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Madagascar: floods & locust swarms threaten to leave residents hungry

Guardian: Faravavy, 32, lives in the middle of an arid plain 93 miles south of Betioke in southern Madagascar. She tries to support herself and her three children by cultivating maize, red beans and manioc, but is unable to grow enough to generate an income or even feed her family all year round. Continue reading

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Oil Freight Train Explodes in Canadian Town, People Killed

Reuters: A fast-moving, driverless train hauling tankers of crude oil derailed and exploded into a sky-high fireball in the middle of a small Canadian town early on Saturday, destroying dozens of buildings and killing several people. The disaster took place soon after 1 a.m. when the runaway freight train with 72 cars and five locomotives hurtled into Lac-Megantic, a lakeside town of about 6,000 in the province of Quebec, and left the tracks. Continue reading

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United States: Recycled Water Quenches San Antonio’s Thirst

National Public Radio: Gliding along in a flat-bottom boat on the San Antonio River thorough the heart of downtown San Antonio is a beautiful and authentic Texas experience. There’s one thing a boat tour guide is not going to mention, however. Texas is in the middle of a historic drought, and the river that tourists are cruising along with ducks, big bass, catfish and perch is actually treated sewage water Continue reading

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What if the smart grid isn’t so smart?

Scientific American: The idea is simple: supply people with smart meters that give real time information on electricity use and price. Armed with the new information, consumers might opt to plug in their laptop in the middle of the night instead of, say, the middle of the day Continue reading

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Russia may lose 30 percent of permafrost by 2050

Agence France-Presse: Russia’s vast permafrost areas may shrink by a third by the middle of the century due to global warming, endangering infrastructure in the Arctic zone, an emergencies ministry official said Friday. “In the next 25 to 30 years, the area of permafrost in Russia may shrink by 10-18 percent,” the head of the ministry’s disaster monitoring department Andrei Bolov told the RIA Novosti news agency Continue reading

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