Environment

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Google is building a fleet of 100 electric driverless cars and hopes to start testing them by the end of the year. They may take a bit of getting used to, with no steering wheel or pedals, while they will temporarily have a top speed of 25mph. This project has been several years in the […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states. Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few […]

‘Red alert’: Monster cyclone hits Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing

‘Red alert’: Monster cyclone hits Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing

As one of the largest cyclones in India’s history has reached its eastern coast, prompting a national red alert and sending some 440,000 people scurrying for shelter, the first deaths have been reported. Five people were killed in Odisha when trees uprooted by wind gusts fell on them, local media cited police officials as saying. […]

Renewable energies for the desert

Renewable energies for the desert

The Southern California Energy Summit 2013 was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Oct. 4th. The summit united 600 regional governments and businesses to foster clean renewable energy sources and making a sustainable economy. The summit included speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, new green technologies and bus tours. Congressman Raul Ruiz was supposed to […]

Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII

Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII

US exceptionalism rhetoric poses extreme danger and is reminiscent of Nazi ideals and talk “before and during World War II,” Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said in exclusive interview with RT Spanish. Referring to US President Barack Obama’s statement that “America is exceptional” because it stands up not only for its own “narrow self interest, but for […]

Florida scientifically engineers insects to fight incurable citrus disease

Florida scientifically engineers insects to fight incurable citrus disease

Millions of Florida oranges are falling from the trees, unripe and green, plagued with a disease that is threatening to spread across the entire country. And although Florida is known for its citruses, the Sunshine State is quickly running out. Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening, has infected fruit-bearing trees in all 32 of Florida’s […]

Punxsutawney Phil might face execution for wrong weather forecast

Punxsutawney Phil might face execution for wrong weather forecast

Groundhog Phil might have made a fatal mistake when he predicted that spring will come early this year. Disturbed by the rodent’s false forecast, an Ohio prosecutor has filed court documents seeking the death penalty for Punxsutawney Phil. The famous groundhog emerged from his home in Gobbler’s Knob, Pa., on a cloudy Feb. 2 and […]

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, much of the clean-up effort is still ‘theoretical’, survivors go to court for compensation and thousands march against nuclear power, while the government gives up on the phase-out promise. Experts estimate closing the damaged Fukushima reactors down will cost around US$15 billion and will take about 30 to 40 […]

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