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Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat. 

2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over the hopelessness of life in areas they reside.

Consider this. Every 24 hours, nearly 33,000 youth across Africa join the search for employment. About 60% will be joining the army of the unemployed. ... Read more about Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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BANGKOK — 

Asia-Pacific — home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies — is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said. ... Read more about UN Environment Head: Asia Must Lead Charge for Pollution-free Planet

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U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come

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NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
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GENEVA — Thailand’s Khao Lak coast 10 years ago was a wasteland of palm beaches littered with the detritus of destroyed hotels and corpses blackened by the tropical sun.

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, will be in Khao Lak on Friday for the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a message: “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before. There will be no letup in the coming decades.” ... Read more about U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come

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India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon.

India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes.

But whereas deaths linked to air pollution in China have steadied in recent years, the rate has soared in India where smog readings in major cities routinely eclipse safe exposure levels. ... Read more about India's Air Pollution Is Now Causing 1.1. Million Deaths Each Year

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Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats

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www.theguardian.com - Max Opray
Bolivia’s lithium carbonate contains high levels of magnesium, making the extraction process difficult and costly. Photograph: Alamy
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Demand for the metal used in electric car batteries has surged. But extraction could threaten the fragile ecosystem of the world’s largest salt flat.

Demand for lithium – which is used in pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, and smartphone and electric car batteries – has surged in the past year, ahead of an anticipated boom in electric cars, and is projected to outstrip supply by 20 ... Read more about Electric car boom fuels interest in Bolivia’s fragile salt flats

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MENA to Europe ‘Supergrid’ could bring regions close to 100% renewables, says Fraunhofer

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http://www.pv-tech.org- Andy Colthorpe
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Using PV, wind and CSP, a ‘Supergrid’ interconnecting North Africa and Europe could take both regions close to 100% renewable energy by 2 ... Read more about MENA to Europe ‘Supergrid’ could bring regions close to 100% renewables, says Fraunhofer

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The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

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https://www.washingtonpost.com - Chris Mooney
A zodiac carrying a team of international scientists heads to Chile’s station Bernardo O’Higgins in Antarctica in January 2015. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
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For the second time in a month, leading scientists have closely tied the ancient history of the vast Antarctic ice sheet to a key planetary parameter that humans are now controlling — the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. ... Read more about The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

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PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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http://www.pv-tech.org - Tom Kenning
European PV recycling stats in tonnes. Credit: PV Cycle
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PV Cycle, a not-for-profit compliance and waste management programme solar PV technology in Europe, has achieved a record recycling rate of 96% for silicon-based PV modules. ... Read more about PV Cycle achieves record 96% recycle rate for silicon-based PV modules.

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