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Norway Leads the Way on Electric Cars

Nearly a third of all new cars sold in the country this year will be plug-in models and experts expect that share to skyrocket

While tourists explore Oslo’s history in the grounds of the centuries-old Akershus fortress, below their feet is a harbinger of the city’s future. Here in the catacombs sit scores of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and BMW i3s, plugged into the charging points of…
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by: The Guardian – December 25, 2017

Japan’s Inaction on Illegal Ivory Exports Jeopardizes Imminent Chinese Ban, Report Says

Monitoring network Traffic calls for Japanese government to act quickly to end smuggling

Japan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports could undermine China’s forthcoming ban on its domestic ivory trade, conservation groups have warned. Photo by USFWS Mountain-Prairie, FlickrChina's plans to end its domestic ivory trade at the end of the year. But a new…
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by: The Guardian – December 20, 2017

Climate Change Is the Story You Missed in 2017, and the Media Is to Blame

Some of Trump’s tweets have generated more national coverage than devastating disasters

Which story did you hear more about this year — how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans? photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef/US Coast Guard A Coast Guard member…
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by: The Guardian – December 8, 2017

Historic Sites on US East Coast Threatened by Sea Level Rise

By the end of the century the White House, early colonial settlements and other historic places could be inundated

Large tracts of America’s east coast heritage are at risk from being wiped out by sea level rise, with the rising oceans set to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological and historic sites, according to new research. Photo by Michael Ciarleglio Researchers found…
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by: The Guardian – November 30, 2017

Black Friday Indeed, Our Relentless Consumption is Trashing the Planet

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying Earth

Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of…
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by: The Guardian – November 24, 2017

Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead

The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday. The UN talks were tasked with the vital, if unglamorous,…
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by: The Guardian – November 17, 2017

Miniature Robots Could Cut Pesticide Use on Farms in the Future

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts

Miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food waste, as well as easing labour shortages, academic farming experts have said. Photo courtesy of Naio TechnologiesNaio Technologies, a French company, has a…
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by: The Guardian – November 14, 2017

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