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State-of-the-Art Control Center -- High-tech Tools Integrate Renewables

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Yakout Mansour
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There is a new tool sharpening California's renewable vision. It is in the form of a state-of-the-art system control center that houses the first dedicated renewables dispatch facility in the nation. As the state approaches a goal of generating 20 percent of its power from renewable resources, which escalates to an ambitious 33 percent by 2020, ensuring reliability brings new meaning to California grid operations. ... Read more about State-of-the-Art Control Center -- High-tech Tools Integrate Renewables

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How the DRC’s Inga project could solve much of Africa’s power problems

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Claude Harding
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Companies in Africa are severely handicapped by poor power supply.

The location of the Grand Inga dam (lower centre), along with the other Inga Dams.

One project, the Inga dam hydropower scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to dramatically change Central Africa’s energy supply situation. The site for the proposed dam is at the Inga Falls on the River Congo in western DRC. ... Read more about How the DRC’s Inga project could solve much of Africa’s power problems

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Panel: Problems with oceans multiplying, worsening

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SETH BORENSTEIN
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WASHINGTON – The health of the world's oceans is declining much faster than originally thought — under siege from pollution, overfishing and other man-made problems all at once — scientists say in a new report.

The mix of interacting ingredients is in place for a mass extinction in the world's oceans, said a report by a top panel of scientists that will be presented to the United Nations on Tuesday. ... Read more about Panel: Problems with oceans multiplying, worsening

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Afghanistan worst place in the world for women, but India in top five

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Owen Bowcott
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Targeted violence against female public officials, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, according to a global survey released on Wednesday. ... Read more about Afghanistan worst place in the world for women, but India in top five

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More vaccines for poor could save 6.4 million lives

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Kate Kelland
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(Reuters) - Millions of children's lives and billions of dollars could be saved if vaccines were more widely available in 72 of the world's poorest countries, according to a series of studies published on Thursday.

In studies in the Health Affairs and The Lancet journals, public health experts and scientists projected that if 90 percent of children in those countries were immunized, more than $151 billion in treatment costs and lost productivity could be saved in 10 years, giving economic benefits of $231 billion. ... Read more about More vaccines for poor could save 6.4 million lives

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Record carbon emissions leave climate on the brink

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Fiona Harvey
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Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency. ... Read more about Record carbon emissions leave climate on the brink

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Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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Jonny Hogg
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* FAO says deforestation of world's biggest forests slowing

* Agriculture and population pressure still a big threat

BRAZZAVILLE, June 1 (Reuters) - The rate of destruction of the world's three largest forests fell 25 percent this decade compared with the previous one, but remains alarmingly high in some countries, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said. ... Read more about Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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Climate to wreak havoc on food supply, predicts report

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Jennifer Carpenter
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Areas where food supplies could be worst hit by climate change have been identified in a report.

Some areas in the tropics face famine because of failing food production, an international research group says.

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) predicts large parts of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will be worst affected.

Its report points out that hundreds of millions of people in these regions are already experiencing a food crisis. ... Read more about Climate to wreak havoc on food supply, predicts report

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