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All roads to Rome? Germany: 100% solar & wind; Japan: nuclear; UAE: eye-opener cost report; oil fr $100 to $40: Shell Artic dig
Fossil Fuels Losing Cost Advantage Over Solar, Wind: cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency.
“The costs of renewable technologies -- in particular solar photovoltaic -- have declined significantly over the past five years,” the Paris-based IEA said in a report called Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. “These technologies are no longer cost outliers.” read more »
What's "up"? Sea level (giant ice melting); July hottest month; Chief calling arms to battle rising crime; Guardian Angels back
Antarctica's floating ice shelves are thinning at an accelerating rate. Many of Antarctica's ice shelves are huge. The one protruding into the Ross Sea is the size of France. They form where glacier ice running off the continent protrudes across water. At a certain point, the ice lifts off the seabed and floats. Eventually, as these shelves continue to push outwards, their fronts will calve, forming icebergs. read more »
Kenya. Exceptionally large cheetah jumps into Jeep, just inches away fr Irishman's face, he's shocked but so cool (would you?)!
"I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this" - Surprise! Cheeky cheetah leaps into safari jeep, and crept toward Mickey McCaldin, inched less than a foot away from the face of the Irish man... This could have ended badly.
During a safari tour through the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, an exceptionally large cheetah jumped up onto the backseat of the tourists' Jeep and crept toward an Irish man, Caters News reports.
The cheetah inched less than a foot away from the face of Mickey McCaldin, who miraculously did not have a nervous breakdown.
"I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this," said David Horsey, a family friend of McCaldin's who lives in Mombasa and was on the safari. "The cheetah just wasn't scared of getting up close and personal." Horsey, who captured the pictures of the incident in June, had been tracking the family of cheetahs, noting that they hadn't had a kill lately and "had been looking for a gazelle for a few days with no luck."
Turns out, the mother cheetah who hopped up first, named Malaika, wasn't looking for a kill – she was just snooping around.
Flying robots over Eiffel tower, Buckingham Palace, JFK Airport, landing at German Chancellor Merkel's feet, on White House lawn
TorontoStar - A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It contained almost 7 grams of heroin, over 57 grams of marijuana and more than 140 grams of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.
Be tall to be there: Boston covered by 6-feet snow; 60000 tons of salt dumped onto roads; NY, Vermont help dig Massachusetts out
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: "I hope it snows every day!" Homicides and other major crimes in the city have dropped by a whopping 34 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year. Vehicle theft decreased by 46 percent, larceny by 35 percent, and burglaries by 32 percent, according to data provided by the Boston Police Department.
'murder-free' record New York City has gone 11 days without a homicide, its longest stretch without any on modern record, the New York Police Department said Friday. The record was broken midnight Thursday. It was the 11th full day without a reported homicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton hushed talk of the streak Friday on "CBS This Morning." "Shh ... we don't want to jinx it," Bratton told host Charlie Rose. "We're into our 12th day now, Charlie. Eleven is a record and let's keep it going."
Eiffel Tower dims, 3.7mil people march across France as world leaders join arm in arm in Paris for moving tribute to 17 slain
DailyMail: 3.7 million people march across France as world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 victims
* An estimated 3.7million gathered in shows of solidarity across France today in tribute to those killed
* Unprecedented crowds were seen in Paris where millions walked the capital's streets chanting 'Je suis Charlie'
* World leaders linked arms to lead the proceedings
* President Francois Hollande began the march, poignantly telling crowds: 'Today, Paris is the capital of the world'
* Elsewhere crowds gathered in major world cities, with famous monuments illuminated in the Tricolor read more »
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