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Completion of Australia’s largest solar plant at risk

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Mildura Solar Power Station Silex Systems, the company constructing Australia’s biggest solar plant, has suspended its funding following reports the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) could be scaled back or done away with altogether. The 100-megawatt Mildura Solar Concentrator Power Station, a $70 million project in Victoria, was supposed to provide electricity... 

Methane is a weaker, not stronger greenhouse gas

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Here is simple math which shows that methane is weaker than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. In fact, none of the greenhouse gases can produce heating, because the distance between unsaturated molecules is extreme like one inch between each methane molecule which supposedly does the heating, and almost one millimeter between each carbon dioxide molecule. Climatology... 

Typhoon Halong claims 10 lives in Japan

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At least 10 people have been killed and dozens of others injured as a powerful typhoon slammed into western and northern Japan. Typhoon Halong hurtled across the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, with heavy rain still lashing the country’s north. The public broadcaster, NHK, reported that a total of 96 people have suffered injuries as a result of... 

381 die and 1800 injured in China quake

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Over 380 people were killed and around 1,800 injured after an earthquake measuring from 6.1 to 6.5, according to different estimates, toppled thousands of buildings in China’s southwestern Yunnan province. The majority of the dead were from Ludian County, which Chinese state television said was at the epicenter of the quake. Ludian authorities said at least... 

Landslide kills 10, traps 200 in western India

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A mudslide surrounds a building in Malin village in Pune district, the western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 30, 2014. Indian authorities say at least 10 people have died and up to 200 others trapped following a massive landslide caused by monsoon rains in western India. The Wednesday morning mudslide damaged a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra... 

Scientists to map Mount St. Helens volcano’s interior

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Scientists have begun installing mapping instruments on Mount St. Helens as means of mapping the volcano’s interior. The project, called Imaging Magma Under St. Helens, or iMUSH, would further acquaint scientists to the volcano’s internal workings. It intends to help improve warning systems prior to eruption. The mapping devices, which would scan the volcano’s... 

World biggest aquatic insect found in China

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Experts have reported the discovery in southern China of the world’s yet-biggest aquatic insect, which has been found to be a giant dobsonfly. The specimen, discovered in China’s Sichuan Province, has been described as having long teeth and fearsome pincers. So far also spotted elsewhere in China, as well as in northern Vietnam, and India’s Assam state,... 

Giant sinkhole in Russia’s north puzzles scientists

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Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of the giant sinkhole in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The video of the bizarre hole on YouTube has received more than two million views in several days. As a result of the examination, the scientists concluded that the crater was of natural origin and did not appear either as a result of a manmade... 

“Global Warming”: Coldest Antarctic June ever recorded

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Temperature was 11.9F degrees lower than normal. Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station. According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c... 

Scientists translate 66 chimpanzee gestures

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Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests... 

Spanish mayor charged for setting town ablaze

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A Spanish mayor has been charged for setting a town on fire after ignoring a fireworks ban. The illegal pyrotechnics resulted in a massive hillside blaze, which forced some residents of the town to evacuate from their homes. Despite a ban, which had been implemented because of an extremely high risk of forest fires, Mayor Ernesto Sanjuan gave the go ahead for... 

Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Arthur approaches US East Coast

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There were no immediate reports of injuries and some counties reported only minimal damage. Hurricane Arthur has stormed its way through the US East Coast, marking the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season. Hitting North Carolina’s coast along with Boston and the state of Maryland, the hurricane has left thousands of people without power. Dare... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from... 

Indian scientist awarded for best disease-resistant non-GMO crop

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An Indian scientist living in Mexico has received the World Food Prize for outstanding contribution to wheat crop’s resistance to various diseases. Indian-born Sanjaya Rajaram was awarded with the accolade for his effective cross-breeding of different wheat, which has resulted in the crop’s resistance against disease as well as its ability to grow in different... 

Nature hits Nebraska again, this time by 2 Tornados

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Several tornadoes tore through northeast Nebraska on Monday, leaving one child dead and 19 injured and a path of destruction in its wake as governor declares a state of emergency. The National Weather Service confirmed a storm carried at least two tornadoes, touching down about one mile apart through the town of Pilger and surrounding areas. Victims were transported... 
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