2 Dutch cities convert entire bus fleet to electric

As of 2016 December 11th, the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond will not have a single public bus running on diesel. In fact, all 43, extra-long articulated buses will be entirely electric. Transdev, first mover in zero emission public transport, commences operating the fleet on December 11th. Buses that run out during the day, can be charged within half an hour. The bus terminus in Eindhoven has been converted from a single diesel garage into a charging garage, containing 43 charging points.

— source treehugger.com

Apple is storing your ‘deleted’ Safari search history in iCloud

A RUSSIAN HACKING TEAM has shown evidence that Apple is storing records of users’ browser history even after it has been ‘deleted’. Elcomsoft has sounded the alarm bells and has warned that users of Safari, the default browser for Mac, iPhone and iPad, may find that the list of sites they’ve visited is being stored in iCloud for a year or more even if they have opted to delete it. Elcomsoft makes a software package called Phone Breaker which they used to find the information which they came upon by accident.

— source theinquirer.net

Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice


The Pine Island Glacier on the coast of West Antarctica is a case in point. A massive iceberg roughly 225 square miles in size — or in more familiar terms, 10 times the size of Manhattan — broke off in July 2015. Scientists subsequently spotted cracks in the glacier on a November 2016 flyover. And in January, another iceberg cleaved off the glacier.

The ocean under Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelf has warmed about 1°F since the 1990s. That’s causing the ice shelf to melt and pushing the grounding line — the point where the ice begins to float — back toward land, creating further instability.

— source climatecentral.org

Uber to Pay $20 Million to Settle FTC Charges

Uber Technologies, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company, will pay $20 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that it misled prospective drivers with exaggerated earning claims and claims about financing through its Vehicle Solutions Program. The $20 million will be used to provide refunds to affected drivers across the country.

According to the FTC’s complaint, in its efforts to attract prospective drivers, Uber exaggerated the yearly and hourly income drivers could make in certain cities, and misled prospective drivers about the terms of its vehicle financing options.

— source corporatecrimereporter.com

Microsoft, Google and Amazon gave cash for Trump inauguration

Big US technology companies Amazon, Google and Microsoft donated both cash and services to the ceremonies around the swearing-in of US President Donald Trump on 20 January. The same companies, and a host of others, have put their names to a letter requesting that the ban on travel to the US by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries be rescinded. Microsoft contributed US$250,000 in cash and a similar amount in services on 28 December to the Presidential Inauguration Committee, according to federal ethics records.

— source itwire.com

Las Vegas Sands to Pay $7 Million Gets FCPA Non Prosecution Agreement

Las Vegas Sands will pay a $6.96 million criminal penalty and enter into a non prosecution agreement to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with business transactions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Macao.

According to admissions by Sands made in connection with the resolution, certain Sands executives knowingly and willfully failed to implement a system of internal accounting controls to adequately ensure the legitimacy of payments to a business consultant who assisted Sands in promoting its brand in Macao and the PRC, and to prevent the false recording of those payments in its books and records.

In total, from 2006 through 2009, Sands paid about $5.8 million to the business consultant without any discernable legitimate business purpose, it admitted.

— source corporatecrimereporter.com

All Dutch Trains Now Run 100% On Wind Power

Electric trains have always been a relatively sustainable mode of transport, with much lower emissions than cars, but as of the 1st of January, 2017, all electric train rides in the Netherlands have become even greener. They are now entirely powered by clean, renewable, wind energy.

Dutch railway companies, of which NS is by far the largest, teamed up with energy company Eneco in 2015 to cut train ride emissions drastically. Originally, 2018 was set as the target for changing to 100% renewable power sources. After having reached 75% in 2016, though, the 100% transition was completed one year ahead of schedule.

The NS alone transports 600,000 people per day, for which it needs 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year.

— source cleantechnica.com