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According to the World Economic Forum, solar power is now cheaper than fossil fuels for new energy. Renewable energy has reached a tipping-point of sorts—massive investment, falling installation costs, and advancing tech is beginning to reap dividends. Now, a future of clean, renewable power is finally within reach.
Submitted on February 3rd 2017 by drunkenninja
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Over the last month the Kilauea flow has increased from a lava tube at the Kamokuna ocean entry on the southeast side of the Big Island. The lava now falls 70 feet (21 meters) into the cool seawater below, causing explosions and billowing smoke.
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I sailed from LA to Honolulu with Danish nonprofit Plastic Change to finish a global survey on ocean plastic. Short answer: The Pacific plastic problem is probably worse than you thought. It's 5:30 AM, the sky still pitch black, save for the glow of a waning crescent moon and a sprinkling of stars, when I take the wheel. I'm in the cockpit of a 64-year-old, 54-foot steel sailboat from Denmark called the S/Y Christianshavn.
Submitted on February 3rd 2017 by Chubros
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The United States Department of Agriculture shut down an online database Friday that included information about animals mistreated, injured and killed. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) cited privacy concerns in removing the documents, but one animal welfare activist said he believes the department is caving to pressure from groups that didn't like the information being so easily accessible.
Submitted on February 5th 2017 by funhonestdude
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Punxsutawney Phil made his famous weather prediction Thursday morning, emerging from his burrow to see his shadow. That means, according to Groundhog Day tradition, the U.S. will brave another six weeks of winter. The groundhog, emerging from a sleep, squealed as he was pulled from his burrow about 7:15 a.m. He was hoisted into the air and placed on a stump before his official prognostication was made.
Submitted on February 3rd 2017 by rawlings
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The Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie. The river has caught on fire 13 times since 1868; the last time it was ablaze was in June, 1969. A river caught on fire. Just about anyone would concede that seems pretty abnormal. During the 1960s Lake Erie was considered, for all intents and purposes, dead. The river fire was covered in Time magazine, where the article described a river so saturated with sewage and industrial waste that it “oozes rather than flows.”
Submitted on February 6th 2017 by everlost
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The largest coal-fired power plant in the West — one of the biggest climate polluters in the nation — could close later this year, a major symbolic blow to the future of coal as the backbone of America’s electric power grid. The owners of Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station northeast of the Grand Canyon announced in early January that low natural gas prices and the rising costs of generating electricity using coal make it too expensive to operate the plant. A decision on the plant’s fate is expected this spring.
Submitted on February 6th 2017 by rexall
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According to independent analyses by NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures. Heat records for the Arctic were also broken, and to a stunning degree. According to satellite data, the 2016 Arctic sea ice minimum extent, is effectively tied with 2007, for the second-lowest yearly minimum in the satellite records.
Submitted on February 6th 2017 by Petrox
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For the first time, researchers have successfully grown human cells inside early-stage pig embryos in the lab, creating pig-human hybrids, which the researchers describe as interspecies chimeras.
Submitted on February 2nd 2017 by wetwilly87 with 1 Related Links:
1. Hybrid zoo: Introducing pig–human embryos and a rat–mouse Added by Maternitus on February 3rd 2017.
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The number of jobs supported by the wind industry has cracked the 100,000 mark, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Energy. As Energy Central reports, the milestone means wind power now employs more workers than nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. And one out of every four of those wind workers are employed in the state of Texas. And wind doesn’t appear to be slowing down, either. According to an earlier DOE report, the U.S. could add almost 400,000 more wind jobs in the next thirteen years.
Submitted on February 8th 2017 by Pfennig88
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Hеrе іn the Unіtеd Stаtеѕ, сіrсuѕеѕ аrе almost synonymous with wіld аnіmаl реrfоrmаnсеѕ. Whеn уоu hear thе word сіrсuѕ, thе images that came tо mіnd аrе рrоbаblу thе ѕіght of a lіоn jumріng through fire, аn elephant standing on іtѕ hind legs, оr a mоnkеу riding a bicycle. Thеѕе all may ѕееm like acts оf іnсrеdіblе tаlеnt аnd entertainment, but thе truth іѕ, сіrсuѕ аnіmаlѕ suffer a lifetime of аbuѕе, соnfіnеmеntѕ, and еxtrеmе mental ѕtrеѕѕ, in order tо be trаіnеd tо реrfоrm іn ѕuсh асtѕ.
Submitted on February 4th 2017 by ubthejudge
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There іѕ gооd nеwѕ fоr wіldlіfе еnthuѕіаѕtѕ ahead оf thе 3rd Aѕіа Mіnіѕtеrіаl Conference оn Tіgеr Cоnѕеrvаtіоn thаt tаkеѕ оff tоmоrrоw іn New Dеlhі. Thе numbеr оf wіld tigers hаѕ gone uр glоbаllу by 22 реr сеnt tо 3,890, frоm thе еаrlіеr 2010 estimate оf 3200, based on the bеѕt аvаіlаblе data, according to the Wоrld Wіldlіfе Fund and the Global Tіgеr Fоrum (GTF). The соnѕеrvаtіоn meet wіll bе opened by Prime Mіnіѕtеr Narendra Mоdі on Tuеѕdау, whо rерrеѕеntѕ thе country...
Submitted on February 5th 2017 by TNY
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It is in what we now call the Middle East that humans domesticated plants and animals, built the earliest cities, devised the first alphabet, and wrote the first literature. But while many of the mysteries in the region’s history still abound, few...
Submitted on February 8th 2017 by kxh
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They go by many names: wild boar, wild hog, razorback, Eurasian boar, feral swine. But whatever you call them, invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are wreaking environmental havoc and spreading rapidly. Wild pigs were first brought to the southern U.S. in the 1500s as a source of food for early explorers and settlers, and repeated introductions occurred thereafter. In the 1900s, the Eurasian or Russian wild boar was introduced to the U.S. for sport hunting. Today’s invasive wild pigs are the descendents of introduced wild boar, escaped domestic pigs, and hybrids of the two.
Submitted on February 4th 2017 by weekendhobo
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