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China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

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Leanna Garfield, provided by Published 10:09 am, Monday, March 19, 2018 Sungrow The Chinese province of Anhui built a massive floating solar farm on top of an abandoned coal mine. An even larger floating solar plant will come online by May 2018. Due to rising concerns surrounding air pollution-related deaths, China is trying to invest more heavily in renewable energy projects.  A new study indicates that, on average, Chinese cities have cut deadly air pollution particles by 32% over the past four years. The new solar farms are part of the global shift away from energy generated from fossil fuels. China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year. According to a 2016 study , the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and...
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Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns

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Climate change will result in a massive movement of people inside countries and across borders, creating “hotspots” where tens of millions pour into already crowded slums, according to the World Bank. More than 140 million people in just three regions of the developing world are likely to migrate within their native countries between now and 2050, the first report on the subject has found. The World Bank examined three regions, which between them account for 55% of the developing world’s population. In sub-Saharan Africa, 86 million are expected to be internally displaced over the period; in south Asia, about 40 million; and in Latin America, 17 million. Such flows of people could cause enormous disruption, threatening governance and economic and social development, but the World Bank cautioned that it was still possible to stave off the worst effects. “Climate change-driven migration will be a reality, but it does not need...
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Amazing animal super senses

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Having five senses at our disposal seems great, until you realise many animals have either bettered these senses or created entirely new ways of experiencing the world around them. Here are some of the special animal senses evolved over millions of years, that give them the edge over our human senses. Vision Our eyesight as a species is by no means poor: unlike many others, we can see in colour using three types of colour detecting receptors called cone cells. Each type of cone cell detects a different colour, which amalgamate to give us the rainbow of colours which paint our surroundings. But that doesn't mean ours is the best sense of sight. Our measly three cone cell types are trumped by a tiny creature sporting an incredible 15 different types of cone cell: the humble shrimp. Look around at all the colours you can see and try to imagine seeing five times as many - it's mind-boggling!...
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Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Sean McCabe for Rolling Stone Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas. The water rained down on a flat former bayou that had become a concrete and asphalt empire of more than 2.3 million people. Highways turned into rivers and shopping malls into lakes. As the water rose, people scrambled for safe refuge – into attics, onto rooftops and overpasses. A Texas game warden captured a nine-foot-long alligator in the dining room of a home near Lake Houston. Snakes swam into kitchens. A hawk flew into a taxicab and wouldn't leave. California's Climate Emergency Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime...
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