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If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is famous for its electric cars, and it's now moving into the world of batteries. The company introduced new systems designed to store power from unreliable wind and solar sources, hoping to make a fortune and change the energy market forever.

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Pope Francis is making waves on the issue of global climate change

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advocates for more aggressive action on climate change are counting Pope Francis as a powerful new ally. But the head of the Roman Catholic Church is ruffling some feathers even before coming out with a highly anticipated Catholic teaching on environmental issues.

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Nepal's quake preparations not enough, despite 20 years of warnings

Monday, April 27, 2015

An earthquake in Kathmandu isn’t surprising: Many experts in the region have long expected a big quake. And while Nepali NGOs have worked on educating the public about what to do, it’s hard to prepare for the unknown when the daily pressures of poverty take priority.

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Toronto's Zoo plans to turn its animal waste into electricity

Monday, April 27, 2015

From African lions to Grevy's Zebras, animals at the Toronto Zoo generate 3,000 tons of dung a year. Now the zoo will soon be turning all that poop into energy, thanks to a new biogas plant that uses manure to create electricity.

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Southern Chile readies for a third volcano eruption

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted without warning this week — twice. The first eruption sent a plume of ash into the sky for 90 minutes. The second shot lava into the sky.

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Will new garbage bins bring Toronto victory in its war on raccoons?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Toronto has been called the raccoon capital of the world. Now, the city is launching a new weapon in its war against the backyard bandits — a redesigned garbage bin it hopes will keep nightly raccoon raiders away.

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As new leader of the Arctic Council, the US will focus on the region's Big Thaw

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Climate change is hitting the Arctic harder than anywhere else. And when it takes over leadership of the eight-nation Arctic Council later this month, the US will shift the organization's priority from economic development to fighting — and adapting to — climate change.

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A real hockey meltdown threatens Canada's signature sport

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Legend has it that hockey great Wayne Gretzky learned how to skate on an outdoor rink, just like millions of other Canadians. But climate change could make Canada's backyard rinks a thing of the past.

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Deep sea robot salvages sunken British treasure from a record depth

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A British-led salvage group has recovered several tonnes of silver coins from the incredible depth of three miles beneath the stormy south Atlantic.

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To prevent the next Ebola, scientists try to catch new viruses before they break out

Thursday, April 16, 2015

With the Ebola outbreak not yet behind us, global health workers are already scrambling to prevent what could be the next big outbreak of an emerging disease caused by a virus that jumped from animals into humans. In Tanzania, an organization is trying a new approach to tracking these new viruses and preventing another pandemic.

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Some of Pearl Harbor's unknown victims will get a second chance at identification

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Defense Department has announced plans to exhume the remains of almost 400 sailors and Marines who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Officials are confident they can identify most of the remains with modern DNA technology and reunite them with their families.

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Renewed diplomacy still leaves Cubans stuck in a dial-up world

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Cuban hopes for high-speed Internet connections remain on hold, stalled by outdated infrastructure and authorities worried about losing their grip on power. But Cubans still find plenty of ways to work around their scant online connections.

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The car of the future — the very near future — might be driven by the wind

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How do you balance the ebbs and flows of wind and solar power to use it when and where it's most needed? Turn it into hydrogen and use it to drive cars.

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Water, water everywhere, but in Taiwan today there's just a drop to drink

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Taiwan is experiencing record low rainfall and water shortages. The island surrounded by water has had to restrict water consumption.

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When the grid says 'no' to wind and solar power, this company's technology helps it say 'yes' again

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Too much renewable power? A German engineer comes up with a way to store excess renewable energy, take pressure off the grid and ease the way for the adoption of more wind and solar power in a country that's already way ahead of most of the rest of us.

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How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Unhappy with the economics of his rooftop solar panels, a German tinkerer invents his own electricity storage system that saves users hundres of dollars a year, makes it easier to integrate renewables into the grid, and wins an award for renewable product of the year.

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California faces the worst water emergency since the Dust Bowl, and it needs solutions fast

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It happened on April Fool's Day, but it's no joke: Governor Jerry Brown says California must reduce its water usage by 25 percent. The state's drought, now in its fourth year, is requiring drastic measures, and one man thinks Australia is the place to look for answers.

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A crash in Europe lays bare some of aviation's myths

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't blame the autopilot for the latest aviation disaster, one pilot says: Humans still have more to do with flying high-tech jets than you think. That and other myths explain a lot about how ordinary people view the airline industry and the accidents it suffers.

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Seven questions you should ask to try to make sure your fish wasn't caught by slaves

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Americans eat far less seafood than they do meat, but there's still a long way to go before they chow down on salmon and shrimp in a truly ethical and sustainable manner. Author Paul Greenberg offers facts and tips for making your daily catch a little greener.

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A remote, forgotten Nazi hideout? Archaeologists shine light on Argentine history.

Monday, March 23, 2015

In a remote park in northeastern Argentina, a group of archaeologists has uncovered three mysterious stone houses in the middle of the wilderness. If they're right, they've found the remnants of a World War II-era Nazi hideout that was never used.

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