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April 2017

Big Business Pushes for Renewable Energy in Kentucky

Kevin Butte, Toyota's regional environmental sustainability director, at a facility that uses methane to generate clean electricity to help run Toyota's auto plant in central Kentucky. Jennifer Ludden/NPR .... At Toyota's plant in central Kentucky, Kevin Butt envisions installing solar panels on the roof. The company is also researching fuel...

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The Arctic is Clogging with Billions of Plastic Bits

April 20, 2017. The Atlantic journalist Robinson Meyer reports: The Arctic Ocean is small, shallow, and—most importantly—shrouded. Unlike the other large oceans of the world, it is closely hemmed in by Asia, Europe, and North America, with very few watery entrances in and out. Some oceanographers call it the “Arctic...

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New Battery Technology from the Inventor of Lithium Batteries

AUSTIN, Texas — A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld...

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Update on Zika in Continental United States

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Honein , Chief of the Birth Defects Branch of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives an update on the prevalence and effects of the Zika virus in the Continental United States in an interview on National Public Radio. Listen here to this four-minute interview...

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Earth Optimism Summit - April 21 - 23, 2017

What's Working in Conservation Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem...

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