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EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases.
“This momentous development raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions in the United States,”
- Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute

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Earth’s nearest solar neighborhood has a habitable planet

The nearest single Sun-like star to the Earth hosts five planets - one of which is in the "habitable zone" where liquid water can exist, astronomers say.

Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Human immune system proteins shown to suppress HIV

To survive HIV you need a cocktail of expensive drugs that often have side effects. That could change with research out of The Rockefeller University where scientists have found that harnessing proteins from the human immune system can suppress the virus in mice.

This week, a shark sanctuary the size of Australia has been established

The Cook Islands has approved a shark sanctuary in its waters, making for the largest such sanctuary in the world.

New Microscopy Technique Can See The Lengths Of Atomic Bonds

For the first time, scientists have used an imaging technique that’s so precise that it’s possible to see the different lengths of individual atomic bonds.

French move boosts shark sanctuaries

Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

New radio telescope to watch for solar flares

After a long eight-year wait, the building of Australia's Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope has finally reached completion. The radio telescope's first major task will be to investigate the Sun to provide earlier warnings of solar storms that, if left unchecked, could fry satellites and power grids across the globe.

Canada introduces new rules to curb future vehicle emissions

OTTAWA -- On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada's contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

Brazil says Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world's largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday.

Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad.

Fighting cancer with cell phones

Only innovation can reduce illness and poverty in Africa, according to a program that is funding creative approaches to healthcare in developing countries.

‘Super-Earth’ exoplanet spotted 42 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted another candidate for a potentially habitable planet - and it is not too far away.

Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

First liver cancer ‘chemo-bath’ in the UK

A "chemo-bath" which delivers toxic cancer drugs to just one organ in the body has been used on patients in the UK for the first time, say doctors.

Tokelau islands shift to 100% solar energy

Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

Another city in BC bans shark fins

The sale, possession and distribution of shark fin is officially banned in White Rock.

Lucas Giving Disney’s Billions To Fund Education

As Star Wars fans digest the news that George Lucas' company Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for a little over $4 billion, it turns out that it wasn't for personal profit.

New opportunity for rapid treatment of malaria

Researchers have identified a new means to eradicate malaria infections by rapidly killing the blood-borne Plasmodium parasites that cause the disease.

EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal

The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week.

Victory for Forests: Disney Stands Up for Endangered Forests and Animals

Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there's no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day.

new mammal menagerie uncovered in remote Peruvian cloud forest

Every year scientists describe around 18,000 new species, but mammals make up less than half a percent of those. Yet mammal surprises remain: deep in the remote Peruvian Andes, scientists have made an incredible discovery: a rich cloud forest and alpine grassland ecosystem that may be home to no less than eight new mammal species.

Fear can be erased from the brain before its memory has been formed

An old saying tells us not to dwell on an unpleasant event. A new clinical study suggests the saying has both psychological and neurological support for its validity.

Costa Rica’s Shark Finning Ban Signed By President Chinchilla

Costa Rica passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Enjoyment of life ‘key to living longer’

Those who enjoy life the most are three times more likely to live a little longer than those who enjoy it the least, a study of ageing suggests.

Scientists uncover gene behind skin disease

A team led by the University of Dundee believes it has made a significant step in understanding a skin disease which affects thousands in the UK.

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

New Water Treatment Process Could Help Bring Dead Zones Back to Life

Employing a new tertiary wastewater treatment process reduced levels of phosphorous and trace pollutants in urban wastewater effluent below EPA safe levels, researchers from Veolia Water, Kruger and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found.

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