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The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out? ... Read more about The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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World's Biggest Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

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NAIROBI, KENYA — 

Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save lives.

California's Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda.

"It's the right move," Lilian Mvule, 51, said by phone, recalling how her granddaughter died from malaria two years ago. ... Read more about World's Biggest Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

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Monitoring Household Connectivity to the National Grids through Geospatial Technology: World Bank’s Electricity Access Tracking Tool

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The World Bank has entered into a tripartite arrangement together with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Sweden-based KTH Royal Institute of Technology, to launch an electricity access tool dubbed Electrification Pathways application and which countries can use to track and monitor households which have not yet been connected to their respective national grids. ... Read more about Monitoring Household Connectivity to the National Grids through Geospatial Technology: World Bank’s Electricity Access Tracking Tool

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German teenager promotes planting one trillion trees

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Felix Finkbeiner was 13 years old when he spoke before the United Nations General Assembly, urging them to take action and plant more trees.

“We children know adults know the challenges and they know the solution,” he said. “We don’t know why there is so little action.”

Finkbeiner started Plant-for-the-Planet when he was nine in 2007. A school assignment about climate change opened his eyes to how his favorite animal, the polar bear, was endangered by this. Further research caused him to discover the vast effects of climate change. ... Read more about German teenager promotes planting one trillion trees

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Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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Forzieri, G., Feyen, L., Rojas, R., Flörke, M., Wimmer, F., and Bianchi, A.
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Abstract. There is growing concern in Europe about the possible rise in the severity and frequency of extreme drought events as a manifestation of climate change. In order to plan suitable adaptation strategies it is important for decision makers to know how drought conditions will develop at regional scales. This paper therefore addresses the issue of future developments in streamflow drought characteristics across Europe. ... Read more about Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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Rising sea levels are threat to ports, experts say

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Due to rising sea levels, storms will make it more likely that the Port of Long Beach’s wharves will be damaged, critical roads submerged and utilities harmed, bringing activity at one of the state’s economic hubs to a disruptive lurch, experts say.

And to some extent, it’s inevitable, Rick Cameron, the director of environmental affairs and planning at the port, said Friday at the Aquarium of the Pacific during a joint hearing of the Assembly’s Select Committee On Sea Level Rise And The California Economy and the Select Committee On Ports. ... Read more about Rising sea levels are threat to ports, experts say

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British engineers create petrol from air and water

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LONDON (Reuters) - A small British company has developed a way to create petrol from air and water, technology it hopes may one day contribute to large-scale production of green fuels.

Engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) in Teeside, northern England, say they have produced 5 liters of synthetic petrol over a period of three months. ... Read more about British engineers create petrol from air and water

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The world is connected, but some still wait for a plug

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Children attend class in Dobhan, a village in Nepal'€s Western Region. In many parts of Nepal, education is lacking and new technologies - like computers - are hard to come by. Photo by: Indrik myneur / CC BY ... Read more about The world is connected, but some still wait for a plug

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10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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In a world in which 14 percent of the population in the 21st century still defecate outdoors, children remain among the most vulnerable to a lack of toilets, contamination from human waste and dirty water.

The young are suffering the brunt of a health and development crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 10 million children under the age of five since 2000 because they have no access to a basic toilet, according to a new report from the international development organization WaterAid. ... Read more about 10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

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São Paulo, in southeast Brazil, is the largest city in South America and the 7th largest metropolitan region in the world, with more than 21 million people. It's the engine behind Brazil's richest state, which is responsible for one-third of the country's GDP.

And right now, the region is running dangerously low on water, thanks to the worst drought in eight decades.

officials are warning the region could face 'collapse' if the drought continues ... Read more about The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

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