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Population

How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse.

Say "doomsday bunker" and most people would imagine a concrete room filled with cots and canned goods.

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Opinion

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that article was an article from halfway around the world detailing China’s massive new investment in electric vehicles, part of Beijing’s determination to dominate the era of clean-energy technology. It is a tale of two strategies.

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Water

How a seed bank, almost lost in Syria's war, could help feed a warming planet.

TERBOL, Lebanon — Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable region known as the Fertile Crescent, the birthplace of farming.

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Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy.”

By David Roberts@drvox

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Plague is spreading at an alarming rate in Madagascar. Yes, plague.

By Julia Belluz@juliaoftoronto

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Toxics

Research details packaging chemicals found in food.

Ruth Hill, Reporter

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Water

Black sea clams 'giving off as much gas as 20,000 cows.'

Scientists have found clams and worms in the Baltic Sea are giving off as much gas as 20,000 dairy cows.

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Energy

Beijing philanthropist commits $1.5 billion to conservation.

This Saturday, Oct. 14, in Monaco, He Qiaonv will announce the first step in a $1.5 billion plan that may represent the largest-ever personal philanthropic commitment to wildlife conservation. 

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Water

Irving constitutional challenge a threat to pollution rules.

6-week trial likely to unfold in 2018

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Water

Former US military base sites in South Korea heavy with contamination.

Almost 2/3 of environmental surveys since 2008 have revealed high pollution in water and soil

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Water

Some power plants pollute worse than volcanoes.

Climate change isn’t all that difficult to understand. A British scientist proved shortly before the U.S. Civil War that carbon dioxide absorbs heat, and a Swedish chemist doodled out the first equations involving fossil-fuel emissions before the 20th century even began. 

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Water

How deep ocean wind turbines could power the world.

Winter winds racing across the North Atlantic are so strong and steady, they could theoretically meet the world's entire energy demand, new research shows. And with technology for floating wind turbines now being tested, the potential to tap some of that ample power source is growing.

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Population

Disasters make 14 million people homeless each year.

Eight of the ten countries with the highest levels of displacement and housing loss are in South and Southeast Asia

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Water

BASF to harvest seeds, herbicide businesses from Bayer for $7 billion.

businesses from Bayer for $7 billion

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