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Bill Gates bullish on climate innovation, even if 1.5C target is out of reach

Bill Gates bullish on climate innovation, even if 1.5C target is out of reach

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – When it comes to climate change, Bill Gates considers himself a realist – even if that means admitting the world has no chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Given “the overall scale of our industrial economy…we’re going to have to do a mind-boggling job of staying below 2 …

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The Spotlight: Genetic genealogy brings justice to cold case victims and their families

The Spotlight: Genetic genealogy brings justice to cold case victims and their families

Spotlight on Genetic Informants How long does the long arm of the law last? Again and again, criminals find out – arrested for decades-old crimes thanks to a special form of DNA evidence: genetic genealogy. Today, on the anniversary of the very first murder to test this technique in court, Spotlight speaks with a Pulitzer …

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Keystone oil spill cleanup expected to take weeks - officials

Keystone oil spill cleanup expected to take weeks – officials

Dec 13 (Reuters) – Cleaning up the largest oil spill in the United States in nearly a decade will take at least weeks longer, local Kansas officials said on Tuesday, citing a recent meeting with the pipeline owner Keystone, TC Energy Corp (TRP.TO). There is still no official timetable for the restart of the key …

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Kansas residents hold their noses as crews mop up huge US oil spill

Kansas residents hold their noses as crews mop up huge US oil spill

WASHINGTON, Kan., Dec 10 (Reuters) – Residents near the site of the worst U.S. oil pipeline leak in a decade took the commotion and smell in stride as cleanup crews worked in scorching temperatures close to zero, and investigators have been looking for clues as to what caused the spill. A strong smell of petroleum …

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How daredevil drones find nearly extinct plants hidden in cliffs

How daredevil drones find nearly extinct plants hidden in cliffs

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Ben Nyberg stood on a sharp ridge along Hawaii’s Na Pali coast, his eyes scanning the leafy nooks of nearby red rock ridges. It was quiet, save for the faint hum of a drone flying among flocks of curious white-tailed tropicbirds. Nyberg aimed the drone closer to the opposite ridge, scanning …

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