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Guam: A Tiny Territory Caught in a Global War of Words

Like other Guam residents, Ms. Sokala has been inundated with text messages from friends on the mainland — islanders’ term for the continental United States — asking how she was doing.Continue reading the main story“Everyone is nervous, but I think it is our families out there stateside that are more nervous for us,” Ms. Sokala said.Still, early Thursday morning, she found herself unable to sleep.Guam has been an American territory since 1898, when Spain ceded it in the wake of the Spanish-American War […]

Lightyear One solar electric car charges itself and will have a 500-mile range

A Dutch startup is planning to bring a completely solar-powered electric car to market, which could theoretically let some drivers go for months without plugging it in. […]

Vanuatu Develops Drought-Resistant Crops In Response To Climate Change

PORT VILA: Sweet potato is a stable food for over 70 percent of the Vanuatu population, most from rural areas – where they depend on traditional agriculture to provide for their dietary needs and income. According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, root crops such as yam, taro, manioc, sweet potato are fundamental to the diet of Ni-Vanuatu for over 2000 years. Mr. Pakoa Leo, an agricultural expert and Coordinator of the Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Project (VCAP) said that the crops are cultivated because of their ability to withstand weather extremes, diseases and pests. “But there are new challenges as a result of climate change and as a result some of the crops of sweet potato are not as resistant.” According to the Pacific Climate Change Science Program temperatures have increased for Vanuatu with annual maximum temperatures increased at a rate of 0.17°C per decade in Port Vila. The findings which were jointly researched by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazard Department, Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) show a grim picture for Vanuatu. By 2030, under a high emissions scenario, this increase in temperature is projected to be in the range of 0.4–1.0°C. These will result in the rise of more hot days and warm nights and a decline in cooler weather. “Vanuatu crops have been impacted by climate change, with some varieties of taro and sweet potato now challenging to grow in certain areas,” said Leo. Higher carbon dioxide levels can affect crop yields […]

Charge points at work may be key to broader electric vehicle adoption

Convenience, economics and peer-influence are powerful forces. […]

Animal Shelter Outcomes Are Improving

There are thousands of animal shelters and rescue organizations around the country dedicated to the welfare of vulnerable dogs and cats. And while each life saved is a victory unto itself, it’s crucial that our work is measured quantitatively as well as qualitatively. Our cause is too important to not be constantly analyzing data in search of ways to increase our impact, which is why the ASPCA has always relied on research as a foundation for our work. In keeping with that philosophy, we recently analyzed nationwide shelter data with the goal of identifying trends related to the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters as well as their range of outcomes. The statistics we compiled provide a sharper look at where we are in the effort to save and protect the millions of dogs and cats taken in by shelters each year, how far we’ve come, and what we need to do next. I’m happy to report that the news is encouraging, our progress is strong, but our continuing obligations and opportunities are also very clear. By the Numbers Our report reveals: * Approximately 6.5 million companion animals entered U.S. animal shelters in 2016, a decrease from 7.2 million in 2011. * An estimated 1.5 million companion animals were euthanized in U.S. […]

Life with a used Nissan Leaf: 18 months on

So, what exactly is a gas station? And why do I need one? […]

MOKE is a powerful electric fat tire utility bike that seats two

It’s like the crossover of e-bikes, with room for two and a capacity of almost 400 pounds. […]