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India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister has promised to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, the most ambitious pledge yet to tackling the global problem. FULL ARTICLE

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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/its-possible-to-reverse-climate-change-suggests-major-new-study/562289/
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The Atlantic
A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021.
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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/uonc-uhs050218.php
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Eurekalert
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators found that most marine life in Marine Protected Areas will not be able to tolerate warming ocean temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The study found that with continued 'business-as-usual' emissions, the protections currently in place won't matter, because by 2100, warming and reduced oxygen concentrat
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https://www.sciencealert.com/new-plastic-munching-bacteria-could-fuel-a-recycling-revolution
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Science Alert

This article was written by Mark Lorch from the University of Hull, and was originally published by The Conversation.
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-renewables/india-plans-to-add-500-gw-renewable-energy-by-2030-government-idUSKCN1TQ1R9
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Reuters
India plans to add 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030 in a bid to clean up air in its cities and lessen the rapidly growing economy's dependence on coal, the government said on Tuesday.
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https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/india-eu-committed-to-respecting-paris-agreement201806191545140001/
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ANI
Athens [Greece], Jun 19 (ANI): Emphasising on the need for clean energy and climate change, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said India and the European Union (EU) are united in their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/green-tech/a23417/convert-co2-into-ethanol/
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Popular Mechanics
The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.
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https://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/01/scientists-bring-back-extinct-cow-mammoths.html
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Natural Blaze
The age of de-extinction is among us! Some of Europe's top Scientists are close to bringing back to life a huge ancient cattle specie
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https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225425-the-race-to-find-wild-relatives-of-food-plants-before-its-too-late/
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New Scientist
A 10-year effort to collect wild relatives of major crops before they go extinct could help us grow enough food even as the world warms
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/26/dutch-unveil-giant-outside-vacuum-cleaner-to-filter-dirty-air
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The Guardian
Inventors develop large purifying system intended to capture tiny toxic particles from the surrounding atmosphere
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/27/air-pollution-is-the-new-tobacco-warns-who-head
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The Guardian
Exclusive: Simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more, but ‘a smog of complacency pervades the planet’, says Dr Tedros Adhanom
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https://www.wired.com/story/why-the-arctic-is-warming-so-fast/
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Wired
When permafrost thaws, sea ice disappears, and wildfires rage in the north, the consequences extend to the rest of the world.
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https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/cartera/amplian-plazo-para-producir-diesel-limpio-sera-desde-2025
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El Universal
Será a partir del 1 de enero de 2025 cuando el contenido máximo de azufre en el diesel automotriz deberá ser de 15 miligramos por kilogramo
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https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/feb/10/should-we-wipe-mosquitoes-off-the-face-of-the-earth
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The Guardian
Even before the Zika virus, mosquitoes were the deadliest creatures on the planet. But gene modification means these blood suckers’ days might be numbered. Is it dangerous to talk about ‘editing nature’, or should we consider eradicating them for good?
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https://www.windpowerengineering.com/non-hydro-renewables-particularly-offshore-wind-to-dominate-germanys-power-sector/
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Wind Power Engineering
Phasing out nuclear energy in Germany by 2022 will set the way for non-hydro renewable technologies to dominate its power sector in the future, according
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds
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The Guardian
The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists
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https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/hpc-weather-prediction-and-how-you-know-its-going-to-rain-1801.html
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Hewett Packard Experience
Learn how the convergence of satellite imaging, global communications networks, and high-performance computing may soon enable hyper-local weather predictions.
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https://hydrocarbons21.com/articles/8625/france_postpones_hfc_tax_until_2021
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Hydrocarbon
François de Rugy, France’s minister of ecology, has announced the postponement until 2021 of a proposed HFC tax.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/japan-begins-work-on-worlds-largest-floating-solar-farm
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The Guardian
Electronics firm builds floating solar farm on a reservoir due to a scarcity of land for utility-scale solar in Japan
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https://angel.co/newsletters/can-startups-stop-climate-change-155
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Angel
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https://interestingengineering.com/bill-gates-is-funding-a-chemical-cloud-that-could-put-an-end-to-global-warming
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Interesting Engineering
Planes would fly at high altitudes, spraying millions of tons of particles around the planet to create a massive chemical cloud that would cool the surface.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/endangered-species-extinction-mammals-conservation-iucn-red-list-science-a8732001.html
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The Independent
‘This indicates that urgent reassessment is needed of the current statuses of animal species’