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5 Great Environmental Documentaries | Care2 Healthy Living

The Academy Awards shine a spotlight on the best movies made in any given year. Here’s a list of five of the best environmental documentaries made in 2015.

The Human Experiment
This documentary tells the stories of three families who believe their health has been seriously compromised by toxic chemicals circulating willy-nilly in our environment. Produced and narrated by Academy Awa More

The Academy Awards shine a spotlight on the best movies made in any given year. Here’s a list of five of the best environmental documentaries made in 2015.

The Human Experiment
This documentary tells the stories of three families who believe their health has been seriously compromised by toxic chemicals circulating willy-nilly in our environment. Produced and narrated by Academy Awa More

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EV Battery Market Dominated by Japanese and Korean Companies, China’s Companies Still Have a Long Way to Go

Gasgoo.com (Shanghai Feb 29th)– Despite of its bright future, the global sales of electric vehicles only totaled 549,000 units in 2015, which means it still holds great potentials. Battery is one of the most important parts in EVs. According to insideevs.com, there might be a variety of EVs labeled different brands, but the batteries inside to power these vehicles may just come from the very sam More

Gasgoo.com (Shanghai Feb 29th)– Despite of its bright future, the global sales of electric vehicles only totaled 549,000 units in 2015, which means it still holds great potentials. Battery is one of the most important parts in EVs. According to insideevs.com, there might be a variety of EVs labeled different brands, but the batteries inside to power these vehicles may just come from the very sam More

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How I got a new 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car for $16K net: indecision

Sometimes my liberal environmentalist side fights with my fiscally conservative side, and my decision-making suffers as a result.

I’ve wanted an electric car for the past 30 years. But in the 1980s, they were conversions with lead-acid batteries that were both expensive and impractical.

Later in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the limited release of electric cars in California and More

Sometimes my liberal environmentalist side fights with my fiscally conservative side, and my decision-making suffers as a result.

I’ve wanted an electric car for the past 30 years. But in the 1980s, they were conversions with lead-acid batteries that were both expensive and impractical.

Later in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the limited release of electric cars in California and More

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Volvo electric bus system receives its largest order to date from Belgium | ET Auto

NEW DELHI: Swedish automotive manufacturer Volvo has received an order for 11 electric hybrid buses and 2 electric bus chargers to the city of Namur in Belgium, the company informed in a statement.

The chargers will be supplied by ABB. This is the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system.

TEC buys the bus system as a turn-key solution. This means that Volvo t More

NEW DELHI: Swedish automotive manufacturer Volvo has received an order for 11 electric hybrid buses and 2 electric bus chargers to the city of Namur in Belgium, the company informed in a statement.

The chargers will be supplied by ABB. This is the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system.

TEC buys the bus system as a turn-key solution. This means that Volvo t More

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Inside Faraday Future: is it really a big player in the future of electric cars? | Technology | The Guardian

When was the last time when we saw a blue sky with white clouds?” mused Jia Yueting, the Chinese internet billionaire with a passion for electric vehicles.

“The starlit sky has become a distant memory. We can’t wait to clear the haze from China’s sky. Integrating electricity, intelligence, connectivity and social media in a vertically integrated system will disrupt all existing car More

When was the last time when we saw a blue sky with white clouds?” mused Jia Yueting, the Chinese internet billionaire with a passion for electric vehicles.

“The starlit sky has become a distant memory. We can’t wait to clear the haze from China’s sky. Integrating electricity, intelligence, connectivity and social media in a vertically integrated system will disrupt all existing car More

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BYD plug in sales grow globally, but US future remains cloudy

Coming off a year where it leapfrogged Tesla Motors in global electric vehicle sales, China-based BYD isn’t shy about touting its green-vehicle technology and growing popularity. When it comes to specifics about when Americans can expect to see the company’s plug-in vehicles en masse, however, the company is making about as much noise as an electric vehicle. It’s being awfully qu More

Coming off a year where it leapfrogged Tesla Motors in global electric vehicle sales, China-based BYD isn’t shy about touting its green-vehicle technology and growing popularity. When it comes to specifics about when Americans can expect to see the company’s plug-in vehicles en masse, however, the company is making about as much noise as an electric vehicle. It’s being awfully qu More

