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Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

A city in Northern China has built what it calls the world's largest air purifier in a bid to reduce smog levels. Measuring 100m / 328ft high, the tower resembles a huge concrete cylinder, but it is said to be far more than that. According to a local publication, researchers from the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are testing the air purifier tower.

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Noise pollution is stressing birds and the health effects are serious

Noise pollution is stressing birds and the health effects are serious

Researchers warn that noise pollution is causing chronic stress in birds and that it negatively impacts their health. The study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at western bluebirds and the impact that oil and gas operations noise has on them. According to the findings, this constant noise pollution has resulted in stunted growth in chicks, less eggs hatching, and more.

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NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

Ozone depletion is on the decline, according to NASA, which has announced that scientists have demonstrated a particular aspect of this via a satellite instrument for the first time. According to the instrument, which was made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chlorine atom levels are decreasing and with that comes a decrease in their destruction of the ozone layer. The favorable change is the direct result of international bans on chlorofluorocarbons, NASA says.

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Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Home solar installations are down considerably in the US this year, according to a new report, marking the first decrease in years. The information comes from GTM Research's US Solar Market Insight Executive Summary Q4 2017 report, which reveals that Q3 2017 saw a 51-percent year-on-year decrease in residential solar installations, a huge reversal of last year's record numbers.

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Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

While the world has begrudgingly accepted selfies as something that isn’t completely going away, that doesn’t mean it has become an acceptable behavior in all circumstances. People have done so many things in the name of selfies, resulting in the destruction of irreplaceable objects, harm to living creatures, and sometimes even death. Instagram, one of the biggest havens for selfies, wants to put a stop to at least one of those by discouraging selfies that encourage putting animals in danger.

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Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin, love it or hate it, is a financial reality that has moved into the mainstream. With attention -- and value -- higher than ever, people around the world are mining in hopes of picking up precious digital fragments of the cryptocurrency. The environmental cost of cryptocurrency mining was a concerned raised years ago and one that has received renewed attention thanks to a new report: Bitcoin mining is using more electricity than 12 US states and 159 countries.

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Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla has completed its Powerpack backup battery system in Australia ahead of its December 2017 deadline, officials have announced. With its completion comes a milestone designation: it is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, and it is located in South Australia. South Australia, which is heavily dependent on wind power, approved the construction back in July. Tesla had promised to complete the project in 100 days.

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BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissions-free roads for e-bikes

BMW has taken the wraps off a new concept that imagines transportation for urban cities of the future. Called the BMW Vision E³ Way, this concept presents an elevated road system designed for electric two-wheel vehicles (e-bikes, essentially) that could be used by city-dwellers of the future to efficiently travel within the urban environment. The concept was developed by BMW's Technology Office located in Shanghai, China.

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Letter to humanity from 15,000 scientists raise climate change alarm

Letter to humanity from 15,000 scientists raise climate change alarm

In 1992, a "warning" sent by the Union of Concerned Scientists and signed by 1,700 such people painted a dire picture of what could happen if the ozone layer problem wasn't dealt with. 25 years later, the ozone situation has improved but the planet, and humanity, is in an even worse condition. That is practically the message sent by the new "letter to humanity", signed by around 15,364 scientists from 184 countries, is trying to say, raising the alarms to the highest levels and potentially ruffling feathers along the way.

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First floating wind farm in the world starts production in Scotland

First floating wind farm in the world starts production in Scotland

The world's first floating wind farm started construction back in 2015 off the shore of Scotland. Two years later the plant is now starting production and is the first floating wind farm in the world to do so. The power it creates will be sent to the Scottish electric grid and will power 20,000 households.

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Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

While Google is already well-known for its creative, unique office environments, and Apple has its cool new "spaceship campus," Microsoft has revealed that its employees can now enjoy a trio of giant treehouses. The treetop meeting spaces were built at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and are made to embrace the effects of nature on "creativity, focus, and happiness."

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Insecticides found in honey show major global threat to bees

Insecticides found in honey show major global threat to bees

Research looking at honey samples from around the global has highlighted the dangers a certain variety of insecticides pose for bee populations. Researchers found that out of nearly 200 honey samples, 75-percent of them tested positive for neonicotinoid insecticides. The study highlights the worldwide threat such pesticides pose for bee populations, which have been on the decline for years.

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