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Solar overtakes brown coal in mid-day power, and keeps prices down

Solar overtakes brown coal to be second biggest contributor to the main grid in the middle of the day, and keeps a lid on prices.The post Solar …

Electrical Grid

In a scientific first, researchers gave people BPA — and saw a link to precursor of type 2 diabetes

A first-of-its-kind study of a small group of people exposed to a very small amount of bisphenol-A (BPA) is raising questions about the federal …


Baby squirrels freed after tails entangled by plastic

Rescuers were forced to anaesthetise the "distressed ball of squirrelly energy".


80 % decrease in black carbon on Brussels car-free day

For one day a year, the Brussels capital region is banning all individual motorized transport – or to formulate it in a more appropriate way: For one …


By 2040, most of the world won’t have enough water to meet demand year-round

What happens when we run out of an invaluable resource? We tackle the crisis on this week’s episode of our Netflix show, Explained.<p>Seven out of 10 people on earth can count on running water to be available in their homes. That means it’s always there when we need it, whatever we need it for.<p>Until …

Cape Town

Record temperatures hit northern Minnesota Sunday

Brainerd, International Falls broke records for high temperatures Sunday.


Hong Kong hit by typhoon as 40 reported dead in Philippines

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Hong Kong residents huddled indoors Sunday and strong winds sent debris flying as Typhoon Mangkhut, the world's strongest storm this year, carved a destructive and deadly path from the Philippines toward mainland China.<p>The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) raised the storm signal to T10 …

Hong Kong

Thousands of Tonnes of Shellfish Have Died in Southern France

For fisherman Jean-Christophe Cabrol, the arrival of la malaïgue in the Thau Lagoon in southern France this August was like watching a wildfire …


Hog Lagoons Stay Contained Amid Pelting Rains, Governor Says

North Carolina’s hog-manure lagoons have stayed contained so far, according to the state, as the region continues to get pelted with rain from the …

North Carolina

Flooding from Hurricane Florence Threatens to Overwhelm Manure Lagoons

On any given day, there are about six million hogs in North Carolina. The vast majority of them are confined in buildings, in what are known as concentrated animal-feeding operations. According to research conducted by Mark Sobsey, a professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the …

North Carolina

Rains from Florence cause collapse at North Carolina coal ash landfill Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence …

North Carolina

Our Planet Is Exploding With Marine 'Dead Zones'

The world’s oceans are exploding with dead zones, regions where the water is so depleted of oxygen that fish and other sea life that live near the …

Mississippi River

'Super typhoon' far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards millions

An "extremely dangerous" super typhoon predicted to be the one of the strongest systems on record is tearing towards Hong Kong and the Philippines …

In Hurricane Florence’s Path: Giant Toxic Coal Ash Piles

Dozens of toxic coal ash piles across the Southeast are in the path of what is forecast to be days of torrential rains and flash flooding from …

North Carolina

As Greenland Warms, Nature’s Seasonal Clock Is Thrown Off-Kilter

For millennia, ecosystems in Greenland and throughout the Arctic have been regulated by seasonal changes that govern the greening of vegetation and …


Homes and streets flooding in Texas City

Heavy rainfall overnight caused the water to rise, causing officials to cancel school in Texas City.


NASA Has Discovered Arctic Lakes Bubbling With Methane—and That’s Very Bad News

Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane, and the release of this highly potent greenhouse gas has scientists worried.<p>Last …


The Edmonton Transit Service Orders 25 Proterra Electric Buses

Proterra announced that the Edmonton Transit Service has locked in a contract for 25 of Proterra's 40-foot Catalyst E2 max fully electric buses. The …


The problem with all the plastic that’s leaching into your food

There’s mounting evidence that it’s a health hazard.<p>Consider what you’ve eaten today. Perhaps you drank juice from a plastic bottle and coffee from a Keurig pod. For breakfast, you might have had fruit with yogurt. Your lunch salad may have been packed in a plastic container.<p>There’s a good chance …

Administrative Law

Mangkhut now a supertyphoon: JTWC

MANILA <b>(UPDATE)</b> - Typhoon Mangkhut has intensified into a supertyphoon, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Tuesday.<p>It is currently …


Trouble Brewing in the Atlantic

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2018<p>Tropical cyclones in the Atlantic most often develop during the ocean basin's official hurricane season from June 1 …

Tropical Cyclones

Be prepared: It’s getting hotter and drier

Related Links<p><b>What changes can we expect for our country and our lives as climate change takes hold? Mandi Smallhorne asks the experts</b><p>The good, the …

Climate Change

Seven Reasons Why The Internal Combustion Engine Is A Dead Man Walking [Updated]

The age of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is over. Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to Electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.<p>What are the factors that lead me to say this with such confidence?<p><b>1 China</b> …

Electric Vehicles

Global review of climate action finds surging momentum, shifting burden, missed opportunities

<b>NAIROBI, 10 September 2018</b> – A new accounting of global climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions finds a broad spectrum of commitments from …


Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar energy research in Singapore in 2013 when he encountered an extraordinary …


New Zealand pest plague inbound for spring

A hungry horde of rodents and insects has been breeding a pest army - and they're about to be unleashed.<p>New Zealand has just had an abnormally warm …

New Zealand

Two million risk hunger after drought in Central America

Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could leave more than two million people hungry, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on …

Central America

Four-day working week for all is a realistic goal this century, unions say

Advances in technology mean that a four-day week working week is a realistic goal for most people by the end of this century, the leader of the UK’s trade union movement has said.<p>Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), used her speech to the organisation’s 150th …

Boris Johnson

In rare event, Atlantic, Pacific churn with storms at same time

U.S. news<p>As forecasters predicted an increased likelihood that Tropical Storm Florence could strengthen and strike somewhere along the East Coast, some experts said it was another symptom of a historic and unique hurricane season that could be influenced by global warming.<p>With the Eastern Seaboard …

Pacific Hurricanes