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You Know Electric Cars Are Poised to Take Off When the Koch Brothers Plan the Technology’s Demise

Photo Above: A sampling of the electric vehicles available on the market today. Photo Credit: Sierra Club.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise. In some locations, it’s no longer surprising to see LEAFs, Volts or any of the multitude of available plug-in models driving alongside us on the road. Not even the climate-change-denying, fossil-fuel-baron Koch brothers, who run Koch Indus More

Photo Above: A sampling of the electric vehicles available on the market today. Photo Credit: Sierra Club.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise. In some locations, it’s no longer surprising to see LEAFs, Volts or any of the multitude of available plug-in models driving alongside us on the road. Not even the climate-change-denying, fossil-fuel-baron Koch brothers, who run Koch Indus More

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Industry Ministry Gives Incentives for Electric Car Development | Economy & Business | Tempo.Co :: Indonesian News Portal

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Ministry of Industry is reviewing to give incentives for automotive industries that plan to develop electric cars in Indonesia.

I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, the ministry’s director general of metal, machinery, transportation equipment and electronics, said that electric cars are still an expensive item to produce, that’s why its development require a More

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Ministry of Industry is reviewing to give incentives for automotive industries that plan to develop electric cars in Indonesia.

I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, the ministry’s director general of metal, machinery, transportation equipment and electronics, said that electric cars are still an expensive item to produce, that’s why its development require a More

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Tesla-GM Indiana fight ends with electric car maker’s win – Manufacturing News – Crain’s Chicago Business

Bloomberg) — Tesla Motors Inc. prevailed Thursday in Indiana, where lawmakers sidelined a bill that would have kicked the company out of the state unless it establishes dealerships.

Tesla, led by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, is licensed to sell its electric cars directly to consumers in Indiana and has operated one store in Indianapolis for two years. State Representative Kevin Maha More

Bloomberg) — Tesla Motors Inc. prevailed Thursday in Indiana, where lawmakers sidelined a bill that would have kicked the company out of the state unless it establishes dealerships.

Tesla, led by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, is licensed to sell its electric cars directly to consumers in Indiana and has operated one store in Indianapolis for two years. State Representative Kevin Maha More

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Sooner than you think? A prediction that electric cars will cause the next oil crisis : TreeHugger

In the fifties and early sixties there was a wonderful newspaper series, Closer Than We Think, drawn by Arthur Radebaugh. In 1958 he predicted that we would soon be driving solar powered electric cars. Now Bloomberg Business is starting a video series called Sooner Than You Think that well might be more accurate. In their first episode, they look at the impact of the electric car and how it will c More

In the fifties and early sixties there was a wonderful newspaper series, Closer Than We Think, drawn by Arthur Radebaugh. In 1958 he predicted that we would soon be driving solar powered electric cars. Now Bloomberg Business is starting a video series called Sooner Than You Think that well might be more accurate. In their first episode, they look at the impact of the electric car and how it will c More

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Automakers would share German electric car incentive plan cost | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans could get up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to buy an electric car under government proposals which involve the auto industry shouldering 40 percent of the cost, government sources told Reuters on Friday.

Germany has a goal of 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2020, but has so far made little progress in encouraging drivers to switch from mostly cheaper diese More

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans could get up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to buy an electric car under government proposals which involve the auto industry shouldering 40 percent of the cost, government sources told Reuters on Friday.

Germany has a goal of 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2020, but has so far made little progress in encouraging drivers to switch from mostly cheaper diese More

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Greenpeace Launches Scientific Investigation Into Fukushima Disaster’s Effect On Pacific Ocean

Nearly five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace has launched a high-tech investigation into the radiation effects of the meltdowns on the Pacific Ocean.

In March of 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake triggered a tsunami which precipitated three nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on the east coast of Japan. It was the largest nuclear disaster since th More

Nearly five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace has launched a high-tech investigation into the radiation effects of the meltdowns on the Pacific Ocean.

