Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world's biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year's record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions. Mining data reviewed by The Associated Press show that production through May is up by at least 121 million tons, or 6 percent, for the three countries compared to the same period last year. The change is most dramatic in the U.S., where coal mining rose 19 percent in the first five months of the year, according to U.S. Department of Energy data.

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Spider Shoots 25 Metre Web – The Hunt – BBC Earth

Spider Shoots 25 Metre Web - The Hunt - BBC Earth

Which marvel of nature can build a 2 metre Orb Web with a silk that ranks as the World's toughest natural fibre? – The answer is the Darwin's Bark Spider and this real life "Spider Woman", no bigger than a thumbnail has baffled scientists with her web of steel.

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New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

John Abraham: Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly. As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask.

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Over 3000 of Canada’s Indigenous Lands are now on Google Maps

Over 3000 of Canada's Indigenous Lands are now on Google Maps

More than 3,000 Indigenous communities in Canada have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth. The move will allow the properties of 1.4 million indigenous people across the country, who have been historically excluded, to be represented in a base map.

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A quarter of rivers at risk as water is removed despite prospect of drought, official figures reveal

A quarter of rivers at risk as water is removed despite prospect of drought, official figures reveal

Nearly a quarter of all the rivers in England are at risk because of the vast amounts of water being removed for use by farms, businesses and people homes, according to a new report. Environment Agency figures obtained under freedom of information law by conservation charity WWF showed that 14 per cent of rivers were classed as over-abstracted – “meaning water removed is causing river to drop below levels required to sustain wildlife”.

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