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Bill Gates will reveal “biggest clean energy fund in history”

Bill Gates will reveal “biggest clean energy fund in history”

The otherwise tame U.N. climate change negotiations set to take place in Paris next week will also play host to game-changer Bill Gates. One of the richest humans on our planet has been tipped to be unveiling the largest clean energy fund the world has ever seen. That means he doesn't want you to use the liquified bones of dinosaurs to run your monster truck any more. He knows how good it makes you feel to blow black smoke into the atmosphere, thereby depleting the possibilities for life on our planet in the distant future, and he doesn't like it.

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‘Critically endangered’ northern white rhino Nola dies: only three remain

‘Critically endangered’ northern white rhino Nola dies: only three remain

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park shared some sad news over the weekend: Nola, a northern white rhino, died due to complications from a bacterial infection and other health issues related to age. The rhino was one of only four known remaining northern white rhinos; her passing leaves only three on earth, a sad reality caused largely by poaching activities that have decimated rhino populations.

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Audi to “fix” cheating 3L diesel engines via software update

Audi to “fix” cheating 3L diesel engines via software update

Audi AG was already in hot water when its name got dragged into Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal but earlier this month it took a direct hit when it was alleged that the 3.0-liter diesel engines that it has made itself was also guilty of using the so-called "defeat devices" to deceive emissions tests. Now Volkswagen's luxury marque is submitting its solution to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to get these affected engines in line. And apparently all it will take is a software upgrade.

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This is how much groundwater Earth has left

This is how much groundwater Earth has left

Finding water on other planets, particularly on Mars, might be an exciting discovery and might give some hope for the future of mankind. But that perhaps shouldn't distract us from the real problem at hand: our own depleting water resources. Groundwater, in particular, is the most commonly used manifestation of water on the planet. As such, it is also the most exploited and most often taken for granted. A group of scientists from different universities published on Nature Geoscience the findings of the first data-driven survey of the earth's groundwater supply. And the results are a bit worrying.

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Apple Store in Singapore: first in Southeast Asia, renewable energy

Apple Store in Singapore: first in Southeast Asia, renewable energy

Apple is confirming that it will indeed be opening its own store in Singapore. While that news in itself is already cause for jubilation among Apple fans in the country, it has also far reaching implications as well. For one, it will be the first Apple Store to break ground in a Southeast Asian country. For another, like the Apple's operations in the US and China, it will be running on renewable energy. This will make Apple the first company in Singapore to run exclusively on green energy, strengthening Cupertino's image among environment friendly companies.

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World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

While Morocco busies itself with building the largest concentrated solar farm in the world, Scotland is focusing on a similar record of its own — the world’s first ever floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish shores, using ocean winds to generate power for those in the nation. The wind farm will be located 25 kilometer offshore, with production being slated to start in 2017.

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Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

The colder, darker months are upon us, and that means higher electricity bills as lights are on more frequently and heaters are plugged in. Those in some Texas regions won't be feeling the pinch as badly, however, as wind farms have proven successful and the benefits are rolling out to customers. Some utility companies are offering residents free electricity at night, a time when wind turbines are generating the most electricity.

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Volkswagen’s emissions scandal now includes gasoline fleet

Volkswagen’s emissions scandal now includes gasoline fleet

You might have thought that the dust storm around Volkswagen's "dieselgate" has weakened, but you couldn't be more wrong. Surprisingly, the one kicking up the dust again is none other than the German car maker itself. Volkswagen revealed on Tuesday that it had understated the carbon dioxide emission levels of some of its gasoline-powered cars, which could number around 800,000. Not only does this expand the car makers woes beyond its diesel engine but also drags in one of the most dreaded of greenhouse gases.

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VW dieselgate worsens as EPA adds Porsche and Audi 3.0L

VW dieselgate worsens as EPA adds Porsche and Audi 3.0L

The EPA has issued a new notice of violation of the Clean Air Act for Volkswagen and Audi. Included in this NOV is Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc as well as Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America. The notice once again refers to a defeat device installed in vehicles, this device aimed at bypassing emissions tests for vehicles that would otherwise give off a whole lot more nitrogen oxide (NOx) than they appeared to. Today's notice includes a number of vehicles from the past couple of years.

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Massive crack appears in Wyoming mountains

Massive crack appears in Wyoming mountains

For better, worse, or reasons unknown, the ground sometimes opens up and swallows whatever happens to be above it. These events usually happen in the form on a sinkhole, but a different sort of fissure has been discovered in Wyoming. A group of hunters recently stumbled across a massive "crack" in the Wyoming mountains, something some viewers have started calling a mini Grand Canyon.

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Climate change, overfishing are decimating cod populations

Climate change, overfishing are decimating cod populations

A new study cites rapidly warming Gulf of Maine waters as being the cause of a decrease in cod populations in New England, with the extra heat reducing the rate of reproduction while increasing mortality. Overfishing has already had a large effect on the fish population, and caps were put on commercial fishermen in an effort to reverse the decline. According to this new study, a failure to factor in warming temperatures means that cap was still too high, and the results of the two -- warmth and overfishing -- have largely been devastating.

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Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will soon be home to the world’s largest solar farm, according to a new report. The city of Ouarzazate is in the pipeline to get four mega solar plants, all of them linked together into a single complex. This will operate alongside both wind and hydro energy farms, as well, the sum total of which is expected to produce half or more of the nation’s electricity needs by 2020. If all goes as planned, there might be enough electricity left over to export into Europe.

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