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No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas
| January 19th, 2020  6:42 PM
No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars. Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to get around Kennedy Space Center for Sunday's launch escape test.
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SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test
January 19th, 2020  6:32 PM

SpaceX has completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts within the next few months to the International Space Station

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out
Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out
January 16th, 2020  8:40 AM

Germany will pay utility companies billions to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants

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German officials agree plan to exit coal-fired power by 2038
January 16th, 2020  4:10 AM

The German government says officials have agreed on a plan to shut down the nation's coal-fired power plants by the mid to late 2030s that will involve operators getting billions of euros in compensation

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German officials agree on plan to exit coal-fired power
January 16th, 2020  2:28 AM

The German government says officials have agreed on a plan to shut down the nation's coal-fired power plants by the mid to late 2030s

Young activists bid to join climate case at top German court
Young activists bid to join climate case at top German court
January 15th, 2020  11:35 AM

Young climate activists are seeking to join a lawsuit before Germany's top court that aims to force the government to do more to combat global warming

Trevor Eubanks
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry
January 13th, 2020  7:22 PM

Hemp was ushered in as a federally legal agricultural crop under the groundbreaking 2018 Farm Bill

An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village
An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village
January 9th, 2020  1:12 AM

Tokyo Olympic athletes should beware

Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi
Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi
January 8th, 2020  6:03 PM

It was a Mardi Gras-style celebration as a recently completed key component of a new rocket system was loaded on a Mississippi River barge in New Orleans

White House proposes guidelines for regulating the use of AI
White House proposes guidelines for regulating the use of AI
January 7th, 2020  4:39 PM

The White House has proposed guidelines to regulate the use of artificial intelligence in medicine, transportation and other industries

Rising carbon prices led to drop in German emissions in 2019
Rising carbon prices led to drop in German emissions in 2019
January 7th, 2020  8:31 AM

Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country's 2020 climate goal within reach again

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down
SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down
January 7th, 2020  1:55 AM

SpaceX has launched 60 more mini internet satellites, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers

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Oxfam: Britons' carbon output tops Africans' many times over
January 5th, 2020  1:47 PM

A report by the charity Oxfam says the average British person will pump out more carbon emissions in two weeks than a citizen in any of seven African nations will emit in an entire year

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Oxfam: UK equals 7 African nations' carbon output in 2 weeks
January 5th, 2020  11:17 AM

A report by the charity Oxfam says the average British person will pump out more carbon emissions in two weeks than citizens in seven African nations will emit in the entire year

UK ELECTION 2019
Impeachment, immigration, Brexit: How 2019 looked in charts
January 3rd, 2020  2:25 PM

For many reasons, 2019 was historic

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Over 65,000 hen to be culled in bird flu outbreak in Poland
January 3rd, 2020  8:34 AM

Authorities in western Poland have ordered the culling of at least 65,000 hen at a farm affected by bird flu that seems to have spread from the east. Regional veterinarian Andrzej Zarnecki said a crisis team is meeting Friday to decide on containment measures while laboratory experts work to identify the virus at the hen farm

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The Hartford to limit insurance for fossil fuel companies
January 2nd, 2020  5:54 PM

A major insurer is limiting its insurance coverage of companies in the fossil fuel business, citing concerns about climate change

Elijah Cummings
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019
December 31st, 2019  8:43 PM

This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence

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Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists
December 30th, 2019  2:03 PM

After her daughter asked for a Barbie, University of Utah forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni decided to re-fashion the iconic dolls as a scientist-explorer in rubber boots rather than high heels

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Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019
December 27th, 2019  4:53 PM

This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence

Japan revises Fukushima cleanup plan, delays key steps
Japan revises Fukushima cleanup plan, delays key steps
December 27th, 2019  5:36 AM

Japan has revised a roadmap for the cleanup of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, further delaying the removal of thousands of spent fuel units that remain in cooling pools

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'
West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'
December 26th, 2019  12:34 PM

An environmental success story is unfolding in the Pacific Ocean

San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups
San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups
December 24th, 2019  1:14 AM

A new cafe culture is brewing in San Francisco, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs

Government proposes release of Fukushima water to sea or air
Government proposes release of Fukushima water to sea or air
December 23rd, 2019  6:12 AM

Japan's economy and industry ministry has proposed the gradual release or evaporation of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water being stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant

Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission
Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission
December 22nd, 2019  11:45 AM

Boeing's crew capsule is back on Earth after an aborted flight to the International Space Station

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