It happened: U.S. Government wants to resettle the first American climate change refugees

The Isle de Jean Charles. Credit: Wikipedia

The Isle de Jean Charles that lies on the Gulf coast of Louisiana is sinking. In less than 70 years, over the 90 percent of its landmass has washed away from erosion triggered by industry, as well public works which redirected rivers. Then there were the hurricanes.

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The price of solar keeps falling, Dubai received the lowest ever asking bid for energy

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A few days ago, India’s Energy Minister Piyush Goyal announced that solar energy became cheaper to produce than coal-powered, costing roughly 6 US cents/kWh. Now, it’s become even cheaper: the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received the lowest ever asking price for solar energy, at US 2.99 cents/kWh.

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The one-millionth solar system was installed in the United States

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In April, the United States hit an important milestone in the quest for full renewable energy transition after the one-millionth solar system was installed.

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The Middle East and North Africa might become uninhabitable due to global warming

Many areas in Africa are already incredibly hot - it's only going to get worse in the future. Photo by Luca Galuzzi.

Climate refugees may become more and more common.

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Richard Warke, others confident in new mining tech, green initiatives

Mining is still a crucial activity for Canadian economy.

Earlier this year, the province of Ontario celebrated an illustrious milestone: the most populated Canadian province became the first jurisdiction in North America to completely eliminate the use of coal for energy production. The feat, a decade in the making, evidences the province’s commitment to finding and utilizing green energy options. The move also serves as an inspiration to other provinces

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The amazing bombardier beetle sprays boiling chemicals from its butt

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Animals have evolved all sorts of gimmicks for either attack or defence. Some are really over the top, but that doesn’t make it less effective. Take the bombardier beetle, for instance, which sprays a deadly mix of boiling chemicals from its butt. This is one insect you don’t want to mess with.

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How scientists are using climate records made by 15th century Japanese monks

Omiwatari on Lake Suwa in Japan. (Ozawajun/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-3.0)

If you’re old enough, you might remember how some flowers around where you live blossom earlier or that summers and winters are unusually harsh. In short, freak weather is more common to the point it’s becoming the new norm. Human memory is fallible, which is why we keep records of things like temperature, humidity, concentration of gases in the atmosphere and so on. These record don’t go back that long though — maybe only a century. Some, however, go way back and scientists are using these to keep track of climate change over the centuries.

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Fracking caused widespread contamination in North Dakota, new study finds

Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil. (Photo: Avner Vengosh)

Wastewater spills from hydraulic fracking in North Dakota caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds. Hydraulic fracking involves injecting highly pressurized fluids into subsurface rocks, creating a system of fissures through which the hydrocarbons can escape. There are many environmental issues associated with this technique, one of them being that the entire thing is difficult to control.

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How much renewable energy does the world use

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According to the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) from REN21, roughly a fifth of the world’s electrical power production now comes from renewable sources. When will we see a full transition, though?

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French rivers dyed green to raise awareness about water pollution

The dye dones't harm the fish, according to environmentalists, via AgentsEnvir / Facebook

The visual effect was extremely strong, and everything was completely safe, activists say.

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