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Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.

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Utilities Knew About Climate Change Back In 1968 And Still Battled The Science

Oil giants like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell aren’t the only corporations that understood what was happening to the climate decades ago and covered that knowledge up.

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Bill Nye: ‘You can shoot the messenger but climate is still changing’

“You can’t choose to believe in gravity; if you walk off a cliff, you will be affected aversely. Climate change is not a 50-50 thing which you can choose to believe in or not. If you choose to ignore human’s influence on the world’s climate, we will be affected adversely.”
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To Shrink Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes

This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that can carry diseases….

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Wasteland: plastics campaign calls for grassroots action on pollution – video

In a film released by Surfers Against Sewage, narrated by the actor Imelda Staunton, the scale of the plastic waste that circulates on the currents of the world’s oceans is compared to a global nuclear security threat.
 
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What Really Happened At That Robotics Competition You’ve Heard So Much About

“You are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty in the world,” Kim said. “And from what I saw of these robots, I know you can do it.”

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These haunting animal photos aim to make you reconsider a visit to the zoo

They’re taken from the perspective of the public, and, McArthur said, aim to show the animals as “individuals,” as opposed to representatives of their species.

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Bill Nye Slams ‘Dingbats,’ Says Climate Deniers Are Old And Will Soon Be Dead

Nye predicted that the ignorance that has dominated a number of scientific debates, including climate science and autism, won’t last.

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Scientists say Miami could cease to exist in our children’s lifetime

Miami, a city of 430,000 people, could disappear within the century if the worst climate-change predictions come true.

Source: In Miami-Dade County, 1.6 million square feet of office space and 1.8 million square feet of retail space was under construction in the second quarter of 2016, the BBC reported.

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Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

The number they came to is mind-boggling: 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics produced worldwide since 1950. That’s as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings or a billion elephants, according to the BBC.

Source: Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty.

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WiFi Experiment Done By A Group Of 9th Grade Students Got Serious International Attention. THIS Is Why…

Researchers from England, Holland and Sweden have shown great interest in the experiment done by 5 girls from northern Jutland in 9th grade.
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House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository – photo essay

Resources to catch smugglers are also stretched at American ports and airports. And the situation could deteriorate further – the Trump administration has requested that the FWS budget be cut next year, resulting in more than 300 staff losing their jobs.
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Oil-exposed fish make dangerous decisions, study finds

Small amounts of oil can cause coral reef fish to engage in risky behaviours, according to a new study.

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Why is India drilling deep into an earthquake hotspot?

Geologists are drilling one of Asia’s deepest boreholes to unlock the mysteries of earthquakes.
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Six ways Trump is ‘dismantling’ the US after six months in office

“Trump has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank, the regulations brought in to tame US financial institutions after they triggered the worst recession in living memory. He has appointed a sworn enemy of net neutrality over at the Federal Communications Commission who is now working to dismantle Obama-era open internet protections. He has freed up energy firms to start polluting […]

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Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act

As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect imperiled species and combat the biodiversity crisis: the Endangered Species Act.

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The Sky Is The Limit

I’m so proud to have had the chance to interview Karl Bergey, windmill pioneer whose firm has been building small windmills for nearly 30 years! Please enjoy his profile in Evolution magazine: The Sky is the Limit
 

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3 Republican Women Effectively Killed McConnell’s Latest Repeal Plan

After the GOP Senate health care bill was effectively killed from within on Monday night1 ― Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee from the conservative wing of the Republican Party dealt the bill its final blow ― McConnell, the Senate majority leader, announced he would move forward with legislation that would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: fighting science denial starts with people, not politicians

He recalls the aphorism that every great truth passes through three phases: “First, they say it’s not true. Second, they say it conflicts with the Bible. Third, they say they’ve known it all along.”

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Floodwaters Hit Record Highs In River North Of Chicago

It’s been more than 30 years since the Des Plaines River hit the flood stages that it reached Friday, setting records with flood stages from 12 to more than 16 feet in several cities in northeastern Illinois — far above the flood stage of 7 feet that’s normal for most of the area….

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