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  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Beijing Shuts Big Coal-Fired Power Plant to Ease Smog

    Beijing Shuts Big Coal-Fired Power Plant to Ease Smog

    Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency. Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units.

    19 hours ago |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Firefighters Advance on Biggest Wildfire on Record in 1 U.S. State's History

    Firefighters Advance on Biggest Wildfire on Record in 1 U.S. State's History

    Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history but the massive blaze that has destroyed 200 homes continued to threaten some communities and forced a fresh round of evacuations. The Carlton Complex fire burning east of the Cascade Mountains and 120 miles (190 km) northeast of Seattle, was 16 percent contained on Tuesday, more than a week after it was sparked by lightning, officials said.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Parched Texas Town Turns to Sewage Water

    Parched Texas Town Turns to Sewage Water

    When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking. The city this month opened the spigots on a $13 million system that mixes 5 million gallons a day of treated waste water with area lake water to keep drinking water flowing for its 105,000 residents.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Taiwan Battens Down as Second Typhoon Threatens

    Taiwan Battens Down as Second Typhoon Threatens

    The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines. Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five, was approaching from the southeast and was expected to strengthen until it hits on Tuesday night and moves on to China.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | More Science Traps Set after Giant Snake Reported in New Jersey Lake

    Traps Set after Giant Snake Reported in New Jersey Lake

    (Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey - the state's largest at 4 square miles (10 square km) - but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said on Monday.

    July 21, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Brazil Approves New Pesticide to Combat Coffee Beetle

    Brazil Approves New Pesticide to Combat Coffee Beetle

    Coffee cooperatives had been lobbying for the approval after the government said it would no longer allow farmers to use another product, endolsulfan, to prevent the beetle from damaging crops

    July 18, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Typhoon Slams into Southern China, 1 Dead

    Typhoon Slams into Southern China, 1 Dead

    A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday killing one person, as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64 people in the Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun, with winds of up to 180 kph (112 mph), made landfall at Wenchang city on south China's island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

    July 18, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability 'Can-Do' Crews Are First Line of Defense against U.S. Wildfires

    'Can-Do' Crews Are First Line of Defense against U.S. Wildfires

    In nine years of battling wildfires across the Western United States, Edmund Howick has mourned a fallen fellow firefighter and hiked a mountain hauling nearly 100 pounds (45 kg) of equipment on his back to escape a blaze that heralded its advance with a roar.

    July 18, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Pressure to Allow GMO Farming in Tasmania

    Pressure to Allow GMO Farming in Tasmania

    The state government says it is planning legislation to extend the ban on genetically modified farming when it expires later this year. But Tasmania's powerful poppy industry, the world's largest supplier of pharmaceutical grade opiates for painkillers, is strongly lobbying for the moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMO) to be lifted

    July 17, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Evolution Bald Eagles Found on California Island for First Time in 50 Years

    Bald Eagles Found on California Island for First Time in 50 Years

    A pair of nesting bald eagles have been found on San Clemente Island off the Southern California coast, the National Park Service said, marking the latest step in their comeback from near extinction

    July 17, 2014 |


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