Environment

Chile producing so much solar energy it’s giving electricity away for free

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EcoWatch - In a new Bloomberg reportChile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free, solar capacity from the country’s central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development.
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12,000 years ago, humans and climate change made a deadly team

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New York TimesClimate change, habitat destruction, extinctions — the Earth has seen it all before, thousands of years ago. And humans may have been partly to blame for many of those changes in nature, too.
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How fast are renewables growing? LCD TV provides an analogy

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Forbes - Natural gas and coal combined were even smaller than “other”.
 
That was perhaps the most interesting takeaway in the U.S. Solar Market Insight from GTM Research and The Solar Energy Industries Association study of new generation capacity for the U.S. in Q1 2016. Solar accounted for 64% of new capacity with 1.67 new gigawatts coming online while wind chipped in for 33%. “Other” sources like oil furnaces, biomass and small hydro accounted for 3%. Natural gas, meanwhile, clocked in at 1%. Put another way, fossil beat wave technology and small nuclear, but fell behind pellet boilers.
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Chile to examine possible link between salmon industry, red tide

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Reuters - A team of scientists will determine if salmon producers dumping tons of dead fish into the Pacific contributed to a massive "red tide" that is wreaking havoc among fishermen in southern Chile, the government said on Friday.
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Why are Chilean beaches covered with dead animals?

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Smithsonian - Compared to other countries, Chile is almost all coast, and that geographical fluke means that the country is known for its beautiful beaches. But that reputation may be on the wane thanks to a new sight on Chilean shores: dead animals. Lots of them. Heaps of them, in fact. As Giovanna Fleitas reports for the Agence France-Presse, the South American country’s beaches are covered with piles of dead sea creatures—and scientists are trying to figure out why.
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Argentina confirms Santa Cruz dam projects

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Dialogo ChinoAfter months of rumours, Mauricio Macri’s government has officially confirmed that the controversial China-backed dams in Patagonia will go ahead. However, following complaints by environmental organizations, the original plan will be subject to changes, which could include reducing the dams’ size.
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The global significance of the Klamath agreement

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International Rivers Network - Last week, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed an agreement that will set into motion the biggest river restoration in the history of the United States
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Climate model predicts West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly

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New York Times - For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.
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Japan's excuse for killing 333 whales in the Antarctic is complete and total nonsense

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Vox.com - This news is sparking all sorts of outrage: Last week, Japan announced that its whaling boats had returned from Antarctic waters hauling the dead carcasses of 333 minke whales — including some 200 pregnant females.
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February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount

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Guardian - February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by Nasa.
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