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Hurricane-resistant SURE HOUSE wins the 2015 Solar Decathlon

The winner of the 2015 Solar Decathlon is the Stevens Institute of Technology's SURE HOUSE! Years of hard work and outside-of-the-box thinking paid …

Big Data: 20 Mind-Boggling Facts Everyone Must Read

Biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years brings back memories of Cecil the lion

Exclusive: German hunter pays nearly £40,000 to shoot one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe, while conservationists and safari guides mourn the loss of ‘magnificent’ animal<p>It is an image that will haunt conservationists: one of Africa’s most majestic creatures lying dead on the ground …

Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point

Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …

ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world has been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday.<p>The U.N. training and research agency released satellite images and analysis that confirmed the Temple of Bel -- which for nearly 2,000 years has been the center …

Palmyra

No regrets, no remorse: Isis mastermind who sent out 15 suicide bombers

In prison interview, Baghdad commander is defiant as he details his deadly campaign that left more than 100 people dead, including children<p>For almost a year Abu Abdullah was the most wanted man in Baghdad. He was known among his bosses inside Islamic State as “the planner” – the man responsible for …

Micro Finance and Economic Development

A2 Macro revision presentation on aspects of micro finance and micro credit as a source of funding to stimulate economic development

Microfinance

The world has noted Australia's lack of ambition on climate change | Connie Hedegaard

Australia’s politicians seem to have accepted that climate change is happening and must be addressed urgently. So why are they delaying?<p>For an outsider to understand another country’s climate policy is never easy. Australia is certainly no exception. As a European observer, the recent debate about …

Climate

The Earth Is Now "Locked In" To A 3 Foot Sea Level Rise, NASA Says

Steve Nerem, a geophysicist at NASA and the University of Colorado, Boulder, said the world is all but certain to see a three foot sea level rise due to the concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.<p>Nerem told BuzzFeed News Thursday even if global emissions stopped immediately, the …

Global Warming

The government’s efforts to kill off the solar industry and lead us to fracking hell | Letters

On 29 June the Department of Energy and Climate Change told me, on behalf of Amber Rudd, that “as you may know the government’s position remains that we are committed to seeing solar PV, including wide-scale deployment across community homes and rooftops”. On 7 July 2015 I held a party at the …

Virginia shooting: gunman 'identified with 9/11 attackers'

Police say the writings of Bryce Williams, who murdered two TV journalists, show his affinity with killers and terrorists<p>The gunman who shot dead two American television journalists during a live broadcast identified with mass murderers and the 9/11 attackers, according to police investigating what …

Obama defends Arctic drilling decision on eve of Alaska climate change trip

President accused of undermining own agenda with decision to allow hunt for oil in Arctic, as he prepares for three-day tour to showcase effects of climate change<p>Barack Obama has been forced to defend his decision to allow the hunt for oil in the last great wilderness of the Arctic, on the eve of …

12 Awesome Solar Powered Gadgets That Every Home Should Be Using

Advertisement<p>According to the EPA, the average electric bill for residences in the United States was $110.21 in 2013, which means households were …

The CEO of this $30 billion company gives half of his gross income to charity

Long ago, he publicly vowed to give an increasing percentage of his gross income to charity and he's now up to 50%, he tells Business Insider.<p>"I make a lot of money so I can give a lot of money away. We have a small foundation, but most of it we just give directly from our revenue and overall …

Guilty of being black in a white world: The ludicrous reason these women were thrown off of a train last weekend

<b>(Lisa Renee Johnson)</b><p>The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks… and for what?<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 26, 2015 9:46pm (UTC)<p>Over the weekend, the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, composed of 10 Black women and one white woman, were kicked off the Napa …

Napa Valley

42 easily confused English terms that make global travelers look ridiculous

Geography is hard. Even for those of us who grew up eating every meal over a Rand McNally world map placemat, there are a lot of terms to remember. And confuse. Often, it seems people may not be aware they are using a specific term incorrectly—hence the overwhelmingly positive reception to Terry …

World's fastest-melting glacier loses massive chunk in 2 days

One of the world's most rapidly flowing glaciers may have just set another record, and it's not one not that bodes well for low-lying coastal cities …

Global Warming

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Scientists say they have found a way to transform carbon dioxide in the air into valuable materials

A group of scientists from George Washington University, led by Dr. Stuart Licht, say they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers.<p>"Rather than an attempt to survive the climate change consequences of flooding, wildfires, …

Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up on Tianjin's Shores, a Week After the Blasts

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the shores of the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, eight days after a series of deadly explosions at a …

Protesters unveil demands for stricter US policing laws as political reach grows

Black Lives Matter movement,US news,Protest,US politics,US elections 2016,US policing,US domestic policy<p>Leaders of influential civil rights movement release most comprehensive set of policy proposals yet calling for federal and state laws to combat police killings<p>Leaders in the new civil rights …

U.S., Seoul pause exercises as North threatens war

Amid threats of war from North Korea, an annual joint military exercise with the U.S. and South Korea was briefly halted, U.S. officials said Friday.<p>The latest developments came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared his front-line troops were in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to …

US crude oil prices hit lowest since 2009, eliminating thousands of jobs

Consumers may cheer the lower prices at the pump, but jobs are being lost in the energy industry across the world<p>America’s oil boom is faltering, and with US crude oil prices hitting lows unseen since 2009 this week, experts believe the fall may continue taking thousands of jobs with it.<p>Consumers …

Crude Oil Prices

2 typhoons over Pacific: 1 could strike Japan, clip Philippines, Taiwan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two typhoons roil over the Pacific, captured in a spectacular satellite photo, but only Typhoon Goni is projected to make landfall, clipping the Philippines, Taiwan and then possibly striking southern Japan.<p>Super Typhoon Atsani, though more powerful, with winds of 155 mph gusting to 186 …

San Francisco earthquake: Is the 'Big One' coming?

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault line has increased fears that the 'Big One' could come any day<p>When and where did the latest earthquake happen?<p>The Hayward fault line experienced a 4.0 magnitude earthquake at 6.49am (2.49pm BST), on August 18. The quake occurred in northern …