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The boom is here: U.S. solar experiences record-smashing year

200,000 people are working in an industry that is revolutionizing the energy sector.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/report-u-s-solar-sales-doubled-in-2016-and-prices-dropped-20-percent-869b8a00989c#.r5oqwc66y

Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees

Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner, German wunderkind in his Harry Potter spectacles, gray hoodie, and mop-top haircut—with a somber question about climate change. … “For most adults, it’s an academic question. For many of us children, it’s a question of survival,” he said. “Twenty-one hundred is still in our lifetime.”

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/felix-finkbeiner-plant-for-the-planet-one-trillion-trees/

The man who rebuilt a village

Life for Maila and Dawa Jangbo Lama came to a crashing halt when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal in April 2015. The couple scurried out in the nick of time, but their house, which was also their boutique travel lodge and grocery store, was damaged beyond repair. It seemed that life would never be the same again. But the resilient pair came up with an ingenious solution – and two years on, their village has bounced back in a most remarkable way.

Read more     http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170220-the-man-who-rebuilt-a-village

Scientists Think They’ve Found the Oldest Fossil Ever

A new study, published in the journal Nature, describes fossilized microorganisms thought to be between 3.77 and 4.28 billion years old. They were found in Quebec, Canada’s Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, which is home to some of Earth’s most ancient rocks. Inside, researchers found the fossils of what they say are long-gone bacteria left behind during Earth’s tumultuous early days.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-theyve-found-oldest-fossil-ever-180962343/#Ob0gZPALBE88KS49.99
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Tiny Frog Last Seen In 1962 Found In The Mountains Of Zimbabwe

The source of the unusual whistle turned out to be an unimaginable treasure: a rare cave-dwelling frog that had not been seen in over 50 years.  This is Arthroleptis troglodytes, also known as a “cave squeaker.” Becker took the first photos of the species ever.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cave-squeaker-frog-zimbabwe_us_58980f07e4b0c1284f26b92d

Europeans move toward powering their trains with renewables

In the Netherlands, every electric train running on the Dutch railway network has relied entirely on wind energy since 1 January. The network, NS Dutch Railways, is using an energy company’s turbines to generate the energy needed to power its entire electric fleet.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/13/1633370/-Open-thread-for-night-owls-Europeans-move-toward-powering-their-trains-with-renewables

Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wild

This week, conservationists will release 23 scimitar-horned Oryx dammah into the Ouadi-Rimé Ouadi-Achim Faunal Reserve in the African nation of Chad, reports New Scientist. They will join the 25 oryx released into the grasslands in August, boosting the population of an animal that went extinct in the wild in the 1980s.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herd-oryx-once-extinct-wild-grows-180961844/#dgedQKX46UV41iD1.99

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

To scientists’ delight, the incredible appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers.

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/

Solar capacity has increased 99% since last quarter

The U.S. solar industry just experienced a quarter of record-breaking growth, with 4,143 megawatts (or million watts) of solar capacity added between July and September. That’s a 99 percent increase over the previous quarter, and a 191 percent increase over the same time period last year.

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Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across America

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These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/#FkyTvSgu3mTxbr8S.99
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