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Parallels
3:37 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years.
Inti Ocon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 4:26 pm

Nicaragua produces no oil, but is a land of fierce winds, tropical sun and rumbling volcanoes. In other words, it's a renewable energy paradise — and today the Central American nation is moving quickly to become a green energy powerhouse. Within a few years the vast majority of Nicaragua's electricity will come from hydroelectric dams, geothermal plants and wind farms.

Nicaragua's largest wind farm lies on the shores of giant Lake Nicaragua, which stretches halfway across the country.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Florida Gov. Scott Denies Banning Phrase 'Climate Change'

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Science
5:07 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Climate skeptic Willie Soon has argued in the past that too much ice is bad for polar bears. An investigation into Soon's funding found he took money from the fossil fuel industry and did not always disclose that source.
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Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:57 pm

Scientists who warn that the earth's climate is changing have been subjected to hacking, investigations, and even court action in recent years. That ire usually comes from conservative groups and climate skeptics seeking to discredit the research findings.

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The Salt
5:56 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Pigeon, Parakeet And Pony: Amsterdam Food Truck Serves Maligned Meat

Maarten van Cleef Photography

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:18 pm

Every region of the world seems to have a local critter dish liable to raises visitors' eyebrows — think boiled lobsters in Maine, dried grasshoppers in Mexico, snails in France and sheep stomach in Scotland.

In Amsterdam, two artists are trying to widen their city's list of local tasty creatures — and expand minds, too — with dishes like the My Little Pony Burger, Peace Pigeon and Bambi Ball.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Anti-Smog Film Is Pulled In China; Protesters Reportedly Detained

A woman wears a face mask on a hazy January day in downtown Shanghai. China has ordered a popular anti-pollution film removed from major online outlets. In Xi'an, two people who had protested against smog were reportedly detained.
ALY SONG Reuters /Landov

A human rights group says that police in China detained two people Monday for protesting the government's approach to air pollution. One of the protesters was detained for slander, according to China Human Rights Defenders.

The group says the pair were released after being held overnight, with an update published Monday citing "the pressure of public opinion at home and abroad."

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

A lot of the airborne particles in the Earth's atmosphere come from natural sources, such as desert dust (red-orange) and sea salt (blue). But there's also soot from fires (green and yellow) and sulfur emissions (white) from burning fossil fuel.
William Putman NASA/Goddard

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 2:39 pm

It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on the ground. When is this winter going to end?

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Environment
8:47 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Cold Weather Means Long Days For HVAC Crews

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 10:29 am

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The Two-Way
1:30 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Derailed Oil Train Continues To Burn In Illinois

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 3:12 pm

A derailed oil train continues to burn in northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River town of Galena more than 24 hours after it crashed.

It is the third fiery derailment of trains carrying crude from the Bakken area of North Dakota in the past three weeks, raising more questions about the volatility of the oil and the safety of the tank cars used to transport crude.

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U.S.
3:41 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms

In Boston, nearly 9 feet of snow this winter has kept shoppers out of stores, putting a strain on the local economy.
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Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:38 pm

Nearly 9 feet of snow has fallen on Boston this winter — most of it in February — closing workplaces for days and leaving commuters stranded.

"I've been working from home for the past couple of days because I can't get to work," says Christopher Clickner, an insurance agent. "It's been taking me an hour-and-a-half sitting here to try to catch a bus, and it just hasn't worked at all."

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Parallels
3:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm

Journalist Chai Jing used $160,000 of her own money to produce a documentary on China's air pollution problem.
Screenshot/Under the Dome

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:29 pm

Two hundred million and counting: That's how many times a documentary about China's massive air pollution problem has been viewed online since the weekend. Environmentalists are hailing it as an eye-opener for Chinese citizens.

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