President Trump's "America First Energy Plan" will, ironically, put the US far behind China and India in the push to modernise its energy grid. China and India are both on track to "overachieve" their Paris Climate Agreement goals of de-carbonising their energy grids by 2030, according to the Climate Action Tracker study released Monday. Of the world's top three carbon emitters — China, India and the US — only the US is setting itself up to potentially fail its target goal.
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On Saturday morning, the front pages of American news outlets were plastered with photos of North Korean "Frankenmissiles" being paraded through the streets of Pyongyang. Less than 24 hours later, the tin-pot dictatorship tested a ballistic missile that reportedly fizzled in a matter of seconds. Now, U.S. authorities are showing signs that a conflict can be averted.
For what seems like the millionth time, Yahoo's miserable descent into nothingness has somehow gotten worse. Today, a group of previously imprisoned Chinese dissidents filed a lawsuit against the company for misappropriating more than $US17 million ($23 million) put in a trust fund meant to aid Chinese political prisoners.
These are weird times we live in and it's tough to keep our heads on straight. An unnerving news cycle is building up around North Korea's aggressive demonstrations of its military power. Today, the New York Times reported that the economically hobbled dictatorship may have accidentally shown off its capability to convert an atom bomb into a hydrogen bomb with an online advertisement for Lithium 6.
Earlier this week, President Trump pledged to end the "war on coal" by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era federal policy that compels US states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. China responded Wednesday, reaffirming its commitment to investing in clean energy and honouring the Paris Agreement, an international accord to tackle climate change with progressively more stringent carbon emissions goals.
The northwest Chinese city of Lanzhou has a serious water shortage problem. To address the issue, its urban planners have sketched out an ambitious plan to deliver water from Siberia's Lake Baikal to the city along a 1000km-long pipeline. Getting approval for the project will be a monumental challenge, but it may be a sign of things to come for other water-poor regions of the world.
In a speech yesterday full of half-truths, demi-truths and, of course, alternative facts, US President Trump doubled down on his campaign promise to reinvigorate America's long-ailing coal and steel industries, promising that under his administration "dying industries will come roaring back to life". Sure. Meanwhile, in a move that more closely reflects market reality, China announced it is cutting 500,000 coal and steel jobs as it begins shifting its economy away from heavy manufacturing.
A group of tigers is called an "ambush" for a reason. When these massive cats get together and decide to catch some prey, they're simply vicious. A quadcopter learned this the hard way at a Siberian tiger enclosure in China's Heilongjiang Province. Not only did the beasts swipe the drone out of the sky — they took a few bites of the poor gadget.
The agricultural industry has long been considered an enemy of humanity when it comes to recklessly pumping antibiotics into animals. In further evidence that this practice is fuelling a public health crisis, a new study has found a disconcerting trend at Chinese farms: Flies are spreading the gene that gives bacteria resistance to our strongest antibiotics, and it's showing up in hospitalised humans.
Gene editing research is moving quickly in China — researchers there have already edited human embryos, after all. But a team of scientists now have their sights set on the food supply. Ladies, gentlemen and so on, meet the first crop of tuberculosis resistant, genetically moo-dified cows.