Bullard: How a battery can lead a quiet revolution

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By Nathaniel Bullard

Last week, the Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their work developing the lithium-ion battery. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in announcing the award, said the three men “created a rechargeable world.” The ubiquitous battery is now found in items as varied as hearing aids and power grids. It is a testament not just to technological revolutions, but also to the power of advancements in performance and decreases in cost. Tiếp tục đọc “Bullard: How a battery can lead a quiet revolution”

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Cambridge Analytica causing trouble for Facebook in Southeast Asia

dw – In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is being forced to answer tough questions in Southeast Asian countries on whether its platform is being abused and if citizens’ data has been misused.    

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After the latest turn in the ongoing Cambridge Analytica user data scandal, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said Friday it would investigate Facebook over possible violations of Indonesian privacy law. Tiếp tục đọc “Cambridge Analytica causing trouble for Facebook in Southeast Asia”

UN: 200 million children under 5 eat too little or too much

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One-third of children worldwide under age 5 — about 200 million youngsters — are either undernourished or overweight, undermining their full potential to grow and develop, the U.N. children’s agency said in a report Tuesday.

UNICEF also said almost two-thirds of children aged 6 months to 2 years are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. Tiếp tục đọc “UN: 200 million children under 5 eat too little or too much”

World Mental Health Day sheds light on worrying rates of youth suicide

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World Mental Health Day 2019 focuses on raising awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.

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Worldwide, 800,000 people die by suicide each year – one every 40 seconds – making it the second leading cause of death among young people (aged 15 to 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, spotlighting suicide prevention as the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

“Mental health has been neglected for too long,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message for the Day, saying it needs to be addressed urgently, as a matter “that concerns us all.” Tiếp tục đọc “World Mental Health Day sheds light on worrying rates of youth suicide”

New Elevation Measure Shows Climate Change Could Quickly Swamp the Mekong Delta

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The surprise revelation means 12 million Vietnamese may need to retreat

New Elevation Measure Shows Climate Change Could Quickly Swamp the Mekong Delta
Ground truthing shows the vast Mekong Delta averages only 0.8 meter above sea level instead of the 2.6 meters officially quoted. Credit: Linh Pham Getty Images

A stunning 12 million people could be displaced by flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta within half a century, according to new research led by Philip Minderhoud, a geographer at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Minderhoud and his colleagues arrived at that surprising conclusion after analyzing ground-based measurements of the Mekong’s topography that the Vietnamese government shielded from Western scientists  for years. The results, published today in Nature Communications, show the Mekong’s elevation over sea level averages just 0.8 meter, which is almost two meters lower than commonly quoted estimates based on freely available satellite data.
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Amazon burning: Brazil reports record surge in forest fires

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Brazilian Amazon beset by raging fires, prompting fresh scrutiny of President Bolsonaro’s environmental stewardship.

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Fires raging in Brazil‘s Amazon rainforest have hit a record high number this year, according to new data from the country’s space research agency, as concerns grow over President Jair Bolsonaro‘s management of the environment.

Nearly 73,000 fires were recorded between January and August, compared with 39,759 in all of 2018, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said on Monday. The surge marks an 83 percent increase over the same period last year and is the highest since INPE records began in 2013.

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Iceland holds funeral for first glacier lost to climate change

 

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Nation commemorates the once huge Okjokull glacier with plaque that warns action is needed to prevent climate change

A ceremony to mark the passing of Okjokull, Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change. It once covered 16sq km but has melted to a fraction.
 A ceremony to mark the passing of Okjokull, Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change. It once covered 16sq km but has melted to a fraction. Photograph: Jeremie Richard/AFP/Getty Images

Iceland has marked its first-ever loss of a glacier to climate change as scientists warn that hundreds of other ice sheets on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare rock in a ceremony on the barren terrain once covered by the Okjökull glacier in western Iceland.

Ra mắt Liên minh Hành động vì Khí hậu Việt Nam

Ngày 21/08/2019, Hội thảo Ra mắt Liên minh Hành động vì Khí hậu Việt Nam đã diễn ra tại Thành phố Huế với sự tham dự của gần 100 đại diện đến từ đa dạng các doanh nghiệp, tổ chức phi chính phủ, phi lợi nhuận, các nhà cung cấp tài chính, cộng đồng người tiêu dùng, đại diện các trường đại học, cơ quan nghiên cứu, hỗ trợ kỹ thuật,đại diện các hiệp hội tiên phong thúc đẩy phát triển Xanh ở Việt Nam. Hội thảo được tổ chức nhằm chính thức ra mắt Liên minh Hành động vì Khí hậu Việt Nam, đồng thời kêu gọi sự tham gia của các bên liên quan cùng đóng góp cho mục tiêu thích ứng và ứng phó với biến đổi khí hậu ở Việt Nam.

