding renewable energy from their electricity provider. The more the demand increases, the more new renewable generation is built, and the more the cost of renewables falls. Leading to more demand. A beautiful virtuous circle
72% of Corporations Are Actively Procuring Clean Energy
While BMW is joining the ranks of the electric car manufacturers who are looking at home storage as an after market for used car batteries (something I was predicting in blog posts back in 2009)
Used BMW i batteries store solar power at home
Staying on the topic of electric vehicles, the next version of Nissan’s Leaf car is slated to have a range of 340 miles. This is a huge boost for the car, and to the EV industry, especially given that the Leaf is relatively inexpensive as EVs go
Next-gen Nissan Leaf aims for 340-mile range
And in another boost to the EV industry, Volkswagen, in an attempt to resurrect its badly tarnished image after Dieselgate, is planning to make a massive investment in electric vehicles. This would be a bold move for Volkswagen, and great news for EVs
VW plans huge investment to become electric cars leader
Some bad news, and some less bad news on the climate front. The bad news is that May sees the global temperature weather records continue to be shattered. Honestly, the climate is just phoning it in at this stage
With May Record, Global Temps in ‘New Neighborhood’
In other (less bad) news though, according to a new study released, we may not be quite as badly off climate-wise, as we thought. We may not have passed some of the tipping points we thought we had. But that doesn’t mean we can afford to get complacent
This chart perfectly explains what’s at stake in the quest to stop climate change
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