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China’s pollution crisis worsened by changing weather pattern

China has been suffering from high levels of air pollution and smog for several years as the country struggles to cope with its’ own rapid industrialization and poor history in environmental legislation. Although it has fervently been working on rectifying its’ environmental issues, moving its’ energy portfolio towards a more renewable agenda, shutting down coal plants and investing over $364 Billion into the environmental sector, China is still dealing with its what people have described as an “airpocalypse”. But why?

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With nations dragging their feet on climate change, cities are picking up the slack

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently touted coal as the future of Australia’s energy portfolio despite the renewable technology industry overtaking the country’s struggling coal mining sector. Meanwhile, India is planning to open one of the largest open-air coal mine in the world, whilst its’ solar capacity tripled in the past three years to an impressive 10,000 MW. At the same time, the United States are gutting their own federal environmental agency and planning to reopen its’ coal mines even though last year saw the renewable energy sector employ more people than the gas, petrol, and coal industries combined. The reason behind the conflicting news? Cities.

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Study shows that potatoes can grow on Mars; experiment was a success

Author of The Martian, Andy Weir might have been on to something when he made his character survive his time on Mars by successfully planting and cultivating potatoes, with a group of scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) close to confirming that the vegetable can indeed survive the Red Planet’s harsh conditions. Locked within a controlled and sealed environment called CubeSat, potatoes were put under Mars conditions and monitored daily.

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World Meteorological Organization confirms record-high temperature readings in Antarctic Region

An Argentine research base in the Antarctic Peninsula set a new heat record in 2015, hitting an unprecedented 17.5° Celsius (63.5° Fahrenheit). This was one of many temperature records that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in a recently published report. The group of experts from the announced that their latest batch of data does also confirm an increase in temperature in Antarctica.

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Sicilian volcano Mount Etna awakes from slumber and erupts

Italy’s Mount Etna volcano has had its second eruption this year, with bright lava pouring down the side of the crater, contrasting with the snow-capped peaks of the Sicilian island. Etna is the highest active volcano in mainland Europe, with an approximate height of 3,330 meters (10,926 feet), and despite being known to awaken several times a year, it hasn’t had a major eruption since 1992.

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Oroville Dam near-failure shines light on Atmospheric Rivers

The Oroville dam in California has been the cause of much concern over the past week, with torrential rain pushing it to its’ limits, leading authorities to evacuate over 180,000 people whose homes could be destroyed by a potential failure of the dam’s spillway system. Whilst the Oroville dam held-fast and the risk of a failure is considered to have waned, scientists have begun looking at the factors that started the situation in the first place. Continue reading Oroville Dam near-failure shines light on Atmospheric Rivers