Hội thảo mở ra cơ hội để hàng trăm đại diện từ các khối ban ngành liên quan cùng hội tụ, cùng chung sức đồng lòng khẳng định quyết tâm hành động cùng thích ứng và ứng phó với vấn nạn biến đổi khí hậu. Tọa đàm “Sáng kiến Xanh Hành động vì Khí hậu” là điểm sáng của ngày hội ra mắt Liên minh, tạo không gian thảo luận giữa các thành viên trong việc thực hiện chương trình Triệu Ngôi nhà Xanh, thúc đẩy ứng dụng năng lượng tái tạo, các giải pháp sử dụng năng lượng tiết kiệm và hiệu quả cấp hộ gia đình, tòa nhà văn phòng, nhà xưởng, doanh nghiệp vừa & nhỏ, cùng các giải pháp xanh khác. Tiếp tục đọc “Ra mắt Liên minh Hành động vì Khí hậu Việt Nam”

Hong Kong: 1.7m people defy police to march in pouring rain

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Demonstrators carry umbrellas as they march along a street in Hong Kong on Sunday in defiance of a police ban. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP

An estimated 1.7 million people in Hong Kong – a quarter of the population – defied police orders to stage a peaceful march after a rally in a downtown park, after two months of increasingly violent clashes that have prompted severe warnings from Beijing and failed to win concessions from the city’s government.

Huge crowds filled Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon and spilled on to nearby streets, forcing police to block traffic in the area. Torrential rain came down an hour into the rally, turning the park into a sea of umbrellas. At the same time, protesters walked towards Central, the heart of Hong Kong’s business district, and surrounded government headquarters.

Animated Map Showing The Radioactive Cloud Moving Through Europe After The 1986 Chernobyl Disaster

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The animated map above shows the radioactive cloud that moved through Europe following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on 26 April 1986. The Chernobyl accident remains the worst nuclear accident in history and is one of only two events classified as a “level 7 major accident” (the other being the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan).

Overall, the initial explosion killed 2 people, with 28 more firemen and employees dying as a result of acute radiation syndrome over the coming months.

Estimates of the total number of deaths caused by the release of radiation vary widely from a low of 4,000 in a UN study up to 200,000 according to Greenpeace.

 

 

 

July Was the Hottest Month in Recorded History

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After a record-breaking heat wave in Europe and the Arctic, last month edged out July 2016

July Was the Hottest Month in Recorded History
People play and refresh themselves in a fountain at the Museumplein square in Amsterdam during the heat wave on July 25, 2019. Credit: Robin Utrecht Getty Images

In what may be the week’s most unsurprising news, scientists have officially announced that this past July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.

According to data released yesterday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, a program of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, last month edged out July 2016, the previous record-holder, for the title.

Last month was 0.04 degree Celsius, or about 0.07 degree Fahrenheit, warmer than July 2016. And it was more than 1 F warmer than the average July between 1981 and 2010.
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Hai phần ba con sông trên thế giới không còn được chảy tự do nữa

English: Two-thirds of Earth’s longest rivers no longer free-flowing

  • Chỉ một phần ba trong số 242 con sông dài nhất thế giới vẫn có dòng chảy không gián đoạn suốt chiều dài, đa số các con sông không gián đoạn nằm ở những vùng hẻo lánh ở Bắc Cực, lưu vực sông Amazon, và lưu vực sông Congo, theo như một nghiên cứu sắp xuất bản trên tạp chí Nature.
  • Nhóm chuyên gia quốc tế thực hiện nghiên cứu này, dẫn đầu bởi Gunther Grill thuộc ĐH McGill (Canada) xác định rằng trong số 91 con sông có chiều dài hơn 1000 ki-lô-mét (khoảng 600 dặm) đổ ra biển, chỉ còn 21 dòng vẫn có dòng chảy không bị cản trở từ thượng nguồn ra đến biển.
  • Các con đập và những hồ đập chứa nước là nguyên nhân lớn nhất cản trở dòng chảy của sông, các nhà nghiên cứu tuyên bố. Hiện tại trên thế giới đã có gần 60000 đập lớn, và có đến 3700 đập thủy điện lớn nữa đang trong quá trình lên kế hoạch hoặc đang xây dựng.
  • Những con sông khỏe mạnh mang lại nhiều lợi ích cho con người, từ hoạt động vui chơi đến đảm bảo lương thực. Đảm bảo sự liên kết của những con sông tự do còn lại trên thế giới cũng mang tính tối quan trọng để bảo tồn đa dạng sinh học của những hệ thống nước ngọt.

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How China’s Belt and Road Initiative could lead Vietnam away from renewable energy and towards coal

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Even as China turns away from coal-fired power domestically, its financial institutions continue to fund coal plants overseas, including in countries like Vietnam, which have great potential for wind and solar power generation

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A a child on a Saigon waterbus brandishes a pinwheel as he passes Landmark 81, Vietnam’s tallest building, in Ho Chi Minh City on June 6. While Vietnam has enormous potential for wind and solar power generation, funding for coal-power electricity plants under China’s Belt and Road Initiative could derail its renewable energy push. Photo: Reuters
A a child on a Saigon waterbus brandishes a pinwheel as he passes Landmark 81, Vietnam’s tallest building, in Ho Chi Minh City on June 6. While Vietnam has enormous potential for wind and solar power generation, funding for coal-power electricity plants under China’s Belt and Road Initiative could derail its renewable energy push. Photo: Reuters

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