In March of 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake triggered a tsunami which precipitated three nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on the east coast of Japan. It was the largest nuclear disaster since th More

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Editorial: 5 Yrs. Later, TEPCO Finally Admits It Lied To The World About Fukushima Meltdowns – EnviroNews | The Environmental News Specialists

(EnviroNews World News) — Fukushima Prefecture, Japan — EDITORIAL: THE TRUTH: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) knew within hours following the 3/11/11 tsunami that a full-scale, multi-reactor nuclear meltdown was underway. THE LIE: TEPCO waited nearly two months to inform the public. Those were the staggering admissions handed down to the media in a press release published by TEPCO on Febr More

(EnviroNews World News) — Fukushima Prefecture, Japan — EDITORIAL: THE TRUTH: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) knew within hours following the 3/11/11 tsunami that a full-scale, multi-reactor nuclear meltdown was underway. THE LIE: TEPCO waited nearly two months to inform the public. Those were the staggering admissions handed down to the media in a press release published by TEPCO on Febr More

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Number of electric cars worldwide climbs to 1.3 million

In its latest analysis, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) found that electric mobility is making significant inroads. The researchers’ fact-finding efforts revealed that the number of electric cars around the globe nearly doubled to currently around 1.3 million. While China saw the steepest rise with more than 200,000 new vehicles last year, the USA h More

In its latest analysis, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) found that electric mobility is making significant inroads. The researchers’ fact-finding efforts revealed that the number of electric cars around the globe nearly doubled to currently around 1.3 million. While China saw the steepest rise with more than 200,000 new vehicles last year, the USA h More

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Electric cars of the future could charge batteries while driving, using Qualcomm tech | CIO

Electric cars of the future could charge batteries while driving, using Qualcomm tech

Charging an electric car while driving may sound like a wild idea, but Qualcomm wants to bring that capability to automobiles.

Qualcomm is developing what it calls “dynamic wireless charging” technology, so drivers won’t have to worry about plugging in their cars. Just cruise the s More

Electric cars of the future could charge batteries while driving, using Qualcomm tech

Charging an electric car while driving may sound like a wild idea, but Qualcomm wants to bring that capability to automobiles.

Qualcomm is developing what it calls “dynamic wireless charging” technology, so drivers won’t have to worry about plugging in their cars. Just cruise the s More

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[tax and incentive] Automakers would share German electric car incentive plan cost | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans could get up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to buy an electric car under government proposals which involve the auto industry shouldering 40 percent of the cost, government sources told Reuters on Friday.

Germany has a goal of 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2020, but has so far made little progress in encouraging drivers to switch from mostly cheaper diese More

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans could get up to 5,000 euros ($5,500) to buy an electric car under government proposals which involve the auto industry shouldering 40 percent of the cost, government sources told Reuters on Friday.

Germany has a goal of 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2020, but has so far made little progress in encouraging drivers to switch from mostly cheaper diese More

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How To Wire A New Garage For Electric-Car Charging: What You Need To Know

of the more daunting perceived obstacles to driving a plug-in electric car seems to be the need for a home charging station.

While plug-in hybrids can be recharged overnight using their 120-Volt charging cords, battery-electric drivers should really have access to a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station.

Those will recharge the full battery pack in anything from 4 to 9 hours, depending o More

of the more daunting perceived obstacles to driving a plug-in electric car seems to be the need for a home charging station.

While plug-in hybrids can be recharged overnight using their 120-Volt charging cords, battery-electric drivers should really have access to a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station.

Those will recharge the full battery pack in anything from 4 to 9 hours, depending o More

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BioSolar Claims Huge Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Breakthrough — Better Capacity, Longer Life, & Lower Costs (Reportedly) | CleanTechnica

The energy storage technology company BioSolar has claimed a breakthrough in the field of lithium-ion batteries, according to a recent press release.

To be more specific, the company has claimed that a technology that it’s currently developing can significantly expand the life, increase the energy capacity, and lower the costs associated with lithium-ion batteries.

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The energy storage technology company BioSolar has claimed a breakthrough in the field of lithium-ion batteries, according to a recent press release.

To be more specific, the company has claimed that a technology that it’s currently developing can significantly expand the life, increase the energy capacity, and lower the costs associated with lithium-ion batteries.

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[model 3] Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel Discusses Model 3

It has “next generation” Tesla tech.
It’s about the size of an Audi A4.
It will wow everyone with features.
Every EV component, from battery innards to electric motors, is quickly dropping in price.
Lithium is plentiful already, but could be extracted from ocean water in the future.
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It has “next generation” Tesla tech.
It’s about the size of an Audi A4.
It will wow everyone with features.
Every EV component, from battery innards to electric motors, is quickly dropping in price.
Lithium is plentiful already, but could be extracted from ocean water in the future.
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[[health and environment] Japan: As Population Collapses, Fukushima Families Fall Apart

Given the option of leaving their hometowns or risking radiation poisoning five years ago, families living near the Fukushima radiation disaster are falling apart, facing divorce, suicide, and cancer. The breakdown of Fukushima families comes as Japan faces a dwindling population it continues to struggle to replenish.

Mothers desperate to save their children from cancer or other side effect More

Given the option of leaving their hometowns or risking radiation poisoning five years ago, families living near the Fukushima radiation disaster are falling apart, facing divorce, suicide, and cancer. The breakdown of Fukushima families comes as Japan faces a dwindling population it continues to struggle to replenish.

Mothers desperate to save their children from cancer or other side effect More

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How Utilities Are Planning Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure in California and Beyond | Greentech Media

Utilities are facing some difficult decisions about how to invest in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

In 2014, the Edison Electric Institute outlined the importance of the EV sector. “Stagnant growth, rising costs, and a need for even greater infrastructure investment represent major challenges to the utility industry,” concluded the organization. But “leading the charge on elect More

Utilities are facing some difficult decisions about how to invest in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

In 2014, the Edison Electric Institute outlined the importance of the EV sector. “Stagnant growth, rising costs, and a need for even greater infrastructure investment represent major challenges to the utility industry,” concluded the organization. But “leading the charge on elect More

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China shifts gears to drive electric car development – FT.com

China’s efforts to take the lead in electric vehicle development will focus on battery technologies and public vehicle fleets, in a bid to kick an over-dependence on subsidies, according to officials.

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to “step up support” for the electric vehicle industry at a meeting of the State Council on Wednesday by shifting funds from supporting EV production to rewardin More

China’s efforts to take the lead in electric vehicle development will focus on battery technologies and public vehicle fleets, in a bid to kick an over-dependence on subsidies, according to officials.

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to “step up support” for the electric vehicle industry at a meeting of the State Council on Wednesday by shifting funds from supporting EV production to rewardin More

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UK: New rapid charging electric vehicle network completed | Autocar

A new 683-mile electric vehicle charging network has been completed in the UK, bringing rapid-charging stations within easy reach of more drivers.

The network, installed by Rapid Charge Network, consists of 74 rapid charging points, which are capable of charging a vehicle’s battery to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.

The network has been designed to give drivers of electric vehicles More

A new 683-mile electric vehicle charging network has been completed in the UK, bringing rapid-charging stations within easy reach of more drivers.

The network, installed by Rapid Charge Network, consists of 74 rapid charging points, which are capable of charging a vehicle’s battery to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.

The network has been designed to give drivers of electric vehicles More

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Uses Silicon Valley R&D Center To Develop Autonomous Driving Cars

Renault isn’t present in the U.S., but together with Nissan – as the Renault-Nissan Alliance – they are jointly developing new technologies in Silicon Valley.

One of the main topics these days is autonomous driving, which is related to a second one – connectivity, and both seem to be introduced in at first in electric cars.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance recently released a vide More

Renault isn’t present in the U.S., but together with Nissan – as the Renault-Nissan Alliance – they are jointly developing new technologies in Silicon Valley.

One of the main topics these days is autonomous driving, which is related to a second one – connectivity, and both seem to be introduced in at first in electric cars.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance recently released a vide More

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Nissan Leaf’s app could let hackers run down batteries and see trip logs | The Verge

A newly discovered vulnerability in Nissan Leaf’s NissanConnect app isn’t as catastrophic as one found in Chrysler’s Uconnect system this past summer, but it still could impact drivers’ personal privacy and security. Researcher Troy Hunt uncovered a bug in the companion app to the electric Nissan Leaf that could allow anyone to retrieve drivers’ trip histories, as well as More

A newly discovered vulnerability in Nissan Leaf’s NissanConnect app isn’t as catastrophic as one found in Chrysler’s Uconnect system this past summer, but it still could impact drivers’ personal privacy and security. Researcher Troy Hunt uncovered a bug in the companion app to the electric Nissan Leaf that could allow anyone to retrieve drivers’ trip histories, as well as More

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Qualcomm’s President Wants an Interconnected Electric-Car Wonderland | Inverse

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality, but getting a car to steer itself is just the tip of the iceberg, according to Qualcomm President Derek Aberle.

During his keynote speech at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Aberle laid out Qualcomm’s goals for the future of communications and transportation technology.

“The car of the future is going to be very different and the w More

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality, but getting a car to steer itself is just the tip of the iceberg, according to Qualcomm President Derek Aberle.

During his keynote speech at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, Aberle laid out Qualcomm’s goals for the future of communications and transportation technology.

“The car of the future is going to be very different and the w More

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Nissan Leaf electric cars hack vulnerability disclosed – BBC News

Media captionWatch: Troy Hunt controlled the climate systems of a car parked on the other side of the world
Some of Nissan’s Leaf cars can be easily hacked, allowing their heating and air-conditioning systems to be hijacked, according to a prominent security researcher.

Troy Hunt reported that a flaw with the electric vehicle’s companion app also meant data about drivers&# More

Media captionWatch: Troy Hunt controlled the climate systems of a car parked on the other side of the world
Some of Nissan’s Leaf cars can be easily hacked, allowing their heating and air-conditioning systems to be hijacked, according to a prominent security researcher.

Troy Hunt reported that a flaw with the electric vehicle’s companion app also meant data about drivers&# More

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2016 Nissan Leaf Blows Away US Top-Selling EV! – DailySun

Looking at the EV arena in US and Europe, it seems that the Nissan Leaf is running low on momentum and is in real need of the refreshed 2016 model with the new infotainment and battery heater to boost dwindling sales.

That, however, is not the case in Japan.

In the far east the Leaf managed 2,503 sales this past January. That’s the first time that the compact electric has achieved More

Looking at the EV arena in US and Europe, it seems that the Nissan Leaf is running low on momentum and is in real need of the refreshed 2016 model with the new infotainment and battery heater to boost dwindling sales.

That, however, is not the case in Japan.

In the far east the Leaf managed 2,503 sales this past January. That’s the first time that the compact electric has achieved More

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Officials: “Historic crisis” along US West Coast… “

Officials: “Historic crisis” along US West Coast… “We’re facing a fishery disaster”… “Very never-seen-before things”… Should be exclamation alarm to public — Extinction threat for salmon runs; Loss of sardines, squid, sea urchins, kelp; Massive sea star deaths; Marine mammal strandings… more

Press Democrat, Feb 11, 2016 (emphasis added): Scientists and lawmakers fore More

Officials: “Historic crisis” along US West Coast… “We’re facing a fishery disaster”… “Very never-seen-before things”… Should be exclamation alarm to public — Extinction threat for salmon runs; Loss of sardines, squid, sea urchins, kelp; Massive sea star deaths; Marine mammal strandings… more

Press Democrat, Feb 11, 2016 (emphasis added): Scientists and lawmakers fore More

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Over half of US cars will be electric by 2030

In the next decade or so, experts predict that electric car sales will surpass gas-powered car sales.

That may seem hard to believe. In 2015, all of the alternative fuel cars (hybrid, electric, natural gas, etc.) put together only made up about 7% of the 129 million total cars in the US, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

But by 2030, a report from Argonne Natio More

In the next decade or so, experts predict that electric car sales will surpass gas-powered car sales.

That may seem hard to believe. In 2015, all of the alternative fuel cars (hybrid, electric, natural gas, etc.) put together only made up about 7% of the 129 million total cars in the US, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

But by 2030, a report from Argonne Natio